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Sep 2, 2020

Life can change when you embrace your fears like our guest today did. His name: Patrick Sweeney. His occupation: Stunt pilot. He is also an Olympic level athlete, a best selling author, a World Record holder, has built and sold three global tech companies, is a leukemia survivor, a husband and a father. Why does he fly and seek-out fear regularly? Today we’re talking about managing fear and ADHD.. and also a little about skydiving!  

A bit more about Mr. Sweeney in his own words:

"I grew up terrified of everything. I didn't have confidence or self-esteem. My biggest fear was flying. I made excuses every time I had a chance to fly – on exchange programs, to family reunions, for big races, I made excuses to cover up the shame I felt of being afraid. I was lying to the world and myself. Then at 35 I got one of the rarest forms of leukemia. The doctors told me to say my good-byes. That was when I chose courage. Yeah, it's a choice. Not for me but for my 1-year-old daughter and unborn son. I decided if I beat the disease and got out of John’s Hopkins I’d get over my fear of flying. I did. I decided I’d get my private pilots license. It was terrifying, but I still took the first frightening step. Then an incredible thing happened. I fell in love with flying. I now fly a stunt plane in aerobatic competitions. It is one of the greatest joys in my life, a true passion that was hidden from me because of fear. My choice had a halo effect on my whole life. Suddenly courage became my superpower. It all started with that first small step. My life changed and so can yours. That’s why I left the lucrative start-up world behind; to write Fear is Fuel and help millions of people find courage and the life of their dreams. When we become authentic, strong and confident we can achieve world peace. That’s my dream." Enjoy!

 

 

***CORONA VIRUS EDITION***

 

In this episode Peter & Patrick J. Sweeney discuss:

1:00-  Intro and welcome Patrick!  Check out his book “Fear Is Fuel

2:11-  On not getting over your fears

3:20-  On discovering how fear can be used as a performance fuel

4:20-  On being owned by fear and the shame of fearing fear

6:15-  On overcoming poor self esteem

7:12-  On making decisions out of fear rather than opportunity

9:17-  What advice would you give someone who’s been told ‘you are different’ all of their lives?

12:20-  On being ‘different’ and the conceptualization of fear

14:24-  About the fight, flight or freeze reactions

15:20-  On recognizing opportunity and finding more fear in our daily lives

17:30-  About the courage center in our brains

18:50-  On activating our courage center 

19:15-  Take Patrick’s Fear Level Test here  Find Patrick’s website at www.PJSweeney.com Find Patrick @ thefearguru on INSTA @PatrickSweeneyFearGuru on FB @PJSweeney on Twitter and on YouTube here

19:57-  Thank you Patrick! 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 - PLEASE WEAR YOUR MASK.. until next time!

20:05-  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!

We have a new sister video cast called 20MinutesInLockdown! A video podcast devoted to learning fascinating lessons from interesting humans all around the world, all in 20 minutes or less!  20 Minutes in Lockdown was born in early April of 2020, when we were in fact, in lockdown, and couldn’t do much of anything. Realizing that more than ever, people could benefit from learning from people outside of their comfort zone – people with interesting stories to tell, people with good advice, people with useful ideas that could help improve lives, we started hosting short Facebook video interviews, and we grew from there. (Plus, you can actually see my hair colors change before your very eyes!) Check it out:  www.20MinutesInLockdown.com

 

TRANSCRIPT: 

Guys, Peter Shankman looked at their episode faster than normal I'm thrilled that you're here. Let's talk Fear today. Let's talk for your, let's talk about the fear that paralyzes you and prevents you from doing anything. That's the fear that says, Hey, I have this great idea, but you know what? I don't think there was no of good. So I'm not going to take the risk. I'm not gonna do it. Let's talk about the fear that keeps you paralyzed and inactive and prevents you from getting everything you want. And when you're ADHD or any sort of neurodiverse, you get that a lot. The road is littered with brilliant ideas that never took off because fear held us back. And the day I realized that I could manage my fear was the day that I became free. And I think we got someone else who's going to share a little bit about that as well. So let's talk to Patrick Sweeney. 

Patrick calls himself the fear guru and long story, very short. He grew up terrified of everything. His biggest fear was flying. Hated flying. At age 35, he was diagnosed when the rarest forms of leukemia and the doctors told him to say his goodbyes and he chose courage, and he got over it. He beat the disease. Studied to get his private pilot's license. And now he flies a stunt plane. He does aerobatic competitions. He loves it. Life can change if you embrace your fear like this guy did. Patrick welcome to Faster Than Normal.

Peter man. It is great to be here. Thank you so much. I love what you guys are doing and I'm excited to be on the show.

Good. I appreciate that. You know, fear is one of those things that I, I, you know, I I've talked to people. Oh, you know, I have no fear of fear for the weak. I don't believe that. I believe fear is actually very beneficial because fear. You know, if I went to, if I, every time I, I don't have to, if I wasn't afraid every time I sat up, I wouldn't skydive. Fear is designed to keep you alive. It's designed to make sure that you're on top of your game. So I think the first thing we should establish is, is you're not anti fear(?) 

Oh man, the opposite. And in fact, people who say avoid your fears or get over your fears, or I want to be fearless; that's complete bullshit, Peter. I, uh, I just got off a call with 200 CEOs. Uh, in Asia from this group called YPO young president's organization. And one of them said, you know, are you afraid of anything? And I said, yeah, I'm afraid of tons of stuff, but now I know how to use that fear as fuel because when you produce that fear cocktail, when you have that those physiological changes you literally get smarter and you get stronger. So why not use that as a, as a superhuman performance fuel? 

I remember the first time I ever truly discovered that fear could be a performance fuel. Exactly. Like you said, I, when I went to get my skydiving license, my first solo jump, you know, you do three tandems and they do a bunch of solo jumps with an instructor. Right? First jump you do you're you're on your own, but the instructor is sort of holding onto your belt loop, right to make sure you can stay stable in the air. And for some reason I had this, I had an instructor who weighed about 280 pounds. It was the middle of August. He was sweating his ass off. He smelled horrible and I was doing everything in my power to stay away from him in this tiny little plane. But of course it had to be right next to him. And I was gagging and several,.. I get out of the air to do the job; he lets go on and he tells me to pull, I open my parachute. I land in a heap on the ground. He comes over to me and I hugged this man like harder than I have anyone in my life. And I realized nothing else mattered. At that point I was hi is a kite on dopamine, serotonin and adrenaline and that was the first time I realized that, wow, you can really target this fear and allow it to benefit you. Now, when you started telling me, this is when you started out, you know, you were just like everyone else in that respect, fear was there. Right? 

So, yeah, I mean like, is it became a life? I was, I was owned by fear. I was, uh, and, and because of growing up in a blue collar, Irish Catholic, you know, uh, immigrant area of Boston, fear was something to be ashamed of. Right. Fear was something you didn't admit. Fear was something that you pretend it didn't exist. Yeah. And my grandfather was thought the way to make us Men, you know, it was, was to beat the fear out of us. So he used to take his, um, uh, his belt off and put us over his knee and whip us with it. And so I grew up with no self esteem, always thinking I wasn't good enough. And then always feeling this terrible amount of shame because I was afraid of stuff. I couldn't tell anyone I was afraid. I wouldn't, you know, things got really crazy. Uh, you know, I got crazy scared of something I'd start crying and you know, my dad would give me the old, I'll give you a reason to cry and, uh, and so I grew up with this fear and then not knowing, not having any mechanism for dealing with it. Because of that, Peter, I became afraid of fear. So when I started feeling those feelings, you know, the butterflies, new stomach that heartbeat faster and all the stuff I talk about in my book, I started to think, holy shit, this is fear is happening I got to get away from it. I got to do something. So every time I felt that I, it became the fear of fear that really was crippling for me. 

And that wake up call. I mean, you know, I'm not going to say you were lucky to get the disease you got, but you know, all the major life changes that we have come, they started some random point and yours happened to be that right? Tell us about it. 

