graduating from the school of hard knocks, erik g allen has reshaped his life and his legacy

Erik G Allen From the School of Hard Knocks to Graduating with Honors – BtR 313

Erik G Allen is a success story of a man who has overcome the School of Hard Knocks to get to where he is today as a husband, father, and entrepreneur.

graduating from the school of hard knocks, erik g allen has reshaped his life and his legacy

What is the School of Hard Knocks


the experience gained from living, especially from disappointment and hard work, regarded as a means of education –

The School of Hard Knocks is a term used to describe the experience of learning through life’s difficulties and hardships. For Erik G Allen, this has been a reality. He experienced his parents’ divorce at a young age, about 11 years old. The father figure in his home was replaced by someone who was abusive. 

At 12 years old, Erik was sleeping in the garage while the rest of the family slept in the house. He saved his mother from an attack from this abuser only to find himself living a life as a couch surfer while finishing high school.

Despite all of the challenges he faced at the School of Hard Knocks, Erik was determined to get an education and make something of himself. He graduated high school, attended college, and met the woman of his dreams.

Life Gets Better

The Power of a Mentor

A mentor can change your life. By providing guidance, support, and advice, a mentor can help you improve your life in many ways. If you are struggling with a problem or facing a difficult situation, a mentor can offer a new perspective and help you find a better way to cope.

In addition to offering advice and support, a mentor can also be a role model. Seeing someone who has succeeded in spite of challenges can give you the motivation to keep going when times are tough. A mentor can show you that it is possible to achieve your goals, no matter how difficult they may seem.

If you are looking for someone to help you make positive changes in your life, consider finding a mentor. A mentor can make all the difference in helping you achieve your dreams.

Establish a Routine for Personal Growth

If you’re wanting to graduate from The School of Hard Knocks with honors, consider creating a morning routine dedicated to personal growth and development. 

If you’re looking to improve your life, consider establishing a routine that includes meditation or prayer, reading, writing, and exercise. Such a routine can help you in your personal growth and development. Through regular practice, you can develop better habits and become more self-aware. You may also find that you have more energy and focus, which can lead to better decision-making overall. So why not give it a try? You may be surprised by the results.

Start your day with intention. 

The School of Hard Knocks tried to dictate to you a schedule of hardship. You are likely an adult now and have the power to make this different. Change things.

Wake up each day and take a few moments to set an intention for the day. This can be something as simple as deciding to be more present or mindful, or it may be something more specific like working on a certain task or goal. Once you’ve set your intention, take some time to meditate or pray. If you’re new to meditation, there are many resources available to help you get started.

In addition to setting an intention, use your morning routine as a time to reflect on what you’re grateful for. Gratitude has been linked with increased levels of happiness and well-being, so take a few moments each day to think about the things in your life that you’re thankful for.

After you’ve meditated and reflected on gratitude, it’s time to get moving! Exercise is a great way to start your day, as it can help to increase energy levels and improve mood. If you don’t have time for a full workout, even a short walk or some simple stretches can be beneficial.

Finally, end your morning routine with a bit of reading or writing. Reading can help to broaden your perspective and increase your knowledge, while writing can be a helpful tool for processing your thoughts and feelings. If you’re not sure what to read or write about, try prompts like these:

– What are my goals for today?

– What did I learn yesterday?

– What am I struggling with right now?

– What am I grateful for today?

Check out this post 4 Reasons Why Men Should Start a Journal and How to Start a Journal.

By taking the time to establish a morning routine, you can set yourself up for success each day. So why not give it a try? You may be surprised at how much it can improve your life.

In This Episode

  • Podcast Tour, 100 shows in one year
  • The power of goals, written and shared
  • What helped Erik achieve his goal?
  • Top Rated MMA Show and working in collaboration with Hire Heroes USA
  • Starting The Erik Allen Show – One Minute Story Challenge and getting mentored
  • Knowing your “Why?” – Why do you want to get punched in the face every day?
  • CANI – Constant and Never-Ending Improvement
  • Do one more?
  • Overcoming the divorce of his parents, abusive relationships, and more
  • Living from couch-to-couch in high school
  • Finding hope
  • Breaking the cycle that holds you in a rut: friends, environment, routine
  • How to create an early morning routine
  • Making family a priority
  • How has your kids’ worldviews differed from everyone else because of prioritizing family over work/career?

Erik G. Allen

Erik is truly a man of integrity, work ethic and an overcomer. Growing up with a complicated childhood and broken home, to raising himself from the age of 14. Unfortunately finding trouble along the way desperately trying to fill the gaping voids in his life. As a young man Erik found himself empty and tired of settling for less. After the feverish pursuit of the Holy Spirit, Erik decided to surrender and trust the one that would never let him down.

Once Erik gave his life to Christ, his life completely turned around. He met a beautiful woman and a new chapter was written.

Now, Erik and his wife of nearly 16+ years and their two children live in Northern Idaho and live a humble and blessed life. Together they are breaking the cycles handed down to them of addictions, depression, abuse, and lies. They are leaving a new legacy for their next generation built on a biblical foundation.

Along with being the sole provider for his family, Erik is an entrepreneur and avid MMA fan. Which he has created the best MMA podcast of the northwest, Top Rated MMA. He believes in giving back and honoring those that have served our country. With his companies Top Rated MMA and The Erik Allen Show he is able to do just that. By lifting others up and giving back to the community and veterans through great organizations like Hire Heroes USA.

Another one of the ways Erik is able to give back is by sharing his story and encouraging others, no matter what path they are on to find hope and purpose. Erik’s natural approach ability and heart for people make him a great speaker for different events and podcasts. He knows that sometimes having the opportunity to meet someone and hear their story and how they’ve overcome is the courage someone might need to find new strength in their own battle.

Erik might have been dealt a rough hand, but with the help of his Heavenly Father and a humble heart, Erik is taking each day as it comes and making it count.

Resources and Links

Check out Erik’s podcast, The Erik Allen Show, which shares insights from entrepreneurs, leaders, and other success-minded people.

You can also find the resources Erik has to offer to help you graduate from your school of hard knocks at

Listen to past episodes with inspiring stories of others who have gone through the school of hard knocks:

Ron Worley Intentional Living from Ditches to Riches – BtR 264

Total Activation Beyond the Poverty Mindset with Nitin Chhoda – BtR 095

Drift Into a Rut or Row Out of It – The Choice is Yours BtR 084

Episode Credits

Host, Editing, and Production: Jerry Dugan

Music: “Oceans Apart” is our theme song composed and performed by Scott Ian Holmes.