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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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Mar 22, 2017

Thanks to this week's Faster Than Normal sponsor, Bouncy Bands! Bouncy Bands attach to chairs and desks so you can bounce your feet and stretch your legs while you work. Kids usually have to sit still at their desk for 5-6 hours every day in school. Bouncy Bands let kids release their extra energy, anxiety, frustration, and boredom in an appropriate way without distracting others. When students use Bouncy Bands, teachers are surprised how students can stay on task longer and they aren't as anxious when taking tests.They are available on Amazon, tons of colors in stock!  Use code PETERSHANKMAN for a discount. Thousands of teachers have been able to get free Bouncy Bands by getting funded through Donors Choose. Here's a link with tips on getting funded, along with a sample 1-page application to copy and paste: http://BouncyBands.com/DC

 


 

Get married, have children, start a company, sink every last dollar you have into it, spend six years on a roller coaster of "will it work, will I lose everything, will it work, will I lose everything," and, oh, do this all with massive ADHD? Why not? Meet this week's guest is Amanda Steinberg!

Amanda is the founder of Daily Worth, now WorthFM. She's managed to turn her ADHD into her superpower, no doubt, by following one basic rule: Surround yourself with good people who are smart and can do things when you get pulled in another direction. In this week's Faster Than Normal podcast, she explains how you can do the same, and a whole bunch more.

Amanda is essentially the female me. I love this episode. She's so much fun, and understands so well how to use her ADHD to her advantage. Listen to her tips here. They're gold. Truly.

Happy listening! :)

In this episode, Peter and Amanda discuss:

  • Amanda's backstory (01:49)
  • Daily Worth (02:45)
  • Massive markets (03:50)
  • Idea execution (04:40)
  • Why most ideas die (06:23)
  • Making a big deal out of failing (07:51)
  • ADHD and finances (09:21)
  • More on Daily Worth (10:40)
  • Tips and tricks for daily life (13:02)
  • Delegation (13:24)
  • App recommendations (14:03)
  • Yoga (15:14)
  • Growing up with ADHD (15:27)
  • Kids (17:41)

Links/Mentions

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!


Mar 15, 2017

Another great podcast for you, and I'm thrilled to bring it to you!

This week's guest is one of the people I count as not only a good friend, but a mentor who doesn't know he's a mentor. Please meet former US Navy SEAL Jack Walston. I first met Jack when I took part in his "bootcamp" program in Central Park. Two weeks, from 4:45am to 6:45am, of pure hell. Jumping jacks, pushups, running, carrying, repeat. It was brutal. So brutal, in fact, that I've since done his course 12 times.

Jack is an amazing man, with great stories of his time in the "teams," but more importantly, he's a true inspiration to me. The value he's provided to me over the years will no doubt transfer over to you, as well.

"Mental toughness. It doesn't come in a can." -Jack Walston

Enjoy this episode!
In this episode, Peter and Jack discuss:

Jack's story (02:30)
Seal training (3:33)
Winners vs losers (06:05)
Mental toughness (07:14)
Dealing with hard times (10:28)
Making decisions (11:53)
Rituals (13:11)
Lifers program (16:18)
Overcoming fear (19:07)
Links/Mentions

Bouncybands.com (CODE: SHANKMAN)
Seal physical fitness (Jack's company)
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!

Mar 1, 2017

Welcome to those who joined us last week thanks to our wonderful conversation with Tony Robbins! We're thrilled you're here!

This week's episode is all about conversation. Without conversation, you can't grow. Our guest this week believes that, as well. Larry Hagner runs The Good Dad Project, a podcast and site dedicated to helping men become the best they can possibly be - The best dads, the best husbands, the best human beings they can possibly be.

ADHD plays a crucial role in our communication - And how we interact with others. Larry talks about all of this, including ADHD in kids, school, and the benefits (and curses) of not following the norm.

Enjoy the conversation, and thanks for listening! 

