PHOTOS | It happens even for the most focused and motivated entrepreneurs. You sit at your desk and open your laptop ready to change the world and then BAM: a few hours later, you find yourself lost in a sea of tabs in your browser and, by chance, you forgot to eat.
Hyperfocus and distraction seem to be typical qualities of many entrepreneurs, but they are also widely recognized characteristics of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Imagine, I was trying to develop my business for a year when I was diagnosed with ADHD in adults. Although it was difficult at first to understand my reality, I soon realized that most of the traits of the disorder also made me a successful entrepreneur. Instead of allowing my diagnosis to limit my abilities, I overcame the stigma associated with ADHD and built a thousand-dollar business in just two years.
I'm not the only businessman with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Richard Branson, CEO and founder of Virgin Airlines, declined to be limited by his own diagnosis of ADHD and dyslexia. Pulitzer Prize-winning author and author Katherine Ellison is an avid lecturer on how to live with the disorder. And JetBlue Airways founder David Neeleman always shares his experience of attention-deficit entrepreneurship.
As entrepreneurs, it's easy for us to push ourselves too hard, and that includes being critical of ourselves and our limitations, be it ADHD or another alternate learning condition. But if Branson could open a company like Virgin Airlines and thrive, so can you.
Here are five characteristics of ADHD that, scientifically, can make you a better entrepreneur, and if you adopt them with philosophy, you can become superpowers.