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Publisher's 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

Critic Reviews

"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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Chock full of unhelpful personal anecdotes...

... and tired jokes about how quirky it is to have ADHD. Worth a purchase if you want to know the author's top 3 social media apps (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter).

To quote the author, "One of the beauties of this book is that it's also for everyone, not just those with ADHD. Those without it, are going to learn just as much, if not more, from the tips, tricks, and hacks that I lay down here, trust me, you'll get three hours of your day back in your life, just for starters."

"So the first rule here is this: you're never allowed to say 'diagnosed with ADHD' again, because ADHD is not a negative."

And don't forget, "everything happens for a reason."

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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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loved it

loved it awesome book leaves you inspired great ideas support motivation and courage to start

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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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Best book for practical life hacks for adhd / add!

Best book for succeeding with adhd by far. Must read, then immediately reread. Bookmark almost every thing then go back and take action. Very inspiring and encouraging. A great reminder of the strengths of being faster than normal and to not feel ashamed for it and full of practical ways to offset or even nullify our inherent weaknesses. Thank you for writing this!

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Loved it

I loved that he talks as fast as I can listen! He gives meaningful and useful suggestions to utilize what makes us different and coping strategies for when we still need to fit in with "normal" people.

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Insights into some amazing people

This book was thoroughly entertaining, amazingly practical and useful, and tremendously insightful. Someone important to me IS the person he describes throughout this book.

For that person, it provided "I'm not alone", "that's me", and "I do those same things".

For me, it offered a deeper understanding and appreciation for those with "faster than normal" brains - I already greatly appreciated their drive and intensity and focus (or lack thereof) and uniqueness, but the degree of understand will help me better interact with and further appreciate them.

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Good length book

For writing a book that’s not ridiculously too long. I devoured this book in a weekend. I usually don’t finish books.

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If you have a gift or want to find it for yourself

This was a blast to listen to on Audible. It was Peter being Peter at his best. Not everyone has ADHD, but certainly many of us have different characteristics that make us process and behave the way we do. The first thing you will get out of Peter's gift is that you need to find ways to embrace your imperfections because they make you perfectly you. Faster than Normal will have you choosing to discover life hacks that save you time and unnecessary stress and decision making time. Most importantly, you will discover how you can use your gifts (either you were born with it or want to find it in Peter's book) to increase your focus and be a better you. Peter, thank you for your transparency and authenticity and for sharing the gift of your insights with us.

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  • Giles K.
  • 10-27-17

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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