Nik Hobrecker of ADHDVision on Business Productivity and Well-Being
Nik’s Social Media Channel ADHDVision is a global movement aimed at improving well-being, productivity and overall life quality for people with attention deficit disorder (ADHD). With over 150 Million views in just under 2 years Nik has rapidly created a community of over 1.8 million people who follow him and are inspired by his work to live their BEST life with their brain. He is currently running an international inner circle of ADHD business owners and is on a mission to make the knowledge around creating and thriving as a business owner with ADHD more accessible. Enjoy!
In this episode Peter and Nik Hobrecker discuss:
00:40 – Thank you so much for listening and for subscribing!
00:47 – Intro and welcome Nik Hobrecker!
01:47 – Tell us your story; when were you diagnosed?
02:41 – It all was kind of like an ‘explainer bomb’
03:30 – You live in an especially beautiful part of Thailand. How do you stay productive? Ref: Faster Than Normal book
05:00 – On rejection sensitivity and living in a ‘vacation destination’.
06:30 – What have you been learning from your new Mastermind group; how best to lead?
08:14 – How many people do you have in your group?
08:45 – What are some of the things you’ve learned by running this group?
09:49 – What would you tell an entrepreneur who’s just been diagnosed; next steps, etc?
14:40 – How can people find more about you?
This was great- thank you Nik!!
11:37 – Drumroll please: I have a new book coming out mid-February! The title is….
12:21 – Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits.
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TRANSCRIPT via Descript and then corrected.. somewhat:
[00:00:39] Peter: Hello everyone. Good morning and welcome to another episode of Faster Than Normal. My name is Peter Shankman. I wanna say how many words I could say all in one breath. Good to have you guys. It is a pleasure to see you all again. Talk to you all again. It is wonderful to be back, pretty much back weekly. Now we have a bunch of episodes in the can, so things are good. Let’s take a trip today.
Let’s take a trip. All the way over to Asia, into Thailand, where we’re gonna meet up with Nick Hobrecker. Nick has a really cool backstory and I’ll let him tell you, but all what all you need to know is he runs a social media channel called A D H D Vision with over 150 million views. Atta aimed at improving wellbeing, productivity, overall life quality for people with A D H D. Sounds like someone you know. He’s created a community of over 1.8 million people who follow him and are inspired by his work to live their best life with their brain. He’s running an international circle of ADHD business owners again. Sounds like someone you know. Nick, welcome to the podcast. Good to have you,
[00:01:35] Nik: Peter. Lovely to be here. Thank you for having me, my friend.
[00:01:38] Peter: It’s great to, great to have you. It’s great to find someone on the other side of the world doing the same thing. Tell us your story. How are you diagnosed? How’d you figure it out? Um, how old are you? What’s, what’s the, what’s everything? .
[00:01:48] Nik: Yeah man. So first of all, I’m from Germany, so, um, the whole notion of ADHD, uh, is still arriving there as we speak. Um, I got diagnosed in college, so quite late. I was about 21. If my memory serves me correctly, probably won’t, but about 21. And, um, I was studying entrepreneurship in college. It was my fourth, fifth semester and, you know, classical story, mind blown. My whole life has explained itself to me all in a flash. And that’s when I started creating content. I was active on YouTube way before then, you know, I was making funny videos on some random games. You know, Roone Scape League of Legends was always a passion of mine. And then I found a way to channel that passion into something helpful for people, which, um, you know, has now gained me that, uh, the amount of followers and, and the views that, that you just mentioned. I’m very grateful for it. I’m really, really happy to be able to reach the people that I do. And, um, Yeah. It’s just, you know, showing people what my journey has been and trying my best to, to educate, uh, them so they don’t have to say, have the same mistakes and go through the same struggles that I did.
[00:02:51] Peter: Yeah, it is, it is a wake up call when you figure out exactly what’s going on and how you can use that to your advantage, isn’t it?
[00:03:00] Nik: It is, it’s, it’s huge. Um, you know, I keep going back to the same thing, saying the same thing, but it always, for me it’s just, it’s like an explainer bomb, right? All of a sudden, you know Exactly, um, who you are, why you do the things you do, and why you’ve been different your whole life. And, um, yeah, wanted to give that, that knowledge and that awareness to more people, because for me, it was a game changer. Ever since then, my, my life completely turned.
[00:03:27] Peter: Tell me about, uh, an average day for you. Cause right now you’re in, you’re in Poquette, Thailand, which is one of the most beautiful places in the world. It’s, it’s a favorite place of mine. I’ve been there many, many times and I don’t necessarily know how productive I’d be living in a place like Phuket Thailand. So tell us what you’re doing to, to sort of stay productive and how are, how are you surviving that?