Well, you know, and, and I wouldn't necessarily say it was random. Uh, I caused it for sure. So I was, I spent my lifetime trying to build self confidence and self esteem and, and never being good enough. And so when I started a company, I figured if I made a lot of money. So first I figured if I, if I became a great athlete, I'd signed self esteem and courage, so I spent six years training to the Olympics, finished second in the Olympic trials, race the world cup in the single skull and rowing and I got confident on the water, but no place else. I mean I still was terrified to ask out a, a beautiful girl or, or ask Investors money or, you know, all this stuff instead of \so, uh, so then I thought, well, so I make a lot of money. I'll get self esteem and confidence. And, and so I started to build up this persona, uh, after business school where, you know, I was wearing $10,000 watches driving $150,000 car, raised about $50 million in venture capital in debt and was just terrified the whole time. And the way I dealt with it was, was the only way I could keep these anxiety wolves at bay was drinking. I'd have seven or eight beers every night and probably twice that on the weekends. And so that combination of drinking of anxiety and fear, a fear of failure, fear of employees, leaving fear of customers going and then that, that just being terrified to fly, all of those things combined to just keep a flood of cortisol, the stress hormone, going through my body and not surprisingly- that almost killed me. I'm highly convinced that combination of things led to this really rare form of leukemia. And when I went into my local GP, he said, we have no idea what's going on, but you get no immune system and we're going to send you to the Hopkins. My one year old daughter went to her grandparent's house, my wife and I went up to Hopkins and we endured this battery of nightmare tests that culminated in Dr. McDavid coming in and saying look, um, you know, we're going to do everything we can, we've got great oncologists, but we think you should get your affairs in order and say your goodbyes. My wife was six months pregnant and went into shock. And I was just, you know, I didn't know what to do. I mean, I, it, it was then when regret hit me like a baseball bat to the stomach. I thought I looked back on my life stop, man. I had these amazing opportunities and I just wasted them all because I was terrified of everything I made every decision out of fear instead of making decisions out of opportunity. And that's when it hit me that, that, uh, I had wasted my entire life and now I'm going to die anyways. 

So, the podcast is primarily geared towards either people with ADHD or people who love people with ADHD, or neurodiversity, and you know, what do you, what can you tell them? What can you tell someone who has all his life or her life been accused of being different. And has, you know, is we just suddenly realizing that that might not be a curse; that might be a gift, but they're not anywhere near the point where it doesn't scare them- where they're not afraid of that, where they can..where they can move forward from it. You know, when you're, when you're in school and you're not like everyone else, a lot of times ‘that's different and you're wrong’. Right? And so you, you grow up with that mentality of: ‘my God, something must be wrong with me. I should probably keep a low profile. I can't do anything. I shouldn't try anything new’. You know, what advice would you give. 

Well, you know, I got a ton of advice from Peter and, um, partially because, you know, I think I'm going 100 miles an hour all the time. When I grew up, uh, you know, obviously in the eighties and they weren't really diagnosing kids with ADHD and the, in the, uh, eighties and nineties, she was called, “sit down, you're disrupting the class disease”.

Exactly. That's exactly. And that was me. And so, and, and I'll, I'll continue the story with my youngest son as well, but, um, I had so much energy and I was always thinking of stuff and I could, I could just, you know, I was like a machine gun instead of these people who were like a bolt action rifle that I deal with. And so to me, it was always, you know, my, my. Uh, my, my friends were, would always say, you know, you're either gonna end up in jail or as a millionaire because you're out of control dude. And, you know, I think up until the sickness, you had that, that looking for self esteem and that was a big part of it because feel different and one of the things from a neuroscience perspective, everyone listened to your podcast needs to know— is that when something is different, it scares us. So we have, uh, a subconscious database that's the equivalent of 500 Mac book computers, and the really messed up thing. Peter is we don't populate that, that subconscious. Other people do. So we don't choose where we're born. We don't choose the color of our skin. We don't choose the number of brothers and sisters. We don't choose the language. We speak, all of that's changed. And for us yet, we use that to make 18 and 90% of our decision every day. So all of those decisions are being made subconsciously. Now, if you realize that if you realize that I'm going to populate the computer that's making decisions for us. And one of the key warning signals of danger that our brain gives is when something's different. And it doesn't match up with things that are in our tribe, things that are in our environment. So when someone seems different or they're called different, then they scare people and, and people are gonna act differently around that. They're going to have literally a fear response. And so. When, when you look at the greatest, most successful and happiest people in the world from a, an Elon Musk to a Richard Branson and, uh, you know, to, to, uh, Gandhi, they're all very different from normal people. And so being different. One thing I learned after, or six years of neuroscience research- being different means you've got a much higher chance of success and happiness and fulfillment. If you find the, the really bright shot, any exciting side of your difference. 

It's a great way to look at it. I always think- in the concept of fear, um, if you look at the, I mean the human body and you're right, you're a hundred percent, right? The human body does classify things that could kill me, stay away from it. That's pleasurable. Get more of it, things like that. It's a very, it's a very binary, binary approach, right? A you want a, okay. That's B you can't have B you should get a stick with that. On the flip side, though. I mean, there are benefits to that, you know, not, not from the perspective of ADHD. Um, a lot of the ADHD perspective is, is, is the body is telling you not to do those things when in fact you should and that's where the training comes in. You know, for instance, um, you know, a car. Uh, God forbid a car rolls onto your kid. All of a sudden you have hope strength strengthen. You can actually pull that car off, right. Adrenaline and, and, and, and, and dopamine sorry, give you that strength. Now. You're going to be in hell for the next six months as you heal from that, but you know, you're going to the body says, hey, I'd rather you. It's better for you to, to hurt for a few months than to lose your ability to procreate, right. And that's millions of years of evolution. And so the concept of fear is that it's fear. Fear is the same thing in that regard, as adrenaline fear tells us, Hey, that saber tooth tiger can kill you; avoid it. The problem is is that we don't have saber tooth tigers anymore. Right. We have, you know, the risk of, of looking stupid, right? And we've, we've maximize these risks and glorify them in such a way through the media and through the us that a lot of times we are afraid to take that chance. 

Well, and that's the problem. So we're running a 2 million year old piece of software on our amygdala, and that knows the fight, flight, or freeze response. But the problem it is that was designed by our caveman ancestors to be an early warning system for danger. And in fact, today we can use that same system in our modern society, which is full of stimulus. We can use that as an early warning system for opportunity. Because we have, when we designed 2 million years ago, that cave man was sitting out in front of his cave maybe some birds were tweeting and gentle breeze was blowing, but there wasn't phones ringing. There, there weren't computers going off there weren't horns honking and, and weed whackers going there, there wasn't all this stimulus. So anything that, that that was the slightest bit off was something that they needed to be warned about. The problem is that software stayed with us. So we've got to reprogram that. So that when something feels different, when something gives us a strange feeling, we look at that and we say, Hey, wait a minute. I’ve got an opportunity presenting itself here and try and figure out what that is when you have that feeling, beause what most people do and what I did until, you know, I almost died was I looked at that and I said, Oh my God, I get that feeling. Something's wrong. I get it. I got to run. I got to run from that feeling. When in fact you've got to lean into it, that's why we need to find more fear every day in our lives. 

Well, it's very true.  And you know, the, the, the, the first time I jumped again for sometimes under the airplane, I felt freer when I hit the ground than I ever had in my life. I'm like, I gotta do that again And every time I jump, I get scared, but that's the excitement of it is that I know that the end result is going to be worth it. 

Oh, Peter, when I, you and I took that first flying lesson, I peed at least four times. I'm telling you. I remember absolutely every detail. It was in a, you know, ultra high definition, crystal clear and that fear response helped me learn better because my pupils were dilated. I was taking in more visual information. My hearing was better cause more blood flow went in there. My, my brain, the brain oxygen blood barrier opened up wider so I got more oxygen to my brain. And, and I was terrified, but I kept thinking I'm going to do this for my daughter, so I had an altruistic motivation. I, I didn't want her memory of her dad being a guy who was too afraid to get on a plane and take her to Disney world. Right. So I said, I'm going to overcome this fear of flying for her. And that motivation gave me courage, that that helped me flip the switch to my courage center. The second lesson was even worse because we went out over some mountains. And, and let me tell you, Peter, in that little plane, that little diamond DA40 we were bouncing around and I actually pooped myself up.

