Scanner, or ADD?

When clearing out my RSS reading list, came across this post on Talent Develop on Scanners:

  • “I can never stick to anything.”
  • “I know I should focus on one thing, but which one?”
  • “I lose interest in things I thought would interest me forever.”
  • “I keep going off on another tangent.”
  • “I get bored as soon as I know how to do something.”
  • “I can’t stand to do anything twice.”
  • “I keep changing my mind about what I want to do and end up doing nothing.”
  • “I work at low-paying jobs because there’s nothing I’m willing to commit to.”
  • “I won’t choose a career path because it might be the wrong one.”
  • “I think everyone’s put on this earth to do something; everyone but me, that is.”
  • “I can’t pay attention unless I’m doing many things at once.”
  • “I pull away from what I’m doing because I’m afraid I’ll miss something better.”
  • “I’m too busy, but when I do find time I can’t remember what I wanted to do.”
  • “I’ll never be an expert in anything. I feel like I’m always in a survey class.”
“If you’ve ever said these things to yourself, chances are good that you’re a Scanner, a very special kind of thinker. ” “Unlike those people who seem to find and be satisfied with one area of interest, you’re genetically wired to be interested in many things, and that’s exactly what you’ve been trying to do. ”

That sounds like me. The excerpt goes on to provide some insight into the problem of being expected to conform to the “one skill, one direction’ mindset that most people have. I myself have struggled with this in the definition of my own specialty, gravitating toward fields that have very broad problem spaces where being multi-interested in things pays off.