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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

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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.

    ADD Biotech Director Shawn Malloy on Managing Neurodiverse Employees

    ADD Biotech Director Shawn Malloy on Managing Neurodiverse Employees

    A few fun facts about our guest today, Shawn Malloy:
    48yr old Father of 2, a little trouble being ‘present’ sometimes.Married 17yrs to a very tolerant and patient wife Meghan.Undergraduate degree in Biochemistry (after starting as a music major) from California State University, Long Beach (study abroad semester in Nottingham, England). 21 years at current employer, Biogen, 12 roles in 8 groups over 21 years. Hobbies: parkour (6 stitches), rock climbing (sprained knee), mountain biking (sprained ankle, lots of scars), and trail running, Yoga, meditation, swimming, racing midlife crisis Camaro, guitar building from scratch. “Poor student” all the way from kindergarten through high school – a few flashes of brilliance caught by the odd teacher throughout. Dangerous teenager and mid-20s kid. 25 jobs by the age of 27 and only fired once. Still struggles with honing in on 1 passion. In his own words:  “I’ve always preferred breadth to depth but I know that if I gave my full attention to one of my passions, I’d conquer the world. As with most ADD folks, I tend to be my own worst enemy in that regard. But anytime I’ve given something full attention I’ve had wild success – the guitar is one of my favorite examples. I had a desire to build a guitar for a while, a passion for artistic endeavors, creating things, and woodworking, and a goal of finishing it before Christmas as a gift for my dad. The end result was a beautiful piece of functional art, and it was the first time I ever saw my father cry”. Today we’re talking mostly about Neurodiversity in the workplace. 
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    In this episode Peter and Shawn discuss:  
    00:40 - Thank you so much for listening and for subscribing!
    01:01 - Intro and welcome Shawn Malloy
    03:36 - You had 25 jobs by the age of 27. Let’s talk about how you’re not bored now, finally.
    04:25 - "An ADD brain is like having a Ferrari engine with bicycle brakes"
    04:55 - ADD can really be a blessing if you're in the right environment or you've put yourself in the right environment
    05:55 - Growing at work under good, or ideal managing
    06:55 - What happens when you get a dud for a manager at work?
    08:05 - About Human Resources
    09:40 - About recognizing talent and knowing how to utilize it in it’s best possible ways
    10:22 - Trust = Commitment
    10:54 - On Managers and management
    13:19 - On how purposeful planning is so important
    15:00 - What do you tell the up and coming manager about how to manage folks with neurodiverse brains?
    15:47 - “You don’t manage to the role. You manage to the person”.
    17:47 - On the power of diversity
    18:42 - What is the one thing you’ve learned about your brain, that you wish you would’ve learned earlier in life?
    19:12 - This bit right HERE on Imposter Syndrome and permitting your neurodiversity to work
    20:00 - How can people find more about you? LinkedIN profile page is here: linkedin.com/in/shawn-malloy-3636696
    20:22 - Guys, as always thanks so much for subscribing! Do you have a cool friend with a great story? We’d love to hear. I'm www.petershankman.com and you can reach out anytime via email at peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterNormal on all of the socials. It really helps when you 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! 
    Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits 

    TRANSCRIPT via Descript and then corrected.. somewhat: 
    [00:00:37] Peter: Hello, everyone. Welcome to another episode of Faster Than Normal my name is Peter Shankman. I am thrilled to have you here today. It’s great to be here. Its a gorgeous day outside its approaching the end of August as we're recording this. Couple more weeks to labor day, I am about to get outta here and take my daughter out for a week to

