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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
    • 4.8 • 418 Ratings

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.

    Black Women and ADHD w/ Advocate René Brooks

    Black Women and ADHD w/ Advocate René Brooks

    René Brooks has taken a late-life diagnosis and used it to uplift others. After being diagnosed with ADHD 3 times (age 7, 11, and 25), at 25 she was able to get the treatment she deserved. She is the founder of Black Girl, Lost Keys, a blog that empowers black women with ADHD and shows them how to live well with the disorder. In addition to Black Girl, Lost Keys, René has written for Healthline and is a Patient Contributor to TEVA Pharmaceutical’s Life Effects project. She has spoken at The International Alliance Of Patients Organization’s 8th Annual Congress. Today we’re talking about what led to her diagnosis, how she now uses ADHD as her super power, working with your brain instead of against it, and about what it’s like to be a gifted person of color who happens to have ADHD.  This is awesome- enjoy!!
     
    ***CORONA VIRUS EDITION***
     
    In this episode Peter & René Brooks discuss:
    00:54-  Intro and welcome Rene
    2:07-  So you grew up in the 1990’s, and you’ve been diagnosed 3 times now. Tell us how that played out?
    4:00-  So your diagnosis wasn’t really complete, or helpful in the way it was provided?
    5:30-  On the testing gifted kids in the 90’s
    6:05-  What prompted your third diagnoses at age 25?
    7:50-  So when you got properly diagnoses at 25, was that a lightbulb moment for you?
    8:30-  About the wrong labels… 
    9:09-  What are you doing to make ADHD your superpower?
    10:18-  Talk about ADHD and being black
    11:00-  On stereotypes, race, and being neurodiverse
    12:00-  What kinds of things are you teaching your readers on your GREAT blog Black Girl, Lost Keys
    13:24-  On control versus being the control, and working differently
    14:30-  Society’s way or working, is not often our best way of working
    15:54-  Working with your brain instead of against it
    17:06-  How can people find you?  Via her website: www.blackgirllostkeys.com  and @blkgirllostkeys on Twitter and Facebook  
    17:30-  Thank you Rene! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews are working! Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please write even a short one for this episode? Each review that you post helps to ensure that word will continue to spread, and that we will all be able to reach & help more people! You can always reach me via peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
    STAY HEALTHY - STAY SAFE - PLEASE WEAR YOUR MASK.. until next time!
    18:14-  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!
    PS: If you're looking for that special gift this holiday season for someone in your life who has ADD, ADHD, or any kind of neurodiverse brain, how about a conversation with me? I've finally been convinced to join Cameo, where you can request videos, shout-outs, birthday greetings, even a one-on-one talk about how ADHD is a superpower! You can find me on Cameo here!​
     
    TRANSCRIPT: 
    My name is Peter Shankman. You are listening to Faster Than Normal, and I have been told to change how I introduce every episode. So that is exactly what I'm doing. I hope you're happy, Steven, my producer. [Yes, I am & thank you- and your voice sounds better too now btw]. Okay. Welcome to faster than normal today on the podcast, we are talking to a woman named Rene Brooks. Rene Brooks took a late in life diagnosis and uses it to uplift others. She was being diagnosed ADHD at three times, age seven, 11 and 25. I'm guessing the first two didn't stick a

    • 19 min
    Top Copywriter, Serial Entrepreneur Stefan Georgi Talks Hyperfocus and ADHD

    Top Copywriter, Serial Entrepreneur Stefan Georgi Talks Hyperfocus and ADHD

    Stefan Georgi is considered one of the top direct response copywriters in the world and his words have grossed over $700MM via 50+ direct response marketing pieces. This includes numerous direct response pieces that are actively grossing over $10MM a month for both Stefan and his clients. A serial entrepreneur with multiple multimillion dollar companies under his belt, Stefan mentors numerous entrepreneurs and freelancers and through his copywriting programs, Copy Accelerator and RMBC, and his call center business, Turtle Peak. Today we’re talking about how he uses his ADHD and hyper focus to his benefit, every day. Enjoy! 
     
