Imagine for a moment that ADHD is a cresting ocean wave. In a blink, its brute force can knock you down, slam you against the sand, and leave you gasping for air. Usually this happens when you try to flee or fight it — which is most of the time. But a few rare adults and celebrities with ADHD have figured out a better way — a way to ride the energy and let that wave of creativity, curiosity, and resourcefulness propel them forward.
One such surfer is Peter Shankman, Fortune 500 marketing consultant, television personality and author of books including Zombie Loyalists, Nice Companies Finish First, and Mastering the World of Marketing, among others. His resume is nearly as impressive as his energy and drive, which Shankman says stem from a lifetime of ADHD.
“The irony of getting paid to do what I used to get yelled at for has not gone unnoticed by me,” he said. “Back in school, I was always the one getting in trouble for talking too much. Now I keynote top industry conferences, and get asked by global organizations to talk to their employees.” Here’s how he does it, in his own words.
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