Joe Ducey – Talking Stoicism, Mental Health, And More With Dough Ducey’s Son
Joe Ducey — Talking Stoicism, Mental Health & More With Doug Ducey’s Son
Joe Ducey, aged at just 22, already possesses some valuable insight into what it takes to grow a family alongside a Big Career. With a U.S. governor for a father, those are lessons he learned early, up-close, and at home.
Formerly the CEO of Coldstone Creamery, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey sold the company and left his corporate career when Joe was in middle school. As Joe remembers it, his dad had “never missed a sports game,” despite having such a high-stakes career — and all the free ice cream wasn’t such a bad perk either. Still, Coldstone was expanding into Asia at the time, and Doug had to travel often for work. And, as an ethos that Joe says both he and his dad share, he recognized that “you don’t need a title to lead.” So, Doug left his C-Suite title behind — but not long after, he had the opportunity to lead in a new way by running for State Treasury.
“Before any of this started… he sat us down at the dinner table and put forth a proposal that he’d already talked through with my mom,” Joe says. “I have two brothers, one older and one younger, and he’s like, ‘Are you guys all on board? Here’s the good, bad and ugly of what’s to come.’”
Joe says that, in his family, making joint decisions and having difficult conversations together has always been the norm. The reason, of course, is because they’ve pinpointed their goals, gone after new ones, and managed life’s curveballs (as well as their impact on mental health). And it’s also held even when Joe has disagreed with his Dad politically. The tough dinner table conversations, Joe said, have always brought them closer and cemented that family always comes first.
In this episode of The Anthony Sarandrea Show, Anthony and Joe talk about what it was like to grow up with a CEO-turned-politician dad, the values Doug instilled in him, and how his experience can serve as a blueprint to other Big Career families.
What You’ll Learn:
● How Stoicism has helped Joe cope with the pressures of being a politician’s son
● Why his two biggest passions are teaching young people financial literacy and promoting honest conversations around mental health (and how his family shares in those passions)
● How he’s learned to turn fear into gratitude
● And much more!
“The people on Twitter are always talking about my family and me — I had to realize that’s out of my control. And if you stress about things that are out of your control, then you’re going to have an anxiety-filled life. What this person is saying about me, I can’t control that. So I want to focus on, ‘What’s my mission? What are my goals? What can I do about them?’”
— Joe Ducey