If you are here, it most likely means you are a MARRIED DAD. There is a perception out there in today’s society that if you are a MARRIED DAD with a traditional family, there must not be any challenges or obstacles. That is simply not the case. If you are a married Dad, it means you most likely view yourself as the strength and rock of your family. It means you most likely quietly stress about the things that your wife and kids do not know about. It means you most likely work extremely hard at work because you know that life is not all about you…it’s about those amazing people around you. It also means at times you have to figure out how to juggle work time, kid time, quality time with your spouse, and perhaps a little bit of time for yourself somehow. Being in this situation, means you are pulled in several different directions. This page is dedicated especially for you. You will find valuable tips and tricks that will make your journey more enjoyable.

Fighting for My Life and the Love of the Game with Mark Herzlich

Mark Herzlich

In 2008, Mark Herzlich, was one of the best college linebackers in the country, an All-American, and the ACC Defensive Player of the Year. After his junior year, at the very top of his game, Mark was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. He was told by his doctors that he had as low as a 10% chance of survival and that his playing days were over, that he might not ever run again. He was just 21. 16 months after Mark was diagnosed, he was back on the field playing for Boston College and in another 16 months he had won a Super Bowl with the New York Giants. Mark played in 11 games, starting two at linebacker for the 2011 Super Bowl Team. Mark went on to play 7 seasons for the New York Giants and retired in 2018.

In May 2015, Mark married his college sweetheart Danielle, who is a retired Captain in the United States Army, New Jersey National Guard. Danielle, who was a victim of physical, mental and emotional abuse as a child, and Mark have made it their mission to end relationship violence. The couple are national board members, fundraisers, and constant volunteers for The Joyful Heart Foundation, which works to create a world free of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. They are also national board members for A Call to Men, which works to create a world where all men and boys are loving and respectful, and where all women and girls are valued and safe. Mark and Danielle have spoken all over the country to schools, Fortune 500 companies, professional sports teams and college teams, educating them on healthy relationships and healthy manhood.

In 2015, Mark also published his memoir titled, “What it Takes: Fighting for My Life and My Love of the Game”. Mark currently works for ESPN as a college football analyst and is the founder and host of “The Superhero Dad Podcast.” The podcast works to inspire men to put their capes on when they walk in their front doors, not just when they walk out of them. Mark has two children and lives in New England with his family.

Mark’s life journey was a rough one, but he consistently talks about how his father was there for him through it all. As fathers, we can learn from this and try to create a realm of psychological safety for our children. They look up to us and open up to us. If we don’t make them feel safe, they will learn to hide their problems and seek help elsewhere. Being a present father in our children’s lives is something that we should never take for granted. Take Mark for example. If his father hadn’t been there to say, “Let’s do this,” he might have taken the wrong path that would have ended his career. The fact that his father was there throughout the entire journey and finally said, “We did it” shows the commitment Mark’s father demonstrated throughout his son’s life.

Take the time today to allow your children to come to you with any and everything. It’s such a gift to have your child feel safe enough to come and talk to you. It builds a bond and trust that you don’t find anywhere else in life.

What You’ll Learn: 

[6:59]

Mark recalls his childhood and what his family was like.

[11:20]

Mark talks about how his parents influenced him and his brother when they were younger.

[18:48]

Mark talks about the moment he decided he wanted to play football professionally.

[22:07]

Mark talks about when his professional football career finally took off.

[24:45]

Mark remembers the emotions he felt when he first heard his diagnosis.

[27:07]

Mark talks about his training schedule and what his first round of treatment looked like.

[34:45]

Mark talks about his father’s role in his treatment and how he helped him through it.

[38:12]

Mark talks about what happened at the end of his treatment.

[44:01]

Mark talks about the emotions he felt when he received the phone call that he was cancer free.

[45:32]

Mark talks about how he felt when his dad said, “We did it.”

[47:13]

Mark talks about his seven-year NFL career.

