Photographs | It even happens to the most focused and stimulating entrepreneurs. You sit in your desk and open your laptop ready to change the world and then BAM: just a few hours later you will lose yourself in a sea of tabs on your browser and, subject to, You've forgotten to eat.
Hyperfocus and highlighting appear to be the characteristic features of many entrepreneurs, but they are also broad features of lack of attention hyperactivity (ADHD).
Imagine, I had been trying to develop my business for a year when I was diagnosed with ADHD in adults. Although it was difficult to understand my reality in the first place, I realized that most of the features of the disorder also make me a successful entrepreneur. Instead of allowing my diagnosis to restrict my abilities, I overwhelmed the stigma associated with ADHD and the construction of a dollar dollar business in just two years.
This is not the only entrepreneur with hyperactivity disorder lacking attention. Richard Branson, CEO and founder of Virgin Airlines, refused to be limited by his own diagnosis of ADHD and dyslexia. The winner of the author and Pulitzer Prize, Katherine Ellison, is a rare speaker on how to live with disorder. And founder of JetBlue Airways, David Neeleman, is always sharing his experience of entrepreneurship with lack of attention.
As entrepreneurs, it's easy to push ourselves too hard, which includes being critical of our own and limitations, whether it's ADHD or another learning condition. However, if Branson could start a company like a Virgin Airlines and flourish, you can do it too.
Here are five features of ADHD that science could make you a better entrepreneur and, if you are taken with a philosophy, you can transform higher powers.