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July 29th, 2015

12 Entrepreneurs Wanted

I have great news for just 12 of you.

I have been in long discussions with my good friend and business-growth super consultant, Jay Abraham, about collaborating together on a monumental project to help entrepreneurs like you transform their business and personal lives.

I’m exited to announce that we’re going to be doing the first ever “beta experimental test version” of “Fixing the Chinks in Your Entrepreneurial Armor,” August 21st – 23rd in Los Angeles, CA.

We can only accommodate 12 entrepreneurial participants, because Jay and I are going to make the event ultra-collaborative.

I’m passing along to you the initial email Jay sent to his audience, which is below. Please read it.

If attending this event is something you can embrace, afford, and schedule, then I hope to see you there. But if not, I’ve provided advance notice to all of you who support my work.

Thank you,

Dr. Ned Hallowell

 

Dear Friend:

Are you constantly driven to distraction at your business?

Does writing emails, texts, and using your mobile phone dominate your time, your day? Are you stuck — often struggling to focus?

Do you really think multitasking works? Or are you getting further behind — and more out of control?

Do you get constantly get diverted, derailed from one project to another? Rarely finishing any?

Do you have a list of projects you want to do? Need to do? But never do.

Do you worry? And if so, do you worry alone in a vacuum? At night… in the car… at the office… at social affairs?

Are you always trying to be the hero to both clients and staff?

Always trying to come up with ALL the solutions and answers yourself?

Are you stuck? Overwhelmed? Always doing things without the help of others, never collaborating or cooperating with anyone else — because you can’t — or simply don’t know how?

Do you underachieve your efforts? Do you underperform your activities? Do you drop the ball or (unknowingly) limit or restrict the results your business achieves or deserves?

Is this eating away at your ambitions? Destroying your senses of accomplishment?

Are you never content?

Would you like to understand, then learn how to masterfully manage and maintain maximum focus — optimize achievements, and have a grounded balance between work and personal life?

Would you like to harness the enormous power of your mind, doubling, re-doubling, or perhaps even re-doubling again your performance, achievements, profits, and fulfillment.

What about the profound power of human connection… wouldn’t you like to better master that?

Or, how about harnessing the power of emotions to maximum ethical advantage? Or, the power of structured thinking? (Few people I meet even grasp its magnitude).

What would it be like if you were distracted no more? Laser-focused. Monumentally effective, powerfully impactful, and joyously happy?

My good friend, Dr. Edward (Ned) Hallowell is recognized – worldwide, as THE foremost expert on entrepreneurial ADD/ADHD.

He believes that today, ALL of us entrepreneurs, due to pressures and demands — and diversions, go into phases of ADD/ADHD moments throughout our business day — ALL OF US.

Ned believes entrepreneurs (like you) are gifted human beings, but also tormented human beings. Because you allow the paradoxical side of your talent and skills to pollute and take over your thinking and conduct. And he knows that THAT need not be the case for you.

But that needn’t happen anymore for 12 of you, if you join Ned and me in Los Angeles on August 21-23.

Highly-driven, high-profit entrepreneurs often have “race car minds, but bicycle brakes.” This causes you to be indiscriminate in thinking, making decisions you shouldn’t commit to. Going into actions too soon, to aggressive, causes you not to see yourself accurately, restricts your ability to grasp your business problems, potential situations, and the implications of your business and personal actions properly.

Ned and I want to help a dozen serious, high-achieving but highly distracted entrepreneurs achieve maximum balance and success in both their business and personal lives.

So we’re collaborating together — to conduct a bold, daring, experimental, 12-person-only experience in gaining and maintaining super focus, balance, business and life performance. We’re calling it FIXING THE CHINKS IN YOUR ENTREPRENEURIAL ARMOR. It’s unlike any program, seminar, or experience we’ve ever conducted.

The encounter is a “first-time-ever” collaboration between Ned Hallowell and me. It’s strictly an experimental design — only offered to outrageously driven, awesomely ambitious, fanatical goal-oriented entrepreneurs who sense the need to harness their drive, creativity, ambition and personal lives into something far more magnificent!

It’s a hands-on, highly individualized process and program that helps each hand-selected participant gain control over their out-of-balance self and leave the event in absolute control.

The unimaginable outcome of experiencing this two-and-a-half day experimental program is… multiplied personal performance, magnified business performance, monumental balanced business and personal life, magnificent accomplishment, incredible control, loss of stress and anxiety, and so much more.

Now, the rub.

