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How these 9 famous people achieved success with ADHD

Updated: Jul 2


What if I told you that some of the most successful and respected people in the world have ADHD? Some experts even feel that having ADHD might be a superpower! Here are 9 inspiring case studies of prominent folks who have used their attention deficit disorder to their advantage.


1. Albert Einstein:

One of the most famous and celebrated scientists of all time, Einstein is believed to have had ADHD. He was known for his out-of-the-box thinking and unconventional approach to problem-solving.

2. Ryan Gosling:

This Oscar-nominated actor has ADHD, and he has said that it makes him feel like he’s “constantly jumping out of his skin.” He says that ADHD has also helped him to be a better actor, as it gives him a lot of energy and makes him more spontaneous.


4. Simone Biles:

This incredible Olympic gymnast has ADHD, and she credits her success to her diagnosis. She says that ADHD makes her feel like she can “do 10 things at once,” which comes in handy when she’s flipping and tumbling her way to gold medals.


5. Bill Gates:

The co-founder of Microsoft is another well-known ADHDer. He has said that his ADHD was a major asset in his early career, as it made him more entrepreneurial and risk-taking.


6. Dave Grohl:

The Foo Fighters frontman and former drummer for Nirvana is another well-known ADHDer. He has said that his ADHD makes him feel like he’s “always on the verge of a panic attack,” but it also gives him boundless energy and creativity.


4. Adam Levine:

The Maroon 5 singer and coach on The Voice has ADHD, and he says it makes him feel “all over the place” but also “hyper-focused” when he needs to be.


7. Emma Watson:

The Harry Potter star has ADHD, and she has said that it makes her feel like she’s “constantly moving” and “never able to sit still.” She says that ADHD has also helped her to be a better actress, as it makes her more spontaneous and energetic.


8. Will.i.am:

The Black Eyed Peas frontman and producer has ADHD, and he has said that it makes him feel like he’s “always thinking a million miles an hour.” He says that ADHD has also helped him to be a better musician, as it makes him more creative and spontaneous.

9. John Cleese:

The Monty Python star and comedian has ADHD, and he has said that it makes him feel like he’s “constantly fidgeting” and “never able to sit still.” He says that ADHD has also helped him to be a better comedian, as it makes him more spontaneous and energetic.


These famous people with ADHD have proved that ADHD is not a hindrance to success. In fact, many of them believe that their ADHD is a superpower! If you have ADHD, don’t be discouraged. Embrace your ADHD and use it to your advantage!

Here are some quick tips for managing your ADHD and using it to your advantage:


1. Get ADHD skills training:

People with ADHD often didn't learn the organisational lessons the other kids' did in primary school, which leaves us struggling to find systems that work for our neurobiology. Try different systems and apps to assist you, and consider joining a skills training workshop or hiring an ADHD coach to help you improve your organisational skills by leaning into your natural strengths.


2. Take breaks:

When you’re feeling overwhelmed or your ADHD symptoms are acting up, take a break. Go for a walk, take a nap, or just step away from whatever is causing you stress. This will help you clear your head and come back refreshed.

3. Find a creative outlet:

ADHD can be a major source of creativity. Use your ADHD to your advantage by channelling your creative energies into a hobby or project. painting, writing, music, or any other creative activity can help you express yourself and manage your ADHD.

4. Exercise:

Exercise is a great way to release pent-up energy and improve focus. ADHDers often benefit from activities that are high-intensity and stimulating, such as running, swimming, or playing sports.

5. See a counsellor:

If you’re struggling to manage your ADHD, see a therapist or counsellor who specializes in ADHD. They can help you develop coping and management strategies that work for you.

You are not alone. There are many successful people who have ADHD. Use your ADHD to your advantage and you can achieve anything you set your mind to! If you want more information on how to use your ADHD skills, sign up for one of my ADHD skill training workshops or ADHD coaching. I would love to help you achieve your goals!


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Sources:

https://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/ss/slideshow-famous-people-with-adhd

https://childmind.org/article/9-ways-to-turn-your-diagnosis-into-an-advantage/

https://www.healthline.com/health/adhd/celebrities#1

https://www.additudemag.com/celebrities-with-adhd-famous-people/




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