Dylan Slattery continues to rise in world of keynote speaking to businesses, sports organizations, and educational institutions. His unique perspective on life has painted an amazing mural that depicts overcoming adversity in every way.
I recently had the opportunity to spend some time with Dylan and walked away with some great lessons.
What is your elevator speech on your professional career: who are you, what have you done and how does that translate into value for your customers?
“I am a speaker, podcast host, and performance coach helping my clients get from the stage they find themselves on today, to the one that they were meant to be on.
“Being a two-time cancer survivor, I call it Stage Four 2 On Stage. Stage four does NOT just include cancer; you can have a stage four mindset, relationship, or business. Acknowledging that fact is the first step! I am a man of FAITH and believe ‘hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.’ C.S. Lewis.”
Let’s show everyone you’re a normal human being. What’s your personality, hobbies, favorite places to visit, pet peeve? Tell us about YOU.
“I am an eternal optimist that can always find a silver lining yet strives to discover the best version of me in all areas of life and help others do the same. In my free time I enjoy climbing mountains, especially ones that are taller than 14,000 feet. My favorite place to visit would be any major league baseball field that I haven’t been to. Seats on the Green Monster is a top five bucket list item even though I’m a Chicago Cubs fan. My biggest pet-peeve is slow drivers in the left lane.”
What are two examples of how you consistently work outside of your comfort zone and how has that impacted your personal and professional growth?
“Sharing my story in front of hundreds of people was a game-changer for me. It was not only therapeutic but had so much impact on the audience.
“Having the courage to create a podcast has pushed me to get locked-in on my messaging and keeping my pride in check to admit when a pivot is necessary. Putting yourself out there for the world to judge you can be intimidating, but those who don’t resonate fade quickly and the ones that do become fans for life.”
Many people say success correlates with the people you meet in your life. Describe two that most impacted your success?
“Tommy Baker, a mentor out of Arizona that I reached out to towards the end of my battle with cancer taught me about the importance of a morning routine and the impact of having a pillar platform can have on your business, spreading a message, and identifying your ideal clients.
“The second would be Kent Stock, a baseball coach and speaker from Iowa who had a movie made about a team that he coached. He constantly encouraged me to share my story as he wished he would have sooner. He challenged me by asking, ‘How do you want to be remembered?’”
Discuss one of the lowest points in your life personally or professionally and how it helped you get where you are today?
“The lowest point for me personally was March 29th, 2014 when I was drunk, high and admitted to my friends that I was considering suicide. Having not realized that it was the 23rd anniversary of my father taking his own life, I woke up the next morning to my mother at my bedside in my apartment waking me up, asking me if I was ok and why I wasn’t in class. I had to admit that I hadn’t been to class in months and it was the first step in taking ownership back and holding myself accountable for my actions instead of running out of fear.”
What is the best lesson you learned from your worst boss?
“Telling someone what they want to hear over the truth of the matter is a disservice to both parties. Honesty is always the best policy.”
What unfiltered advice do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs or business owners looking to catch their big opportunity?
“Start now, understand that failure isn’t final and don’t assume that your ‘great idea’ is what the market wants or need. Put something out there, take the feedback from the market and make the necessary changes to your product or business.”
What is your favorite podcast(s) you’re listening to currently and why?
What is one “efficiency hack” you use consistently in your life to keep your time and mind free to focus on your strengths and passions?
“Cold showers in the morning force me to get my breathing right and get my body mind and soul locked in and ready to win the day.”