A businessman and woman

You’re distractable, impulsive, and constantly worried if you’re doing the right things.

But you’re unpredictable, fun, and always trying out new things.

Having ADHD can be a real pain in the butt.  Still, it gives you strengths and differences that you probably don’t appreciate.

It’s up to you to learn how to use the good and accept your limitations.

Great Success

People with ADHD can be incredibly good at focusing on what’s important to them, impatient in some ways, and able to multitask really well.  They tend to get excited by things which are new and exciting to them and can think of entirely new ideas, innovating.

Michael Phelps, one of the most admired swimmers ever, has ADHD.  He used his ability to focus on what matters to him to become the best in the world.

Emily Dickinson, a famous poet, may have had ADHD.  She is famous for having written a massive amount of poetry that stands out for its high quality – her ability to produce such creative art and so much of it is classic ADHD.

Seth Godin a modern marketing guru, has ADHD.  He used his out-the-box thinking to come up with marketing ideas that are ingeniously simple and effective.

I know several executives who have ADHD and they are all extremely interesting people, highly accomplished and fun to work with.  The technology business and popular music scene are always evolving, require learning new ideas constantly, and always changing – perfect for people with this condition.

Challenges

But it’s not all good.  People with ADHD can find it incredibly hard to finish tasks, to sit through meetings, or plain pay attention.  Social relationships can also be a challenge.  Friendships may be exciting at first but lose their luster, with your friends feeling unappreciated, or simply not understanding the way you show your care for them.

If you have it, you may only feel fully comfortable in certain environments.  You may, for instance, only be able to think about a subject for an extended period of time while doing something totally unrelated, like taking a walk or riding a bus.

And you may have brilliant ideas that, when you actually have to do, turn out to be a lot more boring than you thought.  Or when you pursue them, you get bored just as they start becoming successful.

You may even be confused for someone with bipolar because of the many similarities between the two conditions.

Ultimately…

ADHD is so common that it could be argued to be normal.  If you have it, then that’s what you have, and you’re different.  That doesn’t mean worse or bad, but it does mean that you have to understand your strengths and weaknesses.  And don’t downplay your strengths.

If you can’t make it through a long meeting, but can spend hours doing your own thing – that’s great.  Think of it like this: the vast majority of people can do what you can’t, which means it isn’t that special.  But, because ADHD talents tend to be really esoteric and focused, there is hardly anybody who has the ability to do what comes easily to you.

You also have to realize that you may work in a different way than other people.  And you have to take their feelings into consideration as well as realize that what may make perfect sense to you might not to them.  Don’t be overly neurotic, of course, but be smart and realize there is a difference and, sadly, it’s up to you (because it’s your life) to bridge the gap.

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