Hello, I am Alf Herigstad, the founder and host of Being A Better Man. I made this page to give you a personal glimpse of me and my life, because I think it helps to put a face with the voice.
I grew up in Washington State, in the country, to great parents. We lived on a small farm and life was…perfect. I truly am a blessed man in that regard. My father is the greatest man I know, he is also my friend, and in my opinion he was the best example of manhood a boy could ever have.
I don’t want to get too deep here because many aspects of my life will unfold on the podcast itself as I share my experiences and stories. For now, suffice it to say that I have been, and done many different things in my very interesting life and it gives me kind of a unique perspective, but then…we all have unique perspectives don’t we?
Currently I reside in beautiful Washington State with my beautiful wife, the love of my life, the queen of my castle…Lulie. We have a small farm, two great dogs, chickens, rabbits, sheep and goats. I have several hobbies, among them are making mead (an ancient beverage made from fermented honey), building things, fishing, panning for gold, hiking, cooking meat, singing, writing, learning about my ancestors, and much more. I have 3 grown children and 9 grandchildren.
The bottom line is this: I am a man. I am also a man that wants to be better today than I was yesterday…and I want to continue improving as a man until I draw my last breath. This podcast and blog is a reflection of my own journey, the journey I am still on…a journey I am inviting you to go on with me.
There is something that motivates all of us, we just need to realize what it is so we can tap into it. One thing that motivates me is the legacy I will leave. I know what it meant to me as a small boy to know about the men in my family that I came from, my ancestors. I feel an obligation to provide my descendants with someone they can feel proud to have come from…that legacy is my objective. It’s one of the things that motivates me to endeavor to be a better man, even just a little better, every day. What motivates you? You can tell me here.
So…now you know what I look like. I’ll go ahead and say it so you don’t have to…Yes, I am a bit “unusual”. I shave my head, have a braided beard and sometimes wear kilts.
The important thing to note here is that I do ‘ME’ exactly how I want to.
That is something I wish all men could experience; being exactly who they want to be and not giving a crap what anyone else thinks about it, AND not having it affect your life adversely. That is part of what this whole project is about…finding out who you really are and owning it.
Just for fun, here is a list of things I have been in no particular order, maybe you will find something you connect with.
- Single father
- divorcee (past)
- devoted happy husband (present)
- Fence builder
- Fence company owner
- General contractor
- Pig farmer
- Ostrich farmer
- Sales manager
- Boxing gym owner
- Long haul truck driver-owner/operator
- dump truck driver
- cement truck driver
- Window salesman
- Reality TV personality (in Norway)
- Goat/sheep/rabbit farmer
- Boxing trainer/manager
- Karaoke star 🙂
- Garbage man
- Real estate agent
- Boy scout
- Delivery guy
- Serial entrepreneur
There is more, but this is starting to get silly. If you want to know me better than this, you can always get my book, it’s on kindle (here). Now, lets get on with the show. I have podcasts to record. Lets go be better men!