I’ve never liked the term Blog, so I’m calling this the Captain’s Log for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the Captain’s Log was used by the first explorers sailing the seven seas to record significant events which is a fitting description of how I feel about my journey and the aim of this page. Secondly, from a nostalgic POV when I retired from the Australian Army I was a Captain. Enjoy!

news.com.au diving deep into the Movember story TO inspire you to do something good

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What's the secret to their success? It comes down to the passion and drive of four self-described average guys – Travis Garone, Adam Garone, Luke Slattery, and Justin Coghlan. Travis was the "creative genius", Adam, the business-minded strategic thinker. Slattery was the marketing man, while Coghlan was the networker and serial entrepreneur.

A pub conversation and a round of beers was all it took to spark the initial, simple idea of encouraging men to grow a moustache.

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MOVEMBER PODCAST WITH ANDREW DENTON, AUSSIE TV HOST AND ACTIVIST

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In this episode of the Movember podcast I talk with Andrew Denton, an Aussie TV writer and producer. My favorite show hosted by Andrew was Enough Rope where he combined his comic genius with exceptional subject knowledge to do in-depth interviews with notable people. 

This was a tough interview to prepare for! 

Quotable quote: “'That is the true measure of the human being: where you put your time” 

Subscribe to the Movember podcast wherever you do that. Link in bio will help if you’re not sure. 

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Movember Podcast with Chris Hadfield Canadian Astronaut, Spaceship Commander

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In this episode of the Movember podcast I talk with Colonel Chris Hadfield @colchrishadfield Canadian Astronaut, Spaceship Commander, and moustache aficionado.

We talk about dreaming big and literally shooting for the stars, life in space, space shuttle Columbia Disaster, fatherhood, retirement, David Bowie. 

Quotable quote: “I felt as culpable and guilty as anybody else. I was an experienced astronaut. I'd flown twice in space. I'd watched that piece of foam come off in the video and I had done nothing, just like everyone else. I didn't stand up and put my badge on the line” 

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The art of listening

Benjamin Franklin wrote in 1789 that “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” I’d like to add a third: transition.

We all go through numerous transitions in our lives – leaving high school, leaving home, changing jobs, redundancy, retirement, getting married, getting divorced, having children, losing someone close, facing a mental or physical illness.

These become those weeks or months, or even longer periods of tough emotional times where we move from the comfort of what’s known to the uncertainty of the unknown. 

One the most significant transitions I went through was leaving Australia in 2007: leaving my friends, family and the success of the Movember Foundation in my home country to immigrate to the US by myself.  It was a lonely time, and the most challenging thing I’ve ever done.

Taking Movember global and establishing a new life in Los Angeles was a huge transition. It was two years before I really felt settled and back to my normal self.  

For men, these moments can challenge our notions of masculinity and the traditional expectations of being the provider, always being strong, invulnerable and in control. I wasn’t in control, I was vulnerable, my life was filled with doubt and uncertainty. Like a lot of men, I kept my struggle to myself because I didn’t want to burden my mates with my shit.

I know this attitude is so unhealthy and damaging, yet it’s so common.

The Movember Foundation conducted research into the state of male relationships. We found that 70% of men surveyed agreed with the statement that 'my friends can rely on me for emotional support'. 

However, only 48% of the respondents agreed with the statement 'I am able to rely on my close friends for emotional support'.

So, it seems we are missing something. As men, we don't feel as though we can count on our friends, yet they are ready to be counted on. And at certain moments in life, that connection might make all the difference.

Let there be no doubt in your mates' minds. Let them know you're there for them. Ask how it's going, and don't be brushed off with a casual “yeah, I’m good” - always ask the follow up question. 

Particularly when a man you know is going through a transition, really listen, be there and hear the men in your lives.

To highlight the importance of this issue I’m really proud to announce that the Movember podcast is returning with a series focused on transitions where I talk with inspirational men from across the globe about the transitions they have been through - how they handled and often didn’t deal with those moments.

To listen to real conversations with inspirational people from around the globe on the Movember Podcast, go to movember.com/podcastiTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts. If you like what you hear there, please subscribe, and share it with your friends - it really helps others find us.

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The Movember Podcast: Man, we need to talk

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To mark World Mental Health Day we have released a new season of the Movember Podcast which is dedicated to the real stories about dealing (and sometimes not dealing) with the key transitions a man faces in his life.

In the first episode I talk with director, producer, father, husband, all round great guy Morgan Spurlock @morganspurlocknyc about his journey from struggling artist to the fame that comes with a nomination for the Academy Award, becoming a father, eating McDonalds for 30 days straight, divorce, a new marriage, fatherhood 2.0.

Quotable quote: ‘If you can make someone laugh, you can make someone listen’ 

Tune in at: www.movember.com/podcast