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CEOs of Life

by: ADD Coach Jennifer Koretsky

The January issue of Entrepreneur Magazine had a great article on brain science in business. The article quoted Daniel Amen M.D., a much-loved author and ADD expert, who said that:

“There's a very high incidence of ADD among CEOs in small companies...These are people who take risks, need people to help them stay organized, don't like working for other people, have a lot of energy and are good at multitasking.”

-"Gray Matters" by Mark Henricks
Entrepreneur Magazine
January 2006

The reason for this, I think, is that CEOs (and small business owners) are entrepreneurs who are not only encouraged, but required, to use their skills of creativity and strategic thinking. It's essential to run a successful business, and ADDers are hard-wired with these qualities.

In fact, we aren't just good at creating grand visions and finding creative solutions to problems, we thrive on it.

And this doesn't just apply to business, it applies to every day life.

ADDers don't usually do things the way others do. It is not uncommon for an ADDer to have their own organizational systems that no one else can follow. It's also not uncommon for an ADDer to have their own daily schedules and routines that no one understands. And it's not uncommon for ADDers to see the world in such a way that others just don't get.

This doesn't just make ADDers unique, it makes us innovative. Combine a unique vision + a gift for coming up with new and creative ideas + intense drive to succeed under the right circumstances and what you get is a CEO of Life.

You get a person who doesn't let little setbacks get in the way of the goal.

You get a person who refuses to conform.

You get a person who, despite challenges, really does love life and always wants to get more out of it.

You get a person who is always looking forward to the next big and exciting thing.

Embrace these positive ADD qualities and don't be afraid to be different! CEOs of Life don't follow the rules, they make and break them.

About the Author:

Jennifer Koretsky is a Professional ADD Management Coach who helps adults manage their ADD and move forward in life. She encourages clients to increase self-awareness, focus on strengths and talents, and create realistic action plans. She offers a 90-day intensive skill-building program, workshops, and private coaching. Her work has been featured in numerous media, including The New York Times Magazine and The Times (UK). To subscribe to Jennifer’s free email newsletter, The ADD Management Guide, please visit

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