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

Ben Newman

Ben Newman is an author, public speaker, and financial advisor coach. He is famous for being the Mental Conditioning Coach for the Alabama Crimson Tide Football Team. Ben helps sales and sports teams around the world and specializes in mental toughness. He helps people build a stronger commitment to their purpose and process by educating them on building mental toughness. Taking ownership when you’re wrong is the first step to maturity. It allows you to look past your pride and admit that you messed up and that you want to make it right. Taking ownership also means figuring out what you want to do in or with your life and OWNING it.

Finding strength in adversity comes from within. It happens when you’re at the end of your rope, when you feel the most hopeless. You have a choice to make. Do you want to give up, or do you want to find your inner strength and push forward? 

Lastly, taking action. Taking action occurs when you least WANT to. It happens when you’re tired, and you don’t feel like doing anything, or you can’t find the motivation. After taking action, you begin to feel better and wonder what the big fuss was all about. This is the first step to CHANGE. 

What You’ll Learn: 

[4:20]

Ben talks about his childhood. He recalls how he had to grow up fast during his youth. His mother passed 11 days before his 8th birthday.

[9:17]

Ben recalls how he processed his mom’s death. He recalls being angry as a way to deal with the event.

[11:23]

Newman recalls the love he felt from the motherly figures in his life that gave him that connection he was missing.

[13:44]

Ben remembers how it was living with his father during his youth. He learned what it meant to work, and take care of himself.

[15:48]

Newman talks about basketball being the outlet of choice for him.

[19:07]

Ben recalls his post-performance talks with his dad.

[22:00]

Ben shares his hypothetical response toward his son if his son came to him, and said he didn’t want to play basketball anymore.

[26:04]

Ben gives advice for any parent that struggles to let their kids come to them first about sports, instead of using the harsh, yelling method.

[31:45]

Ben talks about his current relationship with his father.

[32:30]

Ben recalls the events during his teenage years, and how he dealt with not having a mother in his life.

[36:44]

Newman talks about how he came about to the work he does currently.

[40:53]

Ben talks about his life coach, and how his coach has helped him. His exposure to coaches led him to his current career.

[42:19]

We have 100% control over our mindset.

[47:08]

Ben talks about his high points over the course of his career.

[55:07]

Ben recalls how he keeps his marriage alive.

[58:59]

Ben talks about what it means to live legendary.

[1:02:14]

Ben talks about what he would hypothetically say to his mom if he were to have dinner with her one night.

[1:05:33]

Newman hypothetically talks about what his family would talk about around the dinner table in 30 years.

RELATED EPISODES:

How Overcoming Adversity Can Make You a Better Dad with Nick Dinardo

Weird & Wonderful Ways to Build Mental Resilience with Ben Aldridge

Finding the Strength Through the Struggle


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Living Your Most Authentic Self as a Husband, Father, and Business Owner with Scott Holman

Scott Holman

Scott Holman is a husband, father, business owner, and founder of the program Stop Clowning Around. Scott’s day job is the Director of Sales for national accounts for a very large security company. Scott’s organization, Stop Clowning Around, is about developing human beings into a level of mastery. He has also recently taken on two properties that he has flipped for financial investment.

Scott’s number one asset that he pushes is learning how to view things from someone else’s perspective. Perspective drives everything in life, especially our interactions. Everyone has a different set of lenses they see the world through, and we can’t change that. You will be much better as a person and as a business leader if you learn to look at things from someone else’s perspective.

Another thing that Scott practices regularly with his wife and children is communication. Communication is key to healthy marriage, along with being each other’s best friend. Communication and time are the key to raising your children to be strong men and women. Being there for your wife and kids, and not telling them how to do things or “fix it” for them is the driving factor in successful relationships.

Asking someone a series of questions that will lead them down the path of discovery is much better than fixing the problem for them. Most people don’t need us to tell them that we’re doing something wrong, they need us to walk the path with them and allow themselves to vocalize it, so they can take the action step at the end. This means, being intentional and allowing yourself to sit and listen, when you’d rather take control of the situation.

As men, we are the leaders and masters of 3 areas – ourselves, our families, and our businesses. In order to live legendary, we have to understand that life is always about the journey of mastery. It isn’t about the destination of mastery, and never having to learn. We are constantly learning along the journey, and that’s how we become legendary!

What You’ll Learn: 

[3:10]

Scott talks about how Monday’s are the best days, right after Friday’s because you don’t need to wait for a fresh start.

[4:32]

Scott talks about how he shifted his mindset about Monday’s.

[6:31]

Scott talks about his family and how he has one set of biological children, and another set of adopted biracial children. He has been married to his wife for over 24 years.

[9:22]

Scott talks about how he has been able to have such a successful marriage.

[11:42]

Scott talks about how his kids to be strong confident men and women.

[16:09]

Scott talks about how he has been successful with changing his perspective when he communicates with his wife.

