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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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Dec 6, 2018

I’ve been looking forward to this visit with Scott for a while! He’s written six books, but it’s his latest best-sellar that I’m totally in love with! The best part? He’s had ADHD since he was a nano-sphere in his mother’s belly, and when I say “I take cold showers every day”, he doesn’t respond: “What the hell is wrong with you man??!” We talk about all of his journeys here today. I know your going to like this one, Enjoy!

A little bit more about Scott:  Investigative journalist and anthropologist Scott Carney (scottcarney.com) has worked in some of the most dangerous and unlikely corners of the world. His work blends narrative non-fiction with ethnography. Currently, he is the CEO of the tiny Denver-based media company Foxtopus Ink, a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism and a 2016-17 Scripps Fellow at the Center for Environmental Journalism in Boulder, Colorado. His books include the New York Times best seller"What Doesn't Kill Us" as well as "The Red Market" and "The Enlightenment Trap." 

Carney was a contributing editor at Wired for five years and his writing also appears in Mother Jones, Men's Journal, Playboy, Foreign Policy, Discover, Outside and Fast Company. His work has been the subject of a variety of radio and television programs, including on NPR and National Geographic TV. In 2010, he won the Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism for his story "Meet the Parents," which tracked an international kidnapping-to-adoption ring. Carney has spent extensive time in South Asia and speaks Hindi.

 

 

In this episode Peter and Scott discuss:

:09-  Check out my new ADHD Coaching at www.shankminds.com/ADHDCoaching

1:42-  Intro and Welcome Scott! Foxtopus.ink  http://www.scottcarney.com  book: “What Doesn’t Kill Us” 

3:00-  What’s your background, what’s your story?

4:48-  Failing is part of our process, but your career doesn’t seem to reflect failure that much; do tell!

5:25-  On college

5:42-  On travel, documentations and perspective

6:18-  On India

7:00-  On cults

7:30-  On career evolution  refs: Wim Hof  The Iceman Cometh 

9:58-  On Hunters, Farmers and “burst” mentality  ref: Seth Godin podcast interview

10:55-  On existential threats in the past versus nowadays. (Rest&Digest vs. Fight or Flight) ref: parasympathetic and sympathetic tones

12:40-  On simulated stress, cold showers and adaption

16:14-  On shirtless runs in the winter time

17:30-  Cold showers and ADHD

18:22-  Explanation of the potential benefits- from a physiological standpoint

19:40-  When you’re in a cold shower, how are you interacting with the cold water?

20:40-  The heart of the Wim Hof Method  ref brown fat  article 

23:30-  How do you handle your ADHD Scott?

25:25-  How can people find you? @sgcarney on Twitter  INSTA  Book

26:10-  Get This Book! What Doesn't Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength

26:23-  Thank you Scott!!

26:33-  Thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening! You can always reach me at peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials. 

26:53-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

As always, leave us a comment below and 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!

Nov 28, 2018

Lisa Betts-LaCroix is a podcaster, speaker, actor and dancer. As host of the Super Power U Podcast she does long-form interviews revealing the mental models and tactical skills needed to be your very own superhero. She's been featured in over one hundred films, television episodes and movies-of-the-week. Lisa is a dance performer and speaker who inspires audiences to embrace vitality, passion and reclaim empowered living in later life. In spite of taking up dance at age 50 she has also recently become a World Champion Pro-Am American Rhythm Ballroom dancer. We talk about all about her story here today. Enjoy!

 

In this episode Peter and Lisa discuss:

1:25-  Intro and Welcome Lisa!

2:00-  You have an amazing bio- tell us your story and a bit of your history.

3:15-  When were diagnosed? Were you diagnosed?

5:30-  On recognizing your own brain.

6:25-  You talked about people saying “Me also” when you began to share with friends. Do you think there is some sort of magnetic pull between those of us who have ADD/ADHD?

8:05-  How do you handle the things you have to do, that you really dislike doing?

9:22-  What do you do nowadays with that emotion, or passion?

9:40-  On outsourcing 

10:57-  Tell us about your Podcast, “Super Power U”  ref: FasterThanNormal, Tim Ferris, Pat Flynn, Michael Gervais

13:10-  So what was it like working with Kathy Bates!?!  ref:  The Late Shift, Fargo TV series

14:42-  How does one become a World Champion Ballroom Dancer.. like yourself?

16:48-  Do you find that dancing gives you the same serotonin & dopamine high that runners often talk about?

18:53-  How can people find you Lisa?  Super Power U Podcast, Facebook: @SPUPodcast Twitter:  @LisaBL. INSTA:  @LisaBL

19:30-  Thank you Lisa and thank YOU for listening!  Would you please leave us a review? Yes, you, dear reader. I know I say it all of the time and I’ll ask once again below- but when you leave YOUR review, it really does help OTHERS to find us here! As always, you can always reach me at peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials. 

20:00-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

As always, leave us a comment below and 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!

