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I think this topic is extremely important and Neil has done an excellent job of attempting to wake up a generation of slobby fathers in a kind, self-depreciated manner.
I love how the book is almost more of an informal comedic (in places) philosophy text rather than a self-help. I see it as a text that says "it's okay mate, we're all a bit crappy sometimes and we shouldn't just passively accept it and embrace mediocrity".
I think that looking at this from the angle of fatherhood is especially important and I am in firm agreement with the author that the role of fatherhood has been feminised which is leading to a generation of weak passive dads who become trolley pushers. This doesn't just lead to weaker children but also leads to miserable men with broken spirits.
I am sadly not a father yet. Neil will probably scoff at this but I am a dog owner and I have personally found this text to be a great text for the principles of dog ownership. i tried treat training which was useless, I tried constantly giving positive reinforcement which partially worked but I soon came to realise what made my dog happy and content and a pleasure to be around was making him respect me by giving him a good life and by being a strong leader (no I didn't beat him... well once due to a sheep related incident).
I finished the book a few weeks ago but I needed time to think about it. His pillars work well as a simple guide to the elements of your life that need some attention. For me I want to develop the way I manage my finances and remove junk food from my diet (the two help each other out - surviving on crisps is expensive!). I find myself not comfortable dating as I don't feel I'm man enough due to my control of money which is very sad as a 33 year old man. I'm not where I want to be that's for certain.
If there is any proof to this text it is in the the authors life which many of you won't be able to see. I've not embraced many of these ideas on an almost identical income to Neil yet he has built up his empire and he has produced two fantastic children who are kind, respectful and full of joy. The great news is he has now had his third and it gives me a sense of optimism for the future of our world and country that these kids are in existence. Bad luck Mrs. White you might need to keep 'em coming....anyway I'm off for some scrambled eggs and an extended dog walk up Tinto hill.
While it will not turn one into the Renaissance Father overnight, it will (if a man follows the Actionable Points at the end of each chapter) put him on that path. It brings clarity to a topic too big for most men to unpack and tackle alone.
His style is very much 'I'll show you where the knowledge is and explain why it has value, you go get it."
A Fathers Mission is enjoyable, points clear, and humility is refreshing; this is no Guru who has always been perfect- he lays himself and his mistakes, failures and regrets bare - and uses them to teach others. There are a few typos; but nothing distracting.
A fathers mission gives a cracking 'start here' to being the difference between your children saying of you: "he did his best," and "he WAS the best." I know which I'd rather be.
Thanks for your hard work Neil, loved it.
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I wouldn’t say men who aren’t fathers should necessarily buy this book, but they would certainly benefit from it. I would recommend it though for men who are thinking about having children in the near or distant future. Or are already fathers, of course. It really puts a lot of things in perspective.
I would highly recommend you get this for yourself or give it to a soon to be dad as a gift. You could drastically change their life and their to be kids.