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Having ADD or ADHD is a gift, not a curse. Hear from people all around the globe, from every walk of life, in every profession, from Rock Stars to CEOs, from Teachers to Politicians, who have learned how to unlock the gifts of their ADD and ADHD diagnosis, and use it to their personal and professional advantage, to build businesses, become millionaires, or simply better their lives.
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Jun 20, 2018

Currently, as a senior business analyst, he’s been blessed with a job function that is easily described as “it’s hard to explain.” His life-to-date is not an easy or short one to try and explain either; which is part of what makes our visit with smiling Timothy Peers so special today. He’s launched a small side business focusing on personal coaching towards superior interviewing and resume skills (which has helped multitudes of individuals see a collective $200,000 increase in their income). When he’s not spending time with his little girl, gardening, or speaking to and helping others, he’s working on a blog and his business website.  Enjoy! 

In this episode, Peter and Timothy discuss:

2:20- Welcome Tim!

2:31- So how did you become a dropout, twice?

3:58- Do you remember the instance or events when things began to go south for you?

4:55- Word Problems versus Number Problems

5:58- Basic Programming Language 

6:32- Hyperfocus

7:10- On Hyperfocus

8:00- ADHD in the 80’s

8:50- On discovery, a good look at yourself and accountability with a great partner

10:30- On accepting an ADHD diagnosis & about getting tested in the first place

12:17- Could you share a little with us about how you began to cope with the loss of your wife?

13:38- On “finding a new hobby” and the grieving process

17:38- Thank you very much Timothy. How can people reach you? Timothy.Peers@gmail.com

18:34-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits

As always, leave us a comment below, PLEASE drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! The more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note – We’d love to hear!

Jun 13, 2018

Michael is proud to have been selected by his peers as one of the top Social Security Disability lawyers in Ohio and has helped his clients obtain tens of millions of dollars in Social Security benefits. Michael became a disability attorney because he knows what it is like to be “different”. As a child growing up in the Detroit area, he attended a special school for children with attention and behavior problems. His behavior problems were so severe in fact that he was ultimately expelled from that special school. Michael also dealt with with a range of neurological disorders including epilepsy and motor tic syndrome. When choosing a career path, it was important for Michael to find a field where he could help people going through experiences like his own as a child.

We talk with Michael about his journey, what it feels like now to have a thriving law practice and ADHD. He gives some advice to future lawyers here too. Enjoy! 

In this episode, Peter and Michael discuss:

0:50- Welcome & introducing Michael Liner! So.. how did you get kicked out of school?

1:46- What first prompted your parents to enroll you in The Roeper School?

4:10- Tell us about your college career

6:31- What are your rules for thriving in an industry were the details are so damn important?

8:30- What are some of your life rules & daily routines?

10:43- What’s your personal exercise of choice?

11:28- How do you stay focused during long days of court?

14:32- What advice would you give to someone with ADHD who might be considering a career practicing Law?

16:26- How can people find you Michael? www.LinerLegal.com Twitter: @LinerLegal Facebook or simply text “SSD” to 36260 to download the Liner Legal App!

17:08- Thank you Michael!

17:32-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits

As always, leave us a comment below, PLEASE drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! The more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note – We’d love to hear!

Jun 6, 2018

Welcome to episode 100 of Faster Than Normal! I'm so very excited, humbled, and amazed - We're at 100 episodes! Who ever thought? 100 episodes of any podcast is hard enough, but a podcast about ADHD, hosted by someone with ADHD? That's an accomplishment!

 

This week, to celebrate episode 100, we're interviewing two parents of an ADHD kid. But when this kid was growing up, ADHD didn't exist. "Sit down, you're disrupting the class" did.

 

But through love, determination, and support, this kid made it through school and college (sometimes by the skin of his teeth) and wound up doing ok for himself.

 

My two guests today are none other than my wonderful parents, Nancy and Ira Shankman. I'm so thankful to them not just for coming on the podcast, but for everything they've done for me over the past 45 years.

 

This episode is dedicated to everyone who's been touched in some way by ADHD, and recognizes, even just a little bit, that those of us who have "faster brains" are NOT broken, and NOT disabled. In fact, once anyone with ADHD learns how to use that faster brains, the entire world is at their fingertips.

 

Thanks to my mom and dad, I learned how. And to help others learn how to do the same is the whole reason I started Faster Than Normal in the first place.

 

Enjoy - and as always - thank you for listening.

 

To the next hundred and beyond,

 

-Peter Shankman

 

In this episode we talk about:

2:30- Welcome Nancy & Ira Shankman!!

4:00- Tell everyone a little about yourselves

5:20- So you two weren’t necessarily entrepreneurs were you?

7:00- What was your first memory, or sign that I was different somehow?

9:00- Let’s talk about my first experiences with school, notes from teachers, etc.

10:42- Looking back, how did me ‘getting in trouble’ feel to you two?

12:27- Do you think teachers still have the ability, considering all of the current pressures they face, to adapt for and acknowledge the kids with ADHD, or even those who just might need a little more help?

14:25- I figured out and invented so many of my own survival skills. Considering all I went through, and all that you witnessed, did you ever stop and think: “What do we do here for him”?

17:20- What do you think it was, that made it possible for me to always bounce back? (i.e. from frustration, mean kids, illness, failures, etc)

18:45- What would you tell other parents who’s kids are coming home with similar complaints to what I received?

20:45- “Looking back I think we were more frantic and worried at times than you were”.

23:00- At what point did you begin to really trust my decisions?

23:50- What would you say to parents who’s children are asking for dopamine-fueling experiences? (often unwittingly)

26:10- On being supportive.

27:07- On not having a fear of doing something differently.

29:00- Any advice to parents for when their kids come home and say: “I’m broken”?

31:38- If ADHD had existed in medical journals when I was young, and the doctors had recommended you treat me with medication, would you have chosen to medicate me? Would you today?

33:12- Thank you Mom and Dad!!! This was awesome!! If you don’t mind, how can people get in touch with you?  

Nancy@Shankman.com or on Twitter @ChiorDirector 

Ira@Shankman.com or on Twitter @MusicProf

33:50- That’s Shankman.com btw :-D

24:22- A HUGE THANK YOU TO LISTENERS!!

35:16- Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits

As always, leave us a comment below, PLEASE drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! The more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note – We’d love to hear!

May 23, 2018

Travel & Lifestyle Blogger, Brand Ambassador, Entrepreneur, Expert Interviewer, YouTube Host; she is the ultimate traveler & people connector. She's currently working with brands such as Lexus, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Mazda and more. Her engaging & energized style showcases businesses with authentic & engaging social content. She is an experience junky and wants to take you along with her. Mia has been building an online audience for years, producing, hosting and being a guest on more than 300 online show episodes and she has interviewed more than 500 guests. In 2015, she decided to embrace her approaching 50's and begin traveling. Scaling down her life dramatically, Mia went on a 3 week sponsored tour to Italy, connecting and celebrating local businesses. And she hasn't stopped since.

