Embracing Neurodiversity In Business
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The Emotional Disconnect in Understanding ADHD

In a world bustling with conversations and emotions, there often exists a disconnect in understanding the intricate web of feelings experienced by individuals with ADHD. This section of the blog will delve into the challenges faced by those with ADHD in expressing their emotions to neurotypical friends, highlighting the gap in emotional understanding.

 

The Misconception of Shared Emotional Experiences 
 
Discussing the misconception that everyone experiences emotions in the same way, this section will focus on the unique emotional landscape of individuals with ADHD. It will challenge the idea that saying “I feel the same way” is always empathetic, instead suggesting that it can sometimes be dismissive of the unique intensity of emotions felt by those with ADHD. 
The Intensity of Emotions in ADHD 
 
This part will illustrate the heightened emotional intensity that people with ADHD face. It will use a relatable example to show how common emotions can be amplified in ADHD, making everyday experiences more challenging. 
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Empathy: The Key to Understanding

Focusing on the importance of empathy, this section will encourage readers to offer their presence, listening ear, and understanding, rather than making comparisons. It will emphasise the need to appreciate the rugged and turbulent emotional terrain that individuals with ADHD navigate.

Conclusion: Building Stronger Connections 
Concluding the blog, this part will call for a communal effort to build stronger, more empathetic connections with people with ADHD. It will stress the significance of recognising and respecting the unique intensity of their feelings, fostering a community of support and understanding.

The Role of a Virtual Assistant in Supporting ADHD Business Owners

For business owners with ADHD, managing the myriad tasks and responsibilities inherent in running a business can be particularly challenging. This is where the invaluable support of a virtual assistant (VA) comes into play. A VA can provide tailored assistance, helping to streamline processes, manage time effectively, and maintain focus on key business objectives.

Expectations from a Virtual Assistant:

Organisational Support: One of the primary roles of a VA for an ADHD business owner is to help organise tasks and schedules. This could include managing emails, setting up reminders for important deadlines, and organising digital files for easy access. The aim is to create a structured environment that helps the business owner focus on high-priority tasks without getting overwhelmed.

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Time Management: VAs can play a crucial role in assisting with time management, helping to break down tasks into manageable chunks and creating a realistic schedule. This approach can be particularly beneficial for ADHD individuals who may struggle with estimating time and prioritising tasks.

Flexibility and Understanding: It’s crucial for the VA to understand the unique challenges faced by someone with ADHD. This means being flexible and adapting to changing needs or fluctuating productivity levels, providing support without judgment.

What ADHD Business Owners Can Expect:

Reduced Stress and Overwhelm: With a VA taking care of the details and organisational aspects, ADHD business owners can expect a significant reduction in stress and feelings of being overwhelmed. This allows them to focus more on strategic thinking and creative aspects of the business.

Improved Productivity: By delegating administrative and organisational tasks to a VA, ADHD business owners can utilise their time more effectively, leading to improved productivity and better business outcomes.

Enhanced Focus on Strengths: A VA can enable ADHD business owners to concentrate on their strengths, such as innovation, problem-solving, and building relationships, rather than getting bogged down in routine tasks that may be challenging for them.

In Conclusion

A virtual assistant can be a game-changer for ADHD business owners. By providing structured support, a VA can help in harnessing their unique talents and navigating the challenges of running a business, ultimately leading to both personal and professional growth.

I always knew I wanted to be my own boss one day, but the right time never seemed to present itself.

On a camping weekend, I hurt my ankle badly and I simply couldn’t drive, the mega Corp I worked for as an Executive Assistant were surprisingly sympathetic and rather than just be off work sick, they arranged remote access to work from home, happy days, no commuting. Eureka!! I could do this on a permanent basis if I took “The Risk.”

I handed in my notice and started building my business, sourcing associate work to tide me over until I had my own clients.

One unremarkable day I had a query from a potential client who literally changed my life, she explained that she was Neurodivergent, (something that I’d had a little bit of experience with within my former corporate life) and could really do with a VA that could cope with her particular way of working. I finally realised it wasn’t just the commuting I struggled with, it was the whole corporate world that I didn’t want to engage with, my passion has always been to try and help/assist wherever I can.

Neurodivergent clients are simply the best, no one client is the same as the next and the feeling of accomplishment when I know I’ve actually made a positive difference can’t be beaten.

So if you’re a Neurodivergent business owner, take that “risk”, arrange a call with me, join my Facebook group or take out a membership and see how me and my marvellous team could give any assistance needed.