Updrafts! Updrafts will do that to you, my friend that's phenomenal. 

Hey, that ha that's part of it. That's part of the game and that's part of the experience. And that's the story you tell now. 

Yeah. Yeah, exactly. And, and, you know, after that, having the courage that we've literally have a courage center in our brain there's there's, uh, everyone has heard about the amygdala, our fear center, but these Israeli researchers did a brilliant study. They took, uh, 300 people who had admitted in a survey; they were terrified of snakes. And they put them in a functional MRI machine. That's one of those white sort of coffin-like things you can go into scan your brain. And at the other end of the FMRI machine was the snake sitting in a wagon on a little, um, a little track. And inside the FMRI machine, they had a button that could move the snake closer or further away and not surprisingly, most of the people got in were told what the buttons were for, and they pushed that snake as far away as they, yeah. But. There were a few brave souls who actually moved it closer to themselves. And what happened was incredible because the amygdala literally switched off and a part of their brain called the SGACC sub-genial, anterior cingulate cortex lit up like a Christmas tree. They literally flipped a switch on their brain and activated their courage center and they did it by choice. And that's the amazing thing that we all have the capability to do. We can activate our courage center. It feels horrible. Right? You've got to act courageous first, then you'll feel courageous. A lot of people make the mistake of thinking, Oh, I'll do that. When I feel more courageous. 

Yeah, it's never going to happen. It's just your body telling your body you're ready to do it and then just get it done. Awesome. Patrick, I cannot thank you enough. The book is called fear as fuel. It's a Wall Street Journal Bestseller. I strongly encourage people to check it out. How can they find you? What's a, you have a website and what? [Take Patrick’s Fear Level Test here  Find Patrick’s website at www.PJSweeney.com Find Patrick @ thefearguru on INSTA @PatrickSweeneyFearGuru on FB @PJSweeney on Twitter and on YouTube here]

Well, Peter, uh, I definitely have a website and something for your listeners. I think that..You have a, there's a little button there that says test your fear. So you can take a survey for, uh, it takes about five minutes and you can test your fear in different realms, like finance and chill and physical and that sort of thing. So go to www.PJsweeney.com and go test your fear. Have some fun with that. Uh, we're also got a master that released I'm really excited about. Is the fear, your listeners. Thank you all so much for taking time out of your busy day. Awesome, Patrick, thank you again. And guys, thank you as always for listening, we'll see you next week for another episode of Faster Than Normal, looking forward to it with other great guests like Patrick Sweeney. Talk to you guys soon!

 

Credits: You've been listening to the Faster Than Normal podcast. We're available on iTunes, Stitcher and Google play and of course at www.FasterThanNormal.com I'm your host, Peter Shankman and you can find me at petershankman.com and @petershankman on all of the socials. If you like what you've heard, why not head over to your favorite podcast platform of choice and leave us a review, come more people who leave positive reviews, the more the podcast has shown, and the more people we can help understand that ADHD is a gift, not a curse. Opening and closing themes were performed by Steven Byrom and the opening introduction was recorded by Bernie Wagenblast. Thank you so much for listening. We'll see you next week. 

Oct 17, 2018

Kevin Roberts has spent a good deal of his adult life coming to terms with his own ADHD and cyber addiction. He has a Master’s Degree in ADHD and Addiction Studies from Antioch University. He has trained therapists, students, physicians, nurses, teachers, parents, and school administrators on the perils of overuse of the Internet and video games, as well as ADHD. He has developed a number of innovative programs, such as Training Your Dragons summer camps that empower ADHD children, including intensive training to their families. His “ADHD Empowerment Groups” have been featured on television programs and other media outlets. A sought-after speaker, Roberts has given lectures and workshops around the world, and has recently spoken in the United Kingdom, Canada, Holland, and Poland. He speaks five languages fluently. He has taken groups of young people and their families to Poland to visit Schindler’s factory, Auschwitz, and other Holocaust sites. Roberts has appeared on national and local television stations across the country and the world. Enjoy!

 

In this episode Peter and Kevin discuss:

:54-  Intro and welcome Kevin!  www.KevinJRoberts.net

2:06-  Tell us your story & your background. How old were you, how were you diagnosed, etc. ref: psychometric testing

3:45-  How did the internet addiction thing come into play? How did you identify that? ref: Confessions of a Self Help Junkie 

8:04-  So at what point did you realize that something really had to change with the gaming?

9:05-  So what happened- what did you do to get better?

10:00-  Tell us about your daily routine

10:47-  Let’s talk about a good night’s rest

11:30-  Talk to us about language-learning skills. That’s not usually a norm with ADHD folks.

12:35-  Tell us more of your passions; what else do you do when you’re not in ‘the zone’ working. ref:  BBC’s The World At War

14:00-  This is definitely not the place to talk politics but considering that reference, how do you feel about what you see going on in the US and European politics today?

15:09-  Tell us parents about your summer camps! ref:  kinesthetic learningTraining Your Dragons camp”

16:08-  On changes being made in recognizing ADHD 

17:23-  Tell us about your upcoming book! Schindler’s Gift: How One Man Harnessed ADHD to Change the World link to it at Barnes & Noble  (Soft release on Oct. 8. Official release on Dec. 7)

18:17-  How can people reach you Kevin? www.KevinJRoberts.net or email: Kevin@KevinJRoberts.net

18:38-  Thank you Kevin!! And thank YOU for listening1 You can always reach me at peter@shankman.com @petershankman on all of the socials, and also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.

18:42-  Join us January 24th in Las Vegas! ShankMinds: Las Vegas is a complete business transformation experience. When you attend a ShankMinds Event, you grow your business and boost your revenue in three simple steps. 120 Entrepreneurs. One Day. Unbelievable Breakthroughs. 

19:20-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

As always, leave us a comment below, PLEASE drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! The more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note – We’d love to hear!

Oct 10, 2018

Every once in a while we get to interview people who share some goals with Faster Than Normal. These people have a similar calling- to help, inspire and teach people more about ADHD. Today is one of those days! Sarah is the brains behind www.AdultingWithADHD.com, a blog for ADHD women. Along with the blog, she hosts a spin-off podcast and online support group with the mission of bringing self-empowerment and practical tips to her community. A digital marketer by day, Sarah lives with her husband and toddler in San Antonio, Texas. We hope this is helpful and useful to you. Enjoy!

 

In this episode Peter and Sarah discuss:

:56-  Intro and welcome Sarah!  https://adultingwithadhd.com  Sarah’s Podcast

1:36-  Tell us your story; how did you learn you were ADHD? Inattentive Type ADHD

2:20-  Was that a wake-up call? Did things start making more sense afterwards? ref: Jon Snow

3:19-  When you began to learn more about ADHD, was it an additive process or did things just switch overnight?  ref: ACL Fest 

4:34-  What were some of the first routines/things you began to implement that made a big difference in your daily life?  ref: Brain.FM  Brain.FM’s Daniel Clark interview on Faster Than Normal 

6:30-  Tell us a little more about your color-coding system?

7:14-  What are things like with your family, in regards to learning all about your ADHD, etc?

8:45-  Have you felt a difference and how do you feel when people misuse & loosely toss around the acronym ADHD?

9:58-  How would you go about explaining your ADHD to a romantic partner, or even a potential romantic partner?

11:38-  What is a “first visit” like for women who come into your group? How does that go?

12:34-  What do you recommend to people who have just been diagnosed with ADHD for the first time?  https://www.additudemag.com

13:43-  Sarah, how can people get in touch with you?  https://adultingwithadhd.com contact@adultingwithadhd.com or @ADHDAdulting on Twitter or INSTA

14:05-  Thank you Sarah!!  And thank YOU for listening1 You can always reach me at peter@shankman.com @petershankman on all of the socials, and also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials. Thanks as always to Steven Byrom for editing/producing this podcast & for composing our theme!

14:36-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

As always, leave us a comment below, PLEASE drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! The more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note – We’d love to hear!

Oct 3, 2018

Corey is a media and technology expert who has emerged as the 'always-on' innovation and cannabis publicist. His experience as a journalist for outlets like Global News and The Globe & Mail and his prolific hustle on behalf of his clients makes him the ideal partner for brands looking to connect with journalists and consumers. A frequent speaker at hubs such as Leaf Forward, MaRS and Ryerson's DMZ, Corey has unique insight into the inner workings of the media industry and knows how to make a story irresistible. 

