We had the good fortune of connecting with Dillon Hill and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dillon, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I didn’t necessarily plan on starting a business – it happened out of nowhere.
Back in 2017, my childhood best friend was diagnosed with cancer and given only a year to live. That was a pretty stressful thought to hear, but after some thinking on it, I decided that I would drop out of college and spend that year trying to make his bucket list dream possible.
I made a small little video explaining who he was, the story of our friendship, etc. It went SUPER viral, and suddenly there were millions of internet strangers rallying together to support our bucket list. It was extraordinary to see. Eventually, we asked our community to help us break a world record… we wanted to have the largest bone marrow donor drive. Again, we were blown away by the amount of support we received…over 13,000 people signed up to donate their bone marrow. The best part? One of those people ended up being the life saving donor for my friend.
The moment I heard that news I knew I needed to say thank you. Since words wouldn’t cut it, I decided to build a community all about genuine acts of kindness. (aka my business!)
What should our readers know about your business?
Live For Another is an unstoppable community of kindness. Once a week we find a creative way to help others, like handing out flowers to strangers or buying every billboard in town to help a cancer patient be on Ellen.
The goal of our content is to inspire people to realize that they can have a positive impact. The truth is, I’m a huge dork. Odds are, you are too. That’s the whole point of Live For Another – we’re all in this thing together and kindness is a great way to make the best of it. As with anything in life, it is NEVER easy…but that is what’s so much fun about it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I most enjoy things that inspire me, so if money/logistics were no issue, we’d be going to space. I think it is a great representation of what life is all about: adventure, collaboration, reflection, etc. Space is made possible by the past, but yet it’s inherently futuristic.
Of course, money IS an issue… so I’d put together a nice blend of all the interesting parts of space. An adventure through the mountains, maybe a co-op video game night, sharing a meal over a fire, etc.
It’s hard to give a more concrete answer because I think the “best thing to do” depends on what’s going on in life. Sometimes you are angry and wanna smash something, but other times you just want to eat a whole cake. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The person reading this <3. It might seem like a lame answer, but one thing I learned in running my business is that EVERYONE has an impact on my success, no matter how brief our interaction. So, thanks for listening to my rambles.