Nov 14, 2018

Today we talk with James Oliver, Jr.  He’s the Founder of WeMontage, the world’s only websites that turns your permanent photo memories into removable wallpaper, and author of the book, “The More You Hustle, The Luckier You Get: You Can Be a Successful Parentpreneur.” James has an MBA from UNC-Chapel Hill, an accounting degree from Morehouse College and is known throughout the universe as Co-Founder of the world’s cutest twins, Thaddeus & Zoe.  We talk some about his proud parenting, about being entrepreneurs and about James’ unique journey thus far. Enjoy!

 

In this episode Peter and James discuss:

1:20-  Intro and Welcome James! refs: WeMontage, The More You Hustle The Luckier You Get

2:08-  How did you wind up an entrepreneur; tell us about your background?

4:25-  How & when did the Parentpreneur thing begin?

7:47-  Talk to us about your day-to-day struggle, balancing being an entrepreneur & a parent.

9:32-  How did you develop a good/working rule-set for yourself, with regard to balancing work versus Daddy/family time?

10:20-  How do you limit your daily distractions?

11:52-  How can people find you James? INSTA: @TrepDad Twitter: @JamesOliverJr TheMoreYouHustle.com

12:40-  Thank you James and thank YOU for listening! You can always reach me at peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.

13:04-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & 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!

Nov 7, 2018

My friend Ari is a very successful Private Investigator, and a Forensic Genealogist. About a year ago though he had finally had enough! Enough of the teasing, enough of the big-pants shopping, enough of the failed attempts to lose weight & diet gimmicks, but perhaps most importantly his little girl couldn’t get her arms around him to give him a hug. Ari once served as an EMT and knew a likely future he would be facing unless he really made a commitment. So- he began taking some important steps. Literally. We talk about those steps today, one year later. Enjoy!

In this episode Peter and Ari discuss:

1:18-  Intro and Welcome Ari!

1:55-  So tell us some about your background & how you got to the “Enough is Enough Place”

3:05-  On his experience with a meal delivery product

3:58-  On his first experience working with a personal trainer, twice a week

5:13-  Most of our listeners are ‘all-or-nothing’ like you. How did you begin & not give up; on day one, day two, day three, etc?

7:15-  What gave you that hit, or encouragement to keep going?

8:20-  On NOT being tied to a goal-weight

9:07-  Talk about the days you messed it up, overslept, etc.

11:28-  What have you learned about yourself?

12:50-  What has been the reaction from your family?

13:30-  What do you tell people who ask you or say: “I’ve tried everything to lose weight & nothing works!!”

15:08-  So what’s your next challenge?

15:30-  ref:  Peter’s trainer David:  The podcast episode.  on Twitter

15:50-  How can people find you for inspiration? @IFindHeirs on Twitter&INSTAFacebook, or email:  Ari@BestPI.com

16:15-  Thank you Ari and thank YOU for listening! You can always reach me at peter@shankman.com or @petershankmanon all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormalon all of the socials.

16:49-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & 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!

Oct 31, 2018

Writer, illustrator, editor, musician and occasional entrepreneur PJ Perez spends his days managing web & digital content for The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. He spends every other waking hour making comics, writing scripts, shooting videos! Today in this short Faster Than Normal “Extra”, we talk about the in-home calisthenic challenge he set for himself this year, and how he’s achieved it. Enjoy!

In this episode Peter and PJ discuss:

1:18-  Intro and welcome PJ!  PJ’s: blog  Twitter: @PjPerez  Vimeo Channel  YouTube Channel

1:48-  Tell us about what you started doing this year!

2:56-  So 100 pushups a day, for 30 days was the goal!? How did it go for you starting out?

4:03-  Was there a point when you had to really double-down & convince yourself to continue pushing through?

4:42-  On the importance of setting goals & setting a concrete timeline.

5:24-  On logging your progress.

5:47-  Any new challenges coming up for you?

6:21-  Did you see & feel changes in your body within just 30 days?

7:15-  Do you recommend doing it?  Link to PJ’s YouTube video

7:38-  Thanks PJ! And thank YOU for listening! You can always reach me at peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.

7:51-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & 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!

Oct 24, 2018

It was never pointed out to Neil that he had all the tell-tale signs of ADD; not until he was 42 years old and recently separated from his then-wife. A good friend sent him an article on Adult ADHD/ADD. He soon after listened to my bookon a drive to Detroit. The lightbulb switched on and he found himself overwhelmed by his recent self-discoveries. It took him a couple of years, (one on Concerta), to sort things out and fully understand that he wasn’t “broken” or alone. He soon-there-after found a community of dog trainers, discovered the joy that comes from teaching & training dogs, (and their owners), and he committed to owning a training franchise. Has been working in and growing the "Dog space" ever since! His prior pursuits and careers have been: CEO, Marketing Consultant, Chimney Sweep, a few rides during the dot-com boom, Circus Trainer & Performer, scuba diver, competitive unicyclist, world traveler, maintaining his black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and being a stay-at-home Dad! It’s a lot. We talk about his journey, his love of dogs and how he’s found a happy home. Enjoy!

