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How to Hire for Your Business, with Carol Vincie

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Wondering how to hire for your business? Whether you’re thinking of outsourcing a few tasks or bringing in an entire team, we have some sound pieces of advice from Carol Vincie that will ensure you bring in the right people.

“Hire Slowly, Fire Quickly” is one of Carol’s mantras, and she’s going to show you the formula for getting that done in your business. This is article number three in a three-part series, so if you missed parts one and two, I highly recommend reading them first at Build Strengths not Weaknesses and Hiring an Assistant and Other Outsourcing Wisdom.

Of course, you are welcomed to watch the entire Brand Builders TV episode, Build Your Strengths and Hire for Your Weakness, below. Or just keep on reading.

We're going to learn it, model it and get shit done. Let's go!

Get to Know Carol Vincie

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Carol Vincie has Attention Deficit Disorder, or ADD, and she has learned to use it to her ADDvantage. In particular, she attributes the leadership ability, creative thinking, hyper-focus, high energy levels and intense focus that come with it to her 25 years of profound success in corporate America.

Productivity Tools & Insights is Carol’s undertaking today. With it, she’s delivering invaluable advice to those with ADD and those who love them and work with them. She’s teaching people to use exercise, sleep and nutrition to function more effectively. She’s working with women, an underserved ADD demographic. And she’s teaching people with ADD how to thrive in the workplace.

Carol is a solopreneur, published author, public speaker, coach and curator of online courses.

Join me as we hear from Carol, in her own words, about how to hire for business success.

How to Hire to Fill Your Specific Needs

Let me give you a peek into how you might be able to bring people into your business. The first place you start is with yourself. What are the three things you need to work effectively with someone?

I’ll use myself as an example. The person I hire must be someone who is…

A Self-Starter

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I have none of the patience required to create a detailed, step-by-step description of every activity required in a task. If I bring someone onboard to help me, I expect they’ll put a plan together, bring it in for a quick review and then go execute it. That is essential.

Completely Accurate

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I still struggle with dyslexia, and spellcheck software programs often do not identify incorrectly spelled words, or words used in the wrong context. I am very concerned about my written presentation to the world. I don’t want to be embarrassed. So the person who works with me must be able to fill that gap with accurate editing.


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I was blessed during my corporate days by having a phenomenal secretary. She would come into my office at the end of the day and put order to the chaos, so my desk looked like one that belonged to a professional. I can’t ever admit to having just one piece of paper on my desk…that’s not my work style. In the morning, I’d come in to find an organized office, and in a couple of hours, there’d be three inches of paper on my desk again. So we kept a semblance of organization at least—for part of the day. And that is essential, since I still have not developed that skill.

My contribution to being organized is when I started in business, I hired a professional organizer because I do multiple things at the same time. The recommendation she made in 1994 (and I have abided by it ever since) is colored folders. The Staples office supply store in my area loves me. I don’t just buy the four-color pack with 25 folders in it. I buy 100 of every color they’ve ever made. And when they come out with a new color, I’m there, stocking up, because every part of my business has a different color and nothing gets misfiled.

For example, when I do an assessment for a client, my copy goes in a gray folder and their copy goes in a black folder. If there is a black folder on my desk, it means it hasn’t been sent off to the client. That’s a quick way for me to stay organized. So while I’m plowing through the three inches of paper on my desk, I don’t have to open every folder. I only have to open the ones that are the color for that particular subject. And I have been religious about that behavior. That has saved a lot of time and things are a little less chaotic than they would be with my normal behavior.

How to Hire and Make it Work

When you bring somebody in, don’t give them more than three activities. This is not the time to take the six months of stuff that’s been accumulating in your business and dump it on their desk. There is no way to evaluate if they’re doing a good job. They will be totally overwhelmed and won’t even know where to start.

This gives them time to learn your business, know your work style and come up with suggestions (because if they’re the right person, they will have suggestions for the tasks you’ve given them). Then, in a few weeks, sit down with them, ask for their recommendations and chat with them about your feedback. And if they’re able to do more, add a few more tasks. But again, you’re not dumping six months of unattended activities on them. Even at that point, it’s still premature.

If they’re really aggressive and come back asking for more, give them a little at a time until they reach the level where they cry, “Uncle!”—which everyone will. You want them to be able to use their skills as effectively as possible.

