In this episode of Manlihood’s podcast for men, Josh Hatcher interviews Aaron Walker, a successful entrepreneur and personal development coach. Aaron is the founder of “A View from the Top,” a men’s mastermind group that helps men grow personally and professionally.
During the podcast, Aaron shares his journey from being a successful businessman to finding meaning and purpose in his life by helping other men become successful. He discusses the importance of personal development for men, and how it can help them achieve their goals and live a more fulfilling life.
Meet Aaron Walker, a Personal Development Expert and Entrepreneur
Aaron also talks about the benefits of being a part of a men’s mastermind group, such as his ISI Mastermind, where men can connect with like-minded individuals and receive support and accountability. He emphasizes the value of having a community of people who are committed to growth and development.
A View from the Top
Throughout the podcast, Aaron shares his personal experiences and insights, offering valuable advice for men who are seeking to improve themselves and their lives. His philosophy is based on the belief that success is not just about achieving material wealth, but also about finding purpose and fulfillment in life.
The Power of Mastermind Groups
If you’re looking for personal development for men, or seeking to connect with other like-minded individuals, A View from the Top and the ISI Mastermind are great resources to check out. With Aaron’s guidance and support, you can take the steps necessary to achieve your goals and live the life you’ve always wanted.
This episode originially aired in March of 2020 – The world was facing a time that none of us understood. Things were uncertain. It was a tough time to be a man. Political unrest. Uncertainty about the future. We survived. So I thought it would be interesting to look back on this episode with fresh eyes.
Lesli Doares – Expert Marriage and Relationship Coach
Are you struggling with your marriage or relationship? Are you looking for guidance on how to build a strong and healthy relationship with your partner? If so, you’re not alone. Many men struggle with these issues, and it’s important to seek help from experts like Lesli Doares.
On this episode of Manlihood ManCast, we are joined by Lesli Doares, a licensed marriage and family therapist, relationship coach, and author of the book “Blueprint for a Lasting Marriage: How to Create Your Happily Ever After With More Intention, Less Work.”
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Marriage and Relationship Coaching
Lesli is an expert in marriage and relationship coaching, and during our discussion, she shares her insights and advice on how men can improve their relationships and marriages. Lesli believes that communication is key to a successful relationship, and she teaches couples how to communicate effectively and compassionately.
She also emphasizes the importance of vulnerability and authenticity in relationships. Lesli encourages men to be open and honest with their partners, and to create a safe space where both partners can share their thoughts and feelings without judgment.
Lesli’s approach to coaching is holistic, which means she takes into account all aspects of a person’s life and how they impact their relationships. She helps men identify patterns of behavior that may be negatively affecting their relationships and provides them with tools to make positive changes.
Lesli also helps couples identify their core values and teaches them how to align their actions and behaviors with those values. This approach helps couples build stronger, more meaningful relationships that can withstand the challenges that life inevitably brings.
Join the Discussion
If you’re struggling with your marriage or relationship, or if you simply want to improve your communication and connection with your partner, then this episode is for you. Join us on the Manlihood ManCast as we delve into the world of marriage and relationship coaching with Lesli Doares.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from an expert in the field and take steps towards creating the happy, healthy relationship you deserve. Listen now to this podcast for men and discover how Lesli’s approach can help you improve your relationships and marriages.
At Manlihood, we’re curating chunks of manly wisdom for you. If you’re like a lot of men, you may find yourself short on time for reading long books to look for wisdom that you can apply to your life…. We’re offering you the Campbells Soup version… the best quotes and insights to help inspire you to be an even better man.
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Quotes from Ernest Hemmingway
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
― Ernest Hemingway
“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”
“Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.”
― Ernest Hemingway
“Forget your personal tragedy. We are all bitched from the start and you especially have to be hurt like hell before you can write seriously. But when you get the damned hurt, use it-don’t cheat with it.”
― Ernest Hemingway
“Write hard and clear about what hurts.”
― Ernest Hemingway
“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”
― Ernest Hemingway
“Never confuse movement with action.”
