Here a Five traits adults living with ADHD can celebrate about!
It only takes one Google search to find tons of information about the difficulties surrounding ADHD and its symptoms. Many adults who have been newly diagnosed with ADHD have no idea of some of the wonderful strengths associated with ADHD. This is not to minimize the impact of some of the negative symptoms of ADHD. It is, however, designed to help those who have ADHD start to realize their true potential. Look at these five traits associated with ADHD, think of your own experiences, and see how some have fit into your life. Many adults with ADHD stumble over their strengths, many adults have such low self-esteem because of this disorder that they don’t realize they have these strengths. They view them merely as ‘accidents’ or ‘lucky breaks’ but not inherent skills that are associated with having ADHD.
Adults living with ADHD are natural at following the current, as it flows and adapts to whatever the situation is. Adaptability is an important strength to have. Many a time those living with ADHD learn to adjust to situations or modify their behaviors depending on their surroundings. While there are many people struggling with this, those with ADHD find the change a welcome relief to what could have been perceived as mundane or boring. Adults with ADHD may look for ways to experience new and exciting adventures. So being able to adapt is part of the process.
So, daydreaming may seem like something children do but those living with ADHD are masters at this. On the outside, it may seem like a very bad or useless skill to have but when put into the proper perspective, being imaginative is incredibly valuable and if the person living with ADHD is in the right type of workspace it could mean the difference between being the worst employee (accounting) or the best employee in the world (web design).
Looking at the first two strengths it makes perfect sense that adults living with ADHD are natural-born entrepreneurs. They need to be in control of their own destiny, not reporting to a strict boss that lays down rules that they must adhere to. Being the captain of their own ship is most desirable. So, having ADHD makes you a fine candidate to be the owner of your own business. It’s important to note that not one business can be launched on your own. If you’re reading this and you have ADHD make sure you establish all the resources necessary to take the plunge into business ownership. Hire the right people to help you outsource all the tedious work and make sure that you have a system in place for operations before you begin.
This is a sort of foreshadowing of the next trait we will discuss, but this is one of the most important adherent traits anyone can have. The ability to find hope in just about every situation is one of the best qualities anyone can have but it is second nature to individuals living with ADHD. Part of having a mind wired this way means there is always another way – there’s always hope. That combined with the other traits listed is part of the equation of confidence for someone living with ADHD.
As mentioned in the last section, adults living with ADHD know there’s always a solution to a problem. The difference between adults living with ADHD and others is we will look for the solution. We know that everything can be a challenge so we are ready to Hunt for the answers. We need to accomplish whatever task there is in front of us. Since being naturally curious we ask lots of questions and thus store lots of answers, so the process or system of solving problems becomes easier and faster for those living with ADHD.
So, if you are an adult living with ADHD or you are newly diagnosed, remember these five traits as your natural gifts, and when you cultivate and grow those gifts it will make your existence with ADHD a lot easier. Mastering these strengths will also give you the opportunity to dream bigger and do more.