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Knowing How to Hire is Just the Beginning

I will be doing a few more Brand Builders TV episodes, and the next one will be Three Secrets to Turn Your Mission Impossible Dream into Reality (Using Your Core Strengths to Stay in Your A-Game). I will give you a quick exercise you can do at home. You’ll look at a process to uncover your strengths and weaknesses. I encourage you to follow these episodes, and want to let you know that I do work with a series of web-based assessment tools that will identify your strengths and the strengths of anyone you want to bring into the business. The expression is, “Hire Slowly, Fire Quickly.” The time and expense it takes to extract somebody who was the wrong choice from a business is overwhelming, so we definitely don’t want to rush decisions because there’s an emergency. You may be thinking you can put a finger in the dyke and solve a problem, but you could be creating a bigger problem.

Jim Collins, in his book Good to Great, offers these two comments:

  • “Get the right people on the bus.”
  • “Put them in the right seats.”

...and I’m here to work with you, to help you achieve that objective.

Strengths, Weaknesses, Outsourcing and How to Hire…That’s a Wrap

Wow! Are you ready to go out and hire the person who will fill in the gaps in your business? Someone who isn’t your friend, but rather your complete opposite? Somebody who’s brilliant at the things you have difficulty with?

As you've read above, Carol Vincie is available to help you with any and all of that. Plus, you’re never alone in building your brand or running your business. That’s because the professionals, business owners and entrepreneurs in the Brand Builders Club are there to help you make it work. You can join right now, without a stitch of obligation. Try it for the first month and if you don’t find the support, advice and accountability you need to take your business to the next level, you can leave the club.

Now that you know how to hire the perfect person for your business, may I suggest you go give that a try? Feel confident in knowing that you’ve got this, because no one knows your strengths and your business better than you. Now let’s get shit done!

Hiring an Assistant and Other Outsourcing Wisdom, with Carol Vincie

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I trust that you were convinced of the value of outsourcing in the first instalment of this series, Build Strengths not Weaknesses, with Carol Vincie. And now that you know how futile weakness-building can be in business, it’s time to get down to tacks. What can hiring an assistant do for your business? And where should you start?

Carol is going to give up some stellar examples of the best outsourcing practices and you’ll come away with an entirely new view about when and whom you should hire.

If you haven’t read the first article in this series, please do so using the link above. Or, if you’d prefer to watch the video instead of read, you can view the entire Build Your Strengths and Hire for Your Weaknesses video below. Otherwise, it’s time to learn a bit more about Carol and get on with part two of this series.

It's time to learn it, model it and get shit done. Let's go!

More About Carol Vincie

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Carol Vincie has ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). She used it to her ADDvantage during her 25 years in the corporate world. It was difficult for Carol to acknowledge the 20-pound sack of ADD on her shoulders, but once she did, she could credit it with the focus, creativity, high energy and leadership abilities that advanced her in her career.

Carol is on a mission to help people with ADD to thrive at work; to use sleep, nutrition and exercise to their advantage…and to serve the historically underserved community of women with ADD.

Today, Carol is an author, public speaker, solopreneur and curator of Productivity Tools & Insights, delivering valuable information to those with ADD (and to those who interact with them) with coaching and online courses.

I can’t wait for you to read this brilliant content, taken straight from Carol’s Brand Builders TV episode, in her own words.

Let’s get on with it!

Time to Think about Hiring and Assistant

If your business grows, you have consistent cash flow and you can commit to a paid staff, there are a number of options available to you. VA (Virtual Assistant) services will put together a group of people they have vetted who have the skills you’re looking for. Bookkeeping is a typical one. Data entry of gas, office supplies, travel expenses, etc. will require very little of your best skills and can easily be outsourced.

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VA services will also work with you to help you define your job requirements, and will assist with any disputes that may arise.

Advice from Other Experts when Hiring an Assistant

Timothy Ferriss has written a book called The 4-Hour Workweek. It gives a very detailed description of his effort to describe the process that works for him. He chose a company from the Philippines. When he returns from his workday, he dispatches a number of work requests over the internet to the people who are in a time zone that’s 12 hours behind his. When he returns to his office in the morning, the work is done. Then, he’s prepared to carry that information back to his clients in a very timely manner.

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This impresses his clients and eliminates the need to work through the night to finish research for a particular project.

You may wish to outsource locally. That is an option and it’s your choice.

This is not instant soup, but it is worth the effort. I think it took Tim Ferriss three or four tries to find the organization that he now maintains a relationship with.

