Successful People with ADD

Successful People with ADD
Do you know any child with Attention Deficit Disorder who thinks he is successful? Then, that child is resilient and has a good support system! Often, before diagnosis and treatment, kids with ADD are in trouble in school, at home, and with the kids in the neighborhood. Unless there is some type of intervention, these feelings of being in trouble and personal inadequacy can persist into adulthood and follow them into the workplace. Kids with Attention Deficit Disorder need somebody to teach them to be successful. If this doesn't happen for them as children, each of them needs to learn to be successful as an adult. What does this entail?

Learn analysis-figure out what steps you need to take to reach your goal:

What is the goal? Articulate your goal in a specific way. Don't be vague. Instead of saying, "I want to get ahead at work," say instead, "I will apply for the next promotion that I am qualified for."

What do you need to reach the goal? You would need to have excellent qualifications for the jobs that interest you. Apply your analytic skills to decipher which qualifications that you already have and which you need to learn. If there are related professional skills, group them, and learn each group. If networking would help, make a list of people who can help you in furthering your goals. Which would be best suited to help you?

How can you get those needs met? Skills acquisition can be accomplished by formal classroom training. Take classes. If a certificate in that discipline is offered, and it would help your quest, earn the certificate. Self-study is also an option. Start with your local library or community college. Often, they have materials that can help build skills. The apprenticeship program has been used since the dawn of time. Find a knowledgeable person who would be willing to help you acquire the needed skills. This person might also be able to help you with networking. Would they be willing to introduce you to people who could offer you advice? Ask!

Learn to reframe failure:

When is failure not actually failure? The simple answer is: when it is a learning tool. Thomas Edison's famous quotation is, "If I find 10,000 ways something won't work, I haven't failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is often a step forward...." When you are able to learn from mistakes, you don't have failure. You have preparation for success. Reframing an event lets you see events in a different light.

Allow yourself to be successful:

You know what failure feels like. Every person who has ADD has had his or her share of failure. Although it is sad, the feeling is familiar. Success is sometimes frightening, since people will expect more from you as you become more successful. When you are used to failure, higher expectations put more stress on you. Don't let the stress stop you! Soon, you get used to the new higher level of success, and it no longer feels so scary.

Research has shown that people with Attention Deficit Disorder are highly creative problem solvers. They have an enormous amount of energy. By planning to be successful, people with ADD can amaze the world. What does Jet Blue Airlines, the Virgin Group of over 400 companies, and Kinko's have in common? Each company was founded by a person who has Attention Deficit Disorder. Their early lives with ADD were difficult, but each found his own plan for using his Attention Deficit Disorder to be successful. You can too!


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