Are you or your child short on attention, thinking at a million miles an hour, or taking simple things to the extreme?
The diagnosis may be attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, commonly known as ADHD, a condition medical science considers a brain disorder that interferes with functioning or development.
But that may be a good thing, according to father, author and entrepreneur Peter Shankman.
Shankman, who first gained fame for starting the Help A Reporter Out (HARO) service for journalists, discusses how he manages and uses this condition he was diagnosed with as an adult to his advantage in his new book, Faster Than Normal: Turbocharge Your Focus, Productivity, and Success With the Secrets of the ADHD Mind. On the Modern Dads Podcast and in the book, he also talks about how all people can improve their productivity and effectiveness from these processes that make his brain run on overdrive.
Shankman, 45, a New York resident, is recognized for his radical thinking about social media, public relations, marketing, advertising and customer service. His media clients have included American Express, Sprint, The US Department of Defense, Royal Bank of Canada, Snapple Beverage Group, NASA, Walt Disney World and many others.
He is also the founder of ShankMinds: Breakthrough, an online community of business professionals from around the world who come together to give and get advice.
Shankman has written four other books on customer service, public relations and management, and is a frequent keynote speaker and workshop presenter at conferences and tradeshows worldwide.
Later on the podcast, City Dads Group columnist Whit Honea talks about what happened when he stopped worrying and embraced his son’s individuality.