Steve Fillmore is an Entrepreneur, speaker, and coach and beat Cancer not once, but twice. Here’s his powerful and inspiring story.
Wow Steve! What a story. . .Thank you for this interview. I’m excited to learn more about you. So, let’s get started!
Where were you born and raised, what was childhood like, and what did you want to be when you ‘grew up?’
I grew up in small town USA in Minnesota. My childhood was pretty rough to say the least. I was the only ‘ethnic’ kid in my small town. So I got bullied a lot and often. Grew up in a single parent household with my mother who worked two jobs just to support us.
What did I want to be when I grew up? Well, at the time I knew I didn’t want to be like my alcoholic father.
What did your parents do for a living and was there any Entrepreneurship in the family?
Granted my parents were divorced; they both worked very hard and multiple jobs just to survive. I would say my mom was the most entrepreneurial as she was working multiple jobs and raising me.
She had to be resourceful as often times she would be discriminated against based on her being a minority; she was asian and a woman.
What became your career and what were some of the pitfalls and perks with your professional career?
Well this is a loaded question for me. Career? I never liked the word career. To me it felt way to constricting. I was always bored with staying at one job for a long period of time. I would say I’m like the “MacGyver” of sorts when it came to careers.
I’ve been a cosmetologist, US Navy Photographer, Casino Manager and flight attendant. School work and college were boring. So I never finished college. I always enjoyed the hands on approach to learning and advancing myself professionally.
Ok, now the big question: When did you find out you had Cancer, and how did it come back to haunt you twice?
Cancer. Being the typical man, I ignored all the warning signs such as pain. I sucked it up for several months before the pain was not bearable and had to go see a doctor. Never ignore the warning signs that the body gives. I know from experience.
I love in your bio you stated that you were too busy for friends and family because of your home business, but Cancer changed all that. How so?
Well cancer forces one to STOP and deal with it. Chemotherapy alone made me have so many side effects like nausea and extreme pain.
There were moments where I wanted to give up because my body was in so much pain and discomfort.
I am blessed that I had cancer because it really showed me what is important in life.
What’s most important is the here and now, family, and just enjoying life in the present moment.