Jim Livingstone

8 March, 2023


“Asking for help is never a sign of weakness, it is a sign of strength”


Personal Power

Stop trying to do it all on your own

We live under the illusion that we should be able to do it all. What a lot of bullsh*t.

Anyone who succeeds has used the skills and abilities of others to help them achieve their goals and dreams.

Athletes at every level have coaches.

Entrepreneurs have mentors, in-person and virtual.

Successful authors have cover designers, editors, marketers and social media managers

Pilots have trainers

Doctors have University Professors

Tradies have apprenticeships.

Sheryl Sandberg, CEO Facebook (coached by Bill McGowan)
Jeff Bezos, Founder of Amazon (coached by Bill Campbell)
Marc Benioff, Founder & CEO of Salesforce (coached by Anthony Robbins)
Roger Enrico, Former CEO of Pepsi & DreamWorks (coached by: John Mattone)
Hugh Jackman, actor (coached by Don Saladino)
Christiano Ronaldo, footballer (coached by Samatha Clayton)
Steve Jobs, Founder of Apple (coached by Bill Campbell, John Mattone)
Andre Agassi, tennis player (coached by Brad Gilbert)
Oprah Winfrey, tv host (coached by Martha Beck)
Bill Gates, Founder of Microsoft (coached by Bill Campbell)
Eric Schmidt, Former Google CEO (coached by Bill Campbell)

Pick one area that will make the biggest impact on your life and try some form of coaching.

This week’s ADHD Advantage

Your Ability to See Opportunity.

People with ADHD often use humour to fit in. 

Humour is a way to challenge our negative experiences. We typically use it to diffuse awkwardness and respond to painful experiences like being hurt by family members and others who desperately want us to be ‘normal’.

Humour is one of the highest levels of defence, which allows us to maintain a healthy perspective in the face of misfortune and adversity. 

Laughter has been shown to release serotonin and dopamine, providing feel good benefits with a simple chuckle.

Laughter reduces serum levels of stress hormones. It significantly boosts our immune system. 

It also regulates blood pressure, heart rate, improves memory, focus, attention and concentration. 

Humour and laughter also have analgesic properties…. meaning that finding the funny activates the release of endorphins. Humour reduces physical aches and pains and muscular tension.

Laughter is sharing, which generates a positive mood, and lightens the load. 

Use it or lose it.


“One opportunity used wisely can alter the course of your life dramatically”


This week’s ADHD Challenge

Staying on Course…seeing too many opportunities.

One of the greatest advantages for your ADHD brain is the ability to see many opportunities. It is also one of your biggest challenges.

Staying on course is one of the hardest things you will ever have to do if you want to be successful in any area of your life.

Constant change can be both exciting and stressful. Both create dopamine in the short term.

We often use our feelings of low self-esteem to tell ourselves that we are making too many errors, so it’s time to change and do something different. We go looking for the next opportunity.

Over time we learn that no matter what opportunity we choose to pursue, there will always be challenges.


  • Select one goal that is really important to you and make a self promise to do all you can today, next week, next month, and next year to mark it a reality.
  • Practise doing the boring sh*t – just for today.
  • Use your ability to see opportunities in the challenges as they arrive.
  • Stay the course as best you can. 
  • If you fall off the wagon, don’t change the goal; use your dopamine-seeking brain to find the next opportunity that will move you closer to your goal.
  • Find the solution within the challenge

Weekly Tip

Develop Stick To Itness

Some call it perseverance, others call it determination.

I always found it hard to stay with any career or hobby even though I enjoyed them in the beginning.

I would struggle with some aspects of it and my ADHD mind would look for something new and exciting.

What I failed to realise was that struggle and failure are just part of the process that leads to success.

I would self-sabotage myself by constantly changing my mind and direction.

Everyone who takes an idea or opportunity from concept to success must travel through the jungle of reality. This is where we need to stay on course and stick to the process as life tests our commitment to our dreams.

Use your amazing ADHD skills to find solutions to your setbacks instead of looking for an easier path or a new direction in your life

Appreciate what you have while you chase what you want.

Anything new is challenging for everyone, but with time and effort, it becomes easier.

Hang in there and continue to build the life you want.


“Success is not the absence of failure; it is the use of failure to succeed”.



Take care, enjoy
Jim Livingstone

Author & Founder


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Email: jim@adhdaddults.com
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DISCLAIMER :This newsletter is not intended to provide and does not constitute medical, legal or other professional advice. The content is designed to support, not replace, medical or psychiatric treatment. Please seek professional help if you believe you may have Mental Health Issues. 

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