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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

Feb 28, 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

 

Hey gang! This week we're getting to visit with my ol'friend Lenore!  Lenore Skenazy is president of the new non-profit Let Grow, dedicated to "Future-Proofing Our Kids and Our Country."

Ten years ago, after her column "Why I Let My 9 Year Old Ride the Subway Alone" landed her on every talk show from The Today Show to Dr. Phil, Skenazy founded the book and blog “Free-Range Kids,” which launched the anti-helicopter parenting movement. Her main point? Our kids are NOT in constant danger. Give them a little more freedom and everyone wins.

Now she lectures internationally, from Microsoft to Dreamworks to the Sydney Opera House, and has been profiled everywhere from The New York Times to The New Yorker. And here she is on The Daily  Show! A journalist herself, Lenore has written for everyone from The Wall Street Journal to Mad Magazine. Yep. Mad.  Her reality show “World’s Worst Mom,” airs on Discovery Life (from time to time, late at night, in re-runs).

A graduate of Yale and Columbia, she lives in New York City with her husband and beloved computer. Her sons have (safely) flown the coop. 

 

In this episode, Peter and Lenore discuss:

 

3:05-  “Why I Let My 9 Year Old Ride the Subway Alone” / “World’s Worst Mom”

4:05-  So, how did this chapter start for you Lenore?

4:30-  “Free-Range Kids” blog. Remembering seminal moments of being a kid. 

6:00-  Did you know I sliced my finger off once when I was a kid?

6:20-  Parenting dilemmas, the importance of teachable moments & “SugarBombs”.. in the year 2018.

8:48-  Children’s physical environments and the freedom to learn.

10:22-  Walking home after school in NYC, circa 1970’s.

11:04- When IS the safest time to be a kid?

11:30- Fear and the consumption of Tech.

12:38- The Let Grow Project is trying to figure out how to make a real world change for parent’s & kids.

13:00-  LetGrow.org

13:27-  Micro-initiative number 1. Begin to return to normal childhood activities.

14:25-  A few experiences & quotes from folks who have been taking part in the Let Grow project.

15:40-  Micro-initiative number 2. Free play at school, after school. 

16:40-  Identifying with the concepts of the Let Grow project and how I stay focused daily, without    using meds. (Just in case you didn’t already know).

17:10-  Reach out at Lenore@LetGrow.org

17:54-  Thank you Lenore!!

18:14  Faster Than Normal Podcast contact info and credits. 

Feb 21, 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

Hey gang!  So this week we get to visit with Keith Lemer, Chief Executive Officer of WellNet Healthcare Plan. Keith has lobbied extensively on Capitol Hill for healthcare reform and frequently provides strategic counsel to the Employee Benefits Committee of the United States Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business federation. He is a member of The Economic Club of Washington, D.C. and The Young Presidents Organization’s (YPO) Washington, D.C. chapter, was named 2011’s 40 under 40 by The Washington Business Journal and 2013’s InTheCapital’s 50 On Fire. He is also Chairman of the Board of Unsung Heroes, a national non-profit that focuses on promoting awareness & appreciation for the workforce on the nation’s college campuses who keep the university running behind-the-scenes but often go unrecognized and unappreciated. People like Keith make me want to work even harder- he’s crazy-successful!!  Quick Fun Fact: After attending a 6 month, intensive Italian cooking school, Keith dreams of opening a restaurant one day.

Ok, let’s dig right in- Enjoy!

In this episode, Peter and Keith discuss:

 

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 from you!

Feb 14, 2018

Welcome to another edition of Faster Than Normal, and a HUGE welcome to those who found us from the New and Noteworthy section of iTunes! We're thrilled that you're here, and so happy to share with you that ADHD is a gift, NOT a curse!

