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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 • 454 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.

    “Picky the Panda and the Tickly Tail” Author Melissa Finkelstein on Sensory Processing Disorder

    “Picky the Panda and the Tickly Tail” Author Melissa Finkelstein on Sensory Processing Disorder

    Melissa Finkelstein is a New Jersey- based author, lawyer, and proud mom of three. Melissa has been writing and rhyming since she could form words. After graduating from Fordham Law, she began her career as a litigator in Manhattan. Because rhyming has always been her passion, she created a custom poetry business, Designer Rhymes so she could maintain that creative outlet. Once she had her son (7), and twin daughters (4), each with unique personalities and needs, the stars aligned for Melissa to publish her first children's book. Picky the Panda and the Tickly Tail is the first book in a series of three to come from author Melissa Finkelstein. Picky the Panda is a heartwarming story about a highly sensitive panda, which shares lessons of embracing sensory differences, practicing empathy, and recharging when overwhelmed. Picky the Panda was inspired by Melissa's daughter Skylar who has sensory processing disorder. Picky the Panda is now available on Amazon and in select children's bookstores. Enjoy! 
    In this episode Peter and Melissa discuss:  
    01:20 - Thank you so much for listening and for subscribing!
    01:39 - Intro and welcome Melissa Finkelstein!
    02:48 - So from Law to Children’s books; tell us your story!
    05:40 - Isn’t it amazing what kids teach us. Are you finding that people are familiar with the topics in your book?
    06:57 - What led to getting your daughter diagnosed?
    09:30 - How old is she now and have all of your children read the book?
    10:15 - Do you think that she’s beginning to, (or will), benefit some from advances in awareness, research, etc?
    11:18 - What’s been the reaction and feedback to your book outside of the family?
    12:00 - Is the book being used to explain to your daughter's classmates about Sensory Processing Disorder?
    13:30 - On possessing supercharged senses
    14:25 - How can people find more about you? Web: Everywhere fine books are sold
    Socials:  @melissafinkelsteinbooks on INSTA
    14:45 - Thank you Melissa!
    15:02 - Guys, as always thanks so much for subscribing! Faster Than Normal is for YOU! We want to know what you’d like to hear! Do you have a cool friend with a great story? We’d love to learn about, and from them. 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! 
    15:41 - Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits.

    TRANSCRIPT via Descript and then corrected.. somewhat:

    [00:00:34] Peter: Hey everyone, how's it going? My name is Peter Shankman and this is Faster Than Normal. I wanted to see if you expected me to say it, try to shake things up a little bit. Okay. It is a Thursday here in a very cold New York City. We have to say a fond farewell to fall, which lasted about. Two and a half days, and we are most certainly into winter. It's about 34 degrees outside right now, sunny, but cold as hell. So I am inside with a sleeping dog and with Melissa Finkelstein. She's actually in New Jersey, but we are talking today because Melissa is a New Jersey based author, lawyer, and proud mom of three. She's been writing and rhyming since she could form words. Her words, not mine. After graduating from Fordham Law, she began her career as a litigator in Manhattan. She created a custom poetry business called Designer Rhymes. So here she is as a litigator. Did you, I, I gotta ask you later, remind me to ask you if you actually rhymed during court cases. Cause that would've been awesome. Mm-hmm. . But why are we talking to her today? We're talking to her. She has a son who's seven and twin daughters who are four. They each have unique personality and needs. That's where she decided to publis

    • 16 min
    Finding Your Vision and Purpose w/ Artist and Personal Coach Marc Scheff

    Finding Your Vision and Purpose w/ Artist and Personal Coach Marc Scheff

    Hey guys! Peter Shankman the host of Faster Than Normal here. I wanna invite you to something! I am hosting a Mastermind with 12 amazing speakers who are gonna be talking about everything from ADHD to mental health, from entrepreneurship, to just living your life better. It's gonna be on November 10th, It's gonna be virtual from anywhere in the world. Incredible, incredible speakers. The leading fitness trainer in Canada for all things. Me! A whole bunch of speakers- Scott Carney, who wrote the book which is to all about how he goes and takes ice showers every day. It's gonna be 12 amazing speakers, the CBS Early Shows’ Jennifer Hartstein, really, really great people. And I'd like you to join us. Check out the link below in the show notes at ShankMinds 2022 and we will see you there. And a matter of fact, look for the discount code in the show notes as well, that'll take a hundred bucks off the cost. We'll see you soon! https://shankman.lpages.co/shankminds-virtual-2022/  DISCOUNT CODE:  SMFriends22

