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

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  284 ratings  ·  38 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
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Tarcherperigee
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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
HEATHER
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
Vickie Wang
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
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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.
Brendabor
Dec 01, 2017 rated it liked it
A lot of stating the obvious but love the message
Natalie
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
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
Annie
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
abnv
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
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
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
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
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
Gretchen
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
Andrew
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
AmoRead
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
Christine
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.
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.
Mike Pineda
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book !

Could of been longer, however nonetheless great book to read again. Author was on point with everything said no fluff at all just pure education on people who have AHD and methods to use to use it to its advantage.
Kristian Norling
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good book with advice for those who have ADHD or live with someone who has. Rules, triggers and tools - have been using all of them for years before reading this book - so fully recognise the usefulness of the advice provided in the book! Most important for me is to eliminate triggers and choices.
Catherine Lueckenotte
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Peter Shankman has written a valuable and entertaining tool for the shiny mind that's ready to get it together. Thank God for people who see our differences from a positive light rather than simply trying to "fix" things.
Mark
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have read a lot of books on ADD/ADHD, and I find this book to be an especially comprehensive collection of reliable information on the conditions. Very helpful if you or someone you know/love has either condition. Recommended!
Sonja Kasky
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adhd
This is an amazing book for reframing your views on ahdh/add in a more positive light- if you or someone you love has adhd, read this book. I would have given 5 stars, but the constant references to the author's podcast were more than a bit obnoxious.
Mister
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book, I wish I'd read it 20 years ago. Would have helped me understand what I was going through
Jenny Shears
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I read this to get some perspective on my daughter, but there's some good tips for everyone. Certainly could be a shorter book, like most in this genre.
Ian
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Easy and extremely informative read

Fun and antidotal with several actions items anyone can implement to have measurable results. Give it go you have nothing to loose!
Michelevisagie
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Honestly one of the most helpful things I’ve read on how to successfully navigate and channel ADHD. So helpful.
Rose Anderson
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Easy to read guidebook for ADHD. The author views it as an asset, not a deficit. Very empowering. He shares the coping strategies that have worked so successfully for him.
Göran Svensson
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone!
Fun to read!
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