We live in a world where "aggressive" is one of the few dirty words left. Our culture celebrates the crass and profane, while risk and difficulty are a sign that something is wrong. Put simply, this passivity is killing us. Our relationships are weaker, our work is unfulfilling, our finances are a disaster, and our faith is nonexistent. Host Brian Tome believes there is a better way, and it's by embracing the power of healthy aggression. Listen in as he talks with people who are living lives that punch passivity in the mouth.
Building an MLS Powerhouse from Scratch with Jeff Berding—FC Cincinnati, co-CEO
Jeff Berding had spent nearly 20 years with the Cincinnati Bengals when he left it all behind… to start a minor league soccer team. After blowing all expectations out of the water, FC Cincinnati was granted a bid to join Major League Soccer. Jeff and team moved at breakneck speed, doing in 18 months what many cities take 3-4 years to complete. After some hard years, FC Cincinnati is on a roll. With the best record in the MLS, they keep selling out games and finding ways to win. Their success story is intricately tied to this family man who just wanted a hometown team for his kids to cheer on. Jeff’s aggressive story of risk and movement will get you off the couch and into the game.
Working Together to Take Alaska with Kim, Chuck, and Jeff—Brian’s Friends
This summer was an adventure for the books. Alongside three other couples, Brian and his wife drove 9,000 miles from Spokane, Washington, all the way to Alaska and the Arctic Circle… and back. They camped along the way, spending 31 days off the grid. They saw black bears, went salmon fishing, and took a shot over a dead man’s toe (true story). Back in Cincinnati, Brian regroups with those friends to relive the highlights and tell war stories. Adventure is an aggressive choice that always changes us for the better.
On the Field with Jake Fraley, Graham Ashcraft, and TJ Friedl — Cincinnati Reds
Earlier this summer, Brian was on the field of Great American Ball Park, home of the Cincinnati Reds, for a post-game interview with three players: outfielders Jake Fraley and TJ Friedl, and starting pitcher Graham Ashcraft. Part of Reds Faith Night, Brian talked with each player about God, baseball, and how faith influences their lives. These aggressive men put it all on the line, game after game, for their team and city. Let’s go Reds!
Five Marks Summer - A Life Spent Protecting with Rich Miller—9/11 First Responder, NYPD
Like most protectors, Rich Miller is humble about it all, but this man has given his life serving and protecting the most vulnerable. He spent decades as a distinguished specialist on the NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit, including responding to the 9/11 attacks. It was there, on September 12th, Rich raised an American flag on a makeshift piece of rubble. The photo was snapped by a crime scene photographer and it spread, giving hope to a nation reeling. Rich was part 2,500+ high-risk search warrants and entries while on the force, and gave time to help rescue survivors of an earthquake in Haiti. He is a brave man who will push us all forward.
This is the final episode in a 5-part series called Five Marks Summer, celebrating the repackaged publication of Brian’s best-selling book, The Five Marks of a Man. Pre-order the newest edition, or the companion Tactical Guide, at briantome.com/fivemarks and get a complimentary poster with each purchase.
Five Marks Summer - An 80 Year Work Ethic with Reid Carpenter—Brian’s Spiritual Grandfather, Mentor
Reid Carpenter might be 80 years old, but he hasn’t slowed down, and he isn’t planning on it anytime soon. A spiritual grandfather and mentor to Brian, Reid has devoted his life to his home city of Pittsburg. From starting multiple nonprofits, to helping launch Young Life, Reid is a living example of the power of hard work, and how its ripple effect can influence generations.
This is the 4th episode in an 5-part series called Five Marks Summer, celebrating the repackaged publication of Brian’s best-selling book, The Five Marks of a Man. Pre-order it, or the companion Tactical Guide, now and it will show up on your front porch on October 10th. Then, head over to Briantome.com/fivemarks to claim your free poster.
Five Marks Summer - Becoming and Building Team Players with Leonce Crump Jr.—Former NFL Athlete, Author, Pastor
Our summer series continues with Mark III: Men Are Team Players. From coaching his son’s football team, to playing in the NFL, to now leading a thriving church in Atlanta, Georgia, Leonce Crump Jr. knows a thing or two about the power of a thriving team. He shares tips, tricks, and the secret to resiliency in this candid conversation.
This is the third episode in an 5-part series called Five Marks Summer, celebrating the repackaged publication of Brian’s best-selling book, The Five Marks of a Man. Pre-order it, or the companion Tactical Guide, now and it will show up on your front porch on October 10th.
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This is needed in today’s culture
So many people have bought into the ‘passive’ and ‘feminized’ version of what men should be. Thankful for a podcast and podcast host like Brian that rejects that and shows that Godly men are strong and aggressive in standing for their faith, families and country. Highly recommended!
An excellent podcast that is inspiring and insightful
Roland was an amazing guest with the most MIND BLOWING perspective. Well done. And well interviewed by Brian, really brought out the subject and created great conversation! Thank you for this episode, it is fascinating and deeply moving.