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respect in the workplace

Hello I am just coming to terms with the real me…I didnt want to be labeled…but its obviously the whole office knows Im “special”. It s been 8 yrs and this site has given me awesome tips to talk to my supervisor…. thank you


I’m so glad you’re moving toward being able to accept yourself!  That’s such an important shift to make to be able to reach your potential and to respect yourself—because it all starts there!  Respecting yourself (and your difference) is an important part of learning to do things in ways that work for YOU! 

When you respect yourself, and start to use systems and tools that work for YOU, the respect from others follows.

There’s no stopping you now.  You go get ‘em, Mrs. C!

Lynne Edris, ACG
Life & ADHD Coach

Posted by ADD_Coach_Lynne on Apr 15, 2014 at 1:10am

And now that you’ve begun to explore the “real you”, you can start to explore the things that you’re uniquely good at and focus less on all the things you have a hard time with.

My diagnosis was such a powerful eye-opener 17 years ago, but it wouldn’t have been as big a transformation had I not pushed to fully understand, mitigate and and leverage my ADHD fully.

Best of luck in your pursuits!

Posted by ADD Crusher on Apr 18, 2014 at 9:57pm

I went 55 years undiagnosed, in which I worked at an AD/HD-friendly job for 11 years and then obtained post-graduate professional qualifications and had a 25 year professional career.  I get all sorts of respect because I am very good at what I do, and that hasn’t changed in the 5 years since I was diagnosed. 

The diagnosis was a life-changing event for me for the same reasons as for everyone else on this site, but in the workplace, not so much.  I agree that we need to respect ourselves first and foremost, but I don’t want to have to pretend to be something I’m not just to fit in or get respect from my colleagues. 

As soon as I assert myself as someone who thinks and solves problems differently, the respect gets replaced by something more sinister.  I’m a public servant and diversity is supposed to be one of our fundamental values, but they want diversity that’s visible, just for symbolic reasons.  As soon as you try to BE diverse or to actually work in diverse ways and be treated differently because you are different, things change. 

We have a very long way to go before we are really respected for what we actually are I think.

Posted by Cedar on Apr 22, 2014 at 3:29am

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