Use Your Power for Good

by Brenda on December 8, 2008

Do you think of yourself as a super hero? You should. As a person with Attention Deficit Disorder, you keep company with some very impressive people.

Beethoven, Bill Cosby, Cher, Leonardo da Vinci and Walt Disney to name a few. Do a search online for famous people with ADHD and you’ll see what I mean.

So if your mind works like da Vinci, or Einstein, isn’t that a good thing?

And yet all this time, you’ve been thinking otherwise because you don’t think like most people you know.

Hmmmm…..Joe the Plumber’s brain, or Thomas Edison’s? You choose.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Linda N. December 11, 2008 at 11:28 am

It’s funny how having ADD/ADHD can make me think that I am flawed when in fact it is an attribute in many ways. It’s nice to know that several creative, intelligent and successful individuals have it also. Thanks for the post. I needed this reminder today

Brenda December 11, 2008 at 12:54 pm

I think most of us with Attention Deficit Disorder tend to think of ourselves in negative terms. It’s always good to remind ourselves of how amazing we really are. Glad I helped you out when you needed it. :)

Carrie Wilkerson, The Barefoot Executive December 19, 2008 at 6:43 am

Thanks for another insightful and SPOT ON post!

Only when I learned that my ADHD was a gift…did I begin to fully realize what I was capable of!

Carrie Wilkerson
The Barefoot Executive

Marlo December 19, 2008 at 6:51 am

Our 9 y.o is inattentive type ADHD and we frequently remind him of his good qualities stemming from it and how he can harness those things viewed by some as ‘pesky quirks’ into something really great. He is highly intelligent, incredibly disorganized LOL, and is a great debater. Not sure how much I like that quality as his mother hehe.

MarkS December 19, 2008 at 7:02 am

We view it in negative light, mainly because the medical industry have felt inclined to make us believe its not normal. Of course this allows them be able to offer us drugs to supposedly ‘fix’ it.

Has anyone considered this might just be a side effect of evolution?

Brenda December 19, 2008 at 2:43 pm

You make some good points, Mark. I think that another reason that ADHD is perceived negatively is because the majority of the population does not have it.

And yes, I have said for years that I believe ADHD can be seen as evolution in process. Think about the way the world is today, how fast we get information and the need for multi-tasking. I can’t think of a more suitable environment for someone with Attention Deficit Disorder.

Brenda December 19, 2008 at 2:44 pm

He’s a lucky boy to have such positive and supportive parents. I think a positive self-image is important to all children, but especially so for those with ADHD. Viewing themselves in a positive light really allows them to soar and be all that they are capable of being.

Brenda December 19, 2008 at 2:45 pm

Thank you! Yes - I agree - ADD is a gift and I wouldn’t trade it for a minute!

wohnung berlin March 1, 2009 at 6:33 am


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