 

We sit down this morning to talk about her story, and learn about what tools work for this entrepreneur with ADHD. Enjoy! 

 

In this episode, Peter and Mia discuss:

0:50- Welcome and introducing Mia Voss!

1:08- How did you learn you have ADHD?

2:45- ADD & ADHD affects women differently than men; what were the symptoms that made you feel you needed to do further research?

4:48- No “Normal” to consider?  Cool = fun, done!

5:45- What specifically do you like about how your brain works?

6:40- What are some of your negatives, and how do you get through the tasks that you don’t necessarily love doing?

8:05- Do you have to TimeBlock social media? https://toggl.com/time-blocking/

8:50- Do you use any other Apps to help you? FlipBoard  GoogleDrive  KillNewsFeed Timer

9:50- You are not alone!

10:13- Everybody has to find their own recipe. Mia & Peter briefly discuss- 5-HTP  Meditation, L-Tyrosine  Binaural Beats Meditation  CBD Oil  

12:08- What would be your “top 3 tips” for surviving & staying at the top of your game?

13:10- What do you say to someone who is hearing her, or his story in your’s today?

13:29- How can people find you Mia? @MiaVossOnTheGo everywhere and at www.MiaOnTheGo.com  TWITTER  INSTA  FB  YouTube  Pinterest  G+

13:40- So.. why again did you call my cat an a&&h*le? ;-) 

14:00- Thank you for joining us Mia!!

14:27-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits

As always, leave us a comment below, PLEASE drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! The more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note – We’d love to hear!

May 16, 2018

After graduating University in the UK, Amanda moved to Whistler in 1997 to ‘do a ski season’. Working first in ski retail, in Whistler and Vail, then at the BC SPCA in Greater Vancouver, a brief stint as a Vet Nurse and a Bank Teller, in human resources for a drug company and finally realizing she should work for herself, Amanda moved to Rossland, BC and opened her first business. Eleven years later Amanda is still in Rossland and owns 2 Pet Supply Stores, a doggy daycare with dog walking services and is about to embark on a new career as a Dog Trainer and Behaviourist. Always at home outdoors, Amanda has been known to dabble in triathlon, road biking, skiing, running and hiking & agility with her dogs.

Amanda was involved in a bike crash that resulted in a brain injury. It took a great deal of patience, determination & research for her to overcome the accident, and begin to repair herself. We talk about her journey back here this morning. Enjoy! 

In this episode, Peter and Amanda discuss:

0:45- Welcome and introducing Amanda Hamilton!

1:40- Tell us your story- what’s this about a brain injuring wreck you were in?

3:14- You wrote: ‘As you started to find more & more of your brain as it recovered, you started to lose your mind’- tell us more about that please?

4:16- The beginning of the rest of the recovery and finding more/better treatment

4:49- Brain injury acquired ADHD?

6:00- A wake up call. A newfound respect for patience.

6:30- So tell us about the difference between then & now, and more about your journey?

7:40- Dr. Michael “Micky” CollinsExertion therapy

8:28- Let’s talk about Positive Reinforcement Training. (Aka Clicker Training or R+)

8:57- Marker Training

10:22- Positive Reinforcement Training in humans too(?)

11:16- So, is working with animals your one true love?

12:10- How can people get in touch with you Amanda? 

DogNerd250 Facebook & her business Tails Pet Supplies & Services at http://www.tailspets.ca  

12:28- Thank you Amanda!

12:47- Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits

As always, leave us a comment below, PLEASE drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! The more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note – We’d love to hear!

May 9, 2018

Aaron is a family man, entrepreneur, and host of the Dramatic Travels podcast. He was diagnosed with ADHD three times—once as a teenager, again in his early twenties, and a final time in his mid-thirties. It wasn’t until he turned 40 that Aaron abandoned his quest to be normal and accepted the gift of a faster than normal brain. Aaron got travel fever as a teenager while traveling the world with his grandmother. Becoming a father inspired him to become an advocate for youth travel and encourage parents to travel with their kids. We talk about how he finally found his path and how travel can change your life, here today. Enjoy! 

In this episode, Peter and Aaron discuss:

0:40- Hello and welcome!

1:03- Introducing Aaron Schlein

2:16- I love this, hehe: Tell me about abandoning your “quest to be normal”!

2:58- What was your childhood like, growing up different

4:00- On discovering Aaron’s ability to hyperfocus

4:18- So what was discovering your ability to hyperfocus like for you?

4:48- Please tell me about travel and how you got enthused about all of that!

6:20- What are some of your favorite places? How do you think wanderlust & ADHD fit together?

7:04- Dramatic Travels with Aaron Schlein - A family travel podcast

7:12- Peter has not yet visited Cinque Terre, Italy

8:06- What fascinates you most about the processes & idiosyncrasies of travel?

8:40- Peter recs some of the theories & concepts mentioned in the cool book Skyfaring

9:40- So you’ve taken something you love & turned it into something that works! Tell me about your podcast!

10:55- On picking a focus & wanting to share your story and perspective with other’s

11:33- On facing frustration

12:56- Looking back now, do you think ADHD propelled you?

14:12- “Forward motion is thrilling”!! -Seth Godin

15:12- If your kids eventually get diagnosed with ADHD, what are you gonna tell them?

16:29- Are you on any Meds?

16:57- What are some of the other ways that you go forward?

18:44- How can folks find you on the Socials? 

Everything is under my name: @AaronSchlein & at www.DramaticTravels.com

19:18- Thank you Aaron!

19:55- Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits

As always, leave us a comment below, PLEASE drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! The more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note – We’d love to hear!

May 2, 2018

This Faster Than Normal podcast is brought to you by the greatest headphones I've ever used in my life, Sudio Sweden! You know I can't workout without music, right? These headphones lasted me over TWENTY FOUR HOURS OF MUSIC ON ONE CHARGE!  The sound quality is off the charts, the bass beats are deep, the trebles are crisp... They're truly amazing. And thanks to our podcast, you can get yours for 15% off by using code FTN15! Check them out - (I have the Sudio Tre, but they're all amazing!) Click this link to see all the headphones they have, and remember, use FTN15 for 15% off your order!

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If you live near Port Jervis, NY or have kids that play basketball in the area, then you most likely already know of Andrew Marotta. I did not, until he reached out to me a few months back. I read his book in one weekend and loved it! Both of my parents are retired educators and administrators, so Andrew and I share way more than just the common thread of having ADHD!  I’ve since given them both a copy :-) He and I connected for a phone interview just a few days after that first read and this is how it went. I’m grateful to know him now- what a great, energetic guy! I hope you enjoy this visit with Mr. Marotta as much as we did.  Happy springtime! -Peter

 

 

In this episode, Peter and Andrew discuss:

0:40- Thank you to Sudio.com for underwriting this podcast!

1:50- Intro and welcome

2:43- Andrew’s book: THE PRINCIPAL: Surviving & Thriving. 125 Points of Wisdom, Practical Tips, and Relatable Stories for all School Principals

2:58- I love this book!! 

