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17 January, 2023

Dan Stanley - Rethinking masculinity

This week on the Outside & Active we chat about the idea of 'masculinity' with award winning army commando turned life coach, Dan Stanley.

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This week on the Outside & Active Podcast Dom is joined by Dan Stanley

Dan Stanley is an expert in human development and performance.

Throughout his career, he has coached hundreds of men to become better, more purposeful, more productive, more courageous and higher performing versions of themselves. He has a proven record of enabling other men to succeed in life by helping them to achieve their goals, whilst living balanced lives and experiencing positive wellbeing.

He is an authentic man, a father of two, a loving husband, a son and confidant to many. He is a retired award-winning senior army commando, a key decision maker and contributor in a multi-million pound service business, the former owner of a successful fitness company, and until recently, the national champion in indoor rowing across multiple distances.

After the birth of his first child, he experienced a mid-life crisis. He did the typical guy thing, he buried himself in work and tried his best to suppress what he was feeling.

It didn’t work. He nearly lost everything that was dear to him, including his marriage.

He felt lost, confused and directionless. He was unsure of his purpose and didn’t understand his drivers. His life was out of alignment, he lacked balance and felt like a passenger in his own life.

He found he had many questions that he couldn’t answer. He was forced to learn who he truly was, where his life was going (with or without him) and to accept his failings as a man.

He discovered the answers to these questions by embarking on a journey of introspection, growth and action. His life-changing journey to surpass good and become better proved to be turbulent but transformative. He read books, listened to podcasts, attended retreats and participated in numerous courses around the world.

He has grown and developed into the man he is today because he chose to become a better, more courageous, more loving, more caring, more authentic, more aware and more aligned man.

He turned his mid-life crisis into a mid-life transformation. He now experiences more happiness, fulfillment and success than he ever thought possible. 

In this episode we talk through the idea of masculinity and how that has evolved through the decades to where we are now. Dan highlights the 5 key challenges of masculinity and how men, at any age, can look to battle these challenges.

You can learn more about Dan and his amazing book, Rethinking Masculinity, by heading to his website - Better Men.

Watch the full episode


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