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Determination: an ADHD Advantage

Every entrepreneur will say perserverence and determination are key to success. Perhaps that’s why such a high percentage of entrepreneurs, diagnosed or not, fit the ADHD profile. One entrepreneur described his hyperfocusing as an advantage saying, “When I’m wrapped up in a new business, I can’t let go. I can’t think of anything else, and I can’t give up, long after ‘more sensible’ people would.”There’s no question determination leads to success…

  • Determination drove Walt Disney to pursue and eventually realize his dreams despite declaring bankruptcy multiple times.
  • Determination kept Michael Jordan working to improve his game after he was cut from his basketball team in high school.
  • Dertermination kept John Grisham going though he was turned down by the first 35 publishers.

You don’t have to have ADHD to be determined, but it might help. If there’s one thing my clients have in common, it’s an indominable spirit. I hear many horror stories of their struggles and yet what shines through in every case is enthusiasm and optimism. They know their future will be better, and they’re not looking for sympathy, they’re looking for help to go out and build that future for themselves.

It is this more than anything else that inspired me to become an ADHD coach. In a world where whining and blaming have become the norm, how refreshing it is to work with people who, when they are knocked down, want nothing more than an opportunity just to get back up and tackle it again.

2 Comments
  1. My son has ADHD, so this will be good for him to hear. I’m glad that you’ve noticed determination and optimism from your clients. It’s good to hear that others can overcome this! I’ll continue to help my son as best I can.

    • In some situations, ADHD can have its advantages. Plus we are all born with strengths. The issue with people with ADHD have is that they spend so much of their lives avoiding or repairing mistakes and they never really have an opportunity to explore their strengths. Good luck to you and your son.

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