Michael Gerber, in his book The E-Myth Revisited, encourages you to track your time in all the areas related to your business. When one category reaches the point where it can be outsourced, he then suggests that you make that disposition.

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I also address this process in my online time-management course.

Job Sharing, Opposite Skills and Barbara Corcoran

There are people who cannot or do not wish to work a full schedule, but have the skills to support your business. This provides you with the opportunity to get the perspective of more than one person. If you put together a co-working team, they can bounce ideas around among themselves, and then only present you with the consolidated results.

I can see this working when you’re doing graphic design, website development or blog posts. If you’re trying to reach different markets, each person may be best suited to target the message to a specific avatar. This reduces your time and involvement because you’re not going back and forth in the decision process. You’re waiting for your team to present solutions, then you choose the one you’re most comfortable with.

The key to each of these options is to connect with people who have opposite skills. This is not the time to hire your best friends. The definition of a best friend is someone who shares your values, skills and interests. You are looking for someone who’s your opposite, to cover your weaknesses.

Barbara Corcoran (regular panelist and investor on The Shark Tank) is a good example of someone who went from “Oh my God, get her out of my office,” to, “Oh my God, we have a system in place!” Barbara was the owner of a large real estate company in Manhattan. New York City has a very competitive real estate market—particularly in Manhattan.

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When she started her company, she hired people who were just like her, super salespeople. After the group was assembled, there were some issues. When listings were brought into the office, nobody tracked who the responsible party was. So when sales closed, there were fights about who was entitled to shares of the commission.

At one point, Barbara was interviewing a woman, thinking How do I get this woman out of my office as quickly as possible? In a few more minutes, Barbara is able to end the meeting. The woman takes Barbara’s business card and puts it into a filing system in her purse—and she’s hired on the spot.

Within weeks, there are no files laying around the office. There is a system to track listings. There is a system to pay commissions. And when Barbara sold her business, this woman got a 7-figure check, in excess of 1.5 million dollars. It was the result of her contribution to the business.

The Importance of Hiring an Assistant Who's Your Opposite

Barbara Corcoran would never have been able to reach the sales volume she did with just a group of super salespeople. She needed someone who could put a system in place, execute that system and demand that everybody participate…in order for that business to reach the multi-million-dollar status it did.

That’s why you need to hire your opposite.

Now You're Closer to Hiring an Assistant

That Barbara Corcoran story is something special, right? And there’s no one better-equipped to deliver it than Carol Vincie. She truly is a powerhouse in the areas of finding your strengths, identifying your weaknesses and hiring an assistant to create a profitable business.

Now it’s time to finish up this series with article number three, How to Hire for Your Business, with Carol Vincie. In it, you’ll learn how Carol found balance by hiring her opposite, and the benefits she enjoyed because of it.

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Build Strengths not Weaknesses, with Carol Vincie

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If outsourcing is something you want to work on, you’re going to love this series about how to build strengths while hiring others to cover gaps created by your weaknesses. Carol Vincie is known as The A-Game Accelerator, supporting business owners just like you to operate productively, increase their performance and grow their profit.

This is Brand Builders TV, deep-dive topics, tools and resources brought to you by global thought leaders from within the Brand Builders Club. We’re giving you access to strategies you can use to move forward with ease and flow in every area of your life and business.

In this series, Carol is sharing the strategies she uses to get shit done in her business, to hire...and most importantly, to grow her business.

If you’d like to view the entire video (Build Your Strengths and Hire for Your Weaknesses) from which this has all been taken, you can do that below. Or, just keep reading for article one in this fascinating three-part series.

Learn it, model it and get shit done. Let’s go!

Meet Carol Vincie

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Carol Vincie carried her ADD around for years before she found the courage to acknowledge it to herself and the people in her life.

It turns out that her ADD had been responsible for much of her impressive 25 years of corporate success. You see, along with Attention Deficit Disorder come the attributes of Hyper Focus, High Energy, Creativity and Leadership.

Carol is a public speaker, a published author, entrepreneur and the developer of Productivity Tools & Insights, through which she delivers online classes and coaching.

Now, let’s hear about how to build strengths and grow your business from Carol, in her own words.

How to Build Strengths:  My First Encounter

Welcome to the Brand Builders TV series. Today we’re going to be discussing building your strengths and hiring for your weaknesses. I am Carol Vincie, the founder of Productivity Tools & Insights, as well as a speaker, author and venture capitalist.

I am going to go back into my family’s history, to make some of the points I want to discuss further on in this series.

