Inattentive. Hyperactive. Impulsive.
These three words best describe the primary characteristics of a person with ADHD or Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity-Disorder. ADHD is a disorder of the brain displaying an ongoing pattern of inattention. It is also said to be the most common mental disorder of children. It can continue into adulthood and can affect work behavior. There are those who find it hard to stay on top of details or concentrate on a particular project. There are those who quickly get bored with routine tasks, and procrastinate at a valuable time.
Workplace issues for people with ADHD go on and on. Luckily, its symptoms can be managed – sometimes even used to one’s advantage – to bring success. Contrary to popular belief, adults with this disorder can learn, adapt, and play to their strengths. They just have to find, identify, and pursue a career or job that matches their characteristics, and their unique skills can be used in various work settings.
Hyperfocused Risk Takers
It is said individuals with ADHD can excel more as entrepreneurs since entrepreneurship allows them to be flexible, challenged, and decisive. Research shows they become successful not in spite of the disorder, but because of it.
They have a “seize-the-day” mindset, resulting in their focus and unparalleled attention to pursuing what they are passionate about. There was one individual with ADHD who was interviewed and remarked “Running my own business is the best thing for me. I could not imagine working for somebody else.” He also preferred to have the diagnosis, than not get it and be stuck as an employee.
How Can One Use These ADHD Traits As Business Advantages?
Unless an individual is working in jobs that offer a great deal of movement, such as being in the sales department, and not in a sedentary job such as being in the accounting department, then all is good.
This is where entrepreneurship becomes attractive. Work capacity is twice as large for those with ADHD. They can work all day, or put on an all-nighter for their business, and they wouldn’t mind it too much. As long as they’re passionate about it, they can focus and concentrate on making sure the business runs smoothly.
Someone who is impulsive tends to seek different sensations, as well as be on the hunt for things to do. Those with ADHD can use their impulsiveness in making, and committing to a business decision.
Compared to a normal person who would over analyze or rationalize things, they can be calm and be in a high-risk situation and not be as rattled. They have a high sense of urgency associated with entrepreneurship which isn’t easily found in other individuals. In addition to that, they often have a lack of premeditation wherein they act before they think or action-orientation state.
Hurdles and challenges are present in businesses. That doesn’t mean it can stop and get in the way of a man with a goal. There are many accomplished business people in the world such as:
Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Airlines
John Chambers, CEO of Cisco Systems
David Neeleman, founder, and CEO of Jet Blue Airways
Walt Disney, founder of Disneyland
Even those in different industries and careers are excelling. Some famous, successful personalities with ADHD include Will Smith, Michael Phelps, Jim Carrey, Paris Hilton, etc.
Individuals with ADHD are seen to be “suffering” from the condition, but the successful people know that it’s all in mind. They know how to go around their strengths, face business challenges head-on, take smart and sometimes uncertain risks, and plan for good fortune.
They didn’t stay stuck just because they have ADHD. They were active – no, hyperactive – in pursuing what was exciting and important for them.