We had the good fortune of connecting with Tom Hulsey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tom, what inspires you?
I am inspired by the fact that I am positively impacting so many lives, especially men when it comes to confronting health issues. I am motivated to help my generation (awareness & education) and to find a cure for cancer for future generations. Being a cancer conqueror and heart attack survivor have given me a wonderful perspective on life. My journey has created a passion in me to help others battling adversity. Lesson learned, there is nothing more gratifying in life than making a difference in peoples’ lives and paying it forward. There is only one line on Jackie Robinson’s grave, yet it says so much, “a person’s life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Two life-threatening experiences have humbled and changed me. They have given me a wonderful perspective on life – and a purpose. It was not easy. My first step was to shift my mindset from fixed to growth (“winning”). I changed my mindset and that changed everything. I set goals. Goals gave me structure for an intentional game plan. Goals, when you stick to them, make you accountable to take intentional actions. You can ask yourself if what you are doing is taking you closer to or further away from your goal. My childhood idol, Coach Vince Lombardi said, “the good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince.” Mindset really was key. I never intended to take this journey, but through my cancer and heart attack I have found a sense of higher meaning in my plight by switching from nursing my personal sense of tragedy(s) to encouraging empathy for others. My journey has created a passion in me to help others battling adversity. I authored THE WINNING MINDSET THAT SAVE MY LIFE. The book is very much a grassroots effort; self-published, no agent, the cover was taken on a whim with my wife’s cellphone camera and I am leveraging the power of social media to promote it. Best of all; net proceeds benefit cancer research, awareness and education. Lastly, my philanthropy was recognized in 2019 by New York University and and the Preston Robert Tisch Institute for Global Sport. I was the recipient of the Lauren Beam Philanthropy Award for my “dedication and contributions toward philanthropic efforts that resulted in significant, positive effects on the world of sports and beyond.”
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to dedicate this shoutout to two people; Lauren Hulsey (my wife) for standing by me through this arduous journey. We confronted my health issues together. It was with her encouragement that 13 months after my cancer journey started that I finally “came out of the closet” and shared my story via a blog. This was so therapeutic because I had kept everything bottled up inside (I was embarrassed and ashamed due to the personal nature of my cancer). Jan Klodner (great friend and co-founder of Success North Dallas) by encouraging me to remember my roots as an IRONMAN and its’ mantra “anything is possible.” He rallied me to change my mindset and set goals to get beyond my cancer. Those long-term cancer recovery goals were walking my daughter down the aisle and competing in the IRONMAN World Championship in Hawaii. After completing these goals, I dedicated my life to helping others, becoming a staunch advocate for men’s health issues and helping those dealing with life challenges. Today my focus is on men’s health awareness, research, and education.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hulseyt & https://www.facebook.com/TheWinningMindsetThatSavedMyLife
The blurred image on the bike is courtesy of THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS The Ironman finish line photo is courtesy of FinisherPix Personal photo is by Sorel courtesy of NYU Photo Bureau