Running an Amazon Business While Having ADD

For those of you that don’t know my story over the past 3 years, you might need to be read in before we go any further. 

Three years ago, I called into my job sick and went to the first doctor who could see me. I had been throwing up for the last 8 hours and didn’t feel it was going to be a good idea for me to head to the office. After a whole bunch of testing and such, we came to the conclusion that nothing was physically wrong with me, so I was given those nausea pills that they give for morning sickness.

Around 6 months later, I still had the same symptoms, so I went to another doctor. This time, we did a few more tests and came to the same conclusion – nothing was physically wrong. That doctor decided that by process of elimination, I must have anxiety, so gave me some meds for that.

So I took those meds and still had flair ups. Typically it would happen two times per month and I just learned to deal with it. But here was the interesting thing. The meds I was on made me very even kiln. Just sitting there in the middle with no real excitement or anxious moments. In addition to that, I put on some significant weight rather quickly. So it was back to the doctor again. We switched meds, but the underlying issue was still there. I kept throwing up (not like forcing myself to throw up, but it just happening).

I went back a few weeks ago and we started the whole “testing” side of things again and what do you know. Nothing is physically wrong. So we talked about seeing a different doctor for more tests (we will see how that goes).

Not that you guys want to know my medical history, but it is going to layout the back story to all of this… 

Last week, it was decided that my anxiety medication wasn’t helping – so off it I went.

After a few more discussions, it is now more likely that I never had anxiety to begin with (surprise there). There is a high possibility that I suffer from adult ADD (if you are curious, numbers 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 are all positive for me)


So over the past 2 weeks, I have been a little all over the place. I mean literally all over the place. Ask my wife. I have the energy of a rocket. I’m waking up an hour before my alarm and am pretty sure I can run a marathon. It’s a little crazy.

A lot of people think that ADD is just the inability to focus on a given task. Well guess what? It’s way more than that.


So I was talking with a fellow FBA Master group member today and she said this (and there is my response):

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Guess what. Even the other “masters” notice.

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So the question can be raised – How in the world can you run an Amazon business with ADD?



I run my business the same way you do. 

Well that’s true if you had the energy of a two-year-old mixed with the focus of a squirrel.

The actual running of the business is exactly the same. Where we differ is the way we end up at the end goal.

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My guess is that most of you have a very set routine. You go shopping on a certain day and pack on another day.

That’s not how I operate. I’m all over the damn place.


But there is a point where all of my focus hits me. And at that point, I have the motivation and focus equal to that of 10 people.

But it is short lived, so I have to take advantage of it when I can.

This can really put a damper on a business where there are multiple steps needed to get a product to market (buying, prepping, shipping, and selling). At any point of time, my brain can focus on all of them (which leads to distraction), or just one of them.

See the problem this could pose? 

This is why my garage looks like a tornado hit it, but my home office is spotless.

This has led me to reevaluate the way I do business and why something like outsourcing my prep work does wonders for me.

Now Chris – What is the point of this post? 

Well it’s simple. You have to build you business to suit you. 

And guess what. It’s freaking hard.

Because with my ADD, I can swing from a super focused state to one that is extremely passionate about a topic, to one where I’m extremely frustrated. And I can’t stop it from happening.

Now I can work to use each of these states to my advantage.

That’s where the real power is. Knowing yourself (and more importantly being honest with yourself) and using your strengths to their full potential. 

Now if you will excuse me, I need to go watch the penguin video my sister just sent to me from Florida.


5 thoughts on “Running an Amazon Business While Having ADD

  • March 9, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Awesome post Chris. I’m generally all over the place myself. And using a prep service has saved my butt. I would go out and do RA really focused, and then take weeks to send everything to FBA. Now doing mostly OA and sent direct to prep service. Heck, I still have toys around the house bought in December that still haven’t made it into a box yet. I’ve managed to reel in several of the 20 in the list of ADD Criteria, but I’m still around 12. Also have been diagnosed with PTSD. And Facebook, email, snapchat, periscope, instagram, twitter, blab, etc, etc, etc, don’t help! I have to make a real effort to get a few things done to completion every day.

  • March 15, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Sadly it would be faster to list the 4 traits I am not positive for…even more disturbing is that my ADD seems to get worse as the years roll by.

  • March 16, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    I said I was positive for 16, but my wife said all 20 as an adult you tend to master your condition in certain areas so you can fake it. The morning nausea was what sent me to the Dr.
    I like to say that I’m a highly organized type A person but I can only pull it off 10% of the time.
    I’m very dyslexic too, but other people have it worse. I find interesting when people ask me for advice on things because ” you always seem to look at things differently”

  • June 30, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    Hey Chris! I have ADD and I can take a few other numbers from that list and add them on. I have had it for most of my life, but it was official about 2 years ago. In school I could not sit still, leg always moving, and I could not understand anything. My teachers called me stupid and said I would never succeed in life. I am 61 at this time so school was a lot different then. Two years ago doing a lot of ebay I found I could not stay focused, and then it was in other areas of life too. I started taking Adderall and my whole life changed. I could read a book and understand everything I read and read faster. I have amazing energy and get so much done everyday and amaze my family with productivity and organization. It has helped me so much with my Amazon business and before I could never had done this at all. I don’t really like taking another med, as I take a few but it is a much happier life and I lost about 100 pounds too! Just sending you a note about how I can relate. Have a good one!! Jim


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