511. Turning Her A.D.D. into an Asset
Learning in a rigid classroom system did not suit Alma. On top of that, her attention-deficit disorder complicated her learning. But following her creativity and love of language and communication, she found a way to make her attention deficit disorder (A.D.D.) an asset.
Alma Abeu, through her company 360 Agile Pro, is teaching business owners how to use Agile project management software to launch new products and services in a 90-day period. She is also the founder of 360 Content Pro which is a content marketing service that specializes in Spanish language advertising, blogging and social media management. She helps business owners expand their customer base to Latin America and around the world.
How Did You Start Using Your Talents?
“One subject I really liked was English. I loved to write. When I was a little girl, I wrote plays and would have my friends act in them. I would direct them. When I was a senior in high school, I had an English class that I loved. Our teacher taught me how to write essays. Based on that experience, in college I majored in communications and English. Today, I write blog posts and articles and the newsletter for my business. It comes naturally to me because I enjoy storytelling.”
The Most Impactful Turning Point?
“From elementary school up until high school, I did not do well academically. A lot of it had to do with the fact that I have attention deficit disorder, A.D.D. If I am not interested in something, I can’t focus on it. Because of A.D.D., I found consulting on a contract basis most rewarding. I like working with a company for 6 months, completing the project, and moving on to a different company. Working in the information technology (I.T.) field gives me a lot of flexibility, too. I can be a contractor or a consultant. I can work in different cities throughout the United States, or around the world if I really want to. I like the flexibility of change because I like to change.”
The Most Powerful Lessons Learned?
“Make sure you are in a career that gives you the type of lifestyle you want to live. If you want flexibility, or want to travel, find an industry or a company that allows you to do that. When you are choosing what you want to do in life, ask if the career you have chosen is in line with your personal values, goals and life. If it’s not, you need to figure out a way to make it all fit together.”
Steps to Success from Alma Abreu
1. Never stop learning. Sign up for training, get certified, constantly learn. There are many ways to learn, so it needn’t be complicated to do.
2. Make sure your career is in sync with your values, goals and the life you desire.
3. Learn how to collaborate and work on a team. Start by finding online groups where you can give and receive information.
On Her Bookshelf
Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us, by Seth Godin
Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time, by Jeff Sutherland and JJ Sutherland
Connecting With Alma Abreu
LinkedIn: Alma Abreu
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