I think it may be time for me to come clean with you guys. I’m a little nervous because I haven’t really talked about this in a big way and it’s kind of personal.
But I made a commitment this year to be as authentic as I can be, and it’s becoming more and more difficult to do that without letting everyone — my friends, my family, people I work with, my clients, people who follow me, and you — know about something that’s becoming more and more clear to me every day.
(I feel like I should be standing up at a podium, starting out with, “Hello, my name is Marcia, and I’m . . “)
So here it is, straight out: it appears I have strong ADD tendencies.
I haven’t been diagnosed, but many of you know I’ve been working with ADHD coach Jacqueline Sinfield on a program for entrepreneurs with ADHD and ADHD tendencies. Honestly, when I started down this path, I had no idea I was talking about myself.
I got into working with Jacqui because I noticed that some of my entrepreneur clients had ADHD or ADHD tendencies, and she was noticing that more and more of her ADHD clients were business owners, so we did a few teleclasses together, and they got some good feedback. As I started to share my business strategies with the group, Jacqui kept commenting that they were very ADHD-friendly techniques. Soon she was saying, pretty regularly, “Marcia, that’s so ADD!“
Long story short, what I had, for all these years, thought of as my “quirks,” are really ADD tendencies — and I have spent my entire career doing “workarounds” in my business, retooling business strategies to work for me, which just so happens to make them work for people with ADD. Who knew??
For almost everything I’ve ever learned, I’ve had to deconstruct it and simplify it so I could understand it and make it work for me. In my business, I’ve had to learn the same things over and over — just ask my former controller (right, Suzanne?). When I was younger, I used my sister as my memory — it was so comforting being able to just ask her what foods I didn’t like, how to do certain things I already knew, and when Mom’s birthday was. When I got to college she asked me to stop calling her, and said it was time for me write a few things down. My husband has taken over as my memory today. He gets very tired of telling me the square footage we have in our house, and finds it incredible that I was able to build the successful business I did without knowing how to lay out a spreadsheet in Excel.
Why am I telling you this now? Because the more I learn about ADHD, ADD, and ADHD tendencies, the more amazed I am at what people who have it can do — and how creative they are. Many of the world’s most successful people, like Sir Richard Branson, Albert Einstein, Ted Turner, and both US Presidents, George HB Bush and George W Bush, all have ADHD.
And, because I want to invite you to sign up for a special interview I’m doing on Monday, April 4th, with Jacqui Sinfield, as part of our regular “Ask Jacqui and Marcia Anything!” series. On Monday, we’re interviewing productivty and organizing expert Stephanie Calahan, of Calahan Solutions. Stephanie works with many entrepreneurs with ADHD and has a unique understanding of the challenges of working, and being productive, when you have ADHD.
Thanks for reading my story!
P.S. If you have questions ahead of the call, email them to email@example.com, or just add them in the comment section below — thanks!