This week we’re getting to know the wonderful and entertaining Adam Sietz! (Don’t blink, that is the correct spelling).  Adam has checked more ticks on his bucket list than a blue tick hound after a good run in the woods.  He has acted in Academy Award & Golden Globe-nominated films, Emmy Award-winning TV series, Broadway shows, Video Games, (including "Grand Theft Auto" & "Neverwinter Nights 2" for which he won 2007 VG Character of the year), "The National Lampoon’s Radio Hour", over 200 commercials, and as a comedian has worked with some of the best Comics of this generation: Sarah Silverman, Kevin Hart, Dave Chappelle, Jerry Seinfeld and Robert Klein, to name a few. All this while being a husband, a dad, and MASSIVELY ADHD.

This is going to be fun!  Enjoy!

PS: He's the voice of the troll under the bridge on Dora the Explorer!!

 

In this episode, Peter and Adam discuss:

  • 2:30  How Adam started. Class Clowns. How dopamine resonates from all audiences.
  • 4:57  Big rooms versus small gatherings. Small talk. Improvisation.  
  • 8:38  Balancing what you love with what you ‘have’ to do.
  • 9:56  Michael Port’s Red Velvet Rope Policy, being choosey.
  • 10:47  Managing time and energy. Big Hug Productions. Learning from shifting perspectives.
  • 12:40  When did you realize you were different?
  • 13:40  Teachers, Mothers and Good things; like Hyper-Awareness
  • 15:49  What’s your favorite part of Acting?
  • 17:40  Just be
  • 17:54  What do you tell youngsters with ADHD?
  • 20:20  Short Attention spans. The proliferation of E-devices
  • 20:38  How to find him at  www.AdamSietz.com 
  • 21:30  Thank you for listening!
  • 21:52  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! 

Feb 7, 2018

Big ups to FitKit for supporting the podcast this week. FitKit offers a number of different wellness products for both mind and body that make healthy living SIMPLE! I love their products and live by them when on the road. All of the kits are portable and packable, fit right in a carry on and most come with bands and tubes, a jump rope, 250 exercises and other great tools and resources. No excuses, especially when they include a 6 week nutrition and fitness plan as well as 24/7 email access to their dietitians and trainers! All the kits range in price from $10-$40 but if you use the code FTN, you get 20% during the month of January. Whichever kit you chose, you can take comfort in knowing they have been created by fitness, nutrition and wellness experts with the sole purpose helping you get healthy and fit. Not only are the FitKits great for individuals, but every organization should get these for their employees or clients. Each Kit can be fully branded with your logo, they offer volume pricing and starting at just $4, there is a FitKit for every budget. Companies like Keurig, Marriott, Dell New York Presbyterian Hospital among others have branded the FitKit products as a creative way to encourage health while at the same time promoting their brand. Win – Win. The best part: people love receiving them! Learn more at fitkit.com. Check them out. I love them.

 

Welcome to another episode of Faster Than Normal! Happy that you’re here!

We’re talking this week with Lyle Ungar and Sharath Chandra Guntuku about their study: "Language of ADHD in Adults on Social Media".

Lyle is a Professor of Computer and Information Science at The University of Pennsylvania. His current research focuses on developing scalable machine learning methods for data mining and text mining,including deep learning methods for natural language processing, and analysis of social media to better understand the drivers of physical and mental well-being.

Sharath is a post-doctoral researcher in the Perelman School of Medicine and in the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Penn, he completed his PhD studies on building machine learning algorithms to model users’ personality in multimedia preferences at the School of Computer Science and Engineering at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. His current research aims to leverage large-scale social media image and text data to model social health outcomes and psychological traits.

SHOW NOTES:

1:18 FitKit.com

2:17 Welcome and Introductions

3:18 How did you get the idea for the study “What can Twitter reveal about people with ADHD”?

4:18 Twitter, dopamine, posting and an immediate gratification connection?

5:17 Time condensing and ‘slow media’ among teens

6:34 Mood swings and possible self-regulating online? Language and nuances

8:09 Immediate feedback loops

9:05 Downtime. Typing with purpose. Condition-specific Apps?

10:20 Bombwords, double-check delay and e-tools

12:35 No mirriors yet in Social Media. Yet.