    • 22 min
    Academic ADHD Coach Skye Rapson- From Stuck to Sorted

    Academic ADHD Coach Skye Rapson- From Stuck to Sorted

    Skye Rapson is an academic and coach with over seven years of experience working in adult education. Skye has studied in various fields, including Psychology, Sociology, and Public Health, and is now a Doctoral Candidate in Population Health. She was diagnosed with ADHD at the start of her doctorate. Since then, Skye has dedicated her time to researching and disseminating ADHD studies, founding Unconventional Organisation in 2020 to provide ADHD adults and managers with strengths-based, neurodiverse-friendly ADHD coaching and workshops. We’re learning about how and why she began, today. Enjoy!
    In this episode Peter and Skye discuss:  
    00:40 - Thank you so much for listening and for subscribing!
    01:01 - Intro and welcome Skye Rapson!  Ref: Interview with Sally Willbanks, founder of ND Renegade [actually based in Australia]
    01:57 - So you were diagnosed at the beginning of your PhD program?
    03:00 - What changed and maybe made more sense after your diagnosis?
    03:39 - Ref: Interview with Rachel Cotton, another PhD student w/ ADHD
    04:00 - How did your priorities shift?
    04:27 - What Skye found of from her peer group at university
    05:55 - Let’s talk about your “Unconventional Organization” Ref: Her podcast: Unconventional Organisation with Skye Rapson and her coaching service: https://www.unconventionalorganisation.com
    06:54 - What kinds of trends did you find when you started conversing with other neurodiverse folks?
    07:42 - On changing the way we get things accomplished 
    08:40 - What would you now tell your 15-year-old self?
    09:03 - How can people find more about you? Web: https://www.unconventionalorganisation.com Socials: @unconventionalorganisation on INSTA and Facebook 
    09:24 - Guys, as always thanks so much for subscribing! Do you have a cool friend with a great story? We’d love to hear. I'm www.petershankman.com and you can reach out anytime via email at peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterNormal on all of the socials. It really helps when you 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! 
    09:58 - Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits 

    TRANSCRIPT via Descript and then corrected.. somewhat: 
    [00:00:37] Peter: Hey everyone, Peter. Shankman welcome. The episode of Faster Than Normal today is a PhD. We seem to be doing a lot of doctoral candidates lately. I don't know why doctoral candidates seem to get diagnosed, but maybe cuz they're smart enough to know that something's not, uh, normal, like other people. And they're like, Hey, let's figure that out. But either way we get another one here. Her name is Skye Rapson and Skye's an academic coach with over seven years of experience working at adult education, she has studied in various fields, including psychology, sociology. and public health and is now a doctoral candidate in population health in New Zealand. So we are a long way from home today. She was diagnosed with ADHD at the start of her doctorate. And since then, she's dedicated time to researching and disseminating ADHD studies, founding unconventional organization in 2020 to provide ADHD, adults and managers with strength based neurodiverse friendly ADHD, coaching and workshop. Skye, welcome. 
    [00:01:35] Skye: Hi. Yeah. Great to be here. 
    [00:01:37] Peter: Good to have you here. So ADHD, you know, it, it's interesting. We had, we have there's someone else from New Zealand who we've had on the podcast. Um, she runs, uh, oh God, what's the name, but neuro neuro it's line of t-shirts neuro… Oh, I'm spacing on it now. I have one of them. It's awesome. Awesome shirt. I'll remember it, but, and we'll put it in the liner notes, but yeah. Um, long way from home. So good to have you, you were diagnosed at the beginning of your PhD, uh, beginning of

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    “We are a part of nature, just like everything else”- Autism ADHD and pursuing a PhD w/ Gökçen Şahin

    “We are a part of nature, just like everything else”- Autism ADHD and pursuing a PhD w/ Gökçen Şahin

    Gökçen Şahin, M.Sc., who successfully completed her master's degree in Genetics, has just registered for the PhD program to start her education this fall. Technological advances in the field of genetics in the last 20 years have brought with it a large pile of data waiting to be made sense of. Gökçen will do her PhD in bioinformatics in order to learn how to draw meaningful conclusions from these data and to find solutions for this purpose. Gökçen, who loves to learn new things and is curious, developed a machine learning model in her thesis that can predict the muscle heteroplasmy ratio of patients with given demographic features, family history, and clinical table caused by a mitochondrial DNA point mutation causing mitochondrial diseases. She made these by learning everything herself. She reviewed more than 450 publications fastidiously and worked with doctors to generate her data. Gokcen, who wants to improve herself in this field, wants to have a solid foundation. Therefore, she decided to take her education in this field. Gökçen actually qualified to enter another PhD program last year for the same purpose and started her education. During this period, she was diagnosed with ADHD in December and in January, she learned that she is autistic. While the diagnoses were a great shock at first, she shared her diagnoses with her supervisor in order to pass this period in a healthy way. Afterwards, she was exposed to various mobbing by this supervisor. The severity of mobbing had increased over time. And in February, she was fired by him from the PhD program in an e-mail. Not long after, her ex-boyfriend's family, who learned that she is autistic and ADHDer, did not want them to get married, and they broke up after a 2-year relationship, which was a first for Gökçen. She had many reasons to lose hope. But the opposite happened. The diagnoses resulted in her accepting herself. She faced many challenges throughout her life and she saw that the challenges she experienced was the result of not being accepted as she was. Realizing this, she wanted to go on further and apply for a new program, but she also had fears. She explained everything to her new supervisor before application. And she was encouraged by new supervisor to apply for the program. Now she's telling people that “Being autistic and ADHD is part of the diversity in nature and being able to live as ourselves, to be free of masks is what we have a right to do. The only thing that can hinder this view is when we begin to look at ourselves as people who do not accept us as we are. When we come back from this mistake, we start living a healthy life. Because not being able to be what we are, not being accepted is ignoring us and it hurts. Nobody has the right to this. We are a part of nature, just like everything else." This is a great one- enjoy!
     
