Dr. Anhalt was one of the first interviews I ever did on Faster Than Normal, and now she's back! Emily Anhalt, PhD is the founder of a new project called COA, an innovative mental fitness studio that is currently offering free therapist-led workshops on managing work stress from home, how to deal with anxiety, building mental health & mindfulness through routine, how to be a fit leader during this time, and more. We learn her advice for dealing with: anxiety, there being ‘no end in sight’, finding new structure(s), the 3 best pieces of advice Peter has ever received, and all around good mental health. This is a really good one, enjoy!
***CORONA VIRUS EDITION***
In this episode Peter & Emily discuss:
1:04- Intro & welcome back Dr. Emily Anhalt! Emily’s first interview on FTN <--
3:00- Everyone’s talking about what happens when/if you get COVID-19 but what happens & what have you been seeing in Mental Health?
4:10- On being forced into quarantine/not being able to travel
4:49- We can only exercise so much; what else can we with ADHD/Neurodiverse do to manage?
6:18- How long can you do a thing?
7:25- On craving structure
8:00- How do we deal with having no rules now with regard to “structure” & routine?
9:20- On structuring break time and the right distractions for us
10:50- What other trends are you seeing lately in your patients?
11:28- Tips for dealing with anxiety, aka, ANXIETY!
14:00- The 3 best pieces of advice that Peter has ever received
14:26- How is San Fran doing during this quarantine?
15:20- About institutional transference
16:40- About how to deal with “no end in sight”
19:23- Quote ref: Mark John Clifford episode of 20 Minutes In Lockdown interview
19:55- Why are some people so damn hesitant to wear masks?!?!
21:22- Thank you Emily 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 email@example.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!
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Tedi is a Fitness Coach & Runner, Public Speaker, Author, and Health Educator. She is a Washington state native who calls the Utah mountains home for the past 20 years. A longtime advocate for outdoor adventure and physical wellness for ADHD. Tedi is a strong believer in building a healthy mindset which has helped her deal with ADHD and anxiety. She took up trail running during an especially difficult time in life and kept on running. Loves teaching teenagers and speaking to inspire positive changes in people’s lives. We learn today about what she’s learned to do in order to stay mentally and physically healthy, what works for her and why. Enjoy!
***CORONA VIRUS EDITION***
In this episode Peter & Tedi discuss:
1:00- Intro & welcome Tedi Searle
2:14- You originally self-diagnosed, then again officially in your 30’s. Tell us your story!
3:25- What problems was your ADHD causing after you first self-diagnosed?
4:09- How did you find out that physical fitness actually helped you?
4:48- What’s an average ADHD day-in-the-life like for you?
6:30- Tell us about your positive affirmations and any other of your techniques.
7:24- Does trail running calm your mind?
8:38- Do you store your problems up until you can get outside/exercise?
9:20- How do you make time for exercise?
11:11- On making deliberate choices and about “free time”
12:10- What else is important to you to make time for?
13:11- Talk about a time when your ADHD got the best of you.
14:54- How do you get out of your own way, and ‘out of your own head’?
17:26- Thank you Tedi 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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Can cannabis actually improve your focus when you are ADD or ADHD; what does the research say? Is it only misinformation and perception that keeps cannabis a Schedule 1 drug? Will we see more research in the US? What can cannabis possibly do for your community? Today we examine all of these questions with leading expert in the field, Max Simon. A bit more about our guest today is below. Enjoy!
Max Simon, Founder/CEO Green Flower Media, Inc.
With the vision of building a media company that would change the world’s perception of cannabis, Max Simon co-founded Green Flower in 2014. Green Flower has since become the industry leader in cannabis education, producing thousands of hours of premium content; bolstering a network of over 700 top cannabis experts; and building the largest library of cannabis education content in the world. Today, Max leads an incredible 30-person team united around the mission of becoming the global leaders in cannabis education.
Max’s mission to educate people about cannabis and discredit misinformation reflects his work in bringing meditation and mind-body wellness out of the shadows in the early 2000’s, when he served as Director of Consumer Products for the Chopra Center. For seven years, Max built and ran world-renowned self-help guru Deepak Chopra’s products business; there, he rebranded the company; developed and launched 49 signature products; created their digital marketing strategy; and impacted hundreds of millions of people on- and offline.
Green Flower is also a personal mission for Max, who has successfully used cannabis for over two decades as an integral part of his wellness regime—and to aid in the treatment of his ADD.
***CORONA VIRUS EDITION***
In this episode Peter & Max discuss:
1:11- Intro & welcome Max Simon
3:00- So why cannabis? How did you get into studying?
4:04- What differences have you noticed in your ADHD and just in general by using cannabis?
6:40- So can Cannabis actually improve your focus if you are ADHD? Ref: What is an endocannabinoid (EC) system?
8:30- How long has this been your area of study?
8:45- Tell us what you’ve head about other formal studies of cannabis and ADHD.
10:22- What do you think it’s going to take to remove the Schedule 1 label in the US?
10:35- What’s the difference between restrictions in individual States versus on the Federal level?
11:26- Do you think the reason it remains a Schedule 1 is because of perceptions/ignorance?
14:56- Cannabis’ affect on alcohol sales in most areas
16:50- How do you change the conversation on ADHD, kids and general perceptions?
19:38- Thank you Max 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 email@example.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!
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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:
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”?
20:57- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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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.
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
22:34- 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 email@example.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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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
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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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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?
12:52- 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 email@example.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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Grant currently works as a full-time contractor and virtual event video coordinator for Dell Technologies. A man wearing many hats, he was previously a three-time social media manager on both the agency and brand side, a past YouTube channel manager for Fortune 100 enterprises, a nationwide conference speaker on video marketing, a former professional editorial cartoonist and talk radio host, a comedy club staffer, and a dabbler in documentary film production. He is a proud fighter of free speech for everyone and was represented by the ACLU during his college years. Grant volunteers with Karen as foster parents for a cat and kitten adoption and rescue organization. For fun, he enjoys running in thousand-acre forest preserves, looking for the best craft beer deals across state lines, listening to offbeat podcasts, enjoying quirky documentaries, open mic nights, and getting into spirited dialog with humor. His first solo book, GRANTASMS! is the culmination of many years of word creations from his big ideas, small wonders, and unfinished business. You can find it HERE. He is an enthusiastic student of creative psychology and social health, and he explores twisted ways of treating people online with empathy daily. He succeeds some of the time, laughs at the others, gets pissy about a few, and tries to learn from them all.
Today we talk about “Grantasms”- the descriptive word mash-ups we all need, about his diagnosis of ADHD and sleep apnea, the many hats he wears for work & how he keeps them all secured to his head! It’s a fun one today that we recorded at the very beginning of 2020, Enjoy!
In this episode Peter & Grant discuss:
1:20- Intro & welcome Grant Crowell!
2:50- So when were you diagnosed; what’s your story?
5:00- On being diagnosed with sleep apnea and how that changed his life too!
6:00- On maintaining his creative outlets, post diagnosis. Ref: Rich Hall’s Sniglets
8:20. You wear many hats for your job. What sort of rituals, practices, things do you have in place that work for you- that you have to do in order to remain successful? Ref: The 5 Minute Gratitude Journal Calm meditation app Focus@Will music app
12:00- On writing his book of Grantasms
14:20- On using cellphone pix to remember stuff! Ref: spacial dyslexia aka directional dyslexia
18:00- On “big little moments” and the term ADHD
19:00- On why he wrote the book
19:50- On how ADHD is really a misnomer, & how hyperfocus is awesome! Ref: The 4,000 piece lego car that Peter built!
23:49- Dopplersation: When you’re running somewhere and you see people coming from the other direction talking, but only catch a couple of seconds of the conversation and it makes you so curious!
24:30- Thank you Grant 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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Ellin Bessner is a Canadian journalist based in Toronto. She is the author of a new book about Canada’s Jewish servicemen and women who fought in the Second World War. The book is called “Double Threat: Canadian Jews, the Military, and World War ll”. Ellin was born in Montreal and graduated with a degree in journalism and political science from Carleton University. Her career as a journalist took her around Canada and around the world, working for CTV News and CBC News, and also stringing for the Globe and Mail, The Canadian Press and other organizations. As a foreign correspondent based in Rome, Italy, during the 1990s, aside from reporting on the Vatican, the Mafia, Italian food, fashion, and opera, and of course, on Italian soccer, Ellin also covered several brutal civil wars in Africa. She’s interviewed Prince Phillip and the Dalai Lama. She was a business anchor for many years at Report on Business Television, now BNN. Ellin has also taught hundreds of budding young journalists, in her capacity as a professor at Centennial College Journalism School in Toronto, and before that, at Seneca College and Ryerson University.
In her spare time, she plays Mahjongg, gardens, and loves the “Outlander” series. She lives in Richmond Hill, Ontario with her husband and two sons. Today we talk about how she discovered her ADHD & Journalism, how her ADHD has helped her in the field, influenced her life, her career, her writing, marriage and her children. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter & Ellin discuss:
0:52- Intro & welcome Ellin Bessner!
1:39- What was school like for you?
4:00- On making the decision to get tested for ADHD
6:00- On deciding to do the work and use self care
7:05- On feeling shame about your ADHD
7:51- On how Ellin discovered Journalism and how she uses her ADHD in the field
9:30- On how she manages her ADHD
11:30- Did you use your hyperfocus when writing & researching your book? “Double Threat: Canadian Jews, the Military, and World War ll”
13:56- What are your top 3 pieces of advice for people with ADHD?
16:30- Thank you Ellin 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 email@example.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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Aaron Perlut is a cool ass dude. He is the founding partner of St. Louis-based integrated communications firm Elasticity, with some 25 years of diverse experience in journalism, public relations, digital marketing, yet perhaps is best known as the world's foremost freedom fighter for people of Mustached American descent. A modest pants enthusiast and former senior counselor for FleishmanHillard, as well as a communications executive for two of the nation's largest energy companies, he has helped a range of organizations – Fortune 500s, state governments, professional sports franchises, economic development authorities, well-funded startups and large non-profits – manage their reputation and market brands across diverse channels in an evolving media environment. Today we talk about his experiences growing up with ADHD, academics, medication, getting through college, fighting stereotypes, and how he feeds his non-stop hunger & curiosity. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter & Aaron discuss:
1:09- Intro & welcome back Aaron! Check out his agency: www.GoElastic.com
2:06- So when were you diagnosed?
3:04- What was growing up like for you, pre and post meds?
4:45- What are some of the toughest things you had to deal with, that the medicine didn’t necessarily cure or “fix”?
5:58- About “normal” behaviors and social acceptance ref: definition of “cancel culture”
9:05- On the challenges of helping neurotypicals to understand important stuff about ADHD
11:20- Tell us about the agency that you run
13:30- On how being neurodiverse can be liberating!
14:42- Please tell us about your upcoming book
17:50- Real quick- what’s it like to own a bar and not drink? His bar in St. Louis is: Tiny Bar
18:50- Thank you Aaron 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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Christopher Mitchell is a travel blogger, freelance writer, photographer and podcaster hailing from Toronto, Canada. He's also a Co-Founder of the Toronto Bloggers Collective, an organization which aims to help Toronto content creators turn their passion into their profession. He's lived on three continents, traveled to 80 countries, and has no intention of slowing down any time soon. We talk about his ADHD, how he keeps himself on task and together while traveling, how he got his start, and his take on being a busy entrepreneur today. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter & Chris discuss:
0:45- Intro & welcome Christopher Mitchell!
1:30- So what’s your story; when were you first diagnosed?
2:43- So meds worked for you, cool! What did you do after you finished school?
3:40- On how traveling & being displaced may inspire a feeling of liberation
5:05- Did you ever have any doubts or fears about going out on your own?
6:30- How do you manage your ADHD during your work week, and when traveling?
8:12- On glamorizing always “being busy” in our culture
9:00- How does your non-ADHD wife understand your ADHD? Do you have any advice?
10:42- What are the best and worst parts of your ADHD?
16:16- Thank you Christopher 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 email@example.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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The first interview with our guest today was so informative, we had to bring him back! If you haven’t listened to “Nutrition Wellness and ADHD w/ Fitness + Dietary Expert Andrew Wade” maybe try to start there. Either way this is a great one! We left off with “don’t eat cookies alone”… Today is a continuance of that interview. He expounds on that sentiment and we talk more about how important nutrition is in our hectic, everyday ADHD lives. Enjoy!
A little bit more about our guest today- He is a Registered Dietitian, and owner of Case Specific Nutrition (CSN), a Dietitian Group Practice with 4 locations in Pittsburgh, PA and the surrounding area. CSN has various contracts servicing fitness centers, corporate wellness initiatives, health and rehabilitation sites, and family medical offices. Andrew completed his Master’s in Wellness & Human Performance at the University of Pittsburgh in the Fall of 2015 and is currently credentialed as a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD). In addition to his practice, Andrew is the creator of the accountability mobile app “Rate My Day”, the co-founder of the online habits course The Optilife Academy, the author of the book “Marathon Ready Runner’s Nutrition Guide: a quick reference tool”, and the owner of the Case Specific Wellness Fitness Center.
In this episode Peter & Andrew discuss:
0:40- Intro & welcome back Andrew!! Prior refs: RateMyDay App The Optilife Academy Book: Marathon Ready Runner’s Guide: A Quick Reference Tool Case Specific Wellness Center
1:24- When we last parted, I had the phrase “don’t eat cookies alone” stuck in my head all week! Would you please expound on that statement?
3:19- About more “lonely foods”
4:26- How should we keep our pattern of good nutrition when our regular, daily schedule is thrown out of a window?
6:45- On putting the day in “holidays”
10:45- On resilience
11:15- What else can we do to prevent getting into situations that make it hard for us to make good nutritional decisions?
14:31- Flat tire analogy about overeating
16:00- When our ADHD blows up, it seems like the first thing we stop being mindful of is food. Do you have any quick tips to prevent or combat that? Ref for dopamine hits: https://www.drybarcomedy.com also on YouTube and JustForLaughs on You Tube
20:55- Andrew has a NEW PODCAST called CSN3MPodcast You can find it here: https://casespecificnutrition.com/csn-3m/
21:45- Thank you Andrew Wade for joining us here 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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Mental conditioning is something many people don't know about- today's guest is trying to change that; meet Dr. Jonathan Fader. We’re talking Performance Coaching, APE- (Attitude Preparation Effort), the 2015 Mets, shorthands for dealing with stress, mindfulness, and about constructing a good mental performance routine. Enjoy!
A little it more about our guest today-
Dr. Jonathan Fader is a licensed clinical and performance psychologist. He is best known for working with professional athletes in the MLB and NFL, including The New York Mets and The New York Giants. He is the co-founder of Union Square Practice, a mental health center, and SportStrata, a performance coaching group, located in New York City. Dr. Fader regularly works with athletes, performers, entrepreneurs, businesses, schools, physicians and with first responder groups such as The New York City Fire Department (FDNY). He speaks to groups, on topics of mindfulness, motivation and Motivational Interviewing, improving performance, stress reduction, communication and team building. Jonathan is a Motivational Interviewing trainer and is part of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), and is a co-author of the forthcoming book, Coaching Athletes To Be Their Best: Motivational Interviewing in Sport as well as his debut book Life as Sport
In this episode Peter & Dr. Fader discuss:
0:57- Intro & welcome Jonathan! Ref: Union Square Practice Center 2015 New York Mets Michael Sergio’s jump into Mets Shea Stadium circa1986
2:58- Explain Performance Coaching?
4:46- Ref: FTN Podcast #53 Adapt and Overcome, with US Navy SEAL Jack Walston
6:18- On how your mind may think you are finished with a workout / The mind’s central governor
7:40- So, how does one condition against the little yellow light that your brain sends sometimes? / On building a mental performance routine
9:20- What if you get mentally exhausted on a run?
10:28- On how sensations are like a wave
10:57- On being ADHD and practicing mindfulness
12:58- Jonathan’s shorthand for feeling stress
13:30- What would be your advice to folks who get stuck, or who fall off? APE (Attitude-Preparation-Effort)
16:42- Thank you Dr. Fader! 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 email@example.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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This is not one for the kiddo’s folks, today we’re taking about Sex. It IS really important and good though, and you are very likely to feel better afterwards! Today we talk a little about Ari’s new book, “ADHD After Dark: Better Sex Life, Better Relationship”. We then discuss: The Neurotypical+ADHD relationship, Meds & Sex, Does our ADHD make us extra kinky, Why don’t we ever talk about Sex & ADHD at the same time, Communication habits, and Ari gives us lots of great advice. Enjoy!
A little more about our guest today:
Ari Tuckman, PsyD, CST is a psychologist, certified sex therapist, international speaker, and author of four books on ADHD, including his newest, ADHD After Dark: Better Sex Life, Better Relationship which helps couples with one ADHD partner improve their sexual and relationship satisfaction. He has appeared on CNN, National Public Radio, and XM Radio and been quoted in The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, USnews.com, The Daily Mail (UK) and many other media outlets. He is a former board member and current conference committee co-chair for CHADD, the national ADHD advocacy organization. You can find more information about his books and upcoming and recorded presentations at adultADHDbook.com
In this episode Peter & Ari discuss:
0:57- Intro & welcome Ari! Get his new book here!
1:30- If you are not already familiar CHADD.org is a great resource for all things ADHD!
1:55- So Ari, what does ADHD have to do with sex?
3:25- Why do you think people don’t think, or maybe just don’t talk about how ADHD affects their sex lives?
6:00- Do you think the ADHD promotes a higher level of experimentation/kinkiness?
7:54- Talk about sex and communication differences/barriers in the “Neurotypical + ADHD” partnership?
10:57- On communication and circumstances in the relationship
12:54- Let’s talk about meds, stimulants and their effects on a sex life
14:55- On how stimulants are perhaps most effective
16:38- It takes two
18:20- What advice would you give to the partner with ADHD who is trying to make things better in a relationship?
20:47- Ari’s book is “ADHD After Dark You can find it at www.AdultADHDBook.com
21:00- Thank you Ari!! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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Author, Father, and Medical Salesperson Tyler Menke’s philosophy is: “Be present in the moment, live for the day, and build for tomorrow. Work for impact not reward.” Today we’re talking about how Tyler found his way to a career in Sales from the impetus of simply wanting to help others through medicine. He shares with us about his struggles throughout school, his late diagnosis of ADHD, on staying positive during slow seasons, his daily ADHD routines and all about his new book, “The Pirate’s Guide to Sales”. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter & Tyler Menke discuss:
0:53- WELCOME NEW LISTENERS! And an intro & welcome to Tyler!
2:18- Where did you get the idea to do an infographic? Link to Tyler’s custom infographic template
2:48- What’s your story? What do you do for a living?
4:24- You were already in the workforce when you were diagnosed; tell us about that?
6:00- On getting your child tested in 2019!
6:55- When it comes to selling, people with ADHD seem to either love it or hate it. What is it about sales that you love, and how does your ADHD enter into that?
10:12- What do you hate about your day-to-day? Ref: Space Camp movie
11:17- How do you stay positive through a slow period or down time?
14:20- How does your married life work with ADHD
17:17- Thank you Tyler! 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 email@example.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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Matt Raekelboom is an ADHD positive Landscape Architect, as well as co-founder of the "It's Fun To Try Hard" movement based in Ontario, Canada. While running a full-time business of his own, Raekelboom is out to teach those in need how to smile again- even when their minds can be their biggest competitor. He completed his first marathon on October 20th 2019. Having lost over 80 pounds in the last 2 years and in addition to kicking food addiction, drug addiction, and alcoholism; Raekelboom was compelled to start the "Try Hard" movement. Sharing his story about how accomplishing something as simple as making his bed in the morning, is turning him in to the man he never thought possible. He is now setting out anew with his team of "try hards" to prove that anyone of any age, and any size, can do anything if they set their minds to it and just have fun! Today we’re talking about Matt’s journey with meds, addiction, entrepreneurship, discipline, routine and not feeling all alone. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter & Matthew discuss:
1:09- Intro & welcome Matt!
2:15- So what’s your story? When were you diagnosed?
3:15- How old were you when you were first put on meds?
3:53- Tell us about your life transformation; all of this is kinda new for you still, right?
6:00- On starting his first business
7:00- On routines and disciplines
7:35- Why do you think that so many people with ADD or ADHD feel like they are alone, and the only ones struggling- even though the numbers, and awareness continue to go up- at least in your situation?
9:30- Let’s talk for a sec about addiction. How did the cycle turn for you?
11:45- What did you do to flip the switch?
13:30- What are you doing each day to make sure that you stay on the right path?
14:44- On marathon training
17:00- Thank you Matt! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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Steve has over 25 years of experience advising early, growth and enterprise stage companies in emerging industries. He brings a unique mix of legal, business, and strategic experience to bear on client matters and is passionate about helping committed teams execute upon a path to success in new markets. Steve has been an early innovator in internet, software, entertainment, games, and mobile technologies, and has most recently focused on blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and cannabis. Recognized as a “Super Lawyer”, Steve serves on a variety of corporate and nonprofit boards and industry associations. He has counseled enterprise level clients including Shazam, Virgin Mobile, Liberty Media, Yamaha, Diageo, Nielsen Buzzmetrics, Warner Music Group and Bob Vila. Today we’re talking about how he manages the multiple projects and organized chaos of his daily life, dealing with distractions, technology, and how he grew up in the 1970’s with ADHD. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter & Steven Masur discuss:
0:47- Intro & welcome Steve!
1:57- You weren’t diagnosed until late in your teens; what was it like for you growing up?
2:30- What were some of the things you had to deal with; how did you make it all work?
4:00- So does ‘multitasking’ still work for you?
5:19- Since your diagnosis, what is an average day like for you?
7:25- Every day for you is different. Tell us about how that works out?
8:15- What do you like most about the organized chaos of a normal day in your world?
9:00- How do you deal with distractions?
10:10- What do you like working on the most?
11:07- What projects are you working on lately?
12:08- What do you say to people who don’t yet believe that ADHD is a real thing?
13:30- Thank you Steve! 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 email@example.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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~Happy New Decade everyone!~
Born in Brooklyn without a silver spoon in his mouth, partially blind in one eye, and Dyslexic- back before “Dyslexia was even a ‘thing’, this man’s current net worth is over One Hundred Million Dollars. Today we are lucky to visit with Mr. Larry Hite. Larry is an investor, trend follower and pioneer of system trading and the guaranteed fund concept. He is best known as the founder of Mint Investment Management Company. During his 13-year tenure at Mint, the composite of funds achieved a compounded annual rate of return greater than 30% before fees during that period. Hite pioneered the use of the “guaranteed fund” concept, which helped Mint become the first hedge fund to raise over $1 billion. In 2000, he founded Hite Capital, a family wealth management firm. He was profiled in the book Market Wizards by Jack Schwager and won the Hedge Funds Review Americas lifetime achievement award. The Financial Times wrote “Hite’s development of complex, algorithmically driven models that aimed to spot and follow market trends delivered average annualized returns of more than 30 per cent to his clients.”
Today we’re talking about how he started his life in “survival mode”, dealt with his blindness & Dyslexia and made better for himself from what he had been given. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter & Mr. Hite discuss:
0:45- Intro & welcome Larry!
1:32- You grew up in Brooklyn before Dyslexia was even a thing! What was that like for you?
2:28- So how was school; were you a public school kid also?
3:10- How did you find your path forward?
5:00- After you finished school, what was your next move?
6:20- How were you working with numbers & figures daily, yet also Dyslexic?
7:47- A lot of our listeners get grief because they don’t conform to “the normal ways of doing things”. What was your experience?
8:22- Talk about how you went from living in survival mode, to starting your own firm
9:47- So, did you have a few clear paths forward then; options?
10:20- What advice would you give to someone who feels they don’t have the ability to succeed?
12:28- On making do with what you have
14:05- When you ran Mint and after you became the first hedge fund to raise over a billion dollars, did you ever feel like you had succeeded?
14:50- Thank you Larry; this has been a pleasure! By the way, may we ask your age?
15:00- Thank you Larry! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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~Happy Holidays everyone~
This interview contains some of the most important info we’ve probably ever discussed on Faster Than Normal. Welcome our great guest Andrew Wade, MS, RDN, LDN, CSSD (dig the hard work, discipline and study that went into earning all those letters!) He just got diagnosed this year but has spent a lifetime studying about the body. Today we’re talking about the domino’s of digestion and energy, Nutrition, ADHD, Neurodiversity, diet, exercise, lonely foods versus quality food- basically we’re talking about most the primary toolkit in how we keep our day-to-day engines running smoothly! This is great! Enjoy!