13:07 Many different types of ADHD and what Social Media can tell us

15:00 If the goal is to better understand the condition, then what’s next?

16:15 What some Social Media Research shows and will we see a shift once people with ADHD understand how to use it for Good?

18:00. How can we follow your research. the World Well Being Project www.WWBP.org

18:45. Thank you!

19:05 Outros

Jan 31, 2018

Big ups to FitKit for supporting the podcast this week. FitKit offers a number of different wellness products for both mind and body that make healthy living SIMPLE! I love their products and live by them when on the road. All of the kits are portable and packable, fit right in a carry on and most come with bands and tubes, a jump rope, 250 exercises and other great tools and resources. No excuses, especially when they include a 6 week nutrition and fitness plan as well as 24/7 email access to their dietitians and trainers! All the kits range in price from $10-$40 but if you use the code FTN, you get 20% during the month of January. Whichever kit you chose, you can take comfort in knowing they have been created by fitness, nutrition and wellness experts with the sole purpose helping you get healthy and fit. Not only are the FitKits great for individuals, but every organization should get these for their employees or clients. Each Kit can be fully branded with your logo, they offer volume pricing and starting at just $4, there is a FitKit for every budget. Companies like Keurig, Marriott, Dell New York Presbyterian Hospital among others have branded the FitKit products as a creative way to encourage health while at the same time promoting their brand. Win – Win. The best part: people love receiving them! Learn more at fitkit.com. Check them out. I love them.

Welcome to another episode of Faster Than Normal! Thrilled that you're here!

We're talking this week to American syndicated columnist, humorist, publisher, and speaker Randy Cassingham, probably best known for starting one of the first ever email newsletters, "This is True."

Massively ADHD, hear how he left a perfectly good job at JPL (the NASA guys) to go out on his own to do something with "that internet thing." He never looked back.

Randy's best tip: Turn off email notifications.

This episode is inspiring. I'm a huge fan of this guy. No doubt you will be, too. Enjoy!

Jan 24, 2018

This week’s episode is supported by FitKit. FitKit offers a number of different wellness products for both mind and body that make healthy living easy. I love their products and use them, especially when traveling. All of the kits are portable and packable, fit right in a carry on and most come with bands and tubes, a jump rope, 250 exercises and other great tools and resources. So, no excuses! Especially when it includes a 6 week nutrition and fitness plan as well as 24/7 email access to their dietitians and trainers to ask all your burning questions. All the kits range in price from $10-$40 but if you use the code FTN, you get 20% during the month of January. Whichever kit you chose, you can take comfort in knowing they have been created by fitness, nutrition and wellness experts with the sole purpose helping you get healthy and fit. Not only are the FitKits great for individuals, but every organization should get these for their employees or clients. Each Kit can be fully branded with your logo, they offer volume pricing and starting at just $4, there is a FitKit for every budget. Companies like Keurig, Marriott, Dell New York Presbyterian Hospital among others have branded the FitKit products as a creative way to encourage health while at the same time promoting their brand. Win – Win. The best part….people love receiving them! You can get more information at fitkit.com. Check them out. I love them.

Welcome, gang! Another fun episode, this time with Coach Rob Grissom, a USA Cycling Coach, Podcaster, Rock Climber, and all around nice guy!

Listen to him as he talks about ADHD, getting into your own head, and never quitting. This is quite the inspirational episode! Enjoy it!

 

Jan 10, 2018

Welcome to another episode of Faster Than Normal! I'm thrilled, as always, that you're joining us!

