Today we can look back in history and see that some of our most respected and important scientists and inventors likely had ADHD. Many of them have certain traits in common: a pattern of rebellious youth; below average or average performance in educational settings; a tendency to switch between seemingly unrelated pursuits; a tendency to struggle with everyday tasks; and a seemingly superhuman ability to hyperfocus for long periods at a time, usually followed by a long period of either lull or engagement in something completely unrelated. Here’s a partial list of these people, in no particular order:

  • Albert Einstein
  • Thomas Edison
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Dean Kamen (inventor of the Segway, which of course I bought the second it hit the market)
  • Walt Disney
  • The Wright brothers
  • Stephen Hawking
  • Steve Jobs
  • Richard Branson

What do all these greats have in common? They were thought of as different, but adapted accordingly and helped change the world. In other words, they did what worked for them, in a way that allowed them to achieve vast success.

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