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Turning Life Experience Into a Podcast, This Father Wants to Help Other Men

"I'm never really satisfied unless I have something to work towards, something new to do, something new to learn." That's the mindset of Alf Herigstad, a father and grandfather who lives in Olympia, Washington. Despite the fact that this Norwegian native has lived a life that's fuller than most, he is always trying to improve himself, to become "a better man." It's an outlook on life that Alf wants to pass along to others, and specifically to young men.


Today, Alf and his wife Lulie manage their big family farm, with their 3 children and 8 grandchildren. Before he was grounded in the farm and the family, however, Alf was both a boxer and a military man. (In fact, all of his children followed him into the military.) In both of those experiences, Alf was in close proximity to lots of young guys. And he started noticing things.

"There's a lot of guys that unfortunately grew up missing something, and that is... a mentor. A guide. A father," says Alf.

Alf considers himself lucky to have grown up with a great father, who continues to inspire him to help others. So when Alf's wife introduced him to podcasts, Alf recognized a great opportunity for to spread his message of self-improvement.

"This is really a way to impact people, and convey a message," Alf remembers thinking. Eventually, Alf launched a show, and called 'Being A Better Man.'

His goals with his podcast, while incredibly important, are not blindly ambitious: "I'm not trying to tell guys to go be a great man, go be even a good man. I'm not a great man, I'm not even a good man; I'm just a better man than I was yesterday."

Check out Alf's podcast episodes on the Being A Better Man website.

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