    In this episode Peter and Gökçen discuss:  
    00:40 - Thank you so much for listening and for subscribing!
    00:50 - Apologies for the near horrid audio- Peter is still in a hotel.
    00:56 - Intro and welcome Gökçen Şahin!
    02:45 - Your story is incredible; and it’s frustrating professors would still be so ignorant!
    03:21 - So you said that you wrote something out that you wanted to share with us, feel free! 
    03:35 - On being accepted for PhD programs
    04:03 - On the first meeting with her supervisor/professor
    04:51 - On the 2nd meeting with her supervisor
    05:50 - What happened next?
    08:16 - A little while later…
    08:45 - Studying about ADHD
    10:00 - On being diagnosed by a child psychologist and then given meds
    10:19 - Her professor’s reaction
    11:05 - Back to the psychologist
    11:51 - On being made a study and the discovery of Autism
    13:00 - Amazing. A couple of questions…
    13:15 - The fallout and heartbreak
    14:00 - Did you go back to your former professor?
    15:05 - What types of things that you used to think were negatives, do you now understand to be positives?
    15:56 - Fun fact: Your su

    • 22 min
    The Big Sea Dyslexia and ADHD w/ Outdoor Education Leadership Professor Ashley Brown

    The Big Sea Dyslexia and ADHD w/ Outdoor Education Leadership Professor Ashley Brown

    Ashley Brown teaches Coastal Kayaking, Stand Up Paddleboarding, and Instructor Development at the College of Charleston. She has developed these paddlesports courses over the past decade to include Sustainability Literacy and a First Year Experience course with a Biology class. Learning about sustainability and sharing it with the students led Ashley to start a Masters of Art at Prescott College in Outdoor Education Leadership. She only has a few more classes before she finishes her degree. Ashley shares her passion for teaching kayaking at all levels and challenging people to test their limits while learning and having a ton of fun. She has been developing a curriculum in Kayaking, SUP, and Instructor Development at the College of Charleston, where Ashley serves as an Adjunct Professor.  Ashley is the recipient of the American Canoe Association 2019 Excellence in Instruction Award.  This award is presented annually to an ACA member for outstanding contributions to paddlesports education and instruction. She earned the prestigious Level 5 American Canoe Association Advanced Open Water Coastal Kayaking Instructor Certification and is also an ACA Level 4 Kayak Instructor Trainer, Canoe Instructor, and L2 Standup Paddleboard Instructor. Ashley serves as a member of the executive committee of the Safety, Education, and Instruction Committee for the American Canoe Association. She loves to travel and has gone from Canada to Mexico and beyond, sharing her talent and knowledge with clubs, groups, schools, outfitters, events, and symposiums. Residing in Charleston, SC, she enjoys welcoming guests from all over the world to paddle in Charleston’s beautiful waterways.  One of her favorite venues is the “Edge of America”, the Atlantic Ocean off Folly Beach.  She provides paddlers an opportunity to have an exciting experience and widen their perspectives. Today we’re talking about how and why she got diagnosed, how an ADHD/ADD brain can often serve as a prerequisite, and what being buoyant may do for the ADHD in you! Enjoy!
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    In this episode Peter and Ashley discuss:  
    00:45 - Thank you so much for listening and for subscribing!
    00:50 - Apologies for the near horrid audio- Peter is in a tourist-filled lobby today.
    01:05 - Intro and welcome Ashley Brown!
    01:53 - When were you first diagnosed and how did it happen?
    03:00 - What was the first big change you felt after your diagnosis?
    03:56 - What inspired you to seek out aquatic sports & activities; and to teach them?
    05:33 - Do you experience sort of a rebirth every time you go kayaking; like I do when skydiving or running?
    06:00 - On the good kind of exhaustion and a completely focused flow. 
    07:18 - How does scanning a wave, being outdoors and on the water help your ADHD?
    08:56 - I had never thought of ADHD/ADD as a requirement for something! For what else could ADHD possibly be a prerequisite?
    09:40 - On the importance of physical movement!
    11:30 - How can people find more about you? [Ashley isn’t a public figure but you can check into her courses via Web: www.wavepaddler.com and on their Facebook page here]
    12:34 - Guys, as always thanks so much for subscribing! Do you have a cool friend with a great story? We’d love to hear. I'm www.petershankman.com and you can reach out anytime via email at peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterNormal on all of the socials. It really helps when you 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! 
    19:08 - Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits 

