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Isolation: The Enemy of Excellence—TDE Exclusive with Aaron Walker


Today fan favorite and a legend our community Aaron “Big A” Walker is on to have a live discussion with our members.

Aaron Walker is the president and founder of View from the Top, an Iron Sharpens Iron Mastermind group that goes beyond success to a life of significance.

Aaron talks about why isolation is the enemy of excellence and how the power of mastermind groups to accelerate our growth, success, and happiness is unrivaled. He explains why we need a community of strong men to do life with and gives us examples of how a group of trusted advisors can help us through the toughest spots in our lives.

Aaron talks about what our spouses and kids really need from us and how to show up big for them with a servant leader mindset. He also tells us how to be courageous during crisis, as well as when to lean into our tribe to survive the pitfalls and mistakes that we’re usually afraid to talk about.

“Isolation is the enemy of excellence.”—Aaron Walker

What You’ll Learn

  • Aaron had been in a mastermind every week for 21 years.
  • The biggest pain point men bring up is that they are going through life alone and have no one to help them make decisions.
  • The benefit of being in a mastermind, not just for a few months, but long-term
  • We can’t give advice to someone if we don’t know them and their story
  • A mastermind is a place to get counsel, affirmation, and encouragement
  • We also need trusted advisors who give the advice we don’t want to hear, but desperately need.
  • Sometimes we need a swift kick from people who are not afraid to tell us when we’re wrong.
  • Masterminds give us perspective. We can’t see our own blind spots.
  • Why men isolate, especially when times get tough
  • Doing the right thing is hard. We need other men to hold us accountable.
  • We have to be vulnerable to be courageous
  • A real man’s man is not a stubborn tough guy. A real man’s man is open, emotional, and ready to learn.
  • If you want people to be authentic with you, you have to let the guard down first.
  • Do things for your wife or children to be helpful, not noticed or rewarded.
  • In business—stop trying to make the sale. Instead, focus on adding more value. Then business will come naturally.
  • Becoming a servant leader in work AND at home
  • The little things we can do for our wives that will show them how much we love them
  • What men are most worried about during the coronavirus pandemic
  • The growing focus on spirituality
  • A positive mindset is not natural but must be learned.
  • Aaron’s best advice for dads who struggle with patience and empathy

“Don’t come home with a wallet full of money and a house full of strangers.”—Aaron Walker


MENTIONED EPISODES:

Working to Live, Not Living to Work with Aaron Walker

The Ultimate Guide to Work/Life Balance with Aaron Walker

How to Thrive in the Face of Uncertainty


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Guest Speakers

Dr. Meg Meeker
New York Times Bestselling Author of “Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters” and “HERO”
Anthony Trucks
Former NFL Football Player and American Ninja Warrior
Aaron Walker
Founder of View From the Top and bestselling author of “View from the Top” and coming soon “Isolation is the Enemy of Excellence.”
Dominic Quartuccio
Bestselling author of “Design Your Future.”

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Glory and Strength: Keeping the Faith Through Loss with Nate Edmonds


The death of a spouse is something that’s almost impossible to comprehend. How can you go on without the love of your life? How do you survive without the mother of your children? Going through something this life-altering can cause a man to question his faith and wonder if he will ever find happiness again.

Today’s guest is Nate Edmonds. He is a musician, worship leader, and author of More Than All the Glories. Nate’s story is brutally tragic. He was living his dream as a touring musician with his wife, Dana. Life couldn’t get any better, when they had two kids, until Dana was suddenly taken from him by an aggressive cancer.

Nate talks frankly about being tested, not only as a husband and father, but also as a spiritual leader. He tells the heartbreaking story of Dana’s last days, and how he and his children tapped into their faith to survive. He also reveals how he fought through the darkness and rebuilt his life and his family to live in a happiness he has never known.

Nate’s story is a testament to the power of faith in the face of devastation and grief. Don’t miss this powerful interview.

