Real Men Feel: Ep. 109, Self-Love for Men

Self-Love for Men Episode 109, September 4, 2018

This week Andy Grant is joined by septuagenarian, Fuzzy Manning, to discuss the core issue behind so many challenges men face; a lack of self-love. No, this isn’t a show about masturbation.

Fuzzy is active with the Mankind Project, has been involved in men’s work for 40 years, and is a student of Ayurvedic and Aboriginal medicine.

“All personal growth work is a return to love.” ~Fuzzy Manning

Soak up some of Fuzzy’s wisdom around missions, purpose, living a life of significance and much, much more.

Topics Covered Include:

  • How do you describe self-love?
  • Cries for love, and offerings for love
  • Conditional love
  • How might parents teach children self-love?
  • The impact of gratitude.
  • The power of vulnerability.
  • The toll of growing up in competition
  • The mission all men have
  • The most significant causes of suicide among men.
  • The ManKind Project
  • What are some practices or steps to experience more self-love?

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“My mission on this planet is to help others live a life of significance.” ~Fuzzy Manning

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Real Men Feel: Ep. 108, Success Journeys with Donnie Boivin

Success Journeys Episode 108, August 28, 2018

This week Andy Grant is joined by coach, writer, podcaster, and badass, Donnie Boivin, to talk purpose, passion and getting out of your own way. If there’s one thing everyone would like to feel more of, it’s success.

According to the dictionary:
Success is
(1) the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.
(2) the attainment of popularity or profit.
(3) a person or thing that achieves desired aims or attains prosperity.

“I spent years living someone else’s dreams.” ~Donnie Boivin

Donnie Boivin had a lucrative sales career and all the traditional measures of success, but one day he realized these were all someone else’s dreams, not his. Tune in and unleash your inner badass.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Donnie’s journey: including Marines, sales career, and entrepreneurship.
  • All the incorrect ways we define success.
  • How do you define success now?
  • The power of telling your story.
  • Have you learned more from your successes or your failures?
  • Donnie’s most significant lesson from being an entrepreneur.
  • Can you define “inner badass”?
  • Are there things people assume are essential for their success that aren’t?
  • What’s the main thing keeping most people from success?
  • What’s your future look like?

 


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“My entire sales career was a series of masks.” ~Donnie Boivin

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Real Men Feel: Ep. 107, Rescuing The Rescuers with Stephen Kavalkovich

Rescuing The Rescuers Episode 107, August 21, 2018

This week Andy Grant is joined by 9/11 first responder, writer, and podcaster, Stephen Kavalkovich, to talk about the immense pressure, and challenges faced by first responders. Stephen holds nothing back while recounting his experiences as a paramedic and drug addict, as well as his recovery and dedication to helping others.

“The greatest way we are going to help humanity is tied to the greatest pain we’ve ever felt.” ~Stephen Kavalkovich

Stephen is one of the most open men we’ve ever had on the show. His is a painful and compelling tale of self-destruction and rebirth that is all too common for first responders, and the rebirth is not guaranteed.

Did you know in the US, we’ve lost more people to opioids than were lost in the Vietnam War?

Topics Covered Include:

  • Stephen on mindset, purpose and discovering it.
  • Addiction and being a first responder.
  • The fall and losing it all.
  • The rescuer being rescued by his old partner.
  • The problems with identifying with something outside of you.
  • What can you do to help an addict in your life?
  • What turned it around for you?
  • Stigmas, shame, and masculinity.
  • The stress when your job is responding to everyone else’s worst day.
  • What do you wish you other 1st responders knew that they don’t?
  • What are your future goals?

 


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“When who I am was gone, I didn’t know who I was anyone.” ~Stephen Kavalkovich

What is Rescue The Rescuer Podcast?

Do You Ever Feel Like Everything Is Going Up In Flames? Firefighters, police officers, soldiers, EMS providers, and all first responders are under immense pressure and stress, day in and day out. This can lead to incredible challenges both at work and at home. Stephen Kavalkovich’s mission is to put a spotlight on these problems and help find solutions with the Rescue the Rescuer podcast and blog. He wants to help shred the shame and highlight strategies that work to alleviate and eliminate common stumbling blocks for First Responders like addiction, PTSD, relationship failure, and more.

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Real Men Feel: Ep. 106, What to Do When Feelings Are Too Much with Nick Haines

What to Do When Feelings Are Too Much Episode 106, August 14, 2018

This week Andy Grant is joined by by Kindness Ambassador and Life Architect, Nicholas Haines, to discuss how knowing your energy type can help you to handle your feelings and navigate the world much better.

“If you are unkind to yourself, as a lot of us are, and then start to be really kind to other people, you start to create a split. You’ll feel like a fraud.” ~Nick Haines

Nick is an international speaker, author, strategist and teacher in Chinese energetics. He’s also the creator of The Vitality Test and founder of the Five Institute. Nick is actively creating a world where Kindness is the common language and way of life. From how you treat yourself and others, to how families, business cultures, governments and international change operate.

The conversation touches on depression, anxiety, Chinese medicine, quantum physics, emotions and The Vitality Test, which can help you get a handle on it all.

