5 Life Lessons From Sleestak On Finding Your Way In Life & Living Out Your Passion
Updated: Mar 2
Whats up everyone! Today I’m kicking off a new series on the website that I believe is going to be extremely valuable, and will likely change a lot of lives for the better.
This has been a very unique year for all of us, and the one thing that we need to prioritize and keep healthy is our mind and what we’re focusing on these days. With all the extra time - it’s easy to get consumed into day to day BS distractions that don’t bring you any closer to your goals.
Today’s feature - will absolutely get you back on the right track - with your thoughts, beliefs, actions (and eventually, results).
This past January I reached out to someone I looked up to heavily in middle-school. Scott, aka. Sleestak (check him out on IG: @x.sleestak.x).
I must have been about 11 or 12 years old, and I was super into skateboarding and watching local skateboarders videos on YouTube. Scott was a local skateboarder who was probably about 15 years old at the time, and his skill-set was top-tier (far beyond what any average 15 year old skateboarder is typically capable of).
Whenever you have someone who becomes great at a particular craft at a very young age, you often know they have that ‘it’ factor, and that it’ll stick with them for the rest of their life - in whatever they decide to pursue. It is that ability to focus, commit, and be disciplined towards a particular craft - till they eventually become great at it.
As Miyamoto Musashi said - “If you know the way broadly you will see it in everything.”. (If you can master one craft, you then know the way to master any craft.)
Fast forward to today - Scott has (and continues to) pave the way as one of Canada’s top Eco Tattooers. With a following of over 41,000 on Instagram, an impressive resume and track record of artistry work, and a strong purpose that makes the world a better place (for every 1 tattoo, a new tree is planted).
This past January we got to talking, and I told him that I had a blog. I asked if I could publish an “interview” of sorts, where he gave his top lessons for young people in life, seeking some sort of guidance.
He was kind enough and willing to do the interview, and join me on this website’s mission of - helping young people of today’s world find their way, overcome today’s top challenges, and ultimately pursue their purpose/passion.
So, without further ado, here’s what Scott had to say.
5 Life Lessons From Sleestak on Finding Your Way In Life:
Q: What’s the #1 thing you want the world to know about you?
I am who I am. I'm on my own path in life and very little can get in the way of that :)
Q: What started your ‘upward spiral’ of success in finding your path in life?
Changing my vocabulary & mindset.
Saying things like ' When I do this' instead of ' if I do this'. I'm a firm believer in manifesting your future by what you say to yourself (your inner dialogue).
If you don't believe in what you're doing then why should anyone else?
Happiness, love, success or anything positive that you want to accomplish, comes from within first.
Q: What’s one principle you live by that keeps you on your path?
KEEP ON KEEPIN ON! If it feels right for you, that's all the matters.
Just because 10 people tell you ' that's lame or I don't like that' doesn't mean it's true.
You can't please everybody. Stay true to who you are and it'll all work out
Q: What’s one piece of advice you’d give to a young person of today’s world who may be lost, or may be on the wrong path, but is actively looking to find their way and make something of themselves?
Believe in yourself and put in the work!
Growing up I always knew what I didn't want to do. I had every odd job you can think of - construction, roofing, baby sitting, graphic design, cooking, bartending, retail, warehouse work, etc.
All of these jobs showed me where I didn’t want to be.
Both my parents had very good office jobs, 'normal jobs' you could say, and I knew from a young age that this was not the path for me - I could never picture myself there.
I wanted to create a job that would serve my creative freedom. That being said, I knew I had a lot of work ahead of me if I wanted to be my own boss.
People always say: “You get to do what you love for a living? That's so cool, you're so lucky” - and I am.
I have the BEST job in the world, but that doesn't come easily. I don't have set hours, set pay cheques or days off. I live to create and creating allows me to live.
I believe in and love my path so much that I accept the sacrifices.
What I'm getting at is this, if you want to make it on your own, you have to give 110% always.
You don't always have to be set on one thing or one idea. As long as you know where you don't want to be and stand by your decision, you'll be successful in whatever you choose.
Q: Where do you draw inspiration or “fuel” from to pursue your purpose and your passion
Freedom. Freedom is the biggest driving factor in my life. My grandfather ( my dad’s dad ) was put in Auschwitz when he was 20 .
He was there for about 5 years. He survived and I got to meet him when I was very young. He passed away before I was 5.
So here's my grandfather, age 20 stripped of his freedom. Here I am, a white male born in Toronto into an upper middle class family. I was given all the opportunity in the world to do good and be successful.
Subconsciously I knew I couldn't waste such an amazing opportunity by being lazy or being another cog in the machine. There are tons of stories like my grandfathers, people who didn't have the choice at a young age to decide who they were going to be.
I feel obligated to provide for my family and make the most of my time here. Things could always be worse so appreciate what you DO have and stay focused. Don't get hung up on the small stuff because the big picture is what matters.
Summary - Key Takeaways:
What an interview! (it’s John writing this—I’m back). It was such a pleasure having Scott on, and I appreciate his authenticity and willingness to give back and help the next generation. Thats what its all about, and thats what having a strong purpose does.
Biggest Takeaways From Scott
Prioritize Authenticity, And Do What Feels Right To You
You Can Change Your Life For The Better, By Changing Your Inner Dialogue
Focus On You, Ignore The External Naysayers
Believe In Yourself & Put In The Work
Find What Fuels You
Where To Find Scott:
All in all, I hope you guys enjoyed these lessons from Scott. I thought they were very insightful.
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Take care, guys!
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