This week's episode is supported by FitKit. FitKit offers a number of different wellness products for both mind and body that make healthy living easy. I love their products and use them, especially when traveling. All of the kits are portable and packable, fit right in a carry on and most come with bands and tubes, a jump rope, 250 exercises and other great tools and resources. So, no excuses! Especially when it includes a 6 week nutrition and fitness plan as well as 24/7 email access to their dietitians and trainers to ask all your burning questions. All the kits range in price from $10-$40 but if you use the code FTN, you get 20% during the month of January. Whichever kit you chose, you can take comfort in knowing they have been created by fitness, nutrition and wellness experts with the sole purpose helping you get healthy and fit. Not only are the FitKits great for individuals, but every organization should get these for their employees or clients. Each Kit can be fully branded with your logo, they offer volume pricing and starting at just $4, there is a FitKit for every budget. Companies like Keurig, Marriott, Dell New York Presbyterian Hospital among others have branded the FitKit products as a creative way to encourage health while at the same time promoting their brand. Win - Win. The best part….people love receiving them! You can get more information at fitkit.com. Check them out. I love them.

Now then - Welcome to Tim Fargo, this week's FTN guest! Tim has one of the shortest bios known to man, which essentially says "started a company. Went bankrupt. Started another one. Sold it for $50mm. Now run Social Jukebox."

That's it. Obviously, I think there's a little more to the man than that, and you'll hear about it on this interview. And it's a good one. Got kids who have ever failed? You ever failed? This is the episode for you.

And of course, Tim is massively ADHD. We knew that from his bio, though.

Enjoy!

Jan 3, 2018

Happy New Year, Neuroatypicals!

So glad to have you here for another Faster Than Normal trip around the sun!

Before we launch into our podcast this week (an AWESOME episode with which to start the year, by the way...) I want to give a shout out to January's Faster Than Normal Sponsor, FitKit!

I've been using FitKits for the past three years, and won't travel without them!

FitKit offers a suite of wellness products to make healthy living easy. Portable, packable, on-the- go kits to encourage exercise, healthy eating and mindful living.


Whichever kit you chose, you can take comfort in knowing they have been created by fitness, nutrition and wellness experts with the sole purpose of providing tools and resources to encourage activity, healthy eating and mindful living. All products can be fully branded and customized to meet your needs and budget. Volume pricing available.


Every product includes:
A 6 Week Nutrition Plan
A 6 Week Workout Plan
24/7 email access to our trainers and dietitians to ask questions and get advice!

There's truly no excuse anymore for not getting in the best shape of your life, especially with fitKit giving you 20% off with code FTN! Shop now at www.fitkit.com! You'll thank me.

 

Now then - Say hi to Dr. Johan Wiklund! Dr. Wiklund is the Al Berg Chair and Professor of Entrepreneurship at Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University.

His research interests include entrepreneurship and mental health as well as the entry, performance, and exit of entrepreneurial firms. He is considered a leading authority in entrepreneurship research with over 60 articles appearing in leading entrepreneurship and management journals and over 20,000 citations.

He is Editor-in-Chief for Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. A prolific advisor of Ph.D. students, he received the Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division Mentor Award in 2011.

Most important to us, he's written several papers, and conducted several studies on entrepreneurship and ADHD.

We're so lucky to have Dr. Wiklund on the podcast today! He touches on such topics like structure (we need it,) ADHD and self-care, why "jobs are for average people" and more. This is an amazing interview - How great to be able to start the new year with it!

Enjoy!

Dec 13, 2017

You know those races where people jump over fire pits, carry 80 pound bags of sand up a hill, and crawl under barbed wire?

Of course you do. If you're ADHD, chances are you've done it. A mere marathon? That's for regular people. Am I right?

Welcome to the world of the Spartan Race. This week, we've got the founder on FTN, and, you guessed it, he's massively ADHD.

So ADHD, in fact, that he wouldn't shut off his email for the entire interview. You'll see what I mean when you listen

Joe De Sena - the founder and CEO of Spartan Race has demonstrated his entrepreneurial drive since his pre-teens. From selling fireworks at age eight, to building a multimillion-dollar pool business in college, to creating a Wall Street trading firm, and now the world’s fastest growing sports movement, De Sena is a living definition of the word entrepreneur, and proof that ADHD can truly be your secret weapon.