Topics Covered Include:

  • What is a Kindness Ambassador?
  • The power of being kinder to yourself.
  • Has being Kind to everyone always been the way you operate?
  • Nick’s journey from low self-esteem and anxiety, to speaking at the United Nations.
  • What is the Vitality Test?
  • Where does the test come from?
  • What is the Five Institute all about?
  • The five main energy types and their primary emotions.
  • Andy’s results from the Vitality Test.
  • The problem with boxes.
  • What happens when your life isn’t aligned with your energy.
  • And much more

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“People can be in a habit of not being kind to themsleves because they do something, make a mistake, and the response is they kick the shit out of themselves.” ~Nick Haines

If you want to gain more understanding about yourself and your value to others, then I encourage you to take The Vitality Test. It’s free, simple, and doesn’t require a lot of time.

Learn more about what Nick Haines is up to.
TheVitalityTest.com
FiveInstitute.com
Nicholas-Haines.com
NoMoreBoxesMovement.com

 

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Real Men Feel: Ep. 105, Developing Self-Confidence with Darnell Donerson

Developing Self-Confidence Episode 105, August 7, 2018

This week Andy Grant is joined by writer, Darnell Donerson, to share his very public quest for building his confidence and overcoming negative thinking. Andy first met Darnell thanks to his debut article for GoodMenProject, Developing My Confidence.

“I got fed up with myself. Tired of being the victim.” ~Darnell Donerson

After years of struggling with his confidence, Darnell decided to turn his life around. Now he hopes to be a voice to help and inspire others. See Danell’s column on GoodMenProject.

Topics Covered Include:

  • What lead you to believe you had a problem with confidence?
  • Battling negativity and self-judgment.
  • How was growing up for you?
  • What sort of myths have you come across regarding men and confidence?
  • How immigrants see America.
  • Was there one main reason you wanted to feel more confident?
  • What made you decide to start your blog?
  • The power of setting goals.
  • The feedback Darnell’s received to his writing.
  • Anything come as surprisingly easy or difficult?
  • What are some words you used to use to describe yourself?
  • What about now?
  • What are you looking forward to?

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“Comparison is the thief of joy.” ~Theodore Roosevelt

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Real Men Feel: Ep. 104, Men and Postnatal Depression with Darren Horne

Men and Postnatal Depression Episode 104, July 31 2018

This week Andy Grant is joined by leadership and communications consultant, Darren Horne, to share his call to adventure including postnatal depression and being a dad. Fatherhood isn’t always a magical and loving experience from the get-go. Postnatal, or postpartum, depression can hit men as well as women.

“Our parents did not bring us into the world to work 40 – 50 hours a week doing a job we hate.” ~Darren Horne

Darren shares how he tried to avoid his depression, as well as all the tools that helped, overcome it. Despite the subject matter, this is an upbeat conversation full of passion and zest for life. See Darren’s column on GoodMenProject.

Topics Covered Include:

  • What is postnatal depression?
  • How common is this for men?
  • Had you ever heard of it or been warned about it?
  • How did you deal with your postnatal depression?
  • Since you’ve opened up about it have you met more men who’ve experienced it too?
  • The pain and grief of a miscarriage.
  • The many gifts coming out of challenges.
  • Going through a divorce and being more resilient.
  • Seeing life as a computer game.
  • We live in a society that makes money off our unhappiness.
  • The meaning of life.
  • Darren’s book for teens.
  • What does your vasectomy have to do with leadership?

 


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“We are the victim of a society that makes us stay safe in a grey and ordinary world.” ~Darren Horne

Darren’s book: Level Up Your Teens

Discover how easy it is to publish on Amazon. Check out Andy’s online course.

Learn more about Darren at DarrenHorne.com

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Real Men Feel: Ep. 103, Men Engaging in Difficult Conversations with Tracy Martino

Men Engaging in Difficult Conversation Episode 103, July 24, 2018

This week Andy Grant is joined by Leadership Consultant and bestselling author, Tracy Martino, to talk about the importance for men to tap into their Heart Intelligence and the triggers that can make understanding our emotions so challenging. It’s Tracy’s mission to help people co-create relationships through alignment, connection, and trust.

“For men, I think it’s crucial for them to learn why it’s important to create a safe space to have difficult conversations and feel free to access their Heart Intelligence to have authentic conversations.” ~Tracy Martino

This is a compelling and wide-ranging discussion on the science of the brain, heart, and intuition and using them all to enhance trust, engagement, and communication.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Who/what is HeartMath?
  • What is coherence?
  • What is so vital about authenticity?
  • Conversational blindspots
  • What does creating a safe space mean?
  • What is conversational intelligence?
  • What are triggers?
  • The SCARF model (Status, Certainty, Autonomy, Relatedness, and Fairness)
  • How can we get more in touch with our heart?
  • What is the toll for men not being in touch with their hearts?

