Say It Skillfully® – Dustin Plantholt, Tougher Than Life

December 6, 2022
Hosted by Molly Tschang

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Say It Skillfully® is a show that helps you to benefit from Molly Tschang’s expert guidance on the best possible ways to speak your mind at work in a positive and productive manner. In Episode 160, Dustin Plantholt shares his story of being faced with adversity and deciding to be tougher. Raised by a father who stole cars and was addicted to drugs, in a rotten timber house with brown tap water, Dustin opens up about how he processed his circumstances at the time, and what his upbringing means to him today. Don’t miss the story of when Dustin was brought along on a high speed chase, resulting in his father being sentenced to 16 years. Also, he shares how he was in and out of foster homes, and how he noticed some parents were only in it for the money. He also talks about his appreciation for his sister as a mentor, and shares her story of developing a heroin addiction and having to leave the family. Dustin shares how his mentality grew stronger over the years, deciding that he would be “tougher than life” and thrive in many ways despite his not so perfect upbringing. Hear about Dustin’s many entrepreneurial endeavors, including comic book writer, TV contributor, editor and film actor/producer. Also he talks about his dive into the world of crypto, and how he ended up as "The Count of Monte Crypto". Dustin inspires us to know no boundaries and to commit to taking action so that all can be safe, seen and heard, and our true and best selves. My thought(s) for the week: The purpose of life is to find your gift, develop it and give it away. —Dustin Plantholt… The important thing is to never stop questioning. —Albert Einstein

Say It Skillfully®

Tuesday at 8 AM Pacific Time/11 AM Eastern Time on VoiceAmerica Business Channel

Molly Tschang's Say It Skillfully® is a show that helps you benefit from Molly's guidance on the best possible ways to speak your mind at work in a positive and productive manner. She helps everyone from CEOs to interns to recognize that we are all both part of the problem as well as the solution, and that the path to solving any problem is to say what needs to be said.

Molly is a rare breed: tough enough to advise CEOs and company boards, but empathetic enough to understand the human costs of not allowing talent to shine. She has helped dozens of management teams navigate the human after-effects of mergers and acquisitions, and her show brings her expert guidance to a wider audience.

Say It Skillfully® every Tuesday at 8 AM Pacific Time/11 AM Eastern Time on the VoiceAmerica Business Channel.

Molly Tschang

Molly Tschang helps her clients' organizations gain the skills to Win As One, which most other companies never even try to do. She starts at the top, guiding management to commit to each other’s success and lead as one cohesive unit.

Molly is Founder and CEO of Abella Consulting, a New York-based leadership development and business advisory consultancy that helps senior leaders cultivate the collaborative capacity to elevate individual, team and organizational performance resulting in accelerated sustained, profitable growth. She created and hosts the “Say It Skillfully®” video series on LinkedIn, making it easier for all members of an organization to say what needs to be said in a constructive and productive manner.

Prior to launching Abella, Molly held executive leadership positions at Cisco Systems and U.S. Filter, where she led the integration of over 80 acquisitions. She holds a BS in chemical engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from UCLA. In 2017, Molly was selected from among 12,000 applicants to be a protégé of Marshall Goldsmith through his 100 Coaches initiative. In her downtime, she enjoys tennis, yoga and cooking with family and friends.

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