Corey received his post-grad in public relations from Ryerson University and resides in Toronto, ON, Canada with his wife, daughter, dog and floor-to-ceiling sneaker collection. We begin by talking about those sneakers here today. Enjoy!

 

 

In this episode Peter and Corey discuss:

:52-  Intro and welcome Corey!

1:42-  So how does one garner a floor-to-ceiling sneaker collection & how are you still married

3:48-  What prompted you to finally get diagnosed?

6:05-  Outside of CBD, do you take any other meds?

6:47-  Talk about the immediate differences you experienced once switching completely to CBD 

7:26-  Is it/does it work the same for you, to this day?

7:54-  What is Indica?

8:58-  So you are able to get into your zone of focus this way?

9:49-  And for you this has been 100percent better than any sort of medication you got from a doctor, or from BigPharma?

10:24-  You also work as a publicist in the cannabis industry; talk a little about that and how you use ADHD to your advantage in your work

12:16-  How were things for you, growing up with ADHD?

13:37-  What do you tell someone who may have a kid with ADHD and is struggling in school?

14:50-  Thank you Corey! How can people get in touch? @CoreyHerscu on Twitter  @Herscu on INSTA Facebook and at RainmakerPR on Twitter

15:29-  Thank YOU for leaving us your reviews and for subscribing!

15:39-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

Sep 26, 2018

Genna Singer grew up going to summer camp. She started early in her single digits and only missed one year. She loves summer camp!! In September of 2002 she joined the wonderful staff at the Marlene Meyerson JCC as Director of After School Programs, while maintaining an active role in the summer camps programs as well. In 2006 she became the Director of Camps and continues to help them develop and grow new, exciting programs! My daughter had a wonderful time here this summer and I was so happy Genna was able to join us today, to talk and educate us about the importance of Summer Camps. Enjoy!

 

In this episode Peter and Genna discuss:

:45-  Intro and welcome Genna!

1:25-  You spent most of your summers as a kid at sleep away camp. What was your favorite summer camp? Camp Timbertops

2:11-  What is it about camp that you love so much?

3:02-  On nurturing play & freedom from routines and a kids’ school-day grind.

4:50-  What have you seen in terms of kids who come in, who might have some soft of neural ‘atypical-ness’ in them; whether it’s ADD, ADHD, Autism Spectrum- what happens when they go to camp?

6:38-  Have you seen situations where physical activity has radically changed a kid?

8:56-  How do you get kids excited to leave their comfort zones and try bold, new things?

12:40-  Peter’s first experience with summer camp. Are there two types of reactions you typically get from kids in the first few days?

16:03-  Genna, how can folks reach out to you if they wanna follow-up, or talk to you?

 http://campsettoga.org  646-505-4430 or at Marlene Meyerson JCC 

16:29- Thank you Genna!! And thank YOU for leaving us your reviews and for subscribing!

16:59-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

As always, leave us a comment below, PLEASE drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! The more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note – We’d love to hear!

Sep 20, 2018

Today we visit with Mark Murphy. He wasn’t diagnosed with ADHD until he was nearly 50. We talk about how he built his company and how being impulsive can sometimes be a huge benefit. Mark is a trusted travel expert, best-selling author, entrepreneur and professional speaker. He is the founder and CEO of travAlliancemedia, the leading travel trade media company in the United States. His company has been recognized 6X (starting in 2008) by Inc magazine, as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the United States. He provides professional commentary for both consumer and business travelers, and is a frequent travel expert and travel analyst on major networks & news stations including: The Today Show, CNN, FOX Business, FOX News, and ABC, CBS,NBC and The Travel Channel. We’ll probably bump into each other again soon on our way to One Columbus Circle. Enjoy!

In this episode Peter and Mark discuss:

1:45-  Hello and welcome Mark!  http://www.travalliancemedia.com

3:25-  How did things go for you in school?

5:02-  What made you decide to get tested & diagnosed?

6:42-  What is a typical work day like for you?

8:26-  Do you do anything to minimize your daily choices and does that help?

9:10-  Tell us some about your company and how it came into existence?

11:12-  How do you decide which tasks to delegate?

13:40-  What are you NOT good at?

15:45-  What are you pitfalls, your rabbit holes?

17:05-  Has giving into impulsiveness ever been a help to you?

19:02-  How can people find you if they’d like to talk more? @MurphyTravels on Twitter/Facebook/Insta. Also at www.MurphyTravels.com and at www.TravelPulse.com @travelpulse

19:40- Thank you Mark! And thank YOU for leaving us your reviews and for subscribing!

20:13-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

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Sep 12, 2018

ADHD Balancing Time & Learning w/h Multi-talented Company Builder Vahid Jozi

Vahid is a serial entrepreneur, having founded several companies in the past that resulted in exits, failures, and everything in between. He has held most of the positions in a company including developer, designer, salesperson, marketer, and investor. His focus currently is on product management, machine learning & AI, and retail. He advises various startups, investors & accelerators. He is currently the founder of Yooshi.ai with the mission of utilizing AI to increasing video engagement and reducing cost of video production. We spent some time together on Labor Day talking about how he balances his mental, physical and social health, while keeping it all spinning, enjoy!

In this episode Peter and Vahid discuss:

1:04- Intro & welcome Vahid!

4:45-  With so much of your work depending on you 24/7, tell us how you manage that, being ADHD and also having OCD?  https://www.eisenhower.me/eisenhower-matrix/

6:40-  Do you think the concept of always being ‘on task’ can be a negative thing?  How does that work on a schedule?

8:00-  What do you get out of planning downtime? Is it working for you?

9:15-  Did you ever have “a real job”?

10:54-  How do things work in your social life, being around people w/h brains of different speeds?

12:30-  Other than work, what do you do for fun?  https://weedbox.io

13:20-  How do you meet new people?

14:10-  Do you exercise regularly?

15:10-  So you’re a morning guy too, how’s it going with such little sleep?

16:10-  How can people find you? Twitter: @VahidJozi or LinkedIn: www.VahidJozi.com

16:30-  Thank you Vahid! And thank YOU for leaving us a review and for subscribing!

16:52-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

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Sep 5, 2018

This March, Brain.FM received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to research the effects of music & soundwaves on people who have ADHD, and also those who suffer from difficulty focusing on the job. At lot of neuroscience continues to go into their work. We were happy to visit with CEO Daniel Clark in our office to talk about how it all works, and how his life’s love of technology ultimately called him aboard. Enjoy!

In this episode Peter and Daniel discuss:

1:04-  Intro & welcome Daniel. www1.Brain.FM

2:27-  So how did you first learn about Brain.FM? What is your background?

3:55-  Tell us some more about Brain.FM?

5:15-  Tell us about this concept from the neuro-diversity aspect. Who is using Brain.FM? EEG fMRI Data Center 

6:30-  Based on the research you've done thus far, how exactly does music bring one to an increased mental state? A.I. Composer  Human Composer 

7:56-  Everyone is different- how do you customize for each brain? Neuro Phase Locking (ref also *13:30) 

8:50-  Binaural Beats were once all the rage and I tried them out. Are they still a big thing?

10:50-  Tell us about the Auditory NeuroScientist that you are working with

12:00-  http://www.kevinjpwoods.com

*13:30-  On finding what music works for your brain.

13:50-  Tell us a little about how A.I. helps you create music

14:58-  On White noise

16:00-  Why is it that USA Greco-Roman Wrestling is so popular on your site?

17:20-  Folks, the site is Brain.FM  How can people follow you Daniel? TWITTER: @BrainfmApp  Facebook: BrainFM

17:45-  Thank you Daniel! And thank YOU for listening! Please let us know what you think of this new in-office format below!

