ADHD traits can be an 'opportunity' for entrepreneurs

Which would you say is most useful to an entrepreneur; perseverance, the letters MBA on your CV header, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? Serial entrepreneur and business coach Cameron Herold might punt for the last. In his popular 2010 TED talk – “Let’s raise kids to be entrepreneurs” – Herold argued that behavioural traits associated with the disorder, such as a tendency to see the whole picture rather than remember detail, should be encouraged and developed by schools, because they are key entrepreneurial qualities. “Attention deficit [hyperactivity] disorder can be a problem, or it can be an opportunity,” he told us.

The Canadian, who has ADHD, launched his first business aged 21 and has since grown three companies past the $100m mark. He was previously vice president of (a B2B bartering services company), chief operating officer of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and is now chief operating officer of coaching company BackPocket. He opened his TED talk with the line: “I would be willing to bet that I’m the dumbest guy in the room because I couldn’t get through school” and describes how he struggled in the classroom.

Taken from article by Emma Featherstone at The Guardian Saturday 18 July 2015 16.00 AEST

What’s the best way to take notes on your laptop or tablet

Electronic devices tempt us to try to multi-task, but according to research, only 5% of people can multi-task efficiently.

People have a maximum attention span of around ten minutes, thus the amount of attention we can devote to processing, encoding, storing and retrieving information is limited.

When students divide their attention by simultaneously trying to take notes as they listen to the teacher, check Facebook, answer texts and respond to email, their notes are less effective because they are distracted by non-academic activities.

Taken from an article in The Conversation

Exercise, Sport and ADHD

"Exercise is good for all of us. Not only does it add to our health and well being, but striving to be physically fit teaches us many other skills as well. For the child or adult with ADHD, exercise and sports can help reinforce teamwork, discipline, cooperation, and how to work toward a goal. Plus, physical activity often increases self-esteem and satisfaction with life." (CHADDarticle on Exercise, Sport and ADHD)

Doing it with thousands of other people like in the Sun-Herald City2Surf presented by Westpac can be an amazing experience. Having the goal to complete the City2Surf even just walking can provide an incentive to do the preparation and build up fitness on a daily or weekly basis.



Laundry & ADHD: A Fairy Tale

Once upon a time in the far away land of Chicago was a girl who had ADHD. She realised she was running a bit low on jeans for work and contemplated washing all the clothes that had begun piling up in various locales around her apartment. You know, the living room on the side of the couch, the hall outside the bathroom and underneath the bed are all great substitutes for a hamper, which the ADHD girl did not own.


What If The People In Your Life Aren’t Supportive of Your ADHD Diagnosis?

Being diagnosed with ADHD as an adult is a life-changing event. You finally figure out why you are the way you are, and it’s only natural for you to want to share the experience with your closest friends and family. Sadly it might come as a shock to discover that your nearest and dearest aren’t as encouraging and supportive as you had hoped, saying things like:


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