adhd_highway_to_hey_look_a_squirrel_tshirt[1]What do Sir Richard Branson (founder of Virgin Airlines), Paul Orfalea (founder of Kinkos), David Neeleman (founder of JetBlue Airways), and Ingvar Kamprad (founder of IKEA) have in common?

Well, besides the undisputed fact that they are incredibly successful entrepreneurs, all of them have ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) or ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).

I have the latter.

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, ADHD is classified as a disability. It is also one of the most commonly studied and diagnosed psychiatric disorders, yet scientists still don’t understand its cause.

Unfortunately, 40+ years ago when I was in elementary school, ADD and ADHD did not exist. In fact, it wasn’t until 1980 that ADD and ADHD were officially introduced into the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. If parents, teachers and doctors were as in tune with it as they are today, life would have probably been a whole lot easier for me and millions of other children.

All through my childhood, even though I was labeled as an “achiever”, and received straight A’s, I was always in trouble with my teachers for talking too much, being absent-minded, daydreaming, annoying classmates with my bouncing leg and my inability to stay in my seat, not being able to finish assigned projects, work on a team, keep my desk clean, or follow instructions.

As I got older, things became more difficult, as the mandatory curriculum became increasingly boring to me. I grew impatient, which led me to become impulsive and I’d talk over everyone that was speaking to me. My grades started slipping and I constantly heard from my teachers that I was “not living up to my potential”. [click to continue…]



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Get Ready for ShareASale’s Under the Stars Party & Fundraiser

ShareASale has been hosting their themed “Under the Stars” party at Affiliate Summit West and Affiliate Summit East for a few years now. It’s definitely one of my favourite events that take place during the show.

For the last few shows, I’ve gone along with their theme and donned appropriate attire:



ShareASale’s parties are always lots of fun… and who doesn’t appreciate an open bar?

On top of that, they always have something going on — whether it’s a magician, great music, costume contests, photo booth fun, piano sing-a-longs and entertainers; the folks at ShareASale always show their guests a great time filled with networking opportunities.

This time around won’t be different, but it will have a philanthropic twist — one that I’m VERY EXCITED ABOUT!

A Not-To-Be-Missed, Splendiferous Affair!

The ShareASale Under the Stars Party during Affiliate Summit East 2014, will take place on Sunday, August 10th from 8:00pm-11:00pm in the Broadway Lounge at the Marriott Marquis.

The theme for this year’s party is “Dress Up Like Your Favourite Character from a James Bond Movie”.

It will be a Casino Night featuring an open bar, appetizers, the Magic of Joel Givens, a Photobooth and a Costume Contest.  The first 100 guests through the door will receive a prize as well.

Shareasale Under the Stars Party at Affiliate Summit East 2014 [click to continue…]