If you’re one of the 1 in 20 Aussies with ADHD you’re probably a bit sick of hearing about all the negatives that come with having a neurodivergent brain. That’s why today on Chronically Bossy we’re going to be hyper focusing on the positives.

Back in 2008 a studies showed that the genes responsible for sensory seeking also influence the tendency to become an entrepreneur.

It’s almost like working for yourself is in our blood.

Neurodivergent business owner working on a laptop, ideas in blue swirling around her head.

We all know there are draw backs to having adhd. When I first decided I wanted to work for myself I had a new business idea each week.

Not just a new idea, but a domain name, website and at least one solid offer, all in seven days. It would have been hyper focus for the win except after a couple of weeks I’d get bored and move on to something else.

Maintaining focus is hard for us, but it doesn’t have to be the end of a beautiful small business. You can learn to focus, it’s not easy or particularly fun, but it’s do-able.

Anyway, on to the main event…

Resilience and Adaptability

If I had to pick one positive it’d be our resilience and ability to adapt. Maybe this is a learned trait, because we’ve always had to create work arounds for everything so being able to turn on a dime is something we do as a matter of course. Or maybe it’s something that’s just in our nature, but whatever it is, I’m here for it.

If there’s one thing that can be described as a roller coaster ride it’s running your own business, so being able to pivot is an amazing skill to have.

Being able to think outside the box is especially important right now during this economic downturn when people aren’t spending like they normally do and a lot of businesses are suffering and even closing their doors.

Hyper focusing on passion projects

Hyper focus is the ADHD superpower. It’s amazing how much you can get done when your brain clicks on and you get to work.

If you’re listening along wondering what hyper focus is, it’s the ability to get super absorbed in what you’re doing for extended periods of time. You’re amazingly productive. You can problem solve like a boss and come up with brand new products and ideas.

As amazing as hyperfocus can be in the moment, it can also lead to burnout because when you’re in the middle of it all, it’s easy to forget to look after yourself.

Exceptional Problem Solving

People with ADHD are also, often natural problem solvers. They’re amazing at thinking on their feet and finding creative solutions when faced with unexpected challenges. It can be a real game changer when you need to change course or pivot in your business.

Just by the by, I really don’t like the phrase “game changer” I just couldn’t think of a better one.

Unmatched Creativity

Which brings us to creativity. Thinking outside the box. Innovations in marketing, product development, making seemingly unrelated things connect and coming up with fresh ideas. As someone with ADHD you have to ability to come up with unique business concepts and strategies that can set you apart from everyone else in your field.

There’s a lot of amazing that comes along with having ADHD, but the big thing that allows you to keep going is remembering to take care of yourself – or finding someone else would can do it for you.
Burn out is real and it can take months to recover from.

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See you next time.