Info

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.
RSS Feed
Faster Than Normal
2019
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2018
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2017
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2016
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February


Categories

All Episodes
Archives
Categories
Now displaying: May, 2019
May 29, 2019

I met our next guest at the Adobe Summit in glittery Las Vegas a couple of months ago. She was the youngest presenter in attendance! She’s an award winning actress, film writer, co-author of a young adult novel “Then and There, Here and Where” -which is set to publish this Spring. (Did I mention her age yet..?) Recently nominated a top GenZ influencer, she is currently creating her own greeting card line, oh yes, and she too has been diagnosed with ADHD, and also Dyslexia. Esabella Karena joins us today to talk about her journey thus far. Enjoy!

 

In this episode Peter and Esabella discuss:

1:00-  Intro & welcome Esabella!

2:30-  When were you diagnosed with ADHD?

2:50-  So ‘grade one’ was in 2010 for you aye..

3:20-  How did ADHD blossom for you; how did things go after your diagnosis?

4:05-  What was different for you when you moved to your new school?

4:50-  On knowing if you’re in the right school

5:25-  Was it easy for you to fit-in & make friends?

6:08-  How did you get through that tough time?

6:48-  Kids are going to understand that it’s ok to be different. What advice would you give to kids who have just been diagnosed, or who are maybe just realizing that they have a gift; that they are special.

7:30-  Tell us more about you! What else are you up to lately?

8:32-  How long have you had your tutor?

8:50-  Tell us more about the extra-curricular activities that may be ‘not so normal’ for someone your age; like hosting a Variety show for example!

9:58-  What do you think makes a good Influencer?  ref: Generation Z Program

10:57-  It seems you’re prettymuch on top of the world right now; what’s next for you?

11:37-  What would you tell kids, especially ADHD & Dyslexic kids, who might have parents who are not as understanding as your’s? Or, what advice would you give to parents in general?

12:41-  Talk about some of your screw-ups?

13:37-  Do you think making mistakes is how you learn?

14:00-  What quote would you want people to remember you by?

16:12-  How can people reach you?  INSTA, Twitter, FB @EsabellaKarena www.EsabellaKarena.com

16:40-  Thank you Esabella! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening.  Please.. stop right now and write us a review, EVEN IF you’ve reviewed us before, so that we will all be able to help & reach even more people!  You can always reach me at peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials. 

17:12-  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!

May 22, 2019

Today we visit with a Graphic Designer, Artist & ADHD Cartoon specialist, (and in my opinion, future superhero character designer). You have probably already seen Dani’s Art without even realizing that it’s her work, or that it was originally inspired by her ADHD. It was her Art & her fearlessness that brought us together today. I really want to share her full bio with you:  Dani Donovan is a designer and illustrator who's recently risen to internet fame creating ADHD comics. Her first graphic (a storytelling flowchart) went viral, amassed over 100 million views, and has been reposted and praised by celebrities such as Mindy Kahling, Natalie Portman, and Jennifer Garner. Within a couple months, she quickly became a prominent voice in the online ADHD community. Dani’s comics aim to help those with ADHD understand themselves and explain their struggles to loved ones. Her artwork struck a global chord and has been translated into four languages. She's partnering with Penguin Random House to illustrate a children's book based on her childhood experiences with ADHD. Dani works full-time as a designer for Gallup, runs a freelance branding business, and served on the board of directors for Nebraska’s chapter of AIGA (American Institute for Graphic Arts). Her online store, ADHDDD.com, opens in early May. Enjoy!

 

In this episode Peter and Dani discuss:

:46-  Intro & welcome superhero Dani Donovan!

1:33-  You tweeted that you were nervous to join us today- why would you possibly be nervous!?  ref: Dani’s tweet 

2:11-  So you got diagnosed in college; tell us about what it was like growing-up undiagnosed?

3:56-  When you got into college, what prompted the diagnosis?

5:25-  Were you put on medication?  ref:  Adderall versus Ritalin&Vyvanse 

5:50-  Was it sort of a wake-up call- whenever you got a name for your ADHD?

