Comparing Life with ADD, ADHD & Executive Functioning to the US Women’s Soccer Victory

Yesterday’s dramatic US Women’s soccer team’s win over Brazil in the quartefinals of the World Cup easily ranks up there with any other sporting event I’ve ever seen. I’m a huge sports fan, but like most Americans I’ve not been bitten by the soccer bug. Interestingly enough, I was a good soccer player as a child.

For those of you that missed it, I’ll give you a snapshot. The US was called for a beyond controversial call that had one of the players ejected (red carded more specifically). Brazil was awarded a penalty kick that was stopped by the US Goalie. The US was then called for entering the penalty area too early (rarely enforced rule) and Brazil was able to successfully kick it again to tie the score.

The US was forced to play with ten ladies after the ejection and managed to force extra time. Brazil scored first on what appeared to be an offsides play (the Cliffnote version is that players cannot be ahead of the ball). The US then trailed 2-1 (there’s no sudden death). Brazil in the last few minutes of the extra time started to fake injuries. This was in an effort to waste time. Despite this unsportsmanlike act, the US scored on an improbable goal with little time left to force the shootout (each team gets five penalty kicks). The US won during this round.

Why do I mention this game? How does it compare to people with ADD, ADHD and Executive Functioning deficts? The US women yesterday were dealt a bad hand. Everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong. But even with a several disadvantages they fought through it and won.  There were so many built in excuses and yet, nothing was going to stop this team from winning.

Life with ADD, ADHD and Executive Functioning deficits present many of these same challenges. Society isn’t always accommodating to our issues, so we may lose out on opportunities like jobs, grades and friendships that others get because we don’t fit the norm. However, that doesn’t stop many of us from being successful. The successful people I know with ADD, ADHD and Executive Functioning concerns have identified strategies for success. We surround ourselves with people that encourage us, pick us up when we’re down and become our personal team. In my case, I have an amazing group of family and friends that help me through the difficult times. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for this love and support.

So my friends, here is the lesson learned from all of this…build a strong team, keep fighting even when the deck is stacked against you and most importantly, the world hates excuses so just go out there and produce. It makes you a champion.

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