Following a successful career on Wall Street, De Sena moved his family to Pittsfield, Vermont to operate an organic farm, a bed and breakfast, and a general store for hikers. It was here his passion grew for ultramarathons, adventure races, and endurance events; and thus the idea for the Spartan Race was born.

With more than 200 events in 30+ countries planned for 2017, Spartan Race has more than 1 million global participants offering open heats for all fitness levels and ages, as well as competitive and elite heats. The company has more than 5 million passionate social media followers, health and wellness products, and two popular NBC television series, making obstacle racing one of the fastest growing sports—and lifestyles— in the world. As a leader in the sport, Spartan Race is the first obstacle racing company to feature timing and global rankings.

Enjoy the episode! It's a wild one!

 

Dec 6, 2017

Hi there, gang! As this episode publishes, I'm in a plane somewhere above the Pacific Ocean, as I take what I'm pretty sure is my last flight to Asia this year. Two days in Hong Kong, then back to NYC.

But that gives me lots and lots of time to write, and as you know, my best writing and best ideas come to me on airplanes.

Our guest this week had his game-changing idea come to him in the drive-through line at a McDonald's. Yes, seriously!

Brian Scudamore is the Founder & CEO of three franchise companies; an entrepreneur recognized for his passion, vision, and faith in people.

Brian started (and is best known for) his first business, 1-800- GOT-JUNK? in Vancouver, Canada at the age of 18. He went on to revolutionize the junk removal industry. Today, 1-800- GOT-JUNK? has more than 850 trucks on the road throughout 170 locations in the United States, Canada, and Australia.

Accolades include Fortune Small Business’ Best Bosses Award, Globe & Mail’s Top 40 under 40, the International Franchise Association’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2007, and induction into the Young Presidents Organization in 2014, as well as Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization CEO Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement in 2012. 1-800- GOT-JUNK? is a three-time winner of a prestigious “Best Company To Work For” award in British Columbia.

And yes... As you guessed, Brian is massively, massively ADHD.

Enjoy the interview! It's a good one!

Nov 29, 2017

Hey there everyone! Psyched to welcome a best-selling author this week, Kim Scott!

Kim is the author of the NYT & WSJ bestseller Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss without Losing your Humanity. Kim led AdSense, YouTube, and Doubleclick teams at Google and then joined Apple University to develop and teach “Managing at Apple.” Kim has been a CEO coach at Dropbox, Qualtrics, Twitter, and several other tech companies. Additional information is available athttps://www.radicalcandor.com/ Follow her on Twitter @kimballscott

This episode is fun, because we talk about what it’s like to manage people – specifically those who are neuroatypical. Got employees? Heck, got friends? Listen to this episode. You’ll learn a lot.

My favorite line: “Radical Candor sounds different with each person to whom you talk”

Enjoy the podcast!  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!

PS: Don’t forget – We have the #1 online video course for turning your ADHD into a superpower – The FTN Course is 38 three minute videos, watchable at your own pace, covering everything from work, to home life, to exercise and health. Check it out!

Nov 15, 2017

Anyone who knows me knows that I'm an avid cyclist. Whether I'm doing leisurely loops around Central Park, or hundred mile rides while training for my next Ironman, if I'm exercising and not running, I can either be found on my Specialized Venge, or my Peloton spin bike. Not only is it amazing exercise, not only is it a bicycle seat a great place from which to see the world, but for me, probably the best benefit of cycling is the massive dopamine hit that I get from ten minutes into my ride, that lasts for several hours after the ride has ended. There's truly nothing like it.

That's why, when I found out that Specialized Bicycles had a non-profit component called The Specialized Foundation, and that The Specialized Foundation focuses on getting school kids with ADHD on bicycles as a way to temper the negative effects of ADHD, there was absolutely no question that I had to get the heads of the foundation on the FTN Podcast.

This amazing organization is doing incredible things for kids with ADHD, and they're growing by the day. I'm so honored to be joined by both Ted Theocheung, the CEO of the Specialized Foundation, and Kimberly Price, Ph.D., Director of Research and School Programs for the Specialized Foundation.

