IN THEIR WORDS ADHDers sound off on family, work, and life
SOME OF THE ENTREPRENEURS I ADMIRE MOST ARE THE ONES WHO HAVE taken a perceived weakness and turned it into an advantage. Bill Gates overcame the failure of his first business, and Richard Branson used
his charming personality to make up for being a poor student (with
O2E Brands, the company I founded, has achieved great milestones in
the home-service industry, but when I started the first company under the
banner 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, success never seemed certain.
That’s because I have ADHD. In school, I’d get sudden bursts of energy and
find it impossible to concentrate. As a world-renowned liver surgeon, my dad
found it hard to accept that I’d never be a scholar. When I dropped out of
university to haul junk full-time, in the early ’90s, he couldn’t understand.
What neither of us realized until later were the advantages that ADHD
gave me as an entrepreneur. Others tired at the prospect of hauling junk and
general administration, but I’d greet the end of each day enthusiastically,
looking for more to do. Having more energy gave me an edge in the early
days, as I worked to get my junk-hauling business off the ground.
Because I was able to tap into my own “weakness” and transform it into a
secret superpower, I believe others can do it, too. Overcoming or embracing
some of the stereotypes of ADHD has given me a belief in the awesome things
people can do if they dream big and work hard.
the first 15 minutes of
opening her eyes. A few
sips or bites can do wonders for her mood, and
also help get her going.
—from What’s the Deal
With... Teens and Time
Management?, by Leslie
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Brian Scudamore, entrepreneur, founder of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?