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ADD Questions Rule
How do reindeer fly? How did the feathers get inside my pillow and why aren't they still on the duck? Where does cheese come from? Your parents probably got that little smile, and said, "I'm not sure, dear, now go and play OUTside.
" Right? Those were just normal parents.
If you had very understanding parents, they may have even tried to give you the best answer they could or they looked one up for you.
And what about your teacher? Were they happy that you were so inquisitive, or just mean about it? Most of the time, ADD kids ran into, "Oh, can't you just be quiet for ten seconds?" Many adults just thought of your questions as annoyances.
If you're an ADD adult, I'm sure this happened to you as a child because it's only been about 20 years since ADD was understood at all.
I know I was very aware of everything around me as a kid, and I just ached to know how things worked, and I rarely gave up without getting an answer, even when somebody was unhappy with the questions I asked.
My brain just wouldn't rest until I knew.
In many cases, ADD doesn't just go away when you become an adult, though scientists kept telling people that it did.
And as we age, we really don't change that much.
Oh, we might be able to control our symptoms a little better, but we still want to know about how things work.
We can look at these things from many different angles.
The problem is that we make many linear-thinking people uncomfortable.
They don't understand us, and because there are so many more of them than there are of us, we usually end up feeling out of place.
Why does that happen? The truth is that people just feel uncomfortable about asking any questions.
They're embarrassed that the people they're asking won't think they understand or that they're stupid, so they may walk away not understanding something and never get an answer.
If you ask a lot of questions, even when their own questions are answered, they may feel that you've pulled the whole situation out of balance.
That really frustrates most people who are linear thinkers.
You need to remember that asking lots of questions really gives you greater power.
You're able to think outside the box, and so you question every aspect of everything.
Yet, that's where inventions come from.
You ask questions that nobody else is willing to ask.
And if you come away with a million-dollar idea, you need to implement it right away.
But what if it's not really a million-dollar idea? So, what? The fact that you took your idea and put it to work is very powerful.
You've learned more, probably what not to do, but that's OK.
But here's the thing...
If you think of a better idea while you're working on the not-so-great one, don't put the first idea away.
Never do that! Complete the first project, and use the best parts of the second and third ideas to bolster the first idea.
In your lifetime, you'll probably have many, many more ideas like that.
So, just take the one you started on and finish it, using the best of the ideas that come later.
The important thing is that you follow through and finish what you started on first.
Here's what you need to do: Keep asking questions, even when it starts to make you uncomfortable.
If you still have questions, be sure to ask them.
Then, when you get a great idea, even if it only seems like a great idea, see it through.
The next time you have that 10 million dollar idea, you'll be much more powerful.
Getting ideas and seeing them through.
Nothing is more important.