Tomorrow is the huge international Personal Branding Summit. See the post from yesterday to see the schedule of speakers. There is no cost to you, just go register and then figure out what sessions you want to call into!
Are you concerned about managing a career with adult ADHD? Is this a concern for someone you know, or a loved one? If so, please read this post and the comments, and then share it with others.
I’m no expert in this, but I thought I would present this e-mail I got from a friend of a friend and see what you think:
In September, I walked away from dissatisfying career in order to venture out on my own as a freelance web designer. Currently I have a full time contract with a company, but it ends in a few weeks and at that point I’ll have to find my own clients. I may get rehired in the spring, but that’s never a sure thing.
Six months ago, I was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Since then I have been taking medication and recently started seeing a therapist. She said a coach might be able to help me learn to cope with ADD in my life and in my career. I can see that many of the problems I’ve had in my career may have been caused or at least worsened by my ADD.
Throughout my life, I have had trouble with time management and motivation. I get distracted easily and end up wasting a major part of my workday on meaningless things. In addition, I’ve always been a terrible procrastinator and a perfectionist, which ends up being an impossible combination. Estimating how long a task should take is also a huge stressor for me, but it’s a required skill for bidding on projects and billing. It’s imperative that I deal with these issues right away. Otherwise, I don’t stand a chance.
If you have any ideas on coaching and coping with ADD in the workplace or know of anyone that I might talk to, it would be much appreciated.
Do you know anything about Adult Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)? Are you successfully managing a career with ADHD? (Yes, I know there is a difference between ADD and ADHD) What advice can you offer this person?
Managing A Career with Adult ADHD: Your Comments
The comments here are excellent! Many of them are from professionals with ADD or ADHD, or coaches who actually help with managing a career with adult ADHD.
Please spend time going through those comments. If managing a career with adult ADHD hits close to home for you, perhaps study the comments. Print them out, highlight them.
Also, share this post. There are a lot of people who are very frustrated because of ADD or ADHD, and unsure if they can actually have a successful career. They can, of course, but the frustration can be overwhelming and feel hopeless.
There is hope, and help. Read and share, and thank you!