    Marc believes that finding your Vision and Purpose are the key to finding success, happiness, and fulfillment. Harvard-educated, he left a lucrative tech career for art school, founded the long-running online gallery Every Day Original, and has been mentoring and coaching creatives for over a decade. He now Coaches a wide variety of clients and helps them access their own creativity to fuel their next steps. He is now getting his Coaching certification and working one-on-one, in groups, and in his free online workshops to help people create a bigger vision for their life and career through Purpose-driven breakthroughs. He shares many of the how’s and why’s with us here today, enjoy! 
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    In this episode Peter and Marc discuss:  
    01:20 - Thank you so much for listening and for subscribing!
    01:39 - Intro and welcome Marc Scheff!
    02:40 - Why did you give up a lucrative career in Technology to pursue a career in Art?
    03:51 - So where did you study; how did it go?
    05:10 - Why do you want to help people and how did you land on “vision and purpose”?
    08:06 - Is it really as easy as “find what you love doing and the money will come eventually?”
    09:37 - Freedom in work, can feel completely overwhelming
    10:20 - How can people find more about you? Web: www.MarcScheffCoaching.com (or via www.CreativeAccelerationCoaching.com) and https://www.marcscheff.com
    Socials:  @MarcScheff on Twitter INSTA and LinkedIN 
    12:02 - Guys, as always thanks so much for subscribing! Faster Than Normal is for YOU! We want to know what you’d like to hear! Do you have a cool friend with a great story? We’d love to learn about, and from them. 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! 
    12:16 - Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

    TRANSCRIPT via Descript and then corrected.. somewhat: 
    Hey guys. Peter Shankman the host of Faster Than Normal here. I wanna invite you to something! I am hosting a Mastermind with 12 amazing speakers who are gonna be talking about everything from ADHD to mental health, from entrepreneurship, to just living your life better. It's gonna be on November 10th, It's gonna be virtual from anywhere in the world. Incredible, incredible speakers. The leading fitness trainer in Canada for all things. Me! A whole bunch of speakers- Scott Carney, who wrote the book which is to all about how he goes and takes ice showers every day. It's gonna be 12 amazing speakers, the CBS Early Shows’ Jennifer Hartstein, really, really great people. And I'd like you to join us. Check out the link below in the show not

    • 13 min
    Finding the Best Lead Domino for Good Productivity Habits in Inattentive ADHD w/ Aron Croft

    Finding the Best Lead Domino for Good Productivity Habits in Inattentive ADHD w/ Aron Croft

