ADD and the Entrepreneur
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Author: Darlene Hull

When I was 47 I discovered I had ADD. This was a glorious discovery as it helped me understand why I was so “different” from my peers. I never knew what I wanted to be when I “grew up” – and I still don’t. I have insatiable curiosity, and when it’s triggered my focus is impenetrable. When it’s not triggered, nothing on God’s green earth can get me to pay attention. I had more jobs in more different areas by the time I was 25 than most people have in a lifetime.

Shortly after discovering I had ADD I also realized I was an entrepreneur. What a relief that was! Now I knew I didn’t have to settle on one thing. I could explore many things, legitimately, and move on when I was done, handing my projects over to people who love the daily maintenance, the tweaking and measuring, the challenge of growing something. By doing this, we all win!

Just as an aside, it’s estimated that at least half of all entrepreneurs are ADD! In the “Entrepreneur.” blog titled, “Do Entrepreneurs Have ADD?” Carol Tice writes:

Their theory — the inability to focus on one thing for a long time makes entrepreneurs ill-suited for employment and drives them toward business ownership. As entrepreneurs, their ADD helps them keep the business growing, and tend to the million different things business owners need to do. Serial entrepreneurs, we can only assume, have ADD in the extreme, as they are compelled to start business after business rather than sticking with their first one.

My job as a social media strategist is a brilliant fit for ADD. Every client is a new discovery, a new project. I get to learn, grow, feed my curiosity, allow myself a good long moment of hyper focus, and when the joy has worn off, I have a wonderful team of people around me who love to take my work further and make it really fly. How cool is that?

As serendipity would have it, I was approached by an ADD/ADHD coach who needed help with his social media. A match made in heaven. He’s helping me channel those areas of my ADD that need a little discipline, and also showing me how to really cultivate the gift that ADD is – especially for an entrepreneur. I’m helping him manage and develop his social media strategy. It’s perfect.

Because so many entrepreneurs have ADD I’m going to be sharing some of my experiences from time to time. And if you’re an entrepreneur who’s struggling with handling your business due to ADD, please don’t hesitate to connect with Andrew. He’s a great guy!


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