In this episode, Peter and Larry discuss:

  • Larry's backstory (02:25)
  • Acting on advice (06:13)
  • ADHD in kids (07:13)
  • School (08:45)
  • Not following the norm (10:53)
  • Society's expectations (12:18)
  • Rituals (14:15)
  • Diet & gym (15:45)
  • Cooking in bulk (17:09)
  • Dealing with addictions and weaknesses (19:05)

Links/Mentions

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 22, 2017

Ladies and Gentlemen, WE'VE GOT TONY ROBBINS ON THE PODCAST!!

I'm just over the moon here - This is such an amazing interview - Tony was gracious enough to give us close to 40 minutes of solid gold here, from the concepts of "burning your boats," why you shouldn't listen to experts, Tony's diet, how he stays fit, how he deals with uncertainty... There is so much AMAZING wisdom in this interview, I have no doubt you're going to love it!

Amongst everything else Tony does, he also has a great new book coming out, called Unshakeable - I've read it already - It's pretty amazing. There's some economic brilliance in this book, whether you're just starting your first saving account, or you work with money for a living. You don't want to miss this book. (Click the link above for some special gifts if you pick it up, as well.)

Again - Thanks for listening - I'm just so proud of this episode. If you love it, please, please, drop us a review on iTunes - That's how we get more people to understand that ADHD is a gift, not a curse.

Enjoy Tony Robbins!

In this episode, Peter and Tony discuss:

  • Tony's thoughts on ADHD (03:46)
  • Diagnosed with a tumor (04:46)
  • Not listening to experts (06:05)
  • Do your own homework (07:56)
  • Dealing with the public school system (09:10)
  • Don't leave in fear (10:54)
  • Peter's first plane jump (12:15)
  • Being on a stage (13:16)
  • Tony's diet (14:29)
  • Staying fit (18:16)
  • Dealing with uncertainty (19:12)
  • Tony's new book (26:09)

Links/Mentions

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 15, 2017

Sometimes, for people with ADHD, inspiration comes from the most random of places. For this week's guest, Nick Berry, it arrived in the form of a military enlistment, followed by a tour in Operation Enduring Freedom.

Once out of the military, Nick used the hyper-focus from his ADHD to launch SendLift, an online service that sends handwritten thank you notes all around the world. He's a huge believer in therapy, and knows he has his ADHD to thank for his success.

Best tip of the episode: The Chrome Extension "Kill Newsfeed." (See below.)

In this episode, Peter and Nick discuss:

  • Nick's background (02:07)
  • Thank you cards (03:18)
  • Military life (05:07)
  • Routines and schedule (06:45)
  • Tips for daily life (07:27)
  • Work and family balance (08:45)
  • Hyper focus (10:58)
  • Working on tasks that you hate (12:39)
  • Notifications (13:49)
  • Additional tips and tricks (15:21)

Links/Mentions

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 1, 2017

Let's talk success, failure, and WRESTLING!! This week's guest is Jim Harshaw Jr., a former Team USA Olympic wrestler, and someone who knows a bit about being at the top, and falling to the bottom. I'm thrilled Jim was kind enough to join us!

Specifically, listen to him talking about fixing things that don't work, working on accountability, and more! Great interview here! Enjoy it!

In this episode, Peter and Jim discuss:

  • Jim's background (02:08)
  • Improvement and Asthma (04:25)
  • Learning from Failure (07:08)
  • Feeling stuck (09:26)
  • Blueprint for success (11:26)
  • How to keep going during difficult times (15:50)
  • Pain and suffering (18:23)

Links/Mentions

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!

Jan 25, 2017

The Faster Than Normal Video Course is out! 36 videos to teach you how to take back control of your attention, your time, and your life! Check it out here

This week's guest is Preston Bealle. Preston was one of the last bosses I ever had before I went out on my own back in 1998. He taught me much - specifically, he taught me to be a generalist. It never occurred to me that doing so is exactly what allows many of us to master our ADHD.

Preston touches on some very scary topics in this interview, including feeling like a fraud, failures, and raising kids. He also talks about life rules and doing work that excites you.

If you've ever felt like you're not doing the right thing in your life, this is one FTN that you don't want to miss!

