If you ask people whether they think there’s such a thing as a ‘born entrepreneur,’ most people say yes.
There’s a widespread belief that there is some underlying, innate component to entrepreneurship.
However, is that true?
I’ve often felt there was something different about me, and this compulsive desire to achieve and make a difference and I wanted to see if there was some literal truth to it, and went digging through the internet, turns out there are lots of talks, and some hard science to back it up, and it all comes down to Histamine.
So how do you know if you’ve got the entrepreneur gene?
It’s as simple as checking your big toe, and the one next to it. Take off your socks, look down at your feet, and if your second toe is equal length or longer than your big toe, it’s likely you’ve got the entrepreneur gene.
This genetic mutation, also knows as Histadelia or High Histamine runs in families, and is often responsible for dynasties of successful families of entrepreneurs.
A classic example of high histamine genetics is the Kennedy clan: Almost all of them possess that tremendous, unrelenting passion to attain, along with wild sexual exploitation, and a tendency towards death and mayhem. More on that in a moment.
Turns out families with a history of Histadelia have higher rates of Nobel Peace Prize winners, and also higher rates of schizophrenics, depression, and suicide.
Before we go on to make sure you’re one of the winners, vs the crazy or dead, check yourself. How many of these other indicators of the entrepreneur gene and high histamine do you have?
Before we go on to some techniques to make sure you’re one of the winners, vs the crazy or dead, check yourself.
How many of these other indicators of the entrepreneur gene and high histamine do you have?
- Trouble Sleeping. Histadelics are often over-stimulated, almost manic. Sleep is a problem. They are light sleepers, usually needing seven or fewer hours. Insomnia can be severe.
- Great Teeth. Histamine promotes the overproduction of mucus, meaning that they have more saliva to keep teeth free of cavities. (Sometimes, saliva is literally dripping from the corners of their mouth.)
- High Sex Drive. Sexual orgasms are easier, and they are also more likely to get into trouble with affairs or dangerous sexual activities.
- Skinny with Health Problems. Histadellics have a high metabolism, so are often skinny, and have troubles gaining weight. The fast metabolism means they need more nutrition, so nutritional deficiency shows up younger (often as young as 8-14), with mental health troubles, binge eating, Aspergers, headaches and respiratory allergies very common. Note: Some have this gene, but carry extra weight. Usually due to excessive toxicity in the body resulting in hormone imbalance.
- Addiction and Distraction. Histamine has been linked to low dopamine reward response, leading to addictive behaviors, a high tolerance for alcohol and drugs, overeating, and intense risk-taking without consideration of future consequences.
- Hairless and Chilly. Having very little facial and chest hair helps to release extra body heat from that fast metabolism. (This is the mate who keeps turning down the thermostat!)
- More Boys. Extra mucous means the smaller, faster male sperm win the race more often, producing mostly male children.
- Mental Illness in the Family. Not all Histadelics are depressed, however, those who are, are at high risk because they have the energy to carry out a suicide plan and the impulsiveness to act quickly without thinking it over. If mental illness runs in your family, or you have any suicides on either side, consider this a wake up call.
So how did you do? If you’re still reading this, it’s likely you or someone close to you meets a lot of these criteria.
When I first read the list I was astonished at how many of these characteristics I had.
Let’s take “Compulsive Risk Taking” as an example. In 2010 picking up my life, my 10-month-old son and heading to Mexico for 6 months with $500 to my name seemed no more risky than staying in Canada for the winter. Most people would think I’m crazy. Mexico seemed like a safer option in my mind.
The ability to laugh at risk for an entrepreneur is a good thing. We need to be capable of doing the work ahead of us, in the allotted time, with a limited amount of resources, with absolutely no guarantee of success.
That visionary mind sees a big dream, has the will to make it happen, NO MATTER WHAT. You’ve got a vision, you’ve got game, and you’ve got a business.
What about when that spills over into overcommitting, overwhelm, insomnia, mania, and suicidal depression. Now that’s a recipe for disaster.
If you’ve read any of my other blogs, you’ll see that I talk openly about the challenges of my mental health, and how I support myself to thrive.
Just because there is a genetic tendency toward entrepreneurship, doesn’t guarantee becoming a successful entrepreneur.
In fact the odds are just as stacked towards burning out early, lifelong addiction, ending up dead by our own hands, or locked in a mental hospital, as they are towards solving world hunger, being the next Steve Jobs or reversing global climate change.
Grim thoughts, however ones that can be helpful if we use it as an incentive to develop excellent self care and nutrition to help ourselves sooner rather than later.
In order to find balance and success, we need to figure out how to deal with the more negative consequences of our tendencies and promote the positive ones.
