55 episodes

Heart of Dad is the Podcast for Entrepreneur Dads who want to find a balance between building a successful business and being the best dad they can be, without sacrificing one for the other. We dive deep into real experiences and stories, get honest about the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur dad, the wins, the fears and the failures, pulling no punches about the triumphs and disasters along the way. Join our mailing list at www.heartofdad.com to be notified about new episodes and initiatives.And join our community at https://www.facebook.com/groups/heartofdad

Heart of Dad Podcast Matt Fox

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    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

Heart of Dad is the Podcast for Entrepreneur Dads who want to find a balance between building a successful business and being the best dad they can be, without sacrificing one for the other. We dive deep into real experiences and stories, get honest about the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur dad, the wins, the fears and the failures, pulling no punches about the triumphs and disasters along the way. Join our mailing list at www.heartofdad.com to be notified about new episodes and initiatives.And join our community at https://www.facebook.com/groups/heartofdad

    Heart of Dad - Season 5 - Episode 6 - Reflections

    Heart of Dad - Season 5 - Episode 6 - Reflections

    In the episode, Heart of Dad founder, Matt Fox, reflects on some of the big themes from a year of the podcast:
    Dads are willing to go deepDads are doing their best (and are always learning)Dads feel guilt, but it's not always helpfulDads feel over-stretchedDads long for moreDads can feel lost and lonelyDads don't want simple labelsThe Heart of Dad Group is an active community of business owning dads who want to find more harmony between work and home.

    If you’re an ambitious business owning dad who finds it difficult to balance all that life has to offer, then we have something for you. Each week, we dive into what you can do to:
    Love your work and business, like it used to be before you had kids, but without burning outFeel like family life is both front and centre and fun, rather than a choreFeel in great physical and mental shape, so you can put yourself first, without feeling guilty or feeling selfishJoin us at:  www.facebook.com/groups/heartofdad
    Apply to be on the podcast here: www.heartofdad.com/contact

    • 18 min
    Heart of Dad Season 5 - Episode 5 - David Willans

    Heart of Dad Season 5 - Episode 5 - David Willans

    After realising he was an angry dad, David Willans set out to be a better dad. 
    He blogs about what he finds at BeingDads and every two weeks he sends an email out with articles, stories, questions and insights to help other dads. 
    Follow him on twitter. 
    In this episode, we discuss
    If I'm not being the dad I want to be, what's the opposite?How he started Being Dads, by getting curious about other dadsFatherhood as a massive driver of changeThe power of unconditional loveCreating a legacy with his boysHis moment of truthSeeing 'patience' as the key to successPutting the basics in place for wellbeingWorking together as a familyBeing fascinated with going deepAsking himself 'what will I regret more' as a filter for choicesHow men need to show up differently as dadsYou can find out about David's work at www.beingdads.com
    The Heart of Dad Group is an active community of business owning dads who want to find more harmony between work and home.

    If you’re an ambitious business owning dad who finds it difficult to balance all that life has to offer, then we have something for you. Each week, we dive into what you can do to:
    Love your work and business, like it used to be before you had kids, but without burning outFeel like family life is both front and centre and fun, rather than a choreFeel in great physical and mental shape, so you can put yourself first, without feeling guilty or feeling selfishJoin us at:  www.facebook.com/groups/heartofdad
    Apply to be on the podcast here: www.heartofdad.com/contact

    • 46 min
    Heart of Dad - Season 5 Episode 4 Craig Herd

    Heart of Dad - Season 5 Episode 4 Craig Herd

    Craig Herd has been called The Business Architect.  He works exclusively with Family Men to build a business and life that works. 
    Craig is also host of the “Built to Last” podcast where he shares battle hardened, apex strategies and stories to help men level up when they are tired of the “Hustle.”
    He  lives in Scotland, with his wife and son.
    In this episode, we discuss
    Fatherhood as leading by exampleGiving people a track to run onHow meeting Simon Sinek changed everything he thought about leadershipThe crisis in 2017 that led him to a fresh start in lifeWorking in a warehouse to make ends meetThe consequences of not being honest with ourselvesRewriting our self-storyGetting addicted to progressResisting changeHis inspiring vision for his family and business lifeThe grief and loss of multiple miscarriageWhat men need to do to manage themselves in crises betterYou can find out about Craig's support group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessandfamilymen
    The Heart of Dad Group is an active community of business owning dads who want to find more harmony between work and home.

    If you’re an ambitious business owning dad who finds it difficult to balance all that life has to offer, then we have something for you. Each week, we dive into what you can do to:
    Love your work and business, like it used to be before you had kids, but without burning outFeel like family life is both front and centre and fun, rather than a choreFeel in great physical and mental shape, so you can put yourself first, without feeling guilty or feeling selfishJoin us at:  www.facebook.com/groups/heartofdad
    Apply to be on the podcast here: www.heartofdad.com/contact

    • 51 min
    Heart of Dad - Season 5 Episode 3 Charlie Madison

    Heart of Dad - Season 5 Episode 3 Charlie Madison

    Charlie Madison is a fun guy who is learning how to chill out, trust God, and not burn stuff down.

    He's a father of 4 boys, affectionately known as the final four. They are his life.

    Charlie and Cassie have been married for 16 or 17 years. He's not exactly sure but it's in that range.