 


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“Heart Disease is #1 killer for men. It is rooted in men not coming from their heart center.” ~Tracy Martino

Tracy’s website ExecutiveReturn.com

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Real Men Feel: Ep. 102, MindBody Mastery with Dane Dormio

MindBody Mastery Episode 102, July 17, 2018

This week Andy Grant is joined by writer, martial artist, and MindBody Mastery Coach, Dane Dormio, to discuss his long journey of growth and discovery through internal martial arts. He also shares insights from recently spending eight months in Nepal.

“The Universe rewards hard work, but not always in ways you expect.” ~Dane Dormio

A fascinating discussion ranging from Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles to informational and energetic hygiene. 

MindBody Mastery is the practice of self-regulation for the purpose of nurturing and sustaining an optimal experience of life, a condition brought about by maintaining high personal standards of energetic and informational hygiene and the habits to support them.

Topics Covered Include:

  • What do you mean by internal martial arts?
  • When did you first get into martial arts?
  • As a child, did martial arts give you an experience of your spirituality?
  • What was the inspiration for your MindBody Mastery Academy?
  • What was behind your spending eight months in Nepal?
  • Getting Things Done.
  • The Universal Theory of Information.
  • Challenges to setting goals and achieving them.
  • The accelerating pace of change.
  • Living life like it is your last day, or like you’ll live forever?
  • Advice for men seeking their spiritual awakening.

 


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“Coaching is helping people move forward and self-actualize.” ~Dane Dormio

Check out some of the books mentioned in the show.

Learn more about Dane: MindBodyMasteryAcademy.com
ChaiTeaTaiChi.com

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Real Men Feel: Ep. 100, Looking Back and Looking Forward

Looking Back and Looking Forward Episode 100, July 3, 2018

This week Andy Grant and Appio Hunter gather for the 100th episode of Real Men Feel, sharing their highlights, favorite moments and more from the past 2 1/2 years and share news about the future of Real Men Feel.

“Real Men Feel was created to encourage men to allow for and express all of their emotions.” ~Andy Grant

Real Men Feel began on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, on Blab, a social media platform that didn’t come close to lasting as long as this show has. We wanted to remind men that they are human beings, entitled and capable of a full range of emotions.

Originally the goal was to do a monthly show, but the 2nd episode in March 2016 we decided we were enjoying it more than expected and went for making it weekly. We didn’t have an official guest until episode 6 when author and coach, Nick Breau, joined us for the Power of Joy back on April 5, 2016.

Topics Covered Include:

  • How it all began.
  • Real Men Feel by the numbers.
  • Who’s been on the most?
  • What shows and guests stand out to you?
  • More on MGTOW.
  • The impact the show has had on the hosts.
  • What do you think about the state of Men today and perhaps over the course of this show?
  • Any favorite show or types of shows? Deva and Kimberlee
  • What’s the future look like for Appio?
  • Where is Real Men Feel headed?

 


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“Men are not the Vulcans of Star Trek, that is science fiction. We are not emotionless automatons.” ~Appio Hunter

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Real Men Feel: Ep. 99, The Bound Between Men and Dogs

The Connection Between Men and Dogs Episode 99, June 26, 2018

This week on Real Men Feel, Andy Grant is joined by by Richard Morrell and Sean Higgins to discuss the emotional bonds between men and man’s best friend; touching on everything from unconditional love to grief.

“I wrote about the emotional bond between men and dogs back in May, but knew I had to wait longer before I could possibly speak about it.” ~Andy Grant

This is the article that prompted today’s discussion: Men and Their Dogs

Dogs, unlike perhaps anything else in the typical man’s life, give unconditional love and support. Your dog is ALWAYS glad to see you. Your dog ALWAYS loves you, whether you just yelled at him for eating your favorite sneakers or you’ve spent hours tossing a ball to them. No other living creature gives so much emotion, presence, attention and time to a man like a dog. Your dog will never call you names, go behind your back, or leave you for another owner.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Richard and Andy talk about recently putting dogs down.
  • The intensity of grief around losing a dog.
  • The unconditional love dogs offer.
  • The support of dogs when depressed and suicidal.
  • Have you seen men in your family display more emotion regarding their dog than other people?
  • What do you think is behind your connection to your dogs, as a child or adult?
  • Have you ever been surprised by your grief regarding a pet?
  • Do you think men are encouraged to show emotion related to dogs or is it more that they are discouraged in showing emotion in other areas of life?
  • Why do you think the bond between a man and his dog can be so strong?
  • Was the loss of a dog, in life or on screen, a moment that was ok for the adults in your life to cry over when you were a kid?
  • Anything top of mind that you’ve learned from a dog?
  • Some wild stories involving animal communicators are shared.
  • What do we mean when we say “pulling yourself together?”

 


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Need some science?

Why Are Humans and Dogs So Good Living Together
The Science Behind the Dog and Human Relationship

Andy’s posts about his dog, Sadie:
A Dog Guarantees One of the Best Days of Your Life and One of the Worst
Learning From The Master: My Dog

This is the video that Andy saw of Sadie five years ago and had he and his wife rush to the shelter.

Andy’s book: Homer’s Guide to Happiness: Six Life Lessons I Learned From My Dog
Louise Hay and David Kessler’s book: You Can Heal Your Heart

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