― Ernest Hemingway
“No, that is the great fallacy: the wisdom of old men. They do not grow wise. They grow careful.”
Welcome to the Manlihood ManCast, the podcast for men who want to become better men, and today we have a special guest, David Mike. David is the author of the book, “Dishonor: One Soldier’s Journey from Desertion to Redemption,” where he shares his personal story of redemption and hope. He is a Cosmetology Instructor in Omaha, NE, and he’s here to share his life experiences and insights into how he overcame his past mistakes.
Early Life of David Mike
David grew up in a family with limited resources but plenty of creativity. His father was in the Air Force, and as a result, he had the opportunity to live and travel to interesting places. David joined the Army right after high school, but unfortunately, he got into trouble and ended up getting Court-Martialed and sent to United States Disciplinary Barracks in Ft. Leavenworth, KS, for three years.
Book: “Dishonor: One Soldier’s Journey from Desertion to Redemption” by David Mike
David wrote this book to share his story of how God used his time in prison to get his attention and how he found redemption and freedom from his past mistakes. His book is a vulnerable and compelling look at a life gone wrong, and he gives insights into prison life and the shame that comes with living a dishonorable life. David pleads for you to find the same redemption he found in his life.
David found redemption through his faith and his wife’s love and support. He talks about how he turned his life around and started anew after his release from prison. He emphasizes the importance of not being defined by your past and that guilt and shame can be removed through the redeeming power of Christ.
Call to Action:
David’s book, “Dishonor: One Soldier’s Journey from Desertion to Redemption,” is available on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback formats. He encourages listeners to purchase a copy and leave a review to help make a huge wave on Amazon and possibly help him hit bestsellers status. He also hopes to get his book into prisons, and your purchase can make it possible for him to get future copies to inmates and treatment centers. If you can’t purchase the book, he asks that you tell others about it. David is honored and grateful for your support.
Thank you for tuning in to the Manlihood ManCast with David Mike. We hope that you’ve gained some insights from his experiences and his book. Remember, you do not have to be defined by your past, and redemption is possible. Join us next time for another episode of the Manlihood ManCast.
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Testicular Fortitude means having deep seated masculine courage and strength. Balls. Guts. Manlihood.
Testicular Fortitude on the Manlihood ManCast is where we take a look at men who have beat the odds, men whose courage has left a lasting legacy.
Hannibal of Carthage
The Roman Empire wasn’t a force to mess around with. Their soldiers were ruthless. Their armor and weapons were elite. Their strategy and tactics were forged and tested and refined.
And yet, one North African struck Rome like a hurricane, and we still tell his stories thousands of years later.
Today’s featured man with balls is – Carthaginian General Hannibal.
Carthage was a Phoneician settlement in what is now Tunisia in North Africa. They were building a different kind of empire in the ancient world. They had trading outposts from West Africa to Spain and Portugal to Italy.
The Roman Empire, fueled by their worship of their Caesars, attempted to swallow the world and make it all Rome.
The Carthignians had already suffered defeat against the Romans in the First Punic War. Hannibal’s father was a general on that front.
After the war, his father went to strengthen his family’s wealth by raiding and subjugating the tribes on the Iberian peninsula.
At the age of 9, Hannibal begged his father to take him along.
His father brought him into a sacrificial altar, blazing with fire. (By the way – Carthignians were the descendants of Caananites. They worshipped Ba’al. They often sacrificed their children on these altars. Hannibal’s name actually means, “The lord ba’al is gracious.”)
So Hannibal’s father made him swear an oath at the burning altar. Hannibal later recounted the oath he had said at the age of nine. “I swear so soon as age will permit…I will use fire and steel to arrest the destiny of Rome.”
Hannibal would continue to fight and lead after his father’s death nine years later. He led troops drawn from the Iberian tribes through the Pyrenees Mountains in 218 BC, then through Gaul, fighting the tribes as he neared the Alps. Some of the tribes ended up leaving their affiliation with Rome and joining forces with him.
