Brad Thor is a #1 New York Times bestselling author with his series of international thrillers. Brad has written 21 thrillers including including BLACK ICE (ThrillerFix Best Thriller of the Year), NEAR DARK (one of Suspense Magazine’s Best Books of the Year), BACKLASH (nominated for the Barry Award for Best Thriller of the Year), SPYMASTER (“One of the all-time best thriller novels” —The Washington Times), THE LAST PATRIOT (nominated Best Thriller of the Year by the International Thriller Writers Association), and BLOWBACK (one of the “Top 100 Killer Thrillers of All Time” —NPR).
Brad’s work studying international terrorists, and the american intelligence agents who hunt them down has not only informed his novels, but landed him numerous appearances on major news networks including BC, CBS, NBC, PBS, FOX News Channel, FOX Business Channel, CNN, CNN Headline News, The Blaze, and MSNBC.
Brad Thor is more than just a writer
In 2008, Brad went along with a black ops team in Afghanistan, and he served as a part of the Homeland Security Red Cell program to help brainstorm defenses to terroristic threats.
In this interview, Josh Hatcher tells the story of how Brad Thor gave Manlihood a big head start, and asks him about his book, his life experiences, and what it means to be a man.
Jared “Psych” Laurence was never the popular kid. In fact, his high school girlfriend left him for another boy. He was bad at sports, and struggled to make friends.
But after Jared dug into therapy and determined to make a change in his life, he became a new man. He pursued an education in psychology, and armed with self-help, personal development, and an excellent understanding of psychology, he not only transformed his own dating life, but now he helps other men reform their lives to be able to live more confidently and boldly, and that improves their dating prospects and social lives as well.
As a dating mentor, he founded Modern Flirting to help entrepreneurs and professionals empower themselves and connect with the person of their dreams.
Jared Laurence has been featured in numerous national media outlets.
In this episode, Jared speaks with Josh Hatcher about how a man can become the man that SHE desires – become more confident, and even heal from the pain of divorce and break-up so that he can start over and find the woman of his dreams.
James “Eddie” White Jr is a speaker, author and educator devoted to helping fathers raise confident and empowered daughters. Leveraging decades of leadership experience, reflective insights as a “girl-dad,” parent instructor certifications and a master’s in Adult Education, he teaches men how to be partnered leaders, establish a vision and set a plan so his family can realize their aspirations.
Eddie White on raising two daughters
He and his wife Vambie shared their parenting journey about raising their two daughters to be empowered young women in his self-published book titled StartPoint: Parenting in “the White House.” Eddie also provides a Raising Confident Daughters Educational Program to help young fathers be intentional about enabling their girls to reach their full potential while recognizing their self-worth.
Teaching Men to be Better Fathers
His company – JED WHITE LLC, provides Adult Educational Services with focus on Leadership, Legacy and (Financial) Literacy to families, communities and organizations who seek to set the conditions for excellence for those they care for the most.
Alan Donovan is the founder of FATHERSLIVESMATTER:
an online society for helping fathers who are fighting to be in their children’s lives.
Alan is also the host of The Father’s Truth, a podcast that focuses on fathers from around the world and their stories of fighting to be in their children’s lives.
Alan talks with Josh about his journey to fight for custody of his son, how we was able to survive the loneliness and struggle of that time, and even how he was able to make enough money to meet his son’s needs.
He gives advice for others dad’s fighting the courts for custody, and talks about how to be a better father and a better man through those struggles.
Mike James is a life coach, motivational speaker, and author.
His poetic stories, produced in audio format provide a unique perspective on life, and open up listeners to conversations about what it means to be a man, and to work through struggles and hardships.
Mike James on The Manlihood ManCast
Mike talks with Josh about his own journey to becoming a man, dealing with hurt and trauma,
and channeling those experiences into helping others.
Certified Life Coach
Mike James, CPCC is a Certified Life Coach and public speaker who has successfully worked with over 900 clients in both 1-on-1 and group settings. His “Secrets of a Life Coach” series has featured on NBC, CBS, Fox, and WCCO Radio.
Mike is passionate about getting people out of the rough seas of their minds so they can feel the calm waters of the bigger picture. His coaching and his work have helped people across all walks of life, including medical professionals, busy parents, entrepreneurs, those suffering from mental illness or trauma, and the everyday person hungry to get more “life” out of living.
