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!
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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:
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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