18:22-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

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Aug 29, 2018

Collin’s struggle with ADHD has always been a crucial part of who he is. ADHD was almost a mystery to him, and he always felt out of place, wondering why he was “different” from his peers. It wasn’t until he began to research these feelings that he discovered that there were others who felt the same way. Collin then became obsessed with understanding ADHD. Throughout his research, Collin began to feel comforted knowing that there are resources that can truly help people struggling to understand themselves.  During high school, Collin was introduced to a MLM company called Vemma which sparked Collin’s passion to become an Entrepreneur. He has since invested hours upon hours into personal development, communication, and leadership skills. He now manages his own Car Detailing business, which started as a side hustle, but is turning into a profitable source of income. Today we talk about his journey and what’s been working for him.  Enjoy!

In this episode Peter and Collin discuss:

:45-  Intro & welcome Collin

1:34-  When did things first begin to change for you?

3:30-  What happened after you got diagnosed?

4:15-  Was there an immediate difference as you began taking Concerta?

4:50-  How often do you take your meds?

5:43-  You mentioned you attained your blackbelt in Krav Maga; how do you currently use exercise for your ADHD?

6:13-  Have you found a specific time to exercise that works best for you?

7:30-  Tell us how you started out as an entrepreneur

9:12-  Do you see yourself going back to a regular job, or is being an entrepreneur “it” for you?

9:40-  Take us through an average day for you

10:23-  How do you shut off your brain?

11:02-  Do you have any tricks or tips that you’ve found and use to get stuff done?

11:50-  What have you learned about yourself from your ADHD?

13:08-  How can people find you? CollinMcDougall@gmail.com or SNAPCHAT: @DougDoug

13:45-  Thank you Collin, and thank you for listening!

13:59-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits

As always, leave us a comment below, PLEASE drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! The more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note – We’d love to hear!

Aug 22, 2018

Brian grew up in suburban NJ. He was diagnosed with ADHD at six years old. He moved away, graduated from Tulane University with a Philosophy degree and a honed talent for writing. In 2016, he was interviewed by Fox 5 NY about his ADHD memoir & personal experience with Adderall addiction. I actually have Brian’s book on my desk right now! He’s a successful entrepreneur, continues to be very outspoken about society's miscomprehension of ADHD and is helping to change the conversation! Now living in NYC with his wife Lindsey, Brian loves to travel, lift weights, talk philosophy at bars, and enjoys spending time with family & friends. He spends a little of his time here with us today. Enjoy!

In this episode Peter and Brian discuss discuss:

1:00-  Intro & welcome Brian!

2:10-  Brian’s book “Adderall Blues” 

2:27-  “Ten Ways to be Happier When You Live/Love Someone With ADHD

2:38-  So let us begin with talking about your wife!

3:50-  So what happens when you randomly do the most stupid & impulsive things without telling anyone first?

6:30-  Tell is about your book!

9:20-  Tell me about Beijing- how did you wind up in Beijing?

11:35-  Do you think you would’ve planned better if you didn’t have ADHD?

12:19-  Peter on London

13:28-  Brian on getting deported from China

15:17-  Talk some, if you will please, about addiction?

17:43-  Do you have the premise of addiction that:  “there is no ‘just one’ dose, or hit”?

20:07-  Do you think you could write another book today and be as raw, and honest with us as you were in “Adderall Blues?

21:32-  How can people find you Brian?  Brian.J.Robinson@hotmail.com  INSTA: @BrianRobinsonOfficial

21:48-  Thank you Brian, and thank you for listening!!

22:25-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits

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Aug 15, 2018

This is a great kid, mature beyond his years. I discovered Everett when someone sent me an article about him competing in the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair, (Bio-Medical Engineering category), and winning out over 1,800 competing students from 80+ countries!  He’s brilliant and certainly has a bright future; just listen to how he answered “What do you wanna do with your life”? What were you doing in High School? I’m thankful we got to spend some time with him this week. Enjoy! 

In this episode, Peter and Everett discuss:

:50- Intro and welcome Everett!  ref: Intel International Science & Engineering Fair Awards 

2:00-  When did you first get diagnosed?

2:36- How did you wind up scoring so high in Math & Science?

4:25- None of us with ADHD are quite alike are we?!

4:48-  Why did you ask for more challenging work?

5:53-  Tell us about your 10th grade Science project. What is a “3D Printable Transtibial Prosthesis”? 

7:30-  Rachel Cotton interview 

7:50-  What changed for you right after you were diagnosed?

10:05-  On:  adapting, learning moments, accepting and growing.

12:15-  What do you want to do with your life?

14:11-  On finding your niche

15:05-  Advice to ADHD parents

16:00-  How can people find you? INSTA: @EVKroll

16:42-  Thank you so much Everett!! This was awesome.

17:18-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits

As always, leave us a comment below, PLEASE drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! The more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note – We’d love to hear!

Aug 8, 2018

Leslie has a lot of analog clocks in her house. She has spent many years learning how to become a time management guru, because of her family, clients and life story. She brought “Order Out of Chaos” to life from a very personal mission as her son was diagnosed with ADHD as a young child. She founded the company 15years ago with the goal of providing professional organizing, time management and coaching services; parent and family education, products and resources to families and their children to help them bring order out of chaos to their lives. Leslie is a graduate of the JST Coach Training Program for teens and college students with ADHD and is also a member of ICD and a Golden Circle member of NAPO where she was recently awarded their highest honor-the 2018 Founders’ Award.  We get to spend some time together today. Enjoy! 

In this episode, Peter and Leslie discuss:

:49- Intro and welcome Leslie!  (ref: Order Out Of Chaos, Author: “What’s The Deal With Teens and Time Management”, “Dear Organizing Coach”- a weekly column for ADDitude Magazine, Contributing writer to Family Circle)

1:34-  The concept of Chaos

1:55-  Talk some about your journey with chaos please?

2:54-  A barrier to entry

4:12-  Do you think chaos is all forms can be affected by the same types of ‘cures’?

5:20-  What are your top three ways to create order out of chaos?

6:44-  Where and how to start, to begin

9:58-  Awesome! What are some more tips please?

12:00-  One thing about time…

14:00-  Last thoughts; what are a couple of quick things people can do just to get going?

14:45-  How can people find you?  www.OrderOOChaos.com Twitter: @orderoochaos  Facebook   YouTube  INSTA  Pinterest  LinkedIn  Products: https://products.orderoochaos.com

15:14-  Thank you Leslie and thank you for listening!!

15:37-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits

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Aug 1, 2018

Nick is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for creating companies that disrupt the way people live, (sound familiar)? He is the co-founder of Leverage and the former CEO of CalvinApp.  Before making the jump to the startup technology space, Nick spent more than eight years on Wall Street as a high frequency algorithmic trader. What the heck is a “high frequency algorithmic trader” and how did someone with ADD wind up doing that job for eight years before breaking from the pack and bringing the fun back?  His story and how he keeps it all spinning & balanced, here in today’s podcast.  Enjoy! 

In this episode, Peter and Nicholas discuss:

:47- Intro and welcome Nick!

1:47- So what’s your story? And what exactly is a high frequency algorithmic trader? ref: “Micro Wave Technology

3:45- How did you wind up with a career on Wall Street?

5:15- What influenced you to quit?

6:48- After you finally made the decision to quit, what was your first ‘day after’ like? 

7:11- Tell us about your first few months of working for yourself?

8:21- So what happens on days when you wake up & it’s just not happening, or you’re just not feelin’ IT? 

10:10- What do you do to ensure that you allow for downtime and honest rest in your life?

11:21- On obsessing and ‘doing fun’.

13:10- What is your lifestyle outside of work; do you exercise much?

14:36- Where do you find the joy in Chess?  ref: “Spire Stone breathing tracker

17:46- Nick, how can people find you?  www.getleverage.com or  Nick@GetLeverage.com

18:33- Thank you Nick and thank you for listening!

18:54-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits

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Jul 25, 2018

In 2010 Shane started what has now become one of the industry leading college recruiting education and exposure services that educates young athletes around the globe on how to achieve their dream of playing collegiate athletics in the United States. He didn’t even own a computer when he invested in penny stocks and got lucky. He then bought a Macbook and incorporated. Now 7 years later he’s working with athletes in 40 countries. Shane has made and learned from many mistakes and shares his story with us here. Enjoy! 

In this episode, Peter and Shane discuss:

1:04- Intro & welcome Shane Howard CEO of Custom College Recruiting, LLC

3:08- So what’s your story & when were you diagnosed?

