An Interview with Eaglemoon Raes and Dan Blanchard: The Storm

May 2, 2020 by

Michael F. Shaughnessy –

1) First of all, although you really need no introduction to those “in the know” can you give us some background as to your education, experience, background?

My name is Eaglemoon Raes. I have a BA in Geography of Tourism with a minor in History although I find my informal education much more interesting. I am a licensed Avatar® Master skilled in delivering the Avatar Course. The Avatar Course is a 9-day personal development training which addresses Attention, Will, Belief Management, and Personal Responsibility. I am also a Certified Consulting Hypnotist working with young people overcoming issues that are holding them back from living the life they want. I am a former homeschooling mom. This experience taught me about learning and how to guide kids in exploring their interests and how to learn from the world.  This has been the theme of my life.

As a child, I didn’t want to go to school. I actually begged to stay home.  Innately, I knew it wasn’t for me, but I was raised by parents who valued education highly and told me it was illegal for me to not be in school.  A couple of hours after receiving my college diploma I stated, “now, I can learn what I want.” I appreciate my degree, it was a gift from my parents, however I do believe there are a lot of ways to succeed in life and we all have different paths with unique passions. I also believe that we come into life with a knowingness of who we are, what we want, and where we’re going but often, we are led off our true path due to fear, misunderstandings, mis-leadership, and general misguidance. It’s easy to make mistakes when we lose our way.  

Currently, I’m doing work as a homebound tutor which utilizes all my skills to help young people learn. I see myself as a creative educator. 

My name is Dan Blanchard. I have completed 14 years of college and earned 7 degrees. I have also written about 20 books so far, in which 6 of them are Amazon bestsellers. My background is that I grew up as a student-athlete who was a little bit more of an athlete than student. I was a 2X Junior Olympian Wrestler, and a decade later twice the coach of the Junior Olympic wrestling team. After high school, I went into the service for the army and later for the air force. Now, all these years later, I’m an inner-city school-teacher for the last two decades, have five children, and am a bestselling and award-winning author, speaker, educator, and TV Host.

2) Now- “How Young Men Become Good Men” is obviously a needed book- but what led you to write this text?

I don’t remember how I initially came across Dan Blanchard…I think it was fate. Our passion for empowering young people brought us together!  I’m always looking for interesting people to interview for my radio show, “Sideline Support”. Dan gifted me a signed copy of The Storm the day of our interview.  I read it right through and loved it.  I’ve since read this book about 8 times each time discovering something new. 

Last year, I read The Storm with a young man I was tutoring. I really needed worksheets to document the learning the student was gaining but there wasn’t one.  I started writing the workbook while we were reading The Storm together. That was the seed of the Student Workbook.  I think all young men need to read this book. I believe it will enhance their lives greatly.  As a homebound tutor and as a hypnotist I work with kids with anxiety, overwhelm, and deep-seated issues that cause them great suffering. I feel this book is like a flashlight shining on a new path for our current youth to walk along.  

Dan: I’ve been an inner-city school-teacher since the mid-90s. I have become increasingly concerned over the years of backslide of real character in our society, especially among our young men. If a society is going to be functional, it needs good young men who are continuously working on themselves. They need to be ready when it’s their turn to run things in this country. Our women can’t do all the heavy lifting alone. They need help from good men. And it appears good men are becoming less common So, I’m doing my part with Eaglemoon Raes to help others help our young men become good men.

3) First, teachers–what role do they play in helping young men become “good men”?

Since I’m not a public-school teacher I don’t have a lot of experience on this topic. I am however an adult with a love of young people. I believe we are all responsible for playing a role in helping young men become “good men” in our own ways.  The majority of the kids I work with are young men which is interesting. I feel young people today are stressed beyond our understanding and are being misguided by the entertainment industry.  Living a life that models integrity, compassion, care, and kindness is key. Kids pick up so much information from the world around them, and they know untruth as much as truth. 

Dan: Too many young men or even boys lack a strong father figure in their lives. And unfortunately, education, especially in the early years is dominated by females. It’s not until high school that males are running into a lot of male role models. At this point, our male teachers need to be strong and good men of character themselves. They need to set an example for our young men out there trying to become good men. In addition, more males need to be teachers at the earlier grades too, so our younger boys have a strong male role model to connect with. Sadly, male teachers are more important to young men then would be ideal. But, when these boys don’t have father-figures in their home lives, they need them somewhere. Thank goodness there are male coaches and teachers to help out with that.

4) Secondly- Coaches- what is their role in shaping their young athletes into becoming “good men”?

Coaches are a huge influence on mindset, learning how to work as a team, building strengths, empowering kids to reach for more of their potential. I’ve seen many coaches tear down an athlete too. I think intention is really key. What do you want to teach, to model, to inspire, and to forward through all the athletes you touch. Do you want to instill a “win at all cost” attitude, or “it’s not whether you win or lose but how you play the game that matters” attitude? 

I know a couple of amazing football coaches and they coach to be mentors. They are spiritually oriented men, big hearted with a desire to help young athletes during adolescence. Their coaching has a very big broad purpose. And…they help turn young men into good men.  

