Of course I have always seen my son as brilliant, annoying, but brilliant and knew that the way his head works could bring him great fame, fortune and happiness. I also know that the greatest men and women in history all had something in common, just like my child and I, they thought outside the box.
I have checked like 50 websites in the past few years and found this list to be pretty consistent. It doesn't surprise me at all. I can't say for certain that any of the historical people (dead ones) on this list had ADHD or ADD, but it makes a lot of sense. You be the judge.
Some, like Albert Einstein, if you pardon the expression, are no brainers. Their documented histories show that they had all the behaviors, symptoms and abilities that we ADHD people possess.
So, I am not claiming that this list is 100% accurate, but I'll bet it's damn close.
Albert Einstein Ansel Adams Ann Bancroft Beethoven Alexander Graham Bell James Boswell Sir Richard Francis Burton President George Bush (both) Admiral Richard Byrd Lord Byron Thomas Carlyle Andrew Carnegie Jim Carrey Gen. H. Norman Charles Thomas Chatterton Samuel Clemens Samuel T. Coleridge Christopher Columbus Tom Cruise Leonardo da Vinci Salvador Dali Emily Dickinson Patty Duke Thomas Edison Ralph Waldo Emerson Ernest & Marel F. Scott Fitzgerald Edward Fitzgerald Malcomb Forbes Henry Ford Rick Fox Benjamin Franklin Robert Frost Zsa Zsa Gabor Tom Gainsborough Galileo Bill Gates Susan Hampshire Handel Mariette Hartley Stephen Hawking Wm Randolph Hearst Ernest Hemingway Bill Hewlett Alfred Hitchcock Dustin Hoffman Thomas Jefferson Bruce Jenner "Magic" Johnson Samuel Johnson Michael Jordan Carl Jung, M.D. King Karl XI of Sweden John F. Kennedy Robert Kennedy Jason Kidd Evel Knievel Bill Lear John Lennon Lewis and Clark Carl Lewis Abraham Lincoln Luci Baines Johnson Nugent Louis Pasteur Gen. George Patton H. Ross Perot Gen. Norman Schwartzkopf George C. Scott George Bernard Shaw Tom Smothers Socrates Steven Spielberg Sylvester Stallone Robert Louis Stevenson Jackie Stewart James Stewart Richard C. Strauss Lord Alfred Tennyson Nicolai Tesla Henry David Thoreau Leo Tolstoy Ted Turner Vincent Van Gogh Jules Verne Werner von Braun Lindsay Wagner Mike Wallace General Westmoreland Weyerhauser Family Walt Whitman Jamie Williams Robin Williams Tennessee Williams Woodrow Wilson Henry Winkler Stevie Wonder Virginia Woolf F.W. Woolworth Wright Brothers Vince Lombardi Robert Lowell James Clark Maxwell Steve McQueen Mozart David H. Murdock Napoleon Nasser Isaac Newton Jack Nicholson Anthony Hopkins Howard Hughes Nostradamus Edgar Allan Poe Cole Porter Elvis Presley Dan Rather Buddy Rich Eddie Rickenbacker Guy Ritchie Joan Rivers John D. Rockefeller Nelson Rockefeller Pete Rose John Ruskin Nolan Ryan Eleanor Roosevelt Anwar Sadat Pierre Salinger Robert Schumann Pablo Picasso Charles Schwab Michael Phelps Ty Pennington (thanks for the update Angel) Cody and ME!
Go ahead, add yourself or your kids name to this list... now go do something GREAT!