Due to my schedule, it has to be conducted on August 21-23. So this is very short notice. The people who need it, the entrepreneurs who “get it”, the ones who perceive what we are offering, will change their schedules, make the time, and be there. The ones that won’t, won’t.

The cost is $5,000, and it’s not designed for anyone wishing to continue this “self-imposed” life of freneticism, frustration, fatigue, etc.

This program is designed to liberate, emancipate, motivate in the most action-based way, and eliminate all the distractions, all the conflictions, all the constraints that are keeping you from achieving the greatest business and personal life imaginable.

If you are at a business crossroads in your life and know that you can’t continue operating this way for the betterment of yourself, your life, your health, your business or your ambitions, you should probably contact Rob Colasanti at RobColasanti@abraham.com.

I apologize for the tightness of the date.

If you go here, you will see a self-diagnostic assessment, and see if it describes who, what, and where you’re at in your business and personal life.

If it does — and IF you contact Rob quickly enough — you can be one of the dozen entrepreneurs we work with at this experimental program.

Also, at the link, you’ll listen to a one-hour interview we’ve conducted with Ned that either describes your situation to a “T”, or doesn’t. Again, go here.

There, you’ll also see some video footage. Ned has been repeatedly featured on Dr. Oz, CBS, ABC, Dr. Phil, and a multitude of other programs. He has written many bestselling books you can easily find on Amazon.com.

I met him. I related to him. I am one of the people I am describing. I love his work. I love his perspective. I have never collaborated on a project this meaningful and important to me. As you can easily see by doing the math, this is not a big profit endeavor for me.

It is a first time, highly experimental “Beta” experiment he and I are doing together to refine and fortify our ability to collaborate to bring enormous and monumentally positive, transformative results in business performance and personal balance to entrepreneurs who really need it.

Because the time is brief, I am not going to try and hard-sell anyone. I only want 12 of you. It’s going to be held at a very serene, waterside harbor outside of Los Angeles. The process is highly unusual in the most positive sense. It employs short, intensive, comprehensive, accelerated and compressed learning with extensive interaction.

Ned and I are doing it together, so it promises to be a wildly fun time, because both of us have ADHD — so prepare for a wild and zany transformative experience unlike anything else you’ve ever done.

If this speaks to you, contact Rob immediately, because 12 of you will be there and the other multiple thousands won’t.

Jay

The Abraham Group

July 20th, 2015

Inventive Labs Helps Gifted, Talented People Find Their Passion

This month’s Note from Ned is not from Ned, but from my dear friend Rick Fiery, who is a pioneer in helping young people with ADHD, whom he names “Inventives.”  I’d like to see ADHD renamed Inventive, wouldn’t you?

His institute, which he describes, is heaven on earth for people who can’t do college but who have lots of talent and ambition.  I urge you to check it out, Inventive Labs.  I also urge you to go to their Kickstarter page and view the projects Rick’s amazing Inventives are developing.
Thanks!
Ned

Necessary Brilliance

Society is at a crossroads. College is becoming more expensive and more selective every year, while the pool of applicants continues to grow. Test scores required to get into respected colleges have skyrocketed, as have the requirements to demonstrate an effort to save the world by the time you are 17. And, if you struggle with reading, writing or mathematical skills because of ADHD and/or dyslexia, making it through college is even harder. Our society has become hyper-focused on attaining a college degree, leaving many people who learn differently on the outside looking in.

Now, let’s talk about the workplace. Prior to online job boards, you could show up at a company with your resume and possibly get an audience. Today’s world is different. HR systems weed out resumes using algorithms that search for keywords. Guess what the number one keyword is? You guessed it – college degree. If you have a learning difference and were unable to complete the degree, it is likely your resume won’t even get looked at. You may have been the one who did save the world and most companies would never know.

So this is where society faces its challenge. People with ADHD have a difficult time completing the standard college regime; it is not built for them. As Dr. Hallowell has explained, it is for people with attention-surplus disorder. Consequently, some of our most brilliant and creative thinkers in this world are being put in the penalty box because of the box they cannot tick – college degree.   As I am sure many readers of this newsletter are aware, there are many famous entrepreneurs, entertainers, sports heroes, etc. who are ADHD and/or dyslexic. Some of them did not finish college. At an event at our research center, Dr. Hallowell gave a fantastic presentation describing these types of people and their struggles. (You can view it here on our YouTube channel.) These struggles are not necessary.

Our view is that society is sidelining what we call “necessary brilliance”. Necessary brilliance is embodied by the intellect, creativity and contributions that people with learning differences can provide to the world if they are given the opportunity to do so. Right now, they are not being given that opportunity. Look around at all the bright young people who are living back home with their parents. Some of them were valedictorians, leads in the high school play, class presidents or star athletes who now consider themselves failures. They are not. They just need to find a different path to success.

