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The Meaning of Success

Previously in this blog, I’ve mentioned Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). I self-diagnosed about 8 years ago, and it’s made a significant difference in my ability to organize, plan, and manage my time. This revelation about myself arose from an idle question: What was wrong with Dad?

My father (gone nearly 27 years now) had chronic problems with finishing projects and getting all excited about random things in unpredictable patterns. He did what many folks with ADHD do: He overcompensated, getting up hours and hours early in the morning to ensure he wouldn’t be late for work. He was obsessive about making sure his belongings were put away the same way every time – and he hounded me to do the same. My father never knew he had ADHD. He grew up in the 1920s and 1930s, when no one had heard of such a thing. His inability to figure out math, and no doubt a lot of other self-management difficulties, led him to drop out of high school and live with that stigma throughout…