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Now displaying: April, 2020
Apr 29, 2020

Investigative journalist and anthropologist Scott Carney has worked in some of the most dangerous and unlikely corners of the world. His work blends narrative non-fiction with ethnography. What Doesn’t Kill Us was a New York Times bestseller; other works include The Red Market and The Enlightenment Trap. Carney was a contributing editor at Wired for five years and his writing also appears in Mother Jones, Men’s Journal, Playboy, Foreign Policy, Discover, Outside and Fast Company. His work has been the subject of a variety of radio and television programs, including on NPR and National Geographic TV. In 2010, he won the Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism for his story “Meet the Parents,” which tracked an international kidnapping-to-adoption ring. Carney has spent extensive time in South Asia and speaks Hindi. He attended Kenyon College and has a masters degree in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He currently lives in Denver, CO.  Today we welcome him back on FTN to talk about his new book, the concept of “control”, ask what to do about our reserves of energy from frustrating circumstances, and how to get stronger and stay resilient. Enjoy!

 

***CORONA VIRUS EDITION***

 

In this episode Peter & Scott discuss:

:57-  Intro & welcome back Scott Carney!  Ref: What Doesn’t Kill Us  & The Wedge

2:36-  So what’s the premise of your new book? “The Wedge  Ref:  “the iceman” Wim Hof

4:20-  On the concept of “control”

5:53-  What to do with adrenaline and other chemicals we make when there is no physical output happening.

6:50-  On trying to use out body’s natural resources to fight unnecessary battles

7:00-  On acting/reacting in the moment

8:45-  On how ADHD gives us the general willingness to try new things, and to ask a lot of questions along the way.

9:46-  On saying “I wonder If I could…”

11:52-  On doing things that are uncomfortable  Ref: picture of escalator to gym

12:41-  Why should we challenge ourselves even if we don’t really have to?

15:53-  On kettle bells and challenges

20:32-  Where can we find you and your new book “The Wedge”? 

20:32-  Social Scott:  @SGCarney on Instagram  Twitter  scottcarneyauthor on Facebook. At scottcarney.com and via  foxtopus.ink

20:57-  Thank you Scott for joining us again! 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.

STAY HEALTHY - STAY SAFE - STAY HOME.. until next time!

21:21-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

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Apr 22, 2020

Alex Shebar experiences all that life has to offer like it's his job, which, truthfully, it is. He is the new Director of Experiences at Culture Trip, one of the world's leading travel, media and entertainment sites. Previously, he was also the first Brand Manager for Bumble and Director 

of Community for Yelp. His goal is to try and make everyone's travel experiences just a little more interesting so if you're heading somewhere new, message him on Instagram at @AlexShebar or find him in person. He's always up for a conversation on how to travel like a local.  Today we talk about what it’s like to be a “breaking news journalist”, how it feels to be ADHD and always three steps ahead, how sharing is kind of our favorite thing, inspiration for The Hall Of Justice, how to list for success, and perhaps what to do after you get fired from your first job. Enjoy!

 

 

In this episode Peter & Alex discuss:

1:01-  Intro & welcome Alex Shebar!

1:50-  You weren’t diagnosed until your college years; what was young Alex like?

3:34-  Tell us about your college career?

4:15-  So how did your career in Journalism go?

5:38-  On “breaking news”

7:38-  On being ADHD, thus almost always being three steps ahead.

8:50-  The inspiration for “The Hall Of Justice  Ref:  Union Terminal, Cincinnati 

10:17-  On how sharing with others is one of our most favorite things! 

11:15-  So what happened after you got fired for the first time?  Ref: https://watchthisblog.com

12:55-  How did your ADHD push you to carry through on your idea?

14:50-  What were you doing to make a living at the time?

16:40-  Tell us a couple of ways you’ve learned how to use your ADHD to your advantage, and avoid the pitfalls.

17:36-  On the importance of having a deadline!

19:30-  What do you do to reboot your brain?

20:37-  Tell us about Culture Trip! Ref:  www.CultureTrip.com

22:18-  How can people fine you Alex?  @AlexShebar on: Twitter  INSTA  FB  or via email: Alex.shebar@TheCultureTrip.com

22:34-  Thank you Alex for joining us! 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.

23:19-  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!

Apr 15, 2020

Our guest today is Justin Randall. A former 2-tone-Mohawk wearing punk who has received a lifetime ban from all K-Mart stores, was once Woody Harrelson’s personal bodyguard, had an argument with Johnny Cash, then NITRO, (among others), has served time in jail, done a ton of drugs, and naturally- he repeatedly failed Math. Raise your hand if you can relate to any of these grand “achievements”? Justin has since earned his MBA, a BS in Computer Science and has built an amazing career as a transformational servant leader in the Fin-Tech vertical, working with some of the top fortune 100 and 500 companies on how to manage anxiety in uncertain times. How the heck did he do all that, especially having ADHD?! Even more, how does he continue to do that in 2020? True story folks. Enjoy!

 

In his own words:

I am a former 2-tone-Mohawk’d Skate/PUNK who has received a lifetime ban from ALL K-Mart stores in the USA, 3 lifetime bans from the Fiesta mall, and 5 lifetime bans from Mill AVE in downtown Tempe (Where I currently have an office)! 

