In our video, The Perfect Career For ADHD, the experts agree that it has to be something you are interested in. But not necessarily good at. At least so far.
YOUR PASSION MAY NOT BE SOMETHING YOU DO WELL. YET.
Nobody starts out good at anything. Remember learning to walk? Or to play piano? Or flirting with the opposite sex? Practice, practice, practice.
Some folks learn faster than others and some folks are naturals. Some people are walking, playing the piano, or scoring with the opposite sex at an early age. They have a knack. The gift. My dentist says, “Dentistry is a manual skill. And I have the magic hands.” He does.
Whereas if you hired me to work on your teeth you’d need the lower half of your face replaced. Sorry, that was an awful image. Flush that from your mind. Or, “Spit and rinse.”
But some people have the gift. They are fast learners. Others, just take longer. But if I am really passionate about something, my experience is I will take the time.
For example, it’s a common belief amongst writers that, “You have to write 1 million words before you are a good writer.” I’ve written at least 2 million and I’m starting to get close to good. Luckily I’m not in a hurry. And the audiences have been wonderfully patient. (In the early days when a skit didn’t get a laugh I would tell people, “This is a drama.”)
THE ONE & ONLY PERFECT JOB FOR YOU!
The second criteria kind of follows from the first point. Which you may have forgotten by now, since we are on to a new paragraph. Recap: the perfect ADHD job must be very interesting to you. To YOU. And you are unique.
Which of course means, there is NO ONE PERFECT career for ADHD. But I’ll go further and suggest there is no one single perfect job for you.
Because my experience has been that ADHD adults are interested in a lot of things.
That can be a plus. And a huge challenge. Why? Let me save that for the next blog. You’ve read enough.
In the meantime, consider this question, “What are some of the things that you really, really find interesting?”
Or “What activities were you passionate about, bought the equipment for, subscribed to the magazines, only did twice, and still have several boxes of the stuff stored away for some day?”
Be honest. What do you have that could go from your closet to Craig’s List? Scuba gear? Y ogurt maker? Loom? Radio Controlled airplane? Massage table?
Do you have closets full of stuff you are sure you’ll use again, eventually, once you have some spare time? (Even though you haven’t had ANY spare time since before the millennium. And you’ve moved 4 times since then.)
Go ahead. Share. I won’t judge. And I’ll even admit that yes, I own a unicycle. Which I swear, someday I am going to master…
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