[A bit more about Andrew Wade] He is a Registered Dietitian, and owner of Case Specific Nutrition (CSN), a Dietitian Group Practice with 4 locations in Pittsburgh, PA and the surrounding area. CSN has various contracts servicing fitness centers, corporate wellness initiatives, health and rehabilitation sites, and family medical offices. Andrew completed his Master’s in Wellness & Human Performance at the University of Pittsburgh in the Fall of 2015 and is currently credentialed as a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD). In addition to his practice, Andrew is the creator of the accountability mobile app "Rate My Day", the co-founder of the online habits course The Optilife Academy, the author of the book “Marathon Ready Runner’s Nutrition Guide: a quick reference tool”, and the owner of the Case Specific Wellness Fitness Center.
In this episode Peter & Andrew Wade discuss:
1:25- Intro & welcome Andrew! Ref: RateMyDay App The Optilife Academy book: Marathon Ready Runner’s Guide: A Quick Reference Tool Case Specific Wellness Center
2:20- So you just got diagnosed this year, is that right?
3:30- Did running cross country as a kid help you out?
4:11- Peter on running on a track for the first time/first runner’s high
4:40- So what led you to getting diagnosed?
6:00- Food plays just as much a part of things on the mental side of things as exercise. Please expound on the connections and correlations.
9:30- The Domino’s of digestion and energy
11:05- The previous three minutes of this interview may be some OF THE MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION EVER SPOKEN ON THIS PODCAST TO DATE!
12:29- Eating healthy will not leave you hungry
13:25- What does real food, versus fast food, do to the brain?
15:23- A look at a Cheezy Poof’s trajectory and affect on the human body
18:13- If you were to hit on “quick fix” highlight, or one change our listeners should make about our dietary habits.. what would be that One change?
23:53- Lonely pizza in peril?!!
24:05- We gotta have you back Andrew! How can people find you until then? @casespecificnutrition on INSTA FB @CaseSpecificPGH on Twitter also at www.CaseSpecificNutrition.com & www.CaseSpecificWellness.com
24:42- Thank you Andrew! 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 email@example.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
ALSO! There are still two or three spots open if you’d like personal one-on-one coaching by me! Go here to to sign up! https://www.shankminds.com/adhdcoaching/
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Diagnosed with A.D.D. after retirement from the Navy at age 41, Captain Byrd has a profound understanding of what it takes to make his Neurodiverse brain do what he needs it to do! Currently he’s fighting poverty in Nigeria with his charitable organization The William T. Byrd Foundation. He’s also a serial entrepreneur, a working scuba diver, a sailboat captain, father and husband. He made time to join us in our New York studio and we had a really informative and good interview- covering everything from what it’s like to be ADD and responsible for decisions of war and dealing with extreme stress, to the joys of sailing. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter & Captain Byrd discuss:
0:44- Intro & welcome Inspector Captain W.T. Bird!
3:09- You were career Navy. You weren’t diagnosed until after you retired. Tell us what that was like.
4:11- How did you wind up in the Navy?
5:20- On Military discipline and being on time
7:14- On understanding Military logic
8:37- On learning & knowing your strengths
8:59- On ADHD/ADD and war- making the correct decisions without setting your hair on fire
11:10- On Standard Operating Procedures.. and surprises
12:08- Peter’s observance of 9/11 and witnessing the training of the FDNY
13:00- When you have a really tough job to do- is there a lot of compartmentalizing?
14:15- On “lowering the temperature” of a situation
15:25- I imagine after your mission for a big day is over, your dopamine levels must be off the charts. How do you calm down?
16:05- On skydiving, adrenaline, serotonin, and dopamine
17:00- Let’s get into how you began rescuing children from poverty
20:28- Where do you think the bottleneck is in the system?
21:51- Tell us about sailing and what you enjoy about it, especially being ADD
25:28- What do you tell someone who has just been diagnosed and doesn’t yet know what, or how to do?
27:30- Walk us through your Mind-Soul-Body day-to-day
29:00- Does your wife see a difference in how you two relate, now that you workout together and she understands better how your brain works?
29:54- Advice to someone who has just learned a friend of family member had ADD/ADHD
34:00- How can people find you? WTByrdFoundation.org email: WTB@GlobalMaker.com
34:30- Thank you Captain Bird! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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A Police Inspector serving with Sussex Police, in the UK. Inspector Bartlett has over 20 years of Operational Policing experience. Living with Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), diagnosed in 2017, a condition she did not know much about or understand until she discovered she’d lived with it all of her life! Seeking the right support to manage it has been transformative. Seeking to raise greater awareness of ADHD, she is working with others in efforts to de-stigmatize the condition. Currently part of the Advisory Group to the All Party Parliamentary Group on ADHD, she is the lead of a working group within her home Force that’s seeking to improve awareness of all Neurodiverse Conditions; doing so with the express wish to secure improved policing outcomes for those who are Neurodiverse and better employment outcomes for Neurodiverse Officers and Staff within the Force. Nationally she is the Lead for ADHD within the National Autism Policing Association; a national Officer and Staff support network. Whilst it was set up in relation to Autism, it now covers all Neurodiverse conditions. Today we talk about how being diagnosed has changed her life and the life of her children, what she is learning, and things to think about as we continue to change the conversation about all things Neurodiverse. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter & Inspector Bartlett discuss:
0:57- Intro & welcome Inspector Kaj Bartlett!
2:37- You were diagnosed in 2017. What finally brought you to getting tested?
4:15- Did things begin to make sense a little bit more after your learned you had ADHD?
4:44- You are currently on the APG Advisory board on ADHD. Neurodiversity is now being considered in policing! Tell us about what you’ve learned thus far, what you are working on etc.
9:57- Are you finding that early education about ADHD, dopamine levels, etc is making a difference?
13:20- So, you’re saying that perhaps it needs to also be a family approach?
15:14- Some people with Autism may not react “as expected” to commands given by police officers. Do you think training law enforcement about all types of neurodiversity would be effective and helpful?
18:56- Thank you for your service and all that you are doing! How can people find you? @ADHD_InspKaj on Twitter
20:00- Thank you Inspector Bartlett! 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 email@example.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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We are thankful and thrilled to welcome Stephen Jurgella! He is the Founder and CEO of Fountain Forward, a Houston-based firm he founded 8 years ago that brings a different perspective to marketing and advertising. Stephen and his team are all about the “Why” and how they can bring solid outcomes to their customers. Fountain Forward is completely built from customer referrals. A self-taught marketing professional, Stephen has worked with B2C and B2B clients for more than a decade, crafting strategies that connect with customers and help them tell their stories in a compelling, and engaging way. He is also a Co-Founder of Boat Count Investments, a Real Estate investment company with commercial properties in Wisconsin.
Personally, Stephen is very active in sports and plays hockey every week. Mental health awareness is a close personal cause having recently been named a #SameHereHero for sharing his personal experience with bi-polar disorder and suicide. Recently married, Stephen enjoys spending time with his wife and Great Dane, Waldo. Stephen and Taryn have recently launched Movement by Taryn, a concierge Physical Therapy service (Taryn is an amazing PT). Enjoy!
In this episode Peter & Stephen discuss:
1:26- Intro & welcome Stephen Jurgella!
2:22- Tell us about Same Here and your story
4:20- Upon being diagnosed and how that felt, at last.
5:18- On learning your superpowers
7:24- So what kind of things did you learn to do, next, after you were diagnosed?
9:28- What advice would you give to someone who isn’t, (or isn’t yet), running a financially successful company?
13:14- What did you change about yourself if order to make a better relationship with your wife?
17:04- What are the steps you now take when you can’t work your thoughts out, and you are feeling frustrated, angry, etc?
19:10 Thank you Stephen! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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Oh what a great interview here! Our wonderful guest today is the third PhD who we’ve had on this podcast who is not a PhD in ADHD. Angel Kaur PhD is an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at UNC Asheville and the keeper of the podcast Club Kaur. Her scientific background is in cell and molecular neurobiology, and her experiences in the classroom over the last 6 years have inspired her to take on STEM education research. Her research interests include strategies to build skills in reading scientific literature, ways to instruct students on effective science communication to a range of audiences, and whether use of interdisciplinary materials can enhance student engagement and learning of science. These goals led to the creation of Club Kaur, a podcast on all things related to the teaching, learning, and communication of science, produced in close collaboration with undergraduate students at UNC Asheville, and featuring work done entirely by them as part of her classes. Interdisciplinarity is at the core of her work, whether she is teaching students about the neurobiology of pain, or principles of film form. She credits her ability to do this to ADHD. Her interdisciplinary work with students resulted in her receiving a teaching award at UNC Asheville in 2019, and a nomination for the Society for Neuroscience Educator Award. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter & Angel discuss:
1:16- Intro & welcome Angel Kaur!
3:00- When were you diagnosed with ADHD?
7:22- On when you are ADHD you really love the things you love and want to share them with the world
8:30- Tell me about what it was like for you growing up undiagnosed?
12:54- On self medicating for ADHD without realizing it
14:00- What are some tips & tricks on how you get stuff done?
16:00- On sometimes, no matter how hard you try, stuff just happens and that’s ok
17:54- On “Stand Up Science” and how the ADHD brain doesn’t have borders!
19:19- On opening the first fast food Restaurante in outer space
19:44- What do you tell a kid who thinks they are not smart enough for something?
23:16 Thank you Angel! 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 email@example.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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Mordecai and I have been friends in same orbit.. at least since the dawn of the Dotcom world. He is the Chief Strategist of Blue Thread Marketing, a boutique Israeli digital agency working with clients that have spanned across 8 countries. He also serves as the New Media Director for the city of Jerusalem's tourism division. Mordecai recently was ranked as 2019 Top Digital Marketing Influencers. Mordecai is an avid blogger and an active contributor to the digital marketing space, including contributions to Fast Company and mentions in Buzzfeed, CMO.com, Forbes & Inc. His articles have been featured on industry-leading sites including Social Media Today Business2Community, Social Media World, Post Planner, and co-schedule. Mordecai recently launched Empathize It, a podcast focused on entrepreneurship, empathy and the digital economy. Mordecai is part of the global network of key opinion leaders for Huawei, China's largest and fastest-growing tech company. Today we talk about systems and practices this man with many talents and jobs uses to keep it all happening, healthy and growing. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter & Mordecai discuss:
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1:16- Intro & welcome Mordecai Holtz!
2:46- When were you diagnosed with ADHD?
4:08- Exercise is key. On systems & routines to get you up & moving each morning! Ref: Peter’s book “Faster Than Normal: Turbocharge Your Focus, Productivity, and Success with the Secrets of the ADHD Brain”
5:33- You do like.. a million things, and you’re based where?
6:10- Talk about how you’re able to separate & focus on your different jobs and also make time to do all of them.
7:21- You get up super early! How does the time difference affect your work?
8:13- What’s your home life like?
9:27- It’s working for you!! What would be your top three pieces of advice for our listeners?
11:12- On explaining your strengths to others
12:00- Are you listening to this podcast on double or triple playback speed? ;-)
12:20- Tell us about a time where your ADHD really has worked to your advantage
16:30- Thank you Mordecai! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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If you know anything about the Tech industry, you’ve probably heard our next guests name! Jeremiah is an industry analyst who helps his clients solve how new technology connects companies to their customers. He is well recognized by both the tech industry and the media for his grounded approach to deriving insights through rigorous research. From corporate innovation, autonomous technology or modern well-being, he views every aspect of emerging technologies through the lens of growth, opportunity and constantly shifting consumer behaviors and expectations. Forever at the forefront, Jeremiah identifies trends and advises major companies to adapt their business models to better connect with customers. Today we’re talking about new and future tech, well-being, balancing privacy and data sharing. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter & Jeremiah discuss:
0:50- Intro & welcome Jeremiah Owyang!
1:52- You are doing some amazing things! How did you wind up doing what you’re doing now?
2:40- Let’s talk about health & brain stuff!
3:30- Let’s talk about tech & well-being; starting with wearables.
6:30- At what point do you think insurance companies will begin to monitor us, if at all? How are our devices teaching us to understand that being healthy is better?
10:00- On privacy and our metadata
11:54- On retinal data, Amazon ghost stores and trading our privacy for convenience
13:37- Are we all over-connected?
14:09- What do you see upcoming in the health & wellness tech trends over, say, they next ten years?
21:00- Thank you Jeremiah! 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 email@example.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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Ryan started his first business when he was 14 and has been hooked on business ownership ever since. He has learned to channel his ADHD into tons of energy which helps him to outwork his competitors, and has honed the creativity to find solutions for complex challenges. After graduating Saginaw Valley State University he moved to the paradisiacal Florida Keys, where he began his marketing business, Promotions Guy. In 2016, Promotions Guy expanded to Michigan to be closer to family. He’s a former City Commissioner, an active Rotarian, a guitarist in his church band, Youth Hockey Coach and a member of various Non-Profit Boards. He loves helping others in any way that he can and we at FTN do too! I hope you enjoy our visit with this creative marketing entrepreneur!
In this episode Peter & Ryan discuss:
0:50- Intro & welcome Ryan Schraffenberger!
1:45- So, your resume is kinda all over the place and it still sounds like you love everything you do; tell us about that?
2:30- When did you get diagnosed w/ ADHD; tell us your story?
3:22- Tell us how you learned to harness all of you energy and turn it into positive energy.
4:13- Why do you think so many people stick with jobs/professions, etc. in which they are not happy?
5:12- On Mondays & then end of happiness for some
7:20- You play guitar. Why and what role does it serve in your life?
8:47- How do you balance your passion for hockey while coaching the game!?
10:17- How do you handle bad calls in a game?
11:44- On managing high energy
12:18- What are your ‘go-to’s for staying calm?
13:00- In Marketing, how do you deal with a client who just doesn’t, or will not get it?
14:10- What do you hope people will understand about us and about ADHD?
16:41- Thank you Ryan! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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Andrew is a product strategist who currently spends most of his time focused
on mental health solutions. Andrew isn’t shy about his history with anxiety and
depression and talks openly about his past experiences to be a vocal advocate
for mental health. At the age of 33, Andrew was diagnosed with ADHD. It wasn’t something he had always suspected but rather Andrew stumbled into the realization. Since his
diagnosis, Andrew has used his ADHD to further advocate however he can -
even if that means in the boardroom.
Andrew is also a father of 3 boys and married to a wonderful woman who has
supported him throughout his career. She has been there through the highs and
lows. Andrew often leverages his own struggles to help connect with his Son as
Andrew’s Son tries to navigate his own battles with anxiety and potentially
faster than normal brain. At the end of the day, Andrew believes that if sharing his own story can help just one person then it’s totally worth it. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter & Andrew discuss:
0:45- Intro & welcome Andrew!
1:36- You weren’t diagnosed until you were 33 years old. What was school like for you?
2:43- “Social Outcast” or “Coolest Kid in School”. Why do you think it’s so “all or nothing” for us?
5:17- It wasn’t only ADHD with you though; tell us a little about some of your other challenges.
10:15- What have you learned from the times when everything seems to be crumbling around you?
15:25- On 3 minutes at a time.
16:24- What’s it like to have a career in Mental Health, but also have the ability to draw from your own personal experiences, perspective and prerogative?
21:20- Thank you Andrew! 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 email@example.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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Our guest today has been in the fitness industry since 2002 as a certified personal trainer, training manager, orthopedic massage therapist, college and university adjunct professor, NASM master instructor, fitness industry presenter, author, and subject matter expert/talent for fitness industry educational videos and written content. He’s the co-host of the Omnia Fitness Podcast with Rick and Drogo and host of the NASM CPT Podcast. He owns the Independent Training Spot, NYC-based personal training gyms and is the co-owner of RēCOVER, an orthopedic and cognitive stress recovery center in Manhattan. He holds a masters in exercise science and a doctorate in health science and exercise leadership. We first met when he was kicking my butt at the New York Sports Club and has continued to be a very positive influence. We talk about what works for his many clients, his studies, and he shares a ton of great reads & advice with us today. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter & Dr. Rick Richey discuss:
0:45- Intro & welcome Rick!
1:45- Lots to talk about here- where did you get your doctored Rick?
2:30- We first met several years ago at New York Sports Club. Other than “Hey I wanna look good naked”, what is the No.1 reason you tell people that exercise and staying mentally & physically fit is so important, today more than ever? Ref John J. Ratey book: “Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain”
5:13- On Rick’s Executive Function assistance and how it related to Exercise Science
7:20- On making it past the hardest chore of working out. How do you get those of us that are neurodiverse to stick around… and then come back to work out again??
11:45- Peter: “A headache doesn’t mean you have an aspirin deficiency”.
15:16- Ref: 23 and 1/2 Hours video. (Only several minutes, not an entire day in length)
16:23- Exercise doesn’t have to be all about picking things up & putting them down. You can actually enjoy yourself!
17:20- On finding what clients like to do for exercise. i.e. “A little bit of something is better than a whole lotta nothing”
19:30- Ref Dick Couch book: “The Warrior Elite: The Forging of SEAL Class 228”
22:39- Why Peter goes to the gym/works out first thing in the morning!
23:21- Five rules Rick has found that work for ADHD Athletes
25:30- Thank you Rick! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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Our guest today is an old friend. I am happy to welcome Actor, (theatrical, television, silver screen), Songwriter, Musician (vocalist, pianist, guitarist), national Voiceover artist, Writer and fellow New York City kid, Chris Orbach to the podcast! In Chris’s travels, he’s cracked jokes with Jennifer Aniston, become drunk with Peter Dinklage, made Al Pacino laugh, beaten James Caan at a game of 8-ball, talked w/ John McEnroe about guitars, ate Chinese food with Tim Curry, watched Sir Robert Stephens do speeches from “The Scottish Play” in a restaurant in London, and listened -hunched and spellbound- in a corner of a recording studio while the great Sonny Rollins recorded. He has been a poet, a photographer, a swing dancer, and has finished multiple marathons- all in his 40’s and while staying true to his vegan diet. Of all the many things he’s done and the hats he’s worn, husband & father remain the two that make Chris most proud. He and designer/event planner Nicole Vallance married in 2011. He now splits his time between New York City and the Western Catskills where Nicole tends a bountiful garden, while Chris beats up an uncooperative lawnmower. No matter how long he lives in the country, he retains the inner tempo and sensibilities of a guy who grew up in New York City.. at a time when this city was still gritty. We talk about some of that jazz and his childhood experiences with ADHD here today. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter & Chris discuss:
0:45- Intro & welcome Chris Orbach!
2:22- Ref: On Law & Order SVU
2:40- Wondering what was it like for you, working with your father?
4:06- We talked earlier about your childhood and how you thought you probably had ADHD. Would you share some of those stories/experiences with us?
7:48- On school years and testing
8:38- Embedded in your career/job, there seems to be a level of creativity along with certain personality quirks, habits, decision making tendencies- all traits that are in common with folks diagnosed with ADHD, unfortunately including addiction. Talk about some of the in-common positives and negatives you’ve learned about?
15:45- On: as you understand that you are the one who must put guardrails in place, the better & better you become at staying at your best.
17:20- On sobriety
18:12- On ADHD & decision making
19:30- What was it like for you growing up in New York City, in Chelsea, circa 1976?
25:30- What are you most excited about in your life right now?
26:00- On the current state of voiceover work in the entertainment/media business
29:44- What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received, and who gave it to you?
32:00- Thank you Chris, see you in 2021! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews are working! Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please write even a short one for this episode? Each review that you post helps to ensure that word will continue to spread, and that we will all be able to reach & help more people! You can always reach me via email@example.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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Our guest today is a… deep breath, ready?.. Father, Theology & Philosophy major, PNC Banker, Crossfit owner, Real Estate broker, Cancer fighter, Car-T Therapy recipient, youth Minister, classical guitarist, cyclist, avid reader, semi-pro photographer and in 2002 he was diagnosed with ADD! Today we talk to Mr. Tim Card about his cancer fight, his many paths-to-date, and how he combines therapy, exercise & meds to focus, remain healthy and stay in the saddle. Oh- and this just in: Since our interview, he has started his own podcast- check below for the link!
In this episode Peter & Tim discuss:
0:45- Introducing my fellow cyclist and photog Tim Card- a bit about his background. Ref: Video about Tim & his treatment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gz9mMIV8uY
2:12- Welcome Tim!
2:26- So you mentioned that your wife usually notices that you have gone off your meds before you do. Do you think we with ADD&ADHD are generally an open book?
3:38- Meds can often make the boring stuff ‘normal’ and the stuff we really love ‘awesome’. Tell us about your experience.
4:40- You have combined medication and therapy; for you it’s a working combo- tell us about it.
5:33- What does cycling specifically do to help you?
7:40- How did you wind up majoring in Theology AND Philosophy, and finishing it all?!
9:02- You’ve had multiple careers. For starters, how did you leave banking and start a Cross-fit?
11:20- You had a big cancer fight. What changed for you and what did you learn through all of it?
16:48- Was there ever a point in which you started to lose faith?
18:40- You are a phenomenal photographer so obviously your Instagram is totally killer @TimCardPhotography, but how can people best get in touch with you Tim? FB @TimCardPhotography Email: TimCard7399@gmail.com
THIS JUST IN- Tim has started his own podcast! Check out: http://dyinglaughingpodcast.buzzsprout.com
19:29- Thank you so much Tim! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews are working! Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please write even a short one for this episode? Each review that you post helps to ensure that word will continue to spread, and that we will all be able to reach & help more people! You can always reach me via firstname.lastname@example.org or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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Dan says: you've only got one life, so why not design it around your own personality and desires? And I totally agree!
Dan is a former entrepreneur turned freelance copywriter turned author and coach. He values freedom and experiences over money and things and believes that we’re all capable of designing our own lives. So far his life has included living in 7 countries, publishing 12 books, and working diligently to achieve his dream of being time & location independent. Along the way he’s shared his experiences, helping thousands of people start designing their own lives as well. He speaks about psychology, personal development, life design, and anything else he thinks you’ll find useful and inspiring. Always uplifting, funny and entertaining, we visit with Dan Johnston to learn about his journey on today’s podcast. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter & Dan discuss:
0:46- Intro & welcome Dan Johnston. Dan has a special offer for you! Check out https://www.dreamsaroundtheworld.com/fasterthannormal/
1:15- So what’s your story Dan Johnston?
3:38- And how did you become an entrepreneur?
6:58- You mentioned “time independence”- do you mean working in such a way where you’re not trading your time for revenue?
8:38- What’s an average day like for you?
10:29- On finding the balance of actually doing what you need to do be doing, versus what you want, or even can convince yourself that you should be doing.
11:30- What’s a perfect day for you; where you achieve that perfect balance?
13:54- Thank you Dan! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews have been working! Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please continue to do so. Each review you post helps to ensure that word will continue to spread, and that we will all be able to reach & help even more people! You can always reach me via email@example.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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When you are any type of neuroatypical, whether that’s ADD, Autism, Asperger’s, Executive Function, ADHD, or anything that just makes you different; there-in lies your many gifts, but that can also mean a LOT of turmoil and strife as well. We talk about the positives & negatives of living in an online world, parenting nowadays, dealing with the constant messaging of social media, school shootings and other important but difficult topics with Dr. Reidenberg today. We hope this helps! A little more about out guest today:
Dr. Dan Reidenberg PSYD, FAPA, DAPA, FACFEI, CRS, BCPC, CMT, CPAI. He is the Executive Director of Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE), Managing Director of the National Council for Suicide Prevention and is on the Executive Board of the International Association for Suicide Prevention. He is Co-Chair of the International Media and Suicide Task Force. He is a Certified Psychological Autopsy Interviewer and expert in forensic cases. He serves on the numerous national and international editorial advisory boards and is a proposal reviewer for SAMHSA and the Royal Society of New Zealand.
Dr. Reidenberg speaks internationally and has over 50 published articles and 3 book chapters on mental health and suicide prevention. He developed one of only 3 evidence-based programs for schools listed on the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs; several Best Practice materials; and he helps develop the next generation of mental health and suicide prevention technology with Facebook and the other leading technology companies for the online industry. He specializes in training media on the best practices for reporting on suicide in the USA and around the world. He led the development of and wrote the US Recommendations for Media Reporting on Suicide; the Recommendations for Reporting on Mass Shootings; the Recommendations for Blogging on Suicide; and helped develop the Media Recommendations on Bullying, and was co-lead for the World Health Organization’s Media Guide for Reporting on Suicide.
Dr. Reidenberg has been interviewed by major media sources from around the world including CNN, Larry King, Good Morning America, the New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Time, Newsweek and radio in Australia, Russia, Canada and the UK. He also led the workgroup on Warning Signs for Suicide and helped develop the US National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and the National Research Agenda (US) and is assisting India in the development of their Best Practices.
