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Faster Than Normal: Turbocharge Your Focus, Productivity, and Success with the Secrets of the ADHD Brain

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  524 ratings  ·  60 reviews
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 loving father to his young daughter.
Simply put, he always seem
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Tarcherperigee
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Felix Geisendörfer
Dec 23, 2018 rated it liked it
The book certainly contains some advise useful for anybody interested in increasing their focus and productivity. However, seemingly 50% of the book are dedicated to the author bragging about his $30k speaking fees, and flying business class around the world where he writes bestselling books in less than 36h. He also frequently contradicts himself, e.g. saying you should imagine success (that's why coaches give "pep talks" not "defeat talks") only to talk about visualizing failure ("playing the ...more
Emma Sea
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Some of this I didn't want to hear, but I needed to hear.

I can't drink casually. It's a huge trigger for me. I tell myself I'm going to have a glass of wine and read but I end up having three glasses of wine and binging on YouTube videos I don't even want to watch. Then I feel like crap in the morning and lose productivity.

Shankman narrates his own book, and he is very engaging. Recommended (even though he spruiks his course)
Ms. Just One More Book  (Kris Miller)
Peter Shankman does something rare in his speaking about the diagnosis of ADHD, and that is that ADHD is not diagnosis at all. A diagnosis of something is to say that is it is a disease of some sort. ADHD is not a disease, but a gift. It's learning to tap into that gift, that can often be difficult. In FASTER THAN NORMAL: Turbocharge Your Focus, Productivity, and Success with the Secrets of the ADHD Brain, Peter takes you step-by-step through the process of finding your hidden potential. Persona ...more
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2017
Folks who've devoted time and effort to self-improvement wouldn't be surprised by Peter Shankman's tips and tricks. But having that set of tools handed to you by someone who shares your brain wiring is pretty awesome. For me, the feeling of "someone gets it!" while reading the book beats all the life hacks. Plus, he's funny.

In the last section of the book, he also incorporated some insights from others, one from his ex and one from the ADHD PhD., adding some female perspectives which I really a
Sep 30, 2017 rated it liked it
It's an easy read. In the The Forward and Introductory chapters I learnt about Peter Shankman's life as a young adult and his business success. Without this, I may not have ventured further. Peter may have ADHD but he definitely seems to also be of above-average intelligence similar to many of the CEO's and Notables who are friends/colleagues who he claims also suffer from this condition. It seemed unlikely that without that level of intelligence he would have been able to achieve such early suc ...more
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is first time I've read that deficiency in dopamine as a possible contributor to ADHD. It makes sense why many people with ADHD exercise in the morning before starting their work day. The physical activity releases chemicals like serotonin, endorphins, and dopamine, which then allows them to focus. The author, like many people, intuitively have found ways to handle the downsides of ADHD but kept the upsides (like ability to hyperfocus on a topic/task for hours and faster, creative thinking) ...more
Dec 01, 2017 rated it liked it
A lot of stating the obvious but love the message
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was interested in learning about time management strategies for people with ADD/ADHD, as I've heard that people with these disorders often have issues with effectively and efficiently managing their time. I've never been tested for ADD/ADHD but probably have a bit of it, at least when it comes to time management!

I liked the conversational tone of this book, and it was easy to get through and contained some helpful advice. Some of Shankman's strategies are not super useful for the average pers
Scott Wozniak
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I spent twenty years figuring out what this book lays out in one package. I have some thoughts I'd add to the later section of the book, but in general I wish I could have learned all this a long time ago. It's good insights for anyone and especially good for those whose brains have the unique advantages & disadvantages of the ADHD. ...more
Andrew Brady
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Difficult read. Seem to say if you have ADHD and you can stay focused on your goals you'll be amazing.
Patience Allergy
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
I wasn't expecting this book to be so good. The author is super charismatic, and at times the text is superfluously wordy, BUT, it's still good! Even when you know you're being marketed to! There is USEFUL information & relatable humor in here. If you're trying to be more productive, ADHD or not, diagnosed or not, it's a good place to start. ...more
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This is the first book I have read on ADHD and it was amazing! When my daughter was going to counseling for anxiety, her counselor suggested she had ADHD. As we talked about things, I wondered if I had it because my daughter is very similar to me. While reading this there were so many "yes!" moments. Where I thought, this is describing ME. A lot of things that weren't 'normal' for me as a kid or as an adult is because of my ADHD. And this is why I feel so much better and more productive when I r ...more
Jan 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
If you’re an adult with ADHD struggling with your career...

