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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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Now displaying: September, 2019
Sep 25, 2019

Our guest today is an old friend. I am happy to welcome Actor, (theatrical, television, silver screen), Songwriter, Musician (vocalist, pianist, guitarist), national Voiceover artist, Writer and fellow New York City kid, Chris Orbach to the podcast! In Chris’s travels, he’s cracked jokes with Jennifer Aniston, become drunk with Peter Dinklage, made Al Pacino laugh, beaten James Caan at a game of 8-ball, talked w/ John McEnroe about guitars, ate Chinese food with Tim Curry, watched Sir Robert Stephens do speeches from “The Scottish Play” in a restaurant in London, and listened -hunched and spellbound- in a corner of a recording studio while the great Sonny Rollins recorded. He has been a poet, a photographer, a swing dancer, and has finished multiple marathons- all in his 40’s and while staying true to his vegan diet. Of all the many things he’s done and the hats he’s worn, husband & father remain the two that make Chris most proud. He and designer/event planner Nicole Vallance married in 2011. He now splits his time between New York City and the Western Catskills where Nicole tends a bountiful garden, while Chris beats up an uncooperative lawnmower. No matter how long he lives in the country, he retains the inner tempo and sensibilities of a guy who grew up in New York City.. at a time when this city was still gritty. We talk about some of that jazz and his childhood experiences with ADHD here today. Enjoy!

 

In this episode Peter & Chris discuss:

0:45-  Intro & welcome Chris Orbach!

1:45-  Ref: Specialized High School For Performing Arts that inspired the TV series FAME

2:22-  Ref: On Law & Order SVU

2:40-  Wondering what was it like for you, working with your father?

4:06-  We talked earlier about your childhood and how you thought you probably had ADHD. Would you share some of those stories/experiences with us?

7:48-  On school years and testing

8:38-  Embedded in your career/job, there seems to be a level of creativity along with certain personality quirks, habits, decision making tendencies- all traits that are in common with folks diagnosed with ADHD, unfortunately including addiction. Talk about some of the in-common positives and negatives you’ve learned about?

15:45-  On: as you understand that you are the one who must put guardrails in place, the better & better you become at staying at your best.

17:20-  On sobriety

18:12-  On ADHD & decision making

19:30-  What was it like for you growing up in New York City, in Chelsea, circa 1976?

25:30-  What are you most excited about in your life right now?

26:00-  On the current state of voiceover work in the entertainment/media business

29:44-  What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received, and who gave it to you?

31:05-  How can people find you Chris? www.ChrisOrbach.com  IMDB  @chrisorbach on: Twitter  FB  INSTA

32:00-  Thank you Chris, see you in 2021! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews are working! Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please write even a short one for this episode? Each review that you post helps to ensure that word will continue to spread, and that we will all be able to reach & help more people! You can always reach me via peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.

33:01-  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! As you know, 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! Do you know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note, we’d love to hear!

Sep 18, 2019

Our guest today is a… deep breath, ready?.. Father, Theology & Philosophy major, PNC Banker, Crossfit owner, Real Estate broker, Cancer fighter, Car-T Therapy recipient, youth Minister, classical guitarist, cyclist, avid reader, semi-pro photographer and in 2002 he was diagnosed with ADD! Today we talk to Mr. Tim Card about his cancer fight, his many paths-to-date, and how he combines therapy, exercise & meds to focus, remain healthy and stay in the saddle. Oh- and this just in: Since our interview, he has started his own podcast- check below for the link!

Enjoy!

In this episode Peter & Tim discuss:

0:45-  Introducing my fellow cyclist and photog Tim Card- a bit about his background. Ref: Video about Tim & his treatment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gz9mMIV8uY

2:12-  Welcome Tim!

2:26-  So you mentioned that your wife usually notices that you have gone off your meds before you do. Do you think we with ADD&ADHD are generally an open book?

3:38-  Meds can often make the boring stuff ‘normal’ and the stuff we really love ‘awesome’. Tell us about your experience.

4:40-  You have combined medication and therapy; for you it’s a working combo- tell us about it.

5:33-  What does cycling specifically do to help you?

7:15-  Ref: “The Specialized Foundation” is now known as “Outride” https://outridebike.org  Our FTN podcast interview w/ Ted Theocheung and Dr. Kimberly Price.

7:40-  How did you wind up majoring in Theology AND Philosophy, and finishing it all?! 

9:02-  You’ve had multiple careers. For starters, how did you leave banking and start a Cross-fit?

11:20-  You had a big cancer fight. What changed for you and what did you learn through all of it?

16:48-  Was there ever a point in which you started to lose faith?

18:40-  You are a phenomenal photographer so obviously your Instagram is totally killer @TimCardPhotography, but how can people best get in touch with you Tim? FB @TimCardPhotography  Email: TimCard7399@gmail.com 

THIS JUST IN-  Tim has started his own podcast! Check out: http://dyinglaughingpodcast.buzzsprout.com

19:29-  Thank you so much Tim!  And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews are working! Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please write even a short one for this episode? Each review that you post helps to ensure that word will continue to spread, and that we will all be able to reach & help more people! You can always reach me via peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.

19:52-  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! As you know, 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! Do you know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note, we’d love to hear!

Sep 11, 2019

Dan says: you've only got one life, so why not design it around your own personality and desires? And I totally agree!

Dan is a former entrepreneur turned freelance copywriter turned author and coach. He values freedom and experiences over money and things and believes that we’re all capable of designing our own lives. So far his life has included living in 7 countries, publishing 12 books, and working diligently to achieve his dream of being time & location independent. Along the way he’s shared his experiences, helping thousands of people start designing their own lives as well. He speaks about psychology, personal development, life design, and anything else he thinks you’ll find useful and inspiring. Always uplifting, funny and entertaining, we visit with Dan Johnston to learn about his journey on today’s podcast. Enjoy!

In this episode Peter & Dan discuss:

0:46-  Intro & welcome Dan Johnston.  Dan has a special offer for you! Check out https://www.dreamsaroundtheworld.com/fasterthannormal/ 

1:15-  So what’s your story Dan Johnston?

3:38-  And how did you become an entrepreneur? 

6:58-  You mentioned “time independence”- do you mean working in such a way where you’re not trading your time for revenue?

8:38-  What’s an average day like for you?

10:29-  On finding the balance of actually doing what you need to do be doing, versus what you want, or even can convince yourself that you should be doing.

11:30-  What’s a perfect day for you; where you achieve that perfect balance?

13:00-  Where can people find you?  www.DreamsAroundTheWorld.com YOUTUBE @thedanjohnston on Twitter on INSTA @DreamsAroundTheWorldHQ on FB and via his podcast

13:54-  Thank you Dan! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews have been working! Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please continue to do so. Each review you post helps to ensure that word will continue to spread, and that we will all be able to reach & help even more people! You can always reach me via peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.

14:13-  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!

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