3:28- Welcome, Andrew

3:40- Two Authors. One great amount of mutual respect.

4:30- So, how long have you been a Principal?

5:00- Public School, it ain’t easy is it…

5:34- Do you think being a High School Principal is a perfect job for someone with ADHD?

7:12- Teaching versus becoming an Administrator

7:46- Andrew talks about how he began earning the trust of his new community

9:17- What role does exercise play in your life Andrew?

10:00- On ‘looking the part’

10:40- Paying attention and having to be constantly ‘on’ as a Principal. (Multi-tasking for 3pts!)

11:24- No, Andrew’s wife did not instruct me to ask him this question

12:05- Andrew answers: “What tips would you give to people about giving someone your complete and undivided attention”?

13:42- Let’s talk about a few points you make in your book:

15:33- On making time to be present

15:48- On daily lunchtime in the cafeteria

16:45- On your and your family losing anonymity 

17:37- On being prepared. Tip #90: “Know the Teacher’s Contract, the Law and the Rules”.

18:50- On always making the right call

18:58- LIGHTENING ROUND:

19:01- What’s the most helpful advice you’ve ever received?

19:52- Describe the scariest moment of your life thus far?

20:23- You’re trapped on an island. You can bring 3 things with you and one of them has to be living- Go!

21:14- Leatherman products  yep.

21:56- Thank you to Principal & Author Andrew Marotta!

22:14- Andrew, how can people find you if they wanna check out what you’re doing?

www.AndrewMarotta.com or AndrewMarottaLLC@Gmail.com

Twitter: @AndrewMarotta21 

22:38- Thank you Andrew!! 

22:56- Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits

As always, leave us a comment below, drop us a review on iTunes (PLEASE!) and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note – We’d love to hear!

Apr 25, 2018

This Faster Than Normal podcast is brought to you by the greatest headphones I've ever used in my life, Sudio Sweden! You know I can't workout without music, right? These headphones lasted me over TWENTY FOUR HOURS OF MUSIC ON ONE CHARGE!  The sound quality is off the charts, the bass beats are deep, the trebles are crisp... They're truly amazing. And thanks to our podcast, you can get yours for 15% off by using code FTN15! Check them out - (I have the Sudio Tre, but they're all amazing!) Click this link to see all the headphones they have, and remember, use FTN15 for 15% off your order!

https://goo.gl/2qorG4

 

This week's episode is a special one to me. Meet Denis Morton, one of the many talented instructors at OnePeloton. What I love so much about this interview is Denis' honesty, and the forthcoming way in which he shares his wins and losses in his world, and how everything he's done has helped shape his life as it is today.

 

I'm lucky to have had the chance to interview Denis, and you're lucky to hear it.

 

This is one of the best conversations I've had on FTN since I launched the podcast over two years ago.

 

Enjoy!

 

-Peter

 

In this episode, Peter and Denis discuss:

0:40- A big thank you to Sudio.com for sponsoring this podcast!!

2:00- Intro and welcome!

2:25- Denis’ bio

2:58- Walk us through your history, won’t you?

5:07- I did the things I had to do in order to do the things I wanted to do.

5:14- Did you find enjoyment an any of the ‘have to’ tasks?

5:44- Would you talk a little more about getting comfortable with that jagged edge and how you deal with fear?

6:16- Susan Jeffers book and Denis’ nickname “The Shaman of Spin” 

6:55- On the cycle you’re working on and the cycle that you are in

7:54- Joseph Campbell always talks about slaying your dragons

8:20- Ripping it up and rolling the dice, again, again and again

9:38- “Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.” - G.K. Chesterton

10:00-  Courage is shaking in your boots, but walking anyway

10:45- What quiets the ‘voice’ inside your head, what calms you?

13:28- Control_Alt-Deleting your brain in order to focus & reset

14:40- poikilothermia definition Poikilotherm wiki

15:10- What happens when you’re in a situation where you can’t get to a place that you can do something physical to reset?  Or like when you’re recovering from ACL surgery, for example.

16:53- Without the regimens, do you find yourself ‘in your head’ a lot?

17:17- Making and maintaining a “Happy checklist”

17:58- What are your bad weather fail-safes?

20:27- Sometimes if it’s about finding solace, it’s not necessarily about the activity through which you find solace, but rather the solace that you find. 

21:12- Sharing about shifting perspective through skydiving

22:57- On not overthinking and continuing to try

24:00- What do you think it is about things like” Spin class, sky diving or surfing that creates a good addiction for people like us?

26:10- How can we find you on the socials? 

INSTA: @denis_morton FB: DenisMorton-Peloton TWITTER:@DenisNoMenace

26:37- Thank you Denis, we can’t wait for you to visit with us again!

27:17- Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits

As always, leave us a comment below, drop us a review on iTunes (PLEASE!) and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note – We’d love to hear!

Apr 18, 2018

Again, this week's Faster Than Normal podcast is brought to you by the greatest headphones I've ever used in my life, Sudio Sweden! You know I can't workout without music, right? These headphones lasted me over TWENTY FOUR HOURS OF MUSIC ON ONE CHARGE!

The sound quality is off the charts, the bass beats are deep, the trebles are crisp... They're truly amazing. And thanks to our podcast, you can get yours for 15% off by using code FTN15! Check them out - (I have the Sudio Tre, but they're all amazing!) Click this link to see all the headphones they have, and remember, use FTN15 for 15% off your order!

https://goo.gl/2qorG4

This week we caught up with grown-up gamer & tech guru Russ Frushtick. Russ is the co-founder of Polygon, Vox Media's gaming, technology and pop culture vertical. He has been covering gaming and technology for over a decade now, writing for The New York Times, Laptop Magazine, The Daily, Edge Magazine and Complex. He’s also appeared as a tech expert on national broadcasts for Fox News, MTV, and the BBC. He can be heard weekly as a co-host of CNET's long-running technology podcast, “The 404”, and now on “The History of Fun” podcast.  Super cool- enjoy!

 

In this episode, Peter and Russ discuss:

0:40- Thanks again to Sudio.com for sponsoring this podcast!

2:14- Introducing Russ Frushtick

3:31- When were you diagnosed and what’s your backstory?

6:18- Adderall. What differences do you experience on, versus, off of your prescription?

7:38- Y’know that scene in the movie “Limitless”? 

8:23- Fighting a stigma

9:05- Talk to us about video games, tech and your journey with these passion(s)?

11:28- E3, yep

11:43- What tips and lifehacks via ADHD, have you been able to employ in your work?

12:40- How do you ‘reset’ when you start losing focus?

14:12- Some of the benefits of playing video games…

14:44- What are some of your most favorite video games of “All time”!?

15:25- What would be your one tip for parents who are wondering: What’s next for my child who may have ADD, or ADHD?

17:13- How can people find you on the socials? @RussFrushtick https://www.polygon.com @TheHistoryOfFun podcast https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id1323041010

17:45- Thank you Russ!!