[21:55]

Scott recalls the things that will be different in his marriage from now until his 25th year of marriage.

[24:18]

Scott talks about all of his current projects.

[28:01]

Scott talks about the secret behind his success.

[33:20]

Scott talks about what it means to live legendary.

[37:07]

Scott thinks about what his family would be talking about if they were to all sit around the table 25 years from now.

[39:12]

Scott talks about Stop Clowning Around.

[42:36]

Scott talks about what things have been happening in his life the past year.

[46:13]

Scott talks about the vision for his brand for the next 12 months.

RELATED EPISODES:

Living Your Authentic Life

Parenting with Leadership with Stewart Friedman and Alyssa Westring

Communication with Your Wife: What You’re Missing


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Mindset is the Key to Success with Vernon Fox III

Vernon Fox III

Vernon Fox III is a retired football player, husband, father, coach, consultant, and international public speaker. Fox played for the San Diego Chargers, Detroit Lions, Washington Redskins, and Denver Broncos. He was awarded MVP for Special Teams He was raised in a strong Christian household where his father was physically and emotionally present in his life. Vernon speaks fondly of his father as a positive role model; he was a faithful and stable figure in Fox’s life. When it comes to success, it’s really about your mindset that makes you successful, not your skill set. If you have a strong mentality to persevere through hard times, you’ll be ten times more successful than the person with just a strong skill set. Mindset requires training and practice, it doesn’t just happen overnight.Excuses are justifications for losers; it’s you trying to find an escape route. A reason is something that’s outside your control. Most people will try to find a way to turn their excuse into a reason, and you can’t live life that way. If you own up to what you can control, and you understand what you cannot control, you can separate it from the beginning. When you do this, you end up not living by the excuses. Perseverance is not something you are born with. It’s something you learn and adapt to. You have to decide within yourself that you aren’t going to quit, no matter what life throws at you. You’re going to pick yourself and try again tomorrow. This is how you become successful no matter what your skills are and no matter where you come from.

What You’ll Learn: 

[3:42]

Vernon talks about his childhood and how much his parents had an influence in his life.

[10:31]

Vernon recalls how he implements the values he learned from his parents in his own life with his marriage and children.

[12:15]

Vernon talks about the things his mother taught him about what a woman needs.

[15:36]

Vernon talks about mindset lessons he learned while playing professional football.

[18:02]

Vernon talks about how he had to strengthen his mindset when he would move every couple of years to play for different teams.

[21:17]

Vernon talks about the strength of his faith during his professional football years.

[23:08]

Vernon talks about his 2 children, a son and a daughter, and the differences between raising each one.

[29:12]

Vernon talks about how he’s been able to cultivate strong leadership out of his son’s stubborn, competitive attitude.

[32:27]

Vernon talks about what is most important to raise a strong, confident daughter.

[34:29]

Vernon talks about a reason versus an excuse.

[36:40]

Vernon talks about a quote that he lives by and takes a lot of pride in, “Work like it all depends on you, and pray like it all depends on God.”

[39:19]

Vernon talks about what it means to live legendary.

[41:22]

Vernon discusses a quote by Napoleon Hill and what it means to him.

[44:48]

Vernon talks about sustainability as a man, and what it means to keep on the right path.

RELATED EPISODES:

Pressure, Perseverance, and Fatherhood with UFC Fighter James Krause

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

How Fatherhood is Leadership with TEDx Speaker Devon Bandison


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

David Anderson

David Anderson is a husband, father, owner and creative director of Chimaeric Motion Pictures. He has been doing videos since high school, but has professionally been making videos since 2007. He started working for Chimaeric Motion Pictures in 2007, and eventually took over ownership in 2014.
“Intelligence is knowing what to do when you don’t know what to do.” In life, we are sometimes faced with problems and challenges, and we aren’t sure what to do. Being prepared is the ultimate tool for overcoming this unknown and making the right decisions. Knowing what you can and can’t control allows you to navigate a situation in ways you wouldn’t have if you weren’t prepared.

There are times in our marriages and parenthood where we have to learn things the hard way. Two lessons that can be learned from these relationships are – communication and vulnerability are critical. We try to portray a certain aura of who we are as a human being to the world. In doing that, you tend to put up barriers for how you actually feel, and you don’t commit to being vulnerable and 100% honest in the relationship. You shouldn’t wear masks in front of them; you should be totally and completely who you are.

You have to go through hardships in order to fully appreciate and understand those lessons. It’s one thing to read about something, or talk about something, than it is to actually experience it. When you experience it, that’s when you actually learn it.

What You’ll Learn: 

[0:56]

David talks about his company and how he got into the field of video production.

[2:48]

David shares with us what his family looks like. (Wife, daughter, son)

[4:27]

David talks about the differences in raising a strong young man, versus a strong young woman. He’s trying to instill in his daughter the notion of self-worth. As for his son, he is trying to teach him to be gentle.

