Richard Branson and Career ADD

As a former Founder and CEO of an international children's art franchise, KidzArt, and someone who was undiagnosed with ADD until 2008, I now understand how important it is to recognize my limitations and celebrate my gifts. I knew I was different and challenged in some very specific areas, but did not have a clue about how to manage them at the time.

Lately, I have been following the life of Richard Branson, who is probably the poster child (man) for Career ADD / ADHD. He is charming, financially successful beyond comprehension, and considered recognized by his many admirers and followers. There is a quiet humility and charm in his conversations, and above all, a need to educate and give back to the world, therefore leading a purposeful and purpose-filled life. Richard grow up with ADD / ADHD as a child as well as Dyslexia – which seems to go hand in hand. It is not an understatement to say that his amazing business success came about because of his acknowledged ADD.

One way that I completely refer to how Richard started his businesses is that, as he explains, most of them were born out of "frustration" over something that he wanted fixed or done in a way he would enjoy, such as creating an airline he would enjoy flying on.

For many of us with ADD, creative solutions are developed because we are simply sick and tired of not having something that we ourselves want, and there before decide to create a market for it. Or, "if someone's gotta do it, I guess it has to be me." KidzArt was born out of the frustration that there were not enough children's art programs available nation and worldwide that provided quality programing and emphasized "teaching" the creative process. After researching art-related companies – I was shocked to discover that there were none that offered anything like what I was seeking for my own child. I knew I did not want him to grow up in a world that did not honor the natural creativity that we are all born with.

Richard explains in his own words how frustration compelled him to start businesses.

"" My very first venture was a national student magazine to try to campaign against the [Vietnam] War. And so I wanted to be an editor. I wanted to bring the magazine out. And in order for the magazine to survive I had to worry about the printing and the paper manufacturing and the distribution. And, you know, I had to try to, at the end of the year, have more money coming in than going out. And ever since then [I] have set up businesses basically out of frustration. "

Many of us ADDers are entrepreneurial. I would not hesitate to guess that our business ventures and business ideas are based out of "frustration" over wanting something to be done in our way so we can enjoy whatever it is more. Fortune for Richard Branson, he …

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