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Dec 28, 2015

Roger and Connor catch up on their year with ManTalks and talk about why every man should do a reflection on the year past. Connor recommends a couple of key questions the audience can ask themselves to provide better insight on how their year went. Roger and Connor also talk about their goals with ManTalks, as well as their personal goals for the New Year.

 

Key Takeaways:

[0:35] For this episode, Roger and Connor will be reflecting on their year.
[2:15] Get rid of programs and phone apps that aren't serving you.

[2:55] Why is reflection important?

[3:45] What is Connor’s process of reflection?

[9:15] Where do you thrive the most?

[10:05] Where have you struggled the most? Reflect on this so that you don't fall into the same trap.

[12:25] High achievers carry a lot of guilt when they don't accomplish their year-end goals.
[13:40] Roger plans to color more in 2016.

[14:20] Why do you have the goals that you have? Is it just for ego?

[16:00] Who are the people in your life that you're thankful for?

[18:15] You don't have to stop life just because you're going into a new year.

[20:20] Connor has flexible goals.

[24:50] What can people look forward to from ManTalks in 2016?

[27:20] Feel free to email us guest recommendations.

[28:40] Roger recommends Think and Grow Rich to develop a healthy goal mindset.

[29:35] What will it cost you to achieve your goal and are you willing to pay the price?

[30:25] Be honest with yourself.

[31:00] What will your vision statement for 2016 be?

[32:45] Take the next week off to reflect on your year.

 

Mentioned In This Episode:

http://mantalks.com/

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/school-greatness-lewis-howes/id596047499?mt=2

The School of Greatness by Lewis Howes

info@ManTalks.ca

https://twitter.com/man_talks

https://www.facebook.com/ManTalks.ca/

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

 

Music Credit:

Parlange & Latenite Automatic (jesusparlange.comlateniteautomatic.com)

 

Dec 15, 2015

There is no quick fix for anxiety, which is why Tim JP Collins is the host of The Anxiety Podcast. He is also a life coach and provides peer support about anxiety using his own personal experiences. He talks to Connor and Roger on the topic of anxiety, how to cope with it, and why it's such a passionate topic for him. 

 

Key Takeaways:

[1:20] Why did Tim become a life coach?

[9:30] What is anxiety?

[12:00] Can anxiety be 'cured'?

[16:50] Stress vs. anxiety?

[22:45] Humans have a natural negative bias.

[24:25] How can men handle sexual performance anxiety? 

[26:45] What's Tim's coaching process like?

[36:10] Everybody struggles with something. You're not alone.

[40:10] Tim talks about his podcast.

[42:50] What does it mean to be a man today?

[44:40] A man will have the tough and uncomfortable conversations. A boy will not want to talk about it.

[46:00] What's Tim's definition of success?

[50:45] 70% of CEOs don't have MBAs.

[51:10] What kind of legacy would Tim like to leave behind?

 

Mentioned In This Episode:

http://www.timjpcollins.com/

http://www.timjpcollins.com/podcast

 

Music Credit:

Parlange & Latenite Automatic (jesusparlange.com– lateniteautomatic.com)

Dec 7, 2015

Ryan Michler is the founder of Order of Man, a website designed to help men succeed in business, family, and everything in between. Ryan was inspired to create this valuable resource for men, because he grew up without a strong father figure in his life. Ryan talks to both Connor and Roger on what it was like growing up with unreliable step-fathers, men's desire to be constantly challenged, and why the military's structure can sometimes be a good thing.

 

Key Takeaways:

[1:00] What does Ryan do?

[1:35] Ryan never had a male role model growing up.

[3:55] Why has the father figure become more and more absent in young boys' lives?

[5:10] What's the biggest challenge for a man today?

[7:25] In order to grow, men need to be challenged.

[9:45] When did Ryan realize something was missing in his life?

[11:20] You become a man when you accept personal accountability and responsibility for your own life.

[14:20] Ryan talks about the military.

[16:45] Exercise and reflection are the two most important elements every man should incorporate.

[18:40] Your decisions are going to carry over into other aspects of your life.

[20:50] Number one book: Resilience by Eric Greitens

[25:10] Ryan talks on why he started his podcast.

[27:40] Who are Ryan's mentors?

[30:20] What are Ryan's core beliefs?

[36:50] Have clarity for what you want to do or else you'll fill your life with miscellaneous stuff.

[39:00] Listen to your gut.

[40:30] What legacy would Ryan like to leave?

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

http://www.orderofman.com/

http://mantalks.com/

info@mantalks.ca

The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan 

Resilience by Eric Greitens

http://www.artofmanliness.com/

http://michaelhyatt.com/

 

Music Credit:

Parlange & Latenite Automatic (jesusparlange.comlateniteautomatic.com)

 

Nov 30, 2015

Jayson Gaignard is the founder and talent scout for MastermindTalks.com. He has had incredible guests like Tim Ferriss, Guy Kawasaki, and Lewis Howes deliver inspirational and motivational talks at his event. Jayson talks on the importance of creating meaningful connections and relationships with others, as well as shares a bit of his life story on how he was able to get out of massive amounts of debt.    