He has received numerous awards for his work including the Service to Humanity Award, Service to Suicidology Award, as a Champion of Change by The Obama Administration and he is recognized in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.
In this episode Peter & Dan discuss:
1:00- Intro & welcome Dr. Dan Reidenberg! Ref: Executive Director of Suicidal Awareness- Voices of Educatio (SAVE) Managing Director of National Council for Suicide Prevention Board member of International Association for Suicide Prevention
2:22- What do you see when you look at the Neurodiverse landscape in today’s world?
3:37- On how social media has changed and magnified interpersonal dynamics
4:56- What are some of the positives and solutions of an online world?
6:17- What can parents do to keep involved in their kids online life?
7:32- We live in a dangerous world nowadays. Some kids have a pretty bleak outlook. What do you see in your research about what’s really going on inside of kids?
10:15- What can we do to work better with kids during the aftermath of trauma(s)?
11:05- About hope
11:56- If you could take every parent and put them in a room together, what would be the number one thing you’d impart to them about how to help their kids today?
13:21- Many parents feel like they can’t compete with the influx of messaging that kids are receiving through all of the screens these days. What would you say to parents who feel like they just aren’t getting through?
15:40- Where can people find you? www.SAVE.org
15:54- Thank you Dr. Reidenberg!! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews have been working! Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please continue to do so. Each review you post helps to ensure that word will continue to spread, and that we will all be able to reach & help even more people! You can always reach me via firstname.lastname@example.org or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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Johan Wiklund PhD, is the Al Berg Chair and Professor of Entrepreneurship at Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University, USA, and Professor Two at Nord University, Norway His research interests include entrepreneurship and mental health as well as the entry, performance, and exit of entrepreneurial firms. He is considered a leading authority in entrepreneurship research with close to 100 articles appearing in leading entrepreneurship and management journals and over 25,000 citations. He is Editor-in-Chief for Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, a premier entrepreneurship journal. A prolific advisor of Ph.D. students, he received the Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division Mentor Award in 2011. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter & Johan discuss:
1:00- Intro & welcome back Professor Johan Wiklund! Prior interview on FTN
2:10- The continual link between ADHD & Entrepreneurship; why?
4:58- On people with ADHD not letting failures stop them; the reward is the fuel.
6:50- What do you think public school systems should be doing to help kids with ADHD- given their limited budgets, class size, time, etc?
8:40- On the importance of staying physically active
9:20- On exercise being essential for daily health in the classroom
10:55- About Johan’s latest research. Ref: **see below for Johan’s forthcoming publications
15:50- Where can people find you? Google=ADHD Johan, Syracuse University homepage
16:42- Thank you Professor Wiklund! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews have been working! Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please continue to do so. Each review you post helps to ensure that word will continue to spread, and that we will all be able to reach & help even more people! You can always reach me via email@example.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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**Johan’s Forthcoming Publications:
Luis Maimoni is a bilingual (Spanish/English) therapist in the outpatient department of a community mental health agency in Gardena, CA. His clients are children with problems at school, at home, with friends, or in the community. They may avoid family and friends, get in fights, purposefully harm themselves, or have a hard time getting things done. He collaborates with these children and their families to find and treat the root cause. Although there are many clinical aspects to his work, the most important things he provides are a listening mind, relentless curiosity, deep caring and respect, and a willingness to be his authentic self. He is trained in several Evidence Based Practices, including Positive Parenting Program (Triple P), Managing and Adapting Practice (MAP), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT). As Board Secretary of The Guidance Center, he is able to directly support the effort to erase the stigma associated with mental heath, and advocate for clients and providers. The Guidance Center provides mental health services to over 3,000 children and families each year in the communities of Long Beach, Compton, San Pedro, and Avalon.
Prior to working in mental health, Luis’s career focused on sales and marketing. Which is how we met incidentally. For over 20 years, he lead teams that created engagement with customers, clients, and communities via highly targeted content and platforms. We focus on the children and parents here today though. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter & Luis discuss:
0:40- Intro & welcome Luis!
1:50- Sometimes ADHD is not at the actual root of a kid’s trouble.
2:30- How & why did you switch from running your own agency to helping and treating kids?
3:08- So, with what types of kids are you usually working?
4:34- Talk to us about the stigma attached to mental health from your experiences
6:16- Why do you think it’s taking so long to break down the stigmas?
6:40- On mental health within the stoic culture of many immigrant parents
8:53- Kids on the spectrum usually have a pretty tough time opening up; what do you do to break through to them? Ref: Jennifer Hartstein interview
12:28- How are you framing ADHD to kids? How do you fight the “you are broken” residuals?
13:05- On parenting an ADHD child
15:23- Often, when parents hear a diagnosis, they go deaf to anything said afterwards. How do you handle that?
18:41- Luis, how can people find you on the socials? LinkedIn @ Luis Maimoni
19:00- Thank you Luis! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews have been working! Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please continue to do so. Each review you post helps to ensure that word will continue to spread, and that we will all be able to reach & help even more people! You can always reach me via firstname.lastname@example.org or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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Rachel Trobman is the CEO and Co-Founder of Upside Health, which is dedicated to reducing the economic and social impact of chronic pain for patients and providers, primarily through its technology product, Ouchie. Prior to her foray into healthcare, Rachel was a digital content producer, working for a wide range of news outlets including NY1, the New York Times and the TODAY Show. When she’s not wrangling health systems, Rachel is wrangling her two young daughters, Maisie and June, and is exploring the best ice cream spots in NJ with her husband, Jason. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter & Rachel discuss:
3:28- Are you ADHD? People with ADHD share many similarities to those living with chronic pain; sometimes they are one-in-the-same. The similarities exist in sensitization issues and treatment methods.
4:30- What made you come up with this company?
6:30- Much self-reporting of pain is tainted due to the ‘shake it off’ attitude surrounding hurt & pain. i.e. An “invisible illness”.
7:42- On the concept of “well, you don’t look sick”, and what being sick really means.
8:26- Penicillin won’t fix everything. It’s just not that easy, or simple, or mono.
9:04- Tell us about some of the wins you’ve seen with the platform and what you are building!
10:12- Talk about the benefit of finding support & solutions together, as a tribe.
11:56- On talking to people who understand
13:30- On acknowledgement of being in pain, by others in pain and dealing with it all
14:40- Who is the perfect candidate for the Ouchie App?
16:70- Thank you Rachel! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews have been working! Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please continue to do so. Each review you post helps to ensure that word will continue to spread, and that we will all be able to reach & help even more people! You can always reach me via email@example.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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A full time speaker since 1995, Ben has been sharing his story of growing up with ADHD & Dyslexia with church groups, students, teachers athletes and organizations all over the world. Through the use of live art and storytelling he has curated a powerful & entertaining program! Adding to his many works of art, he is the author of “Simply Special: Learning to Love Your ADHD”. Today we talk about kids, (he credits his daughters for helping him overcome a fear of speaking to elementary age children), how to find teachable moments, The Chalkguy LEGO Drive, and how kindness can often be contagious. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter & Ben discuss:
2:14- Intro & welcome Ben!
2:48- What’s your story; when were you diagnosed?
3:48- What was it like growing up; with what kinds of things were you dealing as a kid? Ref: Simply Special book
6:33- We develop survival skills early in school- did you realize that was happening? [How did you begin your career of speaking?]
8:10- On deciding on a Major in college
9:48- Tell his about this LEGO project you’ve started!
11:35- On picking teachable moments
13:19- On how generosity is contagious
17:59- Thank you Ben! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews have been working! Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please continue to do so. Each review you post helps to ensure that word will continue to spread, and that we will all be able to reach & help even more people! You can always reach me via firstname.lastname@example.org or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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Today we’re talking about autism, orgy’s, lemon thievery, weighted blankets, feeling like an outcast, being called weird but learning to not give a hoot! (Sh*t’s about to get weird y’all, put the kids to bed!) Jess, better known as “Jess the Prequel” on Instagram, is a comedian and host of PILF podcast, a sex-positive show where she delves into topics relating to love and relationships. Jess is proudly outspoken about being on the autism spectrum, and uses her platform to normalize autism, and break the myths and misconceptions related to the three A’s: Autism, ADHD, and Anxiety. We’re excited she’s joined us today. This is a fun one, enjoy!
*WARNING: This episode contains QUITE a lot more than just a pinch of salty language. Store the kids away and be aware of your surroundings please!
In this episode Peter & JessThePrequel discuss:
1:57- Intro & welcome Jess!
3:05- Jess, what does PILF mean?
3:40- Tell us your story; when were you diagnosed?
5:00- What kinds of things were you doing to mask your Autism? How did that effect you and what did you learn?
8:00- When you are neurodiverse, do you have a stronger ability to prepare than say, the non-neurodiverse? Ref: weighted blankets
9:38- On being outgoing and wanting to help others
11:00- Ok. Let’s pivot for a few and talk about why & how you started PILF.
13:08- The podcast is very good! So about Episode: “Rule 34, #2 Peter Cotton Gets Some Tail”… When do you think sex became this mainstream? Also, I dare say, when most people think of Autism they do & are NOT thinking about sex; yet you are bravely talking about all of the above! Do tell! Ref: Penelope Trunk @PenelopeTrunk
19:35- On how neurodivergent folks can relate to others who have been labeled “outcasts, weird, abnormal”, etc. On learning how to not give a f&$#!
22:36- Thank you Jess!! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews have been working! Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please continue to do so. Each review you post helps to ensure that word will continue to spread, and that we will all be able to reach & help even more people! You can always reach me via email@example.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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We are live & onsite in Brooklyn today! So, I have known Allison Robicelli forever, like way before I even started HARO. She & her husband Matt once owned a bakery near here and would bring me cakes, specialty donuts & things.. I remember the first time they went viral with their Chicken & Waffle cupcakes! That was a big deal. She has since continued on to become a best selling & critically acclaimed author, a James Beard nominated food writer, has written for Medium magazine, is a serial entrepreneur and consultant, an idea sailor, a Mom, has remained a fast-talker and oh, and she has ADHD too. Allison is full of great perspective and advice. Happy to visit with my ol’pal here today. Enjoy!
*This episode contains a few pinches of salty language, best to be aware of your surroundings.
In this episode Peter & Allison discuss:
4:56- On seeing an idea for what it is & being able to run with it
5:30- How do you harness the ADHD for good, without going all over the place, losing perspective and having things turn out crappy; what’s your secret?
6:35- How does your having ADHD and your husband not, work in your marriage & business partnership?
8:40- On starting your own business right as everything is changing around you, AND you have ADHD
13:00- It is ok to be very selective about the people with whom you spend time.
13:45- On the yin&yang of finding your superpower
15:30- Do you think those of us with ADHD just need to work for ourselves?
18:00- “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Albert Einstein is often credited with this wonderful quote, but it may actually have come from a variety of different sources, which is quite fitting given its subject matter. It takes all sorts of people with all sorts of different talents and skills to create positive things in the world. -Virgin.com
18:17- What do you say to people who are miserable and can’t seem to figure out from where the happiness comes?
19:09- On being OK with failing!
21:12- Allison’s journey right out of high school
25:25- Have dessert!
26:30- How can people find you if they would like to learn more? www.Robicellis.com Twitter: @ROBICELLIS If you want to see Allison’s cats in bowties, (food also), go to her Instagram: @allisonrobicelli
27:51- Thank you Allison! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews have been working! Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please continue to do so. Each review you post helps to ensure that word will continue to spread, and that we will all be able to reach & help even more people! You can always reach me via firstname.lastname@example.org or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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Diagnosed with ADHD at age 23, Jonathan has earned his BA in Criminal Justice and a Masters in School Psychology. His first career was in Juvenile corrections, but for the past six years he has changed things to become a school psychologist. During his tenure, he has implemented precise academic & behavior systems, (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support+ADHD= MTSS on Steroids), to ensure he & his fellow educators are providing adequate support for all types of students. His work has focused on creating data systems where educators & helpers can use the data to guide their instructional practices while providing targeted interventions for the students who need it, (Academic and Behavior). The data system gives educators access to students’ demographics, academic present levels, (based on formative assessments), and behavior needs, with just a click of a button. In addition, all the information is presented in one document so that the data can be sorted for further analyses. The staff has fully embraced it, and this has led to an overall improvement of student’s academics, behavior and social/ emotional knowledge. Recently earning his doctorate in Education Learning, Jonathan’s life is now dedicated to helping all students become fearless and courageous, at any moment. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter & Jonathan discuss:
2:03- Intro & welcome Jonathan!
3:16- What’s your background story?
4:45- You said the system failed you; what did you mean by that strong statement?
6:50- What do you say to teachers & school districts who are trying their best to fix things, and make things work better?
9:09- What do you think parents can do to help?
12:42- What do you tell kids who have been made to feel that they are somehow broken?
17:30- Thank you Jonathan! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews have been working! Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please continue to do so. Each review you post helps to ensure that word will continue to spread, and that we will all be able to reach & help even more people! You can always reach me via email@example.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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Remember that rainy night, just this past Winter’s eve, when you resolved to drop 25lbs, be fit & super-excited by the time this Summer’s swimsuit season arrived? Us too. Today we’re talking about strategies, just in case that didn’t just magically happen for you. We are joined by Katie Rickel. Dr. Rickel graduated summa cum laude from Duke University with a Bachelor of Science in psychology and earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Florida. She completed an APA-accredited clinical internship in health psychology at Duke University Medical Center, with advanced training in behavioral and bariatric obesity treatment, as well as the psychological management of chronic pain and illness. Dr. Rickel has expertise in treating anxiety disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder and specific phobias. Her research has been presented at various professional conferences and published in scientific journals. She has also appeared on “The Dr. Oz Show” and has been quoted in several popular media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Health magazine, Yahoo! Health, Women’s Health magazine, Weight Watchers magazine, andabcnews.com. She is now the CEO of Structure House, which has been named the nation’s leading weight loss treatment program. In existence since 1977, Structure House has helped more than 40,000 participants achieve their wellness goals and live their best lives. Dr. Rickel generously shares her expertise & experience with us here today. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter & Katie discuss:
2:28- Intro & welcome Dr. Rickel! ref: www.StructureHouse.com
3:20- Before we get into all of this, would you tell us a little bit more about your background please?
6:20- Let’s talk about ADHD & that premise of “all or nothing”
9:25- On how emotions play a role in cycles of an “all or nothing” mindset, especially when it comes to weight loss
10:20- What are some tips you might share in order to keep us from getting into a bad cycle? ref: The National Weight Control Registry
14:31- What other secret tricks would you recommend?
16:00- On the importance of how you look & feel
17:00- On turning to your strengths
18:14- What percentage of your patients have ADHD?
20:38- Thank you Dr. Rickel! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews have been working! But.. even if you’ve reviewed us before, please continue to do so, so that word will continue to spread and we will all be able to reach & help even more people! You can always reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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Pete White was born and raised in the North East of England. At age 21 he joined the Royal Air Force. At 22 years old he was eagerly on his way to Afghanistan. Things took an unexpected turn there for him. He found himself in a bad spot- suffering from the crippling effects of PTSD and severe depression. After 7 years of that suffering, and a lot of medication & therapy, he was medically discharged from the military. Still mentally unwell and unsure of what he was going to do in his new life as a civilian, he made the tough decision to put his past behind him, take control and build the life that he wanted to live.
Obsessed with the idea of personal success in every area of life, he developed methods and habits to channel his experience to benefit himself and others, creating his own version of success using his super-alert ADHD brain. Pete now spends his time helping other people to overcome their personal challenges, put their negative circumstances behind them, and create their own idea of success. He has recently written a book about his experiences named “From The Bottom Of The Barrel”. He generously shares his story with us here today. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter & Pete discuss:
2:16- Intro & welcome Pete!
2:58- So, what led you to joining the military?
3:50- What led to your PTDS & depression after having such a good start?
5:43- A lot of people in the military, in this country anyway, still fight a strong stigma against mental repair. How did it go for you in the UK?
7:02- When people hear the phrase “the crippling effects of depression, or PTSD”, they don’t always comprehend what that means really, unless they’ve experienced them first hand. Would you share with us some of the effects you have experienced please?
8:45- What were some of the therapies that helped you get through it and climb out? ref: EMDR Therapy
11:48- The military is completely schedule-driven. Regimented. When you were discharged, you lost that order in your life. How did you handle that?
13:06- What do you tell people who are re-entering civilian life?
14:15- So, what prompted you to write this book: “From The Bottom Of The Barrel”?
15:43- Is it available on Amazon? YES via Amazon.co.uk
16:34- Thank you Pete! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews have been working! But.. EVEN IF you’ve reviewed us before, please continue to do so, so that word will continue to spread and we will all be able to reach & help even more people! You can always reach me at email@example.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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Dave Fox has been all around the globe. Tunisia, Northern Africa, Norway, the UK you name it! He was born in the states, but at age eight he moved to England with his family. That move at such a young age triggered something that permanently changed his life. From that age forward he’s been obsessed with learning about foreign cultures. He spent two years of high school in Oslo, taught English in Turkey, traveled independently, then worked, edited and wrote for renowned travel guru Rick Steves for sixteen years, (which is no small feat if you’re familiar with Rick’s work)! For many years, Dave’s career focus was on Europe, but things took a dramatic turn in 2008 when he went on what was supposed to be a one-time, one-week vacation in Vietnam. He felt so mesmerized by the frenetic pulse of Ho Chi Minh City – or Saigon as it’s still casually called – that he moved there. It turns out that Saigon works out well for the ADHD brain because he & his wife still live there! We talk about it all here today. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter & Dave discuss:
0:58- Intro & welcome Dave!
1:50- When travel became an addiction for you- did you embrace it, or try to ignore it?
3:00- What took you to England for the first time? ref: Rick Steves
6:10- Amidst the constant craziness, stimulation and beauty of daily life in Saigon, how do you focus down and get work done.. especially when it’s all around you like that?
12:32- Do you travel outside of Vietnam very often? Tell us about your weekends.
14:00- What other destinations have you fallen in love with?
15:08- How can people find out more about you and your Writing, Life Coaching, Classes, Books, etc? www.GlobeJotting.com Twitter: @GlobeJotter FB: @GlobeJotting INSTA: @GlobeJotting YouTube: GlobeJotting
15:35- Thank you Dave- I am so envious! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Please.. stop right now and write us a review, EVEN IF you’ve reviewed us before, so that we will all be able to help & reach even more people! You can always reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or @petershankman on all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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I have been listening to our guests for well more than a decade! They have been part of my playlist since the summer of 2006 when their music helped me run the NYC Marathon faster than I ever had before. You surely know their music too, even if you’ve never heard the name Shinedown! Their song “Get Up” is the most inspiring, straight to the point, song I’ve ever heard that challenges the stigmas of talking honestly about mental health. They are some of the hardest working Artists in the world, so I was honored when they agreed to spend some time with us here today, helping to grow & inspire more honest conversations about mental health. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter, Brent and Eric discuss:
1:08- Intro and welcome Brent Smith and Eric Bass!
2:00- After 136 shows spanning 48,000 miles, you guys were labeled The Hardest Working Artists of 2018! That’s a ton of work & a healthy mantle! How do you make sure that you are taking care of yourselves mentally?
4:56- Peter on working to relax ref: The New Yorker cartoon
5:37- On loving what you do & being driven
6:10- On the importance of surrounding yourself with good people & a good support system
9:49- Brent, you wrote “Get Up” for Eric. The majority of folks don’t know how to talk to a friend who is, or might be struggling. What did you learn from writing this song?
14:08- “You are not going to be defined by your failures. You are going to be defined by the fact that you refuse to give up- no matter what” -Brent Smith
18:24- What is it about music, not books, movies, tv, etc, but music that people always credit with bringing them through a rough spell, or helping them remember a moment in time, etc. Why?
20:52- Talk to me about the stigma around mental health. Finally there is a solid movement- between you guys, people like Erik Kussin who have started WeAreAllALittleCrazy.org, etc. What can people do to help grow the national/international conversation about mental health? ref: Erik Kussin’s FTN interview here #SameHere
26:07- Thank you Brent and Eric!! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Please.. stop right now and write us a review, EVEN IF you’ve reviewed us before, so that we will all be able to help & reach even more people! You can always reach me at email@example.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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I met our next guest at the Adobe Summit in glittery Las Vegas a couple of months ago. She was the youngest presenter in attendance! She’s an award winning actress, film writer, co-author of a young adult novel “Then and There, Here and Where” -which is set to publish this Spring. (Did I mention her age yet..?) Recently nominated a top GenZ influencer, she is currently creating her own greeting card line, oh yes, and she too has been diagnosed with ADHD, and also Dyslexia. Esabella Karena joins us today to talk about her journey thus far. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter and Esabella discuss:
1:00- Intro & welcome Esabella!
2:30- When were you diagnosed with ADHD?
2:50- So ‘grade one’ was in 2010 for you aye..
3:20- How did ADHD blossom for you; how did things go after your diagnosis?
4:05- What was different for you when you moved to your new school?
4:50- On knowing if you’re in the right school
5:25- Was it easy for you to fit-in & make friends?
6:08- How did you get through that tough time?
6:48- Kids are going to understand that it’s ok to be different. What advice would you give to kids who have just been diagnosed, or who are maybe just realizing that they have a gift; that they are special.
7:30- Tell us more about you! What else are you up to lately?
8:32- How long have you had your tutor?
8:50- Tell us more about the extra-curricular activities that may be ‘not so normal’ for someone your age; like hosting a Variety show for example!
9:58- What do you think makes a good Influencer? ref: Generation Z Program
10:57- It seems you’re prettymuch on top of the world right now; what’s next for you?
11:37- What would you tell kids, especially ADHD & Dyslexic kids, who might have parents who are not as understanding as your’s? Or, what advice would you give to parents in general?
12:41- Talk about some of your screw-ups?
13:37- Do you think making mistakes is how you learn?
14:00- What quote would you want people to remember you by?
16:40- Thank you Esabella! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Please.. stop right now and write us a review, EVEN IF you’ve reviewed us before, so that we will all be able to help & reach even more people! You can always reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or @petershankman on all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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Today we visit with a Graphic Designer, Artist & ADHD Cartoon specialist, (and in my opinion, future superhero character designer). You have probably already seen Dani’s Art without even realizing that it’s her work, or that it was originally inspired by her ADHD. It was her Art & her fearlessness that brought us together today. I really want to share her full bio with you: Dani Donovan is a designer and illustrator who's recently risen to internet fame creating ADHD comics. Her first graphic (a storytelling flowchart) went viral, amassed over 100 million views, and has been reposted and praised by celebrities such as Mindy Kahling, Natalie Portman, and Jennifer Garner. Within a couple months, she quickly became a prominent voice in the online ADHD community. Dani’s comics aim to help those with ADHD understand themselves and explain their struggles to loved ones. Her artwork struck a global chord and has been translated into four languages. She's partnering with Penguin Random House to illustrate a children's book based on her childhood experiences with ADHD. Dani works full-time as a designer for Gallup, runs a freelance branding business, and served on the board of directors for Nebraska’s chapter of AIGA (American Institute for Graphic Arts). Her online store, ADHDDD.com, opens in early May. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter and Dani discuss:
:46- Intro & welcome superhero Dani Donovan!
1:33- You tweeted that you were nervous to join us today- why would you possibly be nervous!? ref: Dani’s tweet
2:11- So you got diagnosed in college; tell us about what it was like growing-up undiagnosed?
3:56- When you got into college, what prompted the diagnosis?
5:50- Was it sort of a wake-up call- whenever you got a name for your ADHD?
6:50- How long have you been drawing?
7:16- Being an Artist, do you find that writing/drawing puts you at peace?
8:03- I found you through your cartoons. Tell us about how you got started & what happened?
9:20- Tell us about your experience with an Art Therapist?
10:43- What kind of responses have you been getting from your Art?
12:16- What’s your personal favorite piece thus far?
13:10- Note to self: Brand everything you do! ref: Imposter syndrome
14:36- One last question. What do you tell creatives & budding artists who are afraid to post their works?
16:05- So…“done is better than perfect”?
16:15- Thank you Dani! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Please.. stop right now and write us a review, EVEN IF you’ve reviewed us before, so that we will all be able to help & reach even more people! You can always reach me at email@example.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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I am talking to someone on today’s show that has shouted the 2nd-best four words that I HAVE EVER HEARD IN MY LIFE!! The Man you’re about to meet is named Mike Reilly. He is probably best known as the "Voice of IRONMAN," (not the movie, the sport). If you are one of the 350k+ finishers of an Ironman challenge, chances are he has shouted your name also! In his great career, Mike also done on-site announcing and television coverage for over a thousand other triathlon & running events spanning ten countries. He is the only person inducted into all three endurance sports Halls of Fame: IRONMAN (2011), Running USA (2017), and USA Triathlon (2018). Mike and his wife of 43 years, Rose, live in San Diego. They have two children, Erin Paulson, (a Boston Marathon finisher), and Andy Reilly, (an IRONMAN & Boston Marathon finisher), and two grandsons. A bit more about Mike here. It is an total honor to welcome him today. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter and Mike discuss:
:46- Intro and welcome Mike Reilly!!
