That’s one hundred percent true. And I don’t mean the ADHD poster boy, though I could be that too. I mean, if you need someone with ADHD, I’m the candidate you’re looking for.
“Why would I need someone with ADHD?” you’re asking yourself.
“Because we get things done!” is my answer.
Don’t laugh, I’m serious. We get things done.
The trick is to put us in the right place at the right time with the right tools. That’s no more than you’d have to do for anyone else.
And the right place is?
The right place is away from our own projects, errands, and responsibilities. The “right” place is right in front of the job that you need done.
You see, if you place me in front of a job that needs to get done, and challenge me to do it, I’ll meet that challenge head on. In fact, I’ll hyperfocus that damned thing right to the end. I enjoy being challenged, and hyperfocus is all about enjoyment.
And the right time?
That’s up to you. The less time you give me to get the job done, the more of a challenge it is for me. If it’s impossible, then that’s just going to make me less likely to accept your challenge the next time.
But if you leave me just slightly less than the amount of time you think it can be done in, I’ll likely surprise you.
That leaves the right tools …
I’m not sure why I said that “right tools” thing, other than it seemed to go along with the “right place and the right time” thing. The truth is that the right tools could mean actual tools such as hammers, wrenches, pencils, computers, diving gear … or it could be the information or knowledge needed to get something done.
But the challenge is usually enough to get me to put together the right tools, or even make do with what I can find.
And if the needed tools are information or knowledge, the challenge will likely be enough to send me looking for what I need to know. Funny how that works.
When does this not work?
But if the job is some mundane task that has to be done every day, day after day, day in and day out … I’m not the boy for the job. I’m not the boy for it at all.
You see, once I’ve been challenged and I’ve succeeded, this boy is ready for something new, cause I’ve been there, done that. And I won’t find doing it again to be challenging at all.