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 11, 2021 60 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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Fulfilling the dream of serving and retiring as a Marine. Coping with separation by withdrawing from the military community. Finding new purpose through an unexpected reality show win.

Marine veteran Kelly “Murph” Murphy, winner of CBS’ “Tough as Nails,” discusses the broken veteran myth, and his search for healing and identity after 20 years in the Marines.

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    The life-and-death decisions that come with summiting Mt. Everest twice. Knowing when to push forward and when to turn back. Why setbacks should never be considered failures, on the mountain or in life.

    Mountaineer and Adventure Coach Dr. Jon Kedrowski discusses what he’s learned after decades summiting the world’s highest peaks and what it means to live “being Everest ready.”

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    The impact start-up capital can have on Black-owned small businesses. Actioning an idea versus having a hustle. Using the gift of entrepreneurship to create jobs and close the wealth gap. 

    Kennan Beasley, CEO of Sunday II Sunday and Venture Noire, discusses the difference you can make when you infuse passion with individual strengths and what it means to serve outside of the military

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    March 16, 2021 33 min

    Learning what it means to honor the fallen working under former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. How having a military connection can shape who you are. Turning a single Tweet on Memorial Day 2020 into a national movement with Travis Manion Foundation.

    Co-founder of The Honor Project Emily Domenech shares how a visit to Arlington National Cemetery set off an inspiring chain of events, and how this year, everyone will have a chance...

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    Earning legendary status after walking on to the Philadelphia Eagles in 1976. Getting played by Mark Wahlberg on the silver screen. The joys and pressures that come with competing.

    Mr. Invincible and NFL Legend Vince Papale discusses finding greatness within yourself, the pressures of youth sports today, and the incredible odds he’s overcome in his life.

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    The lasting effects of spending formative years in reality TV. Sharing the raw side of motherhood with thousands of people every day. Miscarriage, loss and the importance of having an outlet for grief.

    Entrepreneur and former reality MTV star Whitney Port shares the ups and downs of making her challenges public, and how being open has impacted her pursuit of happiness.

     

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    February 2, 2021 69 min

    TMF President Ryan Manion sits down with Jason McCarthy, CEO of GORUCK, to discuss the necessity of finding a tribe and uniting with people in a meaningful way, and the consequences that have come from nixing in-person interactions. A Special Forces veteran, Jason shares why building a community has always taken a front seat over building a company, and what he considers “acceptable risk.”

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    In a break from our usual cadence to address the events that occurred at the Capitol on January 6, political commentator Mary Katharine Ham has a candid discussion with TMF President Ryan Manion on First Amendment protections in the United States, social media and big tech, the role of the individual in creating a country he or she wants to see, and what it takes to put meaning behind the calls for unity.

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    A family history that stretches from slavery to West Point. Media influence and the dangers of one-sided politics. Choosing to