1:58- You have been doing this for roughly 30 years? For those of us who don’t know, could you describe a little about Ironman?
3:19- About Mike’s new book: Finding My Voice
3:42- Peter’s experience in doing his first Triathlon
4:20- Mike, would you agree with the statement: “Once a triathlete, always a triathlete”?
5:50- On how training can affect relationships ref: I’m Training For An Ironman Video
6:32- On finding something great in your life
7:12- On addiction & Imposter syndrome, versus the Triathlete
8:30- “We are the cause of our own experiences”
10:36- I’ve read that the Triathlon is the sport with the largest amount of recovering addicts. Why do you think this may be true?
12:48- On setting dizzyingly difficult goals
14:20- Tell us a story about someone who credits finishing an Ironman with saving their life.
18:58- Wow.. if exercise could do something like that, for someone like him, imagine what it could do for school kids!!
20:14- Riding For Focus Specialized Foundation Podcast interview w/ Ted Theocheung, the CEO of the Specialized Foundation, and Kimberly Price, Ph.D., Director of Research & School Programs for the Specialized Foundation
20:57- Peter on “Must be present to win”
23:19- On Ironman has no shape or size. Working from the inside out.
24:10- What do you tell someone who says “Oh I could never, ever do a triathlon”?
26:10- Thank you Mike Reilly!! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. PLEASE.. stop right now and write us a review so that we will all be able help more people! You can always reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or @petershankman on all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
26:21: THE 2nd-best FOUR WORDS EVER!!!!!
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We are joined today by a scientist! I love interviewing scientists! Although diagnosed as a child, Janice did not get fully treated for ADHD until her second year at Harvard. She is doing amazing research as she finishes her fifth year of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences PhD program there, and has found her way to rock life with ADHD! Enjoy!
In this episode Peter and Janice discuss:
:46- Intro & welcome Janice Marie Nieves Bonilla de Ouellette!
1:40- You didn’t get diagnosed until you got to Harvard, correct? Tell us your story.
2:56- How was growing up for you; how did school & your classes go?
4:36- Can you tell any of our listeners who may be feeling like: “My ADHD is preventing me from being smart, or from being brilliant” exactly what it is that you are studying at Harvard? ref: Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Immunology and Autoimmunity, Joslin Diabetes Center
6:02- Your first language is Spanish. Sometimes people with ADHD are not great with languages; how are you with learning new ones?
7:04- Tell me about the medication you are on and how it’s working out for you?
8:08- What is your dosage frequency?
8:55- You have been very active in Theater, Dance, etc. Do you find that physical activity helps you?
10:47- You mentioned in your 3 page bio that you didn’t have many friend that were your age growing up. Do you think that’s an ADHD thing- to have friends that are older or younger?
12:26- Your husband does not have ADHD. If you had to tell the non-ADHD listeners of this podcast what the one thing they could do to survive someone with ADHD, that they love, what would that be?
14:37- How can people find you if they want to learn more about you and what you are doing?
15:22- Thank you Janice!! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. PLEASE.. stop right now and write us a review so that we will all be able help more people! You can always reach me at email@example.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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As you may know, I worked at AOL for a few years and then for a company called Jumbo- my last ever full-time job. I lasted for about 7 months before I realized I just did not work well with people; my friend Paul couldn’t either! We kinda bonded over that and we’re still friends to this day! Paul is currently the Director of Sales-Technical Sales North America for Varian Medical Systems. He has been with them for 17 years w/ extensive experience in physical & virtual Oncology IT architecture. He is helping hospitals all over the world design the best possible network to help treat cancer patients from India, Europe and North America. Today we reminisce about what it was like to have ADHD 20 years ago, and we talk about the tools & systems we have in place to help us run things ’on our own’ these days. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter and Paul discuss:
:46- Intro and welcome Paul Berkson
1:23- You and I are very similar in some ways; it always felt good to have sort of an ally in the ADHD world, back in the day when we ‘too talkative’ and were first climbing!
2:00- How was it growing up for you?
2:38- How did you get through school and stuff?
3:18- You pretty much work on your own now. Explain to us a little bit about your job & your dynamic there?
4:10- You are happy in your job. What is it about the job that keeps you happy & thriving?
5:00- Being on your own is great! How do you keep yourself on-track & on top of things like schedules, deadlines, etc?
5:56- On daily routines
6:28- How do you chill out, relax and stay sane?
7:18- Are you able to come directly out of ‘work mode’ and straight into ‘family mode’?
8:09- Tell me about how you get past your demons; how do you deal with the negative stuff?
10:40- Do you keep a duplicate suitcase when traveling/working?
12:22- Do you ever screw-up ‘en route’ and have to restart?
15:47- Thank you Paul and Thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. PLEASE.. stop right now and write us a review so that we will all be able help more people! You can always reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or @petershankman on all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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So, I’ve been reading about this new eTNS system that was recently approved by the FDA and it kinda freaked me out. The thoughts of me using this on my kid!? I’m not a medical professional, but my dear friend Dr. Jen IS. (her bio is here and she’s been on the podcast before today- you can listen to that here). I wanted to get her medical option and thoughts about this new machine.. and she freaked out too! So I invited her to come visit and share her opinion and about what she has learned with you. Let’s talk and discuss. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter and Jen discuss:
1:18- Intro and welcome back Dr. Jen Hartstein
1:40- I showed this thing to you yesterday and you also freaked out! What are your thoughts about it today?
3:00- About the study group used in getting it’s FDA approval ref: Dr. Stephen Hinshaw
3:50- Side effects and intended usage for ages 7-12.
4:21- About stimulation threshold(s) and other possible side effects listed.
5:04- As compared to non-stimulant medications
5:25- Four psychologists surveyed say…
6:51- Only sixty-two kids were studied, how do you think this was granted FDA approval so quickly?
7:52- Some benefits of ECT
8:18- We don’t know how children’s brains develop after this type of treatment, do we?
10:05- Is this maybe the next “good thing”?
10:25- Under the “Pills Don’t Teach Skills” heading…
12:03- In our culture and educational systems in the US, we are missing ways to help people manage emotions effectively.
12:40- “A headache is not an aspirin deficiency”
20:00- Thank you for coming on such notice Dr. Jen and Thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. PLEASE.. stop right now and write us a review so that we will all be able help more people! You can always reach me at email@example.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
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Sometimes with ADHD, we can’t figure out why things just aren’t working out right. So when we finally get diagnosed, there can be a sense of relief- because we finally have a name for what’s wrong. This guy knows all about that! After struggling through all of his high school & part of his college years, JO was diagnosed with Dyslexia and later with ADHD. He was struggling into his 30’s. He has written a book about it, (in addition to a couple of others), that I started recently and am just loving. Now a husband and father, JO’s mission is to help parents and families- particularly stay at home dads- redefine life & family according to what works best for them. We talk about how excruciatingly painful having undiagnosed ADHD & Dyslexia can be, (especially in classroom settings), about self-love, about what finding a true mentor can mean, and about his new book, which is J.O.’s love letter to his younger self, here today. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter and Jonathan discuss:
1:14- Intro and welcome J.O.!
1:45- You had a really tough time in school; tell us about it?
2:20- On reading aloud in the classroom
4:40- On his second time taking a collegiate Genetics exam, and finally getting tested for a learning disability.
5:50- Upon Jonathan’s Dyslexia diagnosis and getting some new resources!
7:00- On turning 30, beginning a book, then being diagnosed with ADHD
7:53- On using his superpower
8:52- J.O.’s next challenge was learning how to ‘miss correctly’ and to love his younger self.
10:28- What do you do to get yourself out of the times when you find yourself in an Imposter syndrome?
11:57- J.O. & Peter agree that therapy should be mandatory.
12:38- On not fighting yourself
14:28- Tell us about your new book! “To The Little Boy In Me Learning With Dyslexia and ADHD”
17:13- Was writing this book maybe part of a catharsis for you?
20:00- Thank you Jonathan and Thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. PLEASE.. stop right now and write us a review so that we will all be able help more people! You can always reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or @petershankman on all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
20:36- Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits
The day before Caitlin's 24th birthday, a young girl in Texas was texting while driving and didn't see a young couple on their motorcycle. Caitlin & her husband at the time were ejected from that bike. She lived to celebrate her birthday in the ICU. When she woke up from surgery the nurse informed her that she was four weeks pregnant. After 6 reconstructive surgeries on minimal pain medication, antibiotics, and anesthesia due to the pregnancy, Caitlin knew that her child was worth more than her own body. On June 12th, 2014 she amputated her left leg below the knee and began to take on life as a new Mom. February 13, 2015 she delivered a beautiful baby girl named Tinley. Caitlin had always wanted to be a Mom, but now the question arose as to what kind of mother she would become. She set her first two goals: to walk & run before the baby could. In April of 2016 she ran her first 5k w/ Tinley in a stroller. A month later, she found a crossfit gym and began a strength training regimen. A passion that began from just wanting to be a Mom who could chase her kid around, rapidly grew and transformed a woman who has since become the first amputee boxer in America, a woman who has earned Gold and Silver medals in everything from Triathlons to Javelin, completed countless marathons, and on-and-on! She has recently started BeMoreAdaptive.org who’s mission is to help the world be more adaptive, accessible, and profoundly knowledgeable about the adaptive community. We talk about choices, goal-setting, motivation and her incredible story here today. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter and Caitlin discuss:
:45- Intro to Caitlin Conner
1:11- Caitlin’s bio and backstory
3:00- Welcome Caitlin! So before the accident, what was life like for you? ref: Video Rental Stores
4:04- What happened on the day of your accident, and what was going on in your life?
6:16- Unbelievable, just unbelievable! How do you begin to bounce back from such adversity?
7:30- What was your process of deciding whether to be amputated, or not?
8:20- On choices
8:50- How old is your daughter now and does she realize that you are a badass?
9:12- Your sports resume is a little crazy- tell us about how you got started and how you remain motivated.
10:24- What is your favorite sport?
10:38- What’s your routine for training; if you have one?
11:13- On not competing in the Paralympics with Team USA
12:09- Do you think ADHD may be influencing your multi-sport passion?
12:58- What do you say to people who have had a massive life shift like you have? How do you get them back up on their horse?
14:12- How do you handle your bad days?
15:32- On embracing self care
16:30- Fun fact about Rex
17:08- Thank you Caitlin and Thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. PLEASE.. stop right now and write us a review so that we will all be able help more people! You can always reach me at email@example.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
17:42- Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits
A lot of people I meet in the ADHD world are thrown into “all things ADHD” because they simply have no choice. What’s interesting is that my guest today has decided to make educating and helping folks with ADHD his profession! He coaches, he blogs, and he has started an ADHD support group for men- which is how I found him. There aren’t just loads of places to go, especially outside of the medical community, where you can have open and frank discussions with others who are similarly gifted. Marc has recently co-authored a book that will be out soon. We talk about how he chose this path, and some about what it’s like to be a guy who’s grown up with ADHD. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter and Marc discuss:
1:00- Intro & welcome Marc!
1:57- You struggled in school like most all of us, but you got diagnosed at age 16; tell us your story.
4:40- On receiving the diagnosis
5:25- After you were diagnosed, what were the most noticeable changes in your life?
6:25- What made you want to become an ADHD life coach/wellbeing instructor?
7:56- Tell us a little more about your “awakening moment”, how you got into the concepts of wellbeing- and how all of that mattered. ref: Our Transformative Journey book
9:00- What’s next for you? ref: ADHD Men’s Support Group
10:48- On how men are conditioned from a young age to ‘just shake it off’; breaking that mold
12:28- What do you say to the 16 year-old boy who has realized that he has a problem?
13:40- On realizing you’re not broken, but instead have an incredible gift once you learn how to use it.
14:45- Thank you Marc and Thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. PLEASE.. stop right now and write us a review so that we will all be able help more people! You can always reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or @petershankman on all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
15:27- Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits
My guest today had undiagnosed ADHD until she was twenty-one, and she wore a back brace for scoliosis from the age of eleven to thirteen, an experience that led directly to her debut novel Braced from Scholastic. It received three starred reviews, was a Junior Library Guild Selection, and has been nominated for several awards. Her new middle grade novel Focused, about a girl caught between her love of chess and her ADHD, will be in stores on March 26. Focused has received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews and the American Library Association’s Booklist and is a Junior Library Library Guild Selection. We talk about her struggles in learning to read, how things felt for her growing up, and how she ultimately found her voice. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter and Alyson discuss:
2:20- Between your back brace and ADHD, growing up must’ve been a blast! Tell us your story?
3:48- Were you getting a ‘you're not smart’ vibe from you teachers?
6:16- We’re seeing more & more middle aged parents get diagnosed, because they’re kids are getting diagnosed! i.e. Richard Titus interview here
7:00- Have you always retreated into writing like me and many of our guests? What was YOUR thing?
9:40- On Alyson’s first creative writing class
11:38- So tell us about your latest work, “Focused”
15:28- Thank you Alyson and Thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening! You can always reach me at email@example.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
15:50- Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits
Please check out my new ADHD Coaching! www.shankminds.com/ADHDCoaching
So as it turns out, Titus and I have like thousands of contacts in common. Like me, he was diagnosed with ADHD later in life, after he was named to the Wired 100 list in 2010.. his resume is super extensive & impressive! We talk today about how he first discovered that he had ADHD & Dyslexia, and what he’s implemented that is making his super powers even stronger! (Oh and my voice is better now by the way- thanks for suffering though my rasp the last couple of weeks). Enjoy!
In this episode Peter and Titus discuss:
3:20- Tell us your story. You didn’t realize you had ADHD until you had a daughter and she was diagnosed? ref: Dr. Roz Wright
7:05- On realizing you're not alone
8:06- On indicators of having ADHD
9:54- What’s working for you; what’s your daily routine?
11:20- On isolating yourself in order to focus/flow/deep-work
11:49- On the importance of being punctual
12:43- At what point did you realize your ADHD was benefiting you?
14:00- On seeming forgetful, or even disrespectful on the daily
16:18- How are you getting your dopamine fix these days?
17:32- On switching gears form ‘Work mode’ to ‘Daddy mode’
19:47- Tell me what you’ve learned over the past several years, understanding your diagnosis, that makes you a better person.
21:55- Thank you Richard Titus and Thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening! You can always reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or @petershankman on all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
22:15- Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits
Please check out my new ADHD Coaching! www.shankminds.com/ADHDCoaching
Dr. Lade Abuah is a Specialist Registrar in child and adolescent psychiatry; or in American parlance- a Medical Doctor with a passion for children & mental health.
She’s the host of Our Mental Health Matters Podcast, a member of the Royal College Of Psychiatry and today we get to talk about her experience in working with kids who have ADHD/ADD living in the United Kingdom! We exchange and compare notes about social stigmas, teaching methodologies, and ways of increasing education & awareness. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter and Lade discuss:
1:44- Intro and welcome Dr. Abuah!
2:15- What do you see as some of the biggest differences between how ADHD is viewed in the UK versus the US? ref: DSM-5 versus ICD-10 classifications
3:14- Do you think ADHD is as common in the UK as it is in the US?
4:15- How did you end up working in child Psychology/Psychiatry?
4:45- How would you explain an ADHD diagnosis to a parent for the first time?
9:42- Do you see physical fitness come into play when you’re working with children?
10:19- Are the schools in the UK becoming more adaptable to those with ADHD/ADD?
11:15- Some studies show that when recess is increased from 15m a day to 90m a day, ADHD students experience dramatic benefits. Is there anything like this happening in the UK? Freeplay Houston School specializing in ADHD
12:20- Is the National Health Service looking at ADHD more than they were say, five years ago?
13:41- Thank you Lade and Thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening! You can always reach me at email@example.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
14:00- Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits
Please check out my new ADHD Coaching! www.shankminds.com/ADHDCoaching
Rett Harmon wasn’t diagnosed with ADHD until he was in college, where he studied Real Estate. Now co-owner of Century 21 Novus, he actively sells real estate and leads his Team- Rettro Group. His previous team closed 226 transactions in 2017 so the man stays super busy! He likes video marketing, blogging for publications, and speaking at industry events, but additionally he’s an Amazon Best Selling Author, Eagle Scout, (my personal favorite), has ownership in 9 companies, and loves raising money via Reels for Easter Seals. So we talk today about how he balances it all, and his story of success. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter and Rett discuss:
1:32- Intro and welcome Rett!
2:00- You didn’t get diagnosed until you were in college- what was it like for you growing up?
2:42- What did your college professor notice about you, exactly?
3:29- What’s an average day like for you?
4:47- What do you do to keep yourself centered?
5:32- How does ADHD affect you positively? Negatively?
6:25- How do you switch your brain from “Work Mode” to Family Mode” -especially with a hectic, never-stop career in Real Estate?
7:29- Talk to me about your personal self care, and how you get your dopamine fix.
8:19- Do you see any signs of ADD/ADHD in your kids?
10:30- What would you tell a parent who’s kid was just diagnosed with ADHD?
13:50- Do you have any funny stories about how ADHD has affected your life?
15:46- Thank you Rett and Thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening! You can always reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or @petershankman on all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
16:18- Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits
Please check out my new ADHD Coaching! www.shankminds.com/ADHDCoaching
We get to share-in a very raw and real conversation today. If your a hockey fan like me, then you know the name Theo Fleury from his 1000+ games on the ice, or from his Olympic Gold medal win in 2002! But off the rink, his life once carried the markings of a troubled childhood, abuse and coping with emotional pain through addictive and self-destructive behaviors. Today, Theo defines himself as a victor over trauma and addiction, and a facilitator to those still trying to find their way. His best-selling books, Playing with Fire and Conversations with a Rattlesnake, encourage open sharing and provide practical tools that people seeking help can personally use. We talk about his ADHD, his childhood, his adjustment to retirement and about never quitting…Enjoy!
In this episode Peter and Theo discuss:
1:40- Intro and welcome Theo Fleury!!
2:30- You started playing hockey at five years old- what were things like for you growing up?
4:40- Your career is amazing!! How did things go when you retired from the NHL?
9:28- Theo on True purpose. ref: “Playing With Fire” book
10:46- On ADHD stereotypes
11:48- On labels
13:40- On learning to use a faster brain. Managing dopamine rushes.
15:44- What do you do these days to get your dopamine fix?
17:42- On staying busy, on schedule and fighting addiction
18:48- On transitioning from a completely and fully scheduled career, to surviving on your own from day-to-day.
19:40- On creating a new toolbox for yourself
20:55- Why we need to be talking more about solutions
24:28- Thank you so much Theo and Thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening! You can always reach me at email@example.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
24:56- Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits
Please check out my new ADHD Coaching! www.shankminds.com/ADHDCoaching
Relationships are hard enough to begin with. Sometimes when people with ADD&ADHD are in relationships with people who are Neurotypical, both parties don’t always know to apply the right lens, or view things for what they really are. They may internalize thoughts, not communicate about their feelings, or completely misread signals, etc. Today we get to talk to a professional who has incredible experience and perspective! Dr. Striar has been on the faculty of many leading universities where she’s taught courses on Group Dynamics, Communication, and Sexology. She has contributed to journals in the field of Sexology and Popular Culture, and has spoken at professional forums, on national television and radio. She studied with Dr. Helen Singer Kaplan, was there at the beginning of St. Mark’s Free Clinic in NYC and was around for the beginning of the Women’s Movement! (A bit more about Dr. Striar here) You probably want to put the kids to bed for this one folks! Here’s hoping you have a positive, if not good Valentine’s Day. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter and Sharna discuss:
1:57- Intro and welcome Dr. Striar!
2:52- How did you get into the study of Sex and Sexuality?
4:15- Let’s talk a little about how ADD&ADHD play a role in sexuality, and in relationships.
7:38- ADD&ADHD, sex and medications. What are you learning from the patients that you are treating?
9:45- What do you find happens whenever kids stop taking their meds, or when their insurance runs out?
10:26- On self regulation and mindfulness
11:22- What advice would you give for couples- one who has ADHD, and one who does not?
14:00- Can you give any tools to help couples who may be arguing, or who haven’t quite learned how to argue yet?
16:20- Give us one more tip about ADHD, or ADHD & Sex- give us your best one?
17:44- Thank you Sharna and Thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening! You can always reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or @petershankman on all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
18:10- Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits
Please check out my new ADHD Coaching! www.shankminds.com/ADHDCoaching
Are you curious? Are you curious on a regular basis? Do you want to know all about everything you see? If you said yes, then we’re like-minded, because I am curious about EVERYthing! So, today we’re talking with curiosity expert Diane Hamilton! Dr. Diane Hamilton is a nationally syndicated radio host, speaker, moderator, consultant, and educator. Through her work as the MBA Program Chair at the Forbes School of Business and at several other universities, she has taught more than 1000 business courses. I have no idea how she made the time to do all that! She is also the author of multiple books, including her most recent, Cracking the Curiosity Code: The Key to Unlocking Human Potential. She is the creator of the Curiosity Code Index assessment and I’m really excited today, (and really curious), to talk with her! Here we go- Enjoy!
In this episode Peter and Diane discuss:
1:57- Intro and welcome Dr. Hamilton! ref: “Cracking The Curiosity Code- The Key to Unlocking Human Potential”, “Take The Lead” Radio Show
2:44- Tell us about curiosity; it’s a good thing??
4:35- What are some of the things about traditional classroom learning that might hold our curiosity back?
8:45- How might you instruct parents to showcase and encourage a healthy curiosity as being a positive thing? ref: Steve Wozniak’s book “iWoz”
11:42- What is one of the most surprising things you’ve discovered in your research?
12:26- What are the negatives of stifling curiosity?
13:10- On staying curious and encouraging curiosity
15:05- Thank you Diane and Thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening! You can always reach me at email@example.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
15:32- Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits
Please check out my new ADHD Coaching! www.shankminds.com/ADHDCoaching
I am thrilled & honored to finally visit with famed restauranteur & author, Danny Meyer! What a great guy, plus- he is the CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group and the founder of Shake Shack! (If I see you at the gym twice this weekend, you’ll know why). Today we talk about building a business that puts quality customer satisfaction first, coffee milkshakes, the necessity of cheese, and how folks with ADD&OCD often become great entrepreneurs! A little more about Danny: The Union Square Hospitality Group comprises some of New York’s most beloved restaurants, including Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, The Modern, and more. Danny, his restaurants and chefs have earned an unprecedented 28 James Beard Awards, and Danny’s recent personal achievements include the Julia Child Award (2017) and his inclusion on the TIME 100 list of the Most Influential People in the World (2015). His first business book, Setting the Table (HarperCollins, 2006), a New York Times bestseller, examines the power of hospitality in restaurants, business and life.. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter and Danny discuss:
2:38- Explain to us the travel that took you from a Political Science Major at Trinity College, then working in Chicago for John Anderson’s Presidential Campaign- over to the Restaurant & Travel business.
5:15- On the invent of Union Square Cafe circa 1985
6:10- When you opened, you were a twenty-sever-year-old entrepreneur, focused on customer satisfaction, who was gambling on an entirely new genre of restaurant! Tell us a little about that experience please?
8:56- How did you take the one great success and turn it into several? What would you say to entrepreneurs who are wanting to expand? ref: Union Square Hospitality Group
14:40- On ADD/OCD. Do you have moments of waking up and feeling like “This can’t be all real”?! ref: Imposter syndrome
16:58- Can you give us the one piece of advice that you’ve given all four of your children?
19:36- On Social Media and how Danny uses it.
20:59- Peter Shankman’s go-to order at Shake Shack
21:30- Danny Meyer’s go-to order at Shake Shack
22:15- Thank you so much Danny!
22:29- Thanks again to Danny Meyer, and thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening! You can always reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or @petershankman on all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
22:51- Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits
Check out my new ADHD Coaching at www.shankminds.com/ADHDCoaching
Today we visit with Marvin Russell, the founder of two startups in the digital marketing world. that were both successfully acquired for millions. He is now working on Checkli, a passion project born out of necessity that has become startup number three, visited by 60,000 people every month to make, share and publish their most valuable checklists. We talk about his hyperactivity as a kid, his drive, how he stays on track and is always on the move. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter and Marvin discuss:
1:32- Intro and welcome Marvin
2:30- What was growing up like; what’s your background?
2:54- On childhood and hyperactivity
4:46- When teachers would give you laps to run, did it help you?