In this episode Peter and Neil discuss:

:44-  Intro and welcome Neil!  www.SitMeansSitCT.com

1:29-  So if you had two choices; being the CEOof Norwegian Cruise Linesor owning a Sit Means Sitfranchise, which would it be?

1:46-  Tell us about growing up!

3:48-  Do you think that rebelling was a residual product of your ADD?

4:35-  You switched majors howmany times in college?

5:56-  What were you doing in the circus?

6:31-  Were you finding excitement in switching-around pursuits and jobs?

7:09-  So how did you wind up with dogs?

8:30-  Tell us about a routine day for you, and how does that work with your ADD?

9:48-  How has hiring an assistant changed your life?

11:38-  On relinquishing control and trusting an assistant

12:32-  Tell us about how your ADD is a superpower to you

13:58-  Tell us about the things & routines you must do in order to function each day

16:17-  What do you think is a popular misconception of people with ADD/ADHD?

17:53-  On being kinda 'diagnosed' long before there was an ADHD diagnosis

19:05-  On nonconformity and finding the Middle

19:55-  Talk about the best dog you’ve ever trained

20:30-  How can people reach you Neil?  Neil@SitMeansSitCT.com  Twitter: @SitMeansSitCT  Facebook: @sitmeanssitctInstagramTV: https://sitmeanssit.com/sit-tv/

21:15-  Thank you Neil! And thank YOU for listening! You can always reach me at peter@shankman.com or @petershankmanon all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormalon all of the socials.

21:40-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & 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!

Oct 17, 2018

Kevin Roberts has spent a good deal of his adult life coming to terms with his own ADHD and cyber addiction. He has a Master’s Degree in ADHD and Addiction Studies from Antioch University. He has trained therapists, students, physicians, nurses, teachers, parents, and school administrators on the perils of overuse of the Internet and video games, as well as ADHD. He has developed a number of innovative programs, such as Training Your Dragons summer camps that empower ADHD children, including intensive training to their families. His “ADHD Empowerment Groups” have been featured on television programs and other media outlets. A sought-after speaker, Roberts has given lectures and workshops around the world, and has recently spoken in the United Kingdom, Canada, Holland, and Poland. He speaks five languages fluently. He has taken groups of young people and their families to Poland to visit Schindler’s factory, Auschwitz, and other Holocaust sites. Roberts has appeared on national and local television stations across the country and the world. Enjoy!

 

In this episode Peter and Kevin discuss:

:54-  Intro and welcome Kevin!  www.KevinJRoberts.net

2:06-  Tell us your story & your background. How old were you, how were you diagnosed, etc. ref: psychometric testing

3:45-  How did the internet addiction thing come into play? How did you identify that? ref: Confessions of a Self Help Junkie 

8:04-  So at what point did you realize that something really had to change with the gaming?

9:05-  So what happened- what did you do to get better?

10:00-  Tell us about your daily routine

10:47-  Let’s talk about a good night’s rest

11:30-  Talk to us about language-learning skills. That’s not usually a norm with ADHD folks.

12:35-  Tell us more of your passions; what else do you do when you’re not in ‘the zone’ working. ref:  BBC’s The World At War

14:00-  This is definitely not the place to talk politics but considering that reference, how do you feel about what you see going on in the US and European politics today?

15:09-  Tell us parents about your summer camps! ref:  kinesthetic learningTraining Your Dragons camp”

16:08-  On changes being made in recognizing ADHD 

17:23-  Tell us about your upcoming book! Schindler’s Gift: How One Man Harnessed ADHD to Change the World link to it at Barnes & Noble  (Soft release on Oct. 8. Official release on Dec. 7)

18:17-  How can people reach you Kevin? www.KevinJRoberts.net or email: Kevin@KevinJRoberts.net

18:38-  Thank you Kevin!! And thank YOU for listening1 You can always reach me at peter@shankman.com @petershankman on all of the socials, and also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.

18:42-  Join us January 24th in Las Vegas! ShankMinds: Las Vegas is a complete business transformation experience. When you attend a ShankMinds Event, you grow your business and boost your revenue in three simple steps. 120 Entrepreneurs. One Day. Unbelievable Breakthroughs. 

19:20-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & 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!

Oct 10, 2018

Every once in a while we get to interview people who share some goals with Faster Than Normal. These people have a similar calling- to help, inspire and teach people more about ADHD. Today is one of those days! Sarah is the brains behind www.AdultingWithADHD.com, a blog for ADHD women. Along with the blog, she hosts a spin-off podcast and online support group with the mission of bringing self-empowerment and practical tips to her community. A digital marketer by day, Sarah lives with her husband and toddler in San Antonio, Texas. We hope this is helpful and useful to you. Enjoy!