18:04- Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits

As always, leave us a comment below, drop us a review on iTunes (PLEASE!) and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note – We’d love to hear!

Apr 11, 2018

This week's Faster Than Normal podcast is brought to you by the greatest headphones I've ever used in my life, Sudio Sweden. You know I can't workout without music, right? These headphones lasted me over TWENTY FOUR HOURS OF MUSIC ON ONE CHARGE!

The sound quality is off the charts, the bass beats are deep, the trebles are crisp... They're truly amazing. And thanks to our podcast, you can get yours for 15% off by using code FTN15! Check them out - (I have the Sudio Tre, but they're all amazing!) Click this link to see all the headphones they have, and remember, use FTN15 for 15% off your order!

https://www.sudio.com/us/ earbuds

It’s good to be back home folks! This week I sit down to visit with Jason Channell. He’s a Director at WrightIMC, a digital marketing agency in Dallas. He previously was a Digital Marketing Manager for Infinite Agency. Previous to that he was an operations manager for PFSWEB. And previous to THAT, he was a store manager for The Vitamin Shoppe. He’s found through his various experiences in various industries, that he loves to coach organizations and help people to improve. In his spare time Jason loves to ride motorcycles, usually on a quest to find the best local BBQ! He and I are both listening back to this episode of Faster Than Normal in our headphones.  Crank it up and enjoy!

In this episode, Peter and Jason discuss:

0:40- Thanks again to Sudio.com for sponsoring this podcast!

1:57- Intro and welcome; introducing Jason Channell

3:23- Jason’s story

5:15- Marketing + Psychology = good results

5:54- What happens when you are faced with tasks that you don’t enjoy, or haven’t studied?

6:56- So what is your process when you’re NOT obsessed with stuff you need to do?

8:23- Have you ever had a boss that did not understand what’s going on while you are maintaining your “zone of focus”? 

10:44- Do you have a deep-work/private work space?  What works for you?

11:44- When did you discover that you were obsessed with certain things, like, more than just ‘liking’ something a lot?

13:20- How do you manage your obsessions? 

14:42- Do fitness and diet play a role in your life too?

15:43- What do you do to get back into a good routine when life brings change?

16:40- How can people find you to talk more?  TWITTER @El_Fenix

17:05- Thank you Jason!!

17:17- Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits

As always, leave us a comment below, drop us a review on iTunes (PLEASE!) and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note – We’d love to hear!

 

Apr 4, 2018

Susy Parker is an author, wellness blogger & ADHD mama. She’s passionate about inspiring people to understand that ADHD and other learning differences are simply that - different learning styles, abilities and gifts. Her eldest daughter Seren, (who she refers to as Sarah in her book), was diagnosed with ADHD, anxiety and oppositional defiance disorder when she was just six years old. Susy came to learn that the most important thing to help her daughter thrive with ADHD was acceptance, love, positivity and connection. I visit with Susy from her home in Perth, Australia on this episode of Faster Than Normal.  Enjoy!

0:48- Welcome Susy! 

1:07- How did ADHD become a part of your life? “Saving Sarah: Learning to Live, Love and Laugh with ADHD

2:12- What made you so proactive at the very beginning and upon diagnosis?

3:22- Susy finished my book in ‘faster than normal’ time! 

3:45- What’s the landscape like in Australia when it comes to talking to other parents about ADHD?

4:10- Changing your perspective and perceptions. Not believing any hallway gossip.

5:15- Change doesn’t come easily or quickly does it..?

7:00- A Mom’s perspective; coping with initial fears from an ADHD diagnosis 

8:13- Did your daughter go through a stage of feeling broken before she realized ADHD is a gift, not a curse?

9:48- What would be the one thing you would tell a parent who’s child was just diagnosed with ADHD?

10:53- Susy’s podcast: ADHD Mama 

11:40- Thank you Susy! How can people find you? www.SusyParker.com BLOG INSTAGRAM

12:35- Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits

As always, leave us a comment below, drop us a review on iTunes (PLEASE!) and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note – We’d love to hear!

Mar 28, 2018

“Biography of a Struggling Student:  My Story”. This is what Brian Seth Perler sends to me when I ask for his bio. Hah! I certainly can relate to that- I was that kid too. He struggled really hard during high school and then failed out of two colleges, finally returning home and moving in with his grandmother. Things were not great. Through keeping his chin up and repeatedly asking for help- which was also tough to do, he finally got a minimum wage job working with students at a company called ‘At Your School’. There he found something that he was good at, a wonderful mentor and a passion that continues to fuel his path. I hope you will feel encouraged by getting to know Seth Perler and ‘the rest of his story’ in this episode of Faster Than Normal.  Enjoy!

 

0:48- Intro and welcome, Seth!

1:48- Seth’s story, struggles in school and how that can feel when your a kid, or at anytime for that matter

4:56- What was your moment of change and how did you begin?

6:00- How does one ‘accidentally’ get a job working with ADHD kids?

6:47- What made you certain about your newfound path?

7:30- What do you think about the skills & systems that teachers and schools give kids with ADHD?

8:20- Coining “Frankenstudy”. Finding systems that work.

9:13- What are some of the challenges that teachers in your position encounter?

10:00- How did you handle those challenges?

10:18- A few of Seth’s teaching tips

11:20- Doing what you love, and learning how to do the things you don’t love so much

12:30- What types of coaching are you doing nowadays?

12:50- Executive Function Disorder and defining methods of educating kids with ADHD

15:18- The concept of “Launching” and finding good fuel

17:11- Knowing that it’s OK, if you don’t ‘fit in’

17:32- How can people get in touch with and learn more, Seth? https://sethperler.com

17:52- Thank you Seth! I wish we knew then, what we know now.

18:18- Thank you so much for listening!

18:41- Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits

 

As always, leave us a comment below, drop us a review on iTunes (PLEASE!) and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note – We’d love to hear!

 

Mar 21, 2018

Hello everybody and thank you for listening!  This week Neil Peterson made some time to sit down with us for a little while. He gives us some insight into how he keeps it all running. 

As the chairman, founder and CEO of Edge Foundation, Neil Peterson has dedicated his life to helping students with executive functioning challenges realize their potential. A highly successful entrepreneur, he founded 3 companies including the groundbreaking carsharing service Flexcar, now known as Zipcar. Neil also led the transportation agencies in Los Angeles, Oakland, and Seattle with award-winning results and dramatic shifts toward modernization. During the past 10 years, he has fostered the same kind of innovation in school systems, mentoring programs, foster care and juvenile justiceprograms around the country through the Edge Training and Coaching program. He is the author of Embracing the Edge and is a frequent speaker. His entrepreneurial endeavors have been featured in Time Magazine, Fortune Small Business, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times and on NPR, ABC World NewsTonight, Good Morning America, among others.

In this episode, Peter and Neil talk about:

00:47- Intro and welcome to Neil

1:58- So, when were you diagnosed?  Do you think genetics has anything to do with being ADHD? 

3:30- How were you affected professionally and how was it growing up undiagnosed with ADHD?