6:37- What prompted you to go into business for yourself?

12:47- When you decided to go out on your own, did you tell anybody were were ADHD?

14:50- What do you tell people who are just starting out in business?

16:58- Talk about how it feels to fail & what you would advise to combat those feelings?

21:28- What would you say is the number one thing you’ve learned from your mistakes?

23:40- Thank you Shane. How can people find you? 

www.theshanehoward.com  TWITTER: @TheShaneHoward.

INSTA: TheShaneHoward

25:45-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits

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Jul 18, 2018

Roy Scott is the Founder and CEO of H3 Enterprise, an EdTech company powered by the arts, entertainment and social interaction. Considered by many as the "Sesame Street of the 21st Century". With ten plus years of experience in the music industry, a passion for technology and helping the youth, Scott turned what he loved into a business. H3 was launched in 2013, quickly gaining traction through their live engagement and online content, contracting with such companies as Blue Cross Blue Shield, SHAPE America, The LeBron James Family Foundation and many more. Currently, Scott serves as writer and executive producer of H3 content. He has a great skill of cultivating relationships and creating new opportunities through innovation. We first met at a conference in Omaha and I think what he’s doing with H3 and the results he’s getting are amazing. Enjoy! 

In this episode, Peter and Roy discuss:

1:00- Intro and welcome Roy! 

1:50- What is H3 and how did it begin? 

3:33- Countless studies show that movement & activity can lead to massive changes in a kid’s learning; tell us about some of what you’re seeing?

5:05- Tell us about some of the results you are seeing after getting kids active & moving in class

6:32- Getting kids settled down, focused & ready to learn in 45 seconds, versus 5 minutes by using H3 is impressive! Is that result consistent? 

7:43- Why do you think there seems to be such a hesitancy by schools to employ more consistent physical activity into the daily lesson plan?

8:18- On antiquated systems and resources-

9:13- What new techniques are you seeing from new teachers?  (Simpsons ref)

11:16- What’s next for H3? (See the latest here on Twitter)

12:37- What age group tends to benefit the most, or is it universal?

13:23- Roy, how can people find out more out H3 and reach out to you? 

www.https://www.h3tv.com   Twitter: @Healthy_Hip_Hop  

Personal Twitter: @RoyScottBoycott INSTA: @royscott.boycott

13:52- Thank you Roy!!

14:13- Thank you for listening!!

14:29- Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits

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Jul 11, 2018

If I’m not well organized, then nothing gets done, not on time anyway. Ellen organizes for a living!! She shares some very important advice, along with some time-honed tips & tricks with us today. You might wanna make some notes so you can remember. Here’s little more about Ellen. Enjoy! 

Ellen Delap, professional organizer and productivity consultant, launched Professional-Organizer.com in 2000.  She is an award winning Certified Professional organizer recognized for her contributions in the industry and community.  She has extensive experience in working with ADHD individuals and holds certificates of study in Workplace Productivity, ADD and Chronic Disorganization.  She works with families as a Family Manager Coach. She is currently the President of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO).  Ellen enjoys sharing organizing and productivity tips as well as tricks and techniques as a blogger. She is an accomplished speaker and has been interviewed by ABC13 Houston and the Houston Chronicle.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Smith College and a Master’s degree in education from Boston College. Ellen’s goal is to empower her clients by making a difference in their lives.

In this episode, Peter and Ellen discuss:

:23- Intro and welcome Ellen! President of the National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals www.NAPO.net  https://professional-organizer.com  (ref) https://challengingdisorganization.org

1:48- So how does one become a Professional Organizer, Ellen?  (Ref: www.NAPO.net)

3:18- What are 5 things, right off the bat, that people with ADHD, or ADD, or someone in their family can do to get organized?

5:13- How do we break a “just in case I might need this” clutter-keeping mentality?

6:18- What is your advice for parents who are gently trying to guide their children down the road towards practicing good organization?

7:42- Talk a little about the home environment, in regard to structures & organization?

8:55- On exchanging house cleaning services with a friend or co-worker

9:27- How about teaching organization & structure to really young children; any specific thoughts?

11:11- On Dopamine rushes via purging, and getting stuff done! The sensation of accomplishment.

11:49- How can we better organize our Digital world? So many Apps! (over 8 just to make this podcast, in fact heh ;-)

12:51- What advice do you have for college students who will be entering a small dorm room/shared-living environment for the first time this year?

13:55- On maintaining good organizational tools and products.

15:20- What is your One, Ultimate, Top Tip for clients who want to become & stay organized?

16:27- Thank you Ellen! How can we find you?  https://www.napo.net is a very strong resource! Also via https://professional-organizer.com and TWITTER 

18:25-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits

As always, leave us a comment below, PLEASE drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! The more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note – We’d love to hear!

Jun 27, 2018

Counsellor, Psychotherapist and national award winning entrepreneur are only a few of Shawn’s many accomplishments, but what he does isn't nearly as exciting as the why. Diagnosed with ADHD Inattentive Type at age 30, Shawn struggled through every level of the public education system. Prior to his diagnosis it took Shawn 4 years to finish 3 years of high school, 32 attempts to earn the 18 credits required to graduate including failing grade 10 math 4 times. Shawn has embraced his unique gifts that come by way of having ADHD Inattentive Type and specializes in helping other uniquely gifted individuals explore their passions. We talk about his journey and his devout passion here today. Enjoy! 

In this episode, Peter and Shawn discuss:

:23- Intro to Shawn Smith. http://ddmacs.ca

1:54- You weren’t diagnosed until you were 30- how was that for you? What things troubled you the most?

3:27- So pre-diagnosis, what did you want to do with your life?

4:20- Did the doctors prescribe you meds, and if so, how did that go and feel?

5:28- What are your thoughts on Big Phrama ADHD Meds in the USA, or just in general even?

6:54- Other than medicine, how do you keep your brain in-check?

7:50- Tell us about your company “Don’t Dis-My-Ability Consultation Services” 

9:00- In your counseling work, what types of clients do you typically take on?

9:29- How do you usually begin your conversations with parents?

10:14- On schools & educational institutions

11:24- What do you say to a kid who doesn’t want to believe, or hear that they are different?

12:52- How can people find you Shawn? http://ddmacs.ca @dontdismyabilit YouTube LinkedIn The DDMA Podcast 

13:17- Thank you Shawn!!

13:42-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits

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Jun 20, 2018

Currently, as a senior business analyst, he’s been blessed with a job function that is easily described as “it’s hard to explain.” His life-to-date is not an easy or short one to try and explain either; which is part of what makes our visit with smiling Timothy Peers so special today. He’s launched a small side business focusing on personal coaching towards superior interviewing and resume skills (which has helped multitudes of individuals see a collective $200,000 increase in their income). When he’s not spending time with his little girl, gardening, or speaking to and helping others, he’s working on a blog and his business website.  Enjoy! 

In this episode, Peter and Timothy discuss:

2:20- Welcome Tim!

2:31- So how did you become a dropout, twice?

3:58- Do you remember the instance or events when things began to go south for you?

4:55- Word Problems versus Number Problems

5:58- Basic Programming Language 

6:32- Hyperfocus

7:10- On Hyperfocus

8:00- ADHD in the 80’s

8:50- On discovery, a good look at yourself and accountability with a great partner

10:30- On accepting an ADHD diagnosis & about getting tested in the first place

12:17- Could you share a little with us about how you began to cope with the loss of your wife?

13:38- On “finding a new hobby” and the grieving process

17:38- Thank you very much Timothy. How can people reach you? Timothy.Peers@gmail.com

18:34-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits

As always, leave us a comment below, PLEASE drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! The more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note – We’d love to hear!

Jun 13, 2018

Michael is proud to have been selected by his peers as one of the top Social Security Disability lawyers in Ohio and has helped his clients obtain tens of millions of dollars in Social Security benefits. Michael became a disability attorney because he knows what it is like to be “different”. As a child growing up in the Detroit area, he attended a special school for children with attention and behavior problems. His behavior problems were so severe in fact that he was ultimately expelled from that special school. Michael also dealt with with a range of neurological disorders including epilepsy and motor tic syndrome. When choosing a career path, it was important for Michael to find a field where he could help people going through experiences like his own as a child.

