The Sisu Way is defined as strength and determination in the face of adversity. Persistence. Hope. GRIT. An unbeatable mindset full of courage, tenacity, resilience, willpower, triumph, and an unconquerable soul. They say the finest souls are those who gulped pain and avoided making others taste it. Well ladies and gentlemen, that is my brother and esteemed guest, Kenny Kane.
Kenny Kane is lighthouse to many of us, but even lighthouses have shadows. If strength is a product of suffering and struggle, then Kenny is by far one of the strongest people I know. He has faced a massive amount emotional trauma and death packed on top of each other. He was force fed a beautifully violent lesson in the balance of life and death. In the face of this much pain and chaos, how do you do the most good? How can we use our resources to be in service to something greater than ourselves?
If there is a lesson I have learned from late world-class Coach Marion Kane Elston through her son Kenny, it is you have to be willing to get up strong each and every time without complaint. You have to put in the effort and open yourself up to the experience, or the time won’t come.
This episode was an honor for me record, but the real honor was the vulnerable and heartfelt conversation. Kenny is one of the best humans I know. I’m proud to call him my friend and a mentor. This episode is dedicated to the Kane family.
Get Up Strong.
Three Marbles – W.E. Peterson
5:00 Oak Park LA Bio and intro
10:44 Introduction to hosting podcasts
14:00 First Question – There is no elegant answer. It’s complicated. It’s a journey.
15:30 Birth of son followed by death of mom
Challenges outpacing capabilities
21:55 Pillars of Good and Pillars of Strength have shadows
23:22 Most valuable currency – Ability to Connect
25:20 Leaving a Legacy – Kane Family
37:00 Story of Effort – If you don’t open yourself up to experience, the time wont come.
41:35 What is it about your mom that you would want your kids to know? Her willingness to get up every single time without complaint. What it means to be a Kane. Grit.
41:15 Revisiting the struggle of life and death
51:20 History of stand up comedy career and intention
52:50 Where are you finding resilience while doing the most good?
57:30 12 more deaths over 14 more months – intense cadence
1:00:20 How do you do the most good when faced with only right and wrong answers?
Are your actions contributing to the joy of the world or the misery?
1:12:50 Justine – The silent walk – The 7 year old leader
1:20:08 VUCA – The world is volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous
1:21:10 The wildfires – Original Oak Park
1:29:30 Navy Commander Schultze band reference of vision, reality, and truth.
1:43:00 The passing of the torch – Becoming the patriarch
1:46:26 Slow down to move fast. Grinding, enduring, grit, and the shadows.
1:48:40 Attention and purpose – profession and family
1:54:20 (extra credit) Social Media and mind control
1:59:20 Student/Magician named Tristan Harris – Attention Economy – impressions and screen time – Time Well Spent
2:28:40 Restoration through fitness, breath work, writing everyday, therapy, and patience. Being okay with the scars and path.