Dress up and Show up as a Dad

Steve Rodgers is a consultant, business and lifestyle coach, as well as an author. He has his own academy, the “Alchemy Advisors”, which trains and helps businesses thrive. He loves yoga, Kung Fu, self-improvement and exploring new things. Steve has been married 25 years and has two children. Steve was an executive in a real estate company for many years. For the last 5 years, he ran his own real estate business in San Diego, with 400 agents and 8 offices. He made a life change last year after his wife had a major health crisis during a surgery. As well, he found he was losing his passion for the real estate industry, and in the last year has re-invented himself both in terms of business, and his health.

“I’m taking my skills and background, utilizing them in a new way for entrepreneurs. I’m excited about this new path I’m on.”

Steve’s wife had two children from her previous marriage, and he believes being their step dad has made him a Diversity Dad. He shares that they found a way to blend together, despite the different dynamics. Within the first 5 to 10 minutes of meeting his wife, he knew he was going to marry her and felt they had a “soul connection.”

“He believes that being part of someone else growing, and watching them evolve, is the most important piece of being a dad.”

“Realize you’re on a journey with someone, besides just your spouse.”

“Moments that stand out for him include his son winning a global Internet contest at the age of 16, and his daughter getting married and being able to walk her down the aisle.”

“Even though I’m not their biological dad, they have grown to look at me as their Dad.”

“The biggest obstacle for Steve and his kids were navigating the teenage years.”

When kids are spreading their wings and testing boundaries, that’s always a really challenging time.

Steve feels that kids need discipline, but you also have to give them great memories that don’t just involve money (camping trips, taking them to the movies, etc.)There were times that the children reminded Steve that he wasn’t their real dad, but he didn’t take it personally.

His one piece of advice to Diversity Dads is to lead by example, no matter what age the kids are.

“They really watch what you do, not what you say. Set that example yourself and live that life yourself.”

Steve’s new book, “Lead to Gold: An Entrepreneur’s Journey through Transition and Transformation is launching in early 2016.