SA 065: Jason MacKenzie on the Key to Deep, Authentic Relationships: Vulnerability

Jason MacKenzie

Jason MacKenzie’s wife’s battled bipolar disorder and ultimately took her own life. We talk about how that affected Jason as a father and husband. These are things that Jason has now honed into a message that has helped people to own their own story.

Guest Bio:

Jason MacKenzie is an expert on peak human performance. He’s a father, speaker, author and coach. He teaches audiences around the world how cultivating vulnerability will liberate the strength, wisdom and courage we already possess.

He is a survivor of his wife’s battle with bipolar disorder and subsequent suicide and has overcome a decade-long battle with alcohol. When he stopped running from grief and fear he became the husband and father his family deserves.

His driving purpose is to help lift those who want more from their lives to increasingly higher levels of personal and professional performance. Jason is a strength-finder and works with you to help you ask powerful, affirmative questions about what’s best about you and your life. He’ll help you dream about the future and then guide in you in carrying the best of yourself forward.

His mission is to show you that you are inherently successful and then stand back and watch you fly.


Some Questions We Ask:

  • Who’s the first person that comes to mind when he hears the word successful, and why?
  • As he’s bringing up his daughters, does he ever worry that they may have tendencies towards that sort of mental illness [that their mother had]?
  • For the work that he’s doing right now, he speaks on the art of vulnerability. How has this has resonated with him and how did he decide to take the torch on this and make it something he’s really passionate about?
  • Are there a couple of books that have most impacted him? What are they and why?
  • If he could have dinner with one person he admires, past or present, who would it be and why?

What You’ll Learn In This Episode:

  • His first wife’s mental illness and how he coped as a husband and father
  • What vulnerability has to do with leadership

If you show your authentic self, you are going to become so much more powerful than you can ever imagine.

  • To somebody who understands the concept but is struggling to apply it, what is the small win that they could start with to get comfortable with vulnerability?

Lose the judgment. Accept the fact that we’re all messy, screwed-up awesome people. 


Book: The Dadly Book of Open: How Cultivating Vulnerability Makes You a Stronger, Wiser and More Courageous Father

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