GMGD Podcast 011 Driven with Charlie Brenneman

GMGD Podcast 011 Driven with Charlie Brenneman

My guest this week is "The Worlds Toughest Life Long Learner". He's a coach and public speaker, delivering relentless motivation five days a week as the host of the AM Excellence (AMX) and Spaniard 101 podcasts. Using his experiences as a former UFC fighter, 2 time Pennsylvania high school wrestling state runner up, and the winner of season 1 of Spike TV's Joes vs. Pros (among a ridiculously long list of other accomplishments) he offers insight on how to convey excellence in whatever you do. 

Charlie "The Spaniard" Brenneman left his job as a middle school Spanish teacher to pursue a career as an MMA fighter with only two qualifications- a pretty impressive wresting background, and a will to succeed. Not only did he attain his goal of reaching the "big-time" in the UFC, but he fought the best of the best, including Rick Story, Johnny Hendricks, and Erick Silva.

Today we discuss his book, "Driven: My Unlikely Journey from Classroom to Cage", as Charlie shares his story and talks about being the best husband and father he could be while training and developing a career in the UFC. We also discuss the role of family and community in his success, and how he is able to stay true to himself throughout the process. Everything Charlie does is the epitome of hard work and enthusiasm and I think you'll find this interview to be no different.

GMGD Podcast 006 One Person Can Change Your Life

GMGD Podcast 006 One Person Can Change Your Life

In this episode of the Good Men Great Dads Podcast, I speak with Jeremy Ball.  Jeremy is a sponsored BMX rider, College Softball Coach, Educator, coffee lover, and all around good guy. We dive in to some of life's lessons and talk about how to make yourself a better man everyday. Jeremy attributes a lot of his hard work and success to his father and shares some stories about his dad leading by example, telling him when he's an idiot, and teaching him when to keep his mouth shut.

GMGD Podcast 005 Be The Man Your Family Needs!

GMGD Podcast 005 Be The Man Your Family Needs!

This episode of the Good Men Great Dads Podcast is a little different than the previous episodes- the audio you’re going to here is from a discussion I had with Dr. Jim Storhok via Facebook live. Jim is a talented internet marketer, a seasoned entrepreneur, and one of the hardest working guys I know. We discussed a myriad of topics including (but certainly not limited to);  why It’s time for men to step up for their families, what you can do to get started, and how you can stay motivated to create the best life possible.

GMGD Podcast 004 What is Normal? with Vaughn Smith

In this episode of the Good Men Great Dads Podcast- I speak with Vaughn Smith- Educator, Sponsored Crossfit athlete, Husband and Father. We cover the four pillars of Good Men Great Dads; Family, Faith, Fitness and Finance. Ever wonder how a Chinese farmer or a three legged dog could make you a better man? Vaughn drops some knowledge bombs in regards to getting the most out of your day- fitting fitness into your hectic schedule, dealing with day to day inconveniences, and finding gratitude in all aspects of your life.  No matter what your goals are for 2018, this episode is bound to resonate with you.


  • Setting up a routine

  • Put the important stuff in your calendar

  • What’s your “Why”?

  • Protecting your time

  • The story of the Chinese farmer

  • Dealing with minor inconveniences

  • Fostering a growth mindset in your children

  • Be careful with who you allow in your “village”

  • Syrup war of 2004

  • What is normal?

  • Why Vaughn loves getting bills in the mail

  • Learning to delay gratification

  • What is the first word that pops into your head when you think of your dad?

  • Would your kids be proud of what you’re doing?

  • Which dog are you feeding?

  • Sharpening your saw



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