Discovering ADD at 42, Then Learning How to Sit & Stay Happy- with Neil Cohen
It was never pointed out to Neil that he had all the tell-tale signs of ADD; not until he was 42 years old and recently separated from his then-wife. A good friend sent him an article on Adult ADHD/ADD. He soon after listened to my book on a drive to Detroit. The lightbulb switched on and he found himself overwhelmed by his recent self-discoveries. It took him a couple of years, (one on Concerta), to sort things out and fully understand that he wasn’t “broken” or alone. He soon-there-after found a community of dog trainers, discovered the joy that comes from teaching & training dogs, (and their owners), and he committed to owning a training franchise. Has been working in and growing the “Dog space” ever since! His prior pursuits and careers have been: CEO, Marketing Consultant, Chimney Sweep, a few rides during the dot-com boom, Circus Trainer & Performer, scuba diver, competitive unicyclist, world traveler, maintaining his black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and being a stay-at-home Dad! It’s a lot. We talk about his journey, his love of dogs and how he’s found a happy home. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter and Neil discuss:
1:46- Tell us about growing up!
3:48- Do you think that rebelling was a residual product of your ADD?
4:35- You switched majors how many times in college?
5:56- What were you doing in the circus?
6:31- Were you finding excitement in switching-around pursuits and jobs?
7:09- So how did you wind up with dogs?
8:30- Tell us about a routine day for you, and how does that work with your ADD?
9:48- How has hiring an assistant changed your life?
11:38- On relinquishing control and trusting an assistant
12:32- Tell us about how your ADD is a superpower to you
13:58- Tell us about the things & routines you must do in order to function each day
16:17- What do you think is a popular misconception of people with ADD/ADHD?
17:53- On being kinda ‘diagnosed’ long before there was an ADHD diagnosis
19:05- On nonconformity and finding the Middle
19:55- Talk about the best dog you’ve ever trained
21:40- Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits
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