My sister is a natural athlete. There are no amounts of lessons and practice that can close the gap between anyone who has a special gift and a particular skill to those of us normal mortals who need to replicate their abilities.

I can personally speak to that, because I’ve tried in both tennis and golf, with dismal failure.

Those of us with limited economic resources in the late 50s and early 60s had no opportunities for organized girls’ sports. It turned out that my sister, in a practice, could hit a baseball over the fence, but could not play in any games.

This led to a very uncomfortable relationship between my sister and our brother—because my dad repeatedly asked, “Why can’t you play like her?” And in addition to my sister being a female, she was younger than my brother.

Let me go back to my sophomore year in high school. I scored a 100%, a perfect score, on the New York State’s Geometry exam. I also got a 76% in Spanish.

The school program I participated in did not allow for any sort of out-of-the-mold programs. So for the next two years, I was restricted from taking any math tests.

I struggle with phonics to this day. I’ve researched as to whether or not that’s related to my dyslexia, but I could spend a lifetime with a book on any foreign language with dismal results.

On the other hand, when my brother was sick for a week during the school year, he learned to speak Hungarian by reading a dictionary. Obviously, his natural adaptation is languages.

Many of us carry the scars from these initial conflicts or reactions to our weaknesses—all the way through our lives, until death. I’m trying to get you to focus on your strengths.

Learning to Build Strengths in Spite of Negativity

I have struggled with a lot of negative impact on my life. It’s like carrying a 20-pound sack of bricks on my back. I want you to take the time to uncover the gifts, talents and magic you have. If you’re a parent, take the time to do that for your child. Everyone has them—professionally and personally.

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These stories may be outdated, but there are still restrictive environments and I encourage you to fight every system, whether it’s for your kids in their school programs or for yourself in your work environment—to allow you to excel where your gifts reside.

In my first job as a manager in 1981, I was encouraged to work with my staff to strengthen their weaknesses. This is a topic that I discuss in my book on goal-setting. If you have a 20% skill level in any activity, and you double it, it’s still an unsatisfactory performance.

On the other hand, if you have a 70% skill level and you double that, now we’re talking about serious productivity. This is where I want you to spend all your time and energy.

Build Strengths Instead of Improving Weaknesses

The pace of business in this era is so fast that there’s no time to work on our weaknesses.

You may say, “I just started my business and I don’t have the cash flow to invest in hiring anyone. What should I do?”

Here are a few solutions:


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This is the system where no cash is exchanged. Maybe one of your services is worth two of their services, and you negotiate that ahead of time. What does this do for you? It gives you an opportunity to expose your products and services to an audience you normally wouldn’t have access to. It gives your audience an opportunity to provide feedback to maybe tweak the products or services you already have. They may love your services and say, “Where have you been all my life? This is exactly what I’ve been looking for.” The barter arrangement allows you to make contact with people outside your normal focus.

Posting through Organizations

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If you’re a member of any type of religious organization or you do any type of volunteer work, you will find people who already share your values. You’re not making connections with a totally new person. You already have some common issues to work with.

Start Small with Outsourcing

You can even start thinking about outsourcing household chores. Include the kids in this. It gives them the opportunity to build some decision-making processes and some self-confidence in terms of what they might do in the future.

Or if you enjoy the serenity that a colorful garden provides, but you have no interest in the maintenance of that space, there might a neighbor who wants or needs the physical activity that gardening provides. This way, you’ll get the beauty without the broken and dirty fingernails.

If you value quality, highly nutritious foods, but you have no intention of spending any time in the kitchen, there might be someone nearby who enjoys cooking and would not mind the addition of a few portions to feed your household, in exchange for you paying for the food and adding a fee for their service.

This way, meals will arrive hot and you can eat them for dinner. Or you may pop them in the microwave to warm them up later. You’ll know that your family is getting the high-quality food that you would like them to have, without you having to spend hours on a task you don’t enjoy.

Outsource Weaknesses so You can Build Strengths

Thanks to Carol, many of us will never see outsourcing the same way again. If you have viewed outsourcing as a kind of cop-out or white-flag wave in the past, it’s time to change the way you look at it.

By outsourcing, you’ve giving another person the chance to build their strength so that you can simultaneously pay more attention to yours. It’s that simple. If you spend too much time on your shortcomings, you’ll never have the time to really experience all the visibility and profit your strengths can build for you.

