“ADHD people are entrepreneurial”
One of the most common things I see on positive ADHD websites is the fact that ADHDers quite often start their own companies, and are therefore entrepreneurial in nature.
I feel like this is only telling half the story. The main reason a lot of us start our own companies (myself included) is that workplace accommodations for ADHD people do not exist – not in any realistic fashion.
I am a sprinter in the way I work, I have sporadic productivity – the only thing I can easily do consistently is Coach people – this is more about creating a human connection than a job, and it is incredibly satisfying at all times to do.
I worked really well in companies where I was allowed autonomy, but I am also pretty averse to being motivated by extrinsic motivations (eg more money, a better job title, the ability to buy more meaningless things). The second my job became about extrinsic motivation – I couldn’t really keep up the pace of work required.
I love working for myself now because I get to set my own deadlines and meet them – it took a while to actually restore trust in myself to be able to do this effectively. I have had to build a lot of systems that did not exist in order to maintain it.
I didn’t become an entrepreneur out of choice really, I did it out of necessity. When an ADHDer finds their niche, they can be incredibly ‘successful’. My niche is connection to others, and the work I do allows this.
One thing workplaces could easily do that would benefit all people – is make the workday shorter, and give people more autonomy over their work. The best company I ever worked for did this for me, and I wrote about that experience back in April for Autism Acceptance Month.
Daily blog challenge
October is here usually known as ‘ADHD Awareness Month’ – but IMO we ADHDers deserve more than that – we deserve acceptance. We need to be listened to, we need realistic accommodations, and help. We need to start moving toward ADHD Pride Month. People should be able to feel proud of being ADHDers, because the alternative is shame.
For 31 days I will be writing every day on being an ADHDer using this list of prompts:
- Day 1: Introduction
- Day 2: What I love about being an ADHDer is…
- Day 3: My Identification/Discovery Story
- Day 4: Reactions to Identification
- Day 5: Hobby Graveyard
- Day 6: Supports and Appreciation
- Day 7: The ADHDer Community
- Day 8: Favourite ADHDer Blogs/Comics
- Day 9: Favourite ADHD Owned Business
- Day 10: Sensory Seeking/Aversion
- Day 11: Fidgets and Stims
- Day 12: Favourite ADHD Charity
- Day 13: Family
- Day 14: Order from Chaos
- Day 15: Everyone Should Know
- Day 16: Work/School
- Day 17: ADHD People I Admire
- Day 18: Someday…
- Day 19: I Love it When…
- Day 20: Communication Style
- Day 21: One thing other people don’t understand…
- Day 22: Dispel a myth
- Day 23: Can’t Live without…
- Day 24: ADHD Political Issue
- Day 25: Symbols
- Day 26: Favourite ADHD Book
- Day 27: Identity Language
- Day 28: Dealing with Boredom
- Day 29: Favourite Memes
- Day 30: Hyperfocus
- Day 31: Acceptance Means…