In this episode, Peter and Preston discuss:

  • Preston's back story (02:47)
  • ADHD and formal education (03:44)
  • Work that excites you (05:55)
  • Feeling like a fraud (08:01)
  • Be a generalist (09:54)
  • Being a boss (12:18)
  • Failures (14:19)
  • Contact with customers (15:54)
  • Raising kids (16:32)
  • Life rules (19:21)
  • Staying focused (21:20)

Links/Mentions

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!

Jan 18, 2017

THE ADHD SUPERPOWER WEBINAR IS THIS THURSDAY! Sign up here! It's totally free, and is a hour chock full of the best advice from the guests of the past 45 episodes! Talk about perfect for the ADHD set - It's 45 episodes of advice, crammed into one hour, totally free! Sign up for it here! PS: It's also awesome for all your friends who DON'T have ADHD, but just want to learn to be more productive! Be awesome and share it here!

This week's guest is Cindy Goldrich. This is a good one, guys. It's for everyone, but especially for parents! Cindy is a mental health counselor who works nationally with parents, teachers, and counselors, and has written the book "* Keys for Parenting Children with ADHD."

Her basic premise here is that pills don't teach skills, and medication, while not bad, isn't for everyone, and certainly shouldn't be a first line of defense. Take a listen. I'm thrilled with this interview.

In this episode, Peter and Cindy discuss:

  • Is ADHD a weakness (02:01)
  • Cindy's story (02:56)
  • Types of clients (03:31)
  • Teachers, schools and medication (05:45)
  • Working with teachers (08:59)
  • Food and physical activity (10:41)
  • Tips for diagnosed (12:08)
  • The transitional process (13:41)
  • Unknown facts about ADHD (14:13)
  • Not being heard (16:12)

Links/Mentions

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!

Jan 11, 2017

The Faster Than Normal Video Course is out! 36 videos to teach you how to take back control of your attention, your time, and your life! Check it out here

So this week, I've been placed in the hotseat, since we've got the webinar coming up next week, I thought I'd give you a preview of what you'll get from it, as well as talk about some of the best tips our guests have given us in the past ten months. It's been a wild ride to get here, and we couldn't be happier.

Again: The Finding Your Inner ADHD Superhero Webinar will be NEXT THURSDAY, January 19th, at 1pm EST - Totally free! We'll go over the best tips and tricks from our best guests on the podcast, including John Lee Dumas, Seth Godin, and more! You won't want to miss this!

In the meantime, enjoy the preview podcast! You'll learn some stuff!

In this episode, Peter and Matthew discuss:

  • Being yourself (04:02)
  • The Lamborghini idea (05:34)
  • Making tweaks for ADHD (07:41)
  • Triggers (09:27)
  • Knowing yourself (11:37)
  • Ignoring events (13:27)
  • Procrastination (14:44)
  • Anxiety and motivation (15:49)
  • Dealing with people (17:37)
  • Jumping jacks on a plane (18:57)
  • Sharing strategies (20:15)
  • The FTN course (22:04)
  • Handling sceptics (25:07)

Links/Mentions

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!

Jan 4, 2017

The Faster Than Normal Video Course is out! 36 videos to teach you how to take back control of your attention, your time, and your life! Check it out here

This week's guest is Dan Harding, who managed to talk his way out of being held up at gunpoint, so who knows how he can help you? Dan discusses OCD, which is surprisingly close ADHD on the spectrum, so you're going to get a ton of useful tidbits out of this episode.

Added bonus: He goes by four E's: excitable, extroverted, enthusiastic, and encouraging.

Second added bonus - He works with Follow Up Then, a company I've been screaming about for years - It's the ADHD DREAM - Check it out - A free way to never forget anything again!

In this episode, Peter and Dan discuss:

  • Being held up at gunpoint (02:42)
  • Dan's story (06:03)
  • Diagnosis of OCD (07:48)
  • Turning OCD into a benefit (11:15)
  • Different spectrums (12:34)
  • Making up your own rules (15:11)
  • About the company (16:15)
  • Why calendars don't work (18:04)
  • Dan's life rules (21:04)

Links/Mentions

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!