This is, yet again, more proof that exercise is one of the key components to utilizing the faster brain of someone with ADHD. The research is strong, the foundation is doing amazing things to prove that. This is an interview you don't want to miss, whether you have children or not!

I guess Queen was right when they said "Get on you bikes and ride!"

 

Nov 1, 2017

Let's face it - If you're a manager, chances are, you're going to be managing some neuro-atypical employees, if you're not already. Considering some studies are saying that four out of ten new hires in the next ten years are going to be on the spectrum of ADD, ADHD, OCD, or similar, how you start dealing with these employees now will determine how easy it is to get your new hires later.

That's where this week's guest comes in. Bruce Tulgan is internationally recognized as the leading expert on young people in the workplace and one of the leading experts on leadership and management. Bruce is a best-selling author, an adviser to business leaders all over the world, and a sought-after keynote speaker and management trainer.

Since 1995, Bruce has worked with tens of thousands of leaders and managers in hundreds of organizations ranging from Aetna to Wal-Mart; from the Army to the YMCA.

He's currently the chairman of Rainmaker Thinking, and talks to us today about what bosses and managers need to know about the next generation of employees.

Enjoy!

Nov 1, 2017

Let's face it - If you're a manager, chances are, you're going to be managing some neuro-atypical employees, if you're not already. Considering some studies are saying that four out of ten new hires in the next ten years are going to be on the spectrum of ADD, ADHD, OCD, or similar, how you start dealing with these employees now will determine how easy it is to get your new hires later.

That's where this week's guest comes in. Bruce Tulgan is internationally recognized as the leading expert on young people in the workplace and one of the leading experts on leadership and management. Bruce is a best-selling author, an adviser to business leaders all over the world, and a sought-after keynote speaker and management trainer.

Since 1995, Bruce has worked with tens of thousands of leaders and managers in hundreds of organizations ranging from Aetna to Wal-Mart; from the Army to the YMCA.

He's currently the chairman of Rainmaker Thinking, and talks to us today about what bosses and managers need to know about the next generation of employees.

Enjoy!

Oct 25, 2017

Out of all the fun things about having ADHD, one of the best might be that you see absolutely nothing wrong with setting insane goals and then reaching them.

Today's guest has done that and so much more. Chris Guillebeau set out to visit every single country in the world before he turned 35. He did it. He's authored several bestselling books, including Side Hustle, The $100 Startup, and The Art of Nonconformity. He hosts the World Domination Summit every summer in Portland, Oregon, and his daily podcast, Side Hustle School, is downloaded more than two million times a month.

Not bad for someone with massive ADHD, huh?

Take a listen and enjoy this fun interview with Chris!

Oct 18, 2017

Welcome to Faster Than Normal, Episode 72! This week, we talk to Christopher Walker, via a digital connection all the way from Japan!

Sometimes, the best way to get a handle on your ADHD is to leave the office, or work from a new place. Christopher took that to an extreme, settling in Kanagawa, Japan, after eight years in the US Military! Originally from North Carolina, Chris opens up in this week's episode, and talks about his experience in the military, handling his ADHD, and trying to manage ADHD while also trying to learn the language!

It's a great interview that you're going to enjoy!

As always, thanks for listening! And hey: Did you know the FTN book is still a best-seller on Amazon? Check it out!

Oct 11, 2017

So the Faster Than Normal book came out last week, debuting at #1 in multiple categories on Amazon! With that, I want to welcome a TON of new listeners to the FTN Podcast! And I figured, what better way to do that than do to a quick podcast live from a rest stop on the New Jersey Turnpike! Yeah, I’m serious. I want to introduce our new listeners (and reintroduce our current listeners) to the podcast, to me, and to what we stand for.

For those just joining us, welcome to the fight, and welcome to a new way of life!

Our regular episodes with brilliant people will be back next week. In the meantime, enjoy this quick one!

Sep 27, 2017

Hey guys! The Faster Than Normal book launches this week! Head over to preorder a copy now!

