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.
The Five Marks of a Man - Live in Cincinnati (2022)
There are 15 year-old men and 45 year-old boys. What separates the two isn’t age, but the five marks—five things that all men do, and all boys avoid. Recorded live in front of a packed house of athletes and their coaches, Brian shares these marks, as well as new perspectives on how they apply in the life of every man.
Have a young man in your orbit? Listen to this episode together, then use the discussion questions below to dig deeper.
The Five Marks of a Man: (1) Men have a vision. (2) Men take a minority position. (3) Men are team players. (4) Men work. (5) Men are protectors.
Men bring value to their teams. What teams are you a part of (sports, family, work, friends) and what value are you bringing to them? Are they better because you’re a part of the team?
Which mark do you feel strongest in?
Encourage each other: which mark do you see on display in the other person?
Which mark do you feel weakest in? What can you do about that this week?
Who is someone you know that is strong in the mark you feel weakest in? What can you learn from observing them? Could you set up time with them soon to pick their brain about it?
What’s the most surprising thing you heard?
Men are active. What challenge or insight from this talk can you put into action this week? Name it, then go do it.
Courage and Calling with Beth Moore—Bible Teacher & Writer
As one of history’s most successful Bible teachers, Beth Moore has influenced millions of people around the globe. But in recent years, after taking a hard stance against divisive politics, sexism, and racism in the church, she’s faced intense scrutiny from many of the same people who once supported her. But Beth doesn’t give up easily. In this can’t-miss conversation, she shares what she’s learned about courage, calling, and grapevines.
Seeking Answers to Devastating Loss with Mark Roser—Father, Missionary, Author
With one phone call, Mark Roser’s life was flipped upside down. After spending years as missionaries in Africa, Mark and his family were back in the states, where his youngest son, Ethan, was studying to be a pastor. But when a freak accident took Ethan’s life, Mark was left seeking answers to every parent’s worst nightmare. He shares what he’s learned about loss, suffering, and God—and how to get back up again when life blindsides you.
Dad Tired and Loving It with Jerrad Lopes—Advocate for Dads, Podcaster, Author
No holiday has as many caveats as Father’s Day. Maybe appropriately so, but no man becomes a dad planning to be a failure. Men have a deep-seated desire to love their kids well, meet their needs, and teach them how to live. Jerrad Lopes started Dad Tired because he found himself in a similar boat: wanting to be a better dad, but not sure how to do it. He’s built a robust community to encourage dads to become the fathers they’ve always wanted to be. He’s a good man, speaking courage into all the aggressive dads out there.
Money, Prosperity and God with Rabbi Daniel Lapin—Orthodox Rabbi, Author, Business Leader
Money is a spiritual thing, and Rabbi Daniel Lapin has devoted much of his life to teaching others how to use it wisely. Leaning heavily on wisdom from the Jewish scriptures, Rabbi Lapin is the author of best-sellers Thou Shall Prosper and Business Secrets from the Bible, as well as popular online courses. Considered “America’s Rabbi,” he brings his no-nonsense wisdom about money, prosperity, and God to the Aggressive Life.
The Service-First Rebirth of The Home Depot with Frank Blake—Fmr. Chairman & CEO
Frank Blake never set his sights on the corner office, but that didn’t stop the Home Depot from calling. When Frank took over the home improvement giant, their stock-price was at an all-time low and they were being bested in every metric by their competitors. Frank turned the Big Orange around by focusing on service and people. The leadership wisdom that pours out of this living legend is second-to-none.
A really good interview with Mark Roser, author of the book Blindsided. As BT states, Mark’s insights aren’t theory based but battle tested. I actually read the book and it is outstanding. Very helpful on so many levels. Highly recommend.
I really enjoy listening to The Aggressive Life. BT’s guests are top notch and truly inspiring. This podcast has inspired changes in my life and makes me bring the best me to all situations in my life!
I just finished listening to my first episode when it was shared with me by friend. I didn’t expect to be blown away, but here I am subscribing and itching to listen to dozens more episodes. I feel so motivated to live an aggressive life. Well done!