Dec 28, 2016

The Faster Than Normal Video Course is out! 36 videos to teach you how to take back control of your attention, your time, and your life! Check it out here

When you have ADHD, it sometimes feels like you can't control one thing in your life, right? It's like, as soon as you put your attention into this thing over here, this other thing over there demands it from you. Hence, nothing gets done.

Well, imagine someone who's able to not only use his ADHD to make sure that never happens, but to do it in such a way that he's able to support upwards of 100 clients at the same time! Pretty insane, huh?

Meet Jordan Lark. In addition to having killer tattoos, Jordan runs Evolutionary Health, and undertakes a practical approach to nutrition. He believes that most clients have the knowledge but the trouble lies in the implementation. (Sounds like us with ADHD, right?)

Check out this podcast to see how Jordan uses his ADHD to structure his life, his work, and his work/family balance. It's pretty amazing!

Happy New Year!

In this episode, Peter and Jordan discuss:

  • Working with a 100 clients a week (02:36)
  • Jordan's backstory (03:12)
  • Living with ADD in the 80s (05:24)
  • Choosing a profession (07:13)
  • Client interaction (10:25)
  • Work and family balance (12:18)
  • Time with kids (13:37)
  • Preventing burnout (15:23)
  • Top three life rules (16:54)
  • Favorite apps (18:34)

Links/Mentions

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!

Dec 20, 2016

The Faster Than Normal Video Course is out! 36 videos to teach you how to take back control of your attention, your time, and your life! Check it out here

You know what never ceases to amaze me about ADHD? The fact that no matter how many things are similar, there are so many differences amongst the people who use ADHD to their advantage. This week's guest, Joe Caserta, proves the same. Joe is a recognized authority, author and educator in big data and data analytics. Big data. Analytics. That's like, a lot of math. The stuff that used to get me into a nervous tizzy every day in school, and nearly got me kicked out of college, is how Joe created a multi-million dollar business. Joe took his inability to sit still and turned it upside down, building a hugely respected company in the process.

ADHD. I'll tell you. It's never boring.

In this episode, Peter and Joe discuss:

  • Joe's back story (02:54)
  • Immersion learning (05:13)
  • Tips for non exciting work (08:20) (VALUE-BOMB)
  • Hyper focus (09:51)
  • Life work balance (11:41)
  • Soft skills vs hard skills (12:15) (VALUE-BOMB)
  • Using data to change your life (15:09)
  • Intense personality (17:23)

Links/Mentions

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!

Dec 7, 2016

The Faster Than Normal Video Course is out! 36 videos to teach you how to take back control of your attention, your time, and your life! Check it out here

Imagine for a second, if you will, a man who doesn't hold back in the slightest. He works with some of the top celebrities in the world, yet doesn't have the remotest of filters on his brain, mouth, or actions. Imagine that, and multiply it by a thousand, and you get this week's Faster Than Normal Interview, Vinnie Tortoritch. 

This man is legendary. He didn't want to become a trainer. He didn't want to host a ridiculously popular podcast. He didn't want to do any of the things he does - Yet now he does them, and he's famous for it!

Why? ADHD. Listen here. You'll like it.

In this episode, Peter and Vinnie discuss:

  • Vinnie's background (01:48)
  • Beginning of the personal training (02:45)
  • The fitness podcast (04:15)
  • Internet famous (06:06)
  • Zone of focus (06:50)
  • Caffeine and concentration (07:41)
  • How healthy habits affect the brain (08:40)
  • Kids with problems or lazy teachers (09:13)
  • When losers get trophies (12:09)
  • The presidential fitness test (14:07)
  • No sugar no grains (16:36)
  • School lunches (19:19)
  • For the parents (23:12)

Links/Mentions

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!

Nov 23, 2016

The Faster Than Normal Video Course is out! 36 videos to teach you how to take back control of your attention, your time, and your life! Check it out here

This week's guest is Scott Jordan, founder of the wildly popular SCOTTEVEST line of clothing! (Full disclosure, I'm on Scott's board, and he's a personal friend.)