    Hey guys! Peter Shankman the host of Faster Than Normal here. I wanna invite you to something! I am hosting a Mastermind with 12 amazing speakers who are gonna be talking about everything from ADHD to mental health, from entrepreneurship, to just living your life better. It's gonna be on November 10th, It's gonna be virtual from anywhere in the world. Incredible, incredible speakers. The leading fitness trainer in Canada for all things. Me! A whole bunch of speakers- Scott Carney, who wrote the book which is to all about how he goes and takes ice showers every day. It's gonna be 12 amazing speakers, the CBS Early Shows’ Jennifer Hartstein, really, really great people. And I'd like you to join us. Check out the link below in the show notes at ShankMinds 2022 and we will see you there. And a matter of fact, look for the discount code in the show notes as well, that'll take a hundred bucks off the cost. We'll see you soon! https://shankman.lpages.co/shankminds-virtual-2022/  DISCOUNT CODE:  SMFriends22
    We’re visiting again today with Aron Croft who’s made some changes since our last visit on Episode 240, “The Un-Squeaky Wheel: How Inattentive ADHD Goes Under the Radar w/ Aron Croft” including developing a new way to help the community; enjoy! In his own words: Aron Croft has always been obsessed with one question: “Why can’t we get ourselves to do tasks that we WANT to do”?  That question was on his mind as he dropped out of college twice, failed out of his first 7 jobs and ended up broke, divorced, and earning minimum wage at 33. After an adult diagnosis of Inattentive ADHD and an M.S. in Coaching Psychology, he decided to abandon neurotypical productivity, and his life changed. He built a successful Fortune 500 career followed by a six-figure coaching business with over 125,000 followers. In his coaching business, he teaches ADHD’ers his contrarian 8% Productivity Habit, which helps them complete their top tasks in 2 hours a day and  never feel behind again. His work has been featured by  ADDitude Magazine, the Attention Deficit Disorder Association, and dozens of top ADHD outlets. To watch a 30 minute training on the 8% Productivity Habit, visit freeadhdtraining.com. 
    In this episode Peter and Aron discuss:  
    01:20 - Thank you so much for listening and for subscribing!
    01:29 - Intro and welcome back Aron Croft!!
    02:40 - Tell us what you've been doing since the last time you were on the show? Ref: 8percent Productivity Habit Method
    03:20 - What is living in the country like for someone with a faster brain?
    04:12 - Is spending time daily in the out-of-doors helping?
    05:25 - How have you grown in this environment within the last couple of years?
    07:01 - On embracing ‘measured’ change
    08:11 - Aron explains his 8percent Productivity Habit
    08:47 - “motivation, willpower, and discipline” These may only be neurotypical confines!
    09:23 - There are other ways to win!!
    09:53 - How do professional Boxers become so fast?
    11:16 - On willpower and habits. Skateboarding can strengthen you!
    14:13 - How can people find more about you? Web: hiddenADHD.com ALSO  freeadhdtraining.com
    Socials: @aroncroft on Twitter  @HiddenADHD on Facebook  INSTA  YouTube and hidden_adhd on TikTok
    15:07 - 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! 
    15:30 - Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

    TRANSCRIPT via Descript and then corrected.. somewhat: 
    Hey guys. Peter Shankman the host of Faster T

    • 16 min
    Please Mind Your Meds w/ Scientist Miss America Camille Schrier, H.R.S.

    Please Mind Your Meds w/ Scientist Miss America Camille Schrier, H.R.S.

    Hey guys! Peter Shankman the host of Faster Than Normal here. I wanna invite you to something! I am hosting a Mastermind with 12 amazing speakers who are gonna be talking about everything from ADHD to mental health, from entrepreneurship, to just living your life better. It's gonna be on November 10th, It's gonna be virtual from anywhere in the world. Incredible, incredible speakers. The leading fitness trainer in Canada for all things. Me! A whole bunch of speakers- Scott Carney, who wrote the book which is to all about how he goes and takes ice showers every day. It's gonna be 12 amazing speakers, the CBS Early Shows’ Jennifer Hartstein, really, really great people. And I'd like you to join us. Check out the link below in the show notes at ShankMinds 2022 and we will see you there. And a matter of fact, look for the discount code in the show notes as well, that'll take a hundred bucks off the cost. We'll see you soon! https://shankman.lpages.co/shankminds-virtual-2022/ DISCOUNT CODE: SMFriends22
    Currently pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Camille completed dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Biochemistry and Systems Biology with honors at Virginia Tech in 2018. Breaking from tradition, Camille blew up the onstage talent competition with a highly engaging and entertaining version of the “catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide,” winning Miss Virginia in June of 2019 and then Miss America in December 2019 live on NBC. While competing for the job, Camille Schrier wanted it known that “Miss America can be a scientist and a scientist can be Miss America.” Through her time as Miss America and beyond, Camille has focused on advocating for her social initiative “Mind Your Meds: Drug Safety and Abuse Prevention from Pediatrics to Geriatrics” with a major focus on the opioid epidemic, as well as for exciting youth in the areas of STEM. In 2021 Camille launched her own science educational brand, “Her Royal Scientist,” which furthers her goal to inspire and educate youth and normalize females in science roles. She also works to raise awareness around Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, a genetic condition that impacts her life each day. Today’s episode is important to literally anyone who has ever been given a prescription. Enjoy!
    In this episode Peter and Camille discuss:  
    01:26 - Thank you so much for listening and for subscribing!
    02:14 - Intro and welcome Camille Schrier!
    03:30 - Ref: Margaret Hamilton’s Apollo code
    03:54 - Women in STEM [Science Technology Engineering Math/Medicine]
    04:56 - On Imposter Syndrome and growing up in public education without many neurodiverse role models
    05:47 - On a non “A+B+C= ‘this or that’” approach to goal-setting and systemic education
    06:40 - There is no one ‘right way’ for everyone to do something. We are unique.
    07:00 - How did you wind-up winning Miss America, was it a goal? A note on risk taking
    09:17 - How did your initiative “Mind Your Meds” come about and get started?
    11:00 - Eyes open about medication use in the collegiate community Ref:  Safe-RX
    13:53 - So much about prescription drugs has become perception, not actual awareness of what they may, and may not do! 
    15:40 - Adderall and co-morbidities
    16:00 - Talk to your peers and kids, not everyone reacts the same!
    18:00 - In the neurodiverse community we are even more at risk of addiction, if not misuse.
    19:04 - How can people find more about you? Web: www.CamilleSchrier.com
    Socials:  @CamilleSchrier everywhere.  Twitter  INSTA  FB  YouTube  LinkedIN
    19:20 - 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 cour

