We all develop patterns based on childhood experiences that follow us throughout our lives. It’s so crucial for our personal evolution to recognize these patterns so that we can tweak them when we find they’re affecting our lives and our relationships. But how do we do this?

Welcome to Lean In. A podcast that explores ordinary people’s extraordinary lives through honest storytelling. My guests share with me their journey of discovery, laughter, personal experiences and healing.

If you are going through a change or challenging period in life, Lean In is the space where we can surrender to the cycle together.

In this episode, I sit down with Stefanos Sifandos and have an enlightening chat about the struggles he had as a child and how those unresolved patterns began affecting his adult life. Stef has quite an interesting story, and he uses the journey he went through working through the pain of his past to help other men going through similar processes. 

Stef is a Men’s Leadership Mentor and reaches out to men who feel isolated, alone and unable to express themselves in a meaningful way. Stef feels that our current societal norms tend to push against masculinity, leaving men feeling boxed into a corner, which can often lead to self-destructive behaviour.

Stef and I get into some pretty heavy stuff and how those experiences led him to where he is today. We touch on masculinity, and how when it becomes suppressed, in either men or women, it can lead to toxic behaviour. His evolution to who he is today is remarkable, and I can’t wait to share it with you.

Also within this episode:

  • Stef’s surprising career aspirations as a child
  • What it’s like to grow up Greek and Italian in Australia
  • How Stef’s relationship with his father shaped his psyche
  • The toxic effects of Australia’s drinking culture
  • Stef’s intense period of isolation and self-discovery
  • The power of practising stillness
  • Why you should never try to be tough


Stef on LinkedIn

Stef’s Website


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