5:48- Finding brilliance in any kid.

6:40- What are some of the tools you have used? How do you keep your workload flowing smoothly?

8:00- Do you employ any help?

9:05- Where & when do you get most of your work accomplished?

9:43- What do you need to do in order to avoid distraction?

10:18- What happens when you lose the inspiration to remain hyper-focused?

11:08- Do you find exercise helpful?

11:53- A quick story related to exercise

13:07- protein, medication, exercise and recess

14:10- Tell us about the Edge Foundation www.EdgeFoundation.org

16:17- How do we get in touch with you?  NPeterson@EdgeFoundation.org  Latest blog posts here: http://www.neilpeterson.com

17:13- Thank you Neil!

17:29- Faster Than Normal Podcast contact info and credits

Mar 14, 2018

This episode is underwritten by HealthIQ, and we couldn’t be happier to have them! See, one of the things I’m so passionate about when I talk about how I use my ADHD to my advantage is exercise, right? It’s obvious that a workout in the morning greatly boosts my brainpower and lets me use my faster brain to do great things.

But here’s the other benefit of exercise: Engagement in high-intensity exercise once per week decreases risk for cardiovascular mortality by 39% for men and 51% for women, and according to a 2009 Study in the International Journal of Sports Medicine, men who did high-intensity exercise have a 35% lower risk of all-cause mortality. For women the risk reduction is 44%. THAT’S HUGE. If you’re exercising to improve how you manage your ADHD, AND you’re getting the extra benefits of a much healthier body, then guess what: You should be paying less for your life insurance! That’s where Health IQ comes in.

Health IQ uses science & data to secure lower rates on life insurance for health conscious people including runners, cyclists, strength trainers, vegans, and more. 56% of Health IQ customers save between 4-33% on their life insurance, and these savings are exclusive to Health IQ. They save their customers up to 33% because physically active people have a 56% lower risk of heart disease, 20% lower risk of cancer and a 58% lower risk of diabetes compared to people who are inactive.

Like saving money on your car insurance for being a good driver, Health IQ saves you money on your life insurance for living a health conscious lifestyle. Learn more and get a free quote at healthiq.com/FTN

 

Hello everybody and thank you for listening!  This week week we’re visiting with former ADHD Cardiovascular Nurse/Clinician, Photographer, Artist, and current Theater Marketing/Promotions coordinator, Beth Manley.  I know right? That’s a lot of stuff right there!  So, if you or a family member has ever dealt with ‘heart stuff’ (not heartBreak.. our Valentine’s Day episode has already come & gone this year), but real the nitty-gritty, surgery required type of stuff like- Angioplasty, Stents, Multiple Bypass- that kind of heart stuff- then I think you will appreciate Beth’s unique view ‘from the other side’. 

Please take care of yourself and enjoy this one! 

 

In this episode, Peter and Beth talk about:

00:43- Thank you Health IQ for sponsoring this podcast!

2:41- Welcome and introducing Beth

3:18- How does one with ADHD bridge from being a “Cardiovascular Nurse and Clinician” to “Theater Marketing and Promotions Coordinator” at Dominican High School in Milwaukee, WI? 

5:24- How did you go about dealing and preparing for such a high pressure job? 

5:56- Putting in the time to accomplish what you need to accomplish

6:53- How did you avoid the fear of forgetting something or messing up, especially during one of the most traumatic moments of another family’s life?

8:28- Facts, analogies, structure, making a photographic/illustrative bridge.

9:53- Keeping your brain engaged, focused and the art of adaptation.

11:21- Remember the phrase: She/He is such a type “A” personality?

12:28- Kinetic learning

14:20- When are you at your best? Should we be getting badges for multi-tasking, perhaps?

15:00- Photographer, Henri Cartier Bousson

15:50- States of flow. Varying your physical activities and how experimentation is never a waste.

16:45- How can we find you if we’d like to talk a little more Beth?  BethMalney@mac.com

17:00- Thank you Beth!

17:24- Faster Than Normal Podcast contact info and credits

Mar 7, 2018

This episode is underwritten by HealthIQ, and we couldn’t be happier to have them! See, one of the things I’m so passionate about when I talk about how I use my ADHD to my advantage is exercise, right? It’s obvious that a workout in the morning greatly boosts my brainpower and lets me use my faster brain to do great things.

But here’s the other benefit of exercise: Engagement in high-intensity exercise once per week decreases risk for cardiovascular mortality by 39% for men and 51% for women, and according to a 2009 Study in the International Journal of Sports Medicine, men who did high-intensity exercise have a 35% lower risk of all-cause mortality. For women the risk reduction is 44%. THAT’S HUGE. If you’re exercising to improve how you manage your ADHD, AND you’re getting the extra benefits of a much healthier body, then guess what: You should be paying less for your life insurance! That’s where Health IQ comes in.

Health IQ uses science & data to secure lower rates on life insurance for health conscious people including runners, cyclists, strength trainers, vegans, and more. 56% of Health IQ customers save between 4-33% on their life insurance, and these savings are exclusive to Health IQ. They save their customers up to 33% because physically active people have a 56% lower risk of heart disease, 20% lower risk of cancer and a 58% lower risk of diabetes compared to people who are inactive.

Like saving money on your car insurance for being a good driver, Health IQ saves you money on your life insurance for living a health conscious lifestyle. Learn more and get a free quote at healthiq.com/FTN

 

Hello everybody!  If you been all wrapped-up with Awards season, I hope you can finally catch a breath now that the 90th Academy Awards are complete. Nine-zero, wow. When it comes to formal wear, I’m usually more of a jeans&blazer kid of guy, but I do have one pair of fancy-pants on the ready for such an occasion.

Speaking of civilian dress, this week we get to sit down with a long-time listener, Harran J. Williams! Harran reached out to me a little while ago and asked if he could be a guest on the Faster Than Normal podcast. I said: “Well sure- so what’s your story”? We find out that while Harran’s resume is very impressive, he’s really just grinding it out day-to-day like you, me and most of us here with ADHD.  He’s a father of three, a volunteer at his church, a Musician, a Software Engineer, a former track star from New Jersey and just an all-around good dude.

I hope you dig getting to know Harran as much as I did.  Enjoy! 

 

In this episode, Peter and Harran tackle hurdles like these:

2:38-  Welcome and introducing Harran

3:29-  What’s your background?

5:30-  What keeps you going?

7:00-  Did your parents push you and did you ever feel overwhelmed as a young kid?

8:40-  A week in the life, when I was going full throttle in school. Any questions?

9:48-  What are your “life rules”? How did you learn to prioritize on your own. How did you pick which things you wanted to do best?

10:28-  Choices and the choosing

10:50-  Enter college. A track scholarship to maintain

11:44-  How we with ADHD & ADD develop deadlines, or “pressure moments” and use time-lines.

13:45-  What other “life rules” have you found that have been working for you?

14:00-  If it’s not on my calendar, I don’t know about it.

