A Conversation with Andrew Lafleche on The RebelRebel Podcast
In today’s episode of the RebelRebel Podcast, I had the extraordinary opportunity to converse with Andrew Lafleche, an individual whose life narrative is as captivating as it is inspiring. Andrew’s journey, marked by diverse experiences ranging from serving as an infantry combat veteran to embracing the tranquility of yoga, paints a vivid picture of a man in relentless pursuit of life’s essence.
As we delved into Andrew’s story, his profound reflections on life, literature, and personal growth resonated deeply. His commitment to exploring the question of how to live has led him to a rich tapestry of experiences. His time as a combat veteran and his subsequent journey as an author, poet, and environmental activist with Sea Shepherd, reveal a man unafraid to confront the complexities of existence.
Andrew’s perspective as an “author for men” is particularly striking. He believes in the transformative power of literature to guide young men towards healthier expressions of masculinity. Through his writings, he offers a raw, unfiltered glimpse into life’s darker aspects, aiming to provide relatable experiences that speak directly to his audience.
His latest works, including the novel “Ride” and the upcoming poetry collection “Medevac,” showcase his talent for crafting stories that are both engaging and deeply reflective. “Ride,” with its unvarnished portrayal of youth and struggle, offers readers an unorthodox coming-of-age narrative that challenges conventional storytelling.
In our discussion, Andrew also shared the profound impact of his high school teacher, Sheila Mayberry, on his writing journey. Her encouragement to find and hone his unique voice played a significant role in his development as a writer, illustrating the lasting influence of a great teacher.
In essence, Andrew Lafleche’s story is a testament to the power of resilience, the importance of seeking new perspectives, and the unyielding pursuit of personal authenticity. His journey reminds us that life, in all its complexity, is a canvas for our own stories to unfold.
Michael Dean Dargie is a sought-after international speaker and the host of the RebelRebel Podcast. He has been nominated for Outstanding Host, as well as Outstanding Business Series in the Canadian Podcast Awards numerous times. Michael is the CEO and "Creative Zealot" at Make More Creative—a branding agency serving creative rebels and businesses worldwide.