How Having ADHD Can Be Beneficial For Entrepreneurs Who Know How To Handle It

By Ann Marie Van Den Hurk
Lexington Herald-Leader

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Peter Shankman, a successful serial entrepreneur and New York Times Best Selling author who has ADHD, decided to transform the narrative on ADHD from negative to positive. Recently, he wrote, Faster Than Normal: Turbocharge Your Focus, Productivity, and Success with the Secrets of the ADHD Brain.

Lexington Herald-Leader

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder or ADHD is a phrase commonly used when someone has difficulty paying attention or hyper.

Often, ADHD has a negative connotation. According to the National Institutes of Mental Health, about eight percent of the United States population has some form of ADHD.

Common symptoms in adults are difficulty paying attention, impulsiveness, and restlessness. That may translate into disorganization, poor time management, challenges focusing on a task and low frustration tolerance.

What if we reverse our views on ADHD from a negative to positive? And what is we learn how to harness the ADHD brain for better focus and productivity?

The ADHD brain is wired differently than the typical brain. Many traits associated with people who have ADHD are a rebellious youth; below average or average educational performance; tendency to switch between seemingly unrelated pursuits and struggle with daily responsibilities. They also have a seemingly superhuman ability to hyperfocus for a long time followed by a lull or doing something utterly irrelevant to the previous task.

The ADHD brain is wired for creativity and curiosity. ADHD is common with entrepreneurs. Sir Richard Branson, Stephen Hawking, Thomas Edison, and The Wright Brothers are some well-known names who had ADHD.

Peter Shankman, a successful serial entrepreneur and New York Times Best Selling author who has ADHD, decided the transform the narrative on ADHD from negative to positive. Recently, he wrote, Faster Than Normal: Turbocharge Your Focus, Productivity, and Success with the Secrets of the ADHD Brain.

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