To have a successful career and life, recognize that you have Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder and that perhaps you are inherently better suited for some careers more than others.
There is some controversy about what causes Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder and whether it is more common today than it used to be. I don’t know, but I suspect there has been some level of ADHD around for probably as long as there have been people.
The problem isn’t really in having Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, it is that ADHD and your current life may not meld well together.
There are two ways to handle that. One is to change your life to fit your Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder. The other is to learn to deal with your ADHD and take advantage of some of the positive attributes while minimizing the less positive traits.
I’m not saying that you must radically change your life in order to have the successful, happy life you’ve dreamt of, but it makes sense to take your Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder symptoms into consideration while building and planning your life.
After all, not too many people who are 5 feet tall are going to dream of becoming a basketball star—and actually expect that dream to become reality, right? More likely, the person who is shorter in physical stature makes some adjustments to their career goals. They find ways to incorporate what they love about playing basketball into a life that doesn’t require they be something they cannot be.
The same is true for people with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder. Leading with their strengths and leaning away from their weaknesses can really help in planning a career that will lead to a happier life.
Sometimes our limitations and skills are quite obvious to the world. Other times, they are hidden. Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder is not as clearly announced to the world, or ourselves, as our height is, so sometimes we don’t understand why we are not having success at a career that we truly want, or that we think we should be able to do.
Maybe you have dreamt of being a business executive, but with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder you have found that you have trouble being in a desk job. That doesn’t mean you should kiss your career aspirations good-bye! Look at your dream career and re-evaluate what it means, looking beyond the surface. Maybe you are just in a repetitive job that doesn’t fuel you. You may find there are other ways to be a successful business executive that don’t involve sitting behind a desk pushing papers.
Having Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder doesn’t have to be a limitation on your career any more than not inheriting a tall gene does.