From Flunky to Founder
Despite my many gifts that come by way of having ADHD Inattentive Type, I also have challenges. One challenge, in particular, has less to do with me and more to do with society. We’ve all heard the term seeing is believing. Well, the challenge that comes with having an invisible disability is that you can’t see it. When I was first diagnosed and started telling people I had ADHD, I was surprised and overwhelmed by the negative responses I received. Here I was, putting myself out there, being vulnerable and openly sharing my experience with others, only to be dismissed. At a time when I expected my anxiety and depression to get better, they got worse.
I kept finding myself in situations where it felt like I was trying to convince someone I had ADHD. In this process, I relived every shitty, humiliating experience I’d had, hoping to convince someone of something they knew little about. As horrible as this sounds, people want to see our suffering in order to understand.
Rather than go through the emotional roller coaster of repeatedly sharing my life story I chose to provide my High School and Graduate School transcripts. Undiagnosed, it took me four years to complete three years of high school, thirty-two attempts to earn the eighteen credits required to graduate including failing grade ten math four times. Compare that to being diagnosed and taking prescribed medication that gave my brain the jump start it needed to wake from a thirty-year slumber I was admitted to the Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology program at the University of New Brunswick on academic probation in 2010 and graduated at the top of my class the following year.
My experience of failing so much for so long has paid off. Adversity is something I have learned to embrace and in order to become a successful entrepreneur, you’ll need to do the same!