Episode 032 — Meet Tom Hannon

'It was really strange because the day was a normal day for me.' -- @winyourexit #stroke Click To Tweet



I had an interesting chat with Entrepreneur and stroke survivor Tom Hannon. Tom had his stroke about two years ago due to a vertebral artery dissection and has made a remarkable recovery. His background as a triathlete certainly helped from both a physical and a mental perspective. He lives on Cape Cod, outside of Boston in the US.

One of the first things you’ll notice is that he has a New England accent. Of course that also brings out my New York accent. It’s funny out that comes out when I talk with some else who speak with a similar accent.

'You' go from one minute you're in the best shape of your life…the business is great. Your personal life is great. Your marriage is great. Everything is great and boom. You're just hit with this thing.' -- @winyourexit #stroke Click To Tweet

Tom Hannon Profile PictureTom Hannon is a serial entrepreneur who has started, bought and sold 12+ businesses during his 30+ career. Most of those businesses focused on magazines, advertising and magazine distribution.

He also helps entrepreneurs learn to effectively sell their businesses when the time is right. You can visit Win Your Exit for more details on that program.

He is also a sales and marketing educator who with his wife Linda has now launched a financial educate class called, 6 Steps to Mastering Your Money and Creating a Path to Financial Freedom on Tom is also an avid baseball fan who owned a historical baseball website and once built a replica of the Brooklyn Dodgers former home, Ebbets Field.

He was also an avid triathlete and while training for the epic Ironman triathlon, he suffered a verbal artery dissection, which caused 6 mini strokes. So he can now add stroke survivor onto his resume. He lives on Cape Cod with his wife Linda.

'My story is the story of the whole FAST being a success story because they had me in the hospital in 30 minutes.' -- @winyourexit #stroke Click To Tweet

Tom has taken approaches to his recovery that go beyond traditional medicine. He shifted to a plant-based diet. He’s gone for myofascia treatments. He uses biofeedback that reads his brain waves. What I like about Tom’s approach to things like this is that he doesn’t insist this is a cure-all for stroke conditions. These are things he has used in his own recovery, with which he’s gotten good results. And that’s how he tells the story.

We also talk about the importance of goal setting and knowing what you are working towards. This is a common theme among many of the survivors and medical professionals I talk with on the show. It’s also something I talk about extensively over at 2-Minute Talk Tips.

So…there’s a lot of stuff here.

'It can and does get better if you let it get better. If you work at it to get better. It's not gonna just happen' -- @winyourexit #stroke Click To Tweet

Hack of the Week

Tom’s hack is to listen to your body. It’s something he didn’t do pre-stroke, but is helpful as he continues his recovery. If you focus on what your body is telling you, you’ll be in a better position to know when:

  • You’re pushing too hard
  • You’re not pushing hard enough
  • You need to drink more water
  • You need to get more sleep
  • …and so much more

But you have to listen.

'Sleep. Good hydration. Good nutrition. They all actually matter.' -- @winyourexit #stroke Click To Tweet


Tom Hanon on LinkedIn

Tom on Twitter

Tom on Facebook

Tom on Email

Tom’s Consulting and Training Program

Tom and Linda’s Financial Education Program

My Stoke of Insight by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor

Healing Into Possibility by Alison Shapiro

Myofascial Therapy

'I didn't show any signs of a disability. I was very lucky. But internally I was a mess and no one could see it.' -- @winyourexit #stroke Click To Tweet

Where do we go from here?

  • What do you think of Tome story? Let us know in the comments below.
  • To connect with Tom and explore the resources we talked about, check out the links above.
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  • Don’t get best…get better
'Life is pretty good. You need to enjoy it because you don't know when it is going to change.' -- @winyourexit #stroke Click To Tweet

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