5:40- On the pressures of making great grades
6:40- On not being able to stand still. How movement is beneficial
8:43- On practical uses of movement in daily life
9:20- So what prompted the entrepreneurship?
10:55- How did you put systems in place to keep you on track in your new business?
12:47- Dow long did that initial drive/energy last in your business?
13:38- On the value of a personal assistant
15:28- How did you decide that is was time to sell your company?
17:28- Tell us about your third & current company? ref: www.Checkli.com
19:50- Will you sell this company and quickly move on to the next?
21:50- Thanks Marvin, and thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening! You can always reach me at email@example.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
21:11- Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits
Check out my new ADHD Coaching at www.shankminds.com/ADHDCoaching
Due to unresolved personal life traumas he failed to appropriately address at a younger age – life experiences he was unaware were affecting his mental health – Eric developed a severe bout of PTSD, along with symptoms of anxiety and depression. This fall came essentially “out of nowhere” and left him almost permanently in bed, and with severe cognitive impairment, for just over two and a half years. Once he found a way to climb out of his abyss, he vowed to spend the rest of his life focused on changing the global conversation through mental health advocacy. We talk about his journey and the organization he founded, WeAreAllALittleCrazy.org, here today. Thanks to my friend Dr. Jennifer Hartstein for introducing us! Enjoy!
In this episode Peter and Eric discuss:
1:28- Intro and welcome Eric
2:32- Give us a little more detail on your background and how you got here.
3:47- What were you doing instead of ‘having a life’?
5:14- Where was your breaking point?
7:08- On “Pills don’t teach skills”
9:20- So how did the turn-around ultimately happen for you? ref: integrative psychology
12:54- Tell us how this turned out to be the best thing ever ref: WereAllALittleCrazy.org
15:48- Everyone has a story! ref: Mike Mauti
17:25- Finding your people and Eric’s launch event ref: Anita Nall
18:48- On the nondiscriminatory nature of ADHD
19:40- Are intelligent people perhaps more disposed to having more mental health issues?
21:14- Thank you Eric! How can people find you? Twitter: @AllALittleCrazy or on LinkedIn
22:23- Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits
Check out my new ADHD Coaching at www.shankminds.com/ADHDCoaching
Eight years of college, ‘being stubborn’ and above all- never giving up, made a success story of our guest today Liz Wells. A friend recommended I interview her for many reasons, but what really got me- is that she’s a huge animal lover too!! We don’t talk that much about animals today, (big ones, or small ones), but we definitely talk about big passion, drive and perseverance! Happy New Year! I hope you enjoy this one!
In this episode Peter and Liz discuss:
1:28- Intro and welcome Liz
2:25- Share with us your background- growing up, school, when you got diagnosed, etc.
3:50- On college years and repeating classes
5:00- So when you finally got diagnosed- how did you feel?
6:03- On depression, meds and ADD
7:20- When you were taking home mostly all “D”s and “F”s on your report card; what did you do?
8:50- On keeping your true passion & drive, and not letting others sway you
10:11- Peter on keeping true to his passion
11:00- Liz on how she maintained on track towards her passion
12:09- How are you using your ADD/ADHD as a superpower?
13:45- What one piece of advice would you give to kids who are struggling and not sure they are going to be able to make it all happen?
14:42- How can people reach out to you? INSTA: @WellsCleanLiving Email: Lizzie453W@Gmail.com
15:29- Thank you Liz!!
15:48- Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits
Check out my new ADHD Coaching at www.shankminds.com/ADHDCoaching
This young man is just beginning his career path with a stealthy little product called the Robiii. We learn today about how he’s learning to hurdle ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dysorthography and about the road he’s currently traveling. Like all of us he’s making his own pathway; here’s to helping him onwards as a young entrepreneur. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter and Robi discuss:
1:27- Intro and welcome Robi
2:10- When were you diagnosed and what’s your backstory?
2:42- So when you were first diagnosed, what did they tell you- how was it presented to you?
3:18- What was it like before you were diagnosed and on meds? ref: Vyvanse
3:58- What else were you diagnosed with? ref: Dysorthography
4:48- How do you work and deal with the Dysorthography? I’ve never even heard of that!
5:34- Do you have plans to go to University?
5:58- What made you decide to become an Entrepreneur?
6:30- So for you, it was really learning what worked and what did not work?
7:06- When you decided to become an Entrepreneur and incorporate, did you get any pushback?
7:45- So tell us about your current project on Kickstarter! https://www.robiii.com
8:29- How did you come up with the idea?
9:28- How’s the fundraising going?
9:54- What do you say to parents listening, who might have kids similar to you who also want to get out and do their own thing?
11:16- Thank you Robi! Please stay in touch to let us know how it’s going!
11:40- Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits
Check out my new ADHD Coaching at www.shankminds.com/ADHDCoaching
I’ve been looking forward to this visit with Scott for a while! He’s written six books, but it’s his latest best-sellar that I’m totally in love with! The best part? He’s had ADHD since he was a nano-sphere in his mother’s belly, and when I say “I take cold showers every day”, he doesn’t respond: “What the hell is wrong with you man??!” We talk about all of his journeys here today. I know your going to like this one, Enjoy!
A little bit more about Scott: Investigative journalist and anthropologist Scott Carney (scottcarney.com) has worked in some of the most dangerous and unlikely corners of the world. His work blends narrative non-fiction with ethnography. Currently, he is the CEO of the tiny Denver-based media company Foxtopus Ink, a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism and a 2016-17 Scripps Fellow at the Center for Environmental Journalism in Boulder, Colorado. His books include the New York Times best seller"What Doesn't Kill Us" as well as "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.
In this episode Peter and Scott discuss:
:09- Check out my new ADHD Coaching at www.shankminds.com/ADHDCoaching
3:00- What’s your background, what’s your story?
4:48- Failing is part of our process, but your career doesn’t seem to reflect failure that much; do tell!
5:25- On college
5:42- On travel, documentations and perspective
6:18- On India
7:00- On cults
9:58- On Hunters, Farmers and “burst” mentality ref: Seth Godin podcast interview
10:55- On existential threats in the past versus nowadays. (Rest&Digest vs. Fight or Flight) ref: parasympathetic and sympathetic tones
12:40- On simulated stress, cold showers and adaption
16:14- On shirtless runs in the winter time
17:30- Cold showers and ADHD
18:22- Explanation of the potential benefits- from a physiological standpoint
19:40- When you’re in a cold shower, how are you interacting with the cold water?
23:30- How do you handle your ADHD Scott?
26:23- Thank you Scott!!
26:53- Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits
Lisa Betts-LaCroix is a podcaster, speaker, actor and dancer. As host of the Super Power U Podcast she does long-form interviews revealing the mental models and tactical skills needed to be your very own superhero. She's been featured in over one hundred films, television episodes and movies-of-the-week. Lisa is a dance performer and speaker who inspires audiences to embrace vitality, passion and reclaim empowered living in later life. In spite of taking up dance at age 50 she has also recently become a World Champion Pro-Am American Rhythm Ballroom dancer. We talk about all about her story here today. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter and Lisa discuss:
1:25- Intro and Welcome Lisa!
2:00- You have an amazing bio- tell us your story and a bit of your history.
3:15- When were diagnosed? Were you diagnosed?
5:30- On recognizing your own brain.
6:25- You talked about people saying “Me also” when you began to share with friends. Do you think there is some sort of magnetic pull between those of us who have ADD/ADHD?
8:05- How do you handle the things you have to do, that you really dislike doing?
9:22- What do you do nowadays with that emotion, or passion?
9:40- On outsourcing
14:42- How does one become a World Champion Ballroom Dancer.. like yourself?
16:48- Do you find that dancing gives you the same serotonin & dopamine high that runners often talk about?
19:30- Thank you Lisa and thank YOU for listening! Would you please leave us a review? Yes, you, dear reader. I know I say it all of the time and I’ll ask once again below- but when you leave YOUR review, it really does help OTHERS to find us here! As always, you can always reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or @petershankman on all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
20:00- Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits
Today we talk with James Oliver, Jr. He’s the Founder of WeMontage, the world’s only websites that turns your permanent photo memories into removable wallpaper, and author of the book, “The More You Hustle, The Luckier You Get: You Can Be a Successful Parentpreneur.” James has an MBA from UNC-Chapel Hill, an accounting degree from Morehouse College and is known throughout the universe as Co-Founder of the world’s cutest twins, Thaddeus & Zoe. We talk some about his proud parenting, about being entrepreneurs and about James’ unique journey thus far. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter and James discuss:
2:08- How did you wind up an entrepreneur; tell us about your background?
4:25- How & when did the Parentpreneur thing begin?
7:47- Talk to us about your day-to-day struggle, balancing being an entrepreneur & a parent.
9:32- How did you develop a good/working rule-set for yourself, with regard to balancing work versus Daddy/family time?
10:20- How do you limit your daily distractions?
13:04- Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits
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My friend Ari is a very successful Private Investigator, and a Forensic Genealogist. About a year ago though he had finally had enough! Enough of the teasing, enough of the big-pants shopping, enough of the failed attempts to lose weight & diet gimmicks, but perhaps most importantly his little girl couldn’t get her arms around him to give him a hug. Ari once served as an EMT and knew a likely future he would be facing unless he really made a commitment. So- he began taking some important steps. Literally. We talk about those steps today, one year later. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter and Ari discuss:
1:18- Intro and Welcome Ari!
1:55- So tell us some about your background & how you got to the “Enough is Enough Place”
3:05- On his experience with a meal delivery product
3:58- On his first experience working with a personal trainer, twice a week
5:13- Most of our listeners are ‘all-or-nothing’ like you. How did you begin & not give up; on day one, day two, day three, etc?
7:15- What gave you that hit, or encouragement to keep going?
8:20- On NOT being tied to a goal-weight
9:07- Talk about the days you messed it up, overslept, etc.
11:28- What have you learned about yourself?
12:50- What has been the reaction from your family?
13:30- What do you tell people who ask you or say: “I’ve tried everything to lose weight & nothing works!!”
15:08- So what’s your next challenge?
16:49- Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits
Writer, illustrator, editor, musician and occasional entrepreneur PJ Perez spends his days managing web & digital content for The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. He spends every other waking hour making comics, writing scripts, shooting videos! Today in this short Faster Than Normal “Extra”, we talk about the in-home calisthenic challenge he set for himself this year, and how he’s achieved it. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter and PJ discuss:
1:48- Tell us about what you started doing this year!
2:56- So 100 pushups a day, for 30 days was the goal!? How did it go for you starting out?
4:03- Was there a point when you had to really double-down & convince yourself to continue pushing through?
4:42- On the importance of setting goals & setting a concrete timeline.
5:24- On logging your progress.
5:47- Any new challenges coming up for you?
6:21- Did you see & feel changes in your body within just 30 days?
7:15- Do you recommend doing it? Link to PJ’s YouTube video
7:51- Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits
It was never pointed out to Neil that he had all the tell-tale signs of ADD; not until he was 42 years old and recently separated from his then-wife. A good friend sent him an article on Adult ADHD/ADD. He soon after listened to my bookon a drive to Detroit. The lightbulb switched on and he found himself overwhelmed by his recent self-discoveries. It took him a couple of years, (one on Concerta), to sort things out and fully understand that he wasn’t “broken” or alone. He soon-there-after found a community of dog trainers, discovered the joy that comes from teaching & training dogs, (and their owners), and he committed to owning a training franchise. Has been working in and growing the "Dog space" ever since! His prior pursuits and careers have been: CEO, Marketing Consultant, Chimney Sweep, a few rides during the dot-com boom, Circus Trainer & Performer, scuba diver, competitive unicyclist, world traveler, maintaining his black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and being a stay-at-home Dad! It’s a lot. We talk about his journey, his love of dogs and how he’s found a happy home. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter and Neil discuss:
1:46- Tell us about growing up!
3:48- Do you think that rebelling was a residual product of your ADD?
4:35- You switched majors howmany times in college?
5:56- What were you doing in the circus?
6:31- Were you finding excitement in switching-around pursuits and jobs?
7:09- So how did you wind up with dogs?
8:30- Tell us about a routine day for you, and how does that work with your ADD?
9:48- How has hiring an assistant changed your life?
11:38- On relinquishing control and trusting an assistant
12:32- Tell us about how your ADD is a superpower to you
13:58- Tell us about the things & routines you must do in order to function each day
16:17- What do you think is a popular misconception of people with ADD/ADHD?
17:53- On being kinda 'diagnosed' long before there was an ADHD diagnosis
19:05- On nonconformity and finding the Middle
19:55- Talk about the best dog you’ve ever trained
21:40- Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits
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?
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
18:42- 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
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:
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
14:05- Thank you Sarah!! And thank YOU for listening1 You can always reach me at email@example.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
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?
15:29- Thank YOU for leaving us your reviews and for subscribing!
15:39- Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits
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?
16:29- Thank you Genna!! And thank YOU for leaving us your reviews and for subscribing!
16:59- Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits
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?
19:40- Thank you Mark! And thank YOU for leaving us your reviews and for subscribing!
20:13- Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits
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?
16:30- Thank you Vahid! And thank YOU for leaving us a review and for subscribing!
16:52- Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits
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?
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
*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?
17:45- 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
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
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”
2:38- 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
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
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?
15:14- Thank you Leslie and thank you for listening!!
15:37- Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits
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
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?
25:45- Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits
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?
13:52- Thank you Roy!!
14:13- Thank you for listening!!
14:29- Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits
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?
18:25- Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits
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?
13:17- Thank you Shawn!!
13:42- Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits
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
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
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?
17:08- Thank you Michael!
17:32- Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits
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,
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
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?
9:50- You are not alone!
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?
13:40- 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
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?
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?
12:28- Thank you Amanda!
12:47- Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits
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?
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?
19:18- Thank you Aaron!
19:55- Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits
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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
2:58- 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?
22:38- Thank you Andrew!!
22:56- Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits
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.
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?
6:55- 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
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?
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
Again, this week's 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!
This week we caught up with grown-up gamer & tech guru Russ Frushtick. Russ is the co-founder of Polygon, Vox Media's gaming, technology and pop culture vertical. He has been covering gaming and technology for over a decade now, writing for The New York Times, Laptop Magazine, The Daily, Edge Magazine and Complex. He’s also appeared as a tech expert on national broadcasts for Fox News, MTV, and the BBC. He can be heard weekly as a co-host of CNET's long-running technology podcast, “The 404”, and now on “The History of Fun” podcast. Super cool- enjoy!
In this episode, Peter and Russ discuss:
0:40- Thanks again to Sudio.com for sponsoring this podcast!
2:14- Introducing Russ Frushtick
3:31- When were you diagnosed and what’s your backstory?
6:18- Adderall. What differences do you experience on, versus, off of your prescription?
7:38- Y’know that scene in the movie “Limitless”?
8:23- Fighting a stigma
9:05- Talk to us about video games, tech and your journey with these passion(s)?
11:28- E3, yep
11:43- What tips and lifehacks via ADHD, have you been able to employ in your work?
12:40- How do you ‘reset’ when you start losing focus?
14:12- Some of the benefits of playing video games…
14:44- What are some of your most favorite video games of “All time”!?
15:25- What would be your one tip for parents who are wondering: What’s next for my child who may have ADD, or ADHD?
17:45- Thank you Russ!!
18:04- Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits
This week's 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!
It’s good to be back home folks! This week I sit down to visit with Jason Channell. He’s a Director at WrightIMC, a digital marketing agency in Dallas. He previously was a Digital Marketing Manager for Infinite Agency. Previous to that he was an operations manager for PFSWEB. And previous to THAT, he was a store manager for The Vitamin Shoppe. He’s found through his various experiences in various industries, that he loves to coach organizations and help people to improve. In his spare time Jason loves to ride motorcycles, usually on a quest to find the best local BBQ! He and I are both listening back to this episode of Faster Than Normal in our headphones. Crank it up and enjoy!
In this episode, Peter and Jason discuss:
0:40- Thanks again to Sudio.com for sponsoring this podcast!
1:57- Intro and welcome; introducing Jason Channell
3:23- Jason’s story
5:15- Marketing + Psychology = good results
5:54- What happens when you are faced with tasks that you don’t enjoy, or haven’t studied?
6:56- So what is your process when you’re NOT obsessed with stuff you need to do?
8:23- Have you ever had a boss that did not understand what’s going on while you are maintaining your “zone of focus”?
10:44- Do you have a deep-work/private work space? What works for you?
11:44- When did you discover that you were obsessed with certain things, like, more than just ‘liking’ something a lot?
13:20- How do you manage your obsessions?
14:42- Do fitness and diet play a role in your life too?
15:43- What do you do to get back into a good routine when life brings change?
16:40- How can people find you to talk more? TWITTER @El_Fenix
17:05- Thank you Jason!!
17:17- Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits
Susy Parker is an author, wellness blogger & ADHD mama. She’s passionate about inspiring people to understand that ADHD and other learning differences are simply that - different learning styles, abilities and gifts. Her eldest daughter Seren, (who she refers to as Sarah in her book), was diagnosed with ADHD, anxiety and oppositional defiance disorder when she was just six years old. Susy came to learn that the most important thing to help her daughter thrive with ADHD was acceptance, love, positivity and connection. I visit with Susy from her home in Perth, Australia on this episode of Faster Than Normal. Enjoy!
0:48- Welcome Susy!
1:07- How did ADHD become a part of your life? “Saving Sarah: Learning to Live, Love and Laugh with ADHD”
2:12- What made you so proactive at the very beginning and upon diagnosis?
3:22- Susy finished my book in ‘faster than normal’ time!
3:45- What’s the landscape like in Australia when it comes to talking to other parents about ADHD?
4:10- Changing your perspective and perceptions. Not believing any hallway gossip.
5:15- Change doesn’t come easily or quickly does it..?
7:00- A Mom’s perspective; coping with initial fears from an ADHD diagnosis
8:13- Did your daughter go through a stage of feeling broken before she realized ADHD is a gift, not a curse?
9:48- What would be the one thing you would tell a parent who’s child was just diagnosed with ADHD?
10:53- Susy’s podcast: ADHD Mama
12:35- Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits
“Biography of a Struggling Student: My Story”. This is what Brian Seth Perler sends to me when I ask for his bio. Hah! I certainly can relate to that- I was that kid too. He struggled really hard during high school and then failed out of two colleges, finally returning home and moving in with his grandmother. Things were not great. Through keeping his chin up and repeatedly asking for help- which was also tough to do, he finally got a minimum wage job working with students at a company called ‘At Your School’. There he found something that he was good at, a wonderful mentor and a passion that continues to fuel his path. I hope you will feel encouraged by getting to know Seth Perler and ‘the rest of his story’ in this episode of Faster Than Normal. Enjoy!
0:48- Intro and welcome, Seth!
1:48- Seth’s story, struggles in school and how that can feel when your a kid, or at anytime for that matter
4:56- What was your moment of change and how did you begin?
6:00- How does one ‘accidentally’ get a job working with ADHD kids?
6:47- What made you certain about your newfound path?
7:30- What do you think about the skills & systems that teachers and schools give kids with ADHD?
8:20- Coining “Frankenstudy”. Finding systems that work.
9:13- What are some of the challenges that teachers in your position encounter?
10:00- How did you handle those challenges?
10:18- A few of Seth’s teaching tips
11:20- Doing what you love, and learning how to do the things you don’t love so much
12:30- What types of coaching are you doing nowadays?
12:50- Executive Function Disorder and defining methods of educating kids with ADHD
15:18- The concept of “Launching” and finding good fuel
17:11- Knowing that it’s OK, if you don’t ‘fit in’
17:32- How can people get in touch with and learn more, Seth? https://sethperler.com
17:52- Thank you Seth! I wish we knew then, what we know now.
18:18- Thank you so much for listening!
18:41- Faster Than Normal Podcast info and credits
Hello everybody and thank you for listening! This week Neil Peterson made some time to sit down with us for a little while. He gives us some insight into how he keeps it all running.
As the chairman, founder and CEO of Edge Foundation, Neil Peterson has dedicated his life to helping students with executive functioning challenges realize their potential. A highly successful entrepreneur, he founded 3 companies including the groundbreaking carsharing service Flexcar, now known as Zipcar. Neil also led the transportation agencies in Los Angeles, Oakland, and Seattle with award-winning results and dramatic shifts toward modernization. During the past 10 years, he has fostered the same kind of innovation in school systems, mentoring programs, foster care and juvenile justiceprograms around the country through the Edge Training and Coaching program. He is the author of Embracing the Edge and is a frequent speaker. His entrepreneurial endeavors have been featured in Time Magazine, Fortune Small Business, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times and on NPR, ABC World NewsTonight, Good Morning America, among others.
In this episode, Peter and Neil talk about:
00:47- Intro and welcome to Neil
1:58- So, when were you diagnosed? Do you think genetics has anything to do with being ADHD?
3:30- How were you affected professionally and how was it growing up undiagnosed with ADHD?
5:48- Finding brilliance in any kid.
6:40- What are some of the tools you have used? How do you keep your workload flowing smoothly?
8:00- Do you employ any help?
9:05- Where & when do you get most of your work accomplished?
9:43- What do you need to do in order to avoid distraction?
10:18- What happens when you lose the inspiration to remain hyper-focused?
11:08- Do you find exercise helpful?
11:53- A quick story related to exercise
13:07- protein, medication, exercise and recess
14:10- Tell us about the Edge Foundation www.EdgeFoundation.org
16:17- How do we get in touch with you? NPeterson@EdgeFoundation.org Latest blog posts here: http://www.neilpeterson.com
17:13- Thank you Neil!
17:29- Faster Than Normal Podcast contact info and credits
Hello everybody and thank you for listening! This week week we’re visiting with former ADHD Cardiovascular Nurse/Clinician, Photographer, Artist, and current Theater Marketing/Promotions coordinator, Beth Manley. I know right? That’s a lot of stuff right there! So, if you or a family member has ever dealt with ‘heart stuff’ (not heartBreak.. our Valentine’s Day episode has already come & gone this year), but real the nitty-gritty, surgery required type of stuff like- Angioplasty, Stents, Multiple Bypass- that kind of heart stuff- then I think you will appreciate Beth’s unique view ‘from the other side’.
Please take care of yourself and enjoy this one!
In this episode, Peter and Beth talk about:
00:43- Thank you Health IQ for sponsoring this podcast!
2:41- Welcome and introducing Beth
3:18- How does one with ADHD bridge from being a “Cardiovascular Nurse and Clinician” to “Theater Marketing and Promotions Coordinator” at Dominican High School in Milwaukee, WI?
5:24- How did you go about dealing and preparing for such a high pressure job?
5:56- Putting in the time to accomplish what you need to accomplish
6:53- How did you avoid the fear of forgetting something or messing up, especially during one of the most traumatic moments of another family’s life?
8:28- Facts, analogies, structure, making a photographic/illustrative bridge.
9:53- Keeping your brain engaged, focused and the art of adaptation.
11:21- Remember the phrase: She/He is such a type “A” personality?
12:28- Kinetic learning
14:20- When are you at your best? Should we be getting badges for multi-tasking, perhaps?
15:00- Photographer, Henri Cartier Bousson
15:50- States of flow. Varying your physical activities and how experimentation is never a waste.
16:45- How can we find you if we’d like to talk a little more Beth? BethMalney@mac.com
17:00- Thank you Beth!
17:24- Faster Than Normal Podcast contact info and credits
Hello everybody! If you been all wrapped-up with Awards season, I hope you can finally catch a breath now that the 90th Academy Awards are complete. Nine-zero, wow. When it comes to formal wear, I’m usually more of a jeans&blazer kid of guy, but I do have one pair of fancy-pants on the ready for such an occasion.
Speaking of civilian dress, this week we get to sit down with a long-time listener, Harran J. Williams! Harran reached out to me a little while ago and asked if he could be a guest on the Faster Than Normal podcast. I said: “Well sure- so what’s your story”? We find out that while Harran’s resume is very impressive, he’s really just grinding it out day-to-day like you, me and most of us here with ADHD. He’s a father of three, a volunteer at his church, a Musician, a Software Engineer, a former track star from New Jersey and just an all-around good dude.
I hope you dig getting to know Harran as much as I did. Enjoy!
In this episode, Peter and Harran tackle hurdles like these:
2:38- Welcome and introducing Harran
3:29- What’s your background?
5:30- What keeps you going?
7:00- Did your parents push you and did you ever feel overwhelmed as a young kid?
8:40- A week in the life, when I was going full throttle in school. Any questions?
9:48- What are your “life rules”? How did you learn to prioritize on your own. How did you pick which things you wanted to do best?
10:28- Choices and the choosing
10:50- Enter college. A track scholarship to maintain
11:44- How we with ADHD & ADD develop deadlines, or “pressure moments” and use time-lines.
