Plenty of people with ADHD have found a way to use their condition in productive ways, and the rapper wil.i.am is one shining example. The musician that gained famed in the Black Eyed Peas has actually achieved a lot more than you might think: he’s a successful music producer, he leads a tech company, he’s an inventor, and heads an educational scholarship foundation.
ADHD can send your attention flying in all sorts of directions, and wil.i.am sees the bright side of that. “Those traits work well for me in studios and in meetings about creative ideas.”
Happily, music has also helped him manage his ADHD better, effectively keeping his thoughts in order. “It keeps my mind from wandering. I can stay in the music,” he says. “Music brings control to my thoughts.”