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WHAT IS THE PERFECT CAREER FOR ME & MY ADHD?

By: Rick Green

What’s the best job in the world for someone with ADHD? Being a comedy actor, director, producer, and writer, I know what I’d say. By ‘best job’ I mean the most fun. Not the most lucrative. As in spiritually rewarding vs. financially rewarding. Not that they’re mutually exclusive.

I’d highly recommend that anyone and everyone with ADHD get into comedy. But I won’t, because I don’t need the competition. And if I stop and think about it, which is not like me, I realize that not everybody loves getting up in front of crowds of people. Apparently public speaking is a bigger fear for most people than death, poverty, or taking your kids to a Miley Cyrus concert.

Everyone is different, everyone is unique, everyone has their own special combination of traits and personality. Which, I know, is annoying. No wonder we don’t like other people so much. They are weird. As in, different from me.

I suppose this is good and it makes for a more interesting world. But you’ve got to admit, it does take a lot more energy to remember peoples’ likes, dislikes, marital status, or first name. By the way, if name tags are so handy at public events, why don’t we all wear them? All the time. That would save me a lot of mental strain.

What Was I Talking About Again?

Oh, right. The perfect job. After sifting through our interviews with a dozen experts while making our latest video on The Perfect Career for ADHD (coming soon), I’m am perfectly clear there are two universal truths for ADDers.

First thing: There is no one all-round right job. Because as Wilma Fellman, an expert on ADHD and careers points out, every person with ADHD has a unique combination of challenges. Your combination of strengths and weaknesses will be different than mine. But there are common issues we are dealing with, so it’s not surprising that the experts do suggest certain fields where you’ll find a lot of ADDers. In fact, as Dr. Margaret Weiss jokes, there are certain jobs that only someone with ADHD would even consider!

Second thing: The right job is big. Very big for an ADDer.
I’m starting to appreciate how lucky I have been to find a job that really plays to my strengths. The one thing I can see that I haven’t done well is handing off the stuff I don’t do well to someone else.

We’ll talk about that in more detail on our webinar on March 26th, with two of the key experts in our Careers video, Wilma Fellman and Robert Tudisco. If you’re not in a work situation that you adore, be sure to register (right away). And be sure to attend. (I know, I know, it’s the ADHD.)

The Big Question

So how do you find the career that best matches your personal blend of ADHD traits?

I’ll blog about that on Monday. Between now and then I want you to imagine that you’ve just won the lottery. It’s a lottery that pays you every month for the rest of your life. Your basic needs are covered. And then some. You’re more than comfortable.

Okay, so you never have to work again. Ever. Complete freedom.

What will you do with your days?

If you didn’t have to work at a job to earn a living, what would have you leaping out of bed in the morning? (Other than the Fire Alarm.)

What’s interesting is how few people have an answer for this question.

Which is kind of sad, since the question could be rephrased as, “What makes you totally happy?”.

*Note:  To watch the recorded webinar with Rick Green, Wilma Felman and Robert Tudisco, go to:http://totallyadd.com/webinars/

heartWhat the ADHD Experts Say about Coaching for ADHD

We recommend that you hire an ADD coach to assist you in the process. Get yourself a coach to help you stay on track- Kate Kelly and Peggy Ramundo. Authors of You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?!
Coaching, it turns out, is one of the most powerful and effective ways for people with ADHD to achieve success.- Thom Hartmann. Writer of 7 books on ADHD who has ADHD.
Coaching is the single most effective tool in ADD self-management.- Dr. Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. Author of several books on ADHD who has ADHD
Coaching intervention can make a real difference in how people with AD/HD negotiate their own particular deficits and cope with life on a daily basis- ADDA - Attention Deficit Disorder Association

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