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Breaking out of Corporate America - Need advice!

I’m a 33 year old female with ADHD. I’ve been very successful in the corporate realm but I feel like sitting in an office full of cubicles is slowly killing me. I’m able to cope with my ADHD at work but it’s extremely draining. I’m constantly stuck in meetings and in “small talk” with co-workers when all I want to do is just sit with ear-plugs in and try to accomplish something.  I put 110% into work everyday but at the end of the week, I have a hard time seeing tangible value. I long to work for myself, to wake up every morning and do something that I love, to put 110% into something that is mine, to not have 5 bosses pulling me in different directions every minute of the day. I have a couple of good business ideas that I start but never finish, and that makes me so frustrated with myself. The scope of my business keeps growing in my head, until i’m overwhelmed and just don’t start it.  I overanalyze what it will take for me to start my own company and then I just don’t start it. I just know deep down that i’m not built to work in corporate America. I feel more accomplished spending a day in the garden or building something at home than I do spending 40 hours in a cubicle.  I need some advice from successful ADHD entrepreneurs. How did you get started?  How did you build enough confidence to break out of the corporate ball and chain and do something that you actually love? help :(

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You need some holidays!

Posted by najn on Aug 11, 2014 at 8:22pm

Mitzi has some good suggestions.  I was going to say similar things—start part time, build things up gradually.  It usually takes a couple of years at least to get something going to the point that it can actually bring in enough money to live on.

I do suggest getting a biz coach, and being involved in “mastermind” or accountability groups.  It’s HARD being an ADD person without a schedule. Creating and maintaining structure is crucial.  Getting help with that is very beneficial, I find.

Posted by dawndsquirrel on Aug 12, 2014 at 3:14am

Good morning, I do understand what you are going through…I have had my business since 1987, I’m 53, female and would be willing to talk to you about my experiences. If you are on face book, Bonita Belami, Hilton Head S.C. Friend me there and we can chat. You will do what you want to do…P.S. Read this short story book by Andy Andrews…The Traveler’s Gift… Insight for your future…

Posted by bbelami on Aug 12, 2014 at 12:06pm

When we do something we love, we are bound to be most successful at it. Starting your own business is a scary proposition for most people. It’s diving right into the unknown. My suggestion is somewhat the same as Dawn’s, get a coach. However, I think you would really benefit from an ADHD coach—they have the added skill set of understanding the nuances of ADHD. An ADHD coach can help you build the right structure, routine, and self-accountability you’ll need to succeed as your own boss.

Here’s more about ADHD Coaches:
http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/4002.html. And these stories might inspire you to take the leap: http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/754.html.

Penny
ADDconnect Moderator, Author & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Aug 12, 2014 at 1:41pm

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