 

Key Takeaways:

[1:40] ManTalks is still looking for a social media expert.

[2:40] How did Jayson get started?

[4:50] How did Jayson get into debt? 

[7:00] With very little money, Jayson doubled down and started investing in himself.

[10:15] The integrity of your word is very important.

[12:45] Jayson became successful because he took risks.

[14:25] Who taught Jayson that making connections is important?

[19:45] Are you surrounding yourself with the right people? 

[20:05] How did Jayson turn his life around?

[23:55] Think about the worst case scenario all the time.

[25:35] Why is networking important to men?

[29:45] How can you develop better connections with others?

[31:25] Do your research on how you can deliver value to others.

[34:00] Connor does a quick recap.

[36:20] Relationships are sometimes like a bank account that you want to always keep investing in.

[40:30] When you play for the applause, you put your happiness in the hands of somebody else.

[41:50] How does Jayson make sure the people attending his event are of high value?

[48:00] Community is incredibly important for creating a great product.

[49:05] Jayson recommends several books.

[50:35] What does it mean to be a man these days?

[53:20] What legacy would Jayson like to leave behind?

[55:20] Jayson talks about the exciting things happening in his life right now.

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

http://mantalks.com/

info@mantalks.ca

http://www.mastermindtalks.com/

Never Eat Alone by Tahl Raz

Seeking Wisdom by Peter Bevelin

Four Hour Week Work by Tim Ferriss

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

 

Music Credit:

Parlange & Latenite Automatic (jesusparlange.com– lateniteautomatic.com)

Nov 16, 2015

JuVan Langford is a YouTube Influencer and the founder of Mentors Making Major Moves Inc.; a non-profit organization that introduces foster youth to inspiring mentors from all walks of life. JuVan lost his father to leukemia at a young age and lived in foster care. JuVan shares his story on what it was like growing up without a father, what it means to be a man, and shares so much more insight on the subject of masculinity.

 

Key Takeaways:

[01:40] What does Juvan do?

[03:15] Juvan was raised in a foster home.

[04:00] How has not having a father impacted Juvan?

[09:55] What is the best part of being a man?

[16:25] Sometimes just showing up is enough. You don't always have to -do- something.

[20:50] What are Juvan's core beliefs?

[22:00] Juvan talks about Mentors Making Major Moves

[24:50] What inspires Juvan?

[27:00] What does it mean to be a man? JuVan explains the AIM acronym. 

[29:30] Integrity is about being real with yourself.

[31:05] Our greatest shame shows up in every aspect of our life. You have to control it.

[32:25] Take risks!

[33:45] JuVan talks about his mentor, Michael Gates.

[36:45] What legacy would JuVan like to leave behind?

[38:00] What's JuVan excited about these days?

 

Mentioned In This Episode:

http://mantalks.com/

info@mantalks.ca

https://www.youtube.com/user/themrjlangford

http://www.mxfour.org/

 

Music Credit:

Parlange & Latenite Automatic (jesusparlange.com– lateniteautomatic.com)

 

Nov 9, 2015

Graham Young was sick and tired of the same impractical advice in the self-help industry, so he decided to disrupt it by creating the 'Disruptive Performance Coaching' method. He helps people by using a practical and science-based approach to their personal development. His main goal is to give people the freedom to control their lives. Graham talks on our fear of introspection, his definition of success, and so much more.

 

Key Takeaways:

[0:20] Roger is flying solo as Connor prepares for the ManTalks one day event.

[1:00] Who is Graham Young?

[3:15] Graham wasn't happy with the self-help material out there.

[4:20] Graham talks about his mom and mentor passing away.

[7:15] What's Graham's process when working with a new client?

[10:00] Why do men fear introspection?

[14:20] What is the definition of a coach?

[16:25] Graham shares a client success story.

[21:10] Our brain is hardwired to be negative.

[22:35] What's Graham's definition of success?

[26:40] Graham talks about Marc Benioff

[31:22] What's Graham's core beliefs? 

[36:35] Graham talks further about his mentor who committed suicide.

[39:30] What does it mean to be a modern day man?

[43:20] What is Graham most excited about today?

 

Mentioned In This Episode:

info@mantalks.ca

http://mantalks.com/

https://www.gystrategies.com/


Music Credit:

Parlange & Latenite Automatic (jesusparlange.com– lateniteautomatic.com)

 

Nov 2, 2015

When Dai Manuel's parents were going through a divorce, he found solace in food. By the time Dai was 14-years-old he weighted nearly 200lbs and decided enough was enough. This defining moment made Dai realize that he was the only person who was in complete control of himself. Now at the age of 38 going on 39, it's Dai's passion to empower others and help them develop a healthy, more active lifestyle.

