Chadding with Dads: A Conversation with David Essel Part 1

In this episode of Dadages, our host Chad welcomes David Essel, a renowned author, counselor, and master life coach. They discuss David’s new book, “Mental Mastery and Maximum Performance for Professional Athletes,” and how its principles can be applied to anyone’s life. David shares his insights on working with pro athletes and the importance of surrounding yourself with people who excel in their respective fields. Tune in to learn how to take your career and life to the next level.

00:00 Cold intro

02:09 BHAGs, big, hairy, audacious goals.
03:49 Challenges as opportunities to grow.
09:26 Mental health challenges in athletes
11:56 NBA players complaining after every call.
14:31 Novak Djokovic’s career struggles.
16:35 Books on leadership and mindfulness.
20:27 Dadages exclusive: Meeting Moses Malone.
23:46 The best advice from Moses Malone.
26:43 Financial planning for athletes
29:12 Adversity and success.
31:37 Duncan Robinson’s breakthrough moments.
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Can you do something just because you can. pt.2 – FQC

In this episode of Dadages, our host Chad Hagle continues his discussion on the concept of capability. He explores the idea that just because you can do something, it doesn’t mean you should and delves into the importance of recognizing when you may be exceeding your capacity or producing negative consequences. Chad also revisits previous concepts, such as the overdoing mindset and not letting what you can’t do prevent you from doing what you can. Tune in to gain practical insights on managing your capabilities effectively.

00:00 Cold intro01:32 Maximizing personal and organizational productivity. 05:23 Personal and organizational capacity. 08:24 Scrum methodology and timeboxing. 11:40 Identifying the canary in your own coal mine. 16:08 Leave time for nothing. 21:11 Don’t see your limits as weakness. 22:36 Delegate or die.

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Can You Do Something Just Because You Can?

In this episode of Dadages, our host Chad Hagel returns after a week off to recover from a cold. Today’s episode will be personal and revealing, tying into the topics discussed with Josh Wilson last week. The host discusses the major problems that can arise from pursuing perfection, particularly in high-achieving families. The belief that perfection is the standard of achievement in these families can have negative consequences for children, leading to paralysis and an inability to make decisions. Failing to meet the impossible standard of perfection can greatly impact their self-esteem. Tune in for some fatherly wisdom and meaningful insights.
00:00 Cold intro
03:34 Failure and its evaluation.

04:09 Paradoxes
08:40 Newton Laws.
15:38 Pursuing perfection and decision-making.
19:52 Moving during the COVID pandemic.
27:14 Challenges in the house.
30:23 Home renovation challenges.
35:37 Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you can.
37:10 Parental expectations and responsibilities.

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Chadding with Dads: A Conversation With Josh Wilson

In this special episode of Dadages, Chad joins Josh on the Uncensored Advice for Men podcast to share his wisdom and life experiences. From his family experience to insights on men’s health, Chad provides valuable advice for listeners. Tune in to hear their engaging conversation and gain insights that are not to be missed.
02:19 Retail real estate development.

06:40 Generational transference of knowledge.
08:10 Embracing Failure
12:26Sacrifices for financial success.
15:10 Father’s accomplishments and influence.
19:42 The importance of financial independence.
25:11 Investing in philanthropy.
28:19 Philanthropic investment.
31:01 Humanities and sciences.
36:32 Defining your own success.
37:59 Family wealth and generations.
42:00 Defining success for myself.

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Responsibility is a Luxury (Part 4)

The finale of our four part series on the Dadage, “responsibility is a luxury, accountability is the price you pay for it,” is here!

In this episode, host Chad Hagle turns the focus to responsibility and accountability in the home and how to build a family structure that embraces the responsible accountable mindset.
Using stories from his own childhood as well as his years as a parent, Chad breaks down the importance of being an example of the mindset, the three stages of accountability children go through, why you need to force the discomfort at times, and a whole lot more.
If you’ve missed any of the first three episodes in this series we highly encourage you to go back and watch them first. Part 1. Part 2. Part 3.

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Chapters:Cold Open (00:00)Introduction (01:20)Recapping the First Three Episodes of the Series (01:55)Defining Responsibility and Accountability (02:33)What Horton the Elephant Taught Chad (03:33)Honesty is the Ultimate Form of Accountability (05:58) The First, Last, and Only Time Chad Lied to a Teacher (09:58)Teaching a Child Consequences vs Giving Them Rules (13:49)Three Stages of Childhood Accountability (15:45)Chad’s Road Racing Teenage Days (19:12)Show Accountability, Don’t Tell (21:13)Force the Discomfort (23:17)Opportunity to Acknowledge Success (26:37)Recap and Wrap Up (28:15)
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Responsibility is a Luxury (Part 3)

In this third of what is now a four part series on the Dadage, “responsibility is a luxury, accountability is the price you pay for it,” host Chad Hagle takes a look at two societal forces or events from recent years and the impact they have had on undermining the responsible accountable mindset.

Those two major challenges to accountability are the generational shift of Gen Z’s workplace perspectives, and the once in a generation worldwide pandemic that has had lasting effects on how we live and work together. 

While breaking down these two challenges, Chad discusses ghosting, cancel culture, distrust of institutions, the differing definitions of collaboration, and much more.

Make sure to follow or subscribe so you don’t miss out on the fourth (and likely final) part of this series, where Chad will focus on the place where you can have the greatest impact in building a responsible accountable mindset: the home.