"WILL YOU JUST DO YOUR HOMEWORK? WHY DOES THIS ALWAYS HAVE TO BE A FIGHT?"

What parent hasn't had that conversation with their child at least once? I know my parents did - a lot more than once. With that, say hello to this week's guest, Brian King, known as the master of compassionate parenting!

Brian R. King, MSW teaches compassionate parenting to parents raising all kinds of children, including those with ADHD, Asperger’s or chronic illnesses. He has a Master's Degree in Social Work and is the father of three sons with Asperger's & ADHD. Two of his sons also have Ehlers­Danlos Syndrome (hEDS).

Brian lives his life while navigating the challenges of his own diagnoses of ADHD, Dyslexia, Ehlers­Danlos Syndrome and Multiple Sclerosis. As a Coach, Professional Workshop Facilitator and Keynote Presenter who has been wowing audiences since he was 17 years old, Brian has become increasingly known for his story of resilience in the face of Learning and Physical disabilities to become a #1 Best­ Selling Author and successful Entrepreneur.

This in the episode you need to hear if you're a parent. Without question! Enjoy!

Sep 20, 2017

The Faster Than Normal Book launches October 3rd, and we're so excited!! Head over to Amazon now and pre-order a copy, and you'll get a bunch of goodies included if you email your receipt to ftnreceipt at shankman.com - Let's see it! We're already #1 in multiple categories on Amazon, and the book isn't even out yet!

Welcome to episode 70, the productivity episode! Who couldn't use some extra time in their life? Our guest today shows us how to get it, without drama, without giving up the things that are already important to us!

Laura Vanderkam is the author of several time management and productivity books, including I Know How She Does It, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, and 168 Hours. Her next book, Off the Clock: The Fine Art of Feeling Less Busy While Getting More Done, will be published by Penguin Random House in May, 2018. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Fortune, and other publications, and her TED Talk, "How to gain control of your free time," has been viewed more than 4.7 million times. She's pretty awesome.

You'll like this quick episode - Laura gives us her top three productivity tips, and a host of other hacks to make your time more useful than ever before. For the ADHD brain, this is solid gold.

Enjoy! As always, if you have a second, head over to iTunes and leave us a review, ok? Those reviews help keep the podcast going!

Sep 13, 2017

Say hey to DJ John Michael! He's the official DJ in Residence at Peloton Cycle (now known as OnePeloton,) he's trained under Junior Vasquez, and knows more 80s trivia than you do. This isn't assumption, this is fact.

DJ John Michael gives us 30+ minutes of over the top interview, on topics as wide-ranging as music as a calming influence, "taking back your brain" from the background processes, and somehow, we wound up also touching on the 80s TV Show "The Facts of Life," as well as Game of Thrones, the best dance mixes, and of course, Broadway.

There's never been a more ADHD-centric interview in the history of the FTN Podcast!

You're going to love this one. I've listened to it three times already, and I was there when we recorded it!

Enjoy!

Sep 6, 2017

First off - GREAT NEWS: The Faster Than Normal Book goes live in less than a month! Won't you help support the launch by sharing this Thunderclap with your social channels? The more people who share it, the more we can help the world realize that ADHD is a GIFT, not a curse! From the bottom of my heart, thank you!

Welcome to another episode of Faster Than Normal! We've skipped a few weeks in August, because we were getting the Faster Than Normal BOOK ready for an October 3rd launch date! We couldn't be happier with how it turned out, and we hope you'll love it, too!

But back to the podcast! We kick September off with the back-to-school episode, in the respect that I met this week's guest last year, on the first day of preschool for my daughter. Within thirty seconds, we both bonded and there was no question we were both ADHD.

Ken Perlstein is an actor and comedian, working in NYC. He's also massively ADHD. He talks openly and honestly on this episode, covering all topics, including addiction, sobriety, ADHD, and heck, he even does an impersonation and cracks a joke or two.

You're going to like this one. We're glad you're here!

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