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.
Welcome to the Manlihood ManCast, the podcast for men, where we focus on personal development and explore the stories of men who are making an impact in the world. Today, we’re honored to have with us Morgan Elliott, a filmmaker and Canton native, who directed the documentary “Potty Town.”
Who is Morgan Elliott?
Meet Morgan Elliott, the talented director behind the hit documentary film “Potty Town.” Not only did this film reach the top 15 on the iTunes/Apple chart for documentaries in the U.S., but it is now available for streaming on Amazon Prime. In addition to his work on “Potty Town,” Morgan has a wealth of experience in the film industry as a writer, editor, and cinematographer. He has also served as the DoP on several award-winning short films.
“Potty Town” tells the story of one man’s humorous and sometimes tumultuous journey as he battles small town government officials to preserve his artistic toilet creations and defend his first amendment rights. This quirky film is a must-see for anyone interested in a unique blend of comedy and social commentary.
Morgan Elliott Background
Morgan Elliott is a talented young filmmaker who has always had a passion for storytelling. He grew up in Canton, New York, and after studying film in college, he decided to pursue a career in the industry. He has worked on a variety of projects in the past, but “Potty Town” marks his first time in the director’s chair. He’s excited to share his vision with audiences everywhere, and we can’t wait to see what he has in store for us.
About Potty Town
“Potty Town: Where Protest Meets Porcelain” is a new documentary that tells the story of Frederick J. “Hank” Robar Sr., and his 25-year-long dispute with the Northern New York town of Potsdam. The film recounts how Robar’s first toilet garden was sown when he reportedly asked the town for a zoning change at one of his properties on Market Street. The request was denied due to traffic concerns, but the town approved a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise to open just three blocks away. This led to the start of a porcelain protest that has now grown across six different properties, with the town making several attempts to uproot the flower-filled potties.
The documentary explores the motivations behind Robar’s decision to create the toilet gardens, and how they’ve evolved over time. Morgan Elliot’s film also delves into the impact of the gardens on the local community and the relationship between the town and Robar. This film is a true story of protest and resilience that will have audiences captivated.
More from Morgan Elliott and Potty Town
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We would like to thank Morgan Elliott for joining us today, and we encourage you to watch “Potty Town” on Amazon Prime Video!
Thank you for listening to the Manlihood ManCast, the podcast for men. Be sure to tune in next week for more great content on personal development and the stories of men who are making a difference in the world.
Our guest on the Manlihood ManCast this week is Dr. Terrence Z. Johnson, a counselor and motivational speaker who specializes in personal development for men. Dr. Johnson is a licensed professional counselor and board certified tele-mental health provider with a wealth of experience in working with men to help them achieve their goals and live their best lives.
Understanding and Working with Dreams for Personal Development
On the show, Dr. Johnson will be discussing the importance of understanding and working with our dreams as a tool for personal growth and development. He believes that our dreams can reveal valuable insights about ourselves and can help us tap into our inner wisdom to guide us on our journey of self-discovery.
Learn more about Dr. Johnson and his Work
Dr. Johnson is also the founder and CEO of I-Progress, a personal development and coaching company that helps men to achieve their goals and reach their full potential. He believes that by understanding and working with our inner selves, we can unlock our true potential and live our best lives. You can find out more about Dr. Johnson and his work by visiting his website, I-Progress (https://iprogress.cc/), and following him on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/iprogresscc/) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/iprogresscc/).
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The CEO and the janitor may not be equal in terms of pay scale, or even the value that they add to an organization – but as people, they have an equality of value.
The guy scrubbing the toilets and the guy scrubbing the paychecks BOTH need to see themselves as leaders.
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Leadership belongs in all areas of life
Your job, your family, your community, your own SELF-IMPROVEMENT, all require leadership skills. Every aspect and every area of your life will benefit if you view yourself as a leader, and if you apply the principles of leading others to leading yourself.
Leadership needs no title
You don’t need an official title to lead. If you are at the bottom of the rung, you can still set the tone, and take on responsibility.