    ***CORONA VIRUS EDITION***
     
    In this episode Peter & Stefan Georgi discuss:
    1:52-  Intro and welcome Stefan! 
    2:45-  So.. how goes the parenting while working form home going during this pandemic?
    4:00-  On the deep zone of focus/work zone- how do you get back into it when interrupted?
    5:00-  The daily routine
    7:58-  On freedom through discipline 
    9:18-  What do you suggest when it comes to staying active and staying at it, in this environment?
    10:20-  ADHD in the winter and being diagnosed for a second time 
    12:38-  What are some even more basic things you can do that help, say, if you don’t have a pool, etc?
    13:34-  How are you thriving in this environment and how are you preventing distraction(s)? Ref:  Pomodoro Technique 
     
     
    16:06-  How can people find you?  Via his website: www.stefanpaulgeorgi.com and @StefanPaulGeorgi on Facebook  @StefanGeorgi on Twitter  INSTA  Medium and LinkedIN
    17:00-  Thank you Stefan! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews are working! Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please write even a short one for this episode? Each review that you post helps to ensure that word will continue to spread, and that we will all be able to reach & help more people! You can always reach me via peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
    STAY HEALTHY - STAY SAFE - PLEASE WEAR YOUR MASK.. until next time!
    17:33-  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!
     
    TRANSCRIPT: 
    Hey guys, Peter, Shankman welcome to another episode of Faster Than Normal. Thrilled that you're here. As I always am hope you're doing well in this glorious actually kind of rainy looking out the window. It's going to pour pretty soon, but you know what? Hey, still better than the alternative. So glad to have you here, guys. I want to introduce you to Stefan. I am going to screw it up. He just told me five seconds ago, how to pronounce his name and I already forgot. Say say your name- Georgi. I was, I was close guys. Welcome to Stefan. Welcome to step under dry. He is without a doubt. Pretty impressive. He's a father who has ADHD, right. He faces his own battles being, working dad during quarantine, but it's pretty impressive what he's managed to do, you know, I mean, look, we've all, we've all gotten screwed over the past eight months, right? I mean, I remember when this y'all a couple of weeks, hang out my daughter, yay it will be fun. And it quickly turned into- imagined Morgan Freeman saying; but in fact, it was not fun and it became sort of eight months of, of, of nonstop, constant. everything, right? I can, I was multiple interviews interrupted, dad, how do I get onto zoom or whatever the case would be. And it's, it's been, it's been a struggle, but you know what? We figured it out.

    • 18 min
    Mental Health for Creative Professionals w/ Recording Artist-Songwriter-Publisher Jenna Andrews

    Mental Health for Creative Professionals w/ Recording Artist-Songwriter-Publisher Jenna Andrews

    As an artist (Island Def Jam) and a songwriter (Sony/ATV) herself, Andrews is sensitive to the challenges that both up and coming and seasoned singers and writers face in music today, and she carries that knowledge with her in her work as a consultant for industry veteran Barry Weiss’ RECORDS label, as well as in her joint venture with Weiss, publishing company Twentyseven Music at Sony/ATV. The Calgary native has collaborated with some of the most renowned names in the market today, including heavy hitters such as Drake, Jennifer Lopez, Little Mix, Tori Kelly, Jessie J and Benee, as well as producers Noah 40 Shebib, Diplo, DJ Mustard, Max Martin, Illangelo and Stargate. Most recently, she has taken pop singer-songwriter Noah Cyrus under her wing, A&Ring her single “July” and writing the remix featuring Leon Bridges, which has garnered more than 160 million streams to date. She is also celebrating the stellar success of the hit she co-wrote with New Zealand-born singer/songwriter Benee, “Supalonely,” which has produced over 10 million TikTok videos and has massed over 125 million streams on Spotify alone. Today we’re talking about her passion and work towards the premise of mental health for Creative Professionals. Enjoy! 
    [Read more about our guest today HERE]
     