[00:03:46] Nik: Man, let me, let me tell you, it’s . It’s a constant struggle, but, uh, there are a few routines in place, um, you know, occasional fun routines that I use to, to, uh, to stay on top of everything. So I do also wanna mention Peter, I, you know, your book Faster Than Normal helped me, um, a lot when I got diagnosed and it was actually part of my inspiration to go out and use my brain for, um, for its benefits. And, uh, what you mentioned in your book, uh, has stayed true, you know, pretty much ever since I’ve read it, which is just exercising, right, um, exercising in the morning, not just doing something for the dopamine for that reward chemical at the end, but doing something because you enjoy it. I really enjoy running. , right. Um, so every morning I try to do my run. I, I try to do my, my ab exercises. Um, I’ve got a gym just around the corner. Accessibility is everything, right? If the gym is around the corner, the motivation hurdle is a lot less steep. So that helps me. And other than that, you know what? Thailand is beautiful and the nature just also gives you that energy, right? There’s been different studies, I think, on A D H D and nature and how can I help you focus. We’ve got a beautiful garden, outback, um, and you know, sometimes it’s just great to to, to tank up the creativity that, that I need for from my videos.
[00:04:59] Peter: That’s awesome. So it’s, I mean, it’s a beautiful, there’s no question it’s a beautiful location. Um, how is it working there in an environment that, that doesn’t necessarily lend itself to work, per se? I mean, tell us what you’re doing. Like, you know, what do you do to get sort of like a dopamine hit in the middle of the day. Are you gonna go out and run on the beach or are you gonna go for a swim or, you know, tell me about that.
[00:05:18] Nik: What I like to do is just do something different to what I usually do. So it’s just novelty. Novelty for me, gives me that dopamine kick, gives me that creative spark that I need to create new and and meaningful content. So, uh, for me it’s just all about exploring this, this beautiful place. You know, we’ve, we’ve done so many different trips. I’m here with two of my very good high school friends who are also, you know, we like to call ourselves digital nomads, right? So we travel the world don’t really have one specific place that we stay. And we just like to explore this, this beautiful island. I mean, you yourself, I think you’ve been here, Peter, right? It’s, it’s beautiful. You have um, this amazing culture shock of just, by the way, people are amazingly nice here. Yeah. Which is very nice for rejection sensitivity, cuz you never get rejected. Everybody’s so nice to you, you know? Yeah. Um, on the one hand, on the other hand, you’ve got these, these beautiful beaches, these um, these amazing, I mean, we went to this huge statue of like a big Buddha. Um, it was a bit of a steep climb, but we went up there and inside this Buddha, they were actually meditating. Meditation has been a huge remedy for me and my A D H D right? Mindfulness. Um, and even though it’s a struggle, um, sitting there in a big Buddha meditating with monks, I never knew I had a bucket list until that. You know what I mean? So that was, that was crazy.
[00:06:33] Peter: That’s very cool. Tell me about, um, let’s, let’s flip gears a little bit to the business side of things. Tell me about what you’re doing in terms of, so you run a mastermind or, or a, a group. Yeah. Um, all focused, adhd. Are people coming to you with, are you finding that people coming to you from an ADHD standpoint with all the same problems? Um, you know, the lack of focus, the ability is everything different?
[00:06:52] Nik: I mean, look, this mastermind that I’m now creating, right? We are in the very early stages. You know, it’s, um, there’s a lot of things that we still need to get right, but um, it’s an experiment and we’re testing things out, um, to see what’s gonna give everybody the most value in the long term. Um, and what I’ve found, and the reason for creating this mastermind for ADHD Entrepreneurs in the first place is, you know, A D H D is often put on a pedestal when it comes to entrepreneurship, which it should be. We are great entrepreneurs, right? Five times more likely to start a business, et cetera. But, um, you know, we really talk about the struggles that do come with owning a business and having a D H D, right? Perfectionism, uh, decision paralysis, imposter syndrome. , all these different things that, that mass up into this, uh, big, you know, ball of, well, what the hell do I do now? Right? And that’s where the inception of the group came from to have a support system. Right? One family that supports one another that gets one another, right? I think as business owners, Peter, you’re probably gonna relate to this, is just as ADHD business owners, we often don’t feel like the other people get it. You. 95% of people usually don’t. And having a circle of like-minded people who get each other, um, and who can network with each other all at the same time, um, so far has been proving incredibly valuable.
[00:08:14] Peter: Awesome. Uh, how many people do you have in the group?
