In this episode of the DadPOD, I interview Leary Gates. Leary is an entrepreneur (has started 5 businesses including his current business, Lumina Consulting), men’s ministry leader (President of National Coalition of Ministries to Men), started The Dream Intensive to help men and women develop and pursue their dreams within and has taught biblical and topical related classes to men and groups for years. He’s authoring a book, has a number of them in line for developing and continues to pursue new adventures and opportunities. Recently, he married off his oldest child and only daughter. He shares how he felt as he walked her down that aisle. Leary has been a great friend over the years and is a great communicator and conveyor of information and challenges those he speaks to to rise up and become all they can be in their pursuits as men and as children of God. Leary is a down to earth guy, great communicator and interesting, and I think you’ll really enjoy this interview.
During this DadPOD program we discuss:
- Leary’s try at exceeding expectations as an expectant father.
- Good discussion about how marriage is like a dance. Recently Leary and Anna celebrated their anniversary by shooting a video of a dance they had been practicing for years as part of their Ballroom Dance dating and training. WIth his son Ryan at the helm of the camera, they do a great Tango on video. Maybe sometime I’ll post the link :). But, Leary shares how life as husband and wife and as parents is often like a dance and we discuss that in more depth.
- A few weeks ago, Leary gave away his only daughter (he’s got 3 sons) in marriage. Hear how he processed those moments prior to his response of “Her mother and I do”.
- Like many of us, Leary’s dad was not intimately involved in his life as a child. As such, Leary had no road map for being a husband or father. We discuss how that lack of example in our lives may impact us but it doesn’t have to define us as men. The chain can be broken. Leary references a book from Dr. Carol Dweck, Mindset, and her study of how we tend to fall on one of two sides when it comes to our mindset–Fixed vs. Growth mindsets.
- Leary is pronounced “Larry”. Hear how he came to finally understand (and feel a sense of honor) at the unique spelling of his name.
- Recently Leary completed 9 yrs of teaching through a men’s ministry called IronWorks. Leary talks about the impact of letting go of some things that are good, even very good in order to pursue other avenues that God has placed on your heart to pursue.
- We discuss some of the things going on in men’s ministry in general as well as finding out more about a coalition of men’s ministries that he is the President of called the National Coalition of Ministries to Men (NCMM)
- And, Leary and I talk about a new initiative that he has embarked on called The Dream Intensive. Between weekend workshops called “intensives” and online tutorial webinars called Dream Intensive University, Leary is helping people of all ages pursue their dreams–vocational or other pent up dreams that have been buried for a number of reasons. He helps awaken them and then provides a framework for acting upon a strategy to move them forward and give them a chance to live.
- Finally, Leary takes a few minutes to give his dad a posthumous tribute. It’s a great example of being able to find something that you can be thankful for in your father, even without a lifetime of good memories.
Information and Links related to todays Podcast:
- Dr. Carol Dweck’s book, Mindset
- Dream Intensive and Dream Intensive University
- IronWorks Men’s Ministry
- National Coalition of Ministries to Men (NCMM)
- Disciple Men Magazine (online emag)
SPECIAL FATHER’S DAY TRIBUTE ON THE NEXT DADPOD
As I shared at the end of the podcast DadPad/DadPOD want to give you a chance to publicly express your love and admiration for your father or another significant male role model in your life. As we have for the guests of the past three DadPOD episodes, we want to give you the “microphone” and let you share some thoughts about your dad to tell the world that there are many dads who did it well (or surrogate dads).
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