Career Advice from ADHD Executives

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Is an ADHD diagnosis getting you down? Are you feeling like you’re never going to get anywhere in your career with all the limitations that seem to be piling up? Yes, ADHD can be frustrating. It can be discouraging. It can be a downright pain in the you-know-what. Yes, ADHD may feel limiting at times, but it doesn’t have to actually be limiting. Having an ADHD diagnosis does not mean that you’re never going to achieve career success, it just means that you may have to approach success from a different angle.

Don’t believe us? Well for one, we here at Springboard are privileged to encounter a number of highly successful individuals with ADHD. There is also evidence from this article offering career advice from 5 very successful executives with ADHD and/or learning disabilities. These individuals – most of whom were labeled as ‘lazy’ or perceived as having low potential as students – have actually transformed their diagnoses into assets in the workplace, and climbed the ranks in pretty extraordinary ways.

The most consistent piece of advice from these executives is to play to your strengths. Charles Schwab – founder and chairman of the online investing and trading company Charles Schwab and Co. – says, “find out what you can do well, focus on it, and work doubly hard…we all aspire to do the best we can with what we’re dealt. Focus on your strengths. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and to admit you need it.”

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