 

In this episode Peter and Sarah discuss:

:56-  Intro and welcome Sarah!  https://adultingwithadhd.com  Sarah’s Podcast

1:36-  Tell us your story; how did you learn you were ADHD? Inattentive Type ADHD

2:20-  Was that a wake-up call? Did things start making more sense afterwards? ref: Jon Snow

3:19-  When you began to learn more about ADHD, was it an additive process or did things just switch overnight?  ref: ACL Fest 

4:34-  What were some of the first routines/things you began to implement that made a big difference in your daily life?  ref: Brain.FM  Brain.FM’s Daniel Clark interview on Faster Than Normal 

6:30-  Tell us a little more about your color-coding system?

7:14-  What are things like with your family, in regards to learning all about your ADHD, etc?

8:45-  Have you felt a difference and how do you feel when people misuse & loosely toss around the acronym ADHD?

9:58-  How would you go about explaining your ADHD to a romantic partner, or even a potential romantic partner?

11:38-  What is a “first visit” like for women who come into your group? How does that go?

12:34-  What do you recommend to people who have just been diagnosed with ADHD for the first time?  https://www.additudemag.com

13:43-  Sarah, how can people get in touch with you?  https://adultingwithadhd.com contact@adultingwithadhd.com or @ADHDAdulting on Twitter or INSTA

14:05-  Thank you Sarah!!  And thank YOU for listening1 You can always reach me at peter@shankman.com @petershankman on all of the socials, and also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials. Thanks as always to Steven Byrom for editing/producing this podcast & for composing our theme!

14:36-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & 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!

Oct 3, 2018

Corey is a media and technology expert who has emerged as the 'always-on' innovation and cannabis publicist. His experience as a journalist for outlets like Global News and The Globe & Mail and his prolific hustle on behalf of his clients makes him the ideal partner for brands looking to connect with journalists and consumers. A frequent speaker at hubs such as Leaf Forward, MaRS and Ryerson's DMZ, Corey has unique insight into the inner workings of the media industry and knows how to make a story irresistible. 

Corey received his post-grad in public relations from Ryerson University and resides in Toronto, ON, Canada with his wife, daughter, dog and floor-to-ceiling sneaker collection. We begin by talking about those sneakers here today. Enjoy!

 

 

In this episode Peter and Corey discuss:

:52-  Intro and welcome Corey!

1:42-  So how does one garner a floor-to-ceiling sneaker collection & how are you still married

3:48-  What prompted you to finally get diagnosed?

6:05-  Outside of CBD, do you take any other meds?

6:47-  Talk about the immediate differences you experienced once switching completely to CBD 

7:26-  Is it/does it work the same for you, to this day?

7:54-  What is Indica?

8:58-  So you are able to get into your zone of focus this way?

9:49-  And for you this has been 100percent better than any sort of medication you got from a doctor, or from BigPharma?

10:24-  You also work as a publicist in the cannabis industry; talk a little about that and how you use ADHD to your advantage in your work

12:16-  How were things for you, growing up with ADHD?

13:37-  What do you tell someone who may have a kid with ADHD and is struggling in school?

14:50-  Thank you Corey! How can people get in touch? @CoreyHerscu on Twitter  @Herscu on INSTA Facebook and at RainmakerPR on Twitter

15:29-  Thank YOU for leaving us your reviews and for subscribing!

15:39-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

Sep 26, 2018

Genna Singer grew up going to summer camp. She started early in her single digits and only missed one year. She loves summer camp!! In September of 2002 she joined the wonderful staff at the Marlene Meyerson JCC as Director of After School Programs, while maintaining an active role in the summer camps programs as well. In 2006 she became the Director of Camps and continues to help them develop and grow new, exciting programs! My daughter had a wonderful time here this summer and I was so happy Genna was able to join us today, to talk and educate us about the importance of Summer Camps. Enjoy!

 

In this episode Peter and Genna discuss:

:45-  Intro and welcome Genna!

1:25-  You spent most of your summers as a kid at sleep away camp. What was your favorite summer camp? Camp Timbertops

2:11-  What is it about camp that you love so much?

3:02-  On nurturing play & freedom from routines and a kids’ school-day grind.

4:50-  What have you seen in terms of kids who come in, who might have some soft of neural ‘atypical-ness’ in them; whether it’s ADD, ADHD, Autism Spectrum- what happens when they go to camp?

6:38-  Have you seen situations where physical activity has radically changed a kid?

8:56-  How do you get kids excited to leave their comfort zones and try bold, new things?

12:40-  Peter’s first experience with summer camp. Are there two types of reactions you typically get from kids in the first few days?

16:03-  Genna, how can folks reach out to you if they wanna follow-up, or talk to you?

 http://campsettoga.org  646-505-4430 or at Marlene Meyerson JCC 

16:29- Thank you Genna!! And thank YOU for leaving us your reviews and for subscribing!