Nate Edmonds

Growing up the son of a minister, Nate Edmonds has lived a life in search of the heart of God as far back as he can remember.  In his 25 years of ministry, he has held many positions from administrative and broadcast roles to leading worship and writing songs through Fuzed Worship, an outreach of Joyce Meyer Ministries.  After tragedy struck his family in 2015, Nate set out on a path of discovery.  In 2017, he was ordained as the Worship Pastor of Element Church, in Wentzville, Missouri.  Through his latest book and music project, MORE THAN ALL THE GLORIES, Nate tells his families dramatic story of love and redemption.  Together with his beautiful wife Amy and their 5 children, Nate’s vision for his life is to bring glory to Christ through his story and songs.


MORE THAN ALL THE GLORIES: A Memoir of Love and Redemption

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 (ESV) If you need hope, encouragement, and a renewed faith in the goodness of God, this book is for you. MORE THAN ALL THE GLORIES is simply captivating. In it, Nate Edmonds shares with vivid detail, his family’s story of love and redemption. He painstakingly relives the trials and suffering his family experienced through a battle with cancer and rebuilding an entirely new life after a tragedy. But this memoir is not a sad story full of lamenting or bitter questions. Rather, it’s a celebration of God’s faithfulness in all seasons of life. Nate’s journey exemplifies Romans 8:28, “God works all things together for good.” It reveals the glory of God in suffering. It shines the light of truth that is so hard to see in the middle of the storm.

Look for truth. Everyone has the ability to hear the voice of God.

What You’ll Learn

  • Nate’s wife’s sudden cancer diagnosis
  • How he and Dana broke the news to their six and eight-year-old kids that their mom was dying
  • Within a month, Dana went from being totally normal and running a business to sleeping 20 hours a day.
  • What the stress and anxiety of her illness did to his body.
  • Nate had a hard time asking for help.
  • He eventually learned he had to take care of himself to be strong for his family.
  • The words that have lead Nate all his life, “For His glory, by His grace.”
  • Being resilient with faith
  • How to hear the voice, the internal guidance from God
  • How he and Dana made the decision to stop cancer treatment.
  • How Nate trusted the journey of Dana’s death. If God planned it, He also gave Nate the strength to get through it
  • Dana made videos for her kids to watch after her death each year up into their twenties.
  • How he met his future wife, Amy, while he and Dana were making arrangements at the funeral home.
  • 3 months after Dana died, Nate moved on. He married Amy within 30 days of the first date.
  • The people who were still grieving for Dana were angry with him, but he had pre-grieved.
  • The love for Dana was not passionate love. Amy ignited something new in him.
  • How Nate manages his blended family.
  • How he sees the goodness of God in all the hardship and loss.
  • What to do when kids have a crisis of faith and give up on God
  • How to reframe tragedy into a battle

MENTIONED EPISODES:

Working to Live, Not Living to Work with Aaron Walker

Wild at Heart with John Eldredge

A Father’s Last Words

 


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zach bush

Unlocking Your Intrinsic Health with Zach Bush MD


Are you not showing up in your life as energized as you want to be? Are you weighed down emotionally and physically for no particular reason? Are you overwhelmed, feeling like a million things are sapping your energy?

Today’s guest is Dr. Zach Bush. His mission is to apply the rigor of science, strength of humanity and the intelligence of nature to transform our health and our world.

Zach explains our body’s close relationship to the Earth and how we can unlock its intrinsic ability to heal. He also talks about why we need to get rid of our to do lists, allow space to happen, and change our identities as men and providers.

This interview is full of revolutionary ideas that will forever change your perception of the world and your place in it. There is a lot to absorb here. Put this episode on repeat!

“You have to have a more complex relationship with your child than just being their guide rails.”—Zach Bush, MD

Zach Bush, MD

Zach Bush, MD is one of the few triple board-certified physicians in the country – with expertise in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism, and Hospice/Palliative care. The breakthrough science that Dr. Bush and his colleagues have delivered offer profound new insights into human health and longevity. His education efforts provide a grassroots foundation from which we can launch change in our legislative decisions, ultimately up- shifting consumer behavior to bring about radical change in the mega industries of big farming, big pharma, and Western Medicine at large.