    TRANSCRIPT via Descript and then corrected.. somewhat:
    [00:00:38] Peter Shankman good morning. I am coming to you today from the lounge at a Hilton in Midtown Manhattan because, uh, my apartment was supposed to be finished two week

    • 13 min
    Simplifying Your Complexities w/ Impulsive Thinker Andre Brisson

    Simplifying Your Complexities w/ Impulsive Thinker Andre Brisson

    André Brisson, P. Eng., is the host of The Impulsive Thinker Podcast, the podcast for the high-achieving ADHD entrepreneur. Andre owns an entrepreneurial consulting engineering company and recently started Tactical Breakthroughs where he is developing the ADHDTransformation Journey program. Diagnosed late in life with severe ADHD and mild Asperger’s(ASD), the mechanisms and systems he created to overcome his undiagnosed ADHD havehelped him succeed. He credits his undiagnosed ADHD as key to his success and a factor in restricting success. Since discovering how to turn his ADHD into a strength, people havesought him out for help with using their ADHD as a strength to drive success. André Brisson has a special ability is devouring and learning complex information and simplifying for others to solve complex problems. Like most entrepreneurs, André has started multiple companies, the two of which failed for various reasons. Learning from those failures, André now operates three very successful companies, including a self-managing entrepreneurial engineering firm specializing in niche markets that require unique training, experience, and impulsive instinct to try new things. Enjoy!
    In this episode Peter and Andre discuss:  
    00:45 - Thank you so much for listening and for subscribing!
    00:48 - Welcome Andre Brisson!
    02:40 - What is your success key for imparting complex information to the neurotypical? Ref: Ringette
    04:15 - Simplifying the complex
    05:06 - On the differences between informing and teaching
    05:30 - When did you get diagnosed and what brought all that about?
    06:02 - On inventing a “character” for yourself to be perceived as “not abnormal”.
    07:00 - On then importance of being unique 
    07:45 - You said you were beginning to scare your kids- can you go into details on that? Ref: emotional dysregulation
    09:55 - Have you ever bought anything strictly on impulse? Tell us in the comments! ;-)
    11:00 - Parenting with ADHD/mild Asperger’s prior to a diagnosis
    12:20 - So when you got diagnosed, what was the treatment plan? Ref: DBT, CBT Executive Function What is Time Blindness?
    13:36 - On learning your strengths and maintaining, managing and delegating what’s not best for you. Aka Peter’s “life rules”
    15:15 - A bit more on delegating and staying in the lane, on the road.
    16:38 - How can people find more about you? Email:  andre@andreb.ca
    André Brisson
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andre.brisson.1447/
    LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrebrisson/
    Twitter: @fatrol
    Website: www.andreb.ca
    Objective Engineering Inc.
    Website: www.objectiveeng.ca
    Tactical Breakthroughs
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TacticalBTs
    LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tactical-breakthroughs/
    Twitter: @tacticalbts
    Website: www.tacticalbts.com
    The Impulsive Thinker Podcast
    Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/impulsivethinkerpodcast
    LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/company/impulsive-thinker-podcast/
    Twitter: @impulsivthinker
    Website: www.theimpulsivethinker.com
    16:51 - Andre, thank you so much!  Ref: Faster Than Normal the book!
    17:75 - Thank you. Guys, as always thanks so much for subscribing! Do you have a cool friend with a great story? We’d love to hear. I'm www.petershankman.com and you can reach out anytime via email at peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterNormal on all of the socials. It really helps when you 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! 
    19:08 - Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits 