We talk with Michael about his journey, what it feels like now to have a thriving law practice and ADHD. He gives some advice to future lawyers here too. Enjoy! 

In this episode, Peter and Michael discuss:

0:50- Welcome & introducing Michael Liner! So.. how did you get kicked out of school?

1:46- What first prompted your parents to enroll you in The Roeper School?

4:10- Tell us about your college career

6:31- What are your rules for thriving in an industry were the details are so damn important?

8:30- What are some of your life rules & daily routines?

10:43- What’s your personal exercise of choice?

11:28- How do you stay focused during long days of court?

14:32- What advice would you give to someone with ADHD who might be considering a career practicing Law?

16:26- How can people find you Michael? www.LinerLegal.com Twitter: @LinerLegal Facebook or simply text “SSD” to 36260 to download the Liner Legal App!

17:08- Thank you Michael!

17:32-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits

As always, leave us a comment below, PLEASE drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! The more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note – We’d love to hear!

Jun 6, 2018

Welcome to episode 100 of Faster Than Normal! I'm so very excited, humbled, and amazed - We're at 100 episodes! Who ever thought? 100 episodes of any podcast is hard enough, but a podcast about ADHD, hosted by someone with ADHD? That's an accomplishment!

 

This week, to celebrate episode 100, we're interviewing two parents of an ADHD kid. But when this kid was growing up, ADHD didn't exist. "Sit down, you're disrupting the class" did.

 

But through love, determination, and support, this kid made it through school and college (sometimes by the skin of his teeth) and wound up doing ok for himself.

 

My two guests today are none other than my wonderful parents, Nancy and Ira Shankman. I'm so thankful to them not just for coming on the podcast, but for everything they've done for me over the past 45 years.

 

This episode is dedicated to everyone who's been touched in some way by ADHD, and recognizes, even just a little bit, that those of us who have "faster brains" are NOT broken, and NOT disabled. In fact, once anyone with ADHD learns how to use that faster brains, the entire world is at their fingertips.

 

Thanks to my mom and dad, I learned how. And to help others learn how to do the same is the whole reason I started Faster Than Normal in the first place.

 

Enjoy - and as always - thank you for listening.

 

To the next hundred and beyond,

 

-Peter Shankman

 

In this episode we talk about:

2:30- Welcome Nancy & Ira Shankman!!

4:00- Tell everyone a little about yourselves

5:20- So you two weren’t necessarily entrepreneurs were you?

7:00- What was your first memory, or sign that I was different somehow?

9:00- Let’s talk about my first experiences with school, notes from teachers, etc.

10:42- Looking back, how did me ‘getting in trouble’ feel to you two?

12:27- Do you think teachers still have the ability, considering all of the current pressures they face, to adapt for and acknowledge the kids with ADHD, or even those who just might need a little more help?

14:25- I figured out and invented so many of my own survival skills. Considering all I went through, and all that you witnessed, did you ever stop and think: “What do we do here for him”?

17:20- What do you think it was, that made it possible for me to always bounce back? (i.e. from frustration, mean kids, illness, failures, etc)

18:45- What would you tell other parents who’s kids are coming home with similar complaints to what I received?

20:45- “Looking back I think we were more frantic and worried at times than you were”.

23:00- At what point did you begin to really trust my decisions?

23:50- What would you say to parents who’s children are asking for dopamine-fueling experiences? (often unwittingly)

26:10- On being supportive.

27:07- On not having a fear of doing something differently.

29:00- Any advice to parents for when their kids come home and say: “I’m broken”?

31:38- If ADHD had existed in medical journals when I was young, and the doctors had recommended you treat me with medication, would you have chosen to medicate me? Would you today?

33:12- Thank you Mom and Dad!!! This was awesome!! If you don’t mind, how can people get in touch with you?  

Nancy@Shankman.com or on Twitter @ChiorDirector 

Ira@Shankman.com or on Twitter @MusicProf

33:50- That’s Shankman.com btw :-D

24:22- A HUGE THANK YOU TO LISTENERS!!

35:16- Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits

As always, leave us a comment below, PLEASE drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! The more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note – We’d love to hear!

May 23, 2018

Travel & Lifestyle Blogger, Brand Ambassador, Entrepreneur, Expert Interviewer, YouTube Host; she is the ultimate traveler & people connector. She's currently working with brands such as Lexus, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Mazda and more. Her engaging & energized style showcases businesses with authentic & engaging social content. She is an experience junky and wants to take you along with her. Mia has been building an online audience for years, producing, hosting and being a guest on more than 300 online show episodes and she has interviewed more than 500 guests. In 2015, she decided to embrace her approaching 50's and begin traveling. Scaling down her life dramatically, Mia went on a 3 week sponsored tour to Italy, connecting and celebrating local businesses. And she hasn't stopped since.

 

We sit down this morning to talk about her story, and learn about what tools work for this entrepreneur with ADHD. Enjoy! 

 

In this episode, Peter and Mia discuss:

0:50- Welcome and introducing Mia Voss!

1:08- How did you learn you have ADHD?

2:45- ADD & ADHD affects women differently than men; what were the symptoms that made you feel you needed to do further research?

4:48- No “Normal” to consider?  Cool = fun, done!

5:45- What specifically do you like about how your brain works?

6:40- What are some of your negatives, and how do you get through the tasks that you don’t necessarily love doing?

8:05- Do you have to TimeBlock social media? https://toggl.com/time-blocking/

8:50- Do you use any other Apps to help you? FlipBoard  GoogleDrive  KillNewsFeed Timer

9:50- You are not alone!

10:13- Everybody has to find their own recipe. Mia & Peter briefly discuss- 5-HTP  Meditation, L-Tyrosine  Binaural Beats Meditation  CBD Oil  

12:08- What would be your “top 3 tips” for surviving & staying at the top of your game?

13:10- What do you say to someone who is hearing her, or his story in your’s today?

13:29- How can people find you Mia? @MiaVossOnTheGo everywhere and at www.MiaOnTheGo.com  TWITTER  INSTA  FB  YouTube  Pinterest  G+

13:40- So.. why again did you call my cat an a&&h*le? ;-) 

14:00- Thank you for joining us Mia!!

14:27-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits

As always, leave us a comment below, PLEASE drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! The more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note – We’d love to hear!

May 16, 2018

After graduating University in the UK, Amanda moved to Whistler in 1997 to ‘do a ski season’. Working first in ski retail, in Whistler and Vail, then at the BC SPCA in Greater Vancouver, a brief stint as a Vet Nurse and a Bank Teller, in human resources for a drug company and finally realizing she should work for herself, Amanda moved to Rossland, BC and opened her first business. Eleven years later Amanda is still in Rossland and owns 2 Pet Supply Stores, a doggy daycare with dog walking services and is about to embark on a new career as a Dog Trainer and Behaviourist. Always at home outdoors, Amanda has been known to dabble in triathlon, road biking, skiing, running and hiking & agility with her dogs.

Amanda was involved in a bike crash that resulted in a brain injury. It took a great deal of patience, determination & research for her to overcome the accident, and begin to repair herself. We talk about her journey back here this morning. Enjoy! 

In this episode, Peter and Amanda discuss:

0:45- Welcome and introducing Amanda Hamilton!

1:40- Tell us your story- what’s this about a brain injuring wreck you were in?

3:14- You wrote: ‘As you started to find more & more of your brain as it recovered, you started to lose your mind’- tell us more about that please?

4:16- The beginning of the rest of the recovery and finding more/better treatment

4:49- Brain injury acquired ADHD?

6:00- A wake up call. A newfound respect for patience.

6:30- So tell us about the difference between then & now, and more about your journey?

7:40- Dr. Michael “Micky” CollinsExertion therapy

8:28- Let’s talk about Positive Reinforcement Training. (Aka Clicker Training or R+)

8:57- Marker Training

10:22- Positive Reinforcement Training in humans too(?)

11:16- So, is working with animals your one true love?

12:10- How can people get in touch with you Amanda? 

DogNerd250 Facebook & her business Tails Pet Supplies & Services at http://www.tailspets.ca  

12:28- Thank you Amanda!

