Dermott Dowling is a father of two girls, Mazzy 6 and Lolla 4. Dermott is married to Kate who is a school teacher. Dermott decided to throw in his job as a marketing executive almost three years ago and now balances his family with the challenges of running his own business in consulting. As if Dermott did not have enough to do he also heads a second business in home brewing supplies via a start-up called beer.co
Dermott’s thoughts into growing your own business and doing a start-up whilst having young children is insight.
A mind-blowing interview leaving you with lots to think about as a Dad.
Key Points of Interview
Type of Dad
I am not an outstanding Dad, just Joe Average.
Tell the story about your transition between being without Children to being a Dad?
Been a pleasant journey. Having children shifted my focus and what’s important. Prior to that very work focused. Trying to now separate work and family life. Not as easy when you work for yourself.
What struggles did you have with the transition and a time where you may have felt like you messed up?
Very different when you work from home and the common perception by the partner is that you can do other things in between work. Dermott tells the story of losing it with his wife.
Tell me the story about how you and your partner created balance in your relationship? Ensure you get time together.
Maintaining a flexible plan is the key. Hear how Dermott and Kate utilise local resources to ensure a great relationship.
Give the listeners your experience in balancing career and family. What in your opinion is the key?
“The four Ds are strong together” – hear the strategies Dermott uses to balance his business building with family.
What is your biggest worry when it comes to your children and how/what are you doing to mitigate these concerns?
The girls not being put in a situation where they cannot defend themselves. Dermott talks about the strategies he uses to mitigate this concern.
Most proud moment – when did you really nail it as a Dad?
Every time my kids tell me they love me.
- Favourite Dads Toy – my moccasins
- Productivity tool or website – Book – Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Coby
- Ensure time for yourself – Get time to myself through my business
- Innovative Discipline – Visual symbols
- Family Tradition – Meal times with no technology – not always easy
- Personal Habit – Dog walking
Take the path less trodden
Seek help if you need it because things can get out of hand quickly.