I (and over a thousand of my closest friends) attended the 2018 International Conference on ADHD last weekend. It is uplifting to rub elbows (spill drinks and interrupt conversations) with people succeeding in every field. People like me. I met artists, doctors, entrepreneurs, specialists, leaders, scientists, writers and more. Blazing new trails. Each with qualities I admire and want to emulate.
Is this the best “treatment” for ADHD? It is certainly the thing that had the biggest positive impact in my life!
LeDerick Horne’s opening keynote on Thursday set a high bar for every speaker. And they rose to the occasion. Eduardo Briceño led an interactive experience for a transfixed audience revealing the secrets of a growth mindset. And Dr. Russell Barkley unveiled new research that will transform how policy-makers view ADHD. The annual Talent Show demonstrated how creative ADHDers are. And Jessica McCabe sent us off to another year of striving to realize our dreams energized and empowered.
My ADHD diagnosis was hard on my hopes and dreams. I knew I had potential, because everyone told me so. Of course, they also mentioned I wasn’t living up to it. And now I feared I never would. I was broken. What could I achieve with ADHD?
Today, I know ADHD can’t prevent you from achieving even your most ambitious dreams. It does mean you must follow a different path. That’s the power of surrounding yourself with other people with ADHD. Finding your path to success is easier when you can connect with people who have blazed the trail.
If you have ADHD and have never been to an ADHD Conference, do yourself a favor. Empower yourself. If someone in your family has ADHD and they’ve never been to an ADHD Conference, give them this gift. Empower them. It is much easier (not easy, but easier) to succeed when you know someone like you has gone before.
It’s been more than 20 years since my ADHD diagnosis. I’ve worked hard to master my ADHD. And I’ve made significant progress. But nothing has had a more profound impact than attending the ADHD Conference each year. Seeing other people with ADHD succeed gives you hope. Seeing people who have achieved what you’ve hardly dared dream marks the path you can follow.
Did you attend the 2018 Conference? Everyone would love to hear about your experience. Share your best connection or best moment in the comments.
If you missed the 2018 Conference in St. Louis, come to the 2019 ADHD Conference. Plan to be in Philadelphia November 7 – 10, 2019. Mark your calendar.