I have ADHD. And I’ve been an entrepreneur for ten years.
I started writing this blog because I could never find good information about how to lead a more successful life for people with ADHD.
99% of productivity and life advice is created for neurotypical minds. People who can sit for 8 hours a day, 40 hours a week, without distraction. People who don’t procrastinate within seconds of entering a meeting room. People who set goals, create todo lists and stick to them.
I can’t do any of those things.
But I followed all of their advice in the hope that something might work for me. It never did. It only led me into states of depression and a life of low grade anxiety.
But over time I have slowly learned how to deal with my ADHD in a way that works for me.
I didn’t realise this would be useful for other people until I spoke with my coach, Cathy May, who said “you need to start writing about this stuff, it’s going to help someone”.
So this site is where I share what I’m learning about the tools, strategies and therapies that can make a neurodiverse person perform well and - more importantly - be happy.
Think of this site as a documentation of my own journey, rather than an expert looking down on you with superior knowledge.
I’m not an expert. And I’ve certainly not got superior knowledge.
I’m an uneducated idiot trying to navigate this world through the lens of ADHD. We don’t see the world the same way most people do. We’ll never be a good "normal" person - so it’s unwise to try to fit into their box.
We can find our own box if we look hard enough. And once we find it we can be the best version of that.
I found out about my ADHD at 27. Being able to label all of the weird and destructive behaviour throughout my life was a big relief.
I immediately decided that I’d avoid medication at all costs. Mostly because in 2016 I’d suffered 5 stress related seizures and rejected the medication in favour of a change in lifestyle (which worked very well).
I’ve been building and running businesses since I was 21. Some of it was fun but most of it was excruciating and exhausting. But there's no alternative. I'm confidently unemployable.
My sister is Autistic. I’m often the only person she’ll speak to. I guess in some ways she perceives that I understand her world better than most. Naturally, my interests meander outside of strictly ADHD and into Autism and other neurodiverse subjects. What can I take from my life and give to my sister to improve hers? How can I do this for many autistic people across the world?
These are some of the questions that drive me.
But most of all - how can I live a great and full life without taking any medication?
And this question alone is the ethos, manifesto and driving force behind this site.
If that interests you too, I’d love for you to join me.
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