Dan: Every young male that is able to should be volunteering their services to coaching something. It will give these young men something to do while sharpening their skills in leadership, communication, being organized, and being responsible. In addition, our young boys and girls out there need coaches. Extracurricular activities is one of the closest to perfect things we have out there for our kids. The children want to be there. They are with friends. And what they are trying to do is hard to do. Thus, they challenge themselves to get better every day. This is a perfect environment for an adult to make a difference in a kid’s life. Some of my best memories have been when I was coaching wrestling and football.

5) Thirdly, SOME young men are impacted by a priest, minister, rabbi, deacon, elder in a church- How does this work on occasion?

This is great for young men who are being raised in a religious environment.  My nephews are very inspired by their faith, their youth group, the bible, and their community. They all went to Christian Colleges, and this is the main influence of their lives. They’re beautiful human beings, really great men, but this is their family value. I’m not sure how young people find ministers, rabbis, etc. if they’re not already a part of a religious group. 

My brother was raised catholic but as an adult, a good man, hasn’t pursued his religious upbringing, nor has he been impacted by the religious leadership directly.  

Dan: Although, religion may be playing a smaller role than it used to in society, it’s still essential. We never know where a kid will find the enlightenment and guidance that will make all the difference for a kid. And if it’s in a religious capacity where a kid finds that adult who believes in him and changes everything for him, then that’s a total win. We all need something to believe in. And the bigger that thing is that we believe in the better. Also, the better the relationship, the better everything is.

My mom and uncle still talk about the relationships they had with the clergy of their church. I wish those kind of positive relationships for all of our kids.

6) And often there is a mentor- perhaps a boy scout leader- or a shift manager at McDonald’s- how to these relationships work?

All of our lives are essential in raising a young person. It’s not just the parent’s responsibility.  We can all aspire to be mentors, be good people, inspire our youth to serve humanity and make virtue more valuable than vice.  

Dan: It only takes one positive relationship to change the trajectory of a kid’s life. And where that positive relationship comes from doesn’t matter.

There are lots of different kinds of opportunities out there for adults to be that positive influence in a child’s life. What we need now are more adults to step up and be that special adult.

7) Preventing alcohol and drug use is obviously important- how do we, as a society work to prevent young men from becoming old addicts and alcoholics?

This is a fascinating subject for me, and I have a lot to say about it. I think we’re failing our kids. We as a society are setting kids up from the beginning. What does that mean? When my first child was 15 months old, she was playing with blocks on our living room floor. At the time, I thought nothing of the TV being on as background noise.

I was on the couch talking with my husband, and on the TV, the cops barged into the bar and shouted, “put your hands on your head!” My daughter did it! This was one of those events that impacted my life! When I became a hypnotist, many years later, I learned that kids are in a natural state of hypnosis 85-90 percent of their day. This means that they are being programmed from an early age. Our current society doesn’t understand the impact of what we allow to be broadcast. 

We can’t go to a restaurant to have a meal without the TV on. I was waiting at the gate for my flight to take off after the church shooting in Houston. There were children sitting right under the TV set, so I asked the attendants to please shut off the TV and was told that they couldn’t do that. So…back to the drugs and alcohol discussion.  If you watch any TV series for young people underage drinking is being acted out. Kids are having sex.

They when REAL kids do the same thing they get penalized.  I believe if it’s illegal for kids to drink underage, drive under the influence, it should be illegal to film it as well.  It’s time to say NO!  We are not aware, but we need to be. 

Dan:  I believe kids learn what they see. And way too often our kids are watching the adults in their lives drinking alcohol right in front of them. I don’t mean to be a prude. But, it’s very common for all the adults to be drinking at a one-year old’s birthday party. And pretty much every other social occasion that exits too. Fathers pop open a few beers while watching the football game and baseball game with their sons.

Alcohol surrounds our youth. And our kids are always told that this is an adult’s drink. Well… every one of our kids are already in a hurry to grow up and become an adult. It seems like drinking alcohol becomes a goal of theirs in route to becoming an adult. After all, it’s what they see every day, all around them from the adults…

8) I understand there is a workbook that goes along with your book- Tell us about it.

The workbook is great!  There are four components to it. 

First of all, each chapter displays an inspirational quote within an uplifting photo. We’ve included a Define section for each chapter where students are defining words, phrases, and people that are in that chapter.

Then there’s a Question section which helps with comprehension of the chapter. The last section is Looking Within which allows students time to introspect into their own lives, draw conclusions, and actually bring the text to life. 

Dan: Well said, Eaglemoon. The only thing I would add is that the student workbook and the teacher workbook makes this extremely valuable book, “The Storm” even easier now to use to educate our kids on things that really matter. It’s a no-brainer. Anyone educating our kids, would be wise to use the “The Storm” and “The Storm Student Workbook” as a resource.

9) What specific books do you recommend to young men to help them become good men?

I love Dan Millman’s books, The Way of the Peaceful Warrior and The Journey of Socrates. 

Dan: Well, my first two suggestions would be, “The Storm” and its sequel, “A Sprint to the Top” then I would agree with Eaglemoon’s two selections.

10) What have I neglected to ask?

I like this question…I feel complete. Thank you!

Dan: Where can someone find the book and workbooks? They can find them on Amazon or on my website:

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