September 15, 2023

The Fallible Man Podcast

by David Dowlen
“Be better tomorrow because of what you do today”
Introduce yourself.

The Fallible Man Podcast is about motivating, encouraging, equipping and supporting men in their personal development journey.

Giving them a source and community where they can find new ideas, tools, perspectives and thoughts that they can use to make the most of their lives.

Men aren’t often encouraged to grow into their best selves but are instead torn down when we don’t automatically.

The truth is most men are just raised to get a job and support their families. That is a great thing, but each man is born with a purpose, with gifts and traits that would not only make their lives better if they pursued them, but change the world for the better.

That is what we do, we are that voice saying, you were meant for so much more, you can achieve more and you owe it to yourself to see how far you can go.

I am an indie podcaster who is a Man, Husband and Father, this all started with my journey to be the best version of myself.

I wanted to bring other men with me as it is a journey to grow and develop yourself that few men are encouraged to take.

I wanted to share an honest, realistic approach of incremental improvement without all the screaming, yelling and chest beating that is common in men shows. Not a criticism, just not something that all men want to relate to.

The world is a better place when men are encouraged to live to their fullest potential, because that impacts the world around them.

The world needs real, masculine men, not the “toxic” lack of masculinity that is often mistakenly called “toxic masculinity”

Share an experience that has shaped who you are today.

“In the spring of 2019 I had a moment that change my world forever. To someone else it might have been insignificant, but it apparently was a right moment, right issue, right mindset, right moment alignment to change everything

I got a notice from my company about our 401k plan directly to my email. A 401k was only something they said in the interview at that point in my life.

After 6 years of being there I thought I should take a look. When I logged in it turned out it was the same holding company that my former company 401k had rolled over into. I thought that was convenient, so I looked at both.

What I found was that I had several thousand from my former company sitting in a money fund. Now if you don’t know what that is, it is a relatively safe cash holding that your money is put into when you put it into an account so you can invest. You are NOT going to lose your money no matter what the market does.

The flip side is that it is NOT invested in anything, so it is also not going to make any money, any kind of return or grow. I had no idea I had to do anything with it when it rolled over. Then I started thinking about the fact that I had no idea where any of my other old 401k’s were or what they were doing.

What I didn’t know had cost me 6 years of interest at the very least and quite a bit more if I had known anything about investing. Just putting it into investments made me several hundred in the first few days.

More importantly I had an epiphany; what was ignorance costing me on other fronts?

I spent next several months investing myself into my financial IQ and finding all of my varied assets including helping my wife find hers. It was time to get our finances in order now that I knew I had been neglecting them out of ignorance.

That epiphany was origin point for me, I learned a lot about investing, retirement accounts. I also learned that there were 7 types of income and most of us only utilize one. No one had ever told me that much less taught me about it. What could I change with that knowledge?

What took root was the fact that I could change a lot in a short time with a little research, a little application and tenacity. I had always been a gym guy and knew a little effort went a long ways physically, but had never applied it on a broader scale of my life.

A journey began that colored outside of the lines that we were taught in school; there was more than what most of us were taught was possible.

A journey based on what I had the power to do.

I found out that I had the power and ability to change my life in every facet of my life if I wanted to. I COULD do that; it was my story to write.

My passion for helping other people kicked in hard as I quickly started improving my life, it’s great if I can make the journey but it will be better if I can take people with me. So how can I share this new found possibility with others to make their lives better?

The idea for a book was born and commenced, but ultimately I found my medium in podcasting. Today we continue that journey both personally and walking with others through our podcast, coaching, our conference and more. To change as many lives as possible”

Tell us about your podcast audience.

Man, husband, father, uncle, friend, brother, son, we are and represent every man because being a man is a multi-faceted journey.

A lot of my listeners are men who have hit the “middle class” dream we are sold as the American dream. They go there and looked around after doing what they were told they should do and went, this is it?

They are men looking for deeper meaning and bigger lives than just settling for average. They expect to hear new ideas and perspectives with actionable takeaways that can be applied to their lives.

Each episode may not give every listener that, but it gave one of my listeners that and the men who already knew that, they understand that others might not so they come back for their turn.

New ideas, new concepts that might be just the right thing in the right moment, mixed with a hearty dose of authentic masculinity. Every episode they know that they are connecting with a brotherhood devoted to being the best version of themselves in every facet of their lives. To other men on the same journey.

What makes your podcast unique?

We approach our audience with honesty, transparency and vulnerability. I am a fairly “masculine” man in my appearance but there is not chest beating, grunting or stomping about.

I am the first to admit that I haven’t gotten it all figured out and that I am not perfect; that I am a work in progress on a journey. It creates hope that you can do better. Men can connect with that because we no one wants to talk to mister perfect, he is un-relatable.

We affirm the traits that make men exceptional and bring them down to traits that should be common as a man. We raise the bar.

Vinnie Potestivo, Editor-in-Chief of
I Have A Podcast®

Vinnie Potestivo,
Editor-in-Chief of I Have A Podcast®

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