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ADD - What's Your Line?

Nov 17, 2007
When we're young, we take jobs just to earn money for a car or for clothes or for whatever reason. You might have worked in a bank, part time. Or, maybe you served food in a restaurant or you were a lot person in a car dealership. But how come you never left? It's true that ADD can make us uncomfortable with new situations, especially at work. You might have stayed because the money was good. Or, perhaps you just kept moving up the ladder. Or, you couldn't escape from the industry because for each job you got as an adult, you were hired for your "experience." That's all well and good, if you're happy. But what if you just can't stand to get up in the morning and go back to that loser job?

It's not the job that's to blame. It's you, and not uncommon with ADD. Either you jump around a lot or you never jump at all. Setting up ADD-friendly routines can seem pleasant in themselves because they're comfortable. So you stay. You may have issues with meeting new people because of your ADD. So you stay. Getting a new job will be uncomfortable. But if you're in a job you hate, how can you live like that?

You don't have to. You need to take steps for a positive change. The first thing to do is to search for things you enjoy doing. You may like fishing or quilting. Can you turn them into home businesses? Sure you can. Think about things that make you happy, and though linear thinking people might not agree that what you come up with are traditional jobs, they may just be ADD friendly for you.

Once you've come up with some choices, see how people in that niche are fairing in terms of money. Will it be enough for you to live on? Go to Parade.Salary.com to see what the average numbers are. If you have a list of several things you can do (and you should), then see what the demand for employees is in the field, or see how many people are searching for a product you're considering selling by going to SEOBook.com and plugging in a term related to the product. If there are less than 10,000 searches in a month, you should probably come up with something else. And think about the economy. Real estate isn't a great niche to be in offline in November 2007, but online, it might work out quite well. You have to do the research.

The whole idea is to get yourself out of the rut and into an ADD-friendly job you can love. Your ADD makes you very creative. You might consider design or writing. But research what additional schooling might be required for whatever you choose. For example, you're a good problem solver, so you might make a great systems analyst, but you'd need some pretty strong degrees. That's OK. You can study while you're still earning a regular paycheck. Don't let ADD keep you in the pigeon-hole you're in. Get out and explore the possibilities. If you don't, your whole life could pass before you and you'll never have lived it.
About the Author
Tellman Knudson is a certified hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner. Subscribe to his Free weekly ADD Success Tips newsletter and take the ADD test when you visit Instant ADD Success at http://www.instantaddsuccess.com/
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