6:50-  How long have you been drawing?

7:16-  Being an Artist, do you find that writing/drawing puts you at peace?

8:03-  I found you through your cartoons. Tell us about how you got started & what happened?

9:20-  Tell us about your experience with an Art Therapist?

10:43-  What kind of responses have you been getting from your Art?

12:16-  What’s your personal favorite piece thus far?

13:10-  Note to self:  Brand everything you do! ref:  Imposter syndrome

13:40-  How can we find you & see your beautiful Art?  Patreon.com/DaniDonovan  Twitter, INSTA Behance LinkedIN Dribbble: @DaniDonovan. Facebook @DaniDonovanArt

14:36-  One last question. What do you tell creatives & budding artists who are afraid to post their works?

16:05-  So…“done is better than perfect”?

16:15-  Thank you Dani! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening.  Please.. stop right now and write us a review, EVEN IF you’ve reviewed us before, so that we will all be able to help & reach even more people!  You can always reach me at peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials. 

17:01-  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!

May 15, 2019

I am talking to someone on today’s show that has shouted the 2nd-best four words that I HAVE EVER HEARD IN MY LIFE!! The Man you’re about to meet is named Mike Reilly. He is probably best known as the "Voice of IRONMAN," (not the movie, the sport). If you are one of the 350k+ finishers of an Ironman challenge, chances are he has shouted your name also! In his great career, Mike also done on-site announcing and television coverage for over a thousand other triathlon & running events spanning ten countries. He is the only person inducted into all three endurance sports Halls of Fame: IRONMAN (2011), Running USA (2017), and USA Triathlon (2018).  Mike and his wife of 43 years, Rose, live in San Diego. They have two children, Erin Paulson, (a Boston Marathon finisher), and Andy Reilly, (an IRONMAN & Boston Marathon finisher), and two grandsons. A bit more about Mike here. It is an total honor to welcome him today. Enjoy!

 

In this episode Peter and Mike discuss:

:46-  Intro and welcome Mike Reilly!!

1:58-  You have been doing this for roughly 30 years? For those of us who don’t know, could you describe a little about Ironman?

3:19-  About Mike’s new book:  Finding My Voice

3:42-  Peter’s experience in doing his first Triathlon

4:20-  Mike, would you agree with the statement: “Once a triathlete, always a triathlete”?

5:50-  On how training can affect relationships ref:  I’m Training For An Ironman Video

6:32-  On finding something great in your life

7:12-  On addiction & Imposter syndrome, versus the Triathlete 

8:30-  “We are the cause of our own experiences”

9:37-  On crossing the Finish line  and my blog post about my first Ironman in Cozumel 

10:36-  I’ve read that the Triathlon is the sport with the largest amount of recovering addicts. Why do you think this may be true? 

12:48-  On setting dizzyingly difficult goals

14:20-  Tell us a story about someone who credits finishing an Ironman with saving their life.

18:58-  Wow.. if exercise could do something like that, for someone like him, imagine what it could do for school kids!!

19:40-  About Eric Byrnes Triathlon & his physical education outreach. Let Them Play Foundation 

20:14-  Riding For Focus Specialized Foundation Podcast interview w/ Ted Theocheung, the CEO of the Specialized Foundation, and Kimberly Price, Ph.D., Director of Research & School Programs for the Specialized Foundation

20:57-  Peter on “Must be present to win”

23:19-  On Ironman has no shape or size. Working from the inside out.

24:10-  What do you tell someone who says “Oh I could never, ever do a triathlon”?

25:37-  When is your book “Finding My Voice” available for purchase? You can find it everywhere! 

26:10-  Thank you Mike Reilly!! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening.  PLEASE.. stop right now and write us a review so that we will all be able help more people!  You can always reach me at peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials. 

26:21:  THE 2nd-best FOUR WORDS EVER!!!!!

26:58  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

Mr. Mike Reilly on socials: MikeReilly.net  Facebook  Twitter & INSTA@IronManVoice  LinkedIn

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!

