Entrepreneurs & Short Attention Span Syndrome Know one of those brilliant brains that can't have a sustained human conversation because their mind races too fast? They may suffer from a not-so-rare disorder. And you hold the cure -- if you print out the following article and hand them a copy. Entrepreneur SASS (With permission from Utah Valley Business Q) We may have an epidemic among us. At the next networking meeting you attend, wash your hands immediately afterward - maybe five times for good measure. Despite medical evidence to the contrary, a previously thought incommunicable disease is spreading faster than copies of "Who Moved My Cheese?" The disease is Short Attention Span Syndrome, or SASS. Perhaps someone you know and love is affected. Perhaps you yourself have noticed some of the following symptoms. - Shifting in your seat and coughing just a little too loudly during a boring meeting. - Saying to your significant other, I'm sorry, honey, could you repeat that? I wasn't paying attention. - Going to sleep while mentally rifling through a mile-long to-do list Many with these symptoms joke, "I must have ADD!" However, only 4 to 8 percent have the genetic condition referred to as ADD -- more correctly termed ADHD, -- which is present from birth and, while treatable, is permanent. The dreaded disease of SASS, on the other hand, develops over time. Symptoms begin to appear around the teenage years and slowly accelerate until they become a frenzy of activity and mental noise. SASS is viral. It passes from manager to employee, from spouse to spouse, from parents to children and from children to parents. Most common is the passing of SASS from entrepreneurial types: business owners, risk-tasking executives, sales professionals, visionaries. Entrepreneurs develop SASS themselves, typically in the incubator of their own ever-changing minds. While most everyone has a lot to do, entrepreneurs have the tendency to pick up a lot more "To-Dos" than the average person. They then pass the virus on to those around them. Entrepreneurs pass SASS to their employees in the form of altered objectives, multi-tasking, bold initiatives, training meetings, revised agendas, organizational restructuring, innovation after innovation, and of course, more meetings. They pass it on, unable to listen to the comments of others as they continue to create more to-dos in their mind.