Why Dads of Steel?
Why Dads of Steel? Well, to be honest, along with being a good husband and follower of Christ, being a father is the most important thing I will do in this life. So I want to get it right. To give you a bit of background, I don’t have a great relationship with my dad. In all fairness, he’s a good man, but we have never been close. I will take my share of the blame for that. I grew up in a single parent home, with Mom taking on the duty of raising me. I would spend time at my Dad’s house on the occasional weekend and sometimes vacation with him and his family. But I never felt at home with him. Again, I will take my share of the blame here.
Living a life of impact
If my life were a movie, this relationship is not the one I would have scripted for my father and I. That said, there are some things to be grateful for. I look at my relationship with Dad, and I am determined to have a better one with my children. I want nothing more than to be a good husband and father. I want to be like my grandfather. My grandfather was the most dominant male role model in my life. He was a good man, permeated by strength, faith and character. He’s been gone for twenty-six years at this point, but there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about him. That was the kind of life (and death) he had. He lived a life of substance, of impact and he left a legacy. Not the kind that you can count with commas and zeroes, but the kind that is measured in lessons, memories and examples.
Are we there yet?
Am I there yet? Am I that kind of man? Unfortunately, my answer is no, I don’t think so. I need more consistency in my life. I need more discipline. I need more patience. But I’m trying. That’s what Dads of Steel is about. It’s an exploration of what it takes to be the kind of man that leaves an impact on your family, a good impact, the kind that leaves people missing you twenty-six years later. So you don’t get it confused, this isn’t about me. It’s about my wife and children. It’s about being the best version of me, for them.
What do we do?
What will we cover? Well, I have spent twenty-two years as a personal trainer, so I think fitness, recovery and nutrition are a lock. Parenting and life balance will of course be covered here as well. I will also talk about faith. It’s impossible to tell my story without telling you about my Savior, Jesus Christ. This will be with the intent of learning and then committing to being better men. If we are better men, we will be better husbands and fathers.
What’s in it for you?
What’s in it for you the reader? I believe that any leadership skill I may have lies not in getting out in front of people and saying “look at me” as so many in the fitness industry do. Rather, it lies in saying “Hey, I’m going on this journey, come and walk it with me.” So, this is an invitation to go along on this walk. Come and be a part of a tribe of men committed to being the best version of themselves. Come along and join a band of brothers intent on continuing to expand and grow in the best ways possible so that our children can grow and expand in the best ways possible. I am a firm believer in the power of community. Proverbs 27:17 says it best. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” So expect me to be transparent and don’t be afraid to hold me accountable because that’s what I will do for you. That’s what community does. That’s what tribes do. You are welcome here.