Leadership is influence
The very nature of leadership is not that it demands obedience, but that it conveys influence upon others. Very few people obey a title. But many will follow the example of someone who is a positive influence on them, and who strives to help them improve.
Leadership is service
Leadership is about service. If we go to great historical leaders who led people well, we will see that their goal wasn’t fame or fortune, their goal wasn’t always victory or domination – but their goal was to serve their people, their country, their community, their circle.
Fight Club is a panel discussion of men (and this time – a woman) about various topics of interest. This episode features Josh Hatcher, his wife Zoe Hatcher, and Brian Mahaney
In this episode, Zoe Hatcher says:
One thing that I think is lacking in many men is emotional health. I believe this is largely due to cultural norms that dictate that men should not express their emotions and that showing emotions is a sign of weakness.
This is complete nonsense.
All humans have emotions and it is perfectly natural and healthy to recognize and express them. In fact, being able to identify and communicate one’s feelings can lead to stronger relationships.
It does not make a man any less masculine or strong to be emotionally healthy. On the contrary, it shows that he is self-aware and capable of managing his emotions in a healthy way.
According to Oxford University Press (OUP), publishers behind the Oxford English Dictionary, the slang term refers to a type of behavior which is “unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, slovenly, or greedy, typically in a way that rejects social norms or expectations” – traits that may have become familiar to many during lockdown.
Personal Development for Men
At Manlihood, we’re about helping men become better men. That means we focus a lot on personal development for men. We encourage men to help lift each other up, and challenge each other to become better. That’s truly how we defeat goblin mode.
You don’t want to be a goblin
Neither do I! We shouldn’t be content do descend into the laziest, sloppiest, most self-serving versions of ourselves. To break the cycle, we have to commit to a plan of personal development, and commit to relationships with other men who call us higher.
If you don’t want to be a goblin – and want to break out of goblin mode…
Then shoot me a message at email@example.com I’d love to help you break out of Goblin Mode in 2023.
We know Santa Claus as a chubby white-haired man that wears red clothing and gives gifts to children, but much of that modern image was created by 19th century poets and the Coca Cola Company. The truth is he was a man with balls.
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St Nicholas: Patron Saint of Everything
Many different groups have adopted St. Nicholas as the patron saint of their causes… children, sailors, the falsely accused, merchants, archers, brewers, Russia, broadcasters, and students.
And the reasons behind that is usually because of a story from his life.
He was born in 270 AD in Turkey among the greeks that lived there. His parents were wealthy, and they died in a plague when he was young. He was raised as a Christian by his uncle Nicholas, and became a priest.
At that time, Christians would often make a dangerous pilgrimage to Jerusalem to visit the Holy City where Jesus lived and died. In 312 AD, he started his journey. During that time, he briefly settled in a cave with a group of monks. As bandits and thieves started attacking the surrounding settlement of mostly pilgrims, Nicholas took the women and children into his cave to protect them against the raiders.
When he returned to Turkey, he was named as the Bishop in the town of Myra. Christianity was widespread, but it was still under assault from the Roman empire. You remember the tales of the Christians in the arenas being eaten by lions – much of that happened under the persecution of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. The emperor’s disdain for Christians is what got Nicholas tossed in prison.
He was kept in solitary and suffered many beatings for refusing to recant his belief in Jesus.
In 2005, Saint Nicholas’s body was exhumed and forensically analyzed. There was ample evidence of broken bones, and a broken nose. This lends scientific credence to that story.
When Constantine converted to Christianity and established it as the official religion of the Roman Empire in 320 AD, they let Nicholas out of jail, and he attended the Council of Nicea in 325. Essentially, the church confirmed the doctrines of the early church at that time, and Nicholas would have had a lot of input on the matter.
It was then that Arius presented his heretical view of Jesus, not as God, but as only a mortal man. Arius was leading people astray from the truths that the church accepted, and condeming the teachings that Christians worldwide had been giving their lives for.
Nick was having none of it – and in front of everyone, walked up and slapped him across the face like he was Chris Rock at the Oscars.
