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I love this post! It reminds me of this quote from Einstein: "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."

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I couldn’t agree more I am ADHD and Dyslexic and think it is one of my greatest advantages. I physiologically predisposed to being unique and I love the way I think but it wasn’t until I put myself through hell to figuring that out. I grew up thinking that I was inadequate and lived up to my low expectations. I now always try to reach out to kids and let them know the gift they have and to not listen to and diagnosis of disorder. To never spend time worrying what others think only spend time making them think because they’ll think your brilliant.

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Couldn't hold back the tears for a while. My niece is only several days younger & I can't fathom losing her. God sends us angels everyday & it's a shame most of us don't notice them. Little Rachel is truly an inspiration & I could only hope to do as much one day. Her loss will give life to thousands more.

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I love this post! It reminds me of this quote from Einstein: "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."

Marek

I wouldn't trade my ADHD for anything.

Every time I hear about ADHD kid, I think - lucky him, he's got a winning lottery ticket.

He has to do interesting things in his life,
He thinks differently,
He's to stay individual, learn from own experience and not blend into mass thinking,
Many times he'll have to stand for what matters to him,
and will have a really tough time in settling for less.

It's hard to tell that to the parents though, who often are busy with their problem of trying to fit their kid into idea of how things should be like.

Laura Lee Bloor

Nice job, Simon! I'm so glad you highlighted this issue.

I was always made to feel bad or criticized for not being able to multi-task well. Now, I feel like that's one of my best characteristics. I devote myself wholly to one thing at a time.

Savina

This is an excellent post. It refreshed my mind.

Veda Horner

Great post Simon. Thanks

Glenda Watson Hyatt

Amen! Everyone sees my disability. Very few see my abilities; they are the ones I hold close.

Mary Bauer

I am getting ready to teach my twenty-first elementary school class. I should print this out and post it somewhere to remind me what is important.

Christine Cunneen

Great posting!!!!

Fiona Leonard

This reminds me of a wonderful blog I read about intensity - similar idea that what can be identified as a shortcoming is at the same time one of your greatest strengths: http://crazysexylife.com/2010/in-defense-of-intense/ So much time is focused on what's wrong rather than what's right. Nice post.

Katie

I wrote a story about a duck named Algorithm who lived in St. Londelston. It was about his encounter with another duck named Dr. Diagnositalison, who kept diagnosing all of the folks in the town with random things like... oh, but I forget. There were three examples, but I just know right now that the canary, Mary Ellen Louise Bethany Patience Prudence Hope Faith Elizabeth Clare, was diagnosed with having a name that was too long. And that at the end, Dr. Diagnositalison changed his name to Bob and took Algorithm's advice, which was to look at what's right with the world and tell folks what's right with them.


I lost it, but -- I mean I guess it's obvious that the theme of the story was about this very thing.

The story is still in my head though. Maybe it needs to exist, after all.

Jamey Stegmaier

I think this is a great point, but I also see the flip side (especially in response to the commenter JA Paul). I've always been a really great sprinter, and I've played soccer my whole life, so I've been able to get away with sub-par dribbling skills because I can just sprint around a defender. As an adult, I'm starting to face the day that I'll no longer be as fast as I've always been, and I wish I could have developed some of those dribbling skills when I was younger (it's not too late, just more difficult now).

So this is one case that I wish I could have focused on my weaknesses so that my strengths could be reinforced in the long run. That would be the approach I'd take if I ever coached a kid like me. I'd position him on the field in a way that could maximize his sprinting ability, but I'd challenge him during practice to develop other skills and not use his speed as a crutch.

JA_Paul

Great Post! I coach youth sports and try my best to follow this philosophy. Kids need the positive reinforcement and when they receive it they SOAR!

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