May 8, 2019

We are joined today by a scientist! I love interviewing scientists! Although diagnosed as a child, Janice did not get fully treated for ADHD until her second year at Harvard. She is doing amazing research as she finishes her fifth year of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences PhD program there, and has found her way to rock life with ADHD! Enjoy!

 

In this episode Peter and Janice discuss:

:46-  Intro & welcome Janice Marie Nieves Bonilla de Ouellette!

1:40-  You didn’t get diagnosed until you got to Harvard, correct?  Tell us your story.

2:56-  How was growing up for you; how did school & your classes go?

4:36-  Can you tell any of our listeners who may be feeling like: “My ADHD is preventing me from being smart, or from being brilliant” exactly what it is that you are studying at Harvard?  ref: Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Immunology and Autoimmunity, Joslin Diabetes Center

6:02-  Your first language is Spanish. Sometimes people with ADHD are not great with languages; how are you with learning new ones?

7:04-  Tell me about the medication you are on and how it’s working out for you?

8:08-  What is your dosage frequency?

8:55-  You have been very active in Theater, Dance, etc. Do you find that physical activity helps you?

10:47-  You mentioned in your 3 page bio that you didn’t have many friend that were your age growing up. Do you think that’s an ADHD thing- to have friends that are older or younger?

12:26-  Your husband does not have ADHD. If you had to tell the non-ADHD listeners of this podcast what the one thing they could do to survive someone with ADHD, that they love, what would that be? 

14:37-  How can people find you if they want to learn more about you and what you are doing?  

INSTA & Twitter @Janice_Nieves  Email: JNievesBonilla@g.harvard.edu

15:22-  Thank you Janice!! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening.  PLEASE.. stop right now and write us a review so that we will all be able help more people!  You can always reach me at peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials. 

15:47-  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!

May 1, 2019

As you may know, I worked at AOL for a few years and then for a company called Jumbo- my last ever full-time job. I lasted for about 7 months before I realized I just did not work well with people; my friend Paul couldn’t either! We kinda bonded over that and we’re still friends to this day! Paul is currently the Director of Sales-Technical Sales North America for Varian Medical Systems.  He has been with them for 17 years w/ extensive experience in physical & virtual Oncology IT architecture.  He is helping hospitals all over the world design the best possible network to help treat cancer patients from India, Europe and North America. Today we reminisce about what it was like to have ADHD 20 years ago, and we talk about the tools & systems we have in place to help us run things ’on our own’ these days. Enjoy!

In this episode Peter and Paul discuss:

:46-  Intro and welcome Paul Berkson

1:23-  You and I are very similar in some ways; it always felt good to have sort of an ally in the ADHD world, back in the day when we ‘too talkative’ and were first climbing!

2:00-  How was it growing up for you?

2:38-  How did you get through school and stuff?

3:18-  You pretty much work on your own now. Explain to us a little bit about your job & your dynamic there?

4:10-  You are happy in your job. What is it about the job that keeps you happy & thriving?

5:00-  Being on your own is great! How do you keep yourself on-track & on top of things like schedules, deadlines, etc?

5:56-  On daily routines

6:28-  How do you chill out, relax and stay sane?

7:18-  Are you able to come directly out of ‘work mode’ and straight into ‘family mode’? 

8:09-  Tell me about how you get past your demons; how do you deal with the negative stuff?

9:19-  What tools do you use to keep organized?  ref: Microsoft OneNote, Microsoft Teams, Outlook AutoTools, Skype Business, and Google Drive

10:40-  Do you keep a duplicate suitcase when traveling/working?

12:22-  Do you ever screw-up ‘en route’ and have to restart?

12:45- On ‘Proper Planning & Practice make for a Perfect Performance” *aka Michael P’s 5P’s  ref: The SCOTTeVEST, Peloton Bike

15:20 How can people find you on the socials? Facebook email: BerksonP@optonline.net  I couldn't seem to locate @BerkyBerk on INSTA 

15:47-  Thank you Paul and Thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening.  PLEASE.. stop right now and write us a review so that we will all be able help more people!  You can always reach me at peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials. 

16:10-  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!

1