“Real men call each other forward, not out!”

Stepping into an intentional men’s work container for the first time is nerve wracking! With absolute vulnerability and transparency as standards, men’s teams present a culture very different than what most men have ever experienced. Today’s guest Zach Carlsen overcame homelessness and healed addiction using the principles he shares with us today – including radical trust and community support. A men’s team has been vital to Zach’s rise into leadership, as he explains in the episode. We also expand on why service is core to masculine expression, how men can push through initial doubts and fears, and why self-discovery is preferable than being shown the answer.


  • [03:21] What’s the greater significance behind hair and facial hair?
  • [09:29] Why was Zach nervous to enter the Fire Circle space and be on a men’s team?
  • [14:31] How being on a team gave Zach life changing accountability and support.
  • [21:21] The difference between calling forward and calling out. 
  • [25:02] Why Zach trusts that time spent intentionally with men will benefit his life.
  • [30:50] How service-mindedness fuels organizations like The Rising Man.
  • [37:03] Why curiosity and self-discovery are masculine gifts.
  • [40:09] How the balance of unpredictability and stability creates the growth container.
  • [43:31] Zach’s mindset and wisdom for men struggling with the same issues over and over again. 


Connect with Zach Carlsen:

Instagram || @strengthslife

Website || Zachcarlsen.com – coaching info and more!

Rising Man Links:

Brotherhood || The Most inclusive, actionable, and helpful container for men on this planet!

Instagram || @risingmanmovement

DOJO || A 4 day, carefully crafted sequence of rigorous exercises that will challenge the limits of your mental, physical, and emotional fortitude.

Men’s TEAMS || Are you ready to join other men JUST LIKE YOU who have found a way to RISE ABOVE life’s challenges and create a life of purpose and fulfillment? Join our online FIRE CIRCLE! 

Online Course || IGNITE is a 12 week online program designed to ignite your purpose and propel you into freedom. Features weekly calls, online modules, growth assignments, and community support! 

Initiation – Vision Fast || Compass is a 4 day 4 night Vision Fast in the wilderness, with preparation and incorporation calls in the months before and after. 

YouTube || The Rising Man Movement

Dancing Bee Memorial Scholarship Fund || Supports our mission to provide young men with access to the medicine of nature, brotherhood, and transformational experiences.