14:45-  Using ambient noise and ambient music to stay focused

15:54-  How lists are massively important for us with ADHD. Google Keep, Process Street, and other sources.

18:84-  Testimony of tools that work!

19:43-  How can we find you online Harran?  http://harranjwilliams.com  @HarronJWilliams on Twitter, InstaGram, and right here on Facebook ). 

20:28-  Thank you Harran!

20:49-  Faster Than Normal Podcast contact info and credits

Feb 28, 2018

This episode is underwritten by HealthIQ, and we couldn’t be happier to have them! See, one of the things I’m so passionate about when I talk about how I use my ADHD to my advantage is exercise, right? It’s obvious that a workout in the morning greatly boosts my brainpower and lets me use my faster brain to do great things.

But here’s the other benefit of exercise: Engagement in high-intensity exercise once per week decreases risk for cardiovascular mortality by 39% for men and 51% for women, and according to a 2009 Study in the International Journal of Sports Medicine, men who did high-intensity exercise have a 35% lower risk of all-cause mortality. For women the risk reduction is 44%. THAT’S HUGE. If you’re exercising to improve how you manage your ADHD, AND you’re getting the extra benefits of a much healthier body, then guess what: You should be paying less for your life insurance! That’s where Health IQ comes in.

Health IQ uses science & data to secure lower rates on life insurance for health conscious people including runners, cyclists, strength trainers, vegans, and more. 56% of Health IQ customers save between 4-33% on their life insurance, and these savings are exclusive to Health IQ. They save their customers up to 33% because physically active people have a 56% lower risk of heart disease, 20% lower risk of cancer and a 58% lower risk of diabetes compared to people who are inactive.

Like saving money on your car insurance for being a good driver, Health IQ saves you money on your life insurance for living a health conscious lifestyle. Learn more and get a free quote at healthiq.com/FTN

 

Hey gang! This week we're getting to visit with my ol'friend Lenore!  Lenore Skenazy is president of the new non-profit Let Grow, dedicated to "Future-Proofing Our Kids and Our Country."

Ten years ago, after her column "Why I Let My 9 Year Old Ride the Subway Alone" landed her on every talk show from The Today Show to Dr. Phil, Skenazy founded the book and blog “Free-Range Kids,” which launched the anti-helicopter parenting movement. Her main point? Our kids are NOT in constant danger. Give them a little more freedom and everyone wins.

Now she lectures internationally, from Microsoft to Dreamworks to the Sydney Opera House, and has been profiled everywhere from The New York Times to The New Yorker. And here she is on The Daily  Show! A journalist herself, Lenore has written for everyone from The Wall Street Journal to Mad Magazine. Yep. Mad.  Her reality show “World’s Worst Mom,” airs on Discovery Life (from time to time, late at night, in re-runs).

A graduate of Yale and Columbia, she lives in New York City with her husband and beloved computer. Her sons have (safely) flown the coop. 

 

In this episode, Peter and Lenore discuss:

 

3:05-  “Why I Let My 9 Year Old Ride the Subway Alone” / “World’s Worst Mom”

4:05-  So, how did this chapter start for you Lenore?

4:30-  “Free-Range Kids” blog. Remembering seminal moments of being a kid. 

6:00-  Did you know I sliced my finger off once when I was a kid?

6:20-  Parenting dilemmas, the importance of teachable moments & “SugarBombs”.. in the year 2018.

8:48-  Children’s physical environments and the freedom to learn.

10:22-  Walking home after school in NYC, circa 1970’s.

11:04- When IS the safest time to be a kid?

11:30- Fear and the consumption of Tech.

12:38- The Let Grow Project is trying to figure out how to make a real world change for parent’s & kids.

13:00-  LetGrow.org

13:27-  Micro-initiative number 1. Begin to return to normal childhood activities.

14:25-  A few experiences & quotes from folks who have been taking part in the Let Grow project.

15:40-  Micro-initiative number 2. Free play at school, after school. 

16:40-  Identifying with the concepts of the Let Grow project and how I stay focused daily, without    using meds. (Just in case you didn’t already know).

17:10-  Reach out at Lenore@LetGrow.org

17:54-  Thank you Lenore!!

18:14  Faster Than Normal Podcast contact info and credits. 

Feb 21, 2018

This episode is underwritten by HealthIQ, and we couldn't be happier to have them! See, one of the things I’m so passionate about when I talk about how I use my ADHD to my advantage is exercise, right? It’s obvious that a workout in the morning greatly boosts my brainpower and lets me use my faster brain to do great things.

But here’s the other benefit of exercise: Engagement in high-intensity exercise once per week decreases risk for cardiovascular mortality by 39% for men and 51% for women, and according to a 2009 Study in the International Journal of Sports Medicine, men who did high-intensity exercise have a 35% lower risk of all-cause mortality. For women the risk reduction is 44%. THAT'S HUGE. If you’re exercising to improve how you manage your ADHD, AND you’re getting the extra benefits of a much healthier body, then guess what: You should be paying less for your life insurance! That’s where Health IQ comes in.

Health IQ uses science & data to secure lower rates on life insurance for health conscious people including runners, cyclists, strength trainers, vegans, and more. 56% of Health IQ customers save between 4-33% on their life insurance, and these savings are exclusive to Health IQ. They save their customers up to 33% because physically active people have a 56% lower risk of heart disease, 20% lower risk of cancer and a 58% lower risk of diabetes compared to people who are inactive.

Like saving money on your car insurance for being a good driver, Health IQ saves you money on your life insurance for living a health conscious lifestyle. Learn more and get a free quote at healthiq.com/FTN

Hey gang!  So this week we get to visit with Keith Lemer, Chief Executive Officer of WellNet Healthcare Plan. Keith has lobbied extensively on Capitol Hill for healthcare reform and frequently provides strategic counsel to the Employee Benefits Committee of the United States Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business federation. He is a member of The Economic Club of Washington, D.C. and The Young Presidents Organization’s (YPO) Washington, D.C. chapter, was named 2011’s 40 under 40 by The Washington Business Journal and 2013’s InTheCapital’s 50 On Fire. He is also Chairman of the Board of Unsung Heroes, a national non-profit that focuses on promoting awareness & appreciation for the workforce on the nation’s college campuses who keep the university running behind-the-scenes but often go unrecognized and unappreciated. People like Keith make me want to work even harder- he’s crazy-successful!!  Quick Fun Fact: After attending a 6 month, intensive Italian cooking school, Keith dreams of opening a restaurant one day.

Ok, let’s dig right in- Enjoy!

In this episode, Peter and Keith discuss:

 

As always, leave us a comment below, drop us a review on iTunes (PLEASE!) and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note – We’d love to hear from you!

Feb 14, 2018

Welcome to another edition of Faster Than Normal, and a HUGE welcome to those who found us from the New and Noteworthy section of iTunes! We're thrilled that you're here, and so happy to share with you that ADHD is a gift, NOT a curse!

