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The Real, Transparent, Imperfect Dad with Tim Kennedy

As fathers, it’s our natural instinct to act like everything is under control. We don’t want our kids to see us failing or hurting. We don’t want to appear weak. But true strength lies in being real, and if we don’t allow our kids watch how we navigate the ups and downs in life, they won’t know how to deal with adversity themselves.

We have an awesome guest for you today. Green Beret, Special Forces Sniper, and former top 5 UFC Middleweight, Tim Kennedy, is on The Dad Edge! He is one of the few fighters to serve in the military and fight professionally at the same time. Tim’s the creator of Sheepdog Response, a training program that gives good guys the tools they need to effectively respond to violence. He’s also been married for 13 years and is the father of four kids.

Tim Kennedy talks about how his parents balanced nurturing, protection, and damage control. He tells us why he appreciates the highs and lows of parenthood. He also reveals his biggest failures in life and why being a real, transparent, imperfect dad is what our kids really need.

“You’ve got to let your kids have room to spread their wings. You have to give them enough rope to literally hang themselves, which I did.”—Tim Kennedy

Tim Kennedy

Timothy Kennedy is a retired, professional mixed martial artist who has competed in the UFC’s Middleweight division. He has also formerly competed for Strikeforce, the WEC, ShoMMA, HDNet Fights and represented the Chicago Red Bears in the IFL. Kennedy is one of the few fighters to simultaneously serve in the United States Army National Guard while also fighting professionally.

Tim Kennedy is a Ranger qualified, Green Beret, Special Forces Sniper with tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as other locations around the globe. Tim serves with the Special Operations Detachment (A) as a Senior Special Forces Weapons Sergeant.

Married with has three daughters and a son, Kennedy played himself in the Indie film Range 15 and is a co-owner of Ranger Up, a military-based clothing company.

Sheepdog Response

The sheepdog exists to protect the vulnerable from the wolves. People face threats of violence every day, ranging from large-scale terrorism to one-on-one assaults. Most people are unprepared, unequipped, and untrained to respond effectively. This weakness in the flock allows the wolves to attack with great ease and success. This is precisely why Sheepdog Response has developed a curriculum that addresses the skills you need to successfully respond to threats.

“Hurry up and fail.”—Tim Kennedy

What You’ll Learn

  • Tim’s mother’s simple parenting strategy— “When they’re young, you keep the blood in the body and clean them occasionally.”
  • The balance of damage control, protection, and nurturing
  • Giving yourself room to succeed or fail
  • Resilience strengthens like a muscle. You can’t build it unless you do reps until failure.
  • Appreciating the highs and lows of parenthood
  • Why transparency is good for your kids
  • Time is a precious commodity. Try to be as strategic with your time as much as possible.
  • Strive for success but not at the expense of your marriage and kids.
  • How Tim stays humble
  • Why it’s a lack of masculinity, not an excess, that is causing violence.
  • The only way you can be tender is if you have the ability to be strong.
  • If you’re weak, you don’t have the capacity to be gentle.
  • To be a powerful leader, you also have to have humility.
  • Your daughters will choose their man depending what they see you do—how you treat your spouse, how you speak with hate, how you react to the world.
  • Be a real, transparent, and imperfect dad. What’s important is that your kids see you try your hardest.
  • Why dads should take family security more seriously after the pandemic
  • The working titles of Tim Kennedy’s upcoming book!

MENTIONED EPISODES:

Pulling the Positive from Failures with UFC Champion Frankie Edgar

Pressure, Perseverance, and Fatherhood with UFC Fighter James Krause

How to Persevere In Spite of Fear with Charlie “The Spaniard” Brenneman

 


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How to Execute Major League Achievement Todd Stottlemyre

How to Execute Major League Achievement—Exclusive Dad Edge Alliance Q&A with Todd Stottlemyre

It doesn’t matter where you’re at. It only matters where you’re going. That is what Todd Stottlemyre says. He’s a former 3-time World Champion Major League Baseball player and the author of Relentless Success: 9-Point System for Major League Achievement.

Todd’s a good friend of The Dad Edge Alliance and returns for this live Q&A in our mastermind group where he answers questions about failure, fatherhood, and how to make an impact in life. He confesses the mistakes he has made, the adversity he’s faced, and what compelled him to pass on what he has learned in his life in the form of a book.

Todd Stottlemyre is a dynamic guest. Prepared to get fired up and learn how to execute major league achievement in your life!

 



MENTIONED EPISODES:

How to Optimize the 5 Dimensions of Manhood

Breaking the World of Impossible with Todd Stottlemyre

Relentless Success Through Triumph and Tragedy with Todd Stottlemyre


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How to Raise Resilient Kids

Hard Love: How to Raise Resilient Kids


None of us likes to see our kids hurt or disappointed. We dads have the natural urge to keep them in a protective bubble, to make sure they are shielded from harm, but one of the biggest mistakes we can make as parents is to not let our kids make mistakes.

Today we have Dad Edge Alliance member Daniel Nolan on the show. He is a self-confessed helicopter parent in recovery and the creator of the Hard Love Project. Helicopter parenting is when we hover over our children to make sure nothing bad happens to them.

We’re all guilty of this at times, but Daniel tells us how to raise resilient kids by challenging them to step out of their comfort zone and exposing them to life. He also talks about how we can design regular emotional, social, and physical challenges for our kids to boost their confidence and independence.