16:59-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & 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!

Sep 20, 2018

Today we visit with Mark Murphy. He wasn’t diagnosed with ADHD until he was nearly 50. We talk about how he built his company and how being impulsive can sometimes be a huge benefit. Mark is a trusted travel expert, best-selling author, entrepreneur and professional speaker. He is the founder and CEO of travAlliancemedia, the leading travel trade media company in the United States. His company has been recognized 6X (starting in 2008) by Inc magazine, as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the United States. He provides professional commentary for both consumer and business travelers, and is a frequent travel expert and travel analyst on major networks & news stations including: The Today Show, CNN, FOX Business, FOX News, and ABC, CBS,NBC and The Travel Channel. We’ll probably bump into each other again soon on our way to One Columbus Circle. Enjoy!

In this episode Peter and Mark discuss:

1:45-  Hello and welcome Mark!  http://www.travalliancemedia.com

3:25-  How did things go for you in school?

5:02-  What made you decide to get tested & diagnosed?

6:42-  What is a typical work day like for you?

8:26-  Do you do anything to minimize your daily choices and does that help?

9:10-  Tell us some about your company and how it came into existence?

11:12-  How do you decide which tasks to delegate?

13:40-  What are you NOT good at?

15:45-  What are you pitfalls, your rabbit holes?

17:05-  Has giving into impulsiveness ever been a help to you?

19:02-  How can people find you if they’d like to talk more? @MurphyTravels on Twitter/Facebook/Insta. Also at www.MurphyTravels.com and at www.TravelPulse.com @travelpulse

19:40- Thank you Mark! And thank YOU for leaving us your reviews and for subscribing!

20:13-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & 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!

Sep 12, 2018

ADHD Balancing Time & Learning w/h Multi-talented Company Builder Vahid Jozi

Vahid is a serial entrepreneur, having founded several companies in the past that resulted in exits, failures, and everything in between. He has held most of the positions in a company including developer, designer, salesperson, marketer, and investor. His focus currently is on product management, machine learning & AI, and retail. He advises various startups, investors & accelerators. He is currently the founder of Yooshi.ai with the mission of utilizing AI to increasing video engagement and reducing cost of video production. We spent some time together on Labor Day talking about how he balances his mental, physical and social health, while keeping it all spinning, enjoy!

In this episode Peter and Vahid discuss:

1:04- Intro & welcome Vahid!

4:45-  With so much of your work depending on you 24/7, tell us how you manage that, being ADHD and also having OCD?  https://www.eisenhower.me/eisenhower-matrix/

6:40-  Do you think the concept of always being ‘on task’ can be a negative thing?  How does that work on a schedule?

8:00-  What do you get out of planning downtime? Is it working for you?

9:15-  Did you ever have “a real job”?

10:54-  How do things work in your social life, being around people w/h brains of different speeds?

12:30-  Other than work, what do you do for fun?  https://weedbox.io

13:20-  How do you meet new people?

14:10-  Do you exercise regularly?

15:10-  So you’re a morning guy too, how’s it going with such little sleep?

16:10-  How can people find you? Twitter: @VahidJozi or LinkedIn: www.VahidJozi.com

16:30-  Thank you Vahid! And thank YOU for leaving us a review and for subscribing!

16:52-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

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Sep 5, 2018

This March, Brain.FM received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to research the effects of music & soundwaves on people who have ADHD, and also those who suffer from difficulty focusing on the job. At lot of neuroscience continues to go into their work. We were happy to visit with CEO Daniel Clark in our office to talk about how it all works, and how his life’s love of technology ultimately called him aboard. Enjoy!

In this episode Peter and Daniel discuss:

1:04-  Intro & welcome Daniel. www1.Brain.FM

2:27-  So how did you first learn about Brain.FM? What is your background?

3:55-  Tell us some more about Brain.FM?

5:15-  Tell us about this concept from the neuro-diversity aspect. Who is using Brain.FM? EEG fMRI Data Center 

6:30-  Based on the research you've done thus far, how exactly does music bring one to an increased mental state? A.I. Composer  Human Composer 

7:56-  Everyone is different- how do you customize for each brain? Neuro Phase Locking (ref also *13:30) 

8:50-  Binaural Beats were once all the rage and I tried them out. Are they still a big thing?

10:50-  Tell us about the Auditory NeuroScientist that you are working with

12:00-  http://www.kevinjpwoods.com

*13:30-  On finding what music works for your brain.

13:50-  Tell us a little about how A.I. helps you create music

14:58-  On White noise

16:00-  Why is it that USA Greco-Roman Wrestling is so popular on your site?

17:20-  Folks, the site is Brain.FM  How can people follow you Daniel? TWITTER: @BrainfmApp  Facebook: BrainFM

17:45-  Thank you Daniel! And thank YOU for listening! Please let us know what you think of this new in-office format below!

