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ADHD Landscape Architect Who Happily Tries Harder, Matt Raekelboom

by Faster Than Normal

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?  “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 [email protected] 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

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  1. Joey Streich

    Hey Peter My name is Joey Streich I am a 52-year-old male who found out he had ADHD when I was 25 years old when I was growing up I was exactly what Matte said on the class clown the troublemaker the fighter the kid who wouldn’t do his work because I didn’t understand what was going on and I couldn’t sit still for 15 seconds and that happened all the way until I was 25. A girlfriend who is a social worker recommended that I talk to her friend who was a psychiatrist and that’s where we found out from doing testing that I was not on the ADHD but I was severe ADHD and dyslexic I still to this day struggle with it and will not attempt to go for hire positions because I Feel that I am not worthy of those positions. So I would really love to find out more about how to cope with it. Thank you very much for your time and God bless.

  2. Christopher Teregis

    Matthew Raekelboom is a grifter. He presents an unrealistic view of what it is like to struggle with ADHD, and lacks the professional and academic understanding to approach the disorder in a helpful way. Often painting his view as one of positivity and proactivity, Matt misses the mark in his approach. In turn he does more harm than good. I would encourage anyone who is listening to this, to take his words with a grain of salt, if they aren’t going to ignore them completely. Sometimes people with the best of intentions cause the most harm. Avoid Matt Raekelboom at all costs, and stop following Journey2ADHD. This man is a fraud.


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