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Having ADD or ADHD is a gift, not a curse. Hear from people all around the globe, from every walk of life, in every profession, from Rock Stars to CEOs, from Teachers to Politicians, who have learned how to unlock the gifts of their ADD and ADHD diagnosis, and use it to their personal and professional advantage, to build businesses, become millionaires, or simply better their lives.

The Faster Than Normal Podcast: ADD | ADHD | Health Peter Shankman

    • Health & Fitness

Having ADD or ADHD is a gift, not a curse. Hear from people all around the globe, from every walk of life, in every profession, from Rock Stars to CEOs, from Teachers to Politicians, who have learned how to unlock the gifts of their ADD and ADHD diagnosis, and use it to their personal and professional advantage, to build businesses, become millionaires, or simply better their lives.

    ADHD Father Author Medical Sales Expert Tyler Menke

    ADHD Father Author Medical Sales Expert Tyler Menke

    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?
    12:10-  What’s your daily ADHD routine?  Ref:  Wim Hof Method  Hal Elrod’s Miracle Morning Podcast
    14:20-  How does your married life work with ADHD
    15:03-  How can people find you and tell us about your NEW BOOK! Ref:  “The Pirate’s Guide to Sales” avail on: Amazon  Kindle  Paperback and also via www.ThePirateGuides.com
    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 peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
    17:55-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits
    As always, leave us a comment below and please drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! As you know, the more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Do you know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note, we’d love to hear!

    • 18 min
    ADHD Landscape Architect Who Happily Tries Harder, Matt Raekelboom

    ADHD Landscape Architect Who Happily Tries Harder, Matt Raekelboom

    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
    16:40-  How can people find that sign up and you?  www.ItsFunToTryHard.net  "It’s Fun To Try Hard" pages on: Facebook and on GoFundMe  Personally on the socials @MattRaekelboom  INSTA  FB
    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 peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
    17:51-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits
    As always, leave us a comment below and please drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! As you know, the more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Do you know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note, we’d love to hear!

    • 18 min
    ADHD Super Lawyer, Internet Tech Innovator, Strategic Advisor Steven Masur

    ADHD Super Lawyer, Internet Tech Innovator, Strategic Advisor Steven Masur

    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?
    12:52-  How can people find you?  www.MASUR.com Twitter @MGA_Law or on INSTA @masur for sports related stuff
    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 peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
    13:50-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits
    As always, leave us a comment below and please drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! As you know, the more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Do you know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note, we’d love to hear!
    ~Happy New Decade everyone!~

    • 14 min
    Survival Mode and Inventing Success While Dyslexic w/ Larry Hite

    Survival Mode and Inventing Success While Dyslexic w/ Larry Hite

    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 peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
    15:38-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits
    As always, leave us a comment below and please drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! As you know, the more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Do you know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note, we’d love to hear!
    ~Happy Holidays everyone~

    • 16 min
    Nutrition Wellness and ADHD w/ Fitness and Dietary Expert Andrew Wade

    Nutrition Wellness and ADHD w/ Fitness and Dietary Expert Andrew Wade

    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 peter@shankman.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/
    34:45-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits
    As always, leave us a comment below and please drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! As you know, the more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Do you know of anyone you think s

    • 26 min
    Rescuing Children from Poverty After A Career in Naval Service w/ Captain W.T. Byrd

    Rescuing Children from Poverty After A Career in Naval Service w/ Captain W.T. Byrd

    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 peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
    34:45-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits
    As always, leave us a comment below and please drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! As you know, the more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Do you know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note, we’d love to hear!

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

TYMENKE ,

Life Changing

As someone who was diagnosed late in life, finding the FTN book and podcast was life altering. Imagine going your whole life thinking you just couldn’t learn and retain info. You were broken. Then finding a reason behind all that helps but it doesn’t fix the root cause or issue. Learning to look at it as a gift is a mindset shift that will change everything for the positive. Peter was the first guy I’d ever heard talk about and look at Neurodiversity as a gift. Understanding that, he then leads you down a path of tips, tricks, and habits to supercharge your new found power!

grantast ,

#1 ADD and ADHD podcast you’ll find anywhere

I’ve been listening to Peter’s show since the beginning and have rare missed an episode. Things I enjoy most about it are:

1) Compact timing for a substantial interview, staying usually within the 20-35 minute zone (so I can get other things done).

2) Diversity of guests who have amazing stories, and are pretty good storytellers, and;

3) The Shank-man, himself! Peter is an inspirational and motivational force that will help you overcome the stigma and treat ADD and ADHD as a gift, not a curse. (You’ll learn from this show the many ways to unwrap that gift as well!)

I also recommend this show for spouses and close relatives of someone with ADD/HD.

Mathu80 ,

ADHD is not a weakness, it’s a superpower that can be controlled.

Fellow ADHD “sufferers” (not the right word): I am really enjoying this podcast series from Peter Shankman. It’s about learning to drive our brains and how to take full advantage of our different wiring. Each episode reminds me of the endless possibilities — what can be achieved when we harness our creativity properly! That’s no easy task. For me, it’s also a really good reminder that much of the criticism and negative feedback we’ve received our entire lives, no matter how well intentioned, isn’t about a personal failing or weakness or lack of self-control. We just function differently and, ultimately, that’s a positive thing. Give it a listen. 🎧

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