Perry is a mad multipotentialite misfit, you might say crazy, well perhaps in that Steve Jobs think different way.
"Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes ... the ones who see things differently…"
He was born in The Netherlands, famous for its liberal life, bikes and bulbs, and began working with his father on the market selling lampshades. He was industrious, getting up at first light every weekend to help his father in the business. Advising customers from all over and enjoying the work, the diversity of people, the fast-thinking, and connecting with clients - but he knew there must be more to life than this. You might say he had a light bulb moment.💡
Though his parents never worried about him, he himself felt torn between a mixture of expectations and expertise, as defined traditionally by education and employment. Typical structure from school, to admin, even to marriage, straightforward for many, were not for Perry. He made the best of it and tried to deliver what was expected of him but not without frustration at the narrow options in life.
It all changed when he went with his family to live in Beijing, China. Every day was a discovery, wondrously different, nothing was as expected and that was a huge bonus, leading to success for him. Learning Chinese was a delight, trying to understand the culture, finding a way to live there. He was going to be the first foreign taxi driver in China! His crazy brain with unexpected routes of thinking made him successful in an environment that was completely the opposite of his background.
Whilst there, he even sold a TV format to the largest TV production company in the world. New formats, though, is how Perry thinks. Right now he is in the midst of creating and curating a large platform for neurodiverse individuals, offering them a way to shine brightly in this world that seemingly has just one light fitting available thereby leaving their lamps in the shade.
Instead of seeing his ADHD energy, dyslexic preference for visual and verbal learning, and multi-task switching brain as a disability or disorder, they became his assets for seeing and doing things differently.
He reinvented himself as a non-linear thinker and created The Octopus Movement to make a difference for other multi-passionate people to use their diverse knowledge and outside-of-the-box thinking for the better.
"they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do." (Steve Jobs, 1997)