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82. Tom Sylvester - Discovering Purpose Through Authentic Connections
Episode 829th August 2019 • University of Adversity • Lance W Essihos
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In this episode, Lance and Tom Sylvester talk about the link between our relationships and connections with other people with our own purpose and journey.

Tom  worked three jobs to get himself through high school and into college.  He has two degrees: an undergrad in computer science and a Masters degree in business management. Nine months before getting married, he set a goal of retiring by age 35. At first, his wife struggled with the validity of his entrepreneurial goals. But after some early successes and goal alignment, she joined forces with him in pursuing the goal together.

Over the past 15 years, Tom has helped with thousands of business leaders and their teams create more success - from startups to Fortune 500 companies. During this time, Tom has honed and refined his philosophies, models, and strategies for growing entrepreneurial businesses.

Today, Tom is a co-founder of Lifestyle Builders™ - a coaching and training company that helps entrepreneurs build their businesses and create a real impact with their customers. And together with his wife Ariana, they share their philosophies and guidance for entrepreneurs on their Lifestyle Builders™ podcast and with their upcoming book Lifestyle Builders™: Build Your Business, Quit Your Job, & Create Your Ideal Life.

Tom tells listeners: “It’s not about being perfect, it's about getting started. The sooner you get started, the sooner you see where the opportunities are and the sooner you improve. You can only grow when you get started and face adversities.”


  • How to cultivate authentic connections through vulnerability
  • Learning more about yourself through building strong relationships in your life
  • Importance of goal setting and alignment
  • How to overcome adversities you face along your journey

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Learn how to overcome failure and tragedy, while becoming your best self with the University of Adversity podcast. Join your host Lance Essihos as he interviews successful individuals that have fought the hard battles to overcome life’s obstacles. Lance started the University of Adversity podcast after overcoming his own adversities shared in episode 01. 

Join him and thousands of other entrepreneurs in learning how to use Adversity as a fuel to ignite your inner flame and live the life you have always desired. Tune in weekly for a dose of positivity, strength, and real-life practical advice to achieve your life goals.



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