Owning Fatherhood with Dakota Meyer
Dakota Meyer is a former Marine and veteran of the war in Afghanistan. He’s also the host of the Owning It Podcast and the divorced father of two little girls.
Dakota shares his experience with PTS and his attempted suicide. He talks about how to step out of the victim mentality to become a greater version of ourselves. He also tells us the secrets to owning fatherhood, how to be an emotionally intelligent parent, and why we need to always surround ourselves with a trusted team for counsel.
You will hear a side of Dakota Meyer you haven’t heard on any other show. Get ready to own your life as a man and a dad!
If you’re not living for something bigger than yourself, it’s hard to do the right thing.
Dakota Meyer is a former United States Marine. A veteran of the War in Afghanistan, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Ganjgal on 8 September 2009, in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. Meyer is the second-youngest living Medal of Honor recipient, the third living recipient for either the Iraq War or the War in Afghanistan and the first living U.S. Marine in 38 years to be so honored.
This Owning It podcast is about owning your life, about leaving a legacy and giving more than you take. It’s about making the most of each day and giving your life true meaning. When your last day comes, your living legacy is left only in the memories of your loved ones and on your tombstone. On that tombstone are only two of the important dates in your life, the day you were born and the day you pass on; The only two days you don’t control. Owning the dash is about taking control of the days in between: That dash between the day you’re born and the day you die.
What You’ll Learn
- The first time Dakota realized he wasn’t a victim was the day he put the gun to his head
- Whatever’s in your head is not true. It’s not necessarily reality.
- You may tell yourself your life sucks, but is really only a day or a minute that sucks?
- How you have the make the choice not to be a victim over and over again
- Complain or do something about it
- You’ll let yourself down before everything else
- How to define a mission and purpose
- How most men haven’t seen an example of being a good father and are just doing what they were taught
- Why your entire life, you always need counsel
- Dakota says his only real skill is to surround himself with incredible people
- His advice for men who feel threatened when they’re surrounded by people more successful than them
- Don’t bitch about a problem unless you’re willing to fix it yourself
- The formula = 5% bitching (stating problem) 5% planning (how to fix it), 90% taking action
- His perspective on the war on masculinity
- Why domestic, violence, and rape are the result of masculinity being taken away
- What’s important for him to emulate as a man for his daughters
- Be an example of what a man should be – He wants his daughters to know what qualities to look for in her partner.
- Show how a woman should be treated – He wants to show his girls how a man is supposed to treat a woman so they will expect the same from their future relationships.
- Divorce is an option if necessary – Dakota didn’t want to model that it’s okay to be miserable. Divorce was the best solution in his case.
- The most difficult part of being divorced
- How being divorced from his wife, Bristol Palin, makes them better parents
- His unwavering commitment to quality time
- Why we should call dads out who brag about not changing diapers
- How society has set a low bar for men on what being a dad is about
- How dads need to accept that parenting is hard and there’s nothing wrong with you if you don’t enjoy it at times
- How Dakota didn’t feel the love with his second daughter and thought something was wrong with him
- The most important life lessons he’s learned
- Advice to fathers with sons on how to raise them to become better men
- How men are not emotionally intelligent or mature, but we can exercise our empathy by feeling our emotions and connecting with people
- The most destructive team to have around you are the people that buy into your bullshit and don’t call you out when you’re wrong.
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