MEET FOUR SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEURS,
ALL DIAGNOSED WITH ADHD, WHO SAY THAT THEY
DON’T NEED TO BE FIXED. BY EILEEN BAILEY
ACTRESS AND FOUNDER OF “HOW TO ADHD”
ESSICA MCCABE’S ACTING CAREER BEGAN
in 2003, when she landed the role of Nicole in Scorched,
an independent film. Since then, she has been in several
television shows and short movies, including Lure. But she
is probably best known for her You Tube channel, “How to
ADHD.” She launched the channel, in which she shares winning
strategies about living with ADHD, in January 2016.
McCabe was diagnosed with ADHD when she was 12 and
started taking medication soon after her diagnosis. As an adult,
Jessica decided she no longer needed medication, and stopped
for about a year and a half. “That was a bad
idea,” she says. Changing to a different
medication helped, but she still
struggled with ADHD symptoms.
“As I hit my early 30s, still
waiting tables and struggling
with my acting career,
and after many failed
relationships, I decided
meds were not enough.”
She researched ADHD
treatments and found that
meds weren’t the answer to
all symptoms. ADHD doesn’t
just affect focus, but many parts
of your life. During the course of
her research, she read lots of blogs
and watched videos about parenting a
child with the disorder, but very few
addressed living with ADHD as an adult.
McCabe filled that void by starting
her You Tube channel. She researched
tools and tips that might help her,
and shared what she learned with her
audience, creating an ADHD Toolbox.
McCabe is still taking medication
for ADHD. What also helps is daily
meditation and using fidget toys. She has found that helping
others live better with ADHD helps her live better.
“ As I hit my early 30S, still
meds were not
FOUNDER OF THE HYBRID SHOP
ATT CURRY WAS DIAGNOSED WITH ADHD
in 1978, when he was in seventh grade. He was
prescribed Ritalin, but, after a year, his parents and
doctors agreed to discontinue the medication. That was good
news for Curry: He discovered that he could be successful
without treating his ADHD.
After finishing school, Curry
worked in automotive stores,
increasing sales and profits at
each one, before starting an
auto repair shop. One shop
led to 10, making him the
owner of one of the largest
chains in the Washington, D.C.,
area. Wanting to share his expe-
riences and success, Curry wrote
the book The A.D.D. Entrepreneur,
and works with other business owners
to help them grow their businesses.
“ADHD is my superpower,” Curry says.
“I’m successful because of it, not in spite
of it.” There are strategies he uses in
his everyday life to help him harness
his creativity and energy. When a million ideas run through his
mind, he captures them on a whiteboard and narrows them
down to “three things I need to do.” He breaks down each of
the three things into the vision, the game plan, and the mes-
sage—what he wants to do, how he will do it, and why.
When his mind speeds like a race car, he slows himself down
by taking a walk, going for a drive, or retreating into his office
and meditating. There are times when brainstorming with others helps Curry sort out ideas and plans, and there are other
times when quiet thinking is most productive.
Curry’s advice to others diagnosed with ADHD is to embrace it. “Put yourself in situations where you are going to be
successful,” he says. “People with ADHD are good at sales. You
might be good at social work or other jobs where you are helping people. Use your strengths to find your own path in life.”
“ ADHD is my superpower.
I am successful
because of my
ADHD, not in
spite of it.”