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Diversify And Conquer

New business card?Kelly Babcock, Diversifier, Catch me if you can

I’ve had a lot of different jobs in my life.

I always seemed to get bored with them. And that’s a very specific description of what happens, but not really accurate.

I get bored and I have ADHD and bored with ADHD is like poison.

Bored is quite specifically a recipe for disaster. If I don’t move on from the thing that is causing me to be bored I will screw everything up.

Okay, not everything …

I can recognize what’s causing the boredom if I recognize that I’m bored. And often I can fix it so that I’m not bored. One of the many coping mechanisms my mother taught me without knowing that she and I were “coping with ADHD” was to make things more complicated when we got bored.

I often tell the story about already knowing how to read when I started school and my teacher requiring me to hand in work on letter recognition. It involved circling all the letter A’s, underlining the B’s and drawing a box around the C’s or other inane acts of ridiculousness.

My mother told me to rush through that and then see if I could find words in the random letters. Sometimes I’d try that, but sometimes I’d spend the work time looking out the window.

The point is …

When I tried it her way, it worked.

Fast forward to years later. I still didn’t know I had ADHD, and the only way I could immerse myself in a job was to zoom in on the details and set myself additional challenges.

You see,

If I got bored, I’d often find something else to do. If that other thing didn’t include the work I was supposed to be doing it didn’t take me long to decide to change jobs.

Farm hand, construction laborer, printing press operator, auctioneer, digital graphic artist, computer programmer, computer technician, handy man, writer, musician, contractor’s assistant, the list goes on and on.

But recently …

I clued in to something kind of cool in later life. It’s something that makes my life easier, and more difficult at the same time.

Instead of having a job, I actually work for myself doing a myriad of things. I am almost never bored anymore.

And the diversity of what I do amazes even me.

Occupation: Diversifier

I still write, I write lots of things. And I edit for others as well. I host radio shows and TV shows, I do odd jobs, handy man jobs, grunt work jobs like hauling stuff to the dump for people. I play music. I even cook and clean and do laundry when I can squeeze those things in 😉 … and I’m always open to new ideas.

This month I’m going to become a promoter for a show. If that works out there may be more shows in the future. And I’m going to keep my eyes open and my ear to the ground for other things that interest me.

I’m going to continue to diversify and conquer. I’m going to make being a diversifier a real thing. I invented the word, and I’m inventing the occupation.

Kelly Babcock, Diversifier extraordinaire!

Diversify And Conquer

Kelly Babcock

I was born in the city of Toronto in 1959, but moved when I was in my fourth year of life. I was raised and educated in a rural setting, growing up in a manner I like to refer to as free range. I live in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or more generations. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50 and have been both struggling with the new reality and using my discoveries to make my life better. I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about having ADHD and one that is a daily positive affirmation that acts as an example of finding the good in as much of my life as I possibly can.

Find out more about me on my website: writeofway.

email me at ADHD Man


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APA Reference
Babcock, K. (2018). Diversify And Conquer. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 13, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/adhd-man/2018/08/diversify-and-conquer/

 

Last updated: 3 Aug 2018
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