 

Key Takeaways:

[0:35] ManTalks is hiring!

[1:10] ManTalks is coming to Toronto next year.

[2:35] How does Dai wake up at 5am everyday? 

[4:55] Why fitness?

[7:45] How did Dai get his start in the fitness industry?

[12:40] Connor's mentor was 81-years-old.

[13:40] What's Dai's definition of passion?

[18:00] Make a plan and then work towards it.

[18:25] Dai became an accidental blogger.

[20:55] Dai explains his goal setting process.

[25:00] What are the key things around health and fitness?

[31:00] Remember we have a full one day event on Nov 7th!

[34:30] Connor likes to watch anime and workout.

[39:00] Community is key to keeping you on track.

[40:00] What does Dai do when he gets off course?

[43:30] Best advice Dai has ever received?

[47:20] What does it mean to be a man today?

[50:15] Best part about being a man?

[55:30] Where did the nickname 'Moose' come from? 

[58:15] Dai will be having a weekly periscope session with his followers.

[1:00:00] Thank you for listening and please subscribe/review on iTunes! 

 

Mentioned In This Episode:

info@mantalks.ca

http://mantalks.com/

http://www.daimanuel.com/

Double Double by Cameron Herold.

http://www.wholelifefitnessmanifesto.com/


Music Credit:

Parlange & Latenite Automatic (jesusparlange.com– lateniteautomatic.com)

 

Oct 26, 2015

Todd Henry is the host of The Accidental Creative podcast and the author of three books, The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, and Louder Than Words. Todd's mission is to help others discover their authentic voice. Todd talks on how to find your true identity, define the kind of freedom you want, and to disrupt your patterns.

 

Key Takeaways:

[0:45] Connor talks about their exciting new partner/sponsor.

[2:30] What does Todd do?

[3:20] Why does Todd do what he does?

[5:50] What does an authentic voice really mean?

[8:00] What does freedom look like for you?

[9:50] Don't just drift through your days, stop and notice the patterns.

[10:20] Todd describes why you should write your manifesto.

[12:50] Pay close attention to your patterns.

[15:50] Todd talks about vulnerability.

[19:15] It's almost easier to do it alone, but that doesn't scale.

[20:15] ManTalks will be hosting a one day event on Nov 7th.

[24:10] We depend on others.

[26:40] Why is Donald Trump resonating with the crowd? 

[30:35] We can tell when someone is being authentic or not.

[32:00] What's Todd most excited about right now?

 

Mentioned In This Episode:

http://www.toddhenry.com/

http://www.vancitybuzz.com/

http://mantalks.com/

http://www.toddhenry.com/collective

 

Music Credit:

Parlange & Latenite Automatic (jesusparlange.com– lateniteautomatic.com)

 

Oct 19, 2015

Brian Scudamore is the founder of 1-800-Got-Junk?, a franchise that operates in 180 locations in Canada, the United States, and Australia. Brian talks to Connor on why he dropped out of college and how he went from a small business to a large franchise. Brian tells the audience that he has a very slow hiring process, because he really wants to know he's got the right people for his company on staff.

 

Key Takeaways:

[0:25] Connor introduces Brian.

[2:20] How did 1-800-Got-Junk? started?

[5:20] What kind of challenges did Brian face?

[6:30] What was Brian like as a kid?

[9:00] How did Brian go from a small business to a big franchise?

[12:00] Brian was slow to hire and quick to fire to make sure he really had the best person.

[16:15] You have a socially responsibility to give back.

[17:40] What's Brian's definition of success?

 

Mentioned In This Episode:

www.1800gotjunk.com/

 

Oct 12, 2015

Adam Nagy and Julian DeSchutter are the co-founders of Chasing Sunrise, a community designed to empower members to chase after what they want and to break out of the unconscious routine. Adam and Julian speak on their failures, their mentors, core lessons they try to teach in the Chasing Sunrise community, and what kind of legacy they'd both like to leave behind.

 

Key Takeaways:

[1:30] Who is Adam?

[2:35] Who is Julian?

[5:40] How did Chasing Sunrise start?

[9:50] Make conscious choices that aligns with who you are.

[11:30] What has the response been like for Chasing Sunrise?

[14:55] How do you build a thriving and self-sustainable community?

[20:00] Who are Adam's and Julian's mentors?

[24:35] What core lessons has the Chasing Sunrise community learned?

[29:15] ManTalks will be hosting a one day event. Save the date! Nov 7th.

[35:00] What kind of challenges have Adam and Julian seen people overcome?

