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4 Pros & 4 Cons of ADHD
Hyper Active Minds Aren't Always Hyper Positive (or Negative)
People argue whether ADHD is real or not; I’m not here to fight semantics as I’m about results, not fighting over theory. I refer to those with active minds as having “ADHD” because the label is one people understand.
Having an active mind is like having a fire; when it’s properly controlled, it can provide warmth and serve your needs; when it’s uncontrolled, the fire can (and will) destroy everything in its path.
The unregulated mind needs to be understood and controlled before it destroys any semblance of being able to live a productive life.
Positive Impacts of ADHD
1. Increased Creativity:
People with ADHD often have many creative ideas and can think outside the box. The “hyper mind” is more than being twitchy; it’s an operating mode with one looking at a thing in many different ways.
When someone with an active mind looks at a photo, their mind is looking at the colors, the frame, the image, the shading, what the photographer was thinking, what they think, what they’d do differently, why the photo was taken at all, etc…
They’re thinking all this while most think, “That’s a nice picture”.
This rapid observation and breakdown allow more perspectives and, thus, more creative paths to take that are “outside the box”.
2. High Energy Levels:
People with ADHD tend to have a lot of energy and enthusiasm for life, which can be channeled into productive activities.
When you look at my life and productivity, it's obvious that I’ve chosen to channel my energy into creative endeavors and my family. I’m writing an article for the substack every day of the month while doing photography, family events, working a job, leading a community, and speaking events.
It’s not stressful to live high tempo when you have the energy to maintain it.
People with ADHD can quickly become focused on a task or interest, allowing them to gain more knowledge and experience in a particular area.
Diving “all in” is a skill set that active-minded folks have; again, using myself as an example, look at how photography went from nothing to everything. Once committed, it becomes a staple of the daily routine; I took some photos this morning and will take more this evening.
My new IG Account for Photography:
That is not a normal ability and one that the ADHD’ers should use to their advantage; speaking of advantages…
A book I recommend to all ADHD Heads: The ADHD Advantage
People with ADHD tend to be resilient and bounce back from difficult situations.
The key point here is that those with active minds tend to forget what the issue was in the first place. Because the mind moves on to the next thing, people with ADHD don’t tend to hold grudges or get stuck on things for very long because they’re off doing the next thing, while it may seem like a “cheat” to get over things, in reality, it leads to a person who doesn’t stay down after getting knocked from their feet.
Negative Impacts of ADHD
People with ADHD often act without thinking, leading to mistakes or trouble.
Similar to the above, where I shared how it’s a superpower to juggle the many things I do, what’s often missed is that I will overextend or commit myself, which leads to too much to do, and so I’ll shut down and do nothing.
I will work myself so busy that all I want to do is take a nap, something that many have related to, so I’m not alone in this.
The mind can do it all, so it jumps on everything, leaving too much overlap, too little time, and, basically, zero progress.
2. Poor Focus:
People with ADHD can have difficulty paying attention or focusing on tasks at hand, leading to incomplete or rushed work.
The worst part about an active mind is its procrastination ability because it only works when serious crunch time is involved. The ADHD mind will do anything besides the task until it’s minutes before it is due. The mind will work overdrive to knock it out, causing a rushed product that was completely preventable, yet without awareness of this, unavoidable nonetheless.
People with ADHD can be easily distracted and have difficulty staying on track.
As with many who think the way I do, there’s a method to prevent distractions from popping up: reclusion from others and eliminating opportunities to do anything else. Before writing this, I said, “I will not go and take photos until the piece is written” in the time since starting typing, I’ve been on IG, Twitter, and hypefury. So the distractions are still there, but I want to go and take photos, and I’m not going to until this is done, so I give myself the micro-distraction to scratch the itch while exerting the discipline to finish this task before moving on.
If I take photos now, I’ll never finish their piece.
People with ADHD can be disorganized and have difficulty managing time or completing tasks.
One of the hardest things someone with ADHD will struggle with is properly prioritizing projects and managing time.
It’s a struggle I’ve had my entire life, and while I’ve improved, it still takes a concerted effort to do so. I am juggling a lot, and knowing which comes first requires a serious amount of post-its, reminders, and a solid team in both business and my life (my wife).
There are pros and cons to this, and the deciding factor to where you fall is the work you’re willing to do to control it. You decide your habits; ADHD is not a fate you suffer from but a mindset you must manage daily.
Choose better habits and learn how to control, not be controlled by your hyper mind, and you’ll find that it’s an advantage you have, not a disability.
- Zachary Small
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