This Letter Changed Everything with Blake Brewer

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Guys, as much as we may not want to, we have to think about what will happen to our families after we’re gone. 

I’m not talking about money or an estate here. I’m talking about what our last words to our kids will be, and how we can share our wisdom, our advice, our love, and our memories not just while we’re here on earth, but forever. 

Blake Brewer realized this in the hardest way possible—he lost his father in an accident while on vacation in Hawaii. While enjoying a beautiful day of snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, Blake’s father suddenly got caught in a rough spot and was struggling to stay above water. His father literally died in Blake’s arms while he was trying to rescue him.

Just hours after he passed, Blake had to call his grandparents, along with his Dad’s work and church to deliver the news.

As he sat with his grief, his mother appeared in the doorway. She put some papers in his hand, which started, “Dear Blake, Natalie, and Marcus…”

This Letter Changed Everything with Blake Brewer

Blake Brewer Family

His father had been writing him a letter for several months, and was planning to give it to him on the trip. 

On a simple sheet of paper, his father shared his thoughts, wisdom, encouragement, and advice. 18 years later these words continue to guide Blake through life. 

Over the course of the next year, Blake saw himself develop more as a person and a leader than ever before—and learned how to live with a newfound sense of purpose.

Now, Blake has dedicated his life to helping other dads share legacy letters like the one his father wrote, leading and guiding their children for an entire lifetime.

In my conversation with Blake, you’ll get to hear the defining moment that would change his life forever and how to write the legacy letter that’s inside your heart waiting to be put to paper! 

“Our words are so powerful. We’re competing with the rest of the world and the world is screaming at our children.” - Blake Brewer Share on X

Blake Brewer’s Podcast Highlights

  • Why some fathers are reluctant to reach out for help when it comes to upping their dad game.
  • The most powerful (and painful) words Blake heard between the ages of five and fifteen.
  • How do we teach our kids to be decisive, rather than telling them what to do and how to think? 
  • Why is it so important for us as dads to tell our kids what makes us proud?
  • The things children need to hear from you to have a confident life and develop emotional intelligence. 
  • Why is it sometimes so hard for us to communicate how we feel? 
  • What stops guys from writing a legacy letter? 
  • How does writing out our values make us more confident and articulate in business, as well as at home?  
  • How do our phones stop us from showing up for the people we love? 
  • How can we show up for our families in stressful times, like when we’re launching a business in startup mode?
“We have to do whatever it takes to get our voice into our kids' lives.” - Blake Brewer Share on X

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Blake Brewer’s Story

Blake Brewer

Some knew my dad as a great football player – Terry Bradshaw’s tight end at Louisiana Tech and then drafted by the Atlanta Falcons, some knew my dad as CEO of the hospital where he worked, and some knew my dad as their Sunday School teacher at our church…  

But to me, my dad was just my dad.  He was my hero. 

When I was 19 my parents took the family on an amazing trip to Hawaii.  On the first day, my dad and I went out snorkeling at Hanauma Bay.

We were having an unbelievable time when, all of a sudden, we got caught up in a rough spot known as Witches Brew.

My father started yelling for help and before I knew it, he was under water.  I tried to save him, but I couldn’t overpower the water, and he literally died in my arms.

It went from being one of the best days of my life to the worst.

A few hours later, we were back in the condo and I was trying to make sense of what just happened.  At that moment my mother came into the room and handed me a “gift” from my dad.

I had no idea at the time, but for several months my dad had been working on a letter for me and my siblings and he had finished it just prior to the trip. 

The words in this letter were exactly what I needed at that time in my life and 18 years later his words and his voice are still leading me and guiding me.

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