'They’re going to face a lot of difficulties in life, and if we don’t allow them to be uncomfortable, they’re never going to be resilient enough to bounce back.'—Daniel Nolan #dads #fathers #helicopterparenting #parentingtips Click To Tweet

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Coaching Kids for Greatness with former NFL player Anthony Trucks

Coaching Kids for Greatness with former NFL player Anthony Trucks


If you are the coach or parent of a youth athlete, this episode is an absolute game changer. I invited former NFL player Anthony Trucks to my home in St. Louis to do a live Q & A session with dads, kids, and coaches to answer questions about adversity, perseverance, and practice.

Whether it’s football, dance, baseball, soccer, martial arts or track and field, Trucks gives us amazing insights on how to coach the right way and help our kids optimize their mental game for greatness.

'You want something big? Find a solution before you find an excuse.'—@AnthonyTrucks #coaching #mindset #youthsports #kids #children #parenting Click To Tweet

Anthony Trucks

Anthony Trucks was the poster child for “disadvantaged youth.” His mom gave him away along with his siblings when he was three years old. They were separated when he was put into the foster care system where languished for eleven years until he was adopted at the age of fourteen.

Anthony knew he didn’t want to keep going down the path he was on. He didn’t know what greatness was, but he knew he wanted to achieve it. He discovered football and chose to be good at it. Anthony was determined not to become another statistic and practiced obsessively. His superhuman effort paid off when he received a college scholarship and went on to play for the NFL.

Anthony Trucks now owns a gym and appears on American Ninja Warrior. He says he’s had a blast on his roller coaster of a life. His mission is to try to improve peoples’ lives by sharing his experiences.

'Trust in your hustle.'—@AnthonyTrucks #hustle #perseverance #motivation #inspiration Click To Tweet

What You’ll Learn

  • Anthony Truck’s advice for men growing up in adversity (drugs, alcohol, abuse) who believe they can’t live a successful life
  • Why we feel comfortable with the “crazy we know”
  • How it was as a kid without a real mom to support him.
  • How he made childhood adversity into his teacher
  • Why the biggest thing we can do for our families is carve out a golden block of focused time
  • Which parent should do the disciplining
  • What motivates Anthony when he wants to give up
  • The two anchors that keep Anthony grounded, yet inspired to push harder
  • Advice he would give if he were eleven years old, “Find someone who cares about you and do what they tell you to do.”
  • How to push through moments of hopelessness and the urge to give up
  • What it felt like to walk into a crowded stadium as an NFL player
  • His advice for kids who want to be in the NFL
  • How to balance coaching skills to help kids stay motivated without pushing them too hard
  • How kids hear parents differently
  • How kids need to be loved by parents and coached by coaches
  • How to help kids get clear about their goals
  • How coaches can get kids to summon their aggression
  • How to coach kids when they are on social media comparing their athletic performances
  • Why parents are responsible for giving their kids a sense of self-worth
  • Why as a parent, you can’t let the outside world define who you are
  • What advice Anthony Trucks would give his 10-year-old self
  • Anthony’s advice for a long-term relationship
  • How pressure has helped him find greatness
  • How to handle pressure by thinking of the end result
  • His favorite thing to do with his family!
'The more work you put into something past the point of difficulty, that’s how you separate yourself from the pack.'—@AnthonyTrucks #youthathletes #dreams #goals #perseverance Click To Tweet

MENTIONED EPISODE: Defying All Odds with Anthony Trucks


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Pulling the Positive from Failures with UFC Champion Frankie Edgar

Pulling the Positive from Failures with UFC Champion Frankie Edgar

We know our kids are going to fail and that they’re going to be disappointed. Pulling the positive lessons from failures can help kids use losses as stepping stones to greatness. But what happens when we as fathers fail?

Today we have Frankie Edgar on the show for a return visit. He was the UFC Lightweight Champion of UFC 112 and is a husband and a dad.

Frankie risks crushing failure every time he steps into the ring. Naturally, it’s no fun losing a fight, but he knows that his kids are watching. Listen to how Frankie sets a champion’s example of pulling the positive from failures and how he draws the line between family and fighting.

'The best thing to show your kid is that everyone gets knocked down. But it’s not about getting knocked down. It’s about how you react to it.' – @FrankieEdgar #MMA #UFC #fatherhood #family #failure Click To Tweet

Frankie Edgar

Frankie Edgar was born and grew up in Toms River, New Jersey where he first started wrestling in high school. After college, he got into mixed martial arts and his career took off. Frankie Edgar is now known as “The Answer.” He has 9 year old and 8 year old sons and a 4 year old daughter.

'I feel like the training mode's easy. The family mode is tricky sometimes.' – @FrankieEdgar #family #dads #men #fathers #fatherhood #dadlife Click To Tweet

What You’ll Learn

  • What wrestling taught him about life
  • How he became mentally and physically tough
  • Balancing family life as a pro-athlete
  • How he becomes present in whatever he’s doing
  • How he cultivates his laser-like focus
  • How he faces his kids after he loses a fight
  • How he teaches his kids to own their own failures
  • What it’s like being a husband as a UFC fighter
  • The example Frankie’s father set for him
  • How it’s not always about being the rough guy, but being happy
  • How he still dates his wife
  • The difference in raising a daughter
  • The number one thing he wants to teach his kids
'You can’t think for your kids. You want to build them so they make the right decisions on their own.' – Frankie Edgar #parenting #dads #men #fathers Click To Tweet

MENTIONED EPISODE: Frankie Edgar on Life Lessons from the Octagon


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