We think of autism as causing repetitive behavior. This post looks at the advantages of autism in an economy making repetitive action obsolete. Let’s start with the posses of automation. First, you need to understand every step of the process or system you want to automate. Next, you need to construct virtual or physical structure that can perform that task. This is the bed rock of logical thinking. Something that people that I know who are on the high functioning end of the spectrum are often quite good at. You also need to be able to come up with a system that no one has mapped yet. This takes creativity and something else I see in may people with autism/asperser’s that can do quite well. You also need to know an insane amount about the area of knowledge that the system falls into, and yes that is the being hyper-focused.
What if you do not want to automate anything? Well then you need to know a skill that cannot be automated. This is the definition of creativity. It is a myth that creativity and art is the same thing. Creativity is the act of forming an idea from multiple concepts that are not logically linked. It involves a non-liner train of thought that brings ideas from your subconscious.
I seen many people on the spectrum, and I know myself, who are exceptional at either automation or creativity.
The old model of having the same job for the rest of your life is not preferable to many modern entrepreneurs. For this reason, many jobs being created are single micro gigs. In this model, many people do not have mid-level mangers. They are expected to come up with a skill set that no one tells them is right of wrong. The inability to do what most people do and are told to do becomes the ability to devolve a differentiated skill. These skills allow you to get jobs that others cannot.
Autism and getting a Job Part 3: Employment vs. Entrepreneurship coming November 1st.
Edited by: Julie Mann