"When I was introduced to MDI / "Men's Work", I was on the verge of divorce, and broke. A divorce attorney / friend suggested I come to a meeting before I made any major decisions. I went to a meeting and loved what I saw. So, I went to a second meeting, then a weekend training, and next thing I know, 6 months later, my wife and I were on a much better path, I started a new business and have become pretty successful at it. I'm now going on 4 years and I think that each man owes it to themselves to at least check out a meeting."
"As I got to know the men on my team and MDI as an organization, I started to let the walls I built around myself go. I began to trust the men in the circle and understand that many of the issues I was dealing with, are issues all (or most) men deal with: I was truly not alone.
And, as I got more involved and excited about the connections I was making, I began to see how being part of a men’s team could lead me to be the man I always wanted to be…"
"I joined MDI nine years (2008) ago, and I have been on a fantastic journey. I have learned to recognize when I act weakly or from insecurity, and I am triggered in the changing my way of being, so that I can be the man I've always wanted to be. As I have been given the opportunity to speak freely due to confidentiality, I have been able to air issues that go on in my life. I've learned that I am not alone and that many men share some of these issues. We are a team, with the common theme of helping each other grow in every area of our lives. This is very therapeutic, yet it's not therapy. This is not for broken men who need to be fixed. It's for all of us that have the ability to be great fathers, husbands and leaders with a place to deal with our imperfections. There is always room for growth, and I have learned to be opened to this growth. Sometimes it is not easy, as I do not like to be called out, but looking good is just me stroking my ego. I have learned to ask for what I want, and demand what I need. We are all equal men with different skills and abilities, and this is the place that I can grow through the joint wisdom of all other men, who participate one time, twice or every week. "
"I have been in M.D.I. for 25 years,facing my barriers in life by having men support me, in this endeavor. I am 77 years old and still learning how to become a better man each day of my life.(a work in progress). I now am getting a better understanding of people in my life, and how to support them in a positive way. Knowing always I cannot do it alone."
"I came to an MDI meeting five years ago on a whim just to see what it was all about. I was invited by a man I had never met before but I liked what I heard about this organization. I was positively impacted by attending that meeting and decided to go to more meetings. I ultimately made the decision to join a team because I saw how it was helping me become the man I always wanted to be. My relationship with my wife and daughter became much better. I have learned over time that I can give gifts to Men, not just receive them. I continue to have struggles but I can share them with my team without judgment and they give me their shared wisdom for me to conquer my barriers."
"I joined MDI in 2005. Successfully completed (the) Sterling Men's Weekend in April and successfully completed my point team training as captain of my point team. Completed my legacy discovery weekend in October of the same year. Since then I've completed Landmark Forum and Leadership Training as well as completed as a Captain of a team and twice as a Point Man. I'm am currently a Divisional Growth Manager. MDI has given me great gifts in my life and continues to give to me on a regular basis. I've grown tremendously in my career, in relationships, and love giving the gifts I've learned and experienced to better the lives of the men that I encounter."
“MDI enabled me to tap into the wisdom and energy of my team to create the better version of myself. As member of a team, I am part of a circle of men that I can trust. It allowed me to open up and share my deepest feelings and fears. This awareness helps me improve my life in many aspects: emotional, relationship, physical, career and business.”
“What I got, was that I can have all things happen at a high level and not have to trade one for the other in my life – for example, it doesn’t have to be ‘I can only be a good husband, but I can’t be a DC (Division Coordinator) - I can be both!” – Surdi
“What I get and continue to receive in my efforts to practice higher standards in my life and in having relationships with the men of the region who are raising the bar in their lives – is witnessing greatness and commitments that the men of MAR uphold and that models the way for me. I would not be on the path I am now without seeing the excellence practiced in their lives. Without the men I would be fuckin’ lost.” - Nelson
“I got the chance to step out onto something outside my team. Something bigger –a larger context. Testing myself and seeing my power in ways to express myself validated in a much larger way. And also acquired some great relationships that I would otherwise not ever had.” - Turok
“What I got was to find out who I am as a leader – which has been a very raw, open experience that has been such a blessing and has really moved me forward in my life.” – Mirmelstein
“I got that I never have to settle and that it is never too late. Also, I no longer listen to people that are negative about aspirations I have. I don’t have to lower the bar and can do anything I want. There’s no way I would have accomplished what I have today without the masculine relationships I have acquired and the accountability I am held to by having them… because I had no accountability prior.” – Gosselin
“In finding bigger sandboxes to play in, the skillset to lead 5 or 6 men is different than the skillset it takes to lead 25 to 30 men – and which is different than what it takes to lead 100 men, so on and so forth. And in learning those skills has afforded me a lot in my life because I would have never developed those skills to have a bigger impact in the world.” – Prandstatter
“I got a region to come to. I moved here from California. The men that came here before me made this place for me. And that is awesome. The MAR showed up for me.” – Enright
“I got that I could be a leader that I never thought I could be. I thought stepping into a regional position would lead me to falling flat on my face. And when I did, I had great men pick me up, dusted me off and kicked me in the ass so I could move on. I learned to sharpen leadership qualities I never thought I had and it feels pretty damn good.” – Daibes
“I belief in self that I am capable of anything.” – Turk
“I got a shift in context around myself as a man. I became a tribe leader in a brand new area that I moved to and very quickly found this region that I decided to join. And by becoming a leader I see myself as not just a member of something or a participant, but a man engaged in creating, leading and growing an organization – and that serves all areas of my life.” - Zwigard
“I’ve gotten a chance to run and play a role in all types of meetings that have made me feel like I am in my power – and at the same time have been inspected, hard, by other leaders along the way that has allowed me to grow.” – Deutsch