13:45- What other “life rules” have you found that have been working for you?
14:00- If it’s not on my calendar, I don’t know about it.
14:45- Using ambient noise and ambient music to stay focused
18:84- Testimony of tools that work!
20:28- Thank you Harran!
20:49- Faster Than Normal Podcast contact info and credits
Hey gang! This week we're getting to visit with my ol'friend Lenore! Lenore Skenazy is president of the new non-profit Let Grow, dedicated to "Future-Proofing Our Kids and Our Country."
Ten years ago, after her column "Why I Let My 9 Year Old Ride the Subway Alone" landed her on every talk show from The Today Show to Dr. Phil, Skenazy founded the book and blog “Free-Range Kids,” which launched the anti-helicopter parenting movement. Her main point? Our kids are NOT in constant danger. Give them a little more freedom and everyone wins.
Now she lectures internationally, from Microsoft to Dreamworks to the Sydney Opera House, and has been profiled everywhere from The New York Times to The New Yorker. And here she is on The Daily Show! A journalist herself, Lenore has written for everyone from The Wall Street Journal to Mad Magazine. Yep. Mad. Her reality show “World’s Worst Mom,” airs on Discovery Life (from time to time, late at night, in re-runs).
A graduate of Yale and Columbia, she lives in New York City with her husband and beloved computer. Her sons have (safely) flown the coop.
In this episode, Peter and Lenore discuss:
3:05- “Why I Let My 9 Year Old Ride the Subway Alone” / “World’s Worst Mom”
4:05- So, how did this chapter start for you Lenore?
4:30- “Free-Range Kids” blog. Remembering seminal moments of being a kid.
6:00- Did you know I sliced my finger off once when I was a kid?
6:20- Parenting dilemmas, the importance of teachable moments & “SugarBombs”.. in the year 2018.
8:48- Children’s physical environments and the freedom to learn.
10:22- Walking home after school in NYC, circa 1970’s.
11:04- When IS the safest time to be a kid?
11:30- Fear and the consumption of Tech.
12:38- The Let Grow Project is trying to figure out how to make a real world change for parent’s & kids.
13:27- Micro-initiative number 1. Begin to return to normal childhood activities.
14:25- A few experiences & quotes from folks who have been taking part in the Let Grow project.
15:40- Micro-initiative number 2. Free play at school, after school.
16:40- Identifying with the concepts of the Let Grow project and how I stay focused daily, without using meds. (Just in case you didn’t already know).
17:10- Reach out at Lenore@LetGrow.org
17:54- Thank you Lenore!!
18:14 Faster Than Normal Podcast contact info and credits.
This episode is underwritten by HealthIQ, and we couldn't be happier to have them! See, one of the things I’m so passionate about when I talk about how I use my ADHD to my advantage is exercise, right? It’s obvious that a workout in the morning greatly boosts my brainpower and lets me use my faster brain to do great things.
But here’s the other benefit of exercise: Engagement in high-intensity exercise once per week decreases risk for cardiovascular mortality by 39% for men and 51% for women, and according to a 2009 Study in the International Journal of Sports Medicine, men who did high-intensity exercise have a 35% lower risk of all-cause mortality. For women the risk reduction is 44%. THAT'S HUGE. If you’re exercising to improve how you manage your ADHD, AND you’re getting the extra benefits of a much healthier body, then guess what: You should be paying less for your life insurance! That’s where Health IQ comes in.
Hey gang! So this week we get to visit with Keith Lemer, Chief Executive Officer of WellNet Healthcare Plan. Keith has lobbied extensively on Capitol Hill for healthcare reform and frequently provides strategic counsel to the Employee Benefits Committee of the United States Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business federation. He is a member of The Economic Club of Washington, D.C. and The Young Presidents Organization’s (YPO) Washington, D.C. chapter, was named 2011’s 40 under 40 by The Washington Business Journal and 2013’s InTheCapital’s 50 On Fire. He is also Chairman of the Board of Unsung Heroes, a national non-profit that focuses on promoting awareness & appreciation for the workforce on the nation’s college campuses who keep the university running behind-the-scenes but often go unrecognized and unappreciated. People like Keith make me want to work even harder- he’s crazy-successful!! Quick Fun Fact: After attending a 6 month, intensive Italian cooking school, Keith dreams of opening a restaurant one day.
Ok, let’s dig right in- Enjoy!
In this episode, Peter and Keith discuss:
As always, leave us a comment below, drop us a review on iTunes (PLEASE!) and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note – We’d love to hear from you!
Welcome to another edition of Faster Than Normal, and a HUGE welcome to those who found us from the New and Noteworthy section of iTunes! We're thrilled that you're here, and so happy to share with you that ADHD is a gift, NOT a curse!
This week we’re getting to know the wonderful and entertaining Adam Sietz! (Don’t blink, that is the correct spelling). Adam has checked more ticks on his bucket list than a blue tick hound after a good run in the woods. He has acted in Academy Award & Golden Globe-nominated films, Emmy Award-winning TV series, Broadway shows, Video Games, (including "Grand Theft Auto" & "Neverwinter Nights 2" for which he won 2007 VG Character of the year), "The National Lampoon’s Radio Hour", over 200 commercials, and as a comedian has worked with some of the best Comics of this generation: Sarah Silverman, Kevin Hart, Dave Chappelle, Jerry Seinfeld and Robert Klein, to name a few. All this while being a husband, a dad, and MASSIVELY ADHD.
This is going to be fun! Enjoy!
PS: He's the voice of the troll under the bridge on Dora the Explorer!!
In this episode, Peter and Adam discuss:
Big ups to FitKit for supporting the podcast this week. FitKit offers a number of different wellness products for both mind and body that make healthy living SIMPLE! I love their products and live by them when on the road. All of the kits are portable and packable, fit right in a carry on and most come with bands and tubes, a jump rope, 250 exercises and other great tools and resources. No excuses, especially when they include a 6 week nutrition and fitness plan as well as 24/7 email access to their dietitians and trainers! All the kits range in price from $10-$40 but if you use the code FTN, you get 20% during the month of January. Whichever kit you chose, you can take comfort in knowing they have been created by fitness, nutrition and wellness experts with the sole purpose helping you get healthy and fit. Not only are the FitKits great for individuals, but every organization should get these for their employees or clients. Each Kit can be fully branded with your logo, they offer volume pricing and starting at just $4, there is a FitKit for every budget. Companies like Keurig, Marriott, Dell New York Presbyterian Hospital among others have branded the FitKit products as a creative way to encourage health while at the same time promoting their brand. Win – Win. The best part: people love receiving them! Learn more at fitkit.com. Check them out. I love them.
Welcome to another episode of Faster Than Normal! Happy that you’re here!
We’re talking this week with Lyle Ungar and Sharath Chandra Guntuku about their study: "Language of ADHD in Adults on Social Media".
Lyle is a Professor of Computer and Information Science at The University of Pennsylvania. His current research focuses on developing scalable machine learning methods for data mining and text mining,including deep learning methods for natural language processing, and analysis of social media to better understand the drivers of physical and mental well-being.
Sharath is a post-doctoral researcher in the Perelman School of Medicine and in the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Penn, he completed his PhD studies on building machine learning algorithms to model users’ personality in multimedia preferences at the School of Computer Science and Engineering at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. His current research aims to leverage large-scale social media image and text data to model social health outcomes and psychological traits.
2:17 Welcome and Introductions
3:18 How did you get the idea for the study “What can Twitter reveal about people with ADHD”?
4:18 Twitter, dopamine, posting and an immediate gratification connection?
5:17 Time condensing and ‘slow media’ among teens
6:34 Mood swings and possible self-regulating online? Language and nuances
8:09 Immediate feedback loops
9:05 Downtime. Typing with purpose. Condition-specific Apps?
10:20 Bombwords, double-check delay and e-tools
12:35 No mirriors yet in Social Media. Yet.
13:07 Many different types of ADHD and what Social Media can tell us
15:00 If the goal is to better understand the condition, then what’s next?
16:15 What some Social Media Research shows and will we see a shift once people with ADHD understand how to use it for Good?
18:00. How can we follow your research. the World Well Being Project www.WWBP.org
18:45. Thank you!
Welcome to another episode of Faster Than Normal! Thrilled that you're here!
We're talking this week to American syndicated columnist, humorist, publisher, and speaker Randy Cassingham, probably best known for starting one of the first ever email newsletters, "This is True."
Massively ADHD, hear how he left a perfectly good job at JPL (the NASA guys) to go out on his own to do something with "that internet thing." He never looked back.
Randy's best tip: Turn off email notifications.
This episode is inspiring. I'm a huge fan of this guy. No doubt you will be, too. Enjoy!
This week’s episode is supported by FitKit. FitKit offers a number of different wellness products for both mind and body that make healthy living easy. I love their products and use them, especially when traveling. All of the kits are portable and packable, fit right in a carry on and most come with bands and tubes, a jump rope, 250 exercises and other great tools and resources. So, no excuses! Especially when it includes a 6 week nutrition and fitness plan as well as 24/7 email access to their dietitians and trainers to ask all your burning questions. All the kits range in price from $10-$40 but if you use the code FTN, you get 20% during the month of January. Whichever kit you chose, you can take comfort in knowing they have been created by fitness, nutrition and wellness experts with the sole purpose helping you get healthy and fit. Not only are the FitKits great for individuals, but every organization should get these for their employees or clients. Each Kit can be fully branded with your logo, they offer volume pricing and starting at just $4, there is a FitKit for every budget. Companies like Keurig, Marriott, Dell New York Presbyterian Hospital among others have branded the FitKit products as a creative way to encourage health while at the same time promoting their brand. Win – Win. The best part….people love receiving them! You can get more information at fitkit.com. Check them out. I love them.
Welcome, gang! Another fun episode, this time with Coach Rob Grissom, a USA Cycling Coach, Podcaster, Rock Climber, and all around nice guy!
Listen to him as he talks about ADHD, getting into your own head, and never quitting. This is quite the inspirational episode! Enjoy it!
Welcome to another episode of Faster Than Normal! I'm thrilled, as always, that you're joining us!
This week's episode is supported by FitKit. FitKit offers a number of different wellness products for both mind and body that make healthy living easy. I love their products and use them, especially when traveling. All of the kits are portable and packable, fit right in a carry on and most come with bands and tubes, a jump rope, 250 exercises and other great tools and resources. So, no excuses! Especially when it includes a 6 week nutrition and fitness plan as well as 24/7 email access to their dietitians and trainers to ask all your burning questions. All the kits range in price from $10-$40 but if you use the code FTN, you get 20% during the month of January. Whichever kit you chose, you can take comfort in knowing they have been created by fitness, nutrition and wellness experts with the sole purpose helping you get healthy and fit. Not only are the FitKits great for individuals, but every organization should get these for their employees or clients. Each Kit can be fully branded with your logo, they offer volume pricing and starting at just $4, there is a FitKit for every budget. Companies like Keurig, Marriott, Dell New York Presbyterian Hospital among others have branded the FitKit products as a creative way to encourage health while at the same time promoting their brand. Win - Win. The best part….people love receiving them! You can get more information at fitkit.com. Check them out. I love them.
Now then - Welcome to Tim Fargo, this week's FTN guest! Tim has one of the shortest bios known to man, which essentially says "started a company. Went bankrupt. Started another one. Sold it for $50mm. Now run Social Jukebox."
That's it. Obviously, I think there's a little more to the man than that, and you'll hear about it on this interview. And it's a good one. Got kids who have ever failed? You ever failed? This is the episode for you.
And of course, Tim is massively ADHD. We knew that from his bio, though.
Happy New Year, Neuroatypicals!
So glad to have you here for another Faster Than Normal trip around the sun!
Before we launch into our podcast this week (an AWESOME episode with which to start the year, by the way...) I want to give a shout out to January's Faster Than Normal Sponsor, FitKit!
I've been using FitKits for the past three years, and won't travel without them!
FitKit offers a suite of wellness products to make healthy living easy. Portable, packable, on-the- go kits to encourage exercise, healthy eating and mindful living.
Whichever kit you chose, you can take comfort in knowing they have been created by fitness, nutrition and wellness experts with the sole purpose of providing tools and resources to encourage activity, healthy eating and mindful living. All products can be fully branded and customized to meet your needs and budget. Volume pricing available.
Every product includes:
A 6 Week Nutrition Plan
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24/7 email access to our trainers and dietitians to ask questions and get advice!
There's truly no excuse anymore for not getting in the best shape of your life, especially with fitKit giving you 20% off with code FTN! Shop now at www.fitkit.com! You'll thank me.
Now then - Say hi to Dr. Johan Wiklund! Dr. Wiklund is the Al Berg Chair and Professor of Entrepreneurship at Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University.
His research interests include entrepreneurship and mental health as well as the entry, performance, and exit of entrepreneurial firms. He is considered a leading authority in entrepreneurship research with over 60 articles appearing in leading entrepreneurship and management journals and over 20,000 citations.
He is Editor-in-Chief for Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. A prolific advisor of Ph.D. students, he received the Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division Mentor Award in 2011.
Most important to us, he's written several papers, and conducted several studies on entrepreneurship and ADHD.
We're so lucky to have Dr. Wiklund on the podcast today! He touches on such topics like structure (we need it,) ADHD and self-care, why "jobs are for average people" and more. This is an amazing interview - How great to be able to start the new year with it!
You know those races where people jump over fire pits, carry 80 pound bags of sand up a hill, and crawl under barbed wire?
Of course you do. If you're ADHD, chances are you've done it. A mere marathon? That's for regular people. Am I right?
Welcome to the world of the Spartan Race. This week, we've got the founder on FTN, and, you guessed it, he's massively ADHD.
So ADHD, in fact, that he wouldn't shut off his email for the entire interview. You'll see what I mean when you listen
Joe De Sena - the founder and CEO of Spartan Race has demonstrated his entrepreneurial drive since his pre-teens. From selling fireworks at age eight, to building a multimillion-dollar pool business in college, to creating a Wall Street trading firm, and now the world’s fastest growing sports movement, De Sena is a living definition of the word entrepreneur, and proof that ADHD can truly be your secret weapon.
Following a successful career on Wall Street, De Sena moved his family to Pittsfield, Vermont to operate an organic farm, a bed and breakfast, and a general store for hikers. It was here his passion grew for ultramarathons, adventure races, and endurance events; and thus the idea for the Spartan Race was born.
With more than 200 events in 30+ countries planned for 2017, Spartan Race has more than 1 million global participants offering open heats for all fitness levels and ages, as well as competitive and elite heats. The company has more than 5 million passionate social media followers, health and wellness products, and two popular NBC television series, making obstacle racing one of the fastest growing sports—and lifestyles— in the world. As a leader in the sport, Spartan Race is the first obstacle racing company to feature timing and global rankings.
Enjoy the episode! It's a wild one!
Hi there, gang! As this episode publishes, I'm in a plane somewhere above the Pacific Ocean, as I take what I'm pretty sure is my last flight to Asia this year. Two days in Hong Kong, then back to NYC.
But that gives me lots and lots of time to write, and as you know, my best writing and best ideas come to me on airplanes.
Our guest this week had his game-changing idea come to him in the drive-through line at a McDonald's. Yes, seriously!
Brian Scudamore is the Founder & CEO of three franchise companies; an entrepreneur recognized for his passion, vision, and faith in people.
Brian started (and is best known for) his first business, 1-800- GOT-JUNK? in Vancouver, Canada at the age of 18. He went on to revolutionize the junk removal industry. Today, 1-800- GOT-JUNK? has more than 850 trucks on the road throughout 170 locations in the United States, Canada, and Australia.
Accolades include Fortune Small Business’ Best Bosses Award, Globe & Mail’s Top 40 under 40, the International Franchise Association’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2007, and induction into the Young Presidents Organization in 2014, as well as Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization CEO Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement in 2012. 1-800- GOT-JUNK? is a three-time winner of a prestigious “Best Company To Work For” award in British Columbia.
And yes... As you guessed, Brian is massively, massively ADHD.
Enjoy the interview! It's a good one!
Hey there everyone! Psyched to welcome a best-selling author this week, Kim Scott!
Kim is the author of the NYT & WSJ bestseller Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss without Losing your Humanity. Kim led AdSense, YouTube, and Doubleclick teams at Google and then joined Apple University to develop and teach “Managing at Apple.” Kim has been a CEO coach at Dropbox, Qualtrics, Twitter, and several other tech companies. Additional information is available athttps://www.radicalcandor.com/ Follow her on Twitter @kimballscott
This episode is fun, because we talk about what it’s like to manage people – specifically those who are neuroatypical. Got employees? Heck, got friends? Listen to this episode. You’ll learn a lot.
My favorite line: “Radical Candor sounds different with each person to whom you talk”
Enjoy the podcast! As always, leave us a comment below, drop us a review on iTunes (PLEASE!) and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note – We’d love to hear!
PS: Don’t forget – We have the #1 online video course for turning your ADHD into a superpower – The FTN Course is 38 three minute videos, watchable at your own pace, covering everything from work, to home life, to exercise and health. Check it out!
Anyone who knows me knows that I'm an avid cyclist. Whether I'm doing leisurely loops around Central Park, or hundred mile rides while training for my next Ironman, if I'm exercising and not running, I can either be found on my Specialized Venge, or my Peloton spin bike. Not only is it amazing exercise, not only is it a bicycle seat a great place from which to see the world, but for me, probably the best benefit of cycling is the massive dopamine hit that I get from ten minutes into my ride, that lasts for several hours after the ride has ended. There's truly nothing like it.
That's why, when I found out that Specialized Bicycles had a non-profit component called The Specialized Foundation, and that The Specialized Foundation focuses on getting school kids with ADHD on bicycles as a way to temper the negative effects of ADHD, there was absolutely no question that I had to get the heads of the foundation on the FTN Podcast.
This amazing organization is doing incredible things for kids with ADHD, and they're growing by the day. I'm so honored to be joined by both Ted Theocheung, the CEO of the Specialized Foundation, and Kimberly Price, Ph.D., Director of Research and School Programs for the Specialized Foundation.
This is, yet again, more proof that exercise is one of the key components to utilizing the faster brain of someone with ADHD. The research is strong, the foundation is doing amazing things to prove that. This is an interview you don't want to miss, whether you have children or not!
I guess Queen was right when they said "Get on you bikes and ride!"
Let's face it - If you're a manager, chances are, you're going to be managing some neuro-atypical employees, if you're not already. Considering some studies are saying that four out of ten new hires in the next ten years are going to be on the spectrum of ADD, ADHD, OCD, or similar, how you start dealing with these employees now will determine how easy it is to get your new hires later.
That's where this week's guest comes in. Bruce Tulgan is internationally recognized as the leading expert on young people in the workplace and one of the leading experts on leadership and management. Bruce is a best-selling author, an adviser to business leaders all over the world, and a sought-after keynote speaker and management trainer.
Since 1995, Bruce has worked with tens of thousands of leaders and managers in hundreds of organizations ranging from Aetna to Wal-Mart; from the Army to the YMCA.
He's currently the chairman of Rainmaker Thinking, and talks to us today about what bosses and managers need to know about the next generation of employees.
Out of all the fun things about having ADHD, one of the best might be that you see absolutely nothing wrong with setting insane goals and then reaching them.
Today's guest has done that and so much more. Chris Guillebeau set out to visit every single country in the world before he turned 35. He did it. He's authored several bestselling books, including Side Hustle, The $100 Startup, and The Art of Nonconformity. He hosts the World Domination Summit every summer in Portland, Oregon, and his daily podcast, Side Hustle School, is downloaded more than two million times a month.
Not bad for someone with massive ADHD, huh?
Take a listen and enjoy this fun interview with Chris!
Welcome to Faster Than Normal, Episode 72! This week, we talk to Christopher Walker, via a digital connection all the way from Japan!
Sometimes, the best way to get a handle on your ADHD is to leave the office, or work from a new place. Christopher took that to an extreme, settling in Kanagawa, Japan, after eight years in the US Military! Originally from North Carolina, Chris opens up in this week's episode, and talks about his experience in the military, handling his ADHD, and trying to manage ADHD while also trying to learn the language!
It's a great interview that you're going to enjoy!
As always, thanks for listening! And hey: Did you know the FTN book is still a best-seller on Amazon? Check it out!
So the Faster Than Normal book came out last week, debuting at #1 in multiple categories on Amazon! With that, I want to welcome a TON of new listeners to the FTN Podcast! And I figured, what better way to do that than do to a quick podcast live from a rest stop on the New Jersey Turnpike! Yeah, I’m serious. I want to introduce our new listeners (and reintroduce our current listeners) to the podcast, to me, and to what we stand for.
For those just joining us, welcome to the fight, and welcome to a new way of life!
Our regular episodes with brilliant people will be back next week. In the meantime, enjoy this quick one!
Hey guys! The Faster Than Normal book launches this week! Head over to preorder a copy now!
"WILL YOU JUST DO YOUR HOMEWORK? WHY DOES THIS ALWAYS HAVE TO BE A FIGHT?"
What parent hasn't had that conversation with their child at least once? I know my parents did - a lot more than once. With that, say hello to this week's guest, Brian King, known as the master of compassionate parenting!
Brian R. King, MSW teaches compassionate parenting to parents raising all kinds of children, including those with ADHD, Asperger’s or chronic illnesses. He has a Master's Degree in Social Work and is the father of three sons with Asperger's & ADHD. Two of his sons also have EhlersDanlos Syndrome (hEDS).
Brian lives his life while navigating the challenges of his own diagnoses of ADHD, Dyslexia, EhlersDanlos Syndrome and Multiple Sclerosis. As a Coach, Professional Workshop Facilitator and Keynote Presenter who has been wowing audiences since he was 17 years old, Brian has become increasingly known for his story of resilience in the face of Learning and Physical disabilities to become a #1 Best Selling Author and successful Entrepreneur.
This in the episode you need to hear if you're a parent. Without question! Enjoy!
The Faster Than Normal Book launches October 3rd, and we're so excited!! Head over to Amazon now and pre-order a copy, and you'll get a bunch of goodies included if you email your receipt to ftnreceipt at shankman.com - Let's see it! We're already #1 in multiple categories on Amazon, and the book isn't even out yet!
Welcome to episode 70, the productivity episode! Who couldn't use some extra time in their life? Our guest today shows us how to get it, without drama, without giving up the things that are already important to us!
Laura Vanderkam is the author of several time management and productivity books, including I Know How She Does It, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, and 168 Hours. Her next book, Off the Clock: The Fine Art of Feeling Less Busy While Getting More Done, will be published by Penguin Random House in May, 2018. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Fortune, and other publications, and her TED Talk, "How to gain control of your free time," has been viewed more than 4.7 million times. She's pretty awesome.
You'll like this quick episode - Laura gives us her top three productivity tips, and a host of other hacks to make your time more useful than ever before. For the ADHD brain, this is solid gold.
Enjoy! As always, if you have a second, head over to iTunes and leave us a review, ok? Those reviews help keep the podcast going!
Say hey to DJ John Michael! He's the official DJ in Residence at Peloton Cycle (now known as OnePeloton,) he's trained under Junior Vasquez, and knows more 80s trivia than you do. This isn't assumption, this is fact.
DJ John Michael gives us 30+ minutes of over the top interview, on topics as wide-ranging as music as a calming influence, "taking back your brain" from the background processes, and somehow, we wound up also touching on the 80s TV Show "The Facts of Life," as well as Game of Thrones, the best dance mixes, and of course, Broadway.
There's never been a more ADHD-centric interview in the history of the FTN Podcast!
You're going to love this one. I've listened to it three times already, and I was there when we recorded it!
First off - GREAT NEWS: The Faster Than Normal Book goes live in less than a month! Won't you help support the launch by sharing this Thunderclap with your social channels? The more people who share it, the more we can help the world realize that ADHD is a GIFT, not a curse! From the bottom of my heart, thank you!
Welcome to another episode of Faster Than Normal! We've skipped a few weeks in August, because we were getting the Faster Than Normal BOOK ready for an October 3rd launch date! We couldn't be happier with how it turned out, and we hope you'll love it, too!
But back to the podcast! We kick September off with the back-to-school episode, in the respect that I met this week's guest last year, on the first day of preschool for my daughter. Within thirty seconds, we both bonded and there was no question we were both ADHD.
Ken Perlstein is an actor and comedian, working in NYC. He's also massively ADHD. He talks openly and honestly on this episode, covering all topics, including addiction, sobriety, ADHD, and heck, he even does an impersonation and cracks a joke or two.
You're going to like this one. We're glad you're here!
Welcome to another episode of Faster Than Normal! This one combines my two favorite topics - What we put in our mouths, and what we sweat out at the gym.