[39:30] Favorite part of being a man? Brotherhood and leadership.

[42:15] Brotherhood is an integral part of being a man.

[43:35] The guys talk about failure.

[49:40] Connor shares one of his failures.

[52:30] Take a step back from your failure and ask yourself, “What's the bigger picture?”

[55:15] What kind of legacy would the guys like to leave?

[57:30] We're afraid to say 'I don't know'.

[58:55] What are the guys excited about today?

 

Mentioned In This Episode:

http://chasingsunri.se/

https://instagram.com/chasingsunrise/

 

Oct 5, 2015

Brian Turko is the son of Ukrainian immigrants and the owner of Milano coffee. Milano has three stores in Vancouver and one in Toronto. Brian talks on what it was like growing up with immigrant parents, how he keeps a good relationship with his wife of 20 years, and the lessons he's learned as a young child. Come sit down, listen in, and join us at the top of the mountain with this week's episode.

 

Key Takeaways:

[0:40] What's Brian's background?

[5:55] Why did Brian get into the coffee business?

[20:00] Your curiosity can help you find your passion.

[21:00] Coffee was created out of poverty.

[26:00] What's Brian's definition of success?

[35:20] Recognize that you have fear, but take action anyway.

[36:00] Brian talks about a lesson he learned when he was younger. 

[44:20] It sometimes takes reckless abandonment to believe.

[51:20] ManTalks will be hosting a full one day event Nov 7th.

[57:35] What's it like to be a man today?

[1:09:05] What kind of mark on the world does Brian want to leave?

[1:15:45] It doesn't always work out. Live everyday as if it's your first and your last day.

[1:20:05] Stop by Brian's shop and say hi.

 

Mentioned In This Episode:

http://mantalks.com/

http://www.milanocoffee.ca/

 

Music Credit:

Parlange & Latenite Automatic (jesusparlange.com– lateniteautomatic.com)

 

Sep 28, 2015

John Nieuwenburg opens up in a very vulnerable way about his attempted suicide and depression on today's show. John is an award-winning coach and a TedX speaker. He talks on what depression feels like, his recovery after his suicide attempt, and how other people can prevent what John has went through. Do not be afraid to talk about your depression and to seek help. The only way to come out of your darkness is by shining a light on it.

 

Key Takeaways:

[2:55] Who is John Nieuwenburg?

[7:55] What was life like for John before the age of 45?

[13:40] What makes a great coach?

[17:55] What type of work does John do?

[23:25] Why did John attempt suicide?

[25:45] What does depression feel like?

[34:00] We give depression power by not talking about it. Talk about your depression.

[39:35] With depression, you feel like you've run out of options.

[45:00] Statistics on suicides in Canada says that 3 out of 4 suicides are men.

[48:10] What happened after John's suicide attempt?

[51:40] Remember, ManTalks is hosting a full one day event on Nov 7th.

[55:20] How can you help people who are suffering?

[58:10 The only way to come out of the darkness is by shining a light on it.

[58:35] Should you take medication?

[1:01:50] Should you talk about depression with children?

[1:03:40] What does it mean to be a man today?

[1:05:50] Do you have a written definition of the best you can be? Affirmations are important.

[1:09:00] What is John excited about today?

 

Mentioned In This Episode:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNScHdMMw8E

http://w5coaching.com

Darkness Visible by William Styron

http://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability?language=en

 

Music Credit:

Parlange & Latenite Automatic (jesusparlange.com– lateniteautomatic.com)

 

Sep 21, 2015

Lodro Rinzler is a practitioner and teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage. Lodro has been meditating since he was a child and has written five books with the newest being, How to Love Yourself (And Sometimes Other People). Lodro's columns have appeared on Elephant Journal, Huffington Post, Bloomberg, and so much more. Lodro talks on how you can love yourself, using your vulnerability as a strength, and he does a short demonstration on how to start meditating.

 

Key Takeaways:

[2:10] ManTalks will be hosting a one day event on Nov 7th.

[3:30] What is Man It Forward and how can you win tickets for the event?

[5:40] Who is Lodro?

[7:15] Why did Lodro run off to the monastery?

[8:30] Lodro is a second-generation Buddhist.

[11:40] Lodro talks about his latest book, How to Love Yourself.

[15:20] How can help people love themselves?

[18:45] Connor and Roger talks on the one day event ManTalks is hosting.

[21:35] How can we start meditating?

[31:40] How can men look into themselves?

[36:10] Meditating helps teach you how to love.

[40:00] Why does the world need meditation now?

[43:10] How does Lodro define success?

[45:00] What does it mean to be a modern man?

[46:20] What is Lodro excited about right now?

