“I am on a powerful journey that explores why some people stay imprisoned in unhappiness and others are able to discover and live in freedom.”


Hi, my name is Ski Chilton and I am extraordinarily blessed! I am blessed not because my life has been straightforward or easy; in many ways, it has been just the opposite. I am blessed not because I have answered all the vital questions regarding how to be happy in this life or what my existence will be like once I have passed away.

No, I feel blessed because after 58 years of living, I believe I have begun to ask the most impactful questions, and in my quest to answer these questions, have begun to find joy. It is the combination of asking the critical questions and then being completely honest and vulnerable with myself that my mind is now being transformed in ways I could have never imagined.

By asking the right questions, I have realized that I have been the source of my unhealthy behaviors, painful feelings, and broken relationships. By asking the right questions, the devastation of my past and current chaos of my life now serve as the essential lessons necessary to move me into a higher state of consciousness. By asking what I call the first principle questions, I am beginning to unleash the power of my mind to finally live my best life and to prepare me for the next chapter after this life ends.

Will you experience this transformative change with me?

The central focus of the blog is our mind because it serves as the foundation for all our reactions, responses, behaviors, emotions, sensations and choices. It is the sources of a millions of unconscious and a far less number of conscious thoughts each day. It is the foundation of where we either become and stay imprisoned in unhappiness or discover and live in freedom.

This blog is a precursor to my upcoming book, The Rewired Brain: Free Yourself of Negative Behaviors and Release Your Best Self which will be published by Baker Books this summer.

Before we begin this journey together, let’s begin to think about a few key questions in areas that tend to keep us imprisoned in cycles of unhealthy feelings and behaviors. This may be an inability to maintain healthy relationships. Perhaps it’s out of control kids despite your endless efforts. Maybe your best attempts at work leave you feeling empty, unappreciated and discouraged.

For me, one of my biggest questions was the fact that my life had included a series of incredibly destructive relationships that hurt those I loved the most. This continued despite my knowing that I was a deeply loving person and wanted nothing more than a meaningful, passionate long-term relationship. So why couldn’t I have what I desired the most? Why can’t you?

In this blog we will ask the critical questions about the most important areas of life including:

1) Finding Meaning, Passion and Purpose 

2) Understanding and Exploring Your Mind

3) Living a Healthy and Vibrant Life

4) Parenting

5) All Kinds of Relationships (Romantic, Familial, Work)

6) Sex/ Intimacy

My promise to you is that I will guide you to ask the significant questions so that you may begin the journey of transformation. I encourage you to be honest, transparent and fearless with yourself, and I in turn I will be authentic and vulnerable with you. You can follow this blog through FacebookTwitter or by entering your email in the top right section under the header of the blog.

I remind you as we begin this journey of a quote by one of my favorite author, Paulo Coelho;

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

My Bio

I was born in Hillsville, Virginia to wonderful parents, Ruby and Floyd Chilton Jr., and began my life on a small tobacco farm in rural North Carolina in a house without a bathroom. I spent much of my early life in the small town of Pilot Mountain better known as Mount Pilot on the Andy Griffith show. In high school, I played football, ran track and struggled academically to keep up because of dyslexia. I was fortunate enough to receive a track scholarship and attend Western Carolina University…home of the Fighting Catamounts.

Before graduating college, I was approached by a biology professor, Dr. Roger Lumb, who asked what I was going to do with my life. I said I was going back to work on the tobacco farm. He said: “the H#%$ you say!” He promptly told me that I was going to work in a lab at Wake Forest University School of Medicine…and thus began my love affair with science.

I was SO inspired and passionate that I obtained a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in 3 years…still a record. I did a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Colorado until 1986. My first real job was as an Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where I stayed for 5 years.

I am now a ProfesskiAFRICA1sor at Wake Forest School of Medicine. During my time in academia, I founded several programs including the Program in Molecular and Translational Medicine at Wake Forest. For the last 10 years, I have served as the Director of a NIH-funded National Center. This Center is a collaboration between Wake Forest School of Medicine, Harvard Medical Center, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

I’ve also been a serial entrepreneur. I founded several biotechnology companies and took one public in 2001. Currently, I participate in two non-profit organizations. I founded Heroes Helping Heroes and currently serve as its President. I am also Chairman of the Board of the Persecution Project. Heroes Helping Heroes provides mentoring, health and wellness solutions to orphans and foster children in the US and Africa. The Persecution Project is a non-profit that brings crisis relief, education and hope to victims of civil war, genocide and religious persecution within Sudan.

I have also been blessed to write four books on health and diet (Inflammation Nation, Win the War Within, The Gene Smart Diet and Made to Crave the Action Plan) and have just completed a book called, The Rewired Brain: Free Yourself of Negative Behaviors and Release Your Best Self . This book is about the human mind and how the unconscious thoughts and fears from our past take away our freedom in the most important areas of our life. A key focus of the book is how we find and express our true SELF.

I have four extraordinary children, Sarah, Shane, Josh and Candice whose ages range from 21 to 31, and an extremely, adorable grandchild, Gracie. I also have a beautiful girlfriend, Trish who also has four wonderful children, Leah, Donna, Rachel and Adam.

So you might ask, where does the name “Ski” come from? I was born Floyd Harold Chilton III. I am told that being a “III”, they needed to find another name to differentiate me from “Jr” and “Sr”. My father apparently had a cousin none of us had ever met named “Ski”. He was a physician and clearly had done the best of anyone in the family, so I think they thought that if they named me “Ski”, I might “amount to something”. I think I’m now finally beginning to move in that direction… “amounting to something”.

My Contact Information

You can contact me via email or follow me on Twitter or Facebook.


This is my personal blog. The opinions here do not necessarily represent those of my employer, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. The information I provide is on an as-is basis. I make no representations as to accuracy, completeness, suitability, or validity of any information on this blog and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries or damages arising from its use.


  1. Hi Ski, God bless you for your love of life and learning. I am on pg. 80 of your wonderful book “The Rewired Brain.”
    I stopped to learn more about you ..so looked up your name on my computer.
    I am so proud of you. Now, I am praying for Josh.
    My niece is Lili Bacon. “The Oriental Brewery” , she and Frank own and operate. She wrote about your book on facebook. I ordered your book, it arrived today. I taught precious children who learned differently for 21 years. Hurray for your courage to get rid of fear; your love of God and your desire to live a happy life. Thank you for writing the book and I will continue reading it.
    The Presbyterian church I attend has many people who help orphans in Muko, Uganda. Bless you for helping orphans in Africa.
    Thank you for your book !!


    1. Hi Carol,

      Thank you SO much for your very kind words. They are absolutely beautiful. I have SO enjoyed meeting your niece Lili. I sensed that there was something very special about her the first time I met her and now I have just discovered her courageous travels all over the world to help others… People like Lili are the quiet heroes among us, and it is such an honor for me to know her. I’m so happy that she and Frank opened The Oriental Brewery… It is such a cool place to relax when I come to my boat.

      Also, God bless you and your church for your help with orphans in Uganda.

      I hope you have continued to enjoy my book and that you have a very beautiful evening… Again, thank you and God bless you…ski


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