    • 20 min
    Mental Health Content Creator and Health Care Provider Karrisa Cardenas

    Mental Health Content Creator and Health Care Provider Karrisa Cardenas

    Hey guys. Peter Shankman the host of Faster Than Normal here. I wanna invite you to something! I am hosting a Mastermind with 12 amazing speakers who are gonna be talking about everything from ADHD to mental health, from entrepreneurship, to just living your life better. It's gonna be on November 10th, It's gonna be virtual from anywhere in the world. Incredible, incredible speakers. The leading fitness trainer in Canada for all things. Me! A whole bunch of speakers- Scott Carney, who wrote the book which is to all about how he goes and takes ice showers every day. It's gonna be 12 amazing speakers, the CBS Early Shows’ Jennifer Hartstein, really, really great people. And I'd like you to join us. Check out the link below in the show notes at ShankMinds 2022 and we will see you there. And a matter of fact, look for the discount code in the show notes as well, that'll take a hundred bucks off the cost. We'll see you soon! https://shankman.lpages.co/shankminds-virtual-2022/. DISCOUNT CODE: SMFriends22

    Cool interview today with a content creator and health care provider who is recently diagnosed with ADHD, yet survived school without knowing what was going on with her brain! She turned to the internet to let people know that they are not alone, and to be helpful to others! A little more about our guest today in her own words:  Karrisa Cardenas is a mental health content creator, Singer songwriter, entrepreneur and the host of her very own podcast called “Finding Your Mind” and of course shares her life through the lens on her YouTube channel. She has faced many challenges in her life along side her ADHD such as depression, anxiety, daddy issues, abuse and so much more.  She has used all she has been through as inspiration to keep creating, creating for those who don't have anyone to go to and are facing these challenges alone. She shares her dark times to bring awareness. Letting those who listen know that its okay not to be okay and there is a light at the end of the tunnel, its just going to take a while to get there. Little back story on my life. I grew up very fast at a young age, had to take care of my mother most of my life and my father was never in the picture. Throughout my younger years I was faced with traumas that shape who i am today, which is why i create content around mental health and ADHD, i never had anyone to tell me what was going on with me so i had to figure it out all by myself. I didn’t have the luxury of doctors to help me. I was simply on my own with my mind. How scary, but also so freaking beautiful. Those were some tough years to go through but man on man am i such a wonderful human because of it. I have had my fair share of jobs such as coaching cheerleading, installing stoves and pools, Retail, Fast food, Waitressing, Barista, Nursing Assistant, Assistant manager of a non profit, and no i didn’t get fired from these jobs i quit because my ADHD was bored after learning everything in those positions. A few fun facts about our guest:  Never reads the last chapter in a book. Chocolate milk + popcorn always. Sits criss cross apple sauce in chairs. From a small town called Kelso. Left handed -which is a super power too. Enjoy! 
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    In this episode Peter and Karrisa discuss:  
    01:26 - Thank you so much for listening and for subscribing!
    01:45 - A note about the Boxing command: “duck!!”
    02:22 - Intro and welcome Karrisa Cardenas!
    04:51 - What made you want to share your stories with the public?
    06:20 - On what happened after she first shared
    07:00 - Haters gonna hate. How did you press forward?
    08:52 - Karrisa, wise beyond her years and dealing with bad words people say
    10:20 - On wishing healing
    10:48 - How do you come up with your ideas for content?
    11:53 - How often to you post? You grew up “social”, but how much of your life do you actually share. How do you set up boundaries?
    14:00 - You’ve had all sorts of jobs. How do you make a living, or how did

    • 21 min
    Rated X: How Porn Liberated Me from Hollywood w/ Author Maitland Ward!

