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Faster Than Normal

Turbocharge Your Focus, Productivity, and Success with the Secrets of the ADHD Brain
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Summary

A refreshingly practical and honest guide that rewrites the script on ADHD

Peter Shankman is a busy guy - a media entrepreneur who runs several businesses, gives keynote speeches around the world, hosts a popular podcast, runs marathons and Iron Mans, is a licensed skydiver, dabbles in angel investing, and is a loving father to his young daughter.

Simply put, he always seems to have more than 24 hours in a day. How does he do it? Peter attributes his unusually high energy level and extreme productivity to his ADHD.

In Faster Than Normal, Shankman shares his hard-won insights and daily hacks for making ADHD a secret weapon for living a full and deeply satisfying life. Both inspiring and practical, the book presents life rules, best practices, and simple but powerful ways to:

  • Harness your creative energy to generate and execute your ideas
  • Direct your hyperfocus to get things done
  • Identify your pitfalls - and avoid them
  • Streamline your daily routine to eliminate distractions
  • Use apps and other tech innovations to free up your time and energy

Filled with ingenious hacks and supportive self-care advice, this is the positive, practical book the ADHD community has long needed - and is also an invaluable handbook for anyone who's sick of feeling overwhelmed and wants to drive their faster-than-normal brain at maximum speed...without crashing.

©2017 Peter Shankman (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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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, best-selling 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)

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WOW - Waiting 35 years for this WOW.

Peter Shankman has perfectly captured the experience of what it’s like. I have never been diagnosed as having ADHD. However I found my self in tears at periods of the book because for the first time in 36 years I felt someone got it it. Realised I had not felt heard all my life.

The puzzling paradox of hyper achievement and bewildering and in explicable underachievement was perfectly explained. I found that I had cobbled together almost EXACTLY the same rules and realisations and had to introduce non-negotiableS, playing a game with myself.


If you struggle to focus and yet have produced outstanding deep focus work, if you can get on with people yet are irritated by interruptions , if you have read countless time management books and yet still find yourself out of time or if you just want to be more effective in what you do.

This book is for you.

Thank you Peter.

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Great read and tips for the ADHD mind.

I liked how it's written in a way to keep even the easily distracted me focused on it. I would recommend this book to anyone that recently got the diagnosis or wants to hear about the positive sides of ADHD. I think it's a little on the light side but it references other books to read after to get deeper into the subject. Basically, the perfect gift from a parent to give their ADHD kid, it will give them hope that things can and will be better if they focus on the pros and minimise the cons.

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The narrator was utterly annoying.

I couldn't stand to finish the book and it wasn't due to my ADD. The narrator's manner made me angry, striking me as overly smug. Personally, I wanted to punch a squirrel after listening to him. I returned the book.

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Refreshing take on ADHD

a refreshing view on adult ADHD and how to navigate the world and how to stop making excuses. Useful for anyone, but ADHDers are definitely the target audience!

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More product placements than average TV show...

Was taken aback right at the beginning as it starts with "ADHD is not a disorder"....it gets worse from there - you are told it's a gift but you need to follow strict set of rules (or rituals as it's called) to be able to do things that average person can do effortlessly. On top of all that as mentioned in the topic it has more product placements than average TV show and is all brag brag brag about expensive trips and expenses and seems to promote not only expensive but also not very eco friendly flights as a way to cope with ADHD.
If you're after genuine advice I would suggest other books. Dr Barkley ones for example.

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combination of problem and their solution

it is a great to book to listen with very few ocassion going out of tract. but will give you very much insight and solutions of different problems.

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A real eye opener

I listened to this, I realised I’m already following most of the tips, I did move my study time to straight after the gym so my dopamine is still present, then I wash and I’m home with the my family, nothing hanging over me to do later. So good, not a major thing, just affirmation I’m doing all I should.

Then, my wife listened to it, over a week later, she still comes to me and says, do you remember when... and you did this, and I thought what are you doing, and now, I get it.

I always thought I was different, I didn’t realise it was my entire experience of life that was different, why would I? This is a big piece of the puzzle, and a real boon.

Thanks Pete

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Simply Amazing! Full of great information on ADHD and what it is like to have

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Great positive spin on a so-called "disorder"

I got this (and highly recommend this) for it putting a positive slant on a "disorder" which is actually just a different/abnormal/less common - but certainly doesn't have to be a negative - way of thinking/behaving.

Full of lots of "common sense" advice that would be good for everyone, with or without ADHD.
However putting this universal good advice (plus specific tips) into context of ADHD made it more relatable and sink in a bit better.

As I am at a stage where I'm trying to sort things out with a bit more focus, listening to this on commutes home helped inspire me to be more proactive rather than fall into bad habits when arriving home tired. Again, the positive framing of the book is great, but of course it does have examples of how it will not be if one doesn't take the time to examine themselves and actively try and grow.

Main thing I learned for me personally was to use exercise to boost dopamine et. al. as a tool to help keep focus (as well as the more obvious fitness and mood). And actually bothering to start writing things down rather than leaving it all in my racing head.