The other bishops were pissed. They took his bishop robes, took his book of scriptures and threw Nick in jail.
But in the morning, when the jailer came to check on him, his shackles had been loosened, and he was fully dressed in his bishop robes and had his book. No one could explain how, and so it has been credited as a miracle.
There were many other miraculous and almost unbelievable stories that have been recorded about Saint Nicholas.
One legend show Nicholas not only catching a serial killer, but bringing the victims back to life! Three children were captured by a butcher, who chopped up their bodies and put them in a pickling brine, where they stayed for years. When Nicholas came to town, he was prompted with knowledge from God to demand that the butcher open up the barrel, exposing his crime.
Then Nicholas commanded that the dead children come back to life.
Another time, while sailing, the ship came under assault by violent storms. The crew and passengers were despairing and preparing to die. Nicholas said, “All you have to do is call out to God to save you.” and then as they prayed, he commanded the storm to cease, and it did.
Whether these miraculous stories are true, I can’t say, for sure, but I’m a believer in such miracles. But even if they are only legends, there’s something about the story of a man willing to speak with the kind of authority that could raise dead children and silence a stormy sea.
Our contemporary Santa is known for giving gifts in stockings to children, but this story comes from a very powerful story about St. Nick.
There was a poor man with three daughters. He could not afford a dowry in order to pay for them to be married. In those days, no husband would take a wife without a dowry. If a young girl didn’t have such a cushion, she may be sold into slavery, or forced to enter the sex trade. St. Nicholas had compassion on the girls, and tossed some gold coins into the window, which landed in a pair of stockings hung by the fire to dry.
His courage, his commitment, his authority, and his kindness, are why Saint Nicholas is featured today for his Testicular Fortitude.
I’m putting together a group of men who want to make a radical change in their lives. We’ll set goals, break them down into actionable steps, and then hold each other accountable each week with a check in and each month with a call.
Imagine waking up in 2024 and being a completely different person.
Basically – in 2023, we’re going to set some big hairy goals, we’re going to break them down and we’re going to do them.
1. This is going to cost you some money. 2. This is going to be hard as hell. 3. This is going to be worth every penny and every ounce of pain you put into this.
EMAIL Me if you want to do this. firstname.lastname@example.org
Today’s guest is a commercial fisherman in the cold waters of Alaska, and he has raised his kids on the fishing boat. Richard Wheeler shares with us his experiences and perspectives on this edition of the Manlihood ManCast
We invited Richard Wheeler to be a guest on the Manlihood ManCast because his career is a very manly one. Fishing on the open sea, responsibly harvesting salmon and cod from the cold Alaskan waters is a manly endeavor. And Richard’s old school perspective on family, on the world, will definitely resonate with our audience.
Rich Wheeler has been an Alaska fisherman for over 20 years. He longlines in the spring and fall and runs a small gillnet boat out of Cordova, AK in the summer. Rich brings his family out on the boat as often as possible and strives to pass on the tradition of sustainable and respectful fishing.
Rich does much of the fishing for Sena Sea, and we also source from fellow fishermen who share our high-quality standards, and commitment to sustainability.
The Wheelers are a 3rd generation fishing family in Alaska. Richard and his wife Sena own the fishing company Sena Sea
Rich has fished for more than 25 years,and his experiences on the Alaskan waters as a fisherman and conservationist make for an interesting discussion.
Raising Kids on the Boat
Richard Wheeler talks about taking his young kids on the fishing boat, and what it means to truly have a family business.
Today’s guest has a message for dads. Ben Killoy helps dads live up to be the kind of father’s they are meant to be.
Marine Corps Vet and Dad Coach
Ben Killoy served in the Marine Corps, and he and his wife have three kids.
Ben’s journey to become a better father and find his purpose has uncovered a new passion – helping other men find their purpose and become better fathers.
Leading Men Through Their Darkness
Ben Killoy says, “We all know what goes up must come down but we forget that gravity pulls. Working together we will create a vision of a future with gravity to pull you towards it. That remaining who you are every day is the craziest thought you have ever had.”