So much has changed in regards to how we expect men and women to show up in the last few decades. All too often, as men, we’re tossed into The Water and told to sink or swim. For any struggle we face, we’re often given some version of the same, age-old advice: “Man Up.” (What the hell does that even mean? Especially at a time when we aren’t entirely sure what kind of men we are supposed to be.)
But, it doesn’t have to be this way.
Men need a space where they can have real conversations about the unique challenges they face in today’s society – what frustrates us, what scares us, what confuses us, what gives us strength, what brings us joy, and what gives us hope for the future. We can learn so much about how to live the lives we truly want by hearing about one another’s successes and failures, and by getting real, actionable advice on life and relationships from men and women who aren’t afraid to get real.
In this, the first episode of The Man Rules podcast, Dan provides a foundation for the journey you will take with him on the podcast by answering some of the questions you might have about the show:
Do we really need an entire podcast devoted to “The Man Rules?” (Yes.)
Aren’t The Man Rules really obvious to everyone and simple to follow? (No.)
What’s wrong with being a man? (Nothing.)
Are you going to try to tell us what it means to be a “real man?” (Yes and No.)
What the hell is “water?” (Great question. Listen to find out.)
About The Man Rules Podcast Host, Dan Griffin
Dan Griffin, M.A., is an internationally recognized author, thought leader, and expert on men’s relationships and masculinity. His work and life is dedicated to exploring and redefining what it means to be a man in the 21st century. Dan is dedicated to helping men be better men by understanding the impact of the Man Rules on their lives and finding the success in their personal lives they are striving for in the professional lives. His professional background includes over two decades in the mental health and addictions field. Dan earned a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Kansas where his graduate work was the first qualitative study centered on the social construction of masculinity in the culture of Alcoholics Anonymous. Dan grew up in the DC area and lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Nancy, and his daughter, Grace, and has been in long-term recovery from addiction since he graduated college in May of 1994.