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Faster Than Normal: Turbocharge Your Focus, Productivity, and Success with the Secrets of the ADHD Brain Paperback – October 3, 2017
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"Peter is a pioneer, an adventurer, an inventor and a seer. His advice is the best kind of advice. It is advice learned in the trenches, in the arena, on the fields of life."
--Edward Hallowell, MD, from the Foreword, bestselling author of Driven to Distraction
“Peter Shankman is living proof that living outside the bell-shaped curve, combined with a drive to succeed, can produce amazing results.”
--Jordan D. Metzl, MD, author of The Exercise Cure
“While ADHD may be considered a ‘deficit’ to some, Shankman positions it as an attribute within the context of our immediate future. ADHD is a unique gift of creative synthesis that makes sense only inside of the complex digital networks and hyper-stimulation that now defines us.”
--Amanda Steinberg, CEO, Worth Financial and author of Worth It
About the Author
Peter Shankman is an entrepreneur, CEO, runner, skydiver, podcaster, Ironman triathlete, and a dad. He’s the founder of ShankMinds: Breakthrough, a private, online entrepreneur community with members from around the world. Peter also hosts the top-rated podcast Faster Than Normal, helping people to understand that ADD and ADHD are a gift, not a curse. He’s based in New York City. Visit FasterThanNormal.com.
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A bonus: I don’t have ADHD, but I still came away with some excellent tips on getting in shape, getting organized ... basically becoming a more productive person. And I trust Peter – he might have ADHD, but he’s someone who can write an entire book on an 18-hour flight. He has mastered focus!
Great advice to those with ADHD, those who live with people with ADHD, those who have kids with ADHD. Thank you for this book, Peter!
I can't sit still long enough to read a book, this one has my attention and I cannot put it down.
Putting words, experience, rules, and sense to what I have dealt with over my lifetime, I wish I would have found this sooner. If you, your spouse, children or family members have ADD/ADHD, you will learn what they cannot tell you about how their brains work.
Buy this book and listen to what Peter is telling you regardless if you have ADD or not. You will gain time in the day you never thought you had. Thank you Peter!
So, when I sat down with Faster Than Normal, I had my usual collection of extra books, and I pushed the others aside around the time I hit page 7 because Peter Shankman's writing style made it feel like I was having a conversation with a friend who really "gets" me rather than just a book to read to get some information. I read it straight through and plan to read it again.
I've already tried a couple of the tips in the book to increase my focus, and downloaded a couple of the apps recommended. They seem to be helpful so far, and I'm excited to pick out some more ideas to try when I re-read it.
Full disclosure: I am only 54 pages into this book, but since I immediately felt like I was being surrounded by a pack of friends in a heartfelt intervention.... I thought it was important to reach out to Peter. Here's what we said:
Apologies on the early review (only on page 42) but just gotta say that I've laughed out loud at the 2x4s that your cracking across my head right now.
I have (hate this word) LITERALLY said for years to those that are close and care enough to listen to me "it's almost like a chemical reaction".
The highs and lows of the "life" - as I will now call it - are so much easier to understand through with a technical understanding rather than the attribution of fault, I.e. not caring enough about someone you offend, forget to buy groceries for, don't support as a superior, etc.
Can't wait to finish, just need to get an RFI done first.... Nah I will keep reading."
"Love that you screwed up the email address. I've been guilty of that for the same reason more than once.
Welcome to the fight my friend! Keep in touch! And reach out anytime."
Ok so I misspelled his email address.
Pretty cool right? Feels like someone is grabbing me by the shoulders and showing me myself, possibly for the first time
I will update when I finish.... Thanks Peter!
Reading this book was as close to reading about myself. I have exhibted all the behavior's Shankman describes in this book. I've done all the impulsive things and have always had a mind that is traveling 300 miles per hour. I am also easily distracted. Just the other day, I was working on a project, got distracted and started doing something else and then got distracted from my distraction.
I have also gone through periods of hyper-focus, as Shankman describes in this book. In fact, I read this book in one sitting. Talk about hyper-focus.
Shankman offers a lot of good suggestions for dealing with ADHD in a way that takes advantage of the good things it brings. Some of his ideas, such as flying to Japan and back just to finish a book, are a bit outlandish for me but the concepts can be easily adapted. For example, instead of taking a long flight to write, I take my computer to the library and write there. I could also stay in a hotel for a night and spend the time there writing.
If you are an adult with ADHD, you should read this book. If you are in a relationship or work with someone who has ADHD, you should read this book. If you have a child with ADHD, you should read this book. Even if you don't, there are a lot of good ideas here that you can use to be more productive throughout your day.