South African-born, Matt Silver-Vallance currently resides in the United Kingdom with his fiancée and daughter. He grew up in Cape Town, South Africa’s gorgeous Mother City, with parents who always encouraged his childhood dreams. After graduating from the University of Cape Town, Matt pursued an international career in the Medical Technologies (Med Tech) industry. What followed was 15 years of learning and finding success in developing complex partnerships between national healthcare providers and the most advanced Med Tech companies, all in the pursuit of revolutionising global healthcare.
The experiences that Matt had as a paramedic in Cape Town during his student days stayed with him as he found himself entrenched in the corporate world. Memories of delivering injured children to Cape Town’s Red Cross Hospital, one of Africa’s only four dedicated paediatric facilities, penetrated the trappings of his significant corporate success. Nelson Mandela and his legacy impressed Matt in a deeply personal way. He was living and working brilliantly in a certain realm, but he was being tugged towards a more profound purpose of what it is to live a ‘successful’ life.
The Robben Island Balloon Run had a deep social purpose, close to Matt’s heart – to raise funds for the proposed Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital. It caught the imaginations of people across the world, and with coverage across 147 countries through the biggest global media outlets, it triggered several significant changes:
- Matt’s dream career as a Creative Humanitarian and inspirational speaker was firmly established
- The stage was set for Matt to initiate new and exhilarating projects to further his mission to continue raising funds for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital
Living the Impossible
Nelson Mandela’s words: “It always seems impossible until it’s done!” serves as a mantra for Matt. He has long considered, observed and studied what it takes to tip what seems impossible into implementation. This has enabled Matt to define a visionary methodology that he applies not only to his own challenging projects, but shares and encourages others to use it to achieve high value goals and bring about positive change in their own lives.
Matt Silver-Vallance’s Methodology
Throughout history, human breakthroughs and transformations have come about when a number of different, but inter-related, aspects combine:
This combination of tools is reliably used to transform the impossible into the possible.
The relationship between success and happiness
While these tools might be effective ingredients for ‘success’, Matt believes that they need to be set in a particular context to bring about actual happiness and satisfaction; because achievement on its own does not automatically translate into a sustainable sense of personal fulfillment and self-worth. This context is critical to Matt’s methodology. As social creatures, we value ourselves and experience the most happiness and satisfaction when it is clear to us that, who we are and what we do, offers tangible benefits to others.