Hi there! I’m Michael Cloonan and welcome to my website.
Having been an entrepreneur since the age of 16, the process of starting, growing, running – and even selling – businesses has always been my bread and butter and still is.
There’s just one little detail I’ve missed…
I have ADHD.
For years I didn’t understand how I could be so intense about my ventures, yet at the same time get just as equally distracted, depressed and lost in my own thoughts.
It was like swinging on a pendulum. The same force that was taking me up in life was also pulling me straight back down.
Unaware of what was really happening, I just carried on – as you do. Which was “fine” until I had a nervous breakdown and pretty much lost everything.
As I rebuilt my life and became a coach, I began to learn more about ADHD, in particular Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria (RSD – nearly all people with ADHD have this).
This new-found knowledge started to explain so many things that had happened to me. It felt like a lightbulb going off in my head.
It was then I decided to commit to finding ways ADHD could be utilised to support, and even empower, entrepreneurs and business leaders, as well managing – or at least minimalising – the negative knock-on effects it can have.
You know the ones: the inner battle to focus, the task anxiety, the negative self-talk and criticism. All the usual suspects.