In the summer of 2016, my life changed forever.
My wife, Alaina (she writes here, too) and I welcomed our first child into the world, a baby boy.
And, while I’m fairly certain that he’ll be smarter than I ever was, I think a lot about what I can teach him. That inspired me to write this post, “25 Things I Learned Before You Were Born.”
While this felt like a decent start, the world changes so quickly and learning is an ongoing journey. I’ve spent the last 10+ years (after formal education) reading, writing and thinking.
But reading and thinking without doing is merely procrastination. Above all, I am practitioner, applying the things I’ve learned to level up my own life — to become 1% better each day.
I’ve incrementally improved, but I’m not convinced that’s the case for many men or all men collectively.
Consider the facts:
- The average American man will die 5 years before the average American woman.
- 77% of all suicides are committed by men. Between 1997 and 2014, there was a 43% rise in suicide deaths among middle aged American men.
- Over 90% of inmates are male.
- Women decisively outnumber men in graduate school. They earn the majority of doctoral degrees. They are now the majority of new enrollees in both law and medical schools.
- There are now 7 million working age American men who are no longer in the labor force. Nearly half of them take pain medication on any given day.
- About 1 in 5 American children live with only their mothers — double the rate from 1970.
- 70% of American men are overweight or obese.
- Sperm counts and Testosterone levels in men have fallen precipitously. Lower testosterone levels in men are associated with depression, lethargy, weight gain and decreased cognitive ability.
This is not a future I want for our son. This is not the future I want for any man.
I want to help; to be part of the solution.
First and foremost, I’ve created Dialed In Men to pass along the things I’ve learned to my son so that he doesn’t end up a statistic and he has resources to navigate our ever-changing world.
Beyond that, I hope to help you “get dialed in” by exploring best practices within some of life’s key pillars:
- Health & Wellness
At the end of the day, I can’t change the world behind a keyboard, but my hope is that we can provide tools and resources for you to make changes and develop habits that will positively influence your life. And that, in turn, you will go out into the world and positively impact those you interact with daily.