Today we have a special guest joining us, Jeff Goodrich. Jeff is a father who believes that society needs to adopt a new perspective on fatherhood, one that extends support to new fathers during their journey. But what sets Jeff apart is his unique story. He experienced a deeper emotional connection and care for his dog compared to his role as a father to his two daughters. Intrigued by his own experience, Jeff wants to explore the emotional impact of having a dog for other fathers. Over the past five years, Jeff has undergone a personal transformation, and he feels like he’s just getting started. He believes that changing mindset is crucial, and he wants to help someone who may be in a similar position he once was. You see, Jeff initially had no idea what his role as a father was when he became a young father. It took him a lot of time to figure out his purpose and what he wanted to achieve as a father. Today, he wants to share his wisdom with other young fathers.
But it doesn’t stop there. Jeff believes that being physically and mentally healthy is crucial for being a good father. He shares his own journey towards better health, starting with a daily walk that eventually turned into running marathons and even ultramarathons. Jeff’s determination is inspiring, and in the midst of exploring his own role as a young father, he’s also contemplating what he wants his legacy to be.
In this episode, Jeff invites young fathers to join the conversation and share their experiences, pitfalls, and wisdom. He believes that society does a poor job of onboarding new fathers and wants to explore the concept of “feel good fatherhood.” Jeff mentions the lack of rituals or preparation for fathers, something that older societies used to have. But he also shares a valuable lesson he learned along the way, one that involves self-examination and setting intentions. And just when you thought things couldn’t get any more interesting, Jeff also wants to talk about dogs and the experience of bringing an animal into a household. He highlights the powerful bond between dogs and humans, particularly organizations that pair shelter dogs with veterans suffering from PTSD. The comfort and support they provide is truly remarkable. So get ready, because this episode is filled with insights, inspiration, and a fresh perspective on fatherhood.