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Nothing to do with flying or driving. ADHD people are notoriously poor motorists and flying would mean constant vigilance about numerous systems and gauges, which might not be the best thing for someone who is distractable. On the other hand, flying presents fewer visual distractions than driving does. The rate of traffic accidents for the ADHD inflicted is remarkably high according to Barkley and other researchers.

@WGreen I can see getting through law school, but the job is a very different matter. I made it through my Masters, but I would walk out of lectures when I had an idea or wanted to work on something else. If the degree was not so heavily slanted toward self study and paper writing, I would not have done as well. Also, I stuck to small classes that encouraged participation. I agree with you on the focus and need to be thorough. ADHD sufferers are not known for their attention to detail unless it is fixating on something, which is often involuntary.

@laddybug3 Cooking is actually not a great ADHD profession. I studied at a college program and worked in a number of restaurants. Professional cooking requires the ability to replicate an exact dish and plate presentation, again and again and again. You must also organize the chits in your head in order to prepare the food in a sequence that results in an entire table’s order coming out at the same time. I could not do this. I understood the chemistry and processes of cooking, loved making things and playing with food, but could not handle the organization required on a day to day basis. It is true that many cooks have addictions, which is a factor common among those with ADHD, and that the lifestyle is fast and furious. However, to truly succeed in the profession at a high level requires enormous time management abilities, people management (only the head chef or sous get to yell at people, not the line cooks), and the ability to repeat tasks. The truly great chefs, e.g. David Chang, Susur Lee, Thomas Keller, etc., exhibit compulsive traits about their processes and ingredients that someone with ADHD would probably not be able to sustain.

I agree with @callmecrazy in that doing something that interests you and that you enjoy doing repeatedly is the most important thing.