No, not my words, one of my Adult ADHD coaching clients. One of the many benefits of being an adult ADHD coach is that you get to decide who you will and won’t coach (i.e. I don’t coach rude people) and one result of that is that I coach some pretty cool, creative people.
I thought it was a brilliant idea behind the words “I figured out the most laziest way to do it” and reframed it as “I was able to figure out the smartest, easiest most efficient way to do it” or words to that effect.
One of the advantages (or negatives depending on the context) of ADD is that we are often impatient. That is when we want to get something done and are not procrastinating in doing so, we want it done quickly and efficiently so we can get on to more interesting and exciting things.
One of the many reasons I use a Mac instead of windows is I don’t want to have to slow my mind down to do a task in 8 steps when I can do it in 2. It takes a lot of talent to simplify things, making things more complex is easy.
ADHD adults tend to be good at being creative at figuring out how to do things quickly with the least amount of steps possible, especially if it’s something that they’re interested in. My guess is that’s probably the combination of impatience, being able to see things from multiple angles (one advantage of not filtering incoming sensations as much as other people do), and acting impulsively by being willing to try different methods and take risks.
That’s one reason why ADDers often don’t do well in large, conservative bureaucratic organizations or companies where they often have the mentality of “that’s the way we’ve always done it so it should be good enough for you”.
My response to that is that frequently “that’s the way you’ve always done it, is because you weren’t:
A) smart enough
B) creative enough
C) or had enough initiative to come up with an easier and more effective way of doing it”