At InventiveLabs, it is our mission to change this paradigm. Instead of asking people with ADHD to change their behavior to meet society’s expectations and blend in, we are providing a platform for them to prove their worth by demonstrating their brilliance. InventiveLabs is a place for people who learn differently to explore their passions and figure out a way to become successful doing what they love in an environment of acceptance. Tom Bergeron and I have experience with creating and growing businesses over the last 20 years. We, along with a community of successful businesspeople, guide them to their end goal: starting a company, joining a company that fulfills their passion or actually re-entering the right college once they know what they want to do with their lives. Whatever their passion is, we support them. We even have highly successful angel investors, some of whom are likely ADHD themselves (imagine that!), ready to invest in good ideas coming out of the lab.

Our current team of Inventives (our attendees) are working on things such as a fictional novel, a new beachwear business, a new retail store, temporary covers for outdoor equipment, kitchen accessories, and apps for mobile devices. To give you some perspective on the types of people we attract, one of our Inventives played netball for the Australian National Team. Another was integral to the growth of a major YouTube channel for Minecraft. Another is the great grandson of Igor Sikorsky (of helicopter fame). Not one of them has completed college, but they have a lot to offer to the world!

Our Inventives are launching some new products on the Kickstarter crowdsourcing website. They have worked hard on creating their prototypes and are offering them for sale on the website. Pre-buying their products on Kickstarter will help them launch their first business if there is enough interest in their idea. It will also help InventiveLabs as we work to raise awareness and prove that our Inventives deserve to be noticed, and should not be stuck in menial jobs where they cannot contribute to the betterment of society. Help us demonstrate their necessary brilliance!

Click here to take a look at their Kickstarter pages or visit our website at www.inventivelabs.org.

Warm regards,

Rick Fiery

July 20th, 2015

Inventive Labs Helps Gifted, Talented People Find Their Passion

This month’s Note from Ned is not from Ned, but from my dear friend Rick Fiery, who is a pioneer in helping young people with ADHD, whom he names “Inventives.”  I’d like to see ADHD renamed Inventive, wouldn’t you?

His institute, which he describes, is heaven on earth for people who can’t do college but who have lots of talent and ambition.  I urge you to check it out, Inventive Labs.  I also urge you to go to their Kickstarter page and view the projects Rick’s amazing Inventives are developing.
Thanks!
Ned

Necessary Brilliance

Society is at a crossroads. College is becoming more expensive and more selective every year, while the pool of applicants continues to grow. Test scores required to get into respected colleges have skyrocketed, as have the requirements to demonstrate an effort to save the world by the time you are 17. And, if you struggle with reading, writing or mathematical skills because of ADHD and/or dyslexia, making it through college is even harder. Our society has become hyper-focused on attaining a college degree, leaving many people who learn differently on the outside looking in.

Now, let’s talk about the workplace. Prior to online job boards, you could show up at a company with your resume and possibly get an audience. Today’s world is different. HR systems weed out resumes using algorithms that search for keywords. Guess what the number one keyword is? You guessed it – college degree. If you have a learning difference and were unable to complete the degree, it is likely your resume won’t even get looked at. You may have been the one who did save the world and most companies would never know.

So this is where society faces its challenge. People with ADHD have a difficult time completing the standard college regime; it is not built for them. As Dr. Hallowell has explained, it is for people with attention-surplus disorder. Consequently, some of our most brilliant and creative thinkers in this world are being put in the penalty box because of the box they cannot tick – college degree.   As I am sure many readers of this newsletter are aware, there are many famous entrepreneurs, entertainers, sports heroes, etc. who are ADHD and/or dyslexic. Some of them did not finish college. At an event at our research center, Dr. Hallowell gave a fantastic presentation describing these types of people and their struggles. (You can view it here on our YouTube channel.) These struggles are not necessary.

Our view is that society is sidelining what we call “necessary brilliance”. Necessary brilliance is embodied by the intellect, creativity and contributions that people with learning differences can provide to the world if they are given the opportunity to do so. Right now, they are not being given that opportunity. Look around at all the bright young people who are living back home with their parents. Some of them were valedictorians, leads in the high school play, class presidents or star athletes who now consider themselves failures. They are not. They just need to find a different path to success.