That’s the end of the first instalment in this series about outsourcing. For article number two, head straight to Hiring an Assistant and Other Outsourcing Wisdom, and next you’ll go to How to Hire for Your Business for the finale.

And as you move forward with your new outsourcing strategy to build strengths and fill weaknesses, remember the Brand Builders Club. It’s a safe place for entrepreneurs like you to get personalized guidance and accountability on a continual basis. Plus, you will network with some of the most fabulous professionals in the world, increasing your pool of recommendations for outsourcing.

There is absolutely no obligation and only a nominal fee to get started. You’ll find yourself in exchanges with global RippleMakers and your business will find itself in the Thunkubator hotseat. You can’t afford to miss this!

Discover Your ADDvantage Part 2 with Carol Vincie

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In today’s article, which is part two of a two part series, Carol Vincie is going to take you further behind how ADHD can be a hugely positive and beneficial ADDvantage to your business. Want to find out which famous celebrities have ADD or ADHD? Keep reading!

​If you would like to read the first part of this two-part article, head over to Discover Your ADDvantage Part 1, before coming back to this one.

This article has been taken from the transcription of the Brand Builders TV Show. You can watch the full show that accompanies this article here. If, however you wish to continue reading, skip down past this video to read the rest of this article.

I will first start with the Olympians Simone Biles, the gymnast and Michael Phelps, the swimmer.

Both acknowledge their ADD and I’m not outing anybody here. These are people who have openly discussed it. Michael Phelps got into some inappropriate behavior when he did not have the opportunity to have this structure of a rigorous exercise routine. Everybody knows that it costs a significant amount of money. In terms of endorsements, let’s talk about athletes.

Pete Rose of baseball fame. He was a great player, but he got suspended from baseball for his gambling. He needed that thrill. So, we have to provide ourselves with some way of generating that extra dopamine that we need and hopefully we can find something that's more appropriate. Bubba Watson, if you've ever watched golf on TV, whenever the commentators have to make comments about how Bubba is going to attack the shot that he's about to hit, they are baffled. They have no clue of what he's about to do with the next ball. He is probably the most creative golfer in both the Men's and Women's Professional tour and he talks openly about how difficult it is for him to control the chaos that's going on in his brain at any given time.

Let's talk about performers, Justin Timberlake and Channing Tatum. Both have spoken openly about their ADD.

And we have an astronaut, Scott Kelly, who has ADD and actually had very poor school skills, until he read a book about one of the other astronauts which motivated him to take school seriously. He achieved probably the highest level of flight on one of the trips to outer space with business owners.

Here we have a couple of recommendations. Paul is the founder of Kinkos. He offered school supplies to his college roommates and that was what launched his venture with Kinkos, which are now probably international supply stores around the world. David Needleman is the founder of JetBlue Airlines. He took the airline industry into a totally different direction. Long before charter flights, or more economical flight was part of the industry, he had the vision and he's been quoted to say he would not give up his ADHD because of the visionary insights that it gives him. He will put up with some of the other chaotic behaviors in exchange for that! He has also been quoted to say that if there was a magic wand, and I could eliminate that part of my life, I would choose to stay the same way I am right now.

We look at things differently and that is what distinguishes us and allows us to take on new ventures.

Here are some of the positive behaviors that are part of the ADD ADHD package…

Hyper Focus... 

I wrote the first draft of my first book in three weeks. The downside is the mail didn't get open for three weeks, which probably caused some challenges in terms of getting Bills paid!


The guy who started 800 junk comes up with hundreds of ideas in a week. Now that everybody is confined to home, with all of the efforts to entertain ourselves, we're cleaning the attic, the basement, the garage, etc. And at least in the US his commercials have a very entertaining, where you point at something and say make it disappear and his people come and pick it up. The reason that's a benefit, at least here in the US, is that the local trash services have declined taking that much trash because they're just overwhelmed with everybody going through all the accumulation in their household.


I've often been referred to as the Energizer Bunny by some of my colleagues!.


Now I'm going to go back in history a little bit. This is probably before people understood or even had any awareness of ADD or ADHD and that's Thomas Edison. He was quoted as saying ‘I didn't fail 10,000 times. I just found 10,000 solutions that didn't work!’ He had the tenacity to keep at it until he was able to invent an electric light bulb that would work. We're all the beneficiary of that in current society.  

Risk Taker... 

I've already spoken about Pete Rose and his gambling problems. And I mentioned earlier the fact that the life expectancy of males is shorter when you're diagnosed with ADHD by 13 years compared to typical A population with the same demographics. That is frightening and very scary.


