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Should we assume that ANYone at the top of their sport/industry has mental health issues? We celebrate the Biles’s, Jordan’s, Belicchick’s and Brady’s. We celebrate the Musks and Jobs of the business world. But what drives that fire and ambition? The degree of relentlessness required to get to that level seems to require so trauma or imbalance to fuel, right? Even partners in our firms (not EXACTLY equating them with Michael Jordan) - is the drive to the top fueled by mental health issues?

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I 100% agree. However, at a different level of recursion, I see a similar behavior pattern in PPMD’s, and tied to other trends like divorce rates and death-shortly-after-retirement rates. Do we as a culture (and as a profession) celebrate the people who are mentally unhealthy to emulate?

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I’ve always thought you have to be a special level of crazy to be a professional athlete.

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I think we should let them do performance entrancing drugs and exploit them further. Really see how far we can push these humans. In all seriousness it’s not like this is new. These individuals sign up for this and they thrive under the pressure. There’s something about the way they’re wired that allows them to do this. I remember in high school watching other athletes spend so much time doing their sport and then barely being good enough to make it to that next level. That was the point I realized it just wasn’t worth it to me. Specifically I played hockey and I’m referring to Jrs. Varsity was like retirement for me.

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Drive is not a mental health issue but can be coincidental with mental health issues. There are plenty of fulfilled and well-adjusted pro athletes / CEOs / consulting partners.

HAHAHAHA AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHA! You have got to be kidding. No.

Half the people you mentioned are likely autistic. We’re just built different.

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