18:22-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

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Aug 29, 2018

Collin’s struggle with ADHD has always been a crucial part of who he is. ADHD was almost a mystery to him, and he always felt out of place, wondering why he was “different” from his peers. It wasn’t until he began to research these feelings that he discovered that there were others who felt the same way. Collin then became obsessed with understanding ADHD. Throughout his research, Collin began to feel comforted knowing that there are resources that can truly help people struggling to understand themselves.  During high school, Collin was introduced to a MLM company called Vemma which sparked Collin’s passion to become an Entrepreneur. He has since invested hours upon hours into personal development, communication, and leadership skills. He now manages his own Car Detailing business, which started as a side hustle, but is turning into a profitable source of income. Today we talk about his journey and what’s been working for him.  Enjoy!

In this episode Peter and Collin discuss:

:45-  Intro & welcome Collin

1:34-  When did things first begin to change for you?

3:30-  What happened after you got diagnosed?

4:15-  Was there an immediate difference as you began taking Concerta?

4:50-  How often do you take your meds?

5:43-  You mentioned you attained your blackbelt in Krav Maga; how do you currently use exercise for your ADHD?

6:13-  Have you found a specific time to exercise that works best for you?

7:30-  Tell us how you started out as an entrepreneur

9:12-  Do you see yourself going back to a regular job, or is being an entrepreneur “it” for you?

9:40-  Take us through an average day for you

10:23-  How do you shut off your brain?

11:02-  Do you have any tricks or tips that you’ve found and use to get stuff done?

11:50-  What have you learned about yourself from your ADHD?

13:08-  How can people find you? CollinMcDougall@gmail.com or SNAPCHAT: @DougDoug

13:45-  Thank you Collin, and thank you for listening!

13:59-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits

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Aug 22, 2018

Brian grew up in suburban NJ. He was diagnosed with ADHD at six years old. He moved away, graduated from Tulane University with a Philosophy degree and a honed talent for writing. In 2016, he was interviewed by Fox 5 NY about his ADHD memoir & personal experience with Adderall addiction. I actually have Brian’s book on my desk right now! He’s a successful entrepreneur, continues to be very outspoken about society's miscomprehension of ADHD and is helping to change the conversation! Now living in NYC with his wife Lindsey, Brian loves to travel, lift weights, talk philosophy at bars, and enjoys spending time with family & friends. He spends a little of his time here with us today. Enjoy!

In this episode Peter and Brian discuss discuss:

1:00-  Intro & welcome Brian!

2:10-  Brian’s book “Adderall Blues” 

2:27-  “Ten Ways to be Happier When You Live/Love Someone With ADHD

2:38-  So let us begin with talking about your wife!

3:50-  So what happens when you randomly do the most stupid & impulsive things without telling anyone first?

6:30-  Tell is about your book!

9:20-  Tell me about Beijing- how did you wind up in Beijing?

11:35-  Do you think you would’ve planned better if you didn’t have ADHD?

12:19-  Peter on London

13:28-  Brian on getting deported from China

15:17-  Talk some, if you will please, about addiction?

17:43-  Do you have the premise of addiction that:  “there is no ‘just one’ dose, or hit”?

20:07-  Do you think you could write another book today and be as raw, and honest with us as you were in “Adderall Blues?

21:32-  How can people find you Brian?  Brian.J.Robinson@hotmail.com  INSTA: @BrianRobinsonOfficial

21:48-  Thank you Brian, and thank you for listening!!

22:25-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits

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Aug 15, 2018

This is a great kid, mature beyond his years. I discovered Everett when someone sent me an article about him competing in the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair, (Bio-Medical Engineering category), and winning out over 1,800 competing students from 80+ countries!  He’s brilliant and certainly has a bright future; just listen to how he answered “What do you wanna do with your life”? What were you doing in High School? I’m thankful we got to spend some time with him this week. Enjoy! 

In this episode, Peter and Everett discuss:

:50- Intro and welcome Everett!  ref: Intel International Science & Engineering Fair Awards 

2:00-  When did you first get diagnosed?

2:36- How did you wind up scoring so high in Math & Science?

4:25- None of us with ADHD are quite alike are we?!

4:48-  Why did you ask for more challenging work?

5:53-  Tell us about your 10th grade Science project. What is a “3D Printable Transtibial Prosthesis”? 

7:30-  Rachel Cotton interview 

7:50-  What changed for you right after you were diagnosed?

10:05-  On:  adapting, learning moments, accepting and growing.

12:15-  What do you want to do with your life?

14:11-  On finding your niche

15:05-  Advice to ADHD parents

16:00-  How can people find you? INSTA: @EVKroll

16:42-  Thank you so much Everett!! This was awesome.

17:18-  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!

