Why do people with ADHD hold themselves back?

Many people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) know what they are good at and yet choose to try to make a living doing something that comes harder to them. What are the reasons people do what they don’t love?
  • People do things they don’t love, or choose to spend their life with people they don’t love because they are trying to make other people happy – many times their parents.
  • They think the rewards are worth it - money, prestige, or fame – take your pick.
  • They never took the time to think about what they love to do or are good at.
  • Someone told them that life is SUPPOSED TO BE HARD.
  • They were afraid to risk themselves in what they really wanted. It makes us more vulnerable to put our real selves in our work. It hurts a lot more if we fail than if we are just punching a time card.
  • They don’t know how to do what they love.
  • They have limiting beliefs about what is possible or acceptable.

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