Hi, my name is Sylvester McNutt III. I’m a Best-Selling Author of 8 books, Inspirational Speaker, Youtuber and Podcaster. I explore ideas around healing, self-love and finding yourself. I’m currently working on my first novel and expanding my mind daily. I love writing and respect the art. For a full bio, read below:
Chronological order of my book releases:
The Accelerated: Success Is A Choice ( Sept. 2013)
The Dear Queen Journey: A Path To Self-Love ( Feb. 2015)
Dear Soul: Love After Pain ( Nov. 2015)
Dear Love Life: Efficient Dating In The Technology Era ( Aug. 2016)
This Is What Real Love Feels Like (Feb. 2017)
Lust For Life (Oct. 2017)
Care Package: A Path To Deep Healing (June. 2018)
Free Your Energy ( May. 2019)
Loving Yourself Properly (TBA)
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Most biographies are written in third-person and honestly, I’d rather write something more personal and real.
I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois many years ago, some would say that I am 400 years old. It’s safe to say that each person’s identity is connected to their hometown. If that’s true then here are three personality traits that I picked up from my city: always moving, creative and always hungry.
Always Moving: I love moving around, it defines me. My love with physical fitness began in the yard, with my dad. He always took me to the park and would play baseball with me. We would fly kits, we would race each other like olympic athletes. When I got a bike, I became a professional traveller, at least by my standards. Being on that bike gave me a sense of freedom and power. To this day, being on the bicycle frees my soul and makes me feel alive.
My biggest two passions from childhood were football and basketball. When we moved to Arlington Heights, that is when I became an athlete. I played outside everyday, even in the winter. I didn’t mind the runny noses, the scars, the bumps and bruises of childhood. As long as I could ride my bike or play a sport, I was home and I was happy.
Eventually, this passion turned into my career in High School. I ran track and played varsity football at Palatine High School in Illinois. This is a really long story that deserves more than one line, but let’s just say there will be a novel written about this when I am ready: I walked on to the football team at Northern Illinois. After that, I spent three years playing arena football, chasing the dream of the NFL, but it never happened for me. I went as far as I could with the passion of doing sports professionally. When it was time to walk away, I listened to my core, and I left. While at Northern Illinois University I studied English, because I wanted to be a writer, but was forced to change it to Communications for football eligibility. I believe my background in writing and studying communication has really helped me cultivate a unique and very personally writing style.
Creative: I knew I was a creative kid as soon as I was able to self-actualize, however, I didn’t know what it was called. I remember I had a heated debate with my mother who is the smartest person I’ve ever met. She would watch jeopardy everyday at 4:30pm and memorize the answers. What kind of person does that? One with a massive brain, that’s who, so arguing with her was tough. I never won. Even when I had great points, it didn’t matter, she always won. She never bragged but she always stood her ground and let me know that if I was going to defeat her intellectually, that I would have to improve my mind.
My mother put me on to reading. She would buy me any book I wanted, within reason. I first fell in love with the Goosebumps books by R.L Stine. I read every book and had a night stand where I kept them. I didn’t have a television in my room at first, but I had my books and that was all I needed after a day of playing at the park. When I would go into my moms room she would always have a massive bookshelf of novels, dictionaries, encyclopedias and self-help books. My mom red every genre and I actually think that’s what everyone should do; diversify yourself.
After attempting to read one of her books by John Grisham, my mother’s favorite author, I told her how confused I was. I told her I didn’t understand what he was writing but I wanted to write like him and I asked her for advice. My mother is the most dramatic person I’ve ever meet. She looked at me sternly. Slowly reached for two books and handing them to me. The first book was The Giver and the second book was the Enclycpedia. She said, “Here, read this.”
The Giver was a book that I read over and over when I was a kid, I loved the book. I had to do a book report on the assignment and that is why she gave it to me. The encyclopedia was given to me because she was making me teach myself new words. I am grateful for this lesson and I know it helped me develop myself as a self-help author. I believe the help is available to you but we have to ask, we have to really want it, it needs to come from within.
My mother would always encourage my creativity. If I was drawing, writing, playing piano or making movies — it was always encouraged. I was never forced to conform. She demanded that I get high-performances in school, which caused a lot of conflict, but now that I’m older, I understand.
Hungry: My dad was a chef and he worked in Culinary. This man could cook with the best of them. Tasting his food and then eating other’s creations made me realize that when it came to food, there were some who were gifted and then there were others who just did what they had to do.
I too had this gift and passion given to me. If I was not in this profession I would most likely be a bartender or work with food, somehow, maybe being a manager of a restaurant or even better — making $1,800,000 million a year to eat and travel the world. Look, I don’t know if that is possible but I do need to write it here just in case the universe wants to reward me in the future.
I have a passion or food now and it’s great. I love cooking, grilling, plating food, baking (even though I am not good at it), trying new cuisines and restaurants. In fact, I remember a disagreement my parents had about the quality of our food. I actually think it was great for my life to see them talking about the source of the food, how to prepare and how to make healthy meals. It put something in me that makes me care about my health, deeply.
The hunger that I have for food has also transferred over to life. When I was working in corporate America, I was a top-performer and it wasn’t because of my skill or special talents, it was because of hard-work and dedication. In sports, I was never the biggest, fastest or strongest but nobody outworked me or tried to learn more. When it comes to this profession as a writer, I accept that I am an average writer and that means I have so much growing to do. Some may say that I am successful and great, impactful, inspiring and I won’t push away any complement. I will accept all love and blessings but that’s not how I see myself.
Yes, I am a professional writer and speaker, but I am an amateur human and I’m still growing each day. Still learning. Still becoming. I want to stay hungry forever, because this hunger is what keeps me going and keeps me pushing.
Oh wait, I didn’t talk about my success, books, or say anything about how great I am as a professional like how most biographies go. Eh, I don’t want to honestly; it feels fake. If you haven’t read any of my books then that means I need to get better at showing you the value in them so you can become a reader.
It also means that I need to keep exploring ideas, writing and growing so I can write all of the topics and stories that are in my head. To me, having 8 books isn’t something I should boast or brag about. I am only 7 years into my journey. I want to do this forever. Yes, I have inspired and helped a lot of people. I am grateful for the opportunity but that is not why I started writing and that is not what keeps me going.
To me, it feels fake to talk about success, sales and how acclaimed someone is (maybe that’s why biographies are written in the third person?) If you have found this page then I assume you are one of two people: someone who wants to do business with me or a reader of mine. If you are the latter then you already know about my books, how good they are and what value you got out of them and most likely will be a fan for life.
I wanted to use this page to cultivate a genuine connection between us, tell you a little about my story and connect on a deeper level outside of the books. If you want to do business with me and you’ve read this entire page then you should reach out and let’s create something genuine that shifts the culture, adds value and enriches lives.
But listen, I care about money but only so I can take care of my family. I’m not going to sell my soul to do some b*******. It needs to be authentic, it needs to help the people and if you have food I’ll be there even quicker. Thank you for reading and I hope you got value out of my little introduction.
Thank you for giving me a chance and for pushing me to stay moving, creative and hungry.