Cold Open (00:00)

Introduction (01:05)

Ghosting Goes Mainstream (03:20)

Chad’s First Time Being Ghosted (05:56)

Cancel Culture (07:10)

Should We Care? (10:07)

Joel Petterson Displays the Accountable Responsible Mindset (11:39)

Gen Z’s Distrust of Institutions (13:58)

Different Definitions of Collaboration (16:20)

Pandemic Changes Everything (20:22)

The Big Bailout (21:43)

The Great Excuse (27:04)

Final Thoughts (31:27)

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Responsibility is a Luxury (Part 2)

In this second of a three part series on the Dadage, “responsibility is a luxury, accountability is the price you pay for it,” host Chad Hagle takes the concepts around responsibility explored in part one and provides practical ways to embrace them and create frameworks that promote them within your professional environment.

During this solocast, Chad discusses how to hire smart and fire smarter, why taking primary accountability as a leader matters, how the bystander effect shows up in business, and much more.

If you missed part one we highly encourage you to go back and listen to that episode first so that you’ve got all the necessary context. It can be found on Spotify, Apple, or YouTube.

Make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss the third and final part of this series coming Wednesday, August 30th, where the focus will be building a family environment focused on the responsible, accountable mindset and how to instill that in your children.


Cold Open (00:00)

Topic Introduction (01:19)

Lessons from the Seals (02:24)

Primary Accountability for Leaders (03:36)

Three Lessons Learned (07:22)

How to Hire Smart (09:16)

Three Keys to Empowering Potential Team Members (13:36)

Key Principles for Managing an Organization (17:41)

Bystander Effect in Business (23:14)

Parting Thoughts (25:24)


Responsibility is a Luxury (Part 1)

We all know that with great power comes great responsibility, but do we know what great responsibility even means?

This episode of Dadages is the first in a two part series covering the Dadage, “Responsibility is a luxury, and accountability is the price we pay for it.” During this first portion of the discussion, Chad breaks down the concepts around responsibility and accountability in a global sense. He defines what they both actually mean, lays out the three different ways you can capture responsibility, and finishes up with three principles learned from the book, “Extreme Ownership.”

Make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out on part two of the series where Chad will go into how to apply these concepts of responsibility in a meaningful way within both business and family settings.


Cold Open (00:00)

Dadage Introduction (01:25)

Defining Responsibility and Accountability (02:32)

Taking Responsibility (04:23)

Personal Responsibility (09:55)

Giving Responsibility (12:52)

Earning Responsibility (21:53)

Extreme Ownership Principle Number 1 (24:47)

Extreme Ownership Principle Number 2 (26:18)

Extreme Ownership Principle Number 3 (28:00)

Final Thoughts (29:48)

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Entrepreneur’s Corner with Jonathan Orr

This week in Dadages, Chad Hagle hosts a new installment of the Entrepreneur’s Corner series, this time with guest Jonathan Orr, not only an entrepreneur but also an alum of Chad’s company, Aventine Development Corporation. The conversation begins with Jonathan sharing some of his background with the Dadages friends and family, including his time at Chapman University in California and what led to his involvement in real estate and his time with Aventine. 

Jonathan grew up in Southern California and played football in college. The fact that his father was a real estate developer inspired Jonathan to get into the business. He had experience working for Hilton Hotels and other real estate firms, which eventually led him to work at Aventine. Chad and Jonathan then discuss the time of Jonathan’s job interview and hiring, and Chad reveals what is important to him when hiring and selecting people to work with him or in his companies. Chad emphasizes the importance of getting past a “me first” attitude to succeed. 

Jonathan also shares some candid stories of his experience working for Chad Hagle, how he discovered a lot about himself during that time, everything he learned that he has applied in his professional life since (like working remotely before it was common), memories about business road trips, as well as some of the challenges that the industry was facing at the time and how they worked to overcome them, using a time of crisis as an opportunity. 

The conversation continues as Jonathan explains what he has been doing professionally since his time with Aventine. He’s built his business as a developer with a focus on flexibility and adaptation, which he believes are key elements in the current environment. He also discusses the importance of time and how to maximize it by surrounding himself with the right people and setting up clear expectations when it comes to time. In addition, Jonathan shares what it has meant to him to work with family members and what challenges and blessings that setting has brought to him and his business. Chad then gives Jonathan the opportunity to pitch his new venture, 356 Development Advisors, what it does in real estate, its unique business model, and its value proposition. 

As part of this series, the tables turn and the guest gets to ask the host questions pertinent to their business. Jonathan asks for Chad’s opinion on what to look for when interviewing and hiring third-party contractors and how to select the right people to work with. Chad also offers his advice on topics like team building, expansion and diversification to new markets in real estate, communicating and connecting with investors and property owners, and balancing and integrating work and family life. Finally, Jonathan shares a classic dad joke to end the interview!

Make sure you tune in to this episode of Entrepreneur's Corner to learn valuable insights about the real estate business from experienced professionals in the field. 


Entrepreneur’s Corner with Martin and Zack Alcott (Part 2)

This week on Dadages, we continue our engagement with the Alcott family, as well as our celebration of disability awareness, by bringing you the second half of Chad’s Entrepreneur’s Corner sit down with father/son duo, Martin and Zack Alcott.

If you missed part one of the conversation, make sure to go back and check it out, as there you will learn all about Martin, Zack, and the entire Alcott family, as well as get an overview of their two companies, Get Skilled Access and The Field.

In this second half of the conversation, Martin and Zack get a chance to ask Chad some questions of their own pertaining to funding, the VC market in the US, how to go about launching their two companies in the US market, and much more.

The conversation concludes with a powerful story from Chad about a recent interaction he had that drove home the importance of everything related to disability awareness that these three have been discussing the past couple of episodes, so make sure you stick around until the end to hear that (yes, tears are shed).