I wanted to share this inspiring story with you. After all, if you have ADHD or you love someone who does, you could use a reminder that it’s possible, even, under the right conditions, (which you CAN create, by the way) inevitable, to be wildly successful despite ADHD.
In an interview with the March edition of Success Magazine, Creative Genius, Sir Anthony Hopkins, describes the rejection and pain he felt as a child with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia. Labeled a “problem child” and struggling in school, anger consumed him as he compared himself with his brilliant cousins who excelled academically.
“Act Happy” to Be Happy
Thankfully for those of us who have long enjoyed his acting, he chose to channel the fire of his anger to “rise above it” instead of becoming a negative force in his life.
Playing different roles as an actor allowed him to discover that being happy is a choice. He explains how, just as a great actor must do for any part, once you assume the “role” of a happy person, you program your mind to be happy and in the process you become happy. It took me years to realize that indeed, we all have a choice as to how we respond to life’s difficulties, and that choosing to be happy is just as possible and easy as choosing to be unhappy.
Choose Your Strengths
Adopting a strategy that every successful ADHDer will recognize, he chose a career that uses his strengths and talents while minimizing his weaknesses. This is not to say that everything comes easily. To succeed as an actor, he works extraordinarily hard and invests a lot of time and energy preparing for his roles so he’ll feel confident and at ease during rehearsals. He doesn’t waste time or energy making excuses why he can’t learn his scripts because of his ADHD and dyslexia. Instead, he realizes that, for the opportunity to pursue his passion, this is a small price to pay.
Give It Your Best Shot
When you focus your energies and efforts in an area of strength, you can do anything or overcome any obstacle, yes, even with ADHD. Sir Anthony Hopkins struggled in school, was labeled early in life, and works harder than other actors to overcome his dyslexia to read his scripts and compensate for the short term memory issues that make it so difficult to memorize his lines. And yet he doesn’t allow any of these obstacles to stand in his way.
Don’t Let Obstacles Stand In Your Way
Are you letting obstacles stand in your way? What can you learn from Sir Anthony Hopkin’s example as a Creative Geniuses and ADHD Adult? I was inspired by his story and realized each of us can:
- Choose to use adversity as a springboard to greatness
- Choose to be happy, “act” happy, and you will be happy
- Choose a career that uses your talents and minimizes your weaknesses
- Work hard and “over” prepare to feel confident and in control as you pursue every opportunity.
- Don’t follow the crowd but make choices you intuitively know are right for you; success follows.
What other inspiring lessons can you draw from Sir Anthony Hopkin’s story? Or do you have your own inspiring story of overcoming adversity to succeed in spite of ADHD. Please share below.