[47:30]

Mark talks about how he met his wife and how he created an environment of psychological safety for her.

[58:40]

Mark talks about the power of psychological safety.

[1:01:12]

Mark talks about what his family will be celebrating 20 years from now.

[1:04:12]

Mark talks about the things he is grateful for about his dad if his he were sitting in front of him.

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Finding Your Inner Strength Through Adversity Comes from Within with Ben Newman

Mindset is the Key to Success with Vernon Fox III

Embracing Fear and Living Life to the Fullest with Sal Frisella


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Yes Men Don’t Change the World with Larry Hagner

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Larry Hagner is bringing us a personal account of a conversation he had with his 13-year-old son about cutting the grass. When his son questioned him on it, Larry responded in a way that he wished he hadn’t. After apologizing to his son, he realized that it wasn’t the fact of mowing the grass; it was that he didn’t explain to his son why he wanted him to mow the grass.

Having a stubborn child can be both a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because your child has a gift; they challenge the status quo and stick up for what they believe in. On the other hand, their stubbornness is also a curse because they are willing to argue with you if they don’t understand something. In the case with Larry’s son, he mowed the grass because his dad asked him to, but with a poor attitude because he didn’t understand why he had to mow the backyard too. Once Larry explained to him why he wanted the backyard mowed, his whole demeanor changed. He then understood that there actually was a purpose to mowing the grass.

A strong-willed child means they have a gift. They are not willing to budge on their beliefs because they hold true to their values. As fathers, we are leaders in our household. If we teach our strong-willed children that if you challenge the status quo, be respectful about it. If they aren’t respectful, it’s our job to course-correct that behavior, so it’s not ill-received. Challenging the status quo is how people change the world. Yes men don’t change the world because they are too afraid to say no.

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Parenting with Leadership with Stewart Friedman and Alyssa Westring

Breaking the Cycle of Reactive Parenting


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The Art of Survival with EJ Snyder

EJ Snyder

EJ Snyder is a husband, father, retired US Army combat veteran, actor, and survivalist. He has appeared on the show Naked and Afraid and Naked and Afraid XL. He was also a host on the TV show Dual Survival during its 9th season. EJ is married to his wife Amy, and they have two children, Tyler and Kassidy. 

EJ’s claim to fame can be seen through his extraordinary survival, tracking, trapping, navigation, self-reliance, and self-defense skills. He is known as The Skullcrusher, an extreme survivalist, and adventurer who has been teaching survival skills to soldiers and civilians for over 20 years. After serving in the military for 25 years, EJ knew he wanted to be in entertainment and inspire people to develop a survivalist mindset. 

Mindset is crucial to the element of survival. EJ is considered a master of mindset, and he talks about how you never quit just because it’s hard or because you’re in pain. You work around it, you force yourself to overcome obstacles, and finish the race. EJ’s mantra is live every day like it’s your last, and I think we can all benefit from this as fathers, husbands, and men. We have to take every chance we have in life to be the best husband, father, and man that we can be. It may be difficult at times, but with the right mindset, we have the power to live epic, legendary lives. 

What You’ll Learn: 

[5:48]

EJ gives us a background on Naked and Afraid and his other accomplishments.

[18:48]

EJ recalls his childhood and how he grew up.

[22:37]

EJ recalls his time in the Army and how he ended up where he’s at now.

[32:34]

EJ talks about his two kids.

[36:22]

EJ talks about how he went about fatherhood when his kids were younger.

[43:22]

EJ talks about why his spirit animal is the wolf.

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Modern Survival for Dads with Mike Glover

Mindset is the Key to Success with Vernon Fox III

How to Optimize and Integrate Your Mindset For a Fantastic Life with David Anderson


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Understanding How Food Impacts Our Lives with Barton Scott

Barton Scott

Barton Scott is a Chemical Engineer, Nutritionist, and founder of UpgradedFormulas.com. Barton is passionate about helping people combat the stressors of daily life, the toxicity of the modern world, the utter lack of nutrients, and the mineral absorption issues that we all face. He has made it his mission to reduce suffering by increasing the public’s understanding of the human body’s interrelationships.