At InventiveLabs, it is our mission to change this paradigm. Instead of asking people with ADHD to change their behavior to meet society’s expectations and blend in, we are providing a platform for them to prove their worth by demonstrating their brilliance. InventiveLabs is a place for people who learn differently to explore their passions and figure out a way to become successful doing what they love in an environment of acceptance. Tom Bergeron and I have experience with creating and growing businesses over the last 20 years. We, along with a community of successful businesspeople, guide them to their end goal: starting a company, joining a company that fulfills their passion or actually re-entering the right college once they know what they want to do with their lives. Whatever their passion is, we support them. We even have highly successful angel investors, some of whom are likely ADHD themselves (imagine that!), ready to invest in good ideas coming out of the lab.

Our current team of Inventives (our attendees) are working on things such as a fictional novel, a new beachwear business, a new retail store, temporary covers for outdoor equipment, kitchen accessories, and apps for mobile devices. To give you some perspective on the types of people we attract, one of our Inventives played netball for the Australian National Team. Another was integral to the growth of a major YouTube channel for Minecraft. Another is the great grandson of Igor Sikorsky (of helicopter fame). Not one of them has completed college, but they have a lot to offer to the world!

Our Inventives are launching some new products on the Kickstarter crowdsourcing website. They have worked hard on creating their prototypes and are offering them for sale on the website. Pre-buying their products on Kickstarter will help them launch their first business if there is enough interest in their idea. It will also help InventiveLabs as we work to raise awareness and prove that our Inventives deserve to be noticed, and should not be stuck in menial jobs where they cannot contribute to the betterment of society. Help us demonstrate their necessary brilliance!

Click here to take a look at their Kickstarter pages or visit our website at www.inventivelabs.org.

Warm regards,

Rick Fiery

 

July 14th, 2015

College Coaching and ADHD

The pace of life and expectations placed on today’s college student often exacerbates ADHD symptoms. College represents a transition to an autonomy that they may not be prepared for as soon as they move onto campus. Just as the adverse effects of “helicoptering” during early years has adverse effects on children, recent research shows similar negative effects of helicoptering during the college years, namely depressive symptoms and lowered self-esteem. My experience as an ADHD Coach/Educational Consultant has validated one simple variable: college students who have a history of struggling with academics, and particularly time management and organizational skills, can benefit from a coach or “cheerleader” at their side, making that journey with them as they seek autonomy and independence.

I began coaching a student attending an elite private university in the South. His parents called me the summer before his junior year reporting that he was on academic probation and that coaching, they felt, was the last hope of getting him through college. When meeting “John” I found him to be engaging, extremely bright and very socially adept. However, he described his drawbacks as being “horrible with time management and organizing his schedule.” I worked with “John” once or twice per week the whole academic year, not only with time management and organizational strategies but sorting out goals, determining internships, class schedule and choices of classes or the next academic year. I’m pleased to report that “John” achieved very respectable grades in all of his courses, is completely off of academic probation and will graduate on time next year.

In addition to coaching I also offer a full range of educational services including college placement and guidance in finding the “right fit” school for your prospective college student. With a detailed inventory and learning assessment process, the best school can be found for your child whether he or she is struggling with ADHD, a learning difference or executive functioning difficulties. Highlighting self-advocacy skills is often a first measure when working with any high school or college student.

For a complimentary phone consultation, please call Christine L. Robinson, M.Ed. Certified ADHD Coach/Educational Consultant at 617-842-0634 or Christine@HallowellCenter.org Skype or Facetime sessions are also available

July 14th, 2015

Neuropsychological Testing: What Is It and Why Do It?

People often talk about “testing” or “neuropsychological assessment.”  What is this assessment – why do people have it done, and what does it entail?

If your answer to any of the following questions is “yes,” you may wish to read further.

For Parents: Do you have a child who struggles in school? Are there gaps in your child’s performance in different areas? Are you or your child’s school interested in understanding how your child learns best? What are their strengths and what are their challenges? Do you have questions about whether your child is struggling simply due to ADHD or whether there are underlying learning disabilities? Do you think that your child might need accommodations to give them the best shot at reaching their learning potential? For older children, are you concerned that your child may need accommodations to do their best on standardized testing? Do you or your child’s school need strategies to best help them learn and achieve?

For Adults: Have you ever wondered about your ADHD diagnosis, like wished to have more concrete signs that you have it?  Did you ever just wonder how your brain works? Curious about your strengths and weaknesses? Concerned about why you’re not able to do certain things as easily as your peers, and wondering if it’s just ADHD or if something else is going on too?