 

Mentioned In This Episode:

http://mantalks.com/

http://ny.shambhala.org/blog/

http://www.lodrorinzler.com/

 

Music Credit:

Parlange & Latenite Automatic (jesusparlange.com– lateniteautomatic.com)

 

Sep 14, 2015

Vikram Vij is an Indian-born Canadian chef and the co-owner of Vij's Restaurant in Vancouver. Vikram brings his extreme optimism and passion for cooking right into this podcast. He says passion is like your first love and your focus should be your second love. When these two loves are combined, it's a great recipe for success. Vikram shares openly the challenges he has faced and his frustrations with prejudice. He also talks on the importance of freedom and respecting everyone, no matter what social class they may be.

 

Key Takeaways:

[1:25] Who is Vikram Vij?

[5:50] What does passion mean to Vikram?

[8:30] Why did Vikram go to Austria?

[11:15] Failure is a part of our lives.

[11:45] There's no formula for success.

[13:30] What kind of challenges has Vikram experienced? 

[19:00] What's Vikram's definition of success?

[20:20] Vikram talks about his mentors.

[23:15] What are Vikram's core beliefs?

[28:10] Connor and Roger tell you about the 1-day event Man Talks will be hosting and how you can win free tickets.

[32:00] What people thrive for in life is freedom.

[35:50] Vikram is often frustrated by prejudice.

[38:45] Best resources? Travel the world.

[42:55] What does it mean to be a man today?

[48:00] One piece of advice? Respect everyone.

[49:40] What kind of legacy would Vikram like to leave?

[51:55] What's Vikram excited about today?

[56:25] Love what you do and don't take things for granted.

 

Mentioned In This Episode:

http://mantalks.com/

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.

http://www.vijs.ca/

https://twitter.com/Vijs_restaurant

https://www.facebook.com/Vijs-174255645924082/timeline/

 

Music Credit:

Parlange & Latenite Automatic (jesusparlange.com– lateniteautomatic.com)

 

 

Sep 8, 2015

David Katz is the Founder of The Plastic Bank and recent winner of the EO Global Citizen award. The Plastic Bank is the world's only organization to monetize plastic recycling. The Plastic Bank gives opportunities for the disadvantaged to collect and trade plastic waste as currency and the organization aims to create a global micro recycling economy to help reduce poverty and clean the environment. David speaks to Connor on raising a special needs child, the importance of being present in your work, and so much more on today's episode.

 

Key Takeaways:

[1:05] ManTalks will be having a one day event in Vancouver.

[2:10] Connor introduces David Katz

[4:00] What does David do?

[6:30] How does David's plastic business work?

[10:25] Consumers are demanding corporations to make a conscious change in the environment.

[13:00] How does an entrepreneur make money? By adding value.

[14:40] What was David like as a kid?

[18:00] Enjoy the journey and focus on being happy today.

[23:15] Despite being a C-student, David went to university.

[25:55] Connor listened to the radio recently and hated it.

[28:00] What makes David present? Exercise.

[31:10] We never regret exercise when you're done.

[40:00] How did David learn to work through the obstacles and not flee?

[44:25] David was inspired by failure.

[59:05] What's David's defining moment?

[54:40] Grow the most vulnerable part of yourself.

[61:10] Everything is meaningful when you know what to look for.

[64:35] What kind of legacy would David like to leave?

[70:00] What's one question David never has been asked before?

[73:00] What's David most excited about?

[74:55] Life is limitless.

[76:45] Remember ManTalks is hosting a one day event in Vancouver.

 

Mentioned In This Episode:

http://mantalks.com/

http://plasticbank.org

 

Music Credit:

Parlange & Latenite Automatic (jesusparlange.com– lateniteautomatic.com)

 

 

Aug 24, 2015

Dan Mangan is a two-time JUNO Award winning musician and a contributing writer for The guardian and Huffington Post Canada. Dan has recently released a new album entitled Club Meds under the band name Dan Mangan + Blacksmith. Dan talks to the guys on his creation process, being vulnerable, and also gives some advice to young musicians looking to make music for a living. Dan reminds the audience that there will be hard days in the creation process, but you have to trust your gut and ignore the critics.

 

Key Takeaways:

[1:40] What does Dan do?

[2:20] What's Dan's why?

[5:45] Dan talks about his musical style.

[8:35] What does it really mean to be a 'rock star'?

[12:35] Dan talks on his son being born 7 weeks early.

[17:10] What kind of challenges has Dan faced in the music industry?

[24:10] Starting your own band? Buy a van and hire a publicist.

[24:55] What's Dan's creation process?

[34:55] Dan doesn't always love the creation process.

[35:55] You will have hard days in the creative process.

[40:35] Dan doesn't want to make the same record twice.

[43:55] You have to trust your gut and ignore the critics.

[54:20] The most impressive people are the ones who can be vulnerable.

[55:20] How has Dan learned to become a leader?

[60:30] How can you lead people without being a bully?