Scott started his business, Upgraded Formulas, when he began to have short-term memory loss and brain fogginess. Scott, a Chemical Engineer, had a very sharp mind and was always on top of his game. However, when he started to experience brain fog, he knew something was up. It was after years of reading and research that Barton realized he was deficient in minerals. After performing multiple tests, he discovered a test that actually delivered meaningful results. Barton knew all the supplements he would have to take in order to remedy his problem. However, Barton knew that mineral supplements had trouble dissolving into the body. The purpose of Upgraded Formulas was to upgrade the mineral formulas, so they could better absorb into the body and produce astronomical results.

Using his background in Chemical Engineering and nutrition, Barton created mineral supplements that actually worked. The website provides an at-home hair test that you send in to the company, so they can test what minerals you are deficient in, and recommend a product for you. Barton’s research and knowledge is astounding and enlightening in our world today. We are so consumed with food, but we don’t realize that most of the foods we eat, don’t contain the minerals we need for health. Barton’s mission is to educate people to understand the purpose of how the food we eat affects our health, and what we can do to fix it.

What You’ll Learn: 

[2:39]

Barton introduces himself and talks about his journey.

[4:52]

Barton talks about his ADHD diagnosis and his decisions from there on out.

[9:16]

Barton tells us why physicians are so quick to handout medication to people with ADHD. You have to make your own health decisions when it comes to your body.

[10:08]

Barton talks about how important getting your nutrition aligned is and how we eat way more than we need to.

[16:16]

Medicine doesn’t fix everything.

[22:30]

Barton talks about the main deficiencies in children with ADHD and how packaged food isn’t adequately providing the nutrients they need.

[25:08]

Barton talks about what different vitamins and minerals the body needs.

[31:22]

Barton talks about how the food we eat affects our daily functions and deficiencies.

[37:00]

Barton talks about ED and its causes.

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Faster than Normal: Secrets of the ADHD Brain with Peter Shankman

Health is Wealth with Shawn Tolleson


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How to Become More Intentional with Your Time and Family with Carlos Reyes

Carlos Reyes

Carlos Reyes is a husband, father, serial entrepreneur, and owner of 31 businesses. He came to this country illegally as a young boy and watched his mother struggle to take care of him and his 2 siblings. Carlos eventually gained citizenship and quit his corporate job in 2015 after 14 years. Reyes found his passion in real estate and pursued the dream of becoming the owner of a real estate investment company. Carlos’ mantra in life is being more intentional with your time in order to get the most out of life. 

There is an extreme importance in being intentional with your time, family, and moving with a purpose. You can’t just say your main priorities are your family, yet you don’t intentionally carve out time to spend with them. Children spell love like T-I-M-E. All children want is our time, and they feel the most loved when we give them it. They don’t care about how much money we make, or what we buy them. They just want our undivided attention in order to feel important.

What You’ll Learn: 

[5:02]

Carlos talks about the things he enjoys doing outside of work.

[6:31]

Carlos talks about how he recharges when he’s on vacations with his family. Being intentional is the most important aspect when it comes to family.

[15:18]

Reyes talks about the intentional time he carves out for his daughters.

[22:33]

Carlos talks about his childhood and how he, his mother, and his siblings came to America. You don’t have to have a father to be a great father.

[37:25]

Carlos talks about his birthmark.

[45:20]

Reyes talks about his core values his in marriage.

[51:47]

Carlos talks about what his family would be celebrating about 25 years from now.

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Creating a Family Culture of Connection

Finding Your Inner Strength Through Adversity Comes from Within with Ben Newman

How to Optimize and Integrate Your Mindset For a Fantastic Life with David Anderson


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