#77: The Self-Made Man

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Zane Lamprey [Twitter] returns to Man School!  This trailblazer has hosted a variety of television shows where he has been able to drink his way around the world ("Three Sheets" & "Drinking Made Easy.")  And his path has had all sorts of ups and downs.  Be sure and check out his new television show, Chug, coming to National Geographic on Monday November 24th at 10:30pm.  Also, his Kickstarter for The Drinking Jacket!

In this class we talk about:

  • Sharing a flight in Costa Rica with ‘The Old Caleb.’
  • Zane’s old television shows and old television networks.
  • Owning a home in Los Angeles.
  • Adventures in Chile.  
  • Building himself as a brand.
  • The difference between regularly hosted shows and Zane’s shows.
  • Being wanted by Food Network to recreate “Three Sheets” for food.
  • Being told his show is "unwatchable" by Anthony Bourdain.  
  • Three Sheets dying on Mojo network.
  • Being picked up by Travel Channel and Spike.
  • Not knowing when Three Sheets would come back.
  • Having a “Save Three Sheets” campaign.
  • Getting career advice from his mother.
  • Starting to grasp the use of humor in college.
  • Knowing when to shut up.
  • Trying to please his dad.
  • Trying to please his wife.
  • Anticipating his next professional moves.
  • Alcohol and travel becoming his brand.
  • Getting advice from his 70 year old self.
  • Not feeling threatened by the competition.
  • His career influences.
  • Starting his new show “Chug” on Kickstarter.

Related Link: Caleb Bacon as 'Ben Franklin' with Zane Lamprey

Related Link: Zane on Man School #16

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#76: The Gangster Lean

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Mike Konowitz is a friend of the show who, as a result of two childhood strokes, found himself facing certain unique troubles.  Though he still walks with a limp, Mike has risen above a host of significant challenges.  Nowadays, he loves to do something that he never thought was possible... skydive!  Mike credits today's happy life to the hard work he put into personal development.  His first big step was a series of bootcamps with relationship gurus, The Art of Charm, and the second is his continued work with the life coaches at the Fearless Man.

In this class we talk about:

  • Having two strokes at a young age.
  • Having a great college experience at Oregon.
  • Having to learn to walk and talk again and again.
  • Being babied and helped too much.
  • Trying to focus on his normal qualities.
  • Dealing with dyslexia.
  • Not knowing how to connect with people.
  • Being a ‘people pleaser.’
  • Being put in to play for his senior Homecoming football game.
  • How people genuinely want to help.
  • Exploiting the help he was given.
  • Not knowing how to take a joke with the guys.
  • Being afraid of being rejected.
  • Being diagnosed with depression.
  • Getting involved with personal development.  
  • Doing a zip line in Las Vegas.
  • Having a personal trainer and working out.
  • Facing his fears.
  • Owning his disability.  
  • Lots and lots of skydiving!

Related Podcast: Jordan Harbinger of The Art of Charm on Man School!

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#75: A Kid In A Cult

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Mike Carano [Twitter] spent his junior high years in a religious cult in California that was an extreme offshoot of Christianity.  Nowadays, cult-free, Mike is a photographer, podcaster, and all around funny guy.

In this class we talk about:

  • Spending two pre-teen years with his family in a cult.
  • Having divorced parents.
  • His mom turning weird.
  • Moving a numerous amount of times as a child.
  • Living in an old military building with his family.
  • Being the oldest of his siblings.
  • Having a dysfunctional relationships with his parents.
  • His mother being a devout -- yet extreme -- Christian.
  • Not having school while in the cult.
  • A whole lot of anger -- then and now.  
  • Feeling stuck.
  • Returning to the scene of the cult crime as an adult.
  • Being terrified of the cult’s pastor.
  • Being forced to talk to strangers about the Bible.
  • Being fascinated by cults nowadays.
  • The cult being all about making money.
  • Finally leaving the cult with the help of his father.   
  • His mom losing all her parental power once the kids became adults.
  • His siblings having alcohol and drug problems.
  • Being involved in his nephew's lives.
  • Still letting his mom get under his skin.
  • Alcoholism and sobriety in his life. 

 

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#74: The Walkabout

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Dale Thomas Vaughn [Twitter] spent six weeks walking across Spain and France, doing the famed Camino de Santiago.  He's a podcaster, Editor at the Good Men Project, and does lots of great work with men

In this class we talk about:

  • Texan stereotypes.
  • Doing the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Spain. 
  • Walking through France and Spain over six weeks.
  • Working as a speech writer for a Member of Parliament in London.
  • How it pays to be precocious when looking for a job.
  • Speaking out against sexual abuse.
  • Doing a 100 mile walk in four days through Scotland solo.
  • Doing the trails too fast.
  • Dealing with blisters.
  • Having his Camino family.
  • Having questions he was looking for.
  • Moments of clarity.
  • Working on his inner world.
  • Having some love connections.
  • Staying in monasteries.
  • The feeling of completion and a new perspective.
  • Wanting to see life and death.
  • The Running of The Bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

 

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#73: A Type of OCD

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Lyle Nagy has a type of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder called Pure O, or Purely Obsessional OCD.  This week he talks about the dark places it has taken him.

In this class we talk about:

  • Having pure obsessional compulsive disorder.
  • Public perception of OCD.
  • The feelings and urges that come with OCD.
  • Being fully aware of the ridiculous habits he does.
  • Being obsessed about intelligence.
  • How his compulsions made life hard at a young age.
  • How his OCD manifested in college.
  • Questioning his sexuality but wanting to be straight.
  • Having understanding friends.
  • Coming out of the closet... sort of.
  • Having thoughts to hurting and killing others.
  • Getting therapy.
  • Being scared to drink alcohol.
  • Figuring out what was wrong with him.
  • Having a helpful father.
  • The difficult of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

 

Related Resource: OCD Online

Related Resource: The video series with Lyle's doctor

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#72: Organ Donation & More

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Alonzo Bodden [Twitter] is a stand-up comic and podcaster who only has one kidney.  That's because he donated the other one to his brother.

In this class we talk about:

  • Donating his kidney to his brother
  • The great amount of medical tests that were done prior to surgery.
  • The procedure being nothing more than an "inconvenience".
  • No medical complications.
  • His brother's excellent health today.
  • The dark side of comedy.
  • Personal depression.
  • His Facebook post about Robin Williams.
  • Not trading the darkness for the funny.
  • The life of a comedian.
  • Watching the fame of other people.
  • Fear of success.
  • How the lows stays longer than the highs.
  • How the stage is his comfort zone

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#71: Coming Out

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Ben Mandelker [Twitter] is a writer and a podcaster who hosts both The Banter Blender and Watch What Crappens. He also writes for the B-Side Blog.  And, a few years ago, at the age of thirty, he came out of the closet.

In this class we talk about:

  • Being okay with his sexuality in his small town growing up.
  • Having crushes on girls in high school.
  • Watching TV talk shows to see male strippers.
  • How his college was very conservative.
  • How coming out wasn't a high priority.
  • Avoiding certain behaviors as to not be found out.
  • Having a girlfriend in high school for two weeks.
  • Living a mind fuck 24 hours a day while in the closet.
  • How the gay culture has evolved.
  • How some of his frat brothers came out after college.
  • Coming out when he was 30.
  • Suppressing his peak hormonal years.
  • How his writing was affected because he hadn't come out.
  • Living in the gay mecca: West Hollywood.
  • His first physical experience.
  • Coming out to his best friends.
  • Getting love and support.

Related Link: Coming Out with Dave Holmes

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