My name is Peter Shankman, and I’ve spent the past twenty years starting, building, and selling companies, as well as writing best-selling books, speaking to corporations all over the world, making almost daily TV appearances, teaching hundreds of thousands of people how to improve their personal and professional lives, and finally, being a husband and a father. I’ve also been
diagnosed gifted with ADD/ADHD.
So what’s my secret? I’ve learned to use my ADD/ADHD as an advantage, not as a disability. I’ve come up with and implemented countless tricks, secrets, and hacks that constantly improve my day to day life, professionally, and personally. Faster Than Normal is where I’m going to share them with you.Peter Shankman
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Peter Shankman is a spectacular example of what happens when you find the best traits of ADHD and work really hard to make them benefit you.
Diagnosed at seven years old with “sit down, you’re disrupting the class” disease, Peter wasn’t formally diagnosed with ADHD until his mid-30s.
By that time, however, he’d started and sold two companies, and realized that all the differences that formerly labeled him as a troublemaker were actually his greatest assets. After Peter sold his third company, (Help a Reporter Out,) he decided to focus on really understanding this “faster brain” of his, and learning exactly what it could do. From that, the Faster Than Normal podcast and upcoming book were born.
Peter believes that everyone has gifts, potential, and abilities far beyond what society has deemed “normal,” and strives to help bring those gifts to life in as many people as he can through his podcast, books, online videos, and countless worldwide speaking appearances. He can be found at @petershankman on all of the socials, and at shankman.com, as well.
How can I help?
I love someone with ADHD.
The number one thing you can do when you love someone with ADHD is to LISTEN. Show us that you’ve really heard us. When I get into a heated discussion, whether with someone in my personal life, or even my assistant, it’s imperative that I know that they’re truly hearing me. Not just “uh-huh’ing” me, but truly hearing me. Because if I don’t feel like they’re truly hearing me, I can’t let the situation go and move onto the next point.
I'm a college kid with ADHD.
Along with tons of freedom, comes the inevitable realization that you don’t actually have to do anything you don’t want to do. No one is there forcing you, so if you want to sleep in for six days without going to class, you can. The problem though, of course, is that the things you want to do aren’t always the best choice for you in the long run. The simple answer for me, when I was in school, was to simply make a “weeklong pact” with myself. Say I wanted to get up early Wednesday and Thursday morning to study; I’d simply make a contract with myself on Sundaynight that can’t be changed until the following Sunday. In other words, I have to do what the contract says. Tell a roommate about it, or a best friend. Accountability is key. It works. It really does.
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I'm a business professional with ADHD.
Remember that your boss or coworkers’ brains don’t work as fast as yours. The most logical thing to do to guarantee that you’re not isolated, ignored, or worse, in the workplace, is to practice the art of “slowing down” before you interact with a colleague. You might have just had the most brilliant idea that’s going to make the company millions, but barging into your boss’s office to share it rarely results in a positive outcome. Instead, take a few deep breaths, jot it down on paper, refine it, then present it to your boss at a time of his or her choosing. Sure, this goes against everything our brain’s tell us to do, but in the end, it’ll make sure you’re heard by the powers that be, and not simply tolerated, or worse, removed.
I'm a business owner with ADHD.
As we move more and more into the world of neurodiversity, we need to understand as business owners that the chances are very, very high that you’ll be hiring someone with ADHD (or probably already employ someone with it.) While it might seem that they’re daydreaming, or other times they’re completely unfocused, understand that with some simple guidance and proper trajectory, those with ADHD can be your company’s most important asset. Set clear deadlines, (no deadline is the ADHD employee’s kyptonite.) Let them finish one project before dumping another on them, because they’ll work on whatever’s the newest thing. And most importantly, allow them a little time each day to “reboot, recharge, and restart.” That could be a workout at lunch, or perhaps 20 minutes of simply walking outside each day. Their brains are looking for the dopamine and adranaline they need to be at their best. Let them find it.
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I'm a teacher who works with ADHD kids.
Understand that ADHD is a misnomer in itself. ADHD kids aren’t just hyper. Rather, they’re constantly scanning for something to excite them, something that will allow their brains to make the chemicals they’re lacking, like Dopamine, Adrenaline, and Serotonin. The best thing you can do is allow your students to find that by something as simple as lettiing them stand up at the back of the room for a few minutes, or go out into the hall to do some jumping jacks. Those simple movements will trigger the brain to squirt out some of those chemicals, and push their attention right back to levels needed for studying and concentration.
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I want to be a guest on the show!
Have a great story to tell about how your ADHD has help you, or how you’ve learned to use it to your advantage? I’d love to hear it, and maybe have you as a guest on an upcoming episode of Faster Than Normal. Simply send an email to FTN@shankman.com, and tell us your story!