    Rated X: How Porn Liberated Me from Hollywood w/ Author Maitland Ward!

    Hey guys. Peter Shankman the host of Faster Than Normal here. I wanna invite you to something! I am hosting a Mastermind with 12 amazing speakers who are gonna be talking about everything from ADHD to mental health, from entrepreneurship, to just living your life better. It's gonna be on November 10th, It's gonna be virtual from anywhere in the world. Incredible, incredible speakers. The leading fitness trainer in Canada for all things. Me! A whole bunch of speakers- Scott Carney, who wrote the book which is to all about how he goes and takes ice showers every day. It's gonna be 12 amazing speakers, the CBS Early Shows’ Jennifer Hartstein, really, really great people. And I'd like you to join us. Check out the link below in the show notes at ShankMinds 2022 and we will see you there. And a matter of fact, look for the discount code in the show notes as well, that'll take a hundred bucks off the cost. We'll see you soon! https://shankman.lpages.co/shankminds-virtual-2022/  DISCOUNT CODE:  SMFriends22
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    Southern California-born and bred Maitland Ward has quickly become one of the biggest stars in adult entertainment, after an-already successful career as an American model, actress and cosplay personality. After finding fame in the ‘90s on CBS soap The Bold and the Beautiful and smash ABC sitcom Boy Meets World, as well as a plum role in 2004’s cult classic White Chicks, Ward decided to shake things up with racy social media content, sexy cosplay and appearing at fan conventions before making the leap into the adult film industry in 2019. The statuesque (5’10”) all-natural redhead is unique in that not only is she beautiful and built for the adult biz, Ward’s talent as an actress means she can also carry dramatic and comedic scenes with ease. Her playful energy, professionalism and open sexuality earned her an exclusive performance contract with Vixen Media Group and the famous face of the brand’s blockbuster studio, Deeper.
    In 2020, Ward won three AVN Awards for Best Supporting Actress, Best Three-Way Sex Scene-G/G/B for her work in Deeper feature Drive and Favorite Camming Cosplayer. She also won three XBIZ Awards for Crossover Star of the Year, Best Actress-Feature Movie and Best Sex Scene-Feature Movie, also for Drive.  In 2021 she scored two AVN Awards as well: Best Leading Actress for Deeper’s Muse, as well as Best Boy/Girl Sex Scene for Higher Power, plus two XBIZ Awards for Best Acting-Lead and Best Sex Scene-Feature for Muse, and in 2022 she took home two XBIZ trophies for Best Acting-Lead for Muse 2 and Performer of the Year.
     Ward’s recent mainstream endeavors include starring and co-producing a TV series, The Big Time, taking on a lead role in psychological thriller Just for You and releasing an eye-popping no-holds-barred memoir about her wild life in the entertainment biz, Rated X: How Porn Liberated Me from Hollywood. 
     
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    In this episode Peter and Maitland discuss:  
     
    00:40 - Thank you so much for listening and for subscribing!
    01:00 - Intro and welcome Maitland Ward!  IMDB bio
    01:38 - So you’re here in NYC promoting Rated X; let’s talk about that!
    02:00 - Despite all of your success at such a young age, you were not happy. Why?
    04:00 - A lot of positive things have happened in the culture of Hollywood and beyond
    04:45 - On hiding who you are, and why. A note on fear.
    05:25 - When did you first realize, then decide you needed a change?
    06:15 - About getting married an moving to NYC
    06:50 - On figuring out that you’re different
    07:18 - Peter on how he explained to his father how he was quitting his day job
    08:08 - When did you decide to make the switch from ‘mainstream to ‘adult’ film? How did your peers react?
    09:15 - About double standards
    09:45 - Peter on breaking stereotypes for New Frontier Media at The Wall Street Journal
    10:55 - How did it go when you started dipping your feet more into rated R, rated X Art?
    12:28 - On bui

    • 23 min

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StukenborgPhoto ,

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!

@MichaelUnbroken ,

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

aguyandhiscamera ,

Great Interview

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

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