[63:20] What does it mean to be a man today?

[66:30] Life is always complicated.

[67:10] What kind of legacy does Dan want to leave behind?

[69:05] Dan is currently working on an EP.

[70:40] ManTalks will be hosting a one day event in Vancouver on Nov 7th.

 

Mentioned In This Episode:

http://danmanganmusic.com/

Hector and the Search for Happiness

Club Meds by Dan Mangan + Blacksmith.

http://mantalks.com/

 

Music Credit:

Parlange & Latenite Automatic (jesusparlange.com – lateniteautomatic.com)

Aug 17, 2015

How does ManTalks select the guests they do for their ManTalk conferences? This is a special behind the scenes episode showcasing exactly what that process is like. Conner interviews David Wagner for the possibility of him speaking at a future ManTalks event. David is currently doing a cross country tour all across the U.S on his motorcycle to help resurrect the backbones of the American male.  Conner asks David about his life's story, why he does what he does, and how he helps men all over the world.

Key Takeaways:

[1:20] What does David do?

[2:10] What was David's defining moment?

[4:50] What does it take to be a man in today's world?

[7:20] Men have a need to help others and add value to other people's lives.

[8:40] You're not going to find greatness sitting on the couch.

[9:30] Men thrive in packs.

[10:50] There's nothing more awkward than a middle-aged man trying to make a new friend.

[12:15] David talks about his book, Backbone.

[16:00] A lot of men are very reactionary and don't take the step back to ask why.

[18:05] David talks about the origins of 'suck it up'.

[22:20] David believes men need the 'suck it up' or 'man up' mantras to help them achieve their dreams.

[27:50] How can men find their life’s purpose?

[30:35] What's really important to you?

[31:50] David talks about his cross country motorcycle tour.

[33:45] David currently has a home study course for men on his website.

[35:10] Look forward to David's blog posts on the ManTalks blog.

 

Mentioned In This Episode:

http://davidhwagner.com/

https://www.facebook.com/davidharshadawagner

https://twitter.com/davidhwagner

Backbone by David H. Wagner

http://mantalks.com/

 

Music Credit:

Parlange & Latenite Automatic (jesusparlange.comlateniteautomatic.com)

Aug 10, 2015

Geoff Woods runs the Mentee podcast and talks about his journey from full-time employee to entrepreneur on his show. Geoff emphasizes the importance of spending your time with the right people who will help you get to where you want to be in your business or relationship. Geoff explains to the Man Talks audience on how you can find incredibly helpful and successful mentors to guide you through your journey, help you achieve your goals, and keep you inspired.

 

Key Takeaways:

[2:20] What does Geoff do?

[5:40] Geoff is on this entrepreneurial journey for his family.

[5:50] What does it mean to be a mentor?

[7:00] How did Geoff find his mentors?

[8:45] Get clarity on what you want and then talk about it effectively.

[13:20] Don't be afraid to ask for what you need. 
[14:50] Why would successful people want to mentor 'me'?

[18:00] How do you make a mentor/mentee relationship beneficial?

[20:40] What kind of challenges has Geoff's mentor help solve?

[27:05] What's Geoff's definition of success?

[29:50] Ask yourself, “How can I add value?”

[31:25] What's the definition of good leadership?

[33:10] Ask people, “What are you working on right now and how can I help you?”

[37:45] What inspires Geoff?

[38:55] Geoff recommends a couple of his favorite books.

[40:45] What does it mean to be a man today?

[44:50] What are some of the challenges men are facing in today's world?
[48:05] Remember to understand the importance of being humble.

[49:10] Best advice for Geoff's business and relationship?

[53:10] Geoff would love to disrupt the education system.

[54:10] Remember, you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.

[54:30] Family members and your best friend can be the very people who hold you back.

[57:20] What's Geoff excited about these days?

[60:20] Feel free to contact Geoff, Connor or Roger for any questions you might have.

 

Mentioned In This Episode:

http://geoffwoods.com/

https://findthebestmentors.com/

http://menteepodcast.com/call

The Cashflow Quadrant by Robert Kiyosaki

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

In The Way of the SEAL by Mark Divine

 

 

Aug 3, 2015

Ari Meisel was diagnosed with an incurable disease called Crohn's, but that didn't stop him from over coming the disease through a combination of yoga, good nutrition, and intense exercise. He now runs the Less Doing, More Living podcast where he helps teach others how to optimize their lives and simply just get more things done. Ari talks on setting artificial limits for yourself, thinking how you can grow your business by ten times, and why you need to remove 70% of what you do every year in order to grow as a person.

 

Key Takeaways:

[2:45] What does Ari do?

[3:30] Ari shares a bit of his background and who he is.

[4:55] By age 23, Ari was $3 million dollars in debt.

[6:30] Why did Ari get into construction?