Hannibal’s army of 38,000 infantry, 8,000 cavalry, and 38 North African elephants, ventured through the Rhone, and made their way through the alps. Many of those troops and most of those elephants would die along the trek.
They faced numerous difficulties, and according to one historian, they even had to excavate rockfalls on the journey. Using fire to heat the rocks, and then vinegar to douse the rocks, making them split into rubble so it could be cleared.
Hannibal’s army was making a bold and almost outlandish attack.
So crazy it just might work.
Historian Polybius recorded that Hannibal arrived in Italy with 20,000 foot soldiers, 4,000 horsemen, and only a few elephants.
The Punic forces led by Hannibal fought several battles as they worked their way through Italy, but the Roman’s employed a different strategy. Rather than show force, they refused to fight in open battle.
Hannibal conquered towns and pillaged provisions, and Rome fought them by using a battle of attrition – they just tried to drag it out and wear him down.
For several years, Carthage had a strong outpost occupying Roman territory, gradually growing and taking more for themselves. led by the fiercely innovative and unstoppable General Hannibal.
Meanwhile, Rome pushed through Africa. In 203 BC, Hannibal was called back from Italy to fight the Romans on his home turf. The 2nd Punic War came to a close in 201 BC with a tense peace agreement.
Hannibal went on to become a statesman, and as he grew in power and wealth, the Romans sent an armed guard to deal with him. He went into voluntary exile, though he continued to work supporting enemies of Rome in the hopes of overthrowing the empire.
Hannibal caused such distress in ancient Rome, that whenever there was any kind of disaster, the Roman senators would shout, “Hannibal is at the gates!” Romans feared and hated him so much that they built statues of him in the streets to celebrate after his defeat.
Militaries across the world still study Hannibal’s methods. His logistics, his strategies, his tactics, his courage.
And those are the reason that we salute Hannibal today, as a man with Testicular Fortitude!
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Your life, and your freedom are really up to you. Today’s guest started out as a freelance sports photographer, and pursued that passion until it turned into the life he always wanted to live.
Today’s guest on the Manlihood ManCast is Vincent Pugliese
Vincent Pugliese is an award-winning sports photographer, entrepreneur, author, and founder of Total Life Freedom School and Mastermind.
Vincent earned his Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Ohio University, where he was named National Champion for the William Randolph Hearst Photojournalism Championship prior to graduation. He has photographed for all leading wire services and various national and local publications throughout the United States, including major sporting and news events such as the Super Bowl, World Series, NHL Final, NBA Conference Finals, The Kentucky Derby, and Wrestlemania.
Vincent’s passion for freedom has led him to believe that having control over your time, money, and the work you do is the ultimate key to living a life of freedom. He homeschools his three boys with his wife Elizabeth, and together they teach others how to achieve total life freedom. Vincent’s new book, Freelance to Freedom, provides a roadmap for creating a side business to achieve financial, time, and life freedom, and it was published by Morgan James Publishing in early 2018.
Have you ever felt like you’re constantly struggling to reach your goals, no matter how hard you try? If so, you’re not alone. Many people find themselves stuck in a cycle of failing and feeling like they can never achieve their dreams. But the truth is, there are real reasons why you may be failing, and once you understand them, you can take action to turn things around.
One of the most common reasons for failure is poor planning. Many people dive into a project without first taking the time to think about what they need to do to succeed. This can lead to frustration, disappointment, and ultimately, failure. To avoid this, take the time to sit down and create a plan for your project. Break it down into smaller, achievable steps, and make sure you have a clear understanding of what you need to do to succeed.
Another reason for failure is poor thinking. If you constantly focus on the negatives, you’ll find it hard to achieve your goals. To overcome this, try to focus on the positives and find ways to stay motivated. Surround yourself with positive, supportive people, and seek out positive information and experiences.
In many cases, people fail because they don’t execute their plans effectively. To avoid this, make sure you have the right tools and resources to execute your plan, and hold yourself accountable for making progress. Set realistic deadlines, and make sure you stay focused on your goals.