[8:04]

David talks about how he gets his son to be okay with feeling his feelings. He states that he tries to be present for him, and when he’s feeling something, David tries to communicate and talk with him. He lets his son take ownership of the decisions he makes.

[11:57]

David talks about how he’s been able to instill self-worth in his daughter throughout all the commotion of social media. He and his wife are big on letting their children take ownership of their choices. He always lets his daughter know that she is enough and that she can be whoever she wants to be.

[19:50]

David mentions a quote he lives by, “Intelligence is knowing what to do when you don’t know what to do.” Be prepared in any situation, even if you don’t know what that situation is. The way to accomplish this is mental preparation.

[22:32]

David talks about a lesson about marriage and fatherhood that he learned the hard way. Communication and vulnerability are critical.

[30:20]

David talks about what he wishes he would’ve known, before marriage and family, about being an entrepreneur.

[41:47]

David talks about the Accelerator program and his takeaways from the group. Accountability is crucial in entrepreneurship.

[45:18]

David talks about what it means to “Live Legendary.”

[46:52]

David talks about what his children would say in his eulogy.

[49:20]

David talks about what his family would be celebrating at the end of 2021, such as their connections and experiences.

RELATED EPISODES:

Raising Strong Girls—A Dad’s Guide with Dr. Tim Jordan

Eric Davis Raising Men

Managing Happiness: Applying Business Success Principles to Family Life with David Henzel


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Turning Habits Into Rituals to Live an Effortless Life with Greg McKeown

Greg McKeown

Greg McKeown is a husband, father, author, public speaker, and leadership and business strategist. He is the author of the books Essentialism and Effortless and the CEO of McKeown Inc. McKeown is a renowned LinkedIn Author for the Harvard Business Review and his writings have appeared in the New York Times, The Huffington Post, Fast Company, Fortune, and Politico. Greg’s main purpose is to help people and teams discover what drives success and what doesn’t. McKeown thrives off of challenging conventional wisdom and focuses on what you really need in order to be successful.Mistake-free living is not something we should be interested in, either for us or our children. Honesty, humility, and leadership are the key elements that allow us to come back from our mistakes and better ourselves so that we can strengthen our relationships. Our children learn from our actions, so if we make mistakes and recover quickly from them, they learn how to do the same.Greg is a huge proponent of gratitude. He talks about following a complaining statement with a statement of gratitude; this can make a vast difference in mindset. Mindset is the key to going from a chore, to a habit, to a ritual. These three things are how we can achieve a state of effortlessness in our lives.

What You’ll Learn: 

[4:14]

Greg recalls his childhood growing up and his experience of becoming a father.

[7:30]

Hire hard, manage easy. This is the approach Greg takes when parenting his children. If you invest hard early on, parenting becomes a lot easier later on.

[8:08]

Greg talks about his experience with parenting his daughter the night before.

[14:18]

Mistake-free living is a very bad idea. Sometimes, what we want is to have no mistakes as a person, and no mistakes for your children. The level of control requ9ireed to do that would be astronomical. You want mistakes to happen and be as cheap as possible.

[17:29]

The health of a relationship is how quickly you can recover from making a mistake and apologizing.

[22:12]

Sometimes, we think that because teenagers are starting to look like adults, that they should act like them too. This is not the case.

[27:00]

Greg talks about giving his children an allowance with little risk so that they could experience disappointment when they didn’t have any money. This way, when they got older, they knew the risks associated with money and would think before they made a big purchase.

[30:00]

Encouraging someone to take risks will help them understand the property of risks when they get older.

[33:00]

Greg talks about the inspiration for his book Effortless.

[35:12]

Greg talks about his daughter’s neurological condition.

[38:04]

It’s not enough to do the right thing; you have to do things the right way as well.

[41:36]

Greg talks about three related levels of the book – state, action, and result. The question is how to get to that Effortless state.

[43:20]

After you complain, you immediately follow it with a statement of gratitude. People will have an instant reaction to this when you practice it in front of them.

[45:36]

Gratitude is a catalytic thing, it’s an upward spiral.

[46:50]

When you focus on what you lack, you lose what you have. When you focus on what you have, you gain what you lack.

[48:40]

There’s a difference between a chore, a habit, and a ritual.

[55:48]

Being in a state of effortlessness changes your experience. The experience actually changes because you’re paying attention to those little things in the moment. You start to see how the extraordinary exists in the mundane.

[57:10]

An exhaustive state is not a state of effortlessness. It’s a state of suffering.

[1:00:13]

Make a list of all the things you want to accomplish for the day and then check them off once you’ve done them.

RELATED EPISODES:

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less with Greg McKeown

Raising Strong Girls—A Dad’s Guide with Dr. Tim Jordan

Positive Fatherhood with Roger Mathews


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