When he is not coaching or creating stories he can be found with his dogs in nature, on a patio with friends, reading a book or finding creative ways to connect you…to you!
Peter O. Estévez is a motivational expert, and his podcast has over 1 million impressions with a global audience.
Born in Mexico City, migrated to the United States at the age of 10. He grew up in poverty, and a toxic home life, and learned to overcome and find success, but then he discovered that many of the same toxic mindsets were still inside him.
Peter is a partner in several energy companies (oil and gas) and an entrepreneur. He is an advocate for recovery and mental health, and also works as a philanthropist, and strives to make a difference in the world.
Brennen Nakane started out as an Ivy League philosopher, college football player, and rapper with a Business Economics degree from Brown University.
Then, he married a classically trained singer and film actress. The Nakane’s didn’t anticipate that their interest in human nature, philosophy, and communication would lead to the discovery that would revolutionize the way people think about personality, body language and human behavior.
The Nakane’s are pioneering what they call a “miraculous scientific discovery”
– as they combine body language, eye movements, and more into a unique framework to classify and understand people’s motivations.
The pair wrestled with what to do with their discovery, and are currently working to develop and promote their findings and understandings in a way that glorifies God and helps humanity.
We sit down with Brennen, who describes what he’s learned from years of observing the principles and patterns of human behavior and communication, how he believes it relates to life, and more.
We also talk about being a man, how to be a better man, and how to anticipate our regrets.
I have some good news! Some of you may know about my cataracts, – and the limiting effect it’s had on my vision. For those of you haven’t heard, I’ve had a steady decrease in my vision for a couple of years now, and because of a variety of complications, it took awhile for the doctors to determine the cause.
Now that we know it is caused by cataracts, we have a plan
The surgery is normally simple, but because of my small pupils, there are some extra complications.
The other complication is of my own making. I have not been taking the best care of my body and put some weight back on. Some of you know that I had lost 100 pounds in a year- but I’ve gained back some of that weight. It was my own choices, and I have been paying the price for it with inflammation and struggle. Now, that weight is actually threatening my vision.
When the doctor set my surgery date, I need to have my BMI lowered to a certain percentage in order to minimize the risk of some kind of rupture in my eyes.
Basically, I have to lose 40 pounds before the surgery.
Now, this post has been scheduled ahead – so by the time you’re reading this, I am well on my way toward crushing that goal.
But I am realizing that as I have to put a significant amount of time into meal prep, physical activity and more, I have got to pull back so that I can focus.
What does that mean for Manlihood?
Well, a few things. First of all, it means that I’ve got to take some time off from my weekly solo shows that release on Tuesdays. I’ll be back, probably around summer, or maybe sooner. You’ll see a new and improved Josh Hatcher – one most likely without glasses, and one that is a good bit skinnier.
I will continue to release my interview shows. I’ve got several shows recorded and “in the hopper” ready to go out, and a few more interviews scheduled over the next couple weeks. Which means that there will still be episodes of the Manlihood ManCast released weekly – but for now, the focus will be on our interview shows.
It also means that I’ve been challenged. There’s a part of my character that has been week – a chink of my own masculinity that has kept me weaker, and lesser than I should be.
I avoid pain at all costs. And to grow and get stronger (and lose weight) – there is going to be pain. Self Discipline is painful.
And I have learned to comfort my emotions and entertain myself with food that is bad for me. I protect myself from my painful emotions sometimes with sugar and salt and fat and chemicals that taste yummy. And the unwanted side effect is a soft armor around my entire body.
My armor of fat doesn’t protect me, though. In fact, it invites dirty looks and smart-ass remarks, makes my clothes uncomfortable, makes my body off-balance and clumsy, and feeds the internal shame monster that keeps the cycle going.
My pain avoidance doesn’t help me either. Because while I avoid the pain in my muscles and joints from walking, running, lifting, stretching – I’m just causing myself more pain in my joints and muscles.
Now I’ve got a temporary motivator. Lose 40 pounds fast so that my eyes can get fixed. The PAIN of being almost blind has been frightening and frustrating beyond belief.
That’s just a small amount of how much this fat man needs to lose. I’ve lost hundreds of pounds over and over and over again for years. So this temporary goal has to push beyond. I can’t stay here.
I can’t lead this movement if I’m blind. And I can’t lead this movement well if I’m living in the sin of a lack of self-control and pain avoidance.