Recognizing celebrities with ADHD is important because it helps erase the widely held, but incorrect, stigma and stereotypes surrounding the condition.
The common misconception is that people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are stupid, or become so distracted that they lack the ability to accomplish anything.
But what if I told you that some of the richest people on the planet, some of the world’s best athletes, some of our most popular entertainers, and world-changing inventors have or had ADHD? You, and the rest of the world, would likely see ADHD differently.
So here is a list of some celebrities with ADHD who fought and succeeded in changing the world. But remember that there are many more.
1. Walt Disney, Founder of Disney Inc.
2. Thomas Edison, Inventor
3. David Neeleman, founder of JetBlue Airlines
4. Entertainer Will Smith
5. Entertainer Justin Timberlake, suffers from ADHD and OCD
6. Actor/Comedian Jim Carey
7. Basketball Star Michael Jordan
8. Olympian Michael Phelps
9. Microsoft Founder Bill Gates
10. Adam Levine, singer/songwriter of Maroon 5 and judge of “The Voice”
11. Entreprenuer Richard Branson
As you can see, this list contains a broad mix of business masterminds, famous inventors who changed the world, actors, musicians, and athletes. They all had one thing in common: ADHD.
Contrary to popular belief, people with ADHD can hyper-focus on a single idea or physical task, transforming it beyond what was previously possible.
Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson (Virgin Inc.) holds the record for starting a large number of successful businesses.
Olympic record holder Michael Phelps credits swimming as a great way to channel his endless energy.
Ever watch Jim Carey perform improv? It is pure ADHD in action as he brilliantly switches from one character to the next.
Inventor Thomas Edison’s mind was so fast he could barely keep track of all of his groundbreaking ideas.
JetBlue founder David Neeleman credits his ADHD for enabling increased creativity and imagination with respect to creating and managing his business.
Are we surprised that an ADHDer created the wonderful world of Disney?
The above list contains people who struggled in school, who were bullied, and who saw the world differently than most.
They could have easily given up on their hopes and dreams, but they didn’t. And the world is a better place for it.
My son lives with ADHD, and when I showed him this list of famous people, his attitude regarding his condition became more positive.
This list proves that those with ADHD do not succeed in spite of their condition, but rather can benefit from the advantages it offers.