Life with ADHD is a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week-adventure!! If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with ADHD, then you know how challenging it can be at times. Unfortunately, most of our focus is on the “negative aspects and problems” of ADHD and rarely are the strengths or positive qualities of ADHD appreciated or celebrated!!
These amazing attributes are the other side of the coin so to speak. These are the assets, personal talents, strengths, genius of ADHD that enrich our world. They include such attributes as: out-of-the-box-thinking, creativity, innovative thinking, humor, musically intuitive, perseverance, adventurous, intelligent, charming, great problem solver, willing to take risks, curiosity, imaginative, tenacious, resilient, unique…just to name a few. Here are some of my favorites and real life stories and examples of these positive attributes of ADHD.
“The most successful people are those who are good at Plan B.” ~ James Yorke
Innovative, according to the dictionary, means using or showing new methods or ideas. People with ADHD are definitely “innovative!” Over the years some of my favorite clients have been young adults preparing to transition to college or out on their own for the first time. I will never forget the ingenuity of one of these students for how he used to get out of bed and to class in the mornings!
Like many people in college, waking up and getting out of bed for morning classes was a nightmare. Setting alarms often failed. Having someone physically shake him out of bed was never a sure thing. So one ADHD college student came up with a very innovative way of making sure he got out of bed and didn’t miss any of his morning classes.
Each night as he was getting ready for bed, he would go through the same routine. He would prepare the coffee to automatically go off in the morning and then set the alarm by his bed. However, experience had shown him that the alarm by his bed would seldom be enough to get him on his feet. To solve this problem, he made sure that as he readied himself for bed each night, he set the timer on the coffee pot to go off exactly five minutes after his alarm. His fail-proof innovation? The smell of coffee you’re thinking…nope.
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