    ***CORONA VIRUS EDITION***
     
    In this episode Peter & The Jenna Andrews discuss:
    1:10-  Intro and welcome Jenna!  Ref: Aliza Licht’s podcast Leave Your Mark
    3:30-  So what prompted you to make mental health a passion? Ref: Emily Ratajkowski article in Harpers Bazzar  
    6:28:  Talk about what resources there are or more importantly, what resources there should be for artists/songwriters for anyone trying to pursue a career in The Music Industry. Ref: Jenna’s new podcast The Green Room. Ref:  The Jed Foundation 
    9:20-  Ref #SameHere started by my Eric Kussin (Hear Peter’s interview with Eric here
    10:00-  On working to removing stigma, stereotypes, being honest, open and just not judging!
    12:48-  What are you doing personally to take care of yourself? What are your sort of life rules that you put into place?
    14:10-  Tell me how you reacted when you found out that your song “Tumblin Down” was going to be featured on Grey’s Anatomy?  Ref:  Imposter Syndrome
    15:50-  And you were first discovered on MySpace??
    17:30-  A couple of lightning round questions. Where's your happy place? Where do you go when you just want to be happy? What place is the happiest, the most creative, most confident?
    20:00-  Since you've kinda got the RomCom thing going on then answer this: Awesome or Creepy: “Love Actually”
    21:30-  What is your most unhealthy favorite food?
    22:40-  Ok, last question; what’s your favorite type of work out, if you work out?
    23:23-  How can people find you? Where can people find you? Via her website: www.TheJennaAndrews.com and @TheJennaAndrews on Twitter  INSTA  Facebook  YouTube and  on Spotify Her podcast is The Green Room
    23:40-  Thank you Jenna! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews are working! Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please write even a short one for this episode? Each review that you post helps to ensure that word will continue to spread, and that we will all be able to reach & help more people! You can always reach me via peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
    STAY HEALTHY - STAY SAFE - PLEASE WEAR YOUR MASK.. until next time!
    24:10-  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

    • 24 min
    Finding Hope -Addiction, Alcoholism, and Life Mastery w/ Dennis Berry

    Finding Hope -Addiction, Alcoholism, and Life Mastery w/ Dennis Berry

    Dennis Berry is a Certified Life Coach and has been working with people worldwide for over 15 years. With modern technology, he can work with anybody anywhere via Zoom. His expertise is in Addiction Recovery, Alcoholism, and Life Mastery. He has firsthand experience, having been sober since April 8, 2003. With his journey in sobriety and recovery from drug abuse, it helped him find his mission in life, which is to help others on their journey through sobriety and achieve inner peace and success in every area of their lives. Dennis knows what it is like to be helpless and hopeless with no positive direction. He was able to climb out of the gutter and transform his life and he spends his life helping others do the same. If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired and you are ready to make changes in your life, book your first FREE consultation today. You will see some light at the end of the tunnel.  Today we’re talking about how Dennis began his path to sobriety, which led him to coaching and how helping other’s remains his life’s calling. Enjoy!
     