Scott is known for many things, and "holding back" isn't one of them. In this episode, Scott talks about his lovely better half, Laura, manages her ADHD. He doesn't pull punches, he talks about the positives and negatives. You might get angry, you might agree - But you'll definitely learn something in probably the most controversial FTN interview ever!

In this episode, Peter and Scott discuss:

  • Scott's story (02:42)
  • Spouse with ADHD (04:00)
  • Marrying a complete opposite (05:07)
  • Avoiding conflict (07:42)
  • Forgetfulness (09:46)
  • ADHD and intelligence (10:44)
  • Certified crazy (11:43)
  • Medication (12:49)
  • How to deal with a spouse with ADHD (15:39)
  • Introverts (17:37)
  • Tips for someone married to a spouse with ADHD (19:27)

Links/Mentions

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!

Nov 16, 2016

The Faster Than Normal Video Course is out! 36 videos to teach you how to take back control of your attention, your time, and your life! Check it out at www.ftncourse.com!

ADHD Nation is currently THE hot book to read in the ADHD world. I've read it, and it's a very worthwhile read. I was fortunate to get the author, Alan Schwartz, on the FTN Podcast to discuss the book, his research, and give us his take on ADHD and the pharmaceutical industry.

Don't worry, I'm not going off on a "don't take medication ever!" rant. As you know, I'm not anti-medication. But I do believe that throwing our children (or even our adults) on ADHD medication simply because they're not acting like everyone else is a mistake, and medication should be a last resort, not a first strike.

I believe that if I were on medication as a kid, my creativity wouldn't have been anywhere near as strong, and I doubt I would be where I am now, in any capacity, from my personal life to my professional life. I believe that by not taking medication, I was able to channel the benefits of my ADHD and truly thrive.

Take a listen. This is one of the more serious subjects we've discussed on FTN. As always, I welcome your feedback below. Enjoy the podcast!

In this episode, Peter and Alan discuss:

  • Alan's story (01:21)
  • Pitfalls of the education system (03:02)
  • Roles of teachers (06:14)
  • Evolution and the human brain (07:30)
  • Driving force behind quick diagnosis (09:22)
  • The better way (11:47)
  • Older patients (15:57)
  • The temptation of medication (18:02)
  • Exercise (19:54)

Links/Mentions

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!

 

Nov 2, 2016

This week's guest is Marina Darlow, with a fascinating discussion on how systems can blow your ADHD up into your biggest benefit ever!

In this episode, Peter and Marina discuss:

  • Marina's back story (01:50)
  • Shame and ADHD (04:05)
  • Management of symptoms through systems (05:07)
  • Key qualities of a good system (06:15)
  • Having reminders (07:51)
  • Conscious decision making (11:19)
  • Limiting choices and flexibility (12:04)
  • When to ditch systems (13:48)
  • Speaking at a conference (17:20)

Links/Mentions

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!

 

Oct 26, 2016

What if everything you knew was wrong? What if you were tracking all the wrong metrics on your path to what you thought was success? Our guest today experienced that, and came out transformed for the better on the other side. Meet Mike Merriam.

What really got to me about this interview was the fact that Mike wasn't diagnosed with ADHD until he was 37. Like myself, and I'm sure many of you, Mike spent years just assuming that he was "different in a bad way," as opposed to learning to turn his talents towards good. When he finally did, everything (and I mean everything) shifted for him.

Listen to this interview, and explore the six fundamental questions that radically changed Mike Merriam's life, and might do the same for you. Enjoy!

PS: Added bonus: We touch on the keto diet and biohacking in this interview, as well!

 

In this episode, Peter and Mike discuss:

  • Mike's backstory (02:25)
  • Creating a massive change (06:02)
  • The six fundamental questions (09:15)
  • Daily practice (10:50)
  • Tracking progress (12:44)
  • Bio-hacking & the keto diet (16:36)
  • Running multiple businesses (18:40)

Links/Mentions

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!

Oct 19, 2016

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So whenever I talk about taking ADHD meds, I call it my "expense report medication." That is, if I'm forced to take medication, it's only for things that truly won't get done otherwise - I don't take Concerta all the time, usually rarely. But occasionally, it's needed, for those things people with ADHD just simply don't want to do. Like expense reports. Or benefits forms. Or claims forms.