This week we’re getting to know the wonderful and entertaining Adam Sietz! (Don’t blink, that is the correct spelling).  Adam has checked more ticks on his bucket list than a blue tick hound after a good run in the woods.  He has acted in Academy Award & Golden Globe-nominated films, Emmy Award-winning TV series, Broadway shows, Video Games, (including "Grand Theft Auto" & "Neverwinter Nights 2" for which he won 2007 VG Character of the year), "The National Lampoon’s Radio Hour", over 200 commercials, and as a comedian has worked with some of the best Comics of this generation: Sarah Silverman, Kevin Hart, Dave Chappelle, Jerry Seinfeld and Robert Klein, to name a few. All this while being a husband, a dad, and MASSIVELY ADHD.

This is going to be fun!  Enjoy!

PS: He's the voice of the troll under the bridge on Dora the Explorer!!

 

In this episode, Peter and Adam discuss:

  • 2:30  How Adam started. Class Clowns. How dopamine resonates from all audiences.
  • 4:57  Big rooms versus small gatherings. Small talk. Improvisation.  
  • 8:38  Balancing what you love with what you ‘have’ to do.
  • 9:56  Michael Port’s Red Velvet Rope Policy, being choosey.
  • 10:47  Managing time and energy. Big Hug Productions. Learning from shifting perspectives.
  • 12:40  When did you realize you were different?
  • 13:40  Teachers, Mothers and Good things; like Hyper-Awareness
  • 15:49  What’s your favorite part of Acting?
  • 17:40  Just be
  • 17:54  What do you tell youngsters with ADHD?
  • 20:20  Short Attention spans. The proliferation of E-devices
  • 20:38  How to find him at  www.AdamSietz.com 
  • 21:30  Thank you for listening!
  • 21:52  Faster Than Normal Podcast info and Credits.

 As always, leave us a comment below, drop us a review on iTunes (PLEASE!) and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note – We’d love to hear! 

Feb 7, 2018

Big ups to FitKit for supporting the podcast this week. FitKit offers a number of different wellness products for both mind and body that make healthy living SIMPLE! I love their products and live by them when on the road. All of the kits are portable and packable, fit right in a carry on and most come with bands and tubes, a jump rope, 250 exercises and other great tools and resources. No excuses, especially when they include a 6 week nutrition and fitness plan as well as 24/7 email access to their dietitians and trainers! All the kits range in price from $10-$40 but if you use the code FTN, you get 20% during the month of January. Whichever kit you chose, you can take comfort in knowing they have been created by fitness, nutrition and wellness experts with the sole purpose helping you get healthy and fit. Not only are the FitKits great for individuals, but every organization should get these for their employees or clients. Each Kit can be fully branded with your logo, they offer volume pricing and starting at just $4, there is a FitKit for every budget. Companies like Keurig, Marriott, Dell New York Presbyterian Hospital among others have branded the FitKit products as a creative way to encourage health while at the same time promoting their brand. Win – Win. The best part: people love receiving them! Learn more at fitkit.com. Check them out. I love them.

 

Welcome to another episode of Faster Than Normal! Happy that you’re here!

We’re talking this week with Lyle Ungar and Sharath Chandra Guntuku about their study: "Language of ADHD in Adults on Social Media".

Lyle is a Professor of Computer and Information Science at The University of Pennsylvania. His current research focuses on developing scalable machine learning methods for data mining and text mining,including deep learning methods for natural language processing, and analysis of social media to better understand the drivers of physical and mental well-being.

Sharath is a post-doctoral researcher in the Perelman School of Medicine and in the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Penn, he completed his PhD studies on building machine learning algorithms to model users’ personality in multimedia preferences at the School of Computer Science and Engineering at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. His current research aims to leverage large-scale social media image and text data to model social health outcomes and psychological traits.

SHOW NOTES:

1:18 FitKit.com

2:17 Welcome and Introductions

3:18 How did you get the idea for the study “What can Twitter reveal about people with ADHD”?

4:18 Twitter, dopamine, posting and an immediate gratification connection?

5:17 Time condensing and ‘slow media’ among teens

6:34 Mood swings and possible self-regulating online? Language and nuances

8:09 Immediate feedback loops

9:05 Downtime. Typing with purpose. Condition-specific Apps?

10:20 Bombwords, double-check delay and e-tools

12:35 No mirriors yet in Social Media. Yet.

13:07 Many different types of ADHD and what Social Media can tell us

15:00 If the goal is to better understand the condition, then what’s next?

16:15 What some Social Media Research shows and will we see a shift once people with ADHD understand how to use it for Good?

18:00. How can we follow your research. the World Well Being Project www.WWBP.org

18:45. Thank you!

19:05 Outros

Jan 31, 2018

Big ups to FitKit for supporting the podcast this week. FitKit offers a number of different wellness products for both mind and body that make healthy living SIMPLE! I love their products and live by them when on the road. All of the kits are portable and packable, fit right in a carry on and most come with bands and tubes, a jump rope, 250 exercises and other great tools and resources. No excuses, especially when they include a 6 week nutrition and fitness plan as well as 24/7 email access to their dietitians and trainers! All the kits range in price from $10-$40 but if you use the code FTN, you get 20% during the month of January. Whichever kit you chose, you can take comfort in knowing they have been created by fitness, nutrition and wellness experts with the sole purpose helping you get healthy and fit. Not only are the FitKits great for individuals, but every organization should get these for their employees or clients. Each Kit can be fully branded with your logo, they offer volume pricing and starting at just $4, there is a FitKit for every budget. Companies like Keurig, Marriott, Dell New York Presbyterian Hospital among others have branded the FitKit products as a creative way to encourage health while at the same time promoting their brand. Win – Win. The best part: people love receiving them! Learn more at fitkit.com. Check them out. I love them.

Welcome to another episode of Faster Than Normal! Thrilled that you're here!

We're talking this week to American syndicated columnist, humorist, publisher, and speaker Randy Cassingham, probably best known for starting one of the first ever email newsletters, "This is True."

Massively ADHD, hear how he left a perfectly good job at JPL (the NASA guys) to go out on his own to do something with "that internet thing." He never looked back.

Randy's best tip: Turn off email notifications.

This episode is inspiring. I'm a huge fan of this guy. No doubt you will be, too. Enjoy!

Jan 24, 2018

This week’s episode is supported by FitKit. FitKit offers a number of different wellness products for both mind and body that make healthy living easy. I love their products and use them, especially when traveling. All of the kits are portable and packable, fit right in a carry on and most come with bands and tubes, a jump rope, 250 exercises and other great tools and resources. So, no excuses! Especially when it includes a 6 week nutrition and fitness plan as well as 24/7 email access to their dietitians and trainers to ask all your burning questions. All the kits range in price from $10-$40 but if you use the code FTN, you get 20% during the month of January. Whichever kit you chose, you can take comfort in knowing they have been created by fitness, nutrition and wellness experts with the sole purpose helping you get healthy and fit. Not only are the FitKits great for individuals, but every organization should get these for their employees or clients. Each Kit can be fully branded with your logo, they offer volume pricing and starting at just $4, there is a FitKit for every budget. Companies like Keurig, Marriott, Dell New York Presbyterian Hospital among others have branded the FitKit products as a creative way to encourage health while at the same time promoting their brand. Win – Win. The best part….people love receiving them! You can get more information at fitkit.com. Check them out. I love them.