    TRANSCRIPT via Descript and then corrected.. somewhat:
    [00:00:38] Hey everyone, Peter. Shankman welcome to the episode of Faster Than Normal. I'm thrilled that you're here. It is great to have you again, we have a fun gue

    • 18 min
    Modern Professional Journalism and ADHD w/ CNBC’s Gili Malinsky

    Modern Professional Journalism and ADHD w/ CNBC’s Gili Malinsky

    Gili Malinsky is a lead work reporter at CNBC where she covers labor and employment law, U.S. work trends, and mental health. She has contributed to outlets including The New York Times, NBC News, MTV News, the Village Voice, and many others. She’s also a playwright, having written a parody of the D.A.R.E. program called “The Drugstoppers” and, most recently, written and performed a monologue called “This is My First ADHD Support Group” at the New York Theater Festival. The monologue is loosely based on her experience getting let go and fired many times before discovering she has ADHD. She’s planning to expand it into a full-length play also touching on anxiety and depression. Gili is an Aquarius, thank you for asking. This is another good and fun one, enjoy! 
    In this episode Peter and Gili discuss:  
    00:45 - Thank you so much for listening and for subscribing!
    00:46 - Live again from the flop house…
    01:21 - Welcome Gili Malinsky!
    02:22 - Welcome fellow BU Alumn! When did you get diagnosed?
    03:06 - Our stories are a little similar; what was it like for you growing up?
    05:01 - What if we had known we had ADHD during college?
    05:28 - Would Peter change anything about his life prior to his ADHD diagnosis?
    06:16 - Would Gili change anything? How about her work experiences?
    08:21 - Gili’s first ADHD epiphany about work, (via therapy)
    09:20 - On finding her condition actually has a name; not alone in this!
    09:45 - A note on self-forgiveness
    10:38 - Peter’s “leftover pizza concept”
    11:44 - Once diagnosed, what changed, what were you able to do, how do you keep on track?
    13:30: Ref: Books!  Smart But Stuck -Thomas E. Brown and Driven To Distraction -Edward M. Hallowell [Dr. Hallowell was Peter’s first ever guest on FTN, you can hear his interview HERE!]
    13:55  Ref: Peak Mind -Amishi Jha
    14:36 -How do you handle deadlines?
    15:49 - Talk about Imposter Syndrome?
    16:55 - How can people find more about you? 
    On the Web: https://www.cnbc.com/gili-malinsky-bio/
    Socials: @Malinskid on Twitter & INSTA
    17:42 - Thank you. Guys, as always thanks so much for subscribing! Do you have a cool friend with a great story? We’d love to hear. I'm www.petershankman.com and you can reach out anytime via email at peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterNormal on all of the socials. It really helps when you 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! 
    19:08 - Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits 
    TRANSCRIPT via Descript and then corrected.. somewhat:
    [00:00:36] Peter: Peter Shankman yo, yo, what's up everyone. Peter Shankman here from Faster Than Normal . Another episode. I am thrilled to have you with me. I am doing this again from the flop house. Reason I began started telling you about the flop house with my apartment. I had the massive water issue and, and it's finally being renovated. Uh, so I, in New York, you can't just move your stuff to another room. You actually have to move it out of your apartment. So a bunch of men came and they packed up everything I owned ever in my life, and they took it to some storage unit in Queens. I threw an air tag into a couple of boxes and I, I, I look at the air tag and remember, like, I used to have a Peloton and I used to have a bed and I used to have all this stuff. And now I'm, I'm, I'm, I'm on a couch in a one bedroom down in . Battery park city. And it's, it's a little odd. Either way life goes on as, as does Faster Than Normal!
    Welcome to the stage today, Gili and I probably, I probably just pronounced that wrong, even though she told me 10 seconds ago ahead pronounce so welcome to a ADD, Malinsky who is a lead. Did I pronounce it wrong? Gili Malinsky is a lead work reporter at CNBC. All right, so we're talking abou

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Fantastic Podcast 🔥🔥

I just wanted to take a moment and say thank you for creating such an impactful podcast! I believe that we all have a voice that deserves to be heard. Thank you for putting this into the world! BE UNBROKEN! @MichaelUnbroken

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Great Interview

Loved the episode with Theo Fleury - such great questions and deep discussion

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Cheers to leaning into our Gift!

Peter…Your podcasts shed such a great light on how we can think about and use our uniqueness as human beings with ADHD. The quality of your guests underscore your vision! Thank you!

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