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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

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