Here are my top 5 tips for taking great care of yourself as a high histamine entrepreneur type:
1. Gratitude Journaling
Entrepreneurs are often so focused on the big goal that they struggle to remember what they’ve done well. Keeping a daily before bed journal of gratitude, things that are going well, triumphs of the day, and people who have supported you, helps to keep perspective when that big contract cancels and you’re left high and dry at the end of the month, or when your dreams hit that first (or fiftieth) obstacle and you just want to give up.
Even better, keeping a wall of accomplishments, and making a regular practice to review them, will help gain perspective on how much you really ARE doing, and help you to feel like you are making progress towards those big hairy goals. Journaling right before bed, is also great sleep hygiene, allowing yourself to clear the mind of the tasks you need to do tomorrow, and calm the body with a slow and relaxing activity.
Action Item: Check out this 5-minute hack for doing a great daily check-in/checkout for your workday.https://projectevo.org/app-install/
2. Vitamin Supplementation
Because of the high metabolism Histadellics often run through their nutrients faster than they can put them into the body. Brain fog is a real thing.
While forgetting the name of a person an at a networking event maybe forgivable, completely forgetting the key point of your keynote on stage infant of 1000 people, could turn the opportunity of a lifetime, into “that day I destroyed my career”.
Your brain needs to be sharp, and your mind needs to be clear.
Eating healthy whole foods, at regular times is crucial, as processed/takeout foods are often packed with toxins, additives, colours and chemicals which over time will impact your body more than the average person.
If you’re experiencing troubles with brain fog, adding in an Omega supplement with 2x more EPA than DHA will help give the brain the building blocks it needs to repair and restore that fog. If you’re not experiencing any troubles, give it a try for a month, and see how superhuman your brain will become!
If you’re having trouble with sleep or twitchy legs before bed. Magnesium can really help deal with the underlying causes.
Try switching to a high-quality veg and fruit smoothie in the morning. Not only does it make breakfast quicker to make (so you can get to your workday already), though if you have a tendency to forget to eat, you can drink your mid-day meals, in smoothie form, and still nourish your body.
90% of the population is deficient in one or more of these vitamins, Magnesium, Vitamin C, Niacin, cannabinoids, B Complex, Zinc, Multivitamin, Omega’s, Lecithin, and for Histadelics it’s even more important to supplement to avoid mental illness and avoid burnout.
Action Item: Click here to get a quick list of which vitamins I use on regular basis to keep my brain sharp. elenaharderr.com/Vitamins
3. Changing your Brainwaves with Isochronics
For those with never-ending to-do lists, relaxing is challenging, and falling asleep can be impossible some nights. Good bedtime hygiene and journaling can help, though if you’re still struggling, try Isochronics.
Isochronics are a powerful way of helping you shift from work mode, creative problem solving, badass focus, get shit done, over to chill mode (what’s chill mode? you say, try this track) or preparing the mind for sleep. Isochronics work by broadcasting a frequency of sound through the space that causes the brain waves to shift into a particular frequency, for example, Alpha waves for concentration, or restful theta waves for deeper meditations and sleep. They can even be used to increase arousal (not that we need help with that), creativity, and focus.
Action Item: Check out this search on youtube, and click around till you find something that works for your ears and preferences.
4. Brain Training/Subconscious Reprogramming.
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “90% of all business growth is personal growth”, one of the biggest factors contributing to mental health is our own self-talk.
How we speak to ourselves is crucially important, and especially if you’re dealing with a vitamin deficiency, these voices can get loud and nasty really fast.
Brain training is best done in the morning and evening times when we are rising/getting ready for sleep, because we’re able to access the subconscious easier, and use these times to program our brain to be better and more resourceful entrepreneurs. NLP (NeuroLinguistic Programming) is the basis of Tony Robins work and is part of what makes the work of the biggest personal development leaders work to create permanent change.
It involves asking ourselves questions, and making statements to the subconscious mind like “How easily can I leverage the skills I have to be even more successful in my business?” Questions like this pre-suppose (a fancy NLP way of saying that they assume) that it is easy, for you to do this, that you have the skills you need, and that you are “even more successful” implying to the subconscious that you are ALREADY successful, and simply seeking more of the same.
Action Item: Check out these custom made brain training tracks for entrepreneurs
5. Other People Who Get You!
Entrepreneurs often feel they are different than others, (partially because they are) and it can be a lonely journey, especially if friends and family members are 9-5’ers who don’t understand why you are so driven, compulsive, or overwhelmed by the need to achieve in your unique way. Finding other entrepreneurs, whether that is through a group coaching program, accountability group, co-working or educational program, allow you to brainstorm, learn from, and spend time with people like you, who are driven to make a difference in the world.
Action Item: My personal favourite group, and a lifesaver in a world of “seeming to have it all together” is the vulnerability, support, and weekly “we’re showing up for each other here at the Ignite. If you’ve read all the way to the bottom here, you’ll fit right in, so click here to join us!