    ***CORONA VIRUS EDITION***
     
    In this episode Peter & Dennis Berry discuss:
    1:10-  Intro and welcome Dennis!
    1:40-  A first-timer’s trip to AA; highs and lows
    2:40-  What started you on your path to sobriety; what was the beginning?
    4:50-  What led you to giving back, then to become a coach?  Ref: Peter’s interview will soon air on Dennis Berry’s “The Funky Brain” podcast 
    6:30-  Things will get better. Everything is always changing.
    8:30-  What is the top thing people do to self-sabotage, and what can they do to break the cycle? No pressure ;)
    10:00-  Rituals versus Resolutions + the healthy, subconscious mind
    10:14-  How can people find you?  
    Via his website at www.DennisBerry.com and on the socials:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dennisberry1/ 
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LifeCoach.DennisBerry
    Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/dennisberry_ 
    YouTube: http://youtube.com/DennisBerryfunkyBrain
    10:39-  Thank you Dennis! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews are working! Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please write even a short one for this episode? Each review that you post helps to ensure that word will continue to spread, and that we will all be able to reach & help more people! You can always reach me via peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
    STAY HEALTHY - STAY SAFE - PLEASE WEAR YOUR MASK.. until next time!
    12:04-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits
    As always, leave us a comment below and please drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! As you know, the more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Do you know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note, we’d love to hear!
    We have a new sister video cast called 20MinutesInLockdown! A video podcast devoted to learning fascinating lessons from interesting humans all around the world, all in 20 minutes or less!  20 Minutes in Lockdown was born in early April of 2020, when we were in fact, in lockdown, and couldn’t do much of anything. Realizing that more than ever, people could benefit from learning from people outside of their comfort zone – people with interesting stories to tell, people with good advice, people with useful ideas that could help improve lives, we started hosting short Facebook video interviews, and we grew from there. (Plus, you can actually see my hair colors change before your very eyes!) Check it out:  www.20MinutesInLockdown.com
     
    TRANSCRIPT: 
    Hey guys, Peter, Shankman welcome to another episode of Faster Than Normal. It is great to have you as alw

    • 12 min
    War Veteran, Forensic Evaluator, Counselor, App Developer Dr. Tommy Black

    War Veteran, Forensic Evaluator, Counselor, App Developer Dr. Tommy Black

    Dr. Tommy Black is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been in private practice since 1998. Currently he serves as a member of the Georgia Composite Board for Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage & Family Therapists. He also serves as the Chair of the Rules Committee and on the Advisory Panel for the National Board of Forensic Evaluators. Dr. Black has extensive experience and training in Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, REBT, and DBT. He works with a myriad of life issues but has particular expertise in ADHD, Grief/Loss, Depression, Anxiety Disorders, PTSD, Impulse Control Issues, Relationship difficulties, and Adjustment Difficulties. A veteran of the Gulf War (1990-1991) while serving in the U.S. Army, Dr. Black has years of personal and professional experience in understanding and helping others cope with the specific trials of military services for active duty individuals and their families.  Today we’re talking about how he uses his ADHD, wisdom and years of experience to help others. Enjoy!
     
    ***CORONA VIRUS EDITION***
     
    In this episode Peter & Dr. Tommy Black discuss:
    1:14-  Intro and welcome Dr. Black!
    3:30-  What’s your story. When did you begin pursuing your doctoral studies?
    5:55-  On the issue of treating Neurodiverse, versus urgent medical care & resources available.
    6:55-  On some of the improvements and areas of neurodiversity that are getting attention finally.
    8:05-  On Esteem Therapeutics and the work Dr. Black & Associates are doing
    10:45-  Rigidity. Let’s talk about how your service in the military helps individuals with ADHD or those who may be neurodiverse.
    14:08-  Do you feel you attained much of the structure you currently use in your daily life from the military? 
    16:05-  What do you say to parents who have just learned of their child’s neurodiverse diagnosis?
    16:55-  On how he managed through his own childrens’ diagnoses’
    19:22-  How can people find you?  Download the app App Store. Or via his website at www.chooseesteem.com and @ chooseesteem on INSTA and Facebook 
    20:00-  Thank you Tommy! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews are working! Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please write even a short one for this episode? Each review that you post helps to ensure that word will continue to spread, and that we will all be able to reach & help more people! You can always reach me via peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
    STAY HEALTHY - STAY SAFE - PLEASE WEAR YOUR MASK.. until next time!
    21:07-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits
    As always, leave us a comment below and please drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! As you know, the more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Do you know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note, we’d love to hear!
    We have a new sister video cast called 20MinutesInLockdown! A video podcast devoted to learning fascinating lessons from interesting humans all around the world, all in 20 minutes or less!  20 Minutes in Lockdown was born in early April of 2020, when we were in fact, in lockdown, and couldn’t do much of anything. Realizing that more than ever, people could benefit from learning from people outside of their comfort zone – people with interesting stories to tell, people with good advice, people with useful ideas that could help improve lives, we started hosting short Facebook video interviews, and we grew from there. (Plus, you can actually see my hair colors change before your very eyes!) Check it out:  www.20MinutesInLockdown.com
     