For a VERY brief moment, I was Woody Harrelson’s personal bodyguard, had a misunderstanding with Johnny Cash that lead to him being allegedly pushed down a flight of stairs, initiated an impromptu flex off with American Gladiator “NITRO”, and Hungout Dee’BO (Tom Tiny Lister Jr) Kato Kaelin at Phoenix International Raceway.  Despite my 9th grade math teachers forecasting and against the odds, earned a BS in Computer Science, a Master's in Business Administration, and have built an amazing career as a transformational servant leader in the Fin-Tech vertical, working with some of the top fortune 100 and 500 companies.  I am a HOPELESS and avid adrenaline junkie who prioritizes snowboarding, cliff jumping, skydiving, mountain biking, and EATING above most other things.  I am a Spartan Trifecta finisher, RAGNAR’ian, two time 70.3 IRONMAN and currently training for my 1st 140.6 in 2020. ABOVE all, I am a father of 4, grandfather of 1, have a SMOKING HOT WIFE that I not only love, I REALLY LIKE, and for some reason I still think and acts like a 14 yr old.  I am a survivor of a pretty ROUGH upbringing, filled with some extremely traumatic events, and have THRIVED by focusing on the FUN in the dysfunction.  I am on a mission to tell my story and spread my message so as to reach others who are stuck in the darkness of depression, PTSD, fear, and anxiety.  If this is you, I want you to KNOW; There IS light, hope, happiness and FUN in this world and I am here to help you find it!

 

 

In this episode Peter & Justin discuss:

1:03-  Intro & welcome Justin Randall!

2:44-  First things first- how are you doing during all this chaos?!

4:13-  When were you diagnosed with ADHD?

4:44-  Because you weren’t diagnosed; what were you doing to get along?

6:05-  The suggestion of “you’ll wind up in jail” actually manifested. How did you make the commitment to change your ways for good/What was your rock bottom?

9:14-  On filling the spaces left in between

9:56-  On endorphins and the effects of making progress

11:46-  On Imposter Syndrome and Jr. High School Peter (High School Peter)

12:28-  So when the voices of self-defeat and demons pop back into your head nowadays, what do you do?

14:00-  Player mentality aka In some way, Rocky always wins

14:27-  For which Ironman are you training?

15:53-  How can people find you? @iamjrandall on: Twitter  INSTA  FB or Justin Randall via LinkedIN

16:16-  Last question: If someone who’s listening is in a dark place right now, what one piece of advice would you give them?

17:43-  Thank you Justin for joining us! And thank YOU for being here.. for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews are so helpful.  Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please consider writing 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! Thank you. Stay calm, stay healthy and stay focused everyone- we WILL GET THROUGH THIS! 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.

18:20-  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!

Apr 8, 2020

This is a special episode that calls for a special man. Our guest today is Judson A. Brewer, MD PhD. He has trained ministers of foreign government, Olympians and their coaches, has been featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes, The New York Times, Business Week, TED talk, and on and on. (see below). Today we talk with this kind medical professional about something we are all dealing with:  how to manage anxiety in uncertain times. 

 

A bit more about Dr. Jud:

Jud Brewer, MD PhD (“Dr. Jud”) is a thought leader in the field of habit change and the “science of self-mastery”, having combined over 20 years of experience with mindfulness training with his scientific research therein. He is the Director of Research and Innovation at the Mindfulness Center and associate professor in Behavioral and Social Sciences and Psychiatry at the Schools of Public Health & Medicine at Brown University. He also is a research affiliate at MIT. A psychiatrist and internationally known expert in mindfulness training for addictions, Brewer has developed and tested novel mindfulness programs for habit change, including both in-person and app-based treatments for smoking, emotional eating, and anxiety. He has also studied the underlying neural mechanisms of mindfulness using standard and real-time fMRI and EEG neurofeedback. He has trained US Olympic athletes and coaches, foreign government ministers, and his work has been featured on 60 Minutes, TED (4th most viewed talk of 2016, with 14+ Million views), the New York Times, Time magazine (top 100 new health discoveries of 2013), Forbes, BBC, NPR, Al Jazeera (documentary about his research), Businessweek and others. His work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association, among others. Dr. Brewer founded MindSciences to move his discoveries of clinical evidence behind mindfulness for anxiety, eating, smoking and other behavior change into the hands of consumers (see www.drjud.com for more information). He is the author of The Craving Mind: from cigarettes to smartphones to love, why we get hooked and how we can break bad habits (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017). Follow him on twitter @judbrewer.  

 

 

In this episode Peter & Dr. Jud discuss:

:58-  Intro & welcome Dr. Judson A. Brewer to this special episode!

2:30-  One of the beautiful things about being neurodiverse is that we tend to thrive on chaos. Ironically, we need an order within that chaos… and we don’t have that right now! So.. what do we do with all of these feelings of fear, worry, uncertainty thrown in to this full dose of social contagion?

6:38-  On teaching about making a map of habit loops in patients

8:29-  On how our curiosity can actually help

10:08-  What can people do in real time, when they begin to get overwhelmed by feelings of worry, nervousness, etc?

12:30-  How can people find you?  @judbrewer on: Twitter or www.drjud.com or almost daily @ DrJud here on YouTube

12:52-  Thank you Dr. Jud for joining us please come back soon! Stay calm, stay healthy and stay focused everyone. We WILL GET THROUGH THIS!  Thank YOU for being here.. for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews are so helpful. Thank you! Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please consider writing 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! Thank you. 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.

13:00-  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!

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