“When does a job feel meaningful? Whenever it allows us to generate delight or reduce suffering in others. Though we are often taught to think of ourselves as inherently selfish, the longing to act meaningfully in our work seems just as stubborn a part of our make-up as our appetite for status or money. It is because we are meaning-focused animals rather than simply materialistic ones that we can reasonably contemplate surrendering security for a career helping to bring drinking water to rural Malawi or might quit a job in consumer goods for one in cardiac nursing, aware that when it comes to improving the human condition a well-controlled defibrillator has the edge over even the finest biscuit.
But we should be wary of restricting the idea of meaningful work too tightly, of focusing only on the doctors, the nuns of Kolkata or the Old Masters. There can be less exalted ways to contribute to the furtherance of the collective good….
….An endeavor endowed with meaning may appear meaningful only when it proceeds briskly in the hands of a restricted number of actors and therefore where particular workers can make an imaginative connection between what they have done with their working days and their impact upon others.”
― Alain de Botton, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work]
Sometimes people with ADHD don’t feel like they are impacting the world as much as the world impacts them. The ADHD issues of time management, organization, focus, procrastination, self-confidence or taking action are often diminished with those with ADHD. It doesn’t have to be that way. There are ways to manage ADHD.
What would it mean to you if you could find ways to manage your ADHD, to improve your executive memory function and more?
The quote above is about impact and the impact you can have on this world. Some people with ADHD don’t believe they can make an impact. They have been told that their dreams and ideas aren’t important enough. With time management and focus issues jobs can be in jeopardy. It’s not that a person with ADHD isn’t able to do the work. We live in a world that demands more action than imagination. We live in a world that wants people to follow certain rules and if they aren’t followed it is easier to find someone who will (just look at how schools are managed).
Jonathan Mooney is one person that didn’t fit the mold of “normal” and yet he succeeded. If you have ADHD, you can succeed as well. Are there solutions? Yes!