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ADHD – my life, my power

TedxCMU – Stephen Tonti. 2014-11-15 20.41.35

Hello, I’m Rick, Richard or Ricky.  I too have been known as ADHD.  ADHD – my life, my power!  This guy, Stephen Tonti, is able to articulate how wonderful life is when you have a higher ability to focus, rather hyper-focus, on many things at the same time.  However, the other side of it is when something is not exciting, it can be difficult to find the time to complete a task.

Most people would swear at this time in my life I don’t posses ADHD.  Well, guess again.  I simply manage it much better than most.  I embrace my hyper-focus and manage distractions.  I can corral a room full of squirrel chasers.  I can distract the shiny object folks and keep them on task. I can wonder about in a conversation, bring it to conclusion and powerfully make a point.

When I was in school the system drugged me.  Very interesting to hear how this medication was likely the cause of much of my challenges in childhood.  I certainly encourage people to find better ways to manage our ADHD people.  It is a gift – not a problem.

My mother was amazing and my father dealt with my challenges.  They were told by doctors that I’d never amount to much.  Guess the doctor was a fool!

To their surprise I turned my attention to programming computers in my early 20’s.  I used my hyper-focus to my benefit.

In my forties I learned to no longer be annoyed when I lose my train of thought.  At this time in my life I thrive on my 12-16 hour days – sleep is for woosies!  I also thrive on my down time.  Work hard, rest (recover) hard.

I often tell people my extreme nature.  Here is what I say, I can bend over to tie my shoes and forget why I bent over.  Really, pretty close to the reality.

I wonder who else was “labeled” and shelved.  Our school systems can raise us to be strong or stifle us – which do you want for you and your family?

As he mentions Robin Williams at the end of the video – I’m saddened.  Robin suffered without the proper support(s) to thrive.  May he finally rest in peace.

My life is amazing – I invite you to have the same amazing life, through your creation.

I feel so special – life as an introvert

The way I see life as an introvert is like this, at times I can be just as social as most people.  However, most of the time I am simply enjoying resolving life’s opportunities in my head.  Said differently, living as an introvert.

When people think they know me they would swear I am an extrovert.  They are mistaken.  Newly admitted to a group, I am usually quiet and very thoughtful.  I will open up with time.  I put this blog post under “Stigma” because sometimes it feels like being an introvert has some negative label or assessment.  Much like AD/HD or ADD has a stigma.  These are somehow misconstrued as mental health weaknesses.

I beg to differ.  Once people know me they really like what I bring to the relationship, community or group.

Today an article on Huffington Post sparked my sharing.  The article is about highly successful introverts.  I bet a high number of them also have the markings or traits of AD/HD.

I entrust you with the opportunity to get to know me, I know I look forward to the same.

A Ben Franklin – in his words

“My way is to divide half a sheet of paper by a line into two columns; writing over the one Pro and over the other Con. Then during three or four days’ consideration, I put down under the different heads short hints of the different motives, that at different time occur to me, for or against the measure. When I have thus got them altogether in one view, I endeavor to estimate their respective weights; and where I find two, one on each side, that seem equal, I strike them both out. If I judge some two reasons con equal to some three reasons pro, I strike out five; and thus proceeding, I find where the balance lies; and if after a day or two of further consideration, nothing new that is of importance occurs on either side, I come to a determination accordingly.” –Benjamin Franklin

I found this language and quote on several websites, therefore it must be truly from Ben Franklin??

Moving on

Richard Loek

Executive Biography – Richard Loek

Richard LoekMr. Loek is an Investment Advisor Representative, a licensed Life and Health Insurance Agent and a member Ed Slott’s Master Elite IRA Advisor group.  Mr. Loek and his team at Onesta Wealth Management (Onesta) and Calrima Financial & Insurance Agency (Calrima) have been working with people in a variety of capacities for over 20 years.  Calrima has a comprehensive team of associates and affiliates that pride themselves in providing outstanding customer service and achieving customer loyalty.

“The Original Recovering Software Engineer” is a phrase and title Mr. Loek coined a few years ago.  Transitioning from solving complex software design issues to solving complex financial planning issues was a complex yet very comfortable transition.  Helping people with software is still at the core of what Mr. Loek achieves.

Proud member of Ed Slott's Master Elite IRA Advisor GroupEd Slott’s Elite IRA Advisor Group™ is an exclusive group of advisors who are dedicated to b eing leaders i n the IRA industry. Because being the best in business requires an enormous amount of ongoing education, time and effort. The Elite IRA Advisor Group™ is a single resource for serious professionals.  The Elite IRA Advisors are equipped with up-to-date tools and resources to help their clients.

Mr. Loek is a San Francisco Bay Area Native.  Mr. Loek volunteers his time to coach people in accomplishing what is important to them.  Mr. Loek holds a variety of positions in the community.  Mr. Loek served as the Charter President of the San Jose Willow Glen Lions club. Mr. Loek has served on The Mental Health Advisory Board of Santa Clara County. In Mr. Loek’s leisure time he has participated in half-marathons & triathlons. Mr. Loek has also been a program leader at the company that is widely recognized as the industry leader in training and personal development.

CHARITABLE PARTICIPATION

Boy Scouts of America as an Assistant Scout Master • Parents Helping Parents as a parent, Board member and President • San Jose Willow Glen Lions Club, Charter President • Toastmasters, Vice-President of Education and President • Society for Financial Awareness (SOFA), Founder of the Silicon Valley Chapter Santa Clara County Mental Health Advisor Board, Board Member • Make-a-wish foundation, wish grantor and speaker’s bureau member • Cinequest Film Festival, Speaker & Moderator • San Jose Jazz Festival, volunteer VIP pavilion