“My destiny into my full potential is fully in my hands.”—Zach Bush, MD

What You’ll Learn

  • Zach’s beginnings in auto mechanics, landscaping, and construction
  • His life-changing experience helping midwives in the Phillipines
  • How he was guided to the doctor’s path
  • Why he excelled in medical school when in the past he was a bad student
  • His desire to be a dad early in life, starting a family at the age of twenty-five
  • His 20-year marriage to a woman he knew since childhood
  • How after twenty years of marriage, Zach’s wife left to start over in life with another man
  • Zach’s times of turmoil during the dissolution of the relationship
  • How he triumphed through it by letting go of what he thought should be and helping his wife and her new partner
  • The innate wisdom kids possess
  • Zach believes his job as a father is to create space for his children and not try to shape their paths.
  • When we’re feeling broken is the time when we’re most fertile for change.
  • Why Zach doesn’t check off a to do list anymore
  • Zach’s advice to men in turmoil
  • Letting go of the identities, titles, and roles that limit you
  • How to drill down to your core self
  • Why fathers must stop seeing themselves as providers and fixers
  • You don’t have to fulfill all your spouse’s and kids’ needs, because you can’t.
  • Modern science, biology, and physics suggests that the source of energy is within us
  • Detaching from identities built around health diagnoses
  • How identifying yourself as a resilient person will keep a cycle of trauma in your life
  • If you haven’t experienced a transformation in 7 years, you’re stagnant.
  • How many of our decisions are based on things that happened years ago.
  • Just how destructive the scarcity mindset is
  • Excusing your parents for their shortcomings and mistakes
  • Living below your means to achieve freedom
  • Why you should stop focusing on putting your kids through college
  • Why “I’m proud of you” is a subtly destructive form of praise
  • Intrinsic health—we already have everything we need to heal and be healthy
  • How the microbiome facilitates communication between cells
  • The connection between your microbiome and your self-identity
  • The toxicity of glyphosate
  • Getting the bottle of Round Up out of your garage
  • Getting into a co-creative relationship with Earth instead of being exploitive.
  • What Zach Bush is most excited about for the future.

 

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Triumphing Through Dark Times: Exclusive Dad Edge Alliance Q&A with Chad Robichaux


How do we take the first step in reclaiming ourselves when we’re navigating dark times? How do we harness the courage to move forward when it seems that there is absolutely no way out?

No one is safe from adversity. It could be a mental, physical, or spiritual crisis. We might have to cope with a failed business, a devastating loss, or a destroyed relationship.

Today we have Chad Robichaux back on The Dad Edge Podcast. We had such a powerful response to his first show with us, that we invited him to The Dad Edge Mastermind for a live Q&A session with our members.

Chad talks about triumphing through dark times. He shows us that no matter how hopeless and depressed we feel, there is always a way out with the right mindset, tools, and support.

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Episodes with SEALs

Episodes with MMA Fighters

Fighting the Battle Within with Chad Robichaux


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Fighting the Battle Within with Chad Robichaux

Fighting the Battle Within with Chad Robichaux


Most of us have been in a dark place at some point in our lives. What is the first step to reclaiming ourselves? How can we find the courage to move forward when it seems like there is no way out?

Today’s guest is Chad Robichaux. He is a former Force Recon Marine, a professional MMA fighter, and a bestselling author. After coming home from deployment, he was diagnosed with PTSD.

Chad became lost, depressed, angry, and suicidal. It got to the point where his children were afraid of him and he and his wife were filing for a divorce.

But Chad experienced a moment of clarity that allowed him to make the choice to step out of the darkness and into his true purpose in life. Now he helps other men as they fight the battle within.

