• Allan Shedlin

A Pep Talk for At-Home Dads

By Ben Killoy

U.S. Marine Veteran, Podcaster, and Armor Down/Daddy Up! Facilitator

Ben with his kids (L to R) Sophia, Lillian, and Dylan

The following is from Ben Killoy's keynote speech to attendees of last week's National At-Home Dad Network 25th HomeDadCon in Cincinnati, OH. The excerpt is published with Ben's permission in an effort to inspire even more fathers, at-home fathers, and father figures to seize the day and become the dads they and their children want and need them to be:

Ben addresses HomeDadCon

Hope does come from other people.

Other people can inspire you.

Other people can give you the gift of seeing who you are.

But you are also responsible for your own hope.

You are responsible for your own happiness.

You are not responsible for others’ happiness, and others are not responsible for yours.

Represent your own happiness. Create a space for happiness to exist.

When we set a goal, call our shot, and get clear on where we see ourselves in the future, we create hope.

We bring that power into the present moment, and it can create a deep sense of urgency to create it.