Que Sera, Sera,
Whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours, to see
Que Sera, Sera
As children, we all looked at the world around us and wondered how life would unfold for us. The song “Que Sera, Sera” frames it beautifully in the questioning of a young girl to her mother. The poignant answer is always “what will be, will be”.
As the parent of an ADHD child, when you think of what the future holds for him or her, you wouldn’t be blamed for thinking that ADHD might limit the endless possibilities of “whatever will be”.
The distractibility, restlessness and impulsivity of ADHD are known to cause problems and often serious ones, at school, at work, and at home. But ADHD is not necessarily a prescription for a doomed future.
Indeed, many accomplished people with ADHD credit the condition for their achievements.
Studies suggest that those with ADHD are more creative, willing to take risks and able to quickly “think outside the box” – all enviable qualities that offer advantages in a broad range of future pursuits.
• Engineering – A gift for abstract thinking, especially in solving complex problems, is exactly what engineers need to succeed. Arash Zaghi is an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Connecticut. Diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 32, Zaghi is part of research team looking into better ways to help students with ADHD enroll in engineering programs.
• Entrepreneurs – Statistical reports published by Psychology Today show that people with ADHD are 300% more likely to start their own company. Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin business empire, record-setting adventurer and a pioneer of commercial space travel, has ADHD.
In a Forbes article titled “ADHD: The Entrepreneur’s Superpower”, David Neeleman, founder of JetBlue Airways is quoted as saying: “If someone told me you could be normal or you could continue to have your ADD (the original name for what is now called ADHD), I would take ADD.”
• Entertainment – Singer Justin Timberlake, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and Canadians Jim Carrey and Howie Mandel all have ADHD.
• Athletics – Major League Baseball has published statistics that show the incidence of ADHD among its players is twice as high as in the general population. Michael Jordan has ADHD. As a young player, he was considered less talented than his brother. But Michael focused more on practising. His brother never played in the NBA, while Air Jordan went on to be the best ever.
All of the high achievers we’ve just mentioned really have two things in common. First, they have ADHD. Second, they learned coping strategies that helped them control and focus the talents that ADHD gave them.
You can give your ADHD children every opportunity for a future of endless possibilities. Learn more out about a powerful, safe, effective and drug-free approach to help them control or even eliminate ADHD symptoms. Call Maxi Mind Learning Centres at 416-858-9868 today for a free initial consultation. A Maxi Mind solution can be customized to suit your child’s needs and your family’s budget.