What is neuropsychological assessment and why is it important?
Neuropsychological assessment consists of a series of tests, completed over somewhere between one day and a handful of days, evaluating one’s intellectual abilities, academic processes and achievement, memory, language skills, visual-motor coordination, reasoning abilities, executive functioning skills, and attention. Testing can also look at whether there are underlying psychological issues that are impacting learning or day-to-day functioning. Clinicians select a series of tests that makes the most sense for each individual, based on the concerns you, your child, or your child’s school may have. Some tests are completed using paper and pencil, and others are verbal or computer-based.  Questionnaires are completed by patients and those who know the patients well, and a comprehensive clinical interview always takes place as part of the testing process.

Through the use of neuropsychological assessment, parents can learn more about how their children process information; they can also determine whether a learning disorder is present. This can be used both to come up with strategies to optimize their ability to learn and to build a system of accommodations in school, if necessary, to help them reach their potential and thrive in their environment.  Neuropsychological testing can also be useful for some adults, enabling them to understand more about how their brains work, or to assess cognitive concerns, whether related or unrelated to ADHD; this can help adults to better understand themselves and how they can work most efficiently. (Outside the ADHD world, neuropsychological testing is also often used to assess for damage related to brain-affecting diseases or traumatic brain injuries.)

When is the best time to do testing?
Neuropsychological testing is a time-consuming endeavor, in most cases occurring over multiple days of at least a few hours each day. Typically testing sessions are scheduled for early in the day to maximize alertness. Summertime and school vacations are often ideal times for children to complete testing since they are off from school.

If you are interested in pursuing or learning more about neuropsychological assessment at the Hallowell Centers, including availability for summer testing, please call the NY-Manhattan Center at 212-799-7777 or  Sudbury, Mass office at 978-287-0810 to set up an appointment with our intake coordinator.

Meet the psychologists at the Hallowell Center NYC who specialize in neuropsychological assessment Jocelyn Lichtin | Rachel Haddad | William Harrison

June 19th, 2015

Screen Time Help for Parents

Still nagging your kids about their screen time? Frustrated and annoyed? Looking for a better way?

Look no further: I am super excited to be a part of the Screen Time Sanity Telesummit – a FREE event which you can listen to from the comfort of your own home. I’m one of ten renowned Experts in Parenting, Gaming and ADHD, helping YOU create a positively-focused Screen Time Sanity Plan that works for YOUR family.

Interested? Click here to find out more about the SCREEN TIME SANITY TELESUMMIT (July 20-24th)

Please join the Telesummit as my guest. Here is what we have planned for you…

  • Dr Edward Hallowell will discuss: How to Teach Your Busy Family Responsible Strategies for Screen Time and Electronics Usage
  • Dr Randy Kulman will discuss: Minecraft and other Popular Video games: Learning vs. Limits
  • Elaine Halligan will discuss: Managing screen time with Communication and Connection (not Coercion and Control)
  • Dr Laura Markham will discuss: Siblings and Screens: How to teach emotional intelligence, communication, and problem-solving skills in the daily screen wars
  • Bonnie Harris will discuss: Engaging Your Child in Screen Time Agreements and Contracts — before the power struggles begin
  • Elaine Taylor-Klaus & Diane Dempster will discuss: How to stay Calm and Confident during Screen Time Struggles: Avoiding Triggers, Managing Expectations & Staying Sane
  • Laurie Dupar will discuss: Making Sense of Screen Time in a Media Manic World
  • Alan Brown will discuss: It’s Not Just the Kids: Healthy Screen Habits for Parents and ADHD Adults
  • Shanan Winters will discuss: Surviving My 30 Day Screen Free Experiment
  • Cynthia and Andy Crossley will discuss: Pulling It All Together with Everyday Good Habits

 

Join me and thousands of others on July 20-24 for the SCREEN TIME SANITY TELESUMMIT!

                                                          Grab your spot for this one-of-a-kind FREE event!

We could all use some Screen Time Sanity (and a little help along the way)!

Ned

P.S. Feel free to spread the word or shout from the rooftops about the SCREEN TIME SANITY TELESUMMIT.   Forward this email to your friends, colleagues and family members – anyone who wants to overcome screen time frustrations and create the family life they want. They’re sure to appreciate the invitation.

P.P.S. You may be asking “exactly, what is a telesummit”? The SCREEN TIME SANITY TELESUMMIT. is a seminar in which many experts share their knowledge – all by telephone or computer! When you register online you get dial-in information (and a weblink) so you can listen in the comfort of your own home, work, car and even on vacation.  You’ll have FREE access to each and every one of these Screen Time Sanity sessions as well as 24-hour access to each expert’s audio recording after the call.

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