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The Rising Man Podcast

Welcome to “The Rising Man Podcast,” a platform where amazing men from all walks of life come to share their personal stories about the journey from boy to man, the challenges, triumphs, and insights they’ve experienced, and what they’ve learned along the way. Here we dive deep into masculine culture to identify what it really means to be a man in the modern world and to extract tips and tools to help EVERY man rise into greatness and become the man he is destined to be.

Nov 26, 2020

Motivation and passion can give you a jumpstart, but they are fleeting. As a men’s work leader, podcast host, and former US Army Ranger, Johnny Elsasser helps men build practices to SUSTAIN excellence. In the 150th episode of the Rising Man Podcast, we hit the major issues plaguing men today - emotional suppression, limiting beliefs, and avoidant behavior. We also talk about why looking inside can be terrifying, how to overcome societal expectations, and why living from a higher purpose is critical.


Show Notes:


  • What is the difference between reacting and responding to adversity?
  • Why owning your emotions is superior to suppressing
  • What parts of masculinity did Johnny find the most difficult to embody?
  • Are you avoiding vulnerability with other men?
  • Johnny’s experience transitioning from a high school class clown to a US Army Special Forces Ranger to men’s work leader
  • What the military taught Johnny about teamwork, unity, and brotherhood
  • Why the way you show up has consequences and implications for others
  • Are you connected to a sense of higher purpose?
  • Who do you become when you don’t have complete control over your surroundings?
  • Do you have a limiting belief around who you can become based on what your parents did?
  • Fear is a powerful motivator, but is that healthy?
  • Start practicing the traits you’d like to fully embody
  • Why looking inside is terrifying for men
  • The importance of forging your own vision of yourself, rather than what family/society expects from you
  • Passion and motivation will fizzle out, that’s why you need habits to sustain
  • Why you can’t outrun yourself

Connect with Johnny Elsasser:

Podcast  | The Art of Masculinity 


Instagram | @johnny.elsasser


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Facebook | The Art of Masculinity


Rising Man Links:


Fire Circles | Are you ready to join other men JUST LIKE YOU who have found a way to RISE ABOVE life’s challenges and create a life of purpose and fulfillment?


Initiation | Compass Program - 4 day 4 night Vision Fast in the wilderness, with preparation and incorporation calls in the months before and after.  


Website |


Instagram | @risingmanmovement

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YouTube | The Rising Man Movement - featuring videos of each Monday Morning Meditation episode!