We’ve heard it all before, those with ADHD are disinterested with trivial and routine tasks in the workplace. But did you know the opposite could be true? The world we live in is constantly changing and evolving, and those with ADHD are best equipped to flourish in this setting. At work, entrepreneurs with ADHD are finding success due to the exciting and risky venture that naturally stimulates those with ADHD. Many successful CEOs and entrepreneurs are diagnosed with ADHD, which is hardly a surprise, as many have an impatient and creative benefit that comes along with an ADHD diagnosis. Focusing on big picture ideas, thriving under pressure, and the ability to concentrate when interests are stimulated are key in benefiting entrepreneurship.
One of the most important considerations for an entrepreneur with ADHD is to ensure you love what you do. Passion leads to motivation and focus. Another important item for entrepreneurs to consider is the team they surround themselves with. These professionals that are responsible for various aspects of the business are important for delegating and working on different tasks. Entrepreneurs with ADHD to have the tendency to want to do everything by themselves, which usually leads to over-commitment and unrealistic expectations and timelines that they are unable to meet, which leads to frustration. A vision and defined business plan are also crucial, so business decisions aren’t rushed or made at the spur of the moment. In other words, you need a road map to success with SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely) to help guide you on where you would like your business to go. A business plan for entrepreneurs is not a typical business plan. I believe it needs to be visual and tangible and also needs to include tools and techniques that will bypass ADHD’s natural resistance to structure and free your mind of personal limitations or biases that have been previously experienced. In your business plan, you need to give yourself permission to think big and let go of negative past experiences. In both the Evaluate and Grow stage of the LEVERAGE ADHD system, I help my clients make a modified SWOT (Strength, Weakness, Opportunities, Threats) analysis of their business and tailor it to their unique ADHD.
I encourage you to gather as much information about ADHD and how it directly impacts your life. Research your unique symptoms, look to an ADHD coach, attend ADHD group meetings, and observe your behaviors and how they impact your life. It’s important to understand that being diagnosed with ADHD does not make you “diseased” and there are natural treatments to control your ADHD that enable you to be the best version of yourself. ADHD is only beneficial when you can leverage it, and when you understand how your unique ADHD affects you and your life. Not expressing your emotions can cause paralysis, and your life depends on your attitude and the ability to draw from personal strength. Growth is actions taken in the right direction over time, with ADHD it is easy to get stuck, but it is the difference between active and effective. As progress continues, so does the belief that success is an option. The need for stimulation is crucial to maintain interest and performance, and continuing to dream helps the ADHD mind.