That's why this week is a special treat for us: Josh Verne has founded multiple companies, and as always, comes from a place where he realized that what he has is a gift, not a curse.We're going to find out how all of these things can be done, with ADHD, by talking this week, not to someone with ADHD, but with OCD. We're going to find out how Josh uses his OCD to do some of the things that we couldn't imagine doing - And the best part? Josh's secret lies in two things: His outlook on life, and enjoying what he does.

You know who else that works for? Us!! Enjoy this interview. You're going to like it.

In this episode, Peter and Josh discuss:

  • Josh's story and OCD (02:06)
  • Negative vs positive outlook (04:28)
  • Having devices automate mundane tasks (06:59)
  • Running an employee benefits company (08:48)
  • Meetings (10:53)
  • The challenge with having to always finish a task (12:03)
  • Enjoying what you do (13:01)
  • Relaxation (14:14)
  • Success secrets (15:03)
  • Boxing (15:43)

Links/Mentions

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!

Oct 11, 2016

If I can't get the real Oprah on FTN, the next best thing is the "Oprah of China," Dominic Johnson-Hill. Meet this week's guest, and learn how he went from growing up having a truly awful fear of failure and hating everything about school, to learning to channel his ADHD into his work and projects, allowing him to become the most successful t-shirt entrepreneur in China!

We've all been there - He'll talk about how his quest for continued excitement led him to leave home and settle in China - completely by himself. His success has come from him using his ADHD to come up with and implement those ideas everyone else thinks are crazy - until they work. You'll like this interview. If you do, PLEASE LEAVE US A REVIEW ON ITUNES! The link is below! Thanks!!

In this episode, Peter and Dominic discuss:

  • Dominic's story (01:57)
  • Schools and teachers (06:02)
  • Being competitive (06:37)
  • Seeking excitement (08:04)
  • Seeing the future (09:20)
  • Regrets (11:52)
  • About the t-shirt company plastered (13:19)
  • Not knowing how to say no (17:22)

Links/Mentions

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Oct 5, 2016

The thing I love the most about ADHD is this: I get to talk to people who went through the exact same things as a kid, that I went through as a kid. This week's guest is no exception - Meet John Sonmez - Bullied as a kid, and turned his ADHD into a mega-power for him. A day or a week doesn't happen for John without a plan. In John's terms, "ADHD people suck at judgement calls. So I remove them."

The key: Create your plan when you're NOT in the moment - When you're NOT fueled by passion, dopamine, or fire. Then you can make the right choices.

PS: Meta rule: You can only modify the rule NOT when you're doing the rule. I.e., you can't say "I don't want to run today" if your rule for this week says you have to run today.

In this episode, Peter and John discuss:

  • John's background story (01:32)
  • Negatives of growing up with ADD (04:42)
  • Dealing with society and expectations (07:31)
  • Tips to maximize your day (09:16)
  • Modifying rules (11:22)
  • Flying of the rails (12:56)
  • Start with the end in mind (14:58)
  • Things John will not let himself do (15:54)
  • Morning routine (17:49)

Links/Mentions

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Sep 28, 2016

Meet Dr. Jim Poole. He's this week's guest, and he runs a wonderful company called FastBraiin, which has centers around the country that focus on helping children, students, and parents understand that ADHD is a gift, not a curse. (Sort of like a walk-in version of this podcast!)

The best part about FastBraiin? It's deliberately misspelled, because Jim has ADHD and mistyped the domain when he bought it. I love that. Enjoy!

In this episode, Peter and Jim discuss:

  • Jim's story (01:16)
  • Different types of patients (04:13)
  • The McDonald's syndrome (05:47)
  • Protein for breakfast (07:28)
  • Meditation and kids (09:56)
  • Tips for parents (11:30)
  • Watching TV (13:38)

Links/Mentions

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!

Sep 20, 2016

Not often we get a TV star on Faster Than Normal! Meet Ryan Zamo, star of Amazon's "Backstabber." One of the hardest things anyone has to deal with in life is rejection - Now imagine having ADHD, and having to deal with rejection in a million different ways. "Was it because of this? Or this? Or maybe this?"