Taking a risk could mean leaving that job you’ve hated for years. Maybe you’re dreaming of starting your own business or thinking about going back to school because the degree you got the first time just wasn’t the right fit. Or perhaps, it’s about finally saying NO MORE to always trying to make everyone else happy.

To really grow—both personally and in business—you’ve got to step out of your comfort zone and try something new.

Do you have the courage to take a risk?

What’s holding you back?

Are you stuck in the “what ifs”?

Are you just surviving or feeling stuck in your comfort zone, struggling to break free?

If you’ve been thinking about making a change but fear of failure is stopping you, it’s time to ask yourself: What part of myself am I losing because I’m afraid to take a risk?

Only you know what needs to shift for you to move forward.

When I started my own business in 2018, I had those same doubts and fears. Leaving a secure, full-time job with no clients lined up was a huge risk. But looking back, I have no regrets. It was the right move for me, and it’s paid off in ways I couldn’t have imagined.

Now, I wouldn’t tell everyone to just quit their job. It was a decision that took a lot of planning and careful consideration. I was lucky to have a backup plan and the support of my husband. Without that, I couldn’t have made the leap.

Back then, I was stretched thin, working over 70 hours a week at a demanding full-time job. I realised I couldn’t give my all to both my job and my personal aspirations. The thought of continuing on that path, neglecting my own dreams, was fast becoming a non-option.

Leaving a steady salary behind was scary, especially with no clients lined up. But staying in my comfort zone wouldn’t bring the fulfilment and success I wanted. So, I decided to take the risk.

My boss thought I was crazy and even offered to let me stay on part-time, working 20 hours a week. For some, that might have been a good compromise. But for me, it wasn’t just about the money. I pride myself on giving 100% to whatever I do, and I knew that splitting my time would mean I couldn’t give my best to either role.

So, despite the uncertainty and scepticism from others, I chose to just DO IT and take my own path. By no means was it an easy decision and on my last day at work I felt physically sick!  As I walked out of the office for the last time and got in my car, for the 1000th time, that day I had doubts and what if’s running through my head!  What the bloody hell had I done?  And more importantly, now I was on my own, where do I start?  There was no one to tell me what to do and I was seriously thinking of going back and asking for my job back!

Now 5 years on, I can confidently say it was the right decision. It hasn’t been easy, and there have been moments of doubt, but the freedom to pursue my passion has been worth every challenge and sacrifice.

I love what I’m doing!

Taking risks can be inspiring, enjoyable, and help you grow in so many ways. Embrace it!

What are the potential rewards of taking risks in life?

Sense of Accomplishment: Taking risks is scary, but it leads to self-discovery. Many people I know had no idea where their journey would take them, but the sense of accomplishment and pride they feel is incredible.

They feel alive for the first time, I know I did!

Personal Freedom: Imagine working with people you like and doing what you really enjoy – this is your path to personal freedom.

Letting Go of the Past: Challenging old routines and assumptions can be rewarding. By taking risks, you can disprove old beliefs and free yourself from negative thoughts and “what ifs”.

Self-Discovery: This is a biggie; risks help you learn about yourself, your values, and what drives you. With new experiences, you can find what truly makes you happy. My journey from being an employee to running my own business has been a profound experience of self-discovery.

Increased Confidence: Each risk you take builds your confidence and makes you more flexible and a better decision-maker.

New Opportunities: Stepping out of your comfort zone can lead to new opportunities, both professionally and personally and it’s so exciting when this happens and I LOVE meeting new people and learning. No more stuck in that 9 to 5 waiting for someone to leave before you get the opportunity to get promoted.

Resilience: Risks teach you how to handle setbacks, building resilience and the ability to navigate challenges like a pro.

No Regrets: If the risk works out, fantastic! If not, it’s a valuable lesson that makes you wiser. We learn from our mistakes.

 

For those who are neurodivergent, taking risks can feel daunting, but it can also lead to incredible personal development and success. Using a Virtual Assistant can be a game-changer, providing essential support and helping to navigate uncertainties.

Starting to take risks can be scary, but that’s okay. It’s natural to want to stay safe. Trust me, taking risks can be fun too. There’s a whole world out there with endless possibilities. To figure out which risks are right for you, just go with your gut. Don’t be afraid to try new things. Even if something doesn’t go as planned, you’ll learn from it and grow.

Curious about how Virtual Assistant support can change your risk-taking journey with a business that understands what it’s like to run a successful business. Schedule a FREE consultation with me—no risk here, I promise!

 

Ps. Yes, that’s me jumping out of a plane for charity!

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