Creative industries like ours are filled with incredibly different people, a melting pot of origins, religions and different brains. Being different was something that for many years was seen as a problem but is actually the future of our industry. Creativity comes with different mindsets hence why we’ve decided to celebrate October as ADHD month.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition that can cause above-normal levels of hyperactive and impulsive behaviours.
As a business, Neville, has noticed that more and more young people seem to be diagnosed with ADHD. “ADHD is a different way of processing information. If you find the way to communicate with ADHDers and support them whilst overcoming their challenges, you have created a pure artist. Studies shows many adults with ADHD end up as entrepreneurs. The trick for then is to find a career that suits them, one of the most common choices is hairdressing. In this way they are using their energy, creativity and other amazing strengths they have to get most out of the profession enriching it with their flare” says Elena Lavagni.
A variety of studies have shown that people with ADHD have super focus which means that if engaged correctly, people with ADHD can in fact accomplish a lot more and much faster. Lavagni adds, “ADHD is like having a Ferrari engine with bicycle breaks… once you strengthen the breaks you have a super power”.
We in the hairdressing industry could really benefit massively from the creativity, tenacity and empathy that comes with ADHD.
First and foremost, people with ADHD are very resourceful when it comes to problem solving. Whatever the issue they have the ability to connect the dots.
ADHDers' are extremely creative. They consistently come up with new ideas and whilst they might struggle to put those ideas into work, teamed with a business that can help them action their ideas can lead to incredible results.
Compassion is another beautiful trait and quality that ADHDers’ are plentiful. “No team can be strong and united without compassion as it is the foundation of team work” adds Lavagni.
People with ADHD need to work twice as hard to achieve, making them extremely perseverant. Perseverance is the key to success and in our industry, we need more people that are willing to work hard to unleash their maximum potential.
They are also astute! Being observers means that they will be more receptive to client’s need.
Finally, as if you weren’t sold that ADHD is a super power, ADHDers’ have a real appreciation for life. Having gone through hardship they radiate energy and who wouldn’t that in their business?!