Look elsewhere.

The sum total of the advice in this book is:
- have you tried DIET and EXERCISE???
- be a charismatic white man with a public speaking career that allows you to fly to Tokyo and back on a whim
- get a wife, rent one if you need to
- have no hobbies or interests whatsoever that aren’t your career and use every idle moment to work
- have you considered that instead of being LATE to things, you could just be EARLY???
- you should j
Katie Lebarron
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
I really enjoyed this book, and I think it was largely because as I read the book, I kept thinking, 'Yep, that's me.' All the things that I have thought were horrible quarks that I have, turn out to largely be based in the ADHD brain. The book was full of good suggestions as to coping with ADHD and making the most out of the way that an ADHD brain works. If anything, I would suggest that any person with or suspecting they have ADHD read this book, to get an idea on how what they are doing is a s ...more
Vienna Bonato
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've been dealing with ADHD for as long as I can remember, and I always tried to ignore my ADHD because I wanted to be as "normal " as possible. That never stopped my very different brain from making life a little harder than it should be, especially now that I am entering an adult lifestyle. Peter Shankman's humorous, light-hearted tone made the book an easy and fast read- I finished the book in two days! The book contains a solid chunk of advice, and the book certainly helped me gain a sense o ...more
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This is a self-help book mainly written for those who have ADHD, but there are interesting things that the author goes into that can apply to those with "normal" or "slower" brains. The author, Peter Shankman, talks about the trouble he has had with his ADHD brain until he learned to harness it. That came about by eliminating choices (in his closet, food choices, etc.), by reducing distractions (keeping his desk clear, etc.), and exercising before big meetings or speeches to give him the focus h ...more
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you or someone you know has ADHD, you probably know how difficult it can be sometimes to exist or to be with that person. As someone with ADHD, I've experienced many of the stories discussed in this book, and while I haven't yet been able to put many of its pieces of advice into action, I have a strong feeling it'll help me tremendously.

I'm in public school, and the nature of that is not one that accommodates people who, as this book puts it, "faster than normal." It's difficult to focus in a
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t know whether I really have ADHD or not but reading this book gave me so many examples of my own life. And even if I might have had ADHD, this book continues to state that ADHD is not a disorder. Rather, ADHD is a superpower which can be utilized to maximize one’s output. The best part of this book is that the suggestions, tricks, and tips given in this book would work for anyone who wants to be optimal at their game, ADHD or not. I would pause here and state that if someone really has AD ...more
Sarah Christianson
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
Faster Than Normal by Peter Shankman is a very worthwhile read for both those with ADHD and those who do not. Shankman gives us a peek into the ADHD mind and helps us better understand why they act the way they do. I found myself relating to Shankman and I'm sure many other people do as well. Shankman references a few sites and apps that helped him stay organized and focused that I may start using as well. I appreciate that Shankman drew attention to ADHD affecting people differently, some may n ...more
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone with ADHD or their loved ones
Shelves: selfhelp
Peter Shankman is an absolute lunatic. This book is the literary equivalent of being in a Formula One car - you can feel the intensity in his prose and the intensity of how he lives his life blazes forth from the pages. At time, the book feels a bit bloated and sometimes feels like an infomercial about his favorite products that help him with ADHD.