Ryan has amazing stories about how he handles rejection, and as importantly, how he stays focused, stays in the zone, and of course, his amazing ability to "reset" on a moment's notice. Don't miss this one!

In this episode, Peter and Ryan discuss:

  • Ryan's story (01:21)
  • Dealing with rejection (05:32)
  • Ability to reset (07:01)
  • Staying focused (08:37)
  • Creativity on medication (09:37)
  • Natural ways to get in the zone (11:44)
  • Ryan's show (13:13)

Links/Mentions

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!

Sep 13, 2016

Let me tell you about Rachel Cotton. Other than the half-eaten peanut butter and jelly sandwich on foccacia bread that's strangely taking up half her headshot, she's one of the most hyper-focused people I've ever met. Possibly even more than me, and that is saying a LOT. Also, she loves Daft Punk. My kind of woman.

But, she proves a point - Having a faster brain really DOES mean we can do anything. There's something to be said for having a playlist for your workouts, AND a playlist for your WORK. Like many of us, she's a regular person, making her mark in a world that's just a little bit slower. She has a really impressive backstory, and I think you're going to enjoy this interview. Pay special attention to the parts where she talks about how she handles projects that require massive amounts of focus. There's some gold in there. Enjoy!

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, or leave us a comment below - We'd love to hear!

In this episode, Peter and Rachel discuss:

  • Rachel's backstory (02:04)
  • Working on things you don't enjoy doing (06:35)
  • Playlists for running and work (08:34)
  • Rachel's PHD (09:38)
  • Things that require a massive amount of focus (11:59)
  • Tools to help with hyperfocus (12:59)
  • Dealing with negatives (14:25)
  • Top tips to make ADHD a gift (15:15)
  • Exercise (16:05)

Links/Mentions

Sep 7, 2016

If you're an entrepreneur, and you've never heard of the EOFire Podcast, you're probably not an entrepreneur. John Lee Dumas launched a podcast in 2012 focused on the entrepreneurial journey, and by 2015, the revenue from it allowed him to move his family to Puerto Rico and live the life he wants to live - And yes - He credits his ADHD for it. He's a brilliant entrepreneur, who has used the Faster Than Normal staples of elimination of choice and avoiding distractions to blow up his life for the better. You're going to like this one!

In this episode, Peter and John discuss:

  • John's background (02:08)
  • Focus and avoiding distractions (06:22)
  • The squirrel theory (09:00)
  • Elimination of choice (09:31)
  • Sleeping times (11:21)
  • Rituals (13:36)
  • Time Hack (19:46)

Links/Mentions

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!

Aug 31, 2016

Happy last day of August, live from Shanghai! Hope you're having a great week!

This week's guest is Elliot Weissbluth, the CEO of Hightower Advisors. Elliott was diagnosed with dyslexia when he was a young boy, and much like those with ADHD, he learned to change his brain to use his gift to his advantage. It seems to have worked, as Hightower currently has something like $36 billion dollars under management.

Elliot gives some great insight on how he runs his team, and uses his unique talents to do so. This is a departure from the ADHD guest format, and I'm glad we did it, as there's a lot we can learn from Elliot and the dyslexic mindset that we can apply to our own, as well.

In this episode, Peter and Elliot discuss:

  • Elliot's background (01:46)
  • Stories about carrying typewriters to school (03:24)
  • Overcoming Dyslexia (07:02)
  • Staying present and in the moment (10:45)
  • Definition of normal (11:28)
  • The concept of firing yourself each year (13:24) (This is a good one)
  • Feeling stuck (15:33)
  • Avoiding target fixation (16:36)
  • Making conference calls effective (17:27)
  • Cycling (20:06)
  • Advice on not being held back by ADHD or dyslexia (22:21)

Links/Mentions

And hey - Entrepreneurs - Next week is going to rock - We've got John Lee Dumas on the podcast! The host of EO Fire, you're not going to want to miss how this ADHD genius started a podcast and turned it into a million dollar a year business, in under four years!

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!

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