Hi. I’m Dennis....
As the founder of Man-UP! Life Coaching (MULC), I’m often asked about my background and how I got into the profession of coaching men.
That’s a long story that I will begin to answer below, but the one quick thing I can say about myself as a coach is this:
After 30-some-odd years experience, there's no work that I would rather do. There's no greater reward for me than helping another man to become his best self.
Beyond that, there are 4 phrases I would use to describe myself:
I'm A Creative
Firstly and foremostly, I’m a “creative”. This simply means that I identify with my creative abilities above all other tags: father, academic, mentor, etc. This is a critical distinction. Men often claim to want success, but are demonstrably confounded when it comes to creating it.
I'm A Survivor
One of the reasons I consider myself an effective coach for men in challenging situations is because I walk the talk. I have direct personal experience with poverty, abuse, and destitution; I know what pain and suffering feel like, and how to handle it. I often tell my guys, "Look, I’ve been in the belly of the beast and know how to survive and escape situations like this. Trust me.”
And they do.
I’m A Hustler
In the 30+ years to follow, I wore many hats -- so to speak -- including professional artist, musician, educator, and mentor. I have had more jobs than anyone I know.
When my son was born in New Orleans in 2010 it lead our family on a journey west to San Diego, CA. It is here that ManUP! Life Coaching was born, and where my practice has flourished.
I’m A Man’s Man
My single biggest passion in life is to help other men see the value in themselves and to achieve the success that has so often eluded them. It’s more than a job -- it’s a calling.
At home, I'm the father of a special needs son who teaches me patience and brightens our lives with his playful spirit and unconditional love. His mother is a wickedly intelligent, beautiful, and accomplished woman whom I love and respect deeply; and I'm very grateful for my family. So there's that.
I’ve often been asked why I chose the name “Man-UP! Life Coaching” for my business. Why not something less confrontational, or perhaps more cerebral? It’s pretty simple...
The self-help industry traditionally caters to women.
I wanted to create a mentorship experience similar to that of a good MMA coach, or personal trainer. In this program, we speak male. We recognize that there are biological differences between men and women, and we focus on male validation. Clients are required to leave their egos at the door -- just like at the gym -- and grind to achieve goals.
This work is a labor of love, and the creation of Man-UP! Life Coaching is my legacy. As this organization continues to grow, its community grows with it. The Brotherhood is a community of men who share a common goal. We strive for and achieve personal success, but also gain strength and purpose by offering support to our brothers. In this way the larger goal of Man-UP! Life Coaching is realized; namely, to make the world a better place…. one man at a time.