That’s What a Man Does [Podcast]

Ryan Matthews

What are the benefits of being authentic and vulnerable?

Listen to Real Men Feel, #140, “That’s What a Man Does” here:

Inspirational speaker, author, combat veteran, and dog trainer, Ryan Matthews discusses reshaping what a man does by experiencing the healing power of sharing your trauma to grow and help others.

“I had been a boy in a man body for most of my life.” ~Ryan Matthews

Ryan shares a wide range of experiences ranging from being a drug dealer to training elite Army K-9s, to multiple near-death experiences, and realizing his tough guy, machismo act wasn’t really him. This episode is chock full of authenticity, awareness, vulnerability, and dogs.

Topics and Questions Include:

  • The desire to isolate.
  • How did you get started training dogs?
  • Having a million-dollar business, but feeling like a failure.
  • You’ve had multiple near-death experiences, were they all variations on the same lesson?
  • Why share your pain?
  • How did you open up to your feminine side?
  • Ryan’s song, “That’s What a Man Does.”
  • What are the benefits of being authentic?
  • Why do so many men resist being seen as vulnerable?
  • Life lessons from dogs.
  • Tell us about your first TEDx Talk experience, “Overcoming PTSD Using Dog Training Techniques.”
  • The RCTR formula.
  • Do you prefer hanging out with dogs or people?
  • What is one thing you wish more men knew?
  • What are you proud of?


Watch Real Men Feel, #140, That’s What a Man Does, July 24, 2019

“What I thought made me a man, wasn’t necessarily true.” ~Ryan Matthews

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Check out Ryan’s books, The Canine Connection: A Training Guide for Owners who Love their Dogs and The Art of Dog Training: Training Secrets From Combat Canine Handler Turned Celebrity Dog Trainer

See Andy’s book, Homer the Hound Dog’s Guide to Happiness: 6 Life Lessons I Learned From My Dog!

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