The existence of a driving force driving bipolar folks toward entrepreneurship has been widely studied.. and it’s in no way because they dislike or can’t hack in a more traditional setting.
Manic depressives tend not only to gravitate toward entrepreneurial careers, the startups themselves demonstrate many of the traits common to bipolar disorder.
Legendary startup investor Marc Andreessen made a very astute observation on the subject:
First and foremost, a start-up puts you on an emotional rollercoaster unlike anything you have ever experienced. You flip rapidly from day-to-day – one where you are euphorically convinced you are going to own the world, to a day in which doom seems only weeks away and you feel completely ruined, and back again. Over and over and over. And I’m talking about what happens to stable entrepreneurs.
There is so much uncertainty and so much risk around practically everything you are doing. The level of stress that you’re under generally will magnify things incredible highs and unbelievable lows at whiplash speed and huge magnitude. Sound like fun?”