Aug 8, 2018

Leslie has a lot of analog clocks in her house. She has spent many years learning how to become a time management guru, because of her family, clients and life story. She brought “Order Out of Chaos” to life from a very personal mission as her son was diagnosed with ADHD as a young child. She founded the company 15years ago with the goal of providing professional organizing, time management and coaching services; parent and family education, products and resources to families and their children to help them bring order out of chaos to their lives. Leslie is a graduate of the JST Coach Training Program for teens and college students with ADHD and is also a member of ICD and a Golden Circle member of NAPO where she was recently awarded their highest honor-the 2018 Founders’ Award.  We get to spend some time together today. Enjoy! 

In this episode, Peter and Leslie discuss:

:49- Intro and welcome Leslie!  (ref: Order Out Of Chaos, Author: “What’s The Deal With Teens and Time Management”, “Dear Organizing Coach”- a weekly column for ADDitude Magazine, Contributing writer to Family Circle)

1:34-  The concept of Chaos

1:55-  Talk some about your journey with chaos please?

2:54-  A barrier to entry

4:12-  Do you think chaos is all forms can be affected by the same types of ‘cures’?

5:20-  What are your top three ways to create order out of chaos?

6:44-  Where and how to start, to begin

9:58-  Awesome! What are some more tips please?

12:00-  One thing about time…

14:00-  Last thoughts; what are a couple of quick things people can do just to get going?

14:45-  How can people find you?  www.OrderOOChaos.com Twitter: @orderoochaos  Facebook   YouTube  INSTA  Pinterest  LinkedIn  Products: https://products.orderoochaos.com

15:14-  Thank you Leslie and thank you for listening!!

15:37-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits

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Aug 1, 2018

Nick is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for creating companies that disrupt the way people live, (sound familiar)? He is the co-founder of Leverage and the former CEO of CalvinApp.  Before making the jump to the startup technology space, Nick spent more than eight years on Wall Street as a high frequency algorithmic trader. What the heck is a “high frequency algorithmic trader” and how did someone with ADD wind up doing that job for eight years before breaking from the pack and bringing the fun back?  His story and how he keeps it all spinning & balanced, here in today’s podcast.  Enjoy! 

In this episode, Peter and Nicholas discuss:

:47- Intro and welcome Nick!

1:47- So what’s your story? And what exactly is a high frequency algorithmic trader? ref: “Micro Wave Technology

3:45- How did you wind up with a career on Wall Street?

5:15- What influenced you to quit?

6:48- After you finally made the decision to quit, what was your first ‘day after’ like? 

7:11- Tell us about your first few months of working for yourself?

8:21- So what happens on days when you wake up & it’s just not happening, or you’re just not feelin’ IT? 

10:10- What do you do to ensure that you allow for downtime and honest rest in your life?

11:21- On obsessing and ‘doing fun’.

13:10- What is your lifestyle outside of work; do you exercise much?

14:36- Where do you find the joy in Chess?  ref: “Spire Stone breathing tracker

17:46- Nick, how can people find you?  www.getleverage.com or  Nick@GetLeverage.com

18:33- Thank you Nick and thank you for listening!

18:54-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits

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Jul 25, 2018

In 2010 Shane started what has now become one of the industry leading college recruiting education and exposure services that educates young athletes around the globe on how to achieve their dream of playing collegiate athletics in the United States. He didn’t even own a computer when he invested in penny stocks and got lucky. He then bought a Macbook and incorporated. Now 7 years later he’s working with athletes in 40 countries. Shane has made and learned from many mistakes and shares his story with us here. Enjoy! 

In this episode, Peter and Shane discuss:

1:04- Intro & welcome Shane Howard CEO of Custom College Recruiting, LLC

3:08- So what’s your story & when were you diagnosed?

6:37- What prompted you to go into business for yourself?

12:47- When you decided to go out on your own, did you tell anybody were were ADHD?

14:50- What do you tell people who are just starting out in business?

16:58- Talk about how it feels to fail & what you would advise to combat those feelings?

21:28- What would you say is the number one thing you’ve learned from your mistakes?

23:40- Thank you Shane. How can people find you? 

www.theshanehoward.com  TWITTER: @TheShaneHoward.

INSTA: TheShaneHoward

25:45-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits

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Jul 18, 2018

Roy Scott is the Founder and CEO of H3 Enterprise, an EdTech company powered by the arts, entertainment and social interaction. Considered by many as the "Sesame Street of the 21st Century". With ten plus years of experience in the music industry, a passion for technology and helping the youth, Scott turned what he loved into a business. H3 was launched in 2013, quickly gaining traction through their live engagement and online content, contracting with such companies as Blue Cross Blue Shield, SHAPE America, The LeBron James Family Foundation and many more. Currently, Scott serves as writer and executive producer of H3 content. He has a great skill of cultivating relationships and creating new opportunities through innovation. We first met at a conference in Omaha and I think what he’s doing with H3 and the results he’s getting are amazing. Enjoy! 

In this episode, Peter and Roy discuss:

1:00- Intro and welcome Roy! 

1:50- What is H3 and how did it begin? 

3:33- Countless studies show that movement & activity can lead to massive changes in a kid’s learning; tell us about some of what you’re seeing?

