I’m developing a global community project called We All Need a Hero.
The objectives of this project are to inspire, give hope and courage to teens and adults with ADHD.
What compels me to start this project?
Experts estimate that between 4 and 8% of adults have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD). As the wife and mother of ADHDers and an ADHD Coach for more than 6 years, I know how devastating ADHD can be when you don’t know how to manage it.
- Adults with ADHD struggle – in their professional lives they are less productive and are much more likely to lose their jobs;
- In the personal lives, they are twice as likely to end up in a divorce or worse, resign themselves to never being in a loving relationship;
- In their financial lives, they are 4 times more likely to struggle with serious financial problems.
- And the list goes on.
They spend so much of their lives trying to recover from failures and feeling defective that they don’t have time, energy or the belief in themselves to transform their lives and reach their full potential.
As a result, not only does this impacts their family, their colleagues, the companies they work for, but we, as a society, lose the contribution these Creative Geniuses could make in the world. Unfortunately, the stigma and judgment surrounding adult ADHD keeps many of them “in the closet” and unable to receive the help they need.
I believe that everyone has a contribution to make in this world and when even one person can’t reach his or her full potential, the world misses out on possibly an important contribution.
If Nothing Changes
If ADHD in adults continues to be stigmatized, more people will continue to hide their problem, keeping them from getting the help they need and never reaching their full potential.
What Will Change Things?
We as a society need to de-stigmatize ADHD. We need to recognize that adults with ADHD have strengths – such as creativity, a stronger tolerance to risk, etc. – that if developed, can lead to success. We know this because there are many successful adults with ADHD. These models of success can become ADHD Heroes, inspiring teens and adults with ADHD to come out of the shadows and provide the hope and encouragement for ADHDers to believe they are capable of having a full and powerful life.
I am looking for ADHD Heroes to help me build, as a first step, a Web site with videos and articles of interviews with successful adults with ADHD – ADHDers who’ve had success in some area of their lives.
I’m in search of adults and families with ADHD who would like to contribute to this project and make a difference. We need all kinds of help:
- Select the team members;
- Build and design the site (WordPress blog);
- Reach people through social media (set up a Facebook page, etc);
- Access technology for videos, webcam, etc;
- Support us with technology for video;
- Reach ADHD Heroes who are willing to talk about their road to success,;
- Communicate this project and bring attention to it as we finish;
- Interview and write articles of ADHD Heroes;
- Successful ADHD Heroes who are willing to share the secrets to their success in a short video interview (preferred) or be interviewed;
- Etc. I’m sure there are things I haven’t thought of yet.
To join us you must be a teen or adult with ADHD or member of an ADHD family. No one will be remunerated for this work, not even me. This project aims to pull us – the community of adults and families with ADHD – together to help us dispel the myth that ADHDers can’t amount to much and see the real contribution ADHDers can make in the world.
If you would like to join me in this project, let me know what skill set or strengths you bring and the role you’d like to play in the form below.
I hope you’ll join our team.
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