The Resilient Life

The Resilient Life

There are few guarantees in life, but facing adversity is one of them. In a podcast hosted by Ryan, leaders from various professions and walks of life discuss how personal and career struggles have shaped who they are as people and how they respond to trials moving forward. With all guests, Ryan’s goal is to focus on sharing lessons that listeners can use to face adversity more effectively and turn their challenges into opportunities for growth.

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May 3, 2022 62 min

Being appointed by three U.S. Presidents and serving as the 19th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The art of stepping back and leaning into the talents of those around you. Why maintaining integrity and character is far more important than being perfect.

Gen. Joseph Dunford discusses leadership, his takeaways from 42 years of service in the Marine Corps, and why he has an enduring commitment to veterans.

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Lessons learned from near starvation in the Alaskan wilderness. The evolutionary discomfort of boredom and why we should embrace it. The benefits of dancing on the edge of failure.

Michael Easter, author of The Comfort Crisis, discusses the physiological impact of spending 12 hours a day on digital media and why experiencing discomfort is critical to living more fully.  

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    Two Super Bowl wins with the New England Patriots. Racing to duty between practices with Tom Brady. Walking the tightrope of leaving it on the gridiron and serving as Navy Reservist. 

    NFL Longsnapper Joe Cardona discusses what it was like to see teammates kneeling for the flag his rookie year and the responsibility he carries as a service member playing in the NFL.

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    The scientific link between mental health and the outdoors. Exercise and social interaction as proactive approaches to well-being. The intentionally low barrier of entry to rucking.

    GORUCK founder and CEO Jason McCarthy joins for a special discussion on why he’s passionate about uniting people through fitness, the hardest ruck he’s ever done, and news about the upcoming Sandlot Fitness Festival in Jacksonville, FL.

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    Spending three years in a hospital after jumping on a grenade to save another Marine’s life. Receiving the Medal of Honor in 2014. The beautiful burden of serving and sacrificing that service members carry.

    Retired Marine Kyle Carpenter discusses his incredible journey of healing, the upside of facing adversity, and why gratitude is a central part of his everyday life.

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    How the pandemic mindset creates an atrophy of resilience. The reward that comes with having a daily reckoning with fear. Brittany Spears, media censorship and when “protecting others” goes too far.

    Political commentator Mary Katharine Ham joins for a special discussion on the relationship between safety and resilience, and what happens when people live without risk.

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    Taking extreme ownership in every circumstance. The balance of staying true to your values and open to other perspectives. Why motivation and glory are both fleeting.

    Retired Navy SEAL, author, podcaster, and CEO of Echelon Front Jocko Willink discusses his philosophy on resilience and emotional detachment, and why carrying the legacies of our fallen is both a burden and a gift.

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    Lessons learned from 31 years of coaching and 14 years at the helm for Navy football. Why true leadership starts in the family and not on the field. Identifying victories between the wins and losses.

    Coach Ken Niumatalolo discusses finding his why in developing future military leaders and why the greatest refinement often happens in times of loss.

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    Righteous wars vs. immoral wars and duty to country in both. The relationship between individuals and groups when survival is at stake. Reincorporating the warrior back into society.

    Award-winning journalist and filmmaker Sebastian Junger discusses the life-long impact of tribes, how to rebuild connection to country when it gets lost, and the dangers of generalizing service members as heroes.

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    Leaving Fox News in the wake of a historic sexual harassment scandal. Taking a risk in the name of empowering women with information. The discipline of nonpartisan reporting.

    CEO of SmartHer News and respected journalist Jenna Lee discusses the flawed business model of mainstream media and why delivering news should be seen as a public service.

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    The desperate search for answers following the death of her husband, Navy SEAL Chad Wilkinson. What donating his brain to medical research revealed. How 1,000 box step-ups helps her advocate for every victim and survivor of veteran suicide.

    Gold Star Spouse Sara Wilkinson discusses the fallout of her husband’s death and why she’s dedicated herself to helping others recognize the warning signs of a silent enemy.

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    Losing his vision while serving on the Navy’s bomb squad. Finding comfort and capability in the water. Adopting blindness as a mission and forging a new path to Paralympic gold. 

    Retired Navy Lt. and Paralympic Gold Medalist Brad Snyder discusses swimming, triathlons, and why our ability to improve is often contingent on how we handle adversity.

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    Building mortgage-free homes for wounded veterans through the Gary Sinise Foundation. Embracing the transformative role of Lt. Dan. Being welcomed by the military community.

    Actor Gary Sinise discusses his connection to veterans, what it means to be a grateful American, and why he’s committed to making sure people recognize the sacrifices of our service members.  

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    Losing a limb and part of her face in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. The anger and bitterness that lingered after 46 surgeries and medical retirement from the Marines. The Afghanistan withdrawal and the debt we owe to service members.

    Marine Veteran Sgt. Kirstie Ennis describes losing purpose and identity after her combat injury, a return to gratitude, and why providing hope will always be worth the sacrifice.

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    Addressing moral injury with gratitude. The debt we owe to Afghan interpreters as the Taliban closes in. Mitigating risk by creating community for veterans through PB Abbate.

    Maj. Thomas Schueman discusses combat, making meaning out of every experience, and how normalizing feelings outside of happiness is key to mental health.

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    Serving as Captain of Women’s USA Rugby Sevens five years after being cut from the squad. Choosing between medical school and being an elite athlete. Standing by her fiance during two rounds of cancer treatment.

    U.S. Olympian Abby Gustaitis shares her unlikely path to Tokyo and why finding something you’re passionate about always makes the obstacles worth it. 

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    Racism, police reform, and kneeling for the flag in the NFL. The importance of listening when you disagree. Why celebrities should be regarded as more than just entertainers.

    Super Bowl Champion Chris Long discusses the consequences of weighing in on social issues and the work he’s done since donating a year’s worth of salary to charity.

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    The responsibility of playing a military spouse and Gold Star fiancee on CBS’ United States of Al. Advocating on behalf of Iraqi and Afghan interpreters. Using humor to raise awareness of real-life drama. 

    Actresses Elizabeth Alderfer and Kelli Goss sit down to discuss how their TV roles have changed their perspective and introduced them to the burden that military families carry. 

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    Facing scrutiny as the first Miss USA to serve on active duty. Refusing to succumb to limitations and challenging other women to do the same. Serving as a voice for active duty and veteran women to lawmakers.

    Former Miss USA Deshauna Barber discusses the challenges women face in the military and why embracing her femininity only made her stronger.

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    Life as the lone survivor. The true meaning of Memorial Day and why living fulfilled is the best way to honor the fallen. The good and bad of inviting Hollywood into your story. 

    Navy SEAL Veteran Marcus Luttrell and his wife, Melanie, discuss adopting the sacrifices of our service members as part of who they are, and why it’s important for everyone to share the stories of our nation’s heroes.

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