Peter Shankman is a multiple-startup founder with several successful exits under his belt. He’s a best-selling author focusing on the customer economy. He can be found at www.shankman.com
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1) Self-care is a topic that needs to be discussed MORE for entrepreneurs.
2) Learning to prioritize your work is the key to getting things done.
3) ADHD is not a curse, it’s a gift. Try to look at the positive side of scenarios rather than thinking it’s going to stop you.
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[00:50] – Peter is a single dad to a wonderful 4-year old daughter
[01:06] – He was born and raised in New York City
[01:32] – He tried working for other people, but that only lasted for 3 weeks
[01:39] – In 1998, he went out to build a PR firm as an entrepreneur
[03:06] – “This is a book that is helping people”
[05:21] – If you’re an entrepreneur, you probably have some form of ADHD
- People with ADHD have a faster brain
[07:23] – The premise of self-medication is what fired Peter up to write this book
[08:31] – Peter self-medicates through exercise
[10:14] – He trained himself to understand that if he wants to be happy, these are the things that he needs to be doing
[10:47] – The last 5 minutes of Peter’s keynote speeches are dedicated to entrepreneurial self-care
[10:57] – In his 19 years of entrepreneurship, Peter has lost 3 friends to suicide
[11:11] – Sometimes entrepreneurs don’t appreciate how important stopping really is
[12:02] – Know yourself: understand how you perform at your best, and also, what it takes to get you there AND keep you there
[12:49] – The meaning behind the quote, “Get thee on an airplane or to a forest”
[13:24] – Peter works best in his own zone of deep work
[14:24] – Peter was working on this 4th book. He finished all the research in a month, and then he had 5 months to write it. When the publisher called 2 weeks before his deadline, he hadn’t written anything yet
[16:01] – Get an assistant if you can!
[20:20] – Peter realized that how his brain works fits perfectly with the entrepreneurial lifestyle; ADHD is part of the reason why he chose this lifestyle
[20:37] – People who don’t have ADHD can adopt some of things Peter does to be more productive
[22:00] – There are tiny things that actually work for you, like turning off your phone for the night
[22:41] – Peter rarely has long meetings – they’re always short!
[24:07] – Disturbances from deep work will always have residue that will stay throughout your day
[24:43] – As much as possible, Peter eliminates choices
[26:17] – ADHD is a GIFT; it is not a curse
[27:21] – It’s all about prioritizing
[28:03] – Whether you have ADHD or not, there are ways you can get where you want to go
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