Michael Phelps is a famous American Olympian that has repeatedly shocked the world. He holds the all-time record for Olympic gold medals and has set 7 world records.
He was diagnosed with ADHD as a child and took medicine to help control the symptoms. At first this was seen as a negative diagnoses, but it ended up helping Micheal achieve all that he has to date.
Those diagnosed with ADHD struggle with restlessness and paying attention for long periods of time. But the upside is that people with ADHD have the effortless strength to be able to hyper focus on the things that they do find an interest in. For Micheal, this was being the best at swimming.
Something he did before every competition was visualize success. He had done this ever since he was about 7 years old. The swimmer believed it had contributed to many of his achievements. At 15, he qualified for the 2000 Summer Olympics. This marked him as the youngest male on an Olympic swim team since 1932!
Just after the 2008 Summer Olympics, the athlete launched the Micheal Phelps Foundation. On August of 2016 he announced his retirement. Micheal experienced tremendous success in his career and has achieved a total of 23 golds, 3 silvers and 2 bronzes from the Olympics. In 2017, he joined the board of Medibio and remains an active member. The organization focuses on mental health disorders for which the athlete is a huge advocate.
Michael is a great inspiration as he exploits the positive side of ADHD. Here is one of his famous quotes that exhibits his strength and drive:
“Nobody is going to put a limit on what I’m doing. I’m going to do what I want to do, when I want to do it. That is how I have always worked. If I want something I am going to go and get it.” - Micheal Phelps