[00:08:16] Nik: Right now? We’ve got 13. I wanna keep it really small because this is, you know, we’re starting out. It’s, it’s an experiment. I wanna get everybody’s feedback. I wanna make this the most kick ass group. Um, there, there is. And, um, you know, to do that, uh, we gotta dig down in the trenches and I wanna, you know, I’ve got feedback calls lined up with everybody. Um, and it’s more like that we’re creating this group together rather than just me, you know, spearheading it.
[00:08:38] Peter: Yep. That’s awesome. That’s awesome. What, what have you learned, um, about yourself from running a group like that? Because, I mean, I know that when I ran, when I run mine, one of the things I learned consistently, consistently, consistently over and over again is that I’m, that any problem I think I can have, right? Any problem I think that I, I’m probably the only person in the world that has this, there’s no one else with, is not everyone has the same issues. Um, we just don’t talk about ’em a lot. Right. So when you get into a group and you start doing that, it changes everything. So what are some of the things that you’ve learned?
[00:09:04] Nik: I mean, yeah, it’s just, it’s just exactly what you said. So I’m, I’m very fortunate to be in the position of being, um, you know, a bystander to listen to these amazing, vulnerable stories that do get shared. Um, and, you know, these are all very successful business owners that we have in this group. And you know what a lot of them talk about is, you know, problems like not really being understood, right. Wanting to people please everybody, even though it’s your business. And, you know, certain things like that where you just, you. And you’re like, damn, that’s been, that’s exactly been my experience. I just haven’t been able to verbalize it. And just hearing that from people feeling at home is, I mean, I don’t think there’s any, um, any higher value than, than that.
[00:09:48] Peter: Yeah, no question about it. What would you tell an entrepreneur who’s just gotten diagnosed and who has all these questions and, and, and really doesn’t know what the next step is?
[00:09:58] Nik: Well, um, it’s a great question. I don’t think I can answer that in like one or two sentences, but the first thing that I would wanna tell them is that you’ve got a unique set of strengths that work for you, and you should use those strengths, get better at those strengths, right? Build your strengths, but. Try to outsource your weaknesses rather than like, try your best and like force yourself like, oh, I really have to do these financial, uh, statements right now. Like, no, get a virtual assistant for that. Right? You know, like there are certain things that your brain is just not meant to be doing. If you are an entrepreneur, of course, if you don’t have the money, you’re gonna have to stick through it. But, you know, virtual assistants are quite affordable nowadays, especially online. I know. Oh, totally. Um, I’m sure Peter, I don’t know if, if you have, uh, I mean, how many virtual assistants do you have? Do you have one , two?
[00:10:44] Peter: I’ve, I’ve been fortunate. I’ve had the same assistant going on 15 years now. And she was originally, she originally started with me and then she moved, uh, went and got married. Uh, so she lives in Massachusetts now, but still works for me. Wow.
[00:10:54] Nik: Well, fif 15 years. That is, um, that is awesome.
[00:10:56] Peter: She saved my life. She saves my life on a, on a regular basis.
[00:10:59] Nik: Yeah. Yeah, I hear that. I hear that. I’ve got one now. You know, we’ve been together, been together. Sounds, sounds odd, but you know, it’s been 3, 4, 5 months. Um, and, um, yeah, she’s, she’s also been a lifesaver. So, I mean, but to get back to your question, that’s what I would say. Focus on your strengths, outsource your weaknesses.
[00:11:14] Peter: Awesome. I love it. Guys, thank you so much for listening. I really, Nick, thank you so much for taking the time. How can people find you?
[00:11:21] Nik: Um, just at ADHDVision on Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, you’ll find me. Um, I’ll be very happy to, uh, share some content with you.
[00:11:31] Peter: I love it guys. Check Nik out. And as always, if you like what you hear, leave us a note. And I told you some good news last week. I’m gonna repeat it again this week. There is a children’s book coming out and I can share the name with you now. It is called The Boy with the Faster Brain. And it is, you know, the first question I get every time I say that first question is, oh, is it autobiography? Well, yeah, kind of. But I think you’re gonna like it. I think you’re gonna enjoy reading it, and it should be coming out mid-February, so I will have a lot more info on that soon. It is gonna be for your kids, anywhere from ages 8 to. 14. It’s gonna be a lot of fun, so stay tuned for that. As always, thank you for listening. Thanks to our guest. If you know a guest you think should be on as cool as Nik, shoot us a note, [email protected] or at Peter Shankman, all the socials or @ FasterNormal . We will see you guys next week. As always, thank you for listening. Stay strong. Bye. We’ll see you next week.
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