Famous People with ADHD

Posted: September 1, 2011 in Managing life

Parenting.com recently featured a list of famous people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD or ADD.) I love it because I see so many kids with ADHD who have a negative view of themselves and their parents or teachers often have a negative view of their behavior.

People with ADHD struggle with many of the following things:

  • difficulty with details
  • can’t pay attention for long
  • difficulty following directions
  • easily distracted
  • often lose things
  • forgetful
  • can’t sit still
  • talk excessively
  • parents accuse them of not listening

Some of the famous people who have been diagnosed with ADHD are Jim Carey (actor,) Justin Timberlake (musician,) Ty Pennington (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,) Michael Phelps (Olympic swimmer,) Will Smith (actor/musician,) and the founders of Virgin, Kinkos, and JetBlue Airways. Psychology Today magazine reports that people with ADHD are 300% more likely to start their own company.

People with ADHD have difficulty focusing on details which can cause difficulty in school, but this inattention to detail gives them the ability to focus on the BIG picture and BIG ideas. This is why they become so successful in life.

If you are struggling in school and feel you have many of the struggles listed above, talk to your parents.  If they aren’t sure where to go for help, you can talk to your school counselor or a trusted teacher for direction.

Get the help you need to succeed in school today. Tomorrow, you will be the next founder of successful business!


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