ARE THERE FAMOUS PEOPLE WITH ADHD?
It can be helpful to know that having a specific learning difficulty doesn't mean that you can't achieve your goals. Indeed, many people with SpLDs have careers that play to their strengths which might include creativity, lateral thinking, being empathetic, etc. Over the years, I've assessed many artists, architects, entrepreneurs, engineers, vets, headteachers, nurses, GPs, A&E consultants, psychiatrists, an international human rights lawyer, a high profile comedian, a GB Olympian and a very famous YouTuber. I have seen many people with ADHD who have excelled in careers such as events-management, performing arts, project start-ups, etc. I have also assesed sports people who play at county-level and are at the top of their sports nationally.
Here are names of just some famous people with ADHD who haven't let their difficulties hold them back:
Film, television and music: Jim Carey, Handel, Dustin Hoffman, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Justin Timberlake
Successful business people: Richard Branson, Bill Gates
Sports people: Michael Jordan (basketball), Michael Phelps (swimming), Louis Smith (gymnastics)
Others: Carl Jung, George Bush, Evel Knievel, Jamie Oliver, Dav Pilkey (author of the Captain Underpants books - used to find it too hard to focus in class and had to spend much time sitting in the corridor where he dreamt up his characters)