​I'm going to refer to Steve Jobs here. How many people have waited in line for days in rain or cold weather, so that they can be the first one on their blog with the latest something or other? Strong leadership and reform are the example I'm going to use here. He repeatedly sent his design team back to the drawing boards when they said the engine that he envisioned was not possible. And now we're all the beneficiary of those vehicles.

During my corporate life, I undertook as many Mission Impossible projects as I could, without understanding my driving force. I was sitting in a briefing at one of the international financial management companies, where all of the top executives were told that they needed to understand the characteristics of ADD and ADHD, so that they could manage the people on their staffs who might have those characteristics. The host of the meeting said, “If you don't understand how to manage these people and keep them content despite their failure to conform, conform to the normal nine to five schedule and they will go work for one of our competitors and we will never catch up”. His comment was that each of us, each one of those people will come up with more great ideas than their entire remaining staff in a lifetime. And that was the moment that I sat in the room and said, ‘Oh my God’.

That's my challenge. That's what's been driving me partially to prove I wasn't stupid, but partially to just use the energy that I had, and the creativity that my deficit provided me.

​And as I look back over the time that I had held this secret, and this pressure, I was amazed. I didn't understand the negative impact of keeping this secret though. My adrenal glands are completely shot. That was the stress and the impact it has had on me. If you asked the people that I first admitted it to, they'd tell you just exactly how in a moment, it was like taking a 20 pound bag of briquettes off my shoulders.

I was coaxed into writing an article for an anthology book about my ADD and the moment that I had to push the button to say publish, I almost deleted the article. My concern was once I let the genie out of the bottle, I would never be able to put it back. I wasn't sure how I would deal with the stress, the exposure, or the vulnerability. It turned out I got very positive response. So, I encourage you to think about that for yourself if you're in a similar situation. Once I got that positive feedback, that article was released for publication in November, the next month.

Between the Christmas and New Year holiday, I turned that article into the backbone of the book that is referred to here, Discover Your ADDVantage. Again, hyper focus. I was determined I wanted was going to get it done and I did still need some modifications, but it's in process and will be released shortly. As I was creating the book, and I look back over my life, two things popped up. One was diet, and the other was exercise.    

My nickname as a child was Bunny, even as a three or four-year-old. Given the choice between a piece of candy and a raw cucumber I chose the cucumber. Somehow or other I knew that my body reacted better with that. My college roommates would joke with me that they could order dinner for me because I was so consistent with very little high calorie sauces or sugar in my diet.

Physical activity was a big part of my childhood too. I played classical piano from the time I was five years old. Most people don't think about that, but it is a physical activity. When I started working, I had to be conscious of the fact that when I shook hands, my hands were so strong from all that exercise and doing scales, that I was crushing people's hands! I had to remember to back off.

I was always working on a mission impossible gardening project. I would drive my neighbours crazy by building dry walls, and stone walls with cement. I'd have these posts so that eventually the pieces would come together. One of my neighbours said, ‘Well, this is never gonna work, it's gonna be a mess’. But every morning when I worked locally to my house, I would be out in the yard at six o'clock in the morning, and I would work on building the drywall. I didn't have to worry about the cement drying out, so for an hour between six and seven, I made even more progress. Part of it was physical activity, which again, works on creating that dopamine so that I could handle the stress that occurred during the day. But I also needed to feel progress, so if I spent an hour I'd get maybe a foot and a half of the wall done. I had accomplishment checked off on my list and in my brain, regardless of the chaos that occurred when I showed up at the office.

​​Now I'm a golfer and I play 18 holes of golf twice a week. I walk and it is it goes on my calendar. It is not IF I can fit it in. It is planned. It is scheduled like any business meeting, because it's important to me. I enjoy it. I enjoy the competition. I haven't lost that segment from my corporate life and I very aggressively keep track of my score and my putts! The number of times I'm in the sand and the whole nine yards.

Doing the research for my book, I also stumbled upon some information that I personally haven't experienced and that is treatment in the medical profession and administration of medications. Doctors are reluctant to give adults medication for ADD. The first issue is most doctors only get between six and eight hours of training about ADD and ADHD and most of it is directed toward pediatric patients. So, they are totally unaware of adults and their challenges. And because doctors tend to have big egos, when they're not aware of something they deny it. When you show up in a doctor's office, even if you've self-diagnosed and have a whole list of suggested procedures, they don't want to hear it. They can't fit it into a 10-minute office visit which is what the medical procedures are now here in the US. So, you go undiagnosed.