Simply put, this episode is all about food and exercise, and the tips shared by our two guests will, I guarantee you, change how you look at what you eat, and what you do for activity.
From the fitness side, we speak with Amie Hoff, founder of Hoff Fitness, who shares her fitness knowledge as a corporate fitness consultant, personal trainer, media contributor and public speaker. She thrives as a motivator and role model and is regularly called upon to offer her expertise on both national and local media. You can find more about Amie at her website.
From the food side, we speak with Wendy Phillips, MS, RD, CNSC, CLE, FAND is a registered dietitian with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in clinical nutrition, certified nutrition support clinician, certified lactation educator, and a fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Her background includes adult and pediatric nutrition support, public health nutrition, and nutrition advocacy. She first started investigating the science around nutrition and ADHD when her own son was diagnosed at the age of 10, and has since endeavored to educate others on how to use nutrition therapy to thrive with ADHD. Her book is available for purchase on Amazon “Nutrition Management of Children with ADHD” and she can be reached on Facebook and Twitter as Nutrition_4_ADHD.
Enjoy this episode! I learned a ton, I hope you do, as well!
Every once in a long while, you get an amazing interview with someone you've been trying to nail down for years. Someone you think of as a hero, and someone who has been so bold about how they live their life, all you can do is listen and try and hold on.
That's today, as I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing David Neeleman, probably best known for founding JetBlue Airlines.
He’s classic ADHD, (enjoy his story of the tree in his yard) but more importantly, he believes, possibly more than any guest we’ve had yet, that ADHD is truly a gift, not a curse.
He took the time to do this interview as he was driving from one meeting to the next, so while the audio quality is a bit less that we’re used to here, it’s still perfectly listenable.
David Neeleman is that rarest of entrepreneurs, a man who has created and launched four successful, independent airlines, including the USA’s JetBlue and Morris Air, Canada’s WestJet and Brazil’s Azul. And yes, he's done it all with (not in spite of) his ADHD.
This week on the Faster Than Normal Podcast, we're listening to the doctor. Specifically, Dr. James M. Greenblatt, head of medicine at Walden!
Dr. Greenblatt is chief medical officer and vice president of medical services at Walden. He provides medical management, leadership and oversight of Walden’s eating disorder programs in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Working with thousands of children, adolescents and adults, Dr. Greenblatt found that each individual has a unique biochemical profile, range of behaviors and treatment needs. Dr. Greenblatt is board-certified in child and adult psychiatry. He received his medical degree and completed his adult psychiatry residency at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School. In addition, Dr. Greenblatt is a clinical faculty member in the psychiatry department at Tufts Medical School as well as the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. He lectures extensively throughout the United States and Canada on integrative therapies for mental health. He is the author of “Answers to Anorexia,” which draws on his many years of experience and expertise in integrative medicine and treating eating disorders. He also wrote “The Breakthrough Depression Solution,” which outlines a personalized nine-step method for beating the physical causes of depression, and “Answers to Binge Eating Disorder,” which introduces biological solutions for binge eating and food addiction.
Dr. Greenblatt is the author of six books: Answers to Anorexia (2011), The Breakthrough Depression Solution (2012), Answers to Binge Eating (2014), Integrative Therapies for Depression: Redefining Models for Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention (2015), Nutritional Lithium: The Cinderella Story (2016), and The Breakthrough Depression Solution 2nd eds. (2016). His latest book, Finally Focused, describing integrative therapies for ADHD, came out ia few months ago.
Clare Crew is an early childhood and inclusive education teacher who specialises in the brain-body connection. She helps the children the system leaves behind, those with learning, attention and behavioural challenges. Her message is simple; children need more movement and play in the early years of life. And when we’re able to deliver this, children begin thriving
Ever go on a cruise? For someone like me, with massive ADHD, it's awesome - Ooh! The water slide! Ooh! video games! Ooh! Ice cream! Ooh! The ocean! Stars! The horn!
You get the idea.
But did you ever think what it was like to RUN a cruise company? That's where this week's guest comes in - Andy Stuart is President and Chief Executive Officer of Norwegian Cruise Line, appointed to this position in September 2016. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring that Norwegian excels in every facet and that the company continues to produce industry leading financial results, while bringing new ideas and ways of doing business that improve guest satisfaction and team member involvement. A 28-year company veteran, Stuart has been instrumental in building the Norwegian brand and strengthening relationships with travel partners.
In other words, Andy runs the entire NCL brand, yet still manages to have dinner with his family, exercise, and yes, be a million places at once.
This is another quick interview, and you're going to like it. He gives some seriously actionable tips that you can implement today to help you grow, whether you run a business, or are just learning to harness this wonderful gift we have.
Benny Lewis is the ambitious Irish lad behind Fluent in 3 Months, the world's largest language learning blog with a million visitors per month.
He has published an international best-selling book of the same title, and a series of language courses, been awarded the title of National Geographic's Traveler of the Year, and he speaks almost a dozen languages in varying degrees between mastery and quite well. All of this is despite being a weak student of languages in school, and actually studying electronic engineering and only being able to speak English in his early 20s.
He makes it his mission to inspire as many people as he can that anyone can learn a language, at any age, from anywhere in the world.
And yeah. He's an ADHD dream. Enjoy the episode!
In this episode, Peter and Benny discuss:
What can we say about Alan Meckler? The man has a way of seeing things that regular people won't see for the next ten years, and he's done it again and again and again. A wonderful example of neurodiversity, he was diagnosed with Dyslexia at a very early age, and used, of all things, his love of baseball to help him beat it.
Alan M. Meckler, Ph.D. was one of the first media professionals to spot the potential of the commercial Internet (1990). He launched INTERNET WORLD magazine and a trade show by the same name in 1993. These properties were sold for $274 million in cash in 1998. He created the trade show Search Engine Strategies in 2000. This was sold in 2006 for $47 million. He purchased JupiterResearch out of bankruptcy and later sold it for a 5000 percent return. Presently he is Chairman and CEO of www.3dprint.com the leading news website for the additive manufacturing industry and also produces 7 www.inside3Dprinting.com trade shows worldwide. Meckler is also managing member of www.asimovVentures.com, which invests in startups in the 3D printing, Robotics and Blockchain fields. Meckler has Ph.D. in American history from Columbia University, has written several books and been published in The New Yorker. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve and New York Air National Guard (1969-1975).
I'm proud to call Alan a mentor and a friend, and I dedicate this episode to everyone who was ever told they'd never amount to anything, and continue to prove the haters wrong, every single day.
Enjoy the episode, and please - Leave us a review on whichever podcast platform you prefer!
Today on Faster Than Normal, we're talking FOOD! Specifically, we're talking RAW food, and how it changes lives! This isn't just for ADHD, it's for everyone! Now, look - I've got a steak addiction. So rare it might as well be raw, but it's still slightly cooked. I don't know if I could go totally raw - But I'm willing to listen. Barbara Fernandez woke up one day and discovered raw food - She also discovered a way to kick most of her health issues, including getting a handle on her ADHD. Coincidence? Aliens? I don't know. Listen to the podcast, and you tell me.
Enjoy the episode!
In this episode, Peter and Barbara discuss:
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This week our guest is Dr. Jennifer Hartstein. Dr. Hartstein is currently in private practice in New York City, specializing in the treatment of high-risk children and adolescents. She is the owner and founder of Hartstein Psychological Services, PLLC, a group psychotherapy practice. Dr. Jen is a psychological contributor for NBC’s The Today Show, a national morning news program. She is a Mental Health Core Expert for The Dr. Oz Show and was the psychological/lifestyle contributor on CBS’ The Early Show. Dr. Jen is the author of Princess Recovery: A How-to Guide to Raising Empowered Girls who Can Create Their Own Happily Ever Afters.
But possibly more importantly, (insert sarcasm emoji here,) Dr. Hartstein is my ex-girlfriend. Jen and I dated for about three years, living together for two of them. She might look all cool on TV, but her biggest challenge, hands down, was living with me. :)
This interview is chock full of advice, laughs, and action items you can implement today, whether you have ADHD, or love or live with someone who does.
Enjoy the episode!
In this episode, Peter and Jennifer discuss:
This week's guest is Dr. Debbie Rhea of the LIINK project, and this episode is going to BLOW YOUR MIND. I discovered Dr. Rhea in an NPR article talking about how she experimented with a school district in Texas, giving the students more recess time throughout the day to have unstructured play.
You know what happened? The kids improved in all areas of their educational lives!
BOOM!! THIS IS WHAT I'VE BEEN PREACHING! Exercise and a healthier lifestyle can change LIVES! It's not always about shoving medication down kids' throats and hoping for the best!
This is an AMAZING Episode! Thank you SO much, Dr. Rhea!
Enjoy this one - Share it with everyone you know!
In this episode, Peter and Debbie discuss:
This week's guest is Brian Fanzo.
Happy listening! :)
In this episode, Peter and Brian discuss:
This week's guest is Curt Steinhorst, a man on a mission to wipe out distraction, which, in this day and age, isn't that easy.
Having spent years studying the impact of tech on human behavior, Curt Steinhorst now equips professionals across the world to work smarter and stronger in this constantly-connected age.
As a leading voice on strategic communications in the age of distraction, Curt speaks on average more than 90 times a year. His clients range from more than ten companies on the Fortune 100 and global leadership associations such as YPO, EO, and Million Dollar Roundtable, to professional sports teams and even Taylor Swift’s record label.
Happy listening! :) And hey - Why not head over to iTunes and leave us a great review? That would just be awesome.
In this episode, Peter and Curt discuss:
What happens when a furniture designer and a PhD in applied physics decides to change his life and then help others do the same? You get this week's guest, Anders Fabech Rønnau.
Despite being a Ph.D. in Applied Physics and a Furniture Designer, he is now a leading ADHD Coach and ADHD Coach Trainer in Denmark, and has taught parenting programs since 2010 and ADHD Coach training since 2012. His primary focus is on ADHD, however, his methods work very well with differently wired people with Asperger’s, OCD, Tourette’s and other diagnoses – as well as ”normal” people with ”normal problems”.
Happy listening! :)
In this episode, Peter and Anders discuss:
OK... Brace yourself here for some seriously massive overachieving...
Our guest this week (taking a deep breath,) is a marketing major at Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business. She received the Woolworth Award for her academic achievements as well as an award commending her working group for its business plan and presentation. When she's not studying, she works as an MTV Campus Ambassador for the Founders franchise, and is a Guest Writer for freshman-oriented online publication Fresh U.
Oh, did I mention that Emma Havighorst is only EIGHTEEN YEARS OLD? Yeah. Took me a second to process that, too.
Emma has actually never formally been diagnosed with ADHD, yet she set my "ADHD-dar" off the first time I read one of her tweets. You'll see why as you listen to this interview - She's got such a sharp grasp of time management, along with an uncanny ability to understand what's important now, vs. what's important not now.
Parents, this is definitely an episode to share with your kids. As I interviewed her, I was reminded of another guest we had on several months ago, Rachel Cotton, a PhD out of Harvard. Both well aware of their gifts and what to do to make sure they're using them to the best of their ability to live the best lives possible.
Enjoy the episode!
In this episode, Peter and Emma discuss:
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One of the most "mind-blowing" moments of ADHD is when we realize that it's a gift, not a curse. That's what happened to this week's guest, Jack Kosakowski, when he realized that, in his words, "ADHD is essentially how i went from entry-level sales rep to executive/partner in a multi-million dollar agency within 3 years."
This interview covers a lot - from addiction, to impulsive behavior, from using your ADHD to get promoted, loving what you do, and yes, even the negatives of having ADHD. Tune in - It's a good one. Thanks to Jack for taking the time!
In this episode, Peter and Jack discuss:
Thanks to this week's Faster Than Normal sponsor, Bouncy Bands! Bouncy Bands attach to chairs and desks so you can bounce your feet and stretch your legs while you work. Kids usually have to sit still at their desk for 5-6 hours every day in school. Bouncy Bands let kids release their extra energy, anxiety, frustration, and boredom in an appropriate way without distracting others. When students use Bouncy Bands, teachers are surprised how students can stay on task longer and they aren't as anxious when taking tests.They are available on Amazon, tons of colors in stock! Use code PETERSHANKMAN for a discount. Thousands of teachers have been able to get free Bouncy Bands by getting funded through Donors Choose. Here's a link with tips on getting funded, along with a sample 1-page application to copy and paste: http://BouncyBands.com/DC
Get married, have children, start a company, sink every last dollar you have into it, spend six years on a roller coaster of "will it work, will I lose everything, will it work, will I lose everything," and, oh, do this all with massive ADHD? Why not? Meet this week's guest is Amanda Steinberg!
Amanda is the founder of Daily Worth, now WorthFM. She's managed to turn her ADHD into her superpower, no doubt, by following one basic rule: Surround yourself with good people who are smart and can do things when you get pulled in another direction. In this week's Faster Than Normal podcast, she explains how you can do the same, and a whole bunch more.
Amanda is essentially the female me. I love this episode. She's so much fun, and understands so well how to use her ADHD to her advantage. Listen to her tips here. They're gold. Truly.
Happy listening! :)
In this episode, Peter and Amanda discuss:
Another great podcast for you, and I'm thrilled to bring it to you!
This week's guest is one of the people I count as not only a good friend, but a mentor who doesn't know he's a mentor. Please meet former US Navy SEAL Jack Walston. I first met Jack when I took part in his "bootcamp" program in Central Park. Two weeks, from 4:45am to 6:45am, of pure hell. Jumping jacks, pushups, running, carrying, repeat. It was brutal. So brutal, in fact, that I've since done his course 12 times.
Jack is an amazing man, with great stories of his time in the "teams," but more importantly, he's a true inspiration to me. The value he's provided to me over the years will no doubt transfer over to you, as well.
"Mental toughness. It doesn't come in a can." -Jack Walston
Enjoy this episode!
In this episode, Peter and Jack discuss:
Jack's story (02:30)
Seal training (3:33)
Winners vs losers (06:05)
Mental toughness (07:14)
Dealing with hard times (10:28)
Making decisions (11:53)
Lifers program (16:18)
Overcoming fear (19:07)
Bouncybands.com (CODE: SHANKMAN)
Seal physical fitness (Jack's company)
As always, leave us a comment below, drop us a review on iTunes (PLEASE!) and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven't already! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note - We'd love to hear!
Welcome to those who joined us last week thanks to our wonderful conversation with Tony Robbins! We're thrilled you're here!
This week's episode is all about conversation. Without conversation, you can't grow. Our guest this week believes that, as well. Larry Hagner runs The Good Dad Project, a podcast and site dedicated to helping men become the best they can possibly be - The best dads, the best husbands, the best human beings they can possibly be.
ADHD plays a crucial role in our communication - And how we interact with others. Larry talks about all of this, including ADHD in kids, school, and the benefits (and curses) of not following the norm.
Enjoy the conversation, and thanks for listening!
In this episode, Peter and Larry discuss:
Ladies and Gentlemen, WE'VE GOT TONY ROBBINS ON THE PODCAST!!
I'm just over the moon here - This is such an amazing interview - Tony was gracious enough to give us close to 40 minutes of solid gold here, from the concepts of "burning your boats," why you shouldn't listen to experts, Tony's diet, how he stays fit, how he deals with uncertainty... There is so much AMAZING wisdom in this interview, I have no doubt you're going to love it!
Amongst everything else Tony does, he also has a great new book coming out, called Unshakeable - I've read it already - It's pretty amazing. There's some economic brilliance in this book, whether you're just starting your first saving account, or you work with money for a living. You don't want to miss this book. (Click the link above for some special gifts if you pick it up, as well.)
Again - Thanks for listening - I'm just so proud of this episode. If you love it, please, please, drop us a review on iTunes - That's how we get more people to understand that ADHD is a gift, not a curse.
Enjoy Tony Robbins!
In this episode, Peter and Tony discuss:
Sometimes, for people with ADHD, inspiration comes from the most random of places. For this week's guest, Nick Berry, it arrived in the form of a military enlistment, followed by a tour in Operation Enduring Freedom.
Once out of the military, Nick used the hyper-focus from his ADHD to launch SendLift, an online service that sends handwritten thank you notes all around the world. He's a huge believer in therapy, and knows he has his ADHD to thank for his success.
Best tip of the episode: The Chrome Extension "Kill Newsfeed." (See below.)
In this episode, Peter and Nick discuss:
Let's talk success, failure, and WRESTLING!! This week's guest is Jim Harshaw Jr., a former Team USA Olympic wrestler, and someone who knows a bit about being at the top, and falling to the bottom. I'm thrilled Jim was kind enough to join us!
Specifically, listen to him talking about fixing things that don't work, working on accountability, and more! Great interview here! Enjoy it!
In this episode, Peter and Jim discuss:
This week's guest is Preston Bealle. Preston was one of the last bosses I ever had before I went out on my own back in 1998. He taught me much - specifically, he taught me to be a generalist. It never occurred to me that doing so is exactly what allows many of us to master our ADHD.
Preston touches on some very scary topics in this interview, including feeling like a fraud, failures, and raising kids. He also talks about life rules and doing work that excites you.
If you've ever felt like you're not doing the right thing in your life, this is one FTN that you don't want to miss!
In this episode, Peter and Preston discuss:
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This week's guest is Cindy Goldrich. This is a good one, guys. It's for everyone, but especially for parents! Cindy is a mental health counselor who works nationally with parents, teachers, and counselors, and has written the book "* Keys for Parenting Children with ADHD."
Her basic premise here is that pills don't teach skills, and medication, while not bad, isn't for everyone, and certainly shouldn't be a first line of defense. Take a listen. I'm thrilled with this interview.
In this episode, Peter and Cindy discuss:
So this week, I've been placed in the hotseat, since we've got the webinar coming up next week, I thought I'd give you a preview of what you'll get from it, as well as talk about some of the best tips our guests have given us in the past ten months. It's been a wild ride to get here, and we couldn't be happier.
Again: The Finding Your Inner ADHD Superhero Webinar will be NEXT THURSDAY, January 19th, at 1pm EST - Totally free! We'll go over the best tips and tricks from our best guests on the podcast, including John Lee Dumas, Seth Godin, and more! You won't want to miss this!
In the meantime, enjoy the preview podcast! You'll learn some stuff!
In this episode, Peter and Matthew discuss:
This week's guest is Dan Harding, who managed to talk his way out of being held up at gunpoint, so who knows how he can help you? Dan discusses OCD, which is surprisingly close ADHD on the spectrum, so you're going to get a ton of useful tidbits out of this episode.
Added bonus: He goes by four E's: excitable, extroverted, enthusiastic, and encouraging.
Second added bonus - He works with Follow Up Then, a company I've been screaming about for years - It's the ADHD DREAM - Check it out - A free way to never forget anything again!
In this episode, Peter and Dan discuss:
When you have ADHD, it sometimes feels like you can't control one thing in your life, right? It's like, as soon as you put your attention into this thing over here, this other thing over there demands it from you. Hence, nothing gets done.
Well, imagine someone who's able to not only use his ADHD to make sure that never happens, but to do it in such a way that he's able to support upwards of 100 clients at the same time! Pretty insane, huh?
Meet Jordan Lark. In addition to having killer tattoos, Jordan runs Evolutionary Health, and undertakes a practical approach to nutrition. He believes that most clients have the knowledge but the trouble lies in the implementation. (Sounds like us with ADHD, right?)
Check out this podcast to see how Jordan uses his ADHD to structure his life, his work, and his work/family balance. It's pretty amazing!
Happy New Year!
In this episode, Peter and Jordan discuss:
You know what never ceases to amaze me about ADHD? The fact that no matter how many things are similar, there are so many differences amongst the people who use ADHD to their advantage. This week's guest, Joe Caserta, proves the same. Joe is a recognized authority, author and educator in big data and data analytics. Big data. Analytics. That's like, a lot of math. The stuff that used to get me into a nervous tizzy every day in school, and nearly got me kicked out of college, is how Joe created a multi-million dollar business. Joe took his inability to sit still and turned it upside down, building a hugely respected company in the process.
ADHD. I'll tell you. It's never boring.
In this episode, Peter and Joe discuss:
Imagine for a second, if you will, a man who doesn't hold back in the slightest. He works with some of the top celebrities in the world, yet doesn't have the remotest of filters on his brain, mouth, or actions. Imagine that, and multiply it by a thousand, and you get this week's Faster Than Normal Interview, Vinnie Tortoritch.
This man is legendary. He didn't want to become a trainer. He didn't want to host a ridiculously popular podcast. He didn't want to do any of the things he does - Yet now he does them, and he's famous for it!
Why? ADHD. Listen here. You'll like it.
In this episode, Peter and Vinnie discuss:
This week's guest is Scott Jordan, founder of the wildly popular SCOTTEVEST line of clothing! (Full disclosure, I'm on Scott's board, and he's a personal friend.)
Scott is known for many things, and "holding back" isn't one of them. In this episode, Scott talks about his lovely better half, Laura, manages her ADHD. He doesn't pull punches, he talks about the positives and negatives. You might get angry, you might agree - But you'll definitely learn something in probably the most controversial FTN interview ever!
In this episode, Peter and Scott discuss:
The Faster Than Normal Video Course is out! 36 videos to teach you how to take back control of your attention, your time, and your life! Check it out at www.ftncourse.com!
ADHD Nation is currently THE hot book to read in the ADHD world. I've read it, and it's a very worthwhile read. I was fortunate to get the author, Alan Schwartz, on the FTN Podcast to discuss the book, his research, and give us his take on ADHD and the pharmaceutical industry.
Don't worry, I'm not going off on a "don't take medication ever!" rant. As you know, I'm not anti-medication. But I do believe that throwing our children (or even our adults) on ADHD medication simply because they're not acting like everyone else is a mistake, and medication should be a last resort, not a first strike.
I believe that if I were on medication as a kid, my creativity wouldn't have been anywhere near as strong, and I doubt I would be where I am now, in any capacity, from my personal life to my professional life. I believe that by not taking medication, I was able to channel the benefits of my ADHD and truly thrive.
Take a listen. This is one of the more serious subjects we've discussed on FTN. As always, I welcome your feedback below. Enjoy the podcast!
In this episode, Peter and Alan discuss:
This week's guest is Marina Darlow, with a fascinating discussion on how systems can blow your ADHD up into your biggest benefit ever!
In this episode, Peter and Marina discuss:
What if everything you knew was wrong? What if you were tracking all the wrong metrics on your path to what you thought was success? Our guest today experienced that, and came out transformed for the better on the other side. Meet Mike Merriam.
What really got to me about this interview was the fact that Mike wasn't diagnosed with ADHD until he was 37. Like myself, and I'm sure many of you, Mike spent years just assuming that he was "different in a bad way," as opposed to learning to turn his talents towards good. When he finally did, everything (and I mean everything) shifted for him.
Listen to this interview, and explore the six fundamental questions that radically changed Mike Merriam's life, and might do the same for you. Enjoy!
PS: Added bonus: We touch on the keto diet and biohacking in this interview, as well!
In this episode, Peter and Mike discuss:
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So whenever I talk about taking ADHD meds, I call it my "expense report medication." That is, if I'm forced to take medication, it's only for things that truly won't get done otherwise - I don't take Concerta all the time, usually rarely. But occasionally, it's needed, for those things people with ADHD just simply don't want to do. Like expense reports. Or benefits forms. Or claims forms.
That's why this week is a special treat for us: Josh Verne has founded multiple companies, and as always, comes from a place where he realized that what he has is a gift, not a curse.We're going to find out how all of these things can be done, with ADHD, by talking this week, not to someone with ADHD, but with OCD. We're going to find out how Josh uses his OCD to do some of the things that we couldn't imagine doing - And the best part? Josh's secret lies in two things: His outlook on life, and enjoying what he does.
You know who else that works for? Us!! Enjoy this interview. You're going to like it.
In this episode, Peter and Josh discuss:
If I can't get the real Oprah on FTN, the next best thing is the "Oprah of China," Dominic Johnson-Hill. Meet this week's guest, and learn how he went from growing up having a truly awful fear of failure and hating everything about school, to learning to channel his ADHD into his work and projects, allowing him to become the most successful t-shirt entrepreneur in China!
We've all been there - He'll talk about how his quest for continued excitement led him to leave home and settle in China - completely by himself. His success has come from him using his ADHD to come up with and implement those ideas everyone else thinks are crazy - until they work. You'll like this interview. If you do, PLEASE LEAVE US A REVIEW ON ITUNES! The link is below! Thanks!!
In this episode, Peter and Dominic discuss:
The thing I love the most about ADHD is this: I get to talk to people who went through the exact same things as a kid, that I went through as a kid. This week's guest is no exception - Meet John Sonmez - Bullied as a kid, and turned his ADHD into a mega-power for him. A day or a week doesn't happen for John without a plan. In John's terms, "ADHD people suck at judgement calls. So I remove them."