Welcome, gang! Another fun episode, this time with Coach Rob Grissom, a USA Cycling Coach, Podcaster, Rock Climber, and all around nice guy!

Listen to him as he talks about ADHD, getting into your own head, and never quitting. This is quite the inspirational episode! Enjoy it!

 

Jan 10, 2018

Welcome to another episode of Faster Than Normal! I'm thrilled, as always, that you're joining us!

This week's episode is supported by FitKit. FitKit offers a number of different wellness products for both mind and body that make healthy living easy. I love their products and use them, especially when traveling. All of the kits are portable and packable, fit right in a carry on and most come with bands and tubes, a jump rope, 250 exercises and other great tools and resources. So, no excuses! Especially when it includes a 6 week nutrition and fitness plan as well as 24/7 email access to their dietitians and trainers to ask all your burning questions. All the kits range in price from $10-$40 but if you use the code FTN, you get 20% during the month of January. Whichever kit you chose, you can take comfort in knowing they have been created by fitness, nutrition and wellness experts with the sole purpose helping you get healthy and fit. Not only are the FitKits great for individuals, but every organization should get these for their employees or clients. Each Kit can be fully branded with your logo, they offer volume pricing and starting at just $4, there is a FitKit for every budget. Companies like Keurig, Marriott, Dell New York Presbyterian Hospital among others have branded the FitKit products as a creative way to encourage health while at the same time promoting their brand. Win - Win. The best part….people love receiving them! You can get more information at fitkit.com. Check them out. I love them.

Now then - Welcome to Tim Fargo, this week's FTN guest! Tim has one of the shortest bios known to man, which essentially says "started a company. Went bankrupt. Started another one. Sold it for $50mm. Now run Social Jukebox."

That's it. Obviously, I think there's a little more to the man than that, and you'll hear about it on this interview. And it's a good one. Got kids who have ever failed? You ever failed? This is the episode for you.

And of course, Tim is massively ADHD. We knew that from his bio, though.

Enjoy!

Jan 3, 2018

Happy New Year, Neuroatypicals!

So glad to have you here for another Faster Than Normal trip around the sun!

Before we launch into our podcast this week (an AWESOME episode with which to start the year, by the way...) I want to give a shout out to January's Faster Than Normal Sponsor, FitKit!

I've been using FitKits for the past three years, and won't travel without them!

FitKit offers a suite of wellness products to make healthy living easy. Portable, packable, on-the- go kits to encourage exercise, healthy eating and mindful living.


Whichever kit you chose, you can take comfort in knowing they have been created by fitness, nutrition and wellness experts with the sole purpose of providing tools and resources to encourage activity, healthy eating and mindful living. All products can be fully branded and customized to meet your needs and budget. Volume pricing available.


Every product includes:
A 6 Week Nutrition Plan
A 6 Week Workout Plan
24/7 email access to our trainers and dietitians to ask questions and get advice!

There's truly no excuse anymore for not getting in the best shape of your life, especially with fitKit giving you 20% off with code FTN! Shop now at www.fitkit.com! You'll thank me.

 

Now then - Say hi to Dr. Johan Wiklund! Dr. Wiklund is the Al Berg Chair and Professor of Entrepreneurship at Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University.

His research interests include entrepreneurship and mental health as well as the entry, performance, and exit of entrepreneurial firms. He is considered a leading authority in entrepreneurship research with over 60 articles appearing in leading entrepreneurship and management journals and over 20,000 citations.

He is Editor-in-Chief for Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. A prolific advisor of Ph.D. students, he received the Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division Mentor Award in 2011.

Most important to us, he's written several papers, and conducted several studies on entrepreneurship and ADHD.

We're so lucky to have Dr. Wiklund on the podcast today! He touches on such topics like structure (we need it,) ADHD and self-care, why "jobs are for average people" and more. This is an amazing interview - How great to be able to start the new year with it!

Enjoy!

Dec 13, 2017

You know those races where people jump over fire pits, carry 80 pound bags of sand up a hill, and crawl under barbed wire?

Of course you do. If you're ADHD, chances are you've done it. A mere marathon? That's for regular people. Am I right?

Welcome to the world of the Spartan Race. This week, we've got the founder on FTN, and, you guessed it, he's massively ADHD.

So ADHD, in fact, that he wouldn't shut off his email for the entire interview. You'll see what I mean when you listen

Joe De Sena - the founder and CEO of Spartan Race has demonstrated his entrepreneurial drive since his pre-teens. From selling fireworks at age eight, to building a multimillion-dollar pool business in college, to creating a Wall Street trading firm, and now the world’s fastest growing sports movement, De Sena is a living definition of the word entrepreneur, and proof that ADHD can truly be your secret weapon.

Following a successful career on Wall Street, De Sena moved his family to Pittsfield, Vermont to operate an organic farm, a bed and breakfast, and a general store for hikers. It was here his passion grew for ultramarathons, adventure races, and endurance events; and thus the idea for the Spartan Race was born.

With more than 200 events in 30+ countries planned for 2017, Spartan Race has more than 1 million global participants offering open heats for all fitness levels and ages, as well as competitive and elite heats. The company has more than 5 million passionate social media followers, health and wellness products, and two popular NBC television series, making obstacle racing one of the fastest growing sports—and lifestyles— in the world. As a leader in the sport, Spartan Race is the first obstacle racing company to feature timing and global rankings.

Enjoy the episode! It's a wild one!

 

Dec 6, 2017

Hi there, gang! As this episode publishes, I'm in a plane somewhere above the Pacific Ocean, as I take what I'm pretty sure is my last flight to Asia this year. Two days in Hong Kong, then back to NYC.

But that gives me lots and lots of time to write, and as you know, my best writing and best ideas come to me on airplanes.

Our guest this week had his game-changing idea come to him in the drive-through line at a McDonald's. Yes, seriously!

Brian Scudamore is the Founder & CEO of three franchise companies; an entrepreneur recognized for his passion, vision, and faith in people.

Brian started (and is best known for) his first business, 1-800- GOT-JUNK? in Vancouver, Canada at the age of 18. He went on to revolutionize the junk removal industry. Today, 1-800- GOT-JUNK? has more than 850 trucks on the road throughout 170 locations in the United States, Canada, and Australia.

Accolades include Fortune Small Business’ Best Bosses Award, Globe & Mail’s Top 40 under 40, the International Franchise Association’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2007, and induction into the Young Presidents Organization in 2014, as well as Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization CEO Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement in 2012. 1-800- GOT-JUNK? is a three-time winner of a prestigious “Best Company To Work For” award in British Columbia.

And yes... As you guessed, Brian is massively, massively ADHD.

Enjoy the interview! It's a good one!

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