The Statistics…

​It takes 2.3 doctors to even get anybody to listen to you and I don't know what a point three of a doctor is. But those are the averages. The other issue that is faced is as you age. Apparently, there is some negative interaction between ADD and ADHD medication and heart medication. The doctors are not prepared to take the liability risk of potentially aggravating the heart condition, so they basically say and one woman was quoted as saying this, “I was treated by a doctor for 30 years who allowed me to help my husband with the administrative side of his business. My doctor retired and my new doctor will not prescribe medication for me. His comment was at your age, why does it matter?”

This is horrifying to someone like me. I mean, I have enough grey hair to indicate that I've been around the block a couple times, but how dare a doctor say that. It doesn't matter whether you have nine years, 90 days or nine minutes left in your life. We don't have an expiration day. We don't know when it will end. But we are all entitled to live the most productive, effective, joyous life that we can. If medication is the way that you choose to deal with it, you are entitled to that and from what I understand, that is a real battle for you.

​I am going to be doing additional programs on Brand Builders TV, where I will be talking about Mission Impossible, or is it? Uncover your gifts, talents or magic that you and you alone possess to change the world.

I hope you enjoyed this article today as much as I enjoyed bringing it to you!

Please share a link to this article with someone else you know who has ADD or ADHD as I would love to know both your thoughts and theirs in the comments below.

Oh, and if you want to watch my live Brand Builders TV Shows instead of the replay, simply like and subscribe to the www.facebook.com/BrandBuildersTV Facebook page to receive notifications about when I go live.

Oh, and if you want to watch my live Brand Builders TV Shows instead of the replay, simply like and subscribe to the www.facebook.com/BrandBuildersTV Facebook page to receive notifications about when I go live.

Warmest regards


PS: Why not join us for our next Brand Builders Thinkubator, which is a global mastermind run online for Brand Builders Club members every week to take away the loneliness of being in business on your own. You are very welcome to attend as our guest and get an insight into the great ideas, collaboration and activity that goes on behind closed doors at Brand Builders. For more information and to book your place, visit https://lite.brandbuilders.club/thinkubator and I will very much look forward to seeing you there!

Discover Your ADDvantage Part 1 with Carol Vincie

Brand Builders TV Carol Vincie Discover Your ADDvantage

In today’s article, which is part one of a two part series, Carol is going to take you behind how many businesses see ADD and ADHD as detrimental to the growth of their business. However, ADHD can be a hugely beneficial. Want to find out how? Keep reading!

If you would like to read the second part of this two-part article at any point, head over to Discover Your ADDvantage Part 2 at the end of this one.

This article has been created from the transcription of the original Brand Builders TV Show. If you prefer to watch rather than read, you can watch the full show that accompanies this article here. If, however you wish to continue reading, skip down past this video to read the rest of this article.

In today’s article Carol Vincie is going to take you behind how she carried her ADD secret for years before she had the courage to admit it to herself and the people in her life. In reality, ADD was responsible for her success in her corporate career. The characteristics of Hyper Focus, Creativity, High Energy, and Leadership all contributed to the roles she played in all major projects.  Carol spent 25 years in the corporate world. She is the founder of Productivity Tools and Insights, a Solopreneur, Speaker and Author.  So, settle in as Carol will also be sharing with you a list of the positive and negative characteristics many people with ADD / ADHD exhibit and how you can use this to your advantage when building your team or outsourcing.   Learn it, model it and get shit done.   Let’s go!  Hi, I’m Carol Vincie and I am going to take you through the process that I used to uncover my ADDvantages. How do I know so much about this topic? Well here’s a little bit about my history =and the research I did that I want to share with you, because so many people are not aware of the qualities and characteristics of an ADD or ADHD person. The fact that it is talked about as a deficit disorder is frustrating to the entire medical and counselling community. Just as an aside if anybody has a better suggestion, I know the field is open to that!

Since you may not know who I am, I thought I would take a moment to share a little bit about my background, so you can catch up.

I have been a part time solopreneur from the time I was a junior in high school. I was teaching piano lessons to young students so that I could pay for my college tuition.

During my corporate life, where my work week was typically 60 hours a week, I also managed rental real estate properties that I had accumulated and was no longer living in but continued to maintain them for the rental income.

