If you could ask your father anything, what would it be?
A question about your childhood?
A question about his childhood?
A question about your great grandparents that you never knew?
Or perhaps something you never had the courage to ask him in person.
WELL I DID ALL FOUR.
And it made for a very interesting and emotional conversation.
I am very fortunate in that my Dad is still alive to ask these questions and that he’s also cool enough to sit down and let me record it!
Don’t get me wrong, this wasn’t easy to do, I had been asking him for eight years for this to happen and we finally got the chance to do it when I was in San Diego, California filming for our last documentary film Reconnect.
If you haven’t yet watched our movie Reconnect then click HERE and watch it for free. It documents my three ceremonies in Costa Rica with the plant medicine Ayahuasca and stars Graham Hancock, Dr. Jordan Peterson, Dennis McKenna, Sadhguru, Dorian Yates, Dr. Gabor Mate, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Michael Pollan, and Dan Pena.
I want to thank my Dad for trusting me to record this very personal conversation.
I also want to thank him for being my hero, and making me the man I am today that I am very proud to be.
The older I get the more I realise that I am very much like him.
Sometimes we can get angry at our parents and we can judge them, but we can never truly know the difficulties they faced in raising us.
Most of the time, they did their very best to make us the people we are today.
00:00 | Trailer.
03:12 | Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
04:25 | Brian’s introduction.
04:41 | His Dad’s early life.
17:44 | What Brian’s Grandfather was like.
25:04 | When Brian’s Dad began working on the farm.
29:56 | Starting from scratch, improving the land and increasing the cotton crop.
34:18 | Brian’s Dad goes into business.
39:01 | How his family’s work ethic influenced Brian’s Dad’s time in High School
46:44 | Moving on to College.
53:36 | Brian’s Grandfather decides his sons need another job.
57:03 | Brian’s father and mother meet.
58:21 | Caltech for Brian’s Dad was like a dose of really cold water and how he made it through.
1:02:09 | Moving on from University.
1:07:17 | Starting a family, changing cars and job.
1:11:58 | Why he quit his job to go home and sit on a couch.
1:13:00 | What he learned from reading “Think and Grow Rich”.
1:15:54 | Why he moved to Saint Diego.
1:20:54 | His advice to Brian about work life balance and never stopping learning.
1:26:03 | The child rearing influence of a mother and father.
1:33:55 | The effect on everyone of Brian’s father leaving home.
1:45:20 | His opinion of how Brian has turned out.
1:49:54 | Brian’s Dad’s final advice to Brian and anyone for life as it goes through its various stages.
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