Contribute Massively, Build Strong Relationships, And Live Like A Lion
I am a scientist, writer, and speaker. My philosophy is to seek out the best things in life and then learn, seize, experience, and enjoy those things with enthusiasm, confidence, and vitality. Once you’ve had your fill, take a break and teach others how to do the same, and when you get sick of teaching, set out on a new adventure and start the process all over again. The goal is to contribute massively, build strong relationships, and live like a lion.
Action is my master. Failure is my advisor. Growth is my mistress. In 2011, I graduated from the University of Iowa with my Ph.D. in Anatomy and Cell Biology. Since graduting, I’ve been simultaneously advancing my career in flow cytometry and cellular imaging, and my career in personal development and business coaching. Over the past two years, I’ve launched two online products, worked full-time as an Application Scientist, consulted for numerous companies, and gave over 250 seminars in 20 different countries throughout Europe, New Zealand, Australia and North America.
Building this large global network allowed me to work with numerous leaders in the biotechnology industry, including Lilly Pharmaceuticals, Leinco Technologies, Orflo Technologies, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Cellerant Therapeutics, Miltenyi Biotec, McCord Research, Expert Cytometry, Tree Star, Amgen, Celgene, Ambrx, BD Biosciences, Baxter Bioscience, Pfizer, Roche, and Genentech. It also allowed me to stay very active in the academic community, presenting at Stanford University, University of Cambridge, Cancer Research UK, University of Amsterdam, German Cancer Research Center, Paris Cardiovascular Research Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, University of Tasmania, University of Sydney, University of Western Australia, University of Vienna, Complutense University of Madrid, Pasteur Institute, Curie Institute, and Gladstone Institutes.
My Life Story And How It Relates To This Blog In 612 Words
Growing up I had a passion for two things: science and wrestling. I was raised in the Pacific Northwest, spending most of my earliest years in Northern Idaho and Eastern Washington. At age 10, I knew I wanted to be doctor. I was always interested in health and biology, and I seemed to gravitate naturally towards hardship and whatever was labeled as “difficult”. This inclination was the same thing that drove me to give up playing baseball in high school to focus on wrestling. In 2000, I graduated as Valedictorian from East Valley High School in Spokane, WA. After graduating, I said goodbye to Spokane and started my undergraduate career at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. Transitioning from my laid back surroundings in the Pacific Northwest to the cutthroat environment of the East Coast was not easy. I spent most of my first semester as an undergrad holed up in my room sending emails to my family and friends about how mean everybody was. I grew up. At F&M, I competed as a NCAA Division 1 wrestler for 5 years, redshirting my 4th year, and leading the team as captain-elect my last 3 years. Wrestling in high school and college challenged me more than anything else I have ever done. As the saying goes, once you’ve wrestled, everything else in life is easy.
In 2005, I graduated from F&M with a B.S. in Biology and Pre-Healing Arts. After working with McCord Research in the skincare and wound-healing industry for a year, I entered the Biosciences program at the University of Iowa. A year later, I was accepted into the Anatomy & Cell Biology Ph.D. program. Graduate school was a fascinating time for me. I learned more about myself and other people during my 5 years in Graduate school than during all the other years of my life combined. I was a fish completely out of water. I was too loud, too positive, too confident, and too actionable. I was constantly told to slow down, sit down, tone your self down, ask permission, and follow directions. All bad advice. Towards the end of my Graduate career, an epic feud developed between my mentor and I. Unfortunately, my mentor was also the chair of my thesis committee. The same committee that determined when I would graduate. Though I had successfully fulfilled all of my program’s requirements, my mentor would not give me the green light. Finally, after a year of strategic maneuvering, I was allowed to defend my thesis and graduate.
Almost every lesson I’ve learned in life involved a science experiment or a wrestling mat. As a result, I think almost exclusively in terms of research and exercise. Put another way, I have a bias for seeking knowledge and taking action. My biggest strength is my ability to move between information to instigation extremely fast. This involves rapid decision-making. I strongly believe that most of life’s decisions can be made very quickly. Contrary to popular belief, the faster and more boldly a decision is made, the better it is made. And the better off the person is who made it because they conserved their most valuable asset: time. Time is best spent on decision-based actions, not the decisions themselves. Prolonged deliberation and excessive planning are often signs of indecision and insecurity, not wisdom. Patience is the destroyer of opportunity. It’s simply another word for procrastination. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the process of finding your purpose in life and taking action to fulfill it. That’s what this blog is about.
I hope my articles give you a fresh perspective and inspire you to take bold action towards your dreams. Aim each day to increase happiness, generate influence, and improve self-confidence. This is your one shot. Greatness is waiting for you. All you need is within you now.
Live like a lion,
Isaiah L. Hankel, Ph.D.
Biomedical Consultant &