In May, I talked about the film Shine and shared some insights for managing ADHD as an entrepreneur. Since that time, I’ve started thinking again about my own journey. When I started my journey to figure out “what I wanted to do in my life” I was about 13 or 14 years old. I’d like to go back to the beginning and share my journey with you, and I hope that parts of it will resonate with you and help you on your own journey.
I haven’t always been successful. And it hasn’t always been easy.
Where I am now
I’m in a great place in my life. I’ve helped thousands of people live better lives through my role as a licensed Mental Health Counselor trained in diagnosis and treatment of learning disabilities and ADHD. I get great satisfaction from my work. And, with decades of experience, I have designed a protocol of treatment tools that are the most effective in treating these two disorders.
It’s not possible to do what I do without a lot of study and training. I earned a BA and a BS from the University of Washington and an MS from the University of the Pacific. (If you’re curious about the degrees, the details are listed on the About Markus page.) I’m mentioning the degrees because they require a lot of reading and focused attention, two things that can be a challenge for people with ADHD. I had to work at least twice as hard as my peers because of my ADHD symptoms.
Knowing my strengths
One key to my success is knowing my strengths.
You have to know who you are before you can figure out what you bring to your career—and the world.
I’m one of the few people (perhaps the only person) who diagnose AND treat people with learning disabilities. Most professionals in my field do only one or the other. By doing both, I can really get to the bottom of what’s going on. For example, a diagnosis can show that someone has a memory issue because the child couldn’t repeat back what he heard. But, what if the child wasn’t paying attention? He could actually have an attention issue and no problem at all with memory. When I work with a client, I can control memory and attention and figure out what’s really going on.
My personal experience living with ADHD helps me understand what my clients are struggling with.
When I provide solutions for studying or organizing, I’m not getting them out of a book.
I’ve tried all the possible solutions, and I’ve learned through trial and error which ones work the best. I’ve also worked with many different clients, so I know what works and doesn’t work for a large pool of people. This combination of personal and professional experience makes me able to decipher each person’s unique profile and differentiate all the essential factors that make up a complex disorder so I can provide the right treatment.
Strategies that help me in my life and that I teach my clients
- Being aware of and utilizing my strengths
- Being kind to myself and respectful and accepting of my clients
- Keeping my focus on the positive of each person and building on it
Tune in next month to learn where it all started: in Sweden.
If you’d like to talk to me about counseling or coaching, please contact me directly.
– Markus Lefkovits