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Faster Than Normal

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 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

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 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!

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