How the ADHD Strength of Curiosity Helps You ‘Harness the Wind’
By Keri Knight – September 16, 2019
Albert Einstein once said, “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”
Curiosity is defined as a strong desire to know or learn something.
If you’re a parent of a child with ADHD you are well aware that curiosity and inquisitiveness is a common trait. You’ve witnessed your child wander off to get a closer look at something that caught his attention and have been asked countless questions about why and how something works.
So Why should you consider this a strength?
People with ADHD are the explorers, the dreamers, the innovators, and the visionaries. Many entrepreneurs and creatives have ADHD.
Curiosity can lead to learning, acquiring knowledge, and becoming an expert in one’s field. It is a vital ingredient for becoming a good journalist, writer, inventor or scientist. So, how can you leverage the power of curiosity to harness the wind and get the energy you need for your career, or to help you child succeed.
First, learn and understand the complexities of your curiosity. ADHD comes with challenges; one of those challenges is easily losing interest and feeling bored. This can make it hard to pay attention.
Research shows that people with A.D.H.D. are actually hard-wired for novelty-seeking. They have sluggish and underfed brain reward circuits, so much of everyday life can feel routine and under-stimulating.That’s because the ADHD nervous system is interest-based, rather than importance- or priority-based.
To compensate, they are drawn to new and exciting experiences and get impatient and restless with the regimented structure that characterizes our modern world, like sitting in school all day or a 9-5 desk job.
From the standpoint of people who don’t have ADHD or don’t understand it, the problem looks like a lack of attention and impulsive behavior. But the real problem is that your brain is craving stimulation.
So when something interesting pops into their awareness - whether something on tv, a comment, or even an idea straight from their very active imaginations, they want to explore and know more about it. It’s stimulating, novel, and interesting. Just the thing the ADHD brain needs to engage and activate.
Some individuals with ADHD find school difficult but when it comes down to learning, they actually love to learn, as long as they are interested in the topic.
So how can you use this natural curiosity to your advantage – to power and energize your life?
Nurturing and developing your curiosity and inquisitive nature will help you discover and ultimately do your most amazing work. Inspiration and motivation may not be readily accessible when you want it to be. But your curiosity can be accessed at any time.
When you notice that you’re bored or that your brain is desperately craving excitement, just look around and ask yourself if there’s anything you can find in the work you are currently doing that you feel even 1% curious about and then follow it.
You will be amazed at where that drive can lead you.
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