After I started working, and I could afford it, I played tennis both during the winter and in the summer. I'm an avid downhill skier, loving the powder of the Utah snow. My job took me on airplanes on a regular basis, so I spent 25 to 30 days a year skiing west of the Mississippi.

When I became a full-time entrepreneur, I ended up planting 200 ornamental grasses on the property I lived in at the time. Now you may say ‘how does this information relate to the time slot of achieving balance?’ Don’t worry, all will be revealed as we progress through this article!

My topic of discovering your ADDvantage is focused on a couple of the myths that are in the field of Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Hyperactivity Disorder.

The first one is that it is a male oriented challenge.

The second one is you grow out of it, and it's not an issue as an adult.

And the third one is good parenting will reduce the symptoms.

Now, before you jump out of your chair, let me take a moment to discuss some of the issues in these three subjects. In Attention Deficit Hyperactivity, the hyper is more prevalent in males. Therefore, the male student who's pounding on the desk is more disruptive in the classroom environment. So, the boys get all the attention.

Females tend not to exhibit the hyperactivity. We tend to be shy and daydreamers. So, we make great students. I remember in grammar school sitting next to a boy who would draw during all the classes, and he had exquisite renderings of various automobiles at the time. I'm sure some of his designs have made it into the automobile industry. I on the other hand, would sit there daydreaming looking out of the window. Ideal student, quiet and reserved, not a challenge. What I noticed when I grew up, there was little known about ADD and ADHD. So, it was not a surprise that it wasn't a point of contention or interest by most of the teachers.

A percentage of children do show less symptoms as they age through the teenage years. Risk taking behavior though, is prevalent in both males and females. But primarily the studies, as in most medical studies are 90 plus percent males. And a recent study has revealed that males with ADD and ADHD have a 13-year shorter lifespan. I think there was one woman in the study that I reviewed when I was a volunteer EMT and taught CPR. I would share with the participants that heart disease studies are 91% male, and I made the offhanded comment that always got a chuckle that women outlive men. The parent side of ADD In ADHD is hereditary. So, it is very likely that one or both of your parents, or a close relative like a grandparent or uncle has the characteristics of ADD or ADHD.

The role that parents can play in feeding their children a healthy ADHD diet is really significant in reducing sugar intake. It's part of the diet and I know that's hard, but the symptoms are significantly mitigated as you reduce your sugar intake and increase exercise. You need to make it mandatory and I know that's hard.

We're all in shutdown around the world currently and kids spend a phenomenal amount of time on their cell phones and their tablets. But exercise secretes additional dopamine and brain scans (with the help of current science), have confirmed that our brains are in fact different.

It's not a weakness, the brain structure is actually different, and we secrete less dopamine than the average person. So, exercise secretes additional dopamine. It's why without being aware of the fact that I had ADD, or any of the science behind it, when I had the opportunity and the resources, I was compulsive about the exercise that I included in my schedule. This helped with a lot of relief of the symptoms.

I chose not to take medication; I don't take medication for anything. I chose to use diet and exercise as an alternative and it worked effectively. I had a young man working for me who did some care of an autistic child on weekends to give the parents some relief and he mentioned that he had bought a large bottle of soda and I suggested that maybe he use something else as the drink of choice. The next weekend he came back after spending the weekend with the child and indicated that the behavior was much less erratic, which was a verification on a simple single change, but certainly verification that it's appropriate.

In my next article, I am going to take you through a couple of names that are well known in various industries to help you appreciate the benefits if we focus on the part that are ours. Strengths are significant in achieving outstanding behavior in a cross section of fields and the people I’m going to talk about are excellent role models that we can all learn a lot from.

You can go straight to Discover Your ADDvantage part 2 here >

I hope you enjoyed this article today as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you!

Please share a link to this article with someone else you know who has ADD or ADHD as I would love to know both your thoughts and theirs in the comments below.

Oh, and if you want to watch my live Brand Builders TV Shows instead of the replay, simply like and subscribe to the www.facebook.com/BrandBuildersTV Facebook page to receive notifications about when I go live.

Warmest regards,


PS: Why not join us for our next Brand Builders Thinkubator, which is a global mastermind run online for Brand Builders Club members every week to take away the loneliness of being in business on your own. You are very welcome to attend as our guest and get an insight into the great ideas, collaboration and activity that goes on behind closed doors at Brand Builders. For more information and to book your place, visit https://lite.brandbuilders.club/thinkubator and I will very much look forward to seeing you there!