12:47- Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits

As always, leave us a comment below, PLEASE drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! The more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note – We’d love to hear!

May 9, 2018

Aaron is a family man, entrepreneur, and host of the Dramatic Travels podcast. He was diagnosed with ADHD three times—once as a teenager, again in his early twenties, and a final time in his mid-thirties. It wasn’t until he turned 40 that Aaron abandoned his quest to be normal and accepted the gift of a faster than normal brain. Aaron got travel fever as a teenager while traveling the world with his grandmother. Becoming a father inspired him to become an advocate for youth travel and encourage parents to travel with their kids. We talk about how he finally found his path and how travel can change your life, here today. Enjoy! 

In this episode, Peter and Aaron discuss:

0:40- Hello and welcome!

1:03- Introducing Aaron Schlein

2:16- I love this, hehe: Tell me about abandoning your “quest to be normal”!

2:58- What was your childhood like, growing up different

4:00- On discovering Aaron’s ability to hyperfocus

4:18- So what was discovering your ability to hyperfocus like for you?

4:48- Please tell me about travel and how you got enthused about all of that!

6:20- What are some of your favorite places? How do you think wanderlust & ADHD fit together?

7:04- Dramatic Travels with Aaron Schlein - A family travel podcast

7:12- Peter has not yet visited Cinque Terre, Italy

8:06- What fascinates you most about the processes & idiosyncrasies of travel?

8:40- Peter recs some of the theories & concepts mentioned in the cool book Skyfaring

9:40- So you’ve taken something you love & turned it into something that works! Tell me about your podcast!

10:55- On picking a focus & wanting to share your story and perspective with other’s

11:33- On facing frustration

12:56- Looking back now, do you think ADHD propelled you?

14:12- “Forward motion is thrilling”!! -Seth Godin

15:12- If your kids eventually get diagnosed with ADHD, what are you gonna tell them?

16:29- Are you on any Meds?

16:57- What are some of the other ways that you go forward?

18:44- How can folks find you on the Socials? 

Everything is under my name: @AaronSchlein & at www.DramaticTravels.com

19:18- Thank you Aaron!

19:55- Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits

As always, leave us a comment below, PLEASE drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! The more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note – We’d love to hear!

May 2, 2018

This Faster Than Normal podcast is brought to you by the greatest headphones I've ever used in my life, Sudio Sweden! You know I can't workout without music, right? These headphones lasted me over TWENTY FOUR HOURS OF MUSIC ON ONE CHARGE!  The sound quality is off the charts, the bass beats are deep, the trebles are crisp... They're truly amazing. And thanks to our podcast, you can get yours for 15% off by using code FTN15! Check them out - (I have the Sudio Tre, but they're all amazing!) Click this link to see all the headphones they have, and remember, use FTN15 for 15% off your order!

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If you live near Port Jervis, NY or have kids that play basketball in the area, then you most likely already know of Andrew Marotta. I did not, until he reached out to me a few months back. I read his book in one weekend and loved it! Both of my parents are retired educators and administrators, so Andrew and I share way more than just the common thread of having ADHD!  I’ve since given them both a copy :-) He and I connected for a phone interview just a few days after that first read and this is how it went. I’m grateful to know him now- what a great, energetic guy! I hope you enjoy this visit with Mr. Marotta as much as we did.  Happy springtime! -Peter

 

 

In this episode, Peter and Andrew discuss:

0:40- Thank you to Sudio.com for underwriting this podcast!

1:50- Intro and welcome

2:43- Andrew’s book: THE PRINCIPAL: Surviving & Thriving. 125 Points of Wisdom, Practical Tips, and Relatable Stories for all School Principals

2:58- I love this book!! 

3:28- Welcome, Andrew

3:40- Two Authors. One great amount of mutual respect.

4:30- So, how long have you been a Principal?

5:00- Public School, it ain’t easy is it…

5:34- Do you think being a High School Principal is a perfect job for someone with ADHD?

7:12- Teaching versus becoming an Administrator

7:46- Andrew talks about how he began earning the trust of his new community

9:17- What role does exercise play in your life Andrew?

10:00- On ‘looking the part’

10:40- Paying attention and having to be constantly ‘on’ as a Principal. (Multi-tasking for 3pts!)

11:24- No, Andrew’s wife did not instruct me to ask him this question

12:05- Andrew answers: “What tips would you give to people about giving someone your complete and undivided attention”?

13:42- Let’s talk about a few points you make in your book:

15:33- On making time to be present

15:48- On daily lunchtime in the cafeteria

16:45- On your and your family losing anonymity 

17:37- On being prepared. Tip #90: “Know the Teacher’s Contract, the Law and the Rules”.

18:50- On always making the right call

18:58- LIGHTENING ROUND:

19:01- What’s the most helpful advice you’ve ever received?

19:52- Describe the scariest moment of your life thus far?

20:23- You’re trapped on an island. You can bring 3 things with you and one of them has to be living- Go!

21:14- Leatherman products  yep.

21:56- Thank you to Principal & Author Andrew Marotta!

22:14- Andrew, how can people find you if they wanna check out what you’re doing?

www.AndrewMarotta.com or AndrewMarottaLLC@Gmail.com

Twitter: @AndrewMarotta21 

22:38- Thank you Andrew!! 

22:56- 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!

Apr 25, 2018

This Faster Than Normal podcast is brought to you by the greatest headphones I've ever used in my life, Sudio Sweden! You know I can't workout without music, right? These headphones lasted me over TWENTY FOUR HOURS OF MUSIC ON ONE CHARGE!  The sound quality is off the charts, the bass beats are deep, the trebles are crisp... They're truly amazing. And thanks to our podcast, you can get yours for 15% off by using code FTN15! Check them out - (I have the Sudio Tre, but they're all amazing!) Click this link to see all the headphones they have, and remember, use FTN15 for 15% off your order!

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This week's episode is a special one to me. Meet Denis Morton, one of the many talented instructors at OnePeloton. What I love so much about this interview is Denis' honesty, and the forthcoming way in which he shares his wins and losses in his world, and how everything he's done has helped shape his life as it is today.

 

I'm lucky to have had the chance to interview Denis, and you're lucky to hear it.

 

This is one of the best conversations I've had on FTN since I launched the podcast over two years ago.

 

Enjoy!

 

-Peter

 

In this episode, Peter and Denis discuss:

0:40- A big thank you to Sudio.com for sponsoring this podcast!!

2:00- Intro and welcome!

2:25- Denis’ bio

2:58- Walk us through your history, won’t you?

5:07- I did the things I had to do in order to do the things I wanted to do.

5:14- Did you find enjoyment an any of the ‘have to’ tasks?

5:44- Would you talk a little more about getting comfortable with that jagged edge and how you deal with fear?

6:16- Susan Jeffers book and Denis’ nickname “The Shaman of Spin” 

6:55- On the cycle you’re working on and the cycle that you are in

7:54- Joseph Campbell always talks about slaying your dragons

8:20- Ripping it up and rolling the dice, again, again and again

9:38- “Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.” - G.K. Chesterton

10:00-  Courage is shaking in your boots, but walking anyway

10:45- What quiets the ‘voice’ inside your head, what calms you?

13:28- Control_Alt-Deleting your brain in order to focus & reset

14:40- poikilothermia definition Poikilotherm wiki

15:10- What happens when you’re in a situation where you can’t get to a place that you can do something physical to reset?  Or like when you’re recovering from ACL surgery, for example.

16:53- Without the regimens, do you find yourself ‘in your head’ a lot?

17:17- Making and maintaining a “Happy checklist”

17:58- What are your bad weather fail-safes?

20:27- Sometimes if it’s about finding solace, it’s not necessarily about the activity through which you find solace, but rather the solace that you find. 

21:12- Sharing about shifting perspective through skydiving

22:57- On not overthinking and continuing to try

24:00- What do you think it is about things like” Spin class, sky diving or surfing that creates a good addiction for people like us?

26:10- How can we find you on the socials? 

INSTA: @denis_morton FB: DenisMorton-Peloton TWITTER:@DenisNoMenace

26:37- Thank you Denis, we can’t wait for you to visit with us again!

27:17- 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!

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