I understand why most people feel discouraged about having ADHD.
ADHD doesn’t really give you any cool advantages for school, monotonous corporate careers, or “normal life.”
The benefits of having ADHD only come into play once you accept that living a normal life is boring, and you decide to embrace the eccentric perks of having ADHD.
For example, have you ever thought about what your life could be like if you focused on doing whatever it takes to achieve some kind of vision, or meaningful outcome for your life?
I wholeheartedly believe that the benefits of ADHD are synergistic with living an awesome life. Not a normal life.
When you have ADHD, you have to decide to go “all in” or not at all.
I realize that this is much easier said than done.
But, if you’re ready for something more for your life, this list of 5 ADHD benefits will serve you extremely well…
ADHD benefit 1. No permission-seeking behavior
If you have ADHD, then you were probably one of the few kids in your classroom who would impulsively call out answers during class, stir up trouble with classmates, and generally raise hell in any way that you could get away with.
In other words, you probably didn’t ask for permission to do what you wanted to do. You just did it.
But, what happened since childhood that caused you to start asking people for permission all of a sudden?
My theory is that life wears you down as an adult, and it becomes easy to lose your childlike sense of braveness.
Plus, asking people for permission is technically “respectful” and “kind.”
But, the problem is that seeking permission is a false psychological barrier that prevents you from getting what you want out of life.
> You don’t need anyone’s approval to do the things that you want
> You have to stop asking people for permission all the time
> As someone with ADHD, you were born to break the rules
Because you have ADHD, you are naturally someone who lives life on your own terms.
You just have to rekindle that childlike sense of braveness and go after what you want.
ADHD benefit 2. Creativity is currency
We live in a new economy in which the power structure is rapidly changing.
In the 21st century, there are very low barriers to entry for starting a business, launching a brand, or kicking off a passion project.
You should feel extremely lucky to live during times like these.
Because, you no longer need a $250,000 bank loan to open up a brick & mortar retail store in the perfect location…
Now, anyone can start a YouTube channel, blog, website, or online business from anywhere in the world in a matter of minutes. These platforms don’t even require much money to start (maybe like 30 bucks at most).
There’s literally zero risk involved.
Your only requirement is creativity.
Creativity is currency in the world that we live in today.
And luckily, the ADHD brain is biologically different from normal brains.
You have a prefrontal cortex that requires higher levels of stimulation and novelty than normal brains.
Believe it or not, this is actually a good “problem” to have when you use your brain to serve a greater purpose.
People with ADHD have the perfect brain type to launch businesses, compete at the highest levels of the arts, and change the world for the best.
But, everyone has to start somewhere. So you have to start small. Just keep in mind that one little creative project is sometimes all that it takes to change your life.
ADHD benefit 3. High threshold for pain and anxiety
My background is in entrepreneurship.
And in the world of entrepreneurship, it’s been said that the more pain and anxiety that you can handle, the more likely you are to succeed.
But, this philosophy applies to so much more than just entrepreneurship.
Because if you have a high threshold for pain and anxiety, then you’ll be able to handle most challenging aspects of life, such as:
- Work drama
- Relationship problems
- Health issues
- Financial setbacks
- Family troubles
Everyone has to deal with pain. Life is a painful experience for most people.
But, people with ADHD are better-equipped to deal with pain than 97% of the population.
This means that you should be resilient and ready to handle most challenges that life throws your way.
ADHD benefit 4. Excellent pattern recognition skills
Many people with ADHD are extremely observant of their surroundings.
This may be some kind of coping mechanism that people with ADHD pick up as a result of having difficulties with learning and processing new information.
It has also been shown that people with ADHD have amygdala abnormalities. The amygdala is the part of your brain that’s responsible for processing emotions.
This could be why many people with ADHD also report having a powerful intuition, strong gut instincts, and an empathetic ability to “connect” with people on a subconscious level.
All of this suggests that people ADHD have a unique ability to recognize patterns, see people for who they really are, and occasionally even predict future events.
I’m not saying that people with ADHD are psychic or anything like that…
But, many of us have developed excellent pattern recognition skills.
And, having excellent pattern recognition skills is extremely valuable, because you can use your pattern recognition skills to:
- Read someone’s intentions
- Know who to trust
- Know who to avoid (some people are just trouble)
- Spot good business opportunities
- Work for a “winning” start-up business
- Instinctively know the right moves to make for your life
If you have ADHD, and you’re good at recognizing patterns, then you should milk your special ability for everything that it’s worth.
It’s one of the most powerful skills that you can leverage.
ADHD benefit 5. Intelligence
If there’s anything that I’ve learned from running ADHD Boss, it’s that people with ADHD are NOT dumb.
Thanks to this blog, I’ve been in touch with medical doctors, CEOs, PhD students, published authors, entrepreneurs, models and ordinary people with ADHD who are doing awesome things with their life.
Having ADHD doesn’t automatically give you a massive intelligence boost.
But, I do think that having ADHD forces you to become a curious student of life.
There’s always something new to learn that can improve your life with ADHD.
So why not keep on learning?
Like I said in the introduction to this article, I get that ADHD is an extremely messy condition.
When you don’t properly channel your ADHD into the right outlets, your life is just chaotic.
But, once you find the right combination of rewards and lifestyle factors that work with your ADHD, that’s when you can unlock ADHD’s massive benefits.