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Excerpted from Delivered From Distraction

1. Do what you’re good at. Don’t spend too much time trying to get good at what you’re bad at. (You did enough of that in school.)

2. Delegate what you’re bad at to others, as often as possible.

3. Connect your energy to a creative outlet.

4. Get well enough organized to achieve your goals. The key here is “well enough.” That doesn’t mean you have to be very well organized at all—just well enough organized to achieve your goals.

5. Ask for and heed advice from people you trust—and ignore, as best you can, the dream-breakers and finger-waggers.

6. Make sure you keep up regular contact with a few close friends.

7. Go with your positive side. Even though you have a negative side, make decisions and run your life with your positive side.

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5 Rules for Succeeding in the Workplace When You Have ADHD by Edward Hallowell.

Join Dr. Hallowell and other experts as they discuss Thriving in the Workplace with ADHD and provide tips on how to stay organized, finish projects on time and build your self esteem.  

Read Dr. Hallowell’s book, Driven to Distraction at Work . Learn about ADT (Attention Deficit Trait), its traits, how it effects your focus and productivity, and what are the six most common distractions at work and how to overcome them.

SHINE: Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People

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I often call ADHD the “entrepreneur trait.”

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