Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Robert Mallon, a man driven to make a difference to the men of the world.
Alongside his business partner, Bill Watkins, he is the founder of RustyLion Academy, where they work with men between the ages of 30 and 49 to help them make huge steps forwards in their entrepreneurial ventures.
He knows better than most, that no man is an island, and by connecting with mentors and other like minded individuals across the globe their students make bolder and bolder decisions and believe in themselves to achieve greatness.
But it hasn’t always been a road full of such positivity.
As a child, he struggled with the absence of his father he left the family when he was in the third grade.
His mother suddenly losing the partner in her life, and the income provider had to take three jobs to survive.
He knew that he had to do something and as he says in his own words “I started working at thirteen to help out at home. I took jobs in restaurants and waited tables at a dinner theatre. I did paper routes and yard work around the neighbourhood. I was a hardware store clerk, a roughneck, and I’m sure other things I can’t remember. In one sense, I was very lucky because I went from elementary school through high school with the same group of people, so I had a lot of friends, but I was unlucky in the same sense. Divorce wasn’t as usual as it is today. I was ashamed my parents had gotten divorced, so I made people believe my dad just travelled a lot. That was tough. I felt really alone because no one knew what was actually going on.”
But through that darkness a man came into his life, who showed such kindness and wisdom, that life was changed for ever
He had discovered his first mentor, and realised how life changing and powerful having someone to bounce of ideas with, or just converse with one to one could be.
And this seems to me to be one of the first big dots, on his Join Up Dots timeline.
But perhaps he would say otherwise, and point to other moments that have led him to where he is today?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Robert Mallon
During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Robert Mallon such as:
How he recalls how his Mother pushed for her male employee to take him under his wing and what a gift his presence was throughout his life.
Why the name of the Rusty Lion Academy came to the fore and how powerful an image it is to all of us.
Why it is so important to be truly authentic in your life to focus in on the key skill and talent that you can do better than anyone.
Why the world today to wants to live in a microwave society and there is not getting away from it.
And how the memory of being bought a nice coat as a kid, could bring Robert to tears nearly half a century later.
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