Growth Currency

⚡ I quit everything—except this.

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Writing a newsletter could be the thing that sticks for you — ADHD or not.

I quit everything I start.

And not just good things to quit, like bad habits. I quit things with upside and potential: blogs, journals, websites, jobs, businesses

So when the desire to create content (once again) started tickling my creative ambitions 18 months ago, I knew I had to try something different.

Everything I tried in the past failed.

I'd get bored.
I'd lose focus.
I'd give up and move on.

When I was diagnosed with ADHD 11 months ago, all the “quitting” started making sense. Turns out many of my tendencies were thanks to my newly-diagnosed but long-held neurodiversity.

People with ADHD have a high tendency to exhibit Shiny Object Syndrome, according to Amen Clinics: “[those with ADHD] rush into new ideas without properly thinking them through or in order to avoid the less exciting work of tending to the business at hand.” So when the going gets tough, the tough get goin’ — unless you’re one of us. We ADHDers just move on to something more exciting and novel.

The ADHD Diagnosis

I had no idea about any of this before my diagnosis.

One morning, I was browsing YouTube procrastinating from the work I was supposed to be doing, and I stumbled upon on YouTube about what it’s like to live with ADHD.

I watched the video.

And then another one. I went down the rabbit hole.

I was nearly in tears. These videos described me to a tee. I phoned my doctor’s office and made an appointment.

After the appointment and assessment, I was “officially” diagnosed. All the quitting made so much more sense now.

What didn’t make sense was the streak I had been building:

→ I had published over 25 straight weeks of my Growth Currency newsletter. And I wasn’t quitting.

I kept showing up.

Here’s why I believe it worked.

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