    TRANSCRIPT: 
    Hey guys, Peter, Shankman welcome to another episode of Fas

    • 21 min
    How to Plant a Garden that Works for You w/ Coach Tony Taylor

    How to Plant a Garden that Works for You w/ Coach Tony Taylor

    Coach Tony has studied Psychology, Clinical Counseling, Ontology, Spirituality, is a certified 
    Gallup Strengths Coach and has a Master’s in Business Administration.  He owns several small businesses and is committed to making a difference in the lives of others.  Coach Tony believes that transformation is available to anyone that is willing to put in the work.  For more information on Coach Tony or to book an appointment or speaking engagement with him, please email him directly at: Tony@CoachTony.life or his website: www.CoachTony.life Today we’re talking about how to plant cabbage- if you happen to like cabbage, his ADHD, how and why he is a happy and successful coach who’s constantly helping others. Enjoy!
     
    ***CORONA VIRUS EDITION***
     
    In this episode Peter & Coach Tony Taylor discuss:
    1:05-  Intro and welcome Coach Tony!
    1:40-  Tell us about how you got your start, why you love helping other people- what’s your story?
    2:55-  On how having a faster than normal brain helps, and how it can not help us if we don’t do the work.
    4:20-  On setting boundaries and sticking to a list/accountability ref: Meditation for Dummies
    5:17-  How do you meditate when the ADHD does’t shut off?
    6:08-  Does cardio still work for your ADHD brain? How does mental conditioning work for you?
    8:08-  On playing the tape forward/setting yourself up for success
    8:28-  What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve witnessed via coaching during COVID-19?
    10:10-  On helping to teach people the only thing we can control is how we’re responding to life
    10:50-  On the concept of “forward motion is thrilling”. Ref: Seth Godin interview on FTN
    12:15-  On making the best out of the cards your dealt
    13:03-  How do you align your thoughts with what you’re creating and doing in the world. Ref: Mind Your Garden: The seeds you plant today become the realities of tomorrow (Live YOUR life!)
    14:14-  If you don’t like cabbage, don’t plant cabbage!
    15:20-  How can people find you?  Website at www.coachtony.life @tonyblisstaylor on: Twitter  coach_tonytaylor on INSTA  and CoachTonyTaylor on Facebook or via email: tony@coachtony.life
    13:30-  Thank you Tony! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews are working! Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please write even a short one for this episode? Each review that you post helps to ensure that word will continue to spread, and that we will all be able to reach & help more people! You can always reach me via peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
    STAY HEALTHY - STAY SAFE - PLEASE WEAR YOUR MASK.. until next time!
    16:07-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits
    As always, leave us a comment below and please drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! As you know, the more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Do you know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note, we’d love to hear!
    We have a new sister video cast called 20MinutesInLockdown! A video podcast devoted to learning fascinating lessons from interesting humans all around the world, all in 20 minutes or less!  20 Minutes in Lockdown was born in early April of 2020, when we were in fact, in lockdown, and couldn’t do much of anything. Realizing that more than ever, people could benefit from learning from people outside of their comfort zone – people with interesting stories to tell, people with good advice, people with useful ideas that could help improve lives, we started hosting short Facebook video interviews, and we grew from there. (Plus, you can actually see my hair colors change before your very eyes!) Check it out:

    • 16 min

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