HOWEVER, unlike a lot of self-help books, this book was extremely genuine and you could tell it came from someone with experience with ADHD. I recogn
Michael Gabriel Raphael
I’m glad to have come across this book as it has offered some tips to improve my productivity. Moreover, its dialogue of ADHD is pretty interesting. Although I’m not tested yet, i find that I have similar symptoms of ADHD like moving fast, thinking faster than actions, occasional short term attentions etc. But perhaps it’s because I’m deaf, I tend to do different from others and work harder. But this book’s very helpful for helping me eliminate distractions like controlling my feeding on dopamin ...more
Ilya Welfeld
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ironically I read this while reading 4-5 other books but that's sort of the point. Much of it was familiar as someone who both lives some of what was described and as someone who "follows" Peter enough to have known much of the backstory and even tips. Still, there are great takeaways for everyone - especially parents. I had some issues with a few of behaviors seemingly attributed to ADHD that I wanted to argue were just rude (being mad at a late arriving date:) but the main point was ADHD is no ...more
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
A solid guide book by a guy who knows himself very well. Amid the personal stories and amateur-feel of the book are a lot of useful and practical tactics for managing ADHD as an adult. His "just do it" perspective can feel a bit preachy, especially for folks who don't have 100% control over their time and schedule (aka they have children full time). But I also appreciate solid conviction about the many advantages of the ADHD mind and the gifts that come with the challenges -- he is a terrific ch ...more
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
What can I say about Peter Shankman and his book, Faster Then Normal... Imagine you have just been diagnosed with ADHD (or someone you love has) and you want advice on tactics for productivity, time management and focus that will work when the standard advice never has. Or perhaps you already know, but feel you have so much more potential and want to know how to get there. You call/text/email (probably all 3) a successful friend who is outspoken and proud AF about his ADHD and ask to get togethe ...more
Michele Cacano
Well-organized material, yet still with that stream-of-consciousness, conversational tone. I can't stay awake on moving vehicles, especially airplanes, so we differ there, since this book was written on a round-trip flight from NYC to Tokyo, but I definitely can relate to a lot of other things.

Funny, how much I developed (trial and error) prior to my diagnosis 8 years ago... coping mechanisms, work preferences, etc. And, here, I see success again when I can say I have 90% of the author's recomm
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don’t 100% agree with everything Shankman writes in this book (I can’t remember what I disagreed with, only that I disagreed), but it was really fun to listen to (“SQUIRREL!”) and I learned some interesting facts about my ADHD. I used the “throw 90% of the crap on your desk into a box and put it away and if you haven’t touched it in a month get rid of it” tip to clean my office and felt INSTANTLY calmer and more focused.
Beth Virgil
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The best book for people with ADD/ADHD I have read. And I’ve read plenty. It is full of tips, advice, and motivation. The book puts a new and welcomed spin on ADHD as a gift, and a superpower. It has ways to harness your superpower. I felt hopeful and eager to begin to make subtle changes in my life. Peter Shankman has a great podcast called (surprise) Faster Than Normal that I recommend as well.
Alexandra Passos
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very useful if you have ADD/ADHD

I could really relate to this book. I've often been able to come up with ideas quickly and solve problems in new ways. But I've struggled with racing thoughts, getting easily distracted and organizing myself. Peter gave me insight into how to harness my advantages and reduce my challenges. I've already recommended this book to a few people I know and plan to continue doing so.
Arjun Nayak
May 24, 2020 rated it did not like it
Filled with fluff, bragging, and exaggeration. I did find one interesting thing though :

Apple test: To know if you're really hungry or just craving for some fluff ask yourself if you're hungry enough to eat an apple. But if you’re not hungry enough to eat an apple, yet hungry enough to eat a bag of nacho chips, well, that tells you that you’re not really hungry, but rather, your brain is looking for dopamine.

That's it for this book. Don't waste your time.
Don Sam
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm truly happy I decided to pick up this book and read it. It put a lot into perspective as it made me understand my own ADHD in a broader wider more beautiful picture. The struggles are real, especially if you don't understand how the author put "triggers". Once you understand the triggers to your ADHD, then you better understand how to deal with it.
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