Poor Follow Through:
Finally, many people fail because they don’t follow through on their plans. To avoid this, make sure you have a clear understanding of what you need to do, and hold yourself accountable for making progress. Stay focused, stay motivated, and keep pushing yourself forward.
How do we overcome failure?
Hold Yourself Accountable:
One of the best ways to overcome failure is to hold yourself accountable. This means being honest with yourself about your progress, and taking action to make improvements when necessary. Seek out support from friends, family, or a coach, and keep pushing yourself forward.
Strength in Numbers:
Another way to overcome failure is to find strength in numbers. Surround yourself with positive, supportive people, and seek out help when you need it. Whether it’s a coach, a mentor, or a supportive friend, having someone to help you stay motivated and focused can make a big difference.
Fortify your mind:
Your mind is your greatest asset, so make sure you take care of it. Take breaks when you need them, seek out positive experiences and information, and avoid negativity as much as possible. By fortifying your mind, you’ll be better equipped to overcome any challenges that come your way.
Make a plan and work the plan:
Finally, make a plan and work the plan. Don’t just sit back and hope for the best. Take action, make progress, and keep pushing yourself forward. With time and effort, you’ll be able to achieve your goals and overcome any challenges that come your way. In conclusion, if you’re struggling to achieve your goals, it’s important to understand the reasons behind your failures. By taking a proactive approach and addressing the issues of poor planning, poor thinking, poor execution, and poor follow through, you can turn things around and start achieving your goals. Remember to hold yourself accountable, find strength in numbers, fortify your mind, and make a plan and work the plan. By doing these things, you’ll be well on your way to overcoming failure and achieving success.
You tell yourself stories all the time. Those stories affect the way you react to the world around you. They affect the way you treat people. Today’s guest is going to help you reframe those stories by looking at the truth.
J. Chris Templeton is the founder of Oh The Stories We Tell, a model for self-awareness and self-development with three simple questions and a resulting model. With his model, Chris is passionate about helping people achieve greater self-awareness, self-development, and self-leadership.
Chris was inspired to develop the model in 2003 by Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now and Jill Bolte-Taylor’s TED Talk “My Stroke of Insight.” Since then, he has been working to develop the model into a book, illustrated piece, and video.
Chris has spent most of his career as an entrepreneur in online marketing, but he has also spent several years at a Fortune 500 financial services company. He has been happily married to his wife of 27 years, and the couple has raised three children into adulthood.
Chris’s goal with his podcast is to provide people with a tool to help them enhance and clarify what is most important to them in their family, friends, work, and most importantly themselves. It is not a therapy or a belief system, but a simple and common-sense tool that is incredibly powerful.
Fatherhood isn’t for the faint of heart. So many dads struggle to connect with their kids in a meaningful way, and while I think our generation is striving to do better than the generation before us, there’s always room for improvement.
Be Present and involved
Your family needs you more than they need your paycheck. I’m not saying you shouldn’t work to provide, I’m saying – you should make sure that you are present. It’s better to have a little less than it is to have a lot of stuff, and no time with them.
And don’t just be present, but be involved. Change diapers, help with feeding, read to them, tuck them in. As they get older, play with them, teach them, work with them, and make sure that you’re not a disconnected dad out in the garage trying to hide from them.
Your home should be filled with laughter and fun. Even teenagers need to play. Even adult children need to play! So play, laugh, and go on adventures often!
It almost sounds counter to everything we see in today’s culture that being a strict parent with clear rules and consequences is actually a good thing. But i firmly believe it’s true. Establish your code of ethics and rules in your home. Establish clear discipline and consequences for breaking that code. Enforce firmly, but with mercy and patience.
Hug and kiss your kids. Praise your kids. Tell them you love them everyday. Make “I Love you” the most commonly spoken words under your roof.
Speak more praise than criticism
This doesn’t mean you can’t correct – but it does mean, you need to praise them for the good things they do as often as you can. Even when offering correction – find something to praise them for.