The definition of manhood—When you come to that point where you decide you’re not living yourself, but living for others.—Chad Robichaux

Chad Robichaux

Chad M. Robichaux is the President and Founder of the Mighty Oaks Foundation, a leading military non-profit serving the US Military active duty and veteran communities with highly successful peer-to-peer faith based combat trauma programs and combat resiliency conferences.

Chad and his team are dedicated to helping America’s military warriors and their families suffering from the “unseen wounds” of combat such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Their effort is on the front line to intercede and end the climbing 22 per day veteran suicide rate and the tragic divorce epidemic in military families. To date the program has over 1,000 alumni and has reached tens of thousands active duty service members through resiliency conferences.

Chad is a former Special Operations Force Recon Marine and DoD Contractor with eight deployments to Afghanistan as part of a Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) Task Force. He has earned an MBA and is a Board Certified Pastoral Counselor with a focus on PTSD.

Chad and his wife, Kathy, have been married for 21 years, and have three children. After years of deployments their family personally faced the challenges of PTSD. They now share a story of a victory in Christ through the struggles our warriors face returning home and have dedicated their lives to sharing that story to mentor others like them.

Chad is a widely sought after public speaker and subject matter expert on PTSD, military and veterans’ issues. He has testified in Veterans’ Courts regarding combat trauma and PTSD, wrote a best-selling book on the subject and has been featured on such media outlets as Fox News, Forbes, The O’Reily Factor, USA Today, Christian Post, Focus on The Family, The 700 Club, and a short biography film by I Am Second.

In addition to Chad’s military service he has served our nation as a Special Agent with the US Federal Air Marshal Service and the US State Department as a Surveillance Detection Senior Program Manager. Chad is also a Medal of Valor Recipient for his bravery beyond the call of duty in law enforcement.

Outside of his work with veterans Chad and his sons train and teaches Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is a 3 Degree Black Belt and a Former Pro MMA World Champion who has used his platform to advocate for civilian support of America’s Warriors returning home while competing in the sport’s biggest event.

If you have breath in your lungs, you have purpose. Despite what’s going on in your life, you can at any time step into that plan. All of this requires a choice, and intentionality, and calibrating your life to align with your purpose.

What You’ll Learn

  • Chad’s traumatic childhood and how it informed his military career
  • His start in martial arts
  • Why making a broad decision to change is not effective
  • How to segment your personal goals
  • How to make the decisions in advance before chaos strikes
  • Why Chad says that by nature, men are lazy and selfish. Men have to make a decision that it’s important to be a good dad and be intentional about it
  • How to raise our kids so that they can make healthy decisions and realign when they go off track in adulthood
  • Chad’s 2-point action plan when his kids do something wrong:
    1. Put time and space between when the incident happened and when you address it
    2. Find the lesson in it and pass on wisdom instead of acting out in anger
  • Why you should not take personal offense to your kids misbehaving
  • About his job as a Recon Marine
  • His story of being in a car chase with the Taliban and how it’s his metaphor for life
  • His unrelenting and terrifying experience with PTSD and his loss of identity
  • How he stayed with his internal battle for 3 years and almost lost everything
  • How his return to Jiu-Jitsu and success in MMA replaced the fix for his ego, but did nothing to repair the unseen wounds in his soul
  • Chad’s affair and near divorce
  • How he would sit in a closet with his family’s pictures on the floor holding a gun
  • The moment Chad realized he was the problem
  • What men need to do when they are hopeless and stuck
  • Why it’s a choice not to move forward
  • How he discovered that through all his tragedies and trauma, he did not have to let his past define his future
  • How he found hope and restoration in a new relationship with Christ
  • About his new book and upcoming film
  • His most humbling lessons he’s learned about fatherhood
  • Chad’s marriage advice
  • Using The Bible as the blueprint for marriage
  • His parting wisdom for men who are fighting the battle within
  • His mission to help military veterans find spiritual resilience


MENTIONED EPISODES

Episodes with SEALs

Episodes with MMA Fighters

How to Optimize the 5 Dimensions of Manhood


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