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: Episode 65, Real Men Can Feel Suicidal

Real Men Can Feel Suicidal Episode 65, August 18, 2017

Real Men Feel host Andy Grant goes solo again to share some personal insights as well as a few tools for dealing with depression and negative or suicidal thinking.

Andy opens up regarding some recent conversations, discoveries, admissions and rationalizations. He also shares three simple yet powerful tools that anyone can use to help deal with negative or suicidal thinking. The tools include pivoting, witnessing and expressing.

Life is meant to be simple and enjoyed. Make choices that result in you enjoying life more.

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Real Men Feel: Episode 64, Real Men Feel Disappointment in Themselves

Real Men Feel Disappointment in Themselves Episode 64, August 15, 2017

Real Men Feel returns after 9 weeks with Andy Grant going solo to explain where he’s been.

Real men feel lost, alone, desperate, apathetic, and everything else. Real men feel like shit. Real men can feel like they are not real. They can question whether they are men. Real men feel – or can feel  – disappointed in themselves. I know all this is true, because that is how I’ve been feeling for many months.~ Andy Grant

Andy comes up for air after trying to overdose on apathy and attempts to explain the feelings of disappointment that can lead to attraction of his own demise.

If you’ve listened to this episode, here is a bit of closure to some of what Andy shared.
On July 3rd we were told my dad had days to weeks to live and my wife and I decided we couldn’t sell our home and deal with that at the same time. Especially since moving into my dad’s home for his last few months to care for him was one possible landing spot for us, so we pulled our house off the market.
And Sadie is okay, she’s on medication and has had seizures once since the original night. We’ve learned dog’s having seizures is much more common than we knew.

Andy’s earlier related posts: Sharing From My Low Point and Dealing with a Dad with Dementia.

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Real Men Feel: Episode 62, The Challenge of Intimacy with Rev. Jody Bailey

Real Men Feel: Intimacy

The Challenge of Intimacy with Rev. Jody Bailey, Episode 62, May 30, 2017

This week on Real Men Feel, Andy Grant and Appio Hunter are joined by speaker, author and coach, Rev. Jody Bailey, to help men embrace intimacy and tap into their core life force energy for health, wealth and happiness.

We explore what intimacy is. That it is different from sexuality, and all the areas of life intimacy shows up in. Jody shares some of the most common challenges men have to intimacy which include social conditioning and fear. The fear of intimacy is much bigger than the fear of sex.

Authenticity is beautiful. Vulnerability is attractive. 

Jody also shares a great exercise to develop more self-love by standing naked in front of a mirror. Appio has done this and talks about his experience. 

Connect with Rev Jody on Facebook: facebook.com/jodyspeaksinc

See her The Erotic Life blog and The Erotic Life Podcast.

Check out the hi device, Jody mentioned.

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