Peter Shankman on Replacing ‘Have to’ With ‘Get To’

This episode is sponsored by altMBA.

Our brains seem to run at one of two opposite speeds: the achingly slow “afternoon brain” and the 8-mph, “I can’t keep up with my ideas” brain. Sound familiar? Peter Shankman, host of the podcast Faster Than Normal and author of a book of the same name, says it’s all about learning to harness and manipulate both brain speeds. Dive into this interview with’s Shleby Skrhak and Shankman as they talk through the stigmas surrounding ADD and ADHD, plus learn the best tactics for controlling your moments of genius.

This interview appears on the SUCCESS Talks Collection, available in the September 2017 edition of SUCCESS magazine.

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  • Many successful leaders and entrepreneurs have battled with ADHD and ADD. Learn how they harness their zones of focus to achieve incredible results.
  • Listen to hear Shankman’s best practices for avoiding distractions and getting things done quickly and efficiently.
  • Part of managing your own moments of genius comes with knowing yourself and your tendencies. Shankman often sleeps in his gym clothes to ensure he sticks to his fitness goals. What could you do to streamline your day?
  • Changing your mindset means not considering the gym a punishment, but an opportunity to be healthier, lose a little weight and de-stress. Shankman says your ability to frame your to-do’s can drastically change your output.

Favorite quote from this episode:

“If we spent one-quarter of the time that we do complaining about things actually putting them into action, our lives would be so much easier.”

—Peter Shankman

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Journalist, podcaster and southpaw Shelby Skrhak is the former director of digital content and social media for Before joining SUCCESS magazine, Shelby launched the weekly suburban newspaper Plano Insider, and covered topics ranging from cops and courts to transportation and fashion. Her handwriting should be a font.

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