As a growing number of people are diagnosed with ADD and ADHD those same people are starting to look for better ways to understand and manage what has been categorized as a significant disorder.
In fact, rather than bombing the diagnosis with drugs, some are starting to question if it’s a disorder at all.
My guest on this week’s episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast is Peter Shankman, entrepreneur, best-selling author, and advocate for entrepreneurs with ADD and ADHD. He created the site Faster than Normal: Unlocking the Gifts of ADD and ADHD. We discuss the entrepreneurial spirit, and how “disorders” like ADD and ADHD can be viewed as gifts.
I have no research to back this claim, but my guess is that entrepreneurs are blessed with just a touch more ADHD than the general population – it’s a productivity tool when managed.
My wife often points to the fact that the way I think, work, and act at times looks an awful lot like the characteristics of ADHD. I guess one question that I would love to explore is whether I’m an entrepreneur with ADHD or because of it. It’s pretty easy to get good at omni-tasking when you own a business.
Anyone who has met Shankman in real life knows that he is a great spokesperson for those trying to reframe the gift of ADHD.
Questions I ask Peter:
- Why does the world view these as disorders?
- What gifts do you view as superpowers?
- How do you avoid the pitfalls of ADD and ADHD?
What you’ll learn if you give a listen:
- How to embrace your differences as gifts
- How Peter has changed his lifestyle to improve his productivity
- How your health can impact your ability to run your business
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