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Changed my life

Has taught me how my brain works and how to manage it, whereas before I thought I was broken and less intelligent. Above all though this book has given me hope that I can achieve my goals, and now I'm glad that I have ADHD

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  • George
  • 25-07-18

Good, not great

Let me begin with what worked. There’s a section towards then end of the book where he addresses the dynamic of an ADHD brain in a relationship.

He’s describes the deep desire we have to share ourselves—and the radical spaces we can move through when we reach out to a loved one to share some good news...and they don’t answer the phone.

For the ADHD person—we call, we call again, we text, we think why aren’t they answering, they don’t care about me, it didn’t used to be like this, we used to have the best communication, this isn’t working anymore, maybe we should end our relationship, I’m going to email them now to let them know it’s over.

I found it deeply moving. It was as though someone had lifted the deepest thoughts from my mind—and I got in that moment that maybe, just maybe, I’m not totally insane.

That whole section on relationships is actually quite poignant.

There is a heavy emphasis on building lists, routines and habits. Recognizing that it’s easy to get off track and the more you set yourself up—the better your chances are of winning.

Speaking of winning I did’t know that people with ADHD were fierce competitors and often had a desire to best others. I’ve known that about myself for some time and honestly I just thought that I was a jerk.

As a whole some of the information is very helpful. There are also a number of tips/suggestions that are clearly extraneous filler.

Finally, it should be noted that the author takes every opportunity to interject his personality into the material and that can be distracting at times. While it may not be the book to change your life. It’s certainly worth a listen. If you have ADHD, you’re bound to walk away with insights and some practical things to put into your life.

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  • Duddy D
  • 20-11-17

Hit the nail on the head!!!

Wow! This book was so amazing. The material was right on point and described many of the challenges and opportunities I have faced throughout my life. What’s more it has helped me to no longer be ashamed of my GIFT, but to realize it for what it is and use it to my advantage. There’s definitely still work to do, but Peter, thanks for starting me out on the right path for my bright future.

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  • Ben S.
  • 29-03-18

Describes my life - the gift of ADHD

Loved the book and Peter's narration. Great strategies.

Stories describe my life. As I kept listening more I could relate to the stories.

I applaud Peter for turning ADHD into a gift for himself and had shared his strategies.

Some strategies I had figured out with trials and errors during life, others I test after hearing them in this book.

Once again, thanks Peter for being an inspiration and sharing strategies to help us fellow Faster Than Normal people. :)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-03-18

Will change your life, a must read!

Will change your life, a must read! My husband and I listened to it together and we are already understanding each other so much better. I can never thank you enough Peter. You truly changed our lives! Me and my Non-ADHD husband lol. He says thank you kind sir!

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  • ChrisField
  • 05-01-18

Squirrel!

Great book for anyone with a faster than normal brain! ADHD is a super power and a gift.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-10-17

Loved it!

He hit the nail on the head!!! If you have ADHD or if you have a spouse with it, then you must read this.

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  • CalmeOmi
  • 31-01-18

Best Audiobook Read - Hands Down!

Peter Shankman: Thank you! I finished this in less than 24 hours and can’t wait to relisten. Being 32 and just finding out that ADHD has been the answer to soooo many baffling questions and pains in my life has been the best thing to ever happen to me and I’ve digested countless books (actually about 6 so far :) in an attempt to figure out “what now”. My therapist has been awesome, but I needed more info - FASTER and you have given me exactly what I needed. I feel understood, self-assured and prepared to test drive this new me and I owe it to you between this book and your podcast! Keep up the amazing work! P.S. your narration is A1 - couldn’t have been more fluid and personable and the tempo was perfect for me as I usually have to speed up 1.5-2 times in other audiobooks. Thanks so much!

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  • Tyler
  • 24-11-18

Yikes. When does he stop talking about himself?

Initially, I was impressed with Peter, his story and his accomplishments. .... Then he kept talking. And talking.

22 minutes later, he's still talking about himself. At this point, it's moved from his business to how he likes skydiving, The West Wing, and how flight attendants know him as -- the laptop guy-- because he brings a laptop on the plane. As if that's something super special.

(Who doesn't bring their laptop on the plane, Peter?!)

I figure it's an introduction, so I skip the chapter.
Nope - now we're talking about his college experience and his opinions on dorm rooms. Fast forward - we're still talking about Peter.
I skip another chapter - same stuff.

I'm sure eventually he gets into the meat and potatoes of how to use ADHD to your advantage eventually, but 82 minutes of Peter talking about himself was too much for me.

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  • Sarah Canning Howroyd
  • 09-02-18

I adored this book!

I thoroughly joyed this book, as a fellow person with ADHD it read seamlessly, and I could really relate to a myriad of the stories and suggestions. I feel a renewed sense about hoping to figure out how organization. I also am looking forward to utilizing new tools such as apps and leaning more on technology to be more productive. Thank you Peter.

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  • sarah hoffman
  • 05-01-18

this was great to hear in the authors own voice!

This was much more compelling in the Author's own voice. very enjoyable and packed with useful info. I am definitely a better person having listened to it.

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