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So my guest today is someone who I found through another podcast interview and her story really resonated with me. Her name is Emily McCarthy and she’s a former CIA case officer, spending time in war-torn Africa post 9/11 and following her time with the U.S. Government, she co-founded GORUCK, which is an American brand with roots in intelligence and special forces and runs unique challenges and events all over the world.

But it wasn't this background that prompted me to reach out to her, rather it was the stories she shared about her relationship with her father, that really moved me.
More specifically, how he was a constant positive presence in her life, always having her back, being her biggest cheerleader, and pushing her to be the best version of herself.

Having two daughters of my own, I want nothing more than to raise them to be happy, confident, and strong and Emily shares a number of stories from her childhood and lessons she learned from her father.

She shares how he taught her how to dream big and go after what she wanted in life and helped her build the confidence that would carry her into a very successful professional career.
Sadly, her father passed away at a young age and she talked about the enormous impact it had on her for many years.

Hearing Emily talk about her father reminded me of just how much of an impact we have as dads and how I want my girls to talk about me in the same regard later in life.

On a professional level, Emily has accomplished a great deal and she shared the story of how GORUCK got started and what it's evolved into, which is a massive global brand with more than 300 ruck clubs and more than a thousand events taking place.

I enjoyed this conversation tremendously and listening to her speak so highly of her upbringing and about the man her father was, reminded me of the incredible opportunity we, as dads, have to be positive role models for our children.

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