    His current mission is to create a company that helps entrepreneurs spend more time with their family by giving them new clients from people they already know. It's called Referrals While You Sleep.
    In this episode, we discuss
    Being brought up by his great grandparentsThe impact of loss of loved onesReconnecting with this parentsCreating his first business out of high schoolHis journey with alcohol and his recoveryHow his relationship with his wife has evolved as he has been in recoveryFatherhood and presenceBuilding an intentional business around his commitment to be present with his familyHis 180 plan and how he's going to get thereYou can find out about Charlie's latest business at http://www.referralswhileyousleep.com/ or look him up on Facebook at Charlie Madison, Nashville.
    Join us in our community at:  www.facebook.com/groups/heartofdad and apply to be on the podcast here: www.heartofdad.com/contact
    Join us in our community at:  www.facebook.com/groups/heartofdad and apply to be on the podcast here: www.heartofdad.com/contact

    • 45 min
    Heart of Dad - S5 Episode 2 - Chris Fenning

    Heart of Dad - S5 Episode 2 - Chris Fenning

    Chris Fenning is a husband, father, and author, on a mission to improve the communication between IT and business teams.
    Chris believes that everyday interactions, project progress, and company profitability, can all be improved by helping IT professionals become great communicators. 
    Over the past fifteen years Chris has worked in more than fifteen countries on three continents, and helped businesses in six different industries.
    He has helped improve the communication skills of individuals and teams around the world in organizations from start-ups to FTSE 100 and Fortune 50 companies.
    When he isn't working you can find him walking in the countryside with his wife and daughter.
    In this episode, we discuss:
    Finding adventure in lockdownLiving out of 4 suitcasesHow fatherhood is relentlessly revealingHow infertility impacts 1 in 8 couples (and is largely unseen)The daily conversation when you're trying to conceive The journey of 6 rounds of treatmentThe lack of support for menThe scale of disruption to lifeMiscarriage traumaWhen Dani was caught in a terror incident The moment he thought he'd give up (and why he didn't)The hidden suffering with infertilityYou can find out more about Chris at www.chrisfenning.com or connect with Chris on LinkedIn.
    His wife, Dani's blog is here: https://thegreatpuddingclubhunt.com/
    Join us in our community at:  www.facebook.com/groups/heartofdad and apply to be on the podcast here: www.heartofdad.com/contact
    Join us in our community at:  www.facebook.com/groups/heartofdad and apply to be on the podcast here: www.heartofdad.com/contact

    • 50 min
    Heart of Dad - Season 5 Episode 1 - Ben Leonard

    Heart of Dad - Season 5 Episode 1 - Ben Leonard

    Best known as the founder of Beast Gear, Ben Leonard is the classic millennial entrepreneur. He built a business on a laptop, in a cupboard, in his spare time.
    The difference? Ben grew an international 7-figure business and successfully exited after 3 years; the business holy grail.

    Now Ben is doing it all over again, this time creating a brand of parent's accessories based off his own lived experience as a dad.
    In this episode, we discuss:
    How he sees fatherhood as gratitudeHis journey in creating and then selling Beast GearHis origins as an ecologistThe health scare that sparked the genesis of his businessThe primacy of brand positioning Leveraging others' expertiseThe moment he knew it was going to work out wellHow he sold his businessThe creative spark that drives his endeavoursHis foray into products for parentsHow his relationship with his parents has impacted himThe joy and downside of being all consumed by our businessHis long term vision for impactYou can find out more about Ben at
    www.benleonard.pro
    www.benleonard.pro/fbg (Ecom Made Easy facebook group)
    www.benleonard.pro/yt (YouTube)
    Join us in our community at:  www.facebook.com/groups/heartofdad and apply to be on the podcast here: www.heartofdad.com/contact
    Join us in our community at:  www.facebook.com/groups/heartofdad and apply to be on the podcast here: www.heartofdad.com/contact

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

ChrisBiz17 ,

Needed right now!

Now more than ever men need a place to talk about Fatherhood. Matthew provides the space for this. This podcast provides some great answers around what it takes to be a great father and a great business man.

CMFenning ,

Shaping me into a better father (and better person)

Heart of Dad is not just about being a dad. It is about understanding ourselves, it is about balancing the competing priorities in life, about reconciling broken relationships, recognising that we hold the power to choose our own feelings, and so much more.

With each new season I continue to be surprised by the things I learn. Not just what I learn about dads and entrepreneurs, but the things I learn about myself. As a direct result of listening to this podcast I have found a calmer, more productive way to deal with my reactions to challenging parenting situations. I have picked up multiple tips that help me remain focused on what is important in any given moment. One my my favorites is "When you say no to something you are saying yes to something else that is more important." This has helped me stay true to what I am saying is important in my life.

Most recently, season 4 Episode 5 had a wonderful piece of wisdom that really hit home "People are doing the best they can with the current thinking they have." That one line unlocked something within me and has helped me take the first step towards mending a relationship with my mother. A relationship that has been broken for over 20 years.

Listen to this podcast with open ears and an open heart. You'll learn things about fatherhood, family and self that will surprise you, and they might just change your life.

Thank you Matt.

Nigel Cloutman ,

Insight

Listening to Matt and Sam chat about being a dad and so much more brought back so many memories of being the father of two young boys, I wish I’d had a coach to talk to 20 years ago.... Thanks for this insight Matt

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