About Frank Coppola
My Personal Journey
When I was diagnosed with ADD, I became very upset. Everything made sense about
the past but how was I going to move ahead in life with "ADD"? I felt at
once relieved to know that I was not crazy and at the same time, I felt ashamed
and very, very sad.
I started to think about everything that had gone wrong:
about the mistakes that
had cost me in business, family, relationships ... in all areas of my life. I
think I cried for a week. This grieving process is very important and I wouldn't
I then began to think about what was good in my life and what I had
accomplished in spite of the ADD. I was born in da Bronx. I grew up
in an Italian restaurant, C. Frank's Italian Cuisine (don't you just love
that name?) and love to cook. Directly across the street from the restaurant
was a movie theatre. The movie "Cinema Paradiso" is the Italian version
of my childhood.
As an entrepreneur, I've run successful businesses in areas of
communications, entertainment and education. I've personally produced over 250
television commercials. I imported Italian furniture and opened up a shop in Soho, New York.
I am fascinated by great design and architecture. Two of my business partners
were architects, while one of my oldest friends is the Dean of Architecture at CCNY. I write music. I've sung with The Temptations. As a singer-songwriter, I
released a CD, “One World One Love, The Musical Celebration of the Evolving
Human Spirit.” I am a clinical psychoanalytic psychotherapist. And more.
So if I have all of this in my life, what's so wrong with having ADD?
After researching online, I came across a comparison chart for people with ADD.
On the Attributes side were creative, enthusiastic, energetic and intuitive
just to name a few. I said, "THAT SOUNDS LIKE ME!!!!
I realized the issue was not that I had ADD, but the fact that I didn't know
I had it! Nor did I know what it was, or what I could be doing about it.
Though I had heard all my life that I wasn't working up to my potential, or that
I was scattered, or that I kept repeating myself, I still got the job done
better than OK. As a matter of fact, I was told that I got the job done
I realized I was not broken and I will tell you flat out ... neither are
you! I needed to get reeducated and perhaps you do too.
ADD doesn't go away just as diabetes or being left-handed won't disappear ...
but you deal with it. Why? Because you deserve to live a healthy life.
You can't just assume that all is going to work out because you're now aware
that you have ADD, or that you now take medication. The saying goes "the pill
doesn't give you the skill." I've heard my clients tell me that despite all
the books they've read and all the forums they've attended, not until they
work with a qualified and certified coach does any significant change take
place. They've learned to recognize what it is they love to do and when you
do what you love, the symptoms of ADD disappear. That is why I know you can
Benefit with ADD!
I understand what it meant to discover that I had ADD, to travel the journey
from discovery, to grieving, to committing to educate myself and those around
me. I determined to appreciate and to take full advantage of my ADD and
live my dreams. My vision and purpose is to coach others with ADD to live
You can learn to embrace your ADD and the remarkable gift YOUR unique brain
wiring offers you.
You CAN learn to Benefit with ADD!