In this episode of The Dad Central Show we talk with Bryan Ward, creator of the Dad Up Podcast about his fatherhood journey and the power of finding mentors.

Bryan created the Dad Up podcast as his youngest son transitioned to college. As he contemplated the next season, he realized he was going to miss being a dad and wasn’t sure what to do to process these feelings. After a conversation with someone he trusted, he started the Dad Up Podcast as a way to share his passion for being a dad and help other men be the best they could be for their children.

Throughout the conversation Bryan shares valuable tips and stories from his own life, plus what he’s learned from guests on his show about being a dad. He tells a painful story from his childhood and how it changed his choices as a father. He shows that when you take the time to evaluate your past experiences, you can make changes in the present that help you achieve the future you want to create.

Bryan also talks about his decision to create a personal board of directors and how that has accelerated his growth. From challenging his thinking to holding him accountable for taking action towards his goals, his example shows the power of mentors in your life to drive positive change.


    • How painful experiences can be used for good in your fatherhood
    • Keys to balancing the demands of life and staying present as a dad
    • How creating a personal board of directors can help you achieve your goals

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Bryan Ward Conversation Highlights:

00:00- Intro
02:22- Bryan Ward introduction
03:31- Life for Bryan growing up
09:19- The Journey To Becoming A Dad
12:56- What helped Bryan in his early days of fatherhood
14:20- How do you balance being a dad, family, career, health, etc.
18:36- How Bryan’s coaching career impacted his fatherhood journey
27:17- The story behind the Dad Up Podcast
32:16- Bryan talks about his Board of Directors
41:54- Your greatest challenge as a dad
43:38- What is your proudest moment as a dad
45:55- Bryan’s closing thoughts
47:31- Outro

About Bryan Ward:

Bryan Ward is a husband and proud father of two sons. He is a Marine Corps Veteran and has spent the last 20 years as a basketball coach for youth basketball and high school varsity basketball.

Bryan is currently the creator and host of a top-rated podcast called Dad Up Podcast. Over the past 2 years, Bryan has been focusing on helping dads become the best dad they can be for their families.

He has coached countless fathers on learning tools and strategies in parenting. He has also been featured on radio, newspapers and even interviewed on CNN.

Bryan is currently working on his first book, Dad Up, and hopes it will serve as a useful tool for any parent.

Bryan’s hope is that through his coaching and podcast, he inspires parents to be the best they can be for their kids.

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