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Losing My Father, Finding Myself – EP. 86

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After the loss of his father, Mike Burton found himself grappling with his own grief process and learning to grow through it. Join us as we discuss the power found in acknowledging when we’re wrong and the breakthrough that happens when we take off the armor and allow ourselves to experience real, raw emotions. The Brave Files.

HONESTY • RESOURCEFULNESS • PASSION

MIKE BURTON

Top Takeaways From This Episode:

  • Admitting you’re wrong doesn’t show weakness. It shows strength because we are always wrong at some point or another.
  • There’s so much grace in asking for help from the people you love.
  • We are all human, and we all make mistakes. There’s a lot of value in acknowledging that and knowing we can grow.
  • We are who we are because of what we’ve been through.
  • You’re entitled to your own grief process – no matter what that looks like.

Show Notes:

Mike Burton’s relationship with his father was strong. Growing up, he learned so much from his father, a man of many talents. Mike’s dad was an author, songwriter, and lover of knowledge. He made a conscious effort to pay attention to the small details; he made the people around him feel valued. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with cancer and tragically passed away just 18 short months later. Mike lost his father at the young age of 19.

The Process of Grief

This loss surely forced Mike to grow up quickly. While working through his own grief, he also supported his mother through hers. Grief looks different for everyone. We all experience it in different ways and at different times. Grief is immediate or delayed. It’s deep and debilitating or it’s a slow roll of all-consuming waves. One thing is certain – we all encounter our own unique experience when we lose a loved one.

Mike’s process was slow. He built up walls to show he was strong. He dealt with his loss by maintaining a strong front. It wasn’t until he allowed himself to truly feel his deep, raw emotions that Mike began to heal.

After the loss of his father, Mike Burton found himself grappling with his own grief process and learning to grow through it. Join us as we discuss the power found in acknowledging when we’re wrong and the breakthrough that happens when we take off the armor and allow ourselves to experience real, raw emotions. The Brave Files.

Growing Through Grief

The loss of Mike’s father proved to be one of the most impactful experiences in his life. Through focusing on the way his father lived his life, Mike discovered the importance of admitting when he is wrong and acknowledging when things are difficult. He learned to show others kindness through small gestures and to navigate his life from a place of vulnerability.

We are, without a doubt,  who we are because of what we’ve been through. 

Mike’s willingness to share his personal journey through grief is the example we all need. Vulnerability is where true growth and connection begin. Overall, we should all take Mike’s lead and work every day to grow and heal. This is what it means to choose bravely.

 

Other Resources Mentioned in Mike’s Interview

Episode 54: How To Be Brave, Not Fearless – Heather’s interview on Genuine Chit-Chat Podcast

Gratitude Journal: Shift Your Focus

Still Brave – Episode 38 on The Brave Files Podcast with Tom Mitchell

Death Brought Me Back To Life – Episode 40 on The Brave Files Podcast with Alua Arthur

 

After the loss of his father, Mike Burton found himself grappling with his own grief process and learning to grow through it. Join us as we discuss the power found in acknowledging when we’re wrong and the breakthrough that happens when we take off the armor and allow ourselves to experience real, raw emotions. The Brave Files.

MORE ABOUT MIKE:
Mike now hosts the Genuine Chit-Chat Podcast. It’s a super fun show covering all types of discussion. You can view the episode where Mike and his brother talk about their dad here.
Connect with Mike

We encourage you to connect with Mike on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.

Giving is Good:

Mike supports the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, a non-profit that brings an advanced Critical Care Team to people in critical situations when they need it most. The team is available by helicopter 365 days a year thanks to the support of the community. Learn more about this crucial support service here.

After the loss of his father, Mike Burton found himself grappling with his own grief process and learning to grow through it. Join us as we discuss the power found in acknowledging when we’re wrong and the breakthrough that happens when we take off the armor and allow ourselves to experience real, raw emotions. The Brave Files.
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About Your Host:
Heather Vickery
Heather Vickery
Heather Vickery is an award-winning business owner and global leader with over 20 years as an entrepreneur. She leverages her entrepreneurial skills and expertise to coach individuals towards greater personal and professional fulfillment by helping them leverage their fear into intentional bravery. Heather says “When we choose bravely, on purpose, we choose bigger, have bigger successes and it’s contagious” A celebrated public speaker, Heather inspires audiences and empowers attendees with the tools they need to live bold and successful lives through creating balance, time management, mindfulness, as well as countless systems, strategies, and boundaries. She’s the author of Gratitude Journal: Shift Your Focus and Grow Grateful: A Gratitude Journal for Kids and Families. Heather is also the host and executive producer of The Brave Files Podcast.
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