The key: Create your plan when you're NOT in the moment - When you're NOT fueled by passion, dopamine, or fire. Then you can make the right choices.
PS: Meta rule: You can only modify the rule NOT when you're doing the rule. I.e., you can't say "I don't want to run today" if your rule for this week says you have to run today.
In this episode, Peter and John discuss:
Meet Dr. Jim Poole. He's this week's guest, and he runs a wonderful company called FastBraiin, which has centers around the country that focus on helping children, students, and parents understand that ADHD is a gift, not a curse. (Sort of like a walk-in version of this podcast!)
The best part about FastBraiin? It's deliberately misspelled, because Jim has ADHD and mistyped the domain when he bought it. I love that. Enjoy!
In this episode, Peter and Jim discuss:
Not often we get a TV star on Faster Than Normal! Meet Ryan Zamo, star of Amazon's "Backstabber." One of the hardest things anyone has to deal with in life is rejection - Now imagine having ADHD, and having to deal with rejection in a million different ways. "Was it because of this? Or this? Or maybe this?"
Ryan has amazing stories about how he handles rejection, and as importantly, how he stays focused, stays in the zone, and of course, his amazing ability to "reset" on a moment's notice. Don't miss this one!
In this episode, Peter and Ryan discuss:
Let me tell you about Rachel Cotton. Other than the half-eaten peanut butter and jelly sandwich on foccacia bread that's strangely taking up half her headshot, she's one of the most hyper-focused people I've ever met. Possibly even more than me, and that is saying a LOT. Also, she loves Daft Punk. My kind of woman.
But, she proves a point - Having a faster brain really DOES mean we can do anything. There's something to be said for having a playlist for your workouts, AND a playlist for your WORK. Like many of us, she's a regular person, making her mark in a world that's just a little bit slower. She has a really impressive backstory, and I think you're going to enjoy this interview. Pay special attention to the parts where she talks about how she handles projects that require massive amounts of focus. There's some gold in there. Enjoy!
As always, leave us a comment below, drop us a review on iTunes (PLEASE!) and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven't already! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note, or leave us a comment below - We'd love to hear!
In this episode, Peter and Rachel discuss:
If you're an entrepreneur, and you've never heard of the EOFire Podcast, you're probably not an entrepreneur. John Lee Dumas launched a podcast in 2012 focused on the entrepreneurial journey, and by 2015, the revenue from it allowed him to move his family to Puerto Rico and live the life he wants to live - And yes - He credits his ADHD for it. He's a brilliant entrepreneur, who has used the Faster Than Normal staples of elimination of choice and avoiding distractions to blow up his life for the better. You're going to like this one!
In this episode, Peter and John discuss:
Happy last day of August, live from Shanghai! Hope you're having a great week!
This week's guest is Elliot Weissbluth, the CEO of Hightower Advisors. Elliott was diagnosed with dyslexia when he was a young boy, and much like those with ADHD, he learned to change his brain to use his gift to his advantage. It seems to have worked, as Hightower currently has something like $36 billion dollars under management.
Elliot gives some great insight on how he runs his team, and uses his unique talents to do so. This is a departure from the ADHD guest format, and I'm glad we did it, as there's a lot we can learn from Elliot and the dyslexic mindset that we can apply to our own, as well.
In this episode, Peter and Elliot discuss:
And hey - Entrepreneurs - Next week is going to rock - We've got John Lee Dumas on the podcast! The host of EO Fire, you're not going to want to miss how this ADHD genius started a podcast and turned it into a million dollar a year business, in under four years!
A big welcome this week to all who found us in today's Wall Street Journal article on the benefits of getting up super-early! So glad to have you!
Fun podcast this week - We're talking to Kirsten Milliken, author of the book PlayDHD - Her premise is very simple: As adults, we don't get enough playtime. Playtime is key and essential to mitigating the negatives of ADHD (without medication,) and allowing us to truly evolve our brains to be Faster Than Normal.
Now, as we all know, I'm not anti-med. I am, however, a believer that medication to treat ADHD should be a last resort, and not a first strike. There are so many ways to improve our brains to adapt and thrive with ADHD! It's why I get up super-early, it's why I skydive, run, exercise, don't drink, etc. And millions of people do the same thing! It's important to note - The concept of sitting at a desk all day isn't more than a few hundred years old. Before that? Well, we were up virtually constantly. Working, playing, walking, exercising - it was who we were!
Enjoy this week's episode with Kirsten, it's a good one! And next wednesday, we're talking to Elliott Weissbluth, CEO of Hightower - A $36 billion dollar money management firm. ADHD? Billions? We've got it all. Make sure you subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher so you don't miss an episode!
In this episode, Peter and Kirsten discuss:
This week on Faster Than Normal, we speak with Elaine Taylor-Klaus, who runs the website Impact ADHD. Elaine is a coach, working specifically with parents and kids with ADHD. She's got some wonderful advice for the parents in the audience, and as a bonus, it works for all of us! Enjoy this episode!
In this episode, Peter and Elaine discuss:
As a welcome to all our new listeners who found us from our wonderful interview last week with Seth Godin, I thought it might be a good time to flip it up a bit, and let you learn a little more about me, your host. For the past six months, I've been interviewing successful people with ADHD every day, but very few of you know my story. Perhaps now is the right time to change that.
Also, I'd like to put out a request: If you know of anyone who you think would make a great guest for future episodes of Faster Than Normal, I'd love to meet them! You can have them reach out to me at here on the contact page - Or send me their info, and I'll reach out to them directly. We're always looking for people with passionate, positive ADHD stories to tell - how ADHD helped improve their lives, and take them to the next level. Remember: ADHD is a gift, not a curse. PS: Extra bonus points if the person you know has some kind of celebrity status or following. It's truly amazing how many publicists don't understand the value of putting their clients on podcasts - Especially podcasts like this one. So let's change that conversation!
Anyway, here's me - open, honest, and raw. Hope you enjoy it, hope it's useful, and as always, thank you for listening.
In this episode, David and Peter discuss:
I literally can't even right now. I present to you an interview with Seth Godin. Yes. THE Seth Godin. He's on the Faster Than Normal Podcast this week, opening up about his ADHD, talking all about how he's made his life the unbelievable success that it is, and how he's used his ADHD to his advantage.
Seth Godin! I mean, this man has done for the online world what Dr. Jonas Salk did for vaccines, and I'm not blowing smoke. Seth is known WORLDWIDE for his business acumen (he started Yoyodyne and sold it to Yahoo! for an estimated $30 million...) His books, including Purple Cow and Permission Marketing, and he blogs EVERY SINGLE DAY at sethgodin.typepad.com. He's been one of my heroes and idols forever, and I'm just so honored that he agreed to join us for what may be the most informative and inspiring interview I've done on FTN to date. I'm tremendously thankful to Seth for his time, energy, and passion that you'll no doubt hear from the first second of this interview to the last. Do enjoy!
In this episode, Peter and Seth discuss:
How Peter and Seth first met (03:16)
Seth's story (05:00)
Narrative about ADHD - Hunters vs Farmers (06:55)
Diagnosing kids and society that favors being the same (09:44)
The concept of Big T and Little T (12:19)
Elimination of choice (16:33)
Shame around having ADHD (17:20)
Seth's daily rituals (19:02)
Triggers and will power (20:56)
Advice for those who don't think they can change their lives (24:23)
I'll be honest... When a dentist reached out to me and said he should be on the podcast, I didn't really get it. But then, I talked to Dr. Roger Lucas. Not only is he using ADHD to make his practice one of the top practices in his area, but he's also learned a thing or two about running a business, being married with ADHD, managing people, and yes - even how what you eat, and how you take care of your teeth, affects your ADD and ADHD. You're not going to want to miss this episode - Especially when we talk about Coffee and Methyl-B12 Vitamins!
In this episode, Peter and Roger discuss:
Parents: Ever wonder what would happen if you parented "without a filter?" Well, you'd become this week's guest, Rachel Figueroa. Rachel is known for many things, including being the voice behind the famous "El Bloombito" Twitter account that took New York City by storm during the Bloomberg years. Additionally, she's a home-schooling mom to her four-year-old daughter, an avid animal rights activist, a pilot, and of course, massively ADHD. If you're a parent, you simply MUST listen to this episode. The value-bombs she deploys are nothing short of MASSIVE.
In this episode, Peter and Rachel discuss:
You know what I love? I love emails that start with "Hi, Peter, I should be on your podcast. I have ADHD, and served ten years in a federal prison." This week, we talk to Mark-John Clifford, ADHD and convicted white-collar felon, who shares his story, and it's an amazing one at that. Let alone reading like something out of the TV show White Collar, prison life is beyond rigid, yet Mark learned how to use it to his advantage to help him best manage his ADHD. You're going to want to hear his story.
In this episode, Peter and Mark discuss:
This week, we talk to John Ruhlin. He's written an amazing book called Giftology, and the whole premise is on the concept of gift-giving. Why is this ADHD-related? Well, by nature, faster than normal people like us tend to be very giving. We like helping, we want people to like us. How do we do it, though, in such a way where we don't come across as trying too hard? I know for me personally, it's not always easy. That's why I'm a huge fan here of John's new book, and his whole philosophy. I think you will be, too. Enjoy!
In this episode, Peter and John discuss:
This will go down as one of the top five interviews I've done so far on FTN. This week, we talk to Emily Anhalt. Emily - get this - did her doctoral dissertation on people with ADHD who succeed by utilizing their ADHD, as opposed to medicating it!!
This woman is my unicorn. It's a truly eye-opening interview, and one you need to listen to immediately. When you're done listening, you also need to watch her TEDx talk on the same thing, posted below. I'm so thrilled to have met Emily, and have no doubt we'll be collaborating on many things to come in the future.
LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE. It's a game changer.
In this episode, Peter and Emily discuss:
This week, we talk to Cameron Herold. I first met Cameron when he was working on Got Junk, a company he wound up selling several years ago. He's one of the top entrepreneurs in the business today, and his advice goes for thousands of dollars an hour. He's also, of course, ADHD. Check out his interview, and you'll be amazed how much of yourself you'll hear in his story.
In this episode, Peter and Cameron discuss:
This week's guest is Jessica Kupferman, podcaster extraordinaire. She proves yet again that the things that make us "different," can also be our best gifts. She's launched podcasts, been featured all over the place, and as a bonus, is the founder of She Podcasts, where she teaches people and companies around the world how to tell their stories and get paid for it!
It's a fun little interview, you're going to enjoy it!
In this episode, Peter and Jessica discuss:
This week, we talk to Kevin Clayson, who managed to take his ADHD, and the one trait that drives us crazy, and turn it into a major business, that's made him a fortune several times over! Today, we're going to discuss the business of follow up here on Faster Than Normal!
In this episode, Peter and Kevin discuss:
It's pretty amazing what can happen when you get up at 3am! Hal Elrod, author of The Miracle Morning, will tell us how his life changed when he realized the power of the early morning. I've been getting up long before dawn for years, and I know firsthand how it has changed my life. Hal shares his story, and how his ADHD became a gift, when he learned to embrace the hours before sunrise!
In this episode, Peter and Hal discuss:
Imagine being able to spot typos like Superman can spot a bad guy, or editing a thousand pages in 36 hours with breaks only to sleep and hit the bathroom? Our guest today can do all of that and more. Say hi to "super-editor" Jennifer Harshman. Even if you just want to make your next work presentation look good, you don't want to miss the hacks in this episode of Faster Than Normal! In this episode, Peter and Jennifer discuss: Jennifer's background and when she was diagnosed (04:38) What Peter used to do to wake up in the morning (06:09) How Jennifer felt after getting the diagnosis (06:18) The number of books Jennifer has read (07:07) What it's like being a book editor with ADD (08:26) Top five tips on how to edit books with ADD (09:46) Getting in the zone or flow (11:44) Tips for dealing with interruptions (12:48) The importance of a good night's sleep (13:44) Handling projects that you don't love to do (14:26) Links/Mentions Jennifer Harshman (Facebook) Harshman Services 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!
Today's episode is all about what you eat. Adam Sud's story is going to blow you away. From three fast food meals a day, plus a TON of ADHD medications, Adam reinvented himself physically, mentally, and emotionally, when a doctor told him he had diabetes, and was on the road to a shortened life. He discovered a plant-based diet, dropped 100 pounds, got off the meds, and he's never looked back. Thinking about alternate ways to improve your life and manage your ADHD? You don't want to miss Sud's story. In this episode, Peter and Dave discuss: Childhood nicknames (04:48) Adam's history & diagnosis (06:30) Having a wake up call & creating a change (14:34) Plant based diet & eating habits before switching to it (16:30) Steps taken in order to change diet (17:49) Dealing with addiction (21:52) Medication for ADD & ADHD (22:41) Changes after going on plant based diet (23:40) 5 tips (25:22) Links/Mentions Facebook / Instagram - (Adam Sud) Distraction Podcast - Ed Hallowell The Engine 2 Diet (Book) Scattered (Book) 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!
Today's guest has used her ADHD to create an award-winning podcast, a full-fledged business, and as a bonus, one that helps hundreds of people each week get in shape, learn to run, and stay happier! Kari Gormley decided a few years ago to take her love of running, (and all the benefits it gave her in managing her ADHD,) and turn it into a business - Now, she hosts The Running Lifestyle, one of the top-rated running podcasts in iTunes, and it's a must-listen - as is this episode of Faster Than Normal! 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! In this episode, Peter and Kari discuss: Kari's exercise background and where ADHD fits (4:39) Workout schedule and why it's important for ADHD (07:01) Meditation (07:43) Making ADHD your superpower (09:28) Creating a successful podcast (11:28) Deciding whether to quit or continue working on an idea (13:41) The feeling you get after a run (And why it's even better when you're ADHD) (16:00) Preparation for anything (17:44) One interesting fact (19:07) Links/Mentions The Running Lifestyle (Podcast) Facebook Group & Twitter Go Wild & Spark - John Ratey (Books) Marathon Training Academy (Podcast) PS: Want a Faster Than Normal bracelet? No charge!
Time to improve your memory on this episode of FTN! We've got a super-fun guest today, Dave Farrow. Dave is a Guinness World Record Holder for memory, and what he can do (and more importantly, teach you to do,) with memory is pretty awesome. He'll give you a ton of memory tips and hacks today, all centered around the ADHD brain. Yet again, it's another person who figured out how to take his unique gift and make it work for him. Ever have trouble studying for tests in school? Have kids who do? Ever have to present a bunch of facts and figures at work? Take a listen to this episode. It's going to be super-valuable to you. Listen up, you'll like this one. 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! In this episode, Peter and Dave discuss: How Dave realized he has the best memory in the world (1:50) When Dave was diagnosed with ADHD (2:32) A technique Peter developed to pass his Spanish classes in high school (04:51) Superpowers of people with ADD/HD (06:04) Top tips & hacks Dave uses to make his life better utilizing his ADHD (08:10) The emotional side of having ADHD (12:01) The concept of type-t (14:32) Thinking of the world as the show GI Joe (16:46) What to do when you blank out (18:10) How to remember a person's name 30 seconds after you meet them (20:30) Links/Mentions DaveFarrow.com Push Button Memory (Course)
This episode of FTN is for the ladies! We have a very special guest on this edition of FTN, Terry Matlen, a psychotherapist and consultant, who focuses primarily on helping women with ADD and ADHD. This one, as they say, is for the ladies! In this episode, Peter and Terry discuss: Differences between ADHD symptoms in men and women Why Terry decided to focus on women The different expectations between genders Why women tend to get diagnosed later Trigger signs women should be on the lookout for What should partners be aware of Why Peter needs deadlines Tips to avoid a lot of the problems that come with ADHD Minimalism vs Clutter Diet & Exercise Links/Mentions Add Consults (website) - FREE BOOK Queens of Distraction (book Wunderlist (app) 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! Any questions, comments, or ideas as to who should be a future guest on our podcast? Please tweet us!
The "ADHD Nerd" joins us today on this episode of FTN. We've got a super-fun guest today, Ryan McRae, who runs the ADHD Nerd website! You think you've done some funny things to handle your ADHD? Well, I doubt you ever woke up and thought, "today is a good day to move to Afghanistan!" Listen up, you'll like this one. 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! In this episode, Peter and Ryan discuss: What caused Ryan to move to Afghanistan How Ryan dialed in his ADHD to succeed at his job How some people are built for order and some people are built for chaos Fun ways of teaching Tips for packing and travel (Big one for those in the business world!) Peter's technique for getting ready for the gym in the mornings Peter's take on watching TV Routines & rituals Preservation techniques and a the secret clause Peter has added into his speaking contracts Thoughts on Crossfit & board games Links/Mentions Ryan McRae (ADHD Nerd / Free Book) Evernote Crossfit Scrabble Monopoly
Can exercise power your ADHD to power you? We find out on this episode of the Faster Than Normal podcast! Today's guest is Seth Crawford, who I met while I was down in North Carolina to give a speech. He responded to one of my public requests for a running buddy, but little did I know he was a former college track star. During our run, he did most of the talking, because I did most of the trying not to die. He told me all about his past, including how he found out about his ADHD, and what he did to counter it. It occurred to me then that if I survived my run with him, I should have him on the podcast. And here we go. In this episode, Peter and Seth discuss: Seth's early symptoms How his teachers worked with Seth to make him focus (KILLER tips here for parents and teachers) How to quickly re-focus using exercise Connection between exercise and ADD (validating why I work out as much as I do) Taking medication vs not taking it The problem with too much focus Advice for parents or employers with kids or employees who are diagnosed with ADD (Value Bomb!) Links/Mentions Seth Crawford (Angel Oak Creative | Linkedin | Twitter) 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!
Want to know how a CEO of a billion dollar company handles his ADHD? This is the episode for you. We have a very special guest on this edition of FTN, Keith Krach, Chairman & CEO of DocuSign. This interview didn't start out as one for FTN - It was originally designed as an exclusive for my private entrepreneurial community, ShankMinds. But within five seconds of talking to Keith, it became clear that his energy, focus, and excitement in being an entrepreneur was clearly fueled by the same thing that fuels mine: ADHD. The fascinating thing about Keith, that you'll definitely hear come across in this interview, is not only how much he truly loves not only being an entrepreneur, but working for the greater good - building something to truly help millions of people and continue to grow this new "location-agnostic" economy in which we're living. He tells a fascinating story of how he went from working for GM on a fast-track to the top, to leaving and starting up his own thing - to tremendous success! Finally, be sure to pay attention to the last part of the podcast - We ask Keith specific questions, both about being an entrepreneur, as well as how he balances a rather large family with his ridiculously busy corporate schedule. Whether ADD/HD, an entrepreneur, or simply wondering how to better manage your time, you don't want to miss this one. As always, we pull one line to make the title of the interview: Today is a line that comes from Keith: "Do something that's anatomically impossible." You'll hear what he means when you listen. It's awesome. In this episode, Peter and Keith discuss: What drives entrepreneurs How Keith realized that he wasn't meant to be an employee The switch of employee to founder What makes a great manager Snake People (You'll love this one.) How Peter can sign contracts anywhere in the world, and what this means for the future of location-based work The impact of technology, both for those with ADD/HD, and those in the entrepreneurial world New trends in business Balancing family with work (HUGELY important for those with ADHD) Morning Routines (Again, hugely important!) Links/Mentions Keith Krach (Twitter / Linkedin) DocuSign Uber Amazon Echo 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! Any questions, comments, or ideas as to who should be a future guest on our podcast? Please tweet us!
Today we discover how the brains behind the city of Boston uses his ADHD to his advantage! We have a very special guest on this edition of FTN, Daniel Arrigg Koh, the Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts, Martin Walsh. In this episode, Peter and Daniel discuss: Daniel's first job at 13 years old Why Daniel fell in love with public service Fear & insecurity at work due to ADHD symptoms (If you have kids with ADHD, you don't want to miss this!) How Daniel manages to succeed at his job, and how he uses ADHD to his advantage to do so Getting of off medication - What made Daniel do it, and his thoughts on it Tips to survive long meetings The link between working out and ADHD (I preach this constantly! It's nice to get some confirmation!) Daniel's top 3 apps for organizing his life, both professionally and personally Advice for parents with kids diagnosed with ADHD (Again, a must listen!) Links/Mentions City of Boston Wunderlist (app) Newsstand (Iphone app) 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! Any questions, comments, or ideas as to who should be a future guest on our podcast? Please tweet us!
Creatives - This is your episode! Today's guest is World-Famous Portrait Peter Hurley. In this episode, Peter and Peter discuss: The ways in which ADHD affects creativity Will creativity suffer if we try and control the symptoms? Focus & attention during intense photo shoots Dealing with people that want your complete attention The process of choosing the right assistant Why you should hire the opposite of you (Value-Bomb!!) The impostor syndrome Why an ADHD brain is not meant to memorize things How to turn creativity into a career Links/Mentions Peter Hurley (Official Site/Instagram/Twitter/Youtube) It's all about the squinch! <-- Video 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!
Remember the movie "Outbreak?" This is nothing like that. Today's guest is Susanna Visser, DrPH, MS, Lead Epidemiologist, Child Development Studies Team, Division of Human Development and Disability, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Whew!!) Stick with us, the audio on this one isn't perfect, but we're getting better with each episode! Huge thanks to Dr. Visser for taking some time to join us! In this episode: What made Susana want to study this niche Why a large part of society doesn't believe ADD/ADHD is a disorder Symptoms vs impairments Medication vs behavioral support Trends in education of parents, teachers and employers Suggestions for parents of kids with ADHD Social Perception Owning the disorder and not hiding it Leveraging strengths and good behaviors Links/Mentions Centers for Disease Control and Prevention The National Resource on ADHD
Welcome to Episode 003 of The Faster Than Normal Podcast! Today's guest is Brandon Steiner, CEO of the #1 sports memorabilia company in the world, Steiner Sports. Brandon has talked about his ADD publicly many times in the past, and much like me, credits a lot of his success to it. We're thrilled he took the time to join us today. In this episode: How Steiner Sports started and grew over the years How Brandon manages to regularly post on his blog with all the other things going on? Brandon's tips on managing ADHD & on staying present What to watch for when trying new medication The role Brandon believes that diet plays in ADHD How to utilize ADHD as an advantage to help with creativity Advice for someone that is freshly diagnosed Links/Mentions Driven to Distraction by Dr. Ed Hallowell Younger Next Year by Chris Crowley
ADHD = Entrepreneur! Today we talk to the man who single-handedly brought the automobile industry into the world of social media, and the founder of Scott Monty Strategies, Scott Monty. In this episode, Scott and I discuss: Open Office Arrangements ADD vs ADHD Non-Typical symptoms The types of intensive tests Scott had done on him Behavior problems in school Peter's A-ha moment (you'll like this one) Why Scott stopped taking his medication What the brains of people with ADHD are missing What Scott does instead of medications Scott's hobby podcast that he has done for over 9 years The importance of social connection Moments of isolation and how to fill those gaps Sherlock Holmes, Sigmund Freud, Robin Williams, and cocaine (And yes, they all have something in common) Tips and Tricks that Scott uses in his professional life Links/Mentions Newsletter: The Full Monty: Virtually Everything ScottMonty.com
Let's meet the father of ADHD on our very first episode! Today's guest is Dr. Edward Hallowell, called by many the "father of ADHD." This man's books changed my life, and I'm so glad he's our very first guest! Please enjoy, and please click the subscribe button above as well as leave us a review on iTunes! By leaving us a review, you'll help us improve our ranking on iTunes, which allows to to help more people understand that having ADD or ADHD is a gift, not a curse! In this episode: How people discover they first have ADD/ADHD The common conditions misdiagnosed as ADD/ADHD The awareness of ADD of the general public and why Dr. Edward Hallowell decided to publish a book on it Types of damage done to kids in school by not understanding ADD/ADHD Positives and Negatives of ADD/ADHD Things Peter learned to improve his life ADHD vs "Life." Problems with stimulation and distraction Traits vs the condition Percentage of the population that actually has ADHD What to do before resorting to medication Why it is called an epidemic Importance of systems "T-Positives" vs "T-Negatives" How addictions relate to ADD Creative outlets & adaptive methods The sport that has the largest number of recovering addicts Secrets of being successful in life Lillies vs Leeches Importance of having a coach Links/Mentions Dr. Hallowell's upcoming Podcast: Distraction Dr Edward Hallowell (Official Site / Twitter) Spark: Physical Exercise - Book by John J. Ratey The Edison Trait - Book by Lucy Jo Palladino Driven To Distraction - Book by Dr. Edward Hallowell