5:05- Tell us about some of the results you are seeing after getting kids active & moving in class

6:32- Getting kids settled down, focused & ready to learn in 45 seconds, versus 5 minutes by using H3 is impressive! Is that result consistent? 

7:43- Why do you think there seems to be such a hesitancy by schools to employ more consistent physical activity into the daily lesson plan?

8:18- On antiquated systems and resources-

9:13- What new techniques are you seeing from new teachers?  (Simpsons ref)

11:16- What’s next for H3? (See the latest here on Twitter)

12:37- What age group tends to benefit the most, or is it universal?

13:23- Roy, how can people find out more out H3 and reach out to you? 

www.https://www.h3tv.com   Twitter: @Healthy_Hip_Hop  

Personal Twitter: @RoyScottBoycott INSTA: @royscott.boycott

13:52- Thank you Roy!!

14:13- Thank you for listening!!

14:29- Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits

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Jul 11, 2018

If I’m not well organized, then nothing gets done, not on time anyway. Ellen organizes for a living!! She shares some very important advice, along with some time-honed tips & tricks with us today. You might wanna make some notes so you can remember. Here’s little more about Ellen. Enjoy! 

Ellen Delap, professional organizer and productivity consultant, launched Professional-Organizer.com in 2000.  She is an award winning Certified Professional organizer recognized for her contributions in the industry and community.  She has extensive experience in working with ADHD individuals and holds certificates of study in Workplace Productivity, ADD and Chronic Disorganization.  She works with families as a Family Manager Coach. She is currently the President of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO).  Ellen enjoys sharing organizing and productivity tips as well as tricks and techniques as a blogger. She is an accomplished speaker and has been interviewed by ABC13 Houston and the Houston Chronicle.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Smith College and a Master’s degree in education from Boston College. Ellen’s goal is to empower her clients by making a difference in their lives.

In this episode, Peter and Ellen discuss:

:23- Intro and welcome Ellen! President of the National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals www.NAPO.net  https://professional-organizer.com  (ref) https://challengingdisorganization.org

1:48- So how does one become a Professional Organizer, Ellen?  (Ref: www.NAPO.net)

3:18- What are 5 things, right off the bat, that people with ADHD, or ADD, or someone in their family can do to get organized?

5:13- How do we break a “just in case I might need this” clutter-keeping mentality?

6:18- What is your advice for parents who are gently trying to guide their children down the road towards practicing good organization?

7:42- Talk a little about the home environment, in regard to structures & organization?

8:55- On exchanging house cleaning services with a friend or co-worker

9:27- How about teaching organization & structure to really young children; any specific thoughts?

11:11- On Dopamine rushes via purging, and getting stuff done! The sensation of accomplishment.

11:49- How can we better organize our Digital world? So many Apps! (over 8 just to make this podcast, in fact heh ;-)

12:51- What advice do you have for college students who will be entering a small dorm room/shared-living environment for the first time this year?

13:55- On maintaining good organizational tools and products.

15:20- What is your One, Ultimate, Top Tip for clients who want to become & stay organized?

16:27- Thank you Ellen! How can we find you?  https://www.napo.net is a very strong resource! Also via https://professional-organizer.com and TWITTER 

18:25-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits

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Jun 27, 2018

Counsellor, Psychotherapist and national award winning entrepreneur are only a few of Shawn’s many accomplishments, but what he does isn't nearly as exciting as the why. Diagnosed with ADHD Inattentive Type at age 30, Shawn struggled through every level of the public education system. Prior to his diagnosis it took Shawn 4 years to finish 3 years of high school, 32 attempts to earn the 18 credits required to graduate including failing grade 10 math 4 times. Shawn has embraced his unique gifts that come by way of having ADHD Inattentive Type and specializes in helping other uniquely gifted individuals explore their passions. We talk about his journey and his devout passion here today. Enjoy! 

In this episode, Peter and Shawn discuss:

:23- Intro to Shawn Smith. http://ddmacs.ca

1:54- You weren’t diagnosed until you were 30- how was that for you? What things troubled you the most?

3:27- So pre-diagnosis, what did you want to do with your life?

4:20- Did the doctors prescribe you meds, and if so, how did that go and feel?

5:28- What are your thoughts on Big Phrama ADHD Meds in the USA, or just in general even?

6:54- Other than medicine, how do you keep your brain in-check?

7:50- Tell us about your company “Don’t Dis-My-Ability Consultation Services” 

9:00- In your counseling work, what types of clients do you typically take on?

9:29- How do you usually begin your conversations with parents?

10:14- On schools & educational institutions

11:24- What do you say to a kid who doesn’t want to believe, or hear that they are different?

12:52- How can people find you Shawn? http://ddmacs.ca @dontdismyabilit YouTube LinkedIn The DDMA Podcast 

13:17- Thank you Shawn!!

13:42-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits

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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

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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

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