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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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Essential.

Have you ever experienced true magic? Try having someone describe your life and interactions with your partner almost exactly as you experienced them pumped straight into your ears. I feel exposed yet comforted and understood. Thank you Peter for a wonderful and insightful kick in the pants. For anyone on the fence about buying this book, if the only result you get from it is having a clean desk then that is worth the price of admission alone.

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The best part of this book...

The best part of this book...
... I could listen at 1x speed instead of 2x 😂👏🏻

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great tips on being productive with ADHD

Great book similar to the podcasts. love how they called out squirrel when there was a change of topic. Listened to this for productivity tips and great to show that something that might be seen as a disability can be harnesses as a strength.

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experiences of writer are good to compare to one's self and validate experience of having ADHD, tools and hacks could be better and more concise

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A great insight into ADHD

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. Can’t wait for the next edition. Just hope their are more Peter Shankman’s out there so willing to help others and share what works for them

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Must read for anyone with ADHD

Living with ADHD, this is an awesome listen. A bit more casual and relaxed for our brains..i hyperfocuses and finished it in less then a day.

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Great book!

Great book that has helped me realise that ADHD is a gift. Thank you appreciated!

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  • 24-06-2020

worth my time, very impressed the depth and ideas

great ideas and tools with great concepts and ideas to help improve your life Style

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highly recommended

Very good delivery, interesting content, relevant and delivered well. Highly recommend this to adult ASHD-ers or parents of child ADHD-ers!

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we aren't baddies, but not necessarily goodies

my only criticism (and it might be a strange one, considering the positive frame the book is meant to be in) is that it shone a light on people with ADHD as all good folk. It is true that a lot of us thrive in the industries such as the sciences and just want to "help out" etc, but there are those with ADHD that have commorbid issues, such as conduct disorder that may or may not be in prison. I kind of cringed when Peter said "we never mean to do the bad thing" because of this. I guess my main point is just that you should judge people case by case as always. Besides that mostly enjoyable and relatable.

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  • George
  • 25-07-2018

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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  • Sammy
  • 29-07-2020

Laughable in a pandemic

This guys advice includes taking flights to Singapore and hiring staff and assistants to manage the difficult parts of your life. Hilarious to listen to in COVID times, but that advice isn't doable or sustainable for most people in the best of times.
There are some useful insights, but 0% perspective on people with ADHD who aren't wealthy white men.

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  • Duddy D
  • 20-11-2017

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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  • Tyler
  • 24-11-2018

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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  • Ben S.
  • 29-03-2018

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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  • ChrisField
  • 05-01-2018

Squirrel!

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

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  • David
  • 06-11-2020

different then any other book about ADHD

many years with therapy & goimg to school, I had therapist & teachers telling me that I had ADHD but I refused to believe them, I guess because ADHD HAD a made rap, plus every time I tell love one, they would actually laugh at me & say its fake.
then life got really hard, I couldn't work, I was under crippling anxiety & so my therapist strongly recommended for me to see a Psychologist/neurologist, so I did & it was the best thing I had done!
I didn't mention ADHD, I just said I taking crippling anxiety attacks, & I couldn't sleep. for 2 months he just gave me oral tests & he even ask if its ok to take a brain scan, that he is paying for it, yes weird but he was so Fascinating it was like sitting in a classroom that you're so intrested you're sitting at the edge of your seat, & couldn't wait to go back to see what happens next.
come to found out he was a very well respected Neurologist, now at 91 yrs old, couldn't see himself retiring & stayed on as an Consultant to other languages I was told the best looked up to him.
I also found out was I only was his only patient, because he was really in the study of ADHD & he said he put me through every test & I yes I definitely had it, he showed me my scan, where you can see a small difference, compared to a normal scan, he told me that yes ADHD. had a bad rap but in the last 10 years they are founding so much more & as little as five, there has been more information. he explained to me in great detail, ADHD IS.
Even when it came to the medication, he explained in great detail, he even sent me to a pharmacy that he said that they will treat you with respect because yes I will run into Discrimination due to Ignorants of the subject of ADHD , that wil have to deal with.
THIS MAN SAVED MY LIFE! of course I believed him. but unfortunately a couple months afterwards, his son passed suddenly & he gave up his Practice, he called me & said to me, I am sorry that I will not see your Journey, please continue therapy & dont give up, I know you will have a wonderful life.
ok, the reason I told you this story ls because yes I am doing better, but the Psychologist I am seeing now I am thinking is not the right match for me & its not good when I know more about ADHD then she does, so in a process of seeking another one & also I still have the problem of my husband & my mom not taking it seriously, if I ask them to do simple thing like write down reminders for me when they want me to do something for them, & they say no, you dont need it, I almost told a friend & said the doctor said I have ADHD, & she laughed, she ya sure so did he prescribed the good stuff, I was so embarrassed, I told her no, & said he doesn't know what he is talking about, at first when I was told I had ADHD, I was actually relieved, thinking at least now I will know what to do, but it turned in quickly into depression & sadness that I had to have the one thing thaf every ome thinks joke & on top of that my Psychologist was not helping at all! something in side of me said to myself, I am alone in this, & I just cant give up, I going have to figure this out. I reviewed so many books, & I just came across the same thing every time, it was just telling me what ADHD is & I knew that already.
I came across your book, & at first not high hopes,
then your book was different! you explained living with it & tips to avoid triggers for example- which I have been asking my Psychologist for for months & she seem she didn't have a clue for months.
I already took some notes down & I know I will be goimg back to the book, for more suggestions & help.
thank you, with much appreciation, I was feeling a little down & confused & you helped alot. (never wrote a review like this before😃)


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  • BC
  • 10-03-2018

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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  • CalmeOmi
  • 31-01-2018

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-10-2017

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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  • 29-05-2018

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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  • Artur
  • 04-10-2019

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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  • Beej
  • 14-08-2018

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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  • Giles K.
  • 27-10-2017

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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  • Paul Smith
  • 21-09-2020

Inspiring at a very worrying time for me

Really encouraging at a time that's overwhelming and frustrating, many thanks for the guidance,
Mark

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  • Murungu
  • 21-05-2019

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-03-2019

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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  • jake
  • 19-06-2021

a must read for anyone with adhd

After recently getting diagnosed with adhd and struggling for years with the way my brain works,
this book has helped me start organising my brain so I can use it, thank you so much for writing this book

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  • Amy Denro
  • 17-06-2021

Brilliant!

Recommended to everyone with ADHD.
Honestly, this is the first audiobook I’ve managed to finish in around 4 years.
I listened to it on 2x speed (I’m faster than normal) and still heard and felt every word (quality narration).

I’ll be re-listening regularly. Thank you Peter Shankman 💥

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  • RICHARD D.
  • 14-06-2021

Engaging and on Target

2nd time through and unlikely to be the last. Full of insight that may only be truely appreciated by listeners with similar gifts.

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