[9:45] People sometimes forget about the hands-on education you can get outside of a class room.

[12:30] What was Ari's experience at Wharton like?

[13:30] Ari isn't sure if college is going to be relevant for the younger generation.

[15:22] What are the top three things people can do to become more effective?

[15:55] You need to offload all of your ideas into a good system like Evernote.

[16:15] In order to grow as a person or a company, you need to delegate or remove 70% of what you do every year.

[17:15] Identify your peak time.

[18:25] Optimize, automate, and outsource your tasks.

[19:25] So many men have what Connor calls the 'Atlas Complex'.

[20:25] How do you really remove some of the clutter and the stress that's clogging the brain?

[21:15] Think how you can grow your business by ten times, not by two.

[21:44] Set artificial limits for yourself.

[23:00] Ari only works Monday and Wednesday.

[24:40] What's Ari's routine?

[26:25] What inspires Ari?

[27:40] Planning can be difficult when you have young kids.

[30:00] Ari has five things he feels he has to do and as long as he does all of them that day, he considers his day a success.

[32:15] Men could benefit greatly from talking to a therapist.

[35:45] How did Ari cure his Crohn's disease?

[38:30] Best advice? No doesn't mean no.

[39:10] What does it mean to be a man today?

[42:45] How does Ari find such great tools for his audience?

[45:40] Best relationship advice? Sometimes you're better off just listening.

[48:05] Ari is currently very excited about his coaching and boot camp programs. 

[49:20] You can book a free coaching call with one of Ari's coaches at http://lessdoingcall.com/

 

Mentioned In This Episode:

http://lessdoing.com/

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

The Daily Meditation Podcast by Mary Meckley

http://www.talkspace.com/

http://lessdoingcall.com/

Jul 27, 2015

*Apologies for the poor audio quality... It gets better around episode 005

Andy Zaremba is the co-host of the Vancouver Real podcast and co-founder of Float House. He was a speaker for the Man Talks conference and is back with more wisdom to share with today's audience. One of Andy's defining moments was the premature birth of his daughter, who was an unexpected surprise. He really opens up with our co-hosts today about the pregnancy and some of the challenges he faced during the birth of his daughter. He also talks why he and his brother decided to open Float House, what it is, and why people should do it.

 

Key Takeaways:

[1:10] How did Connor get to know Andy Zaremba?

[2:45] What does Andy do?

[3:25] What is sensory deprivation or 'floating'?

[6:00] When Connor left the float room, he felt like everything was sharper and clearer.

[7:10] Floating is completely different from meditation.

[10:10] Why did Andy and his brother start float house?

[13:55] When you face challenges, that's when you're going to grow the most as a human being.

[16:00] What was a defining moment for Andy?

[25:25] Man Talks challenges men to really think differently about how they show up in the world.

[26:45] Not a lot of men are willing to share their experience with an unplanned pregnancy.

[35:20] Instead of fighting your emotions, let them be, let yourself feel them.

[37:20] What's Andy's meditation routine?

[40:00] There are some really 'crazy' gurus out there promoting spirituality in a negative way. 

[41:10] Andy talks psychedelics.

[48:50] Why are role models important for men?

[54:25] Your inner demons may never go away fully, but you can work on dealing with them better.

[56:45] Best advice Andy received?

 

Mentioned In This Episode:

http://www.vancouverreal.tv/

http://mantalks.com/

http://www.floathouse.ca

The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan Watts

The Culture High by Adam Scorgie

 

Music Credit:

Parlange & Latenite Automatic (jesusparlange.com lateniteautomatic.com)

 

http://mantalks.com/

Jul 20, 2015

*Apologies for the poor audio quality... It gets better around episode 005

Mark Groves is a human connections specialist and a relationship coach. The guys highly encourage you to bring along your partner for this episode as Mark does a detailed dive on how to build a deeper and more intimate relationship with your partner. Mark talks on the concept of masculinity, how it affects young men, how to truly listen to your partner, dealing with feelings of guilt, and so much more.

 

Key Takeaways:

[1:00] Grab your partner or significant other for this podcast.

[1:30] Who is Mark Groves and what does he do?

[3:20] What's Mark's purpose?

[7:10] More young men are committing suicide than women.

[7:40] How can we maintain our masculinity and still be empathic, kind, and emotional?

[9:55] How do men and women differ in their needs in a relationships?

[12:30] Our significant other may feel like we're not listening, how can we show her that we are?

[14:30] Men have the tendency to offer advice and try to fix the problem and that makes a woman feel like she's not being understood.

[18:10] Couples should have ground rules or agreements, like a business, as to what they want out of the relationship.

[21:05] Ask your father what his greatest fear is and open up that conversation.

[25:15] What was a defining moment for Mark that really shifted his life?

[31:20] Relationships happen by choice, not by chance. 

[34:45] Find the resources and discovery what a good relationship looks like.

[37:00] Roger is getting married in the next 8 days.

[40:00] The five closet people in our lives are a direct reflection of us. 

[46:45] 70% of photos on the internet are pornographic images of women. 

[50:15] You need to trust your gut when you feel guilty or shameful.

[53:10] What if I made this choice a 1,000 times?

[54:22] If you're already in the 'maybe' decision process then you're already in the no-go zone.

[55:05] What's the best advice Mark has received?

[59:50] Look forward to more details about the men's retreat. 

 

Mentioned In This Episode:

http://mantalks.com/

http://markmanson.net/fuck-yes

http://markgroves.tv/

https://instagram.com/createthelove/

 

Music Credit: 

Parlange & Latenite Automatic (jesusparlange.com – lateniteautomatic.com)

Jul 13, 2015

*Apologies for the poor audio quality... It gets better around episode 005

Jeff Sanders is the host of The 5am Miracle Podcast, which has ranked number one on iTunes in the Self-Help and Business categories. Jeff is currently writing his first published book under the same name, The 5 Am Miracle, and is a passionate vegan. Jeff believes the morning is the best way to achieve your goals and get to where you want to be. He talks on why you should have a regular morning routine, how to manage your morning routine when you're traveling, and so much more.

 

Key Takeaways:

[2:50] The best way to make time for your goals is to wake up early for it.

[3:25] Jeff talks on how he got started.

[4:35] Why have a morning routine?

[6:45] How do you have a morning routine when you're on the road and traveling? 

[8:15] Don't beat yourself if you slip on your regular routine.

[10:50] Jeff's routine used to be incredibly strict, but now his routine is more of a guideline.

[12:30] What were some of the defining moments that shaped Jeff's life and what did he learn?

[16:10] Jeff's biggest challenge has been to understand his wife.

[18:45] Sit down with no distractions and just focus on having a good conversation with your wife.

[19:45] How do you balance your own morning routine with your partner?

[22:15] What's the best piece of advice Jeff has received?

[25:00] When you find out what your actual talents are then you can move in the right direction.

[27:25] What does it mean to be a man today?

[29:30] We're all looking for leaders, which is why leadership is a very important ability.

[32:00] Men might stunt their growth when they don't allow themselves to be lead and supported.

[35:30] Jeff recommends a couple of books.

[37:40] Every morning Jeff drinks a litre of water after he gets out of bed.

[42:10] Plan the following morning every evening. Have a game plan for tomorrow.

[43:45] Jeff is extremely excited about his upcoming book, The 5am Miracle.

 

Mentioned In This Episode:

Your Road Map for Success – John C. Maxwell.

The ONE Thing by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan

Essentialism by Greg McKeown

The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

http://mantalks.com/

http://jeffsanders.com/

http://jeffsanders.com/the-5-am-miracle-podcast/

Jul 6, 2015

*Apologies for the poor audio quality... It gets better around episode 005

Philip McKernan speaks around the world about the importance of overcoming personal obstacles, gaining clarity, and cultivating the confidence to believe in yourself. On today's show, Philip talks on how men seek validation and are willing to go above and beyond to receive it. Although there's nothing wrong with being a provider for your friends, family, and loved ones, we may create a life that's unauthentic to who we are and our life's goals when we're seeking that validation.

 

Key Takeaways:

[2:40] Who is Philip and what does he do?

[5:15] How did Philip make a shift from not being himself to living his purpose?

[8:10] Ask the hard questions about your authenticity and who you are.

[10:25] What kind of work does Philip do?

[14:55] One of the biggest issues we face is the lack of identity Who are we at the core?

[16:35] Don't let the clutter get in the way. Stay true to your personal message.

[18:50] Phillip loves what he does so much that he'd rather die than not keep doing it.

[20:25] Do a lot of men seek money over meaning?

[22:20] The desire for security is driven by insecurity.

[23:00] You don't need money to buy freedom. Freedom comes within.

[27:25] Who are you seeking validation from today?

[33:40] It's important to have a relationship with yourself, but what does that mean and why is it important?

[39:45] People often are unaware of their current reality and how unhappy they may be.

[43:40] How did Philip trust his inner voice and how did he develop that voice?

[50:40] You connect with the right people and they either become mentors or students. Sometimes those relationships can't be forced.

[55:40] We believe in great figures like Steve Jobs, yet we don't believe in ourselves.

[56:50] What advice would Philip offer to others?

[59:35] Stop making this journey about you, start making it about other people.

[63:50] Letting go and giving up are two very, very different things. We let go to create space.

 

Mentioned In This Episode:

http://mantalks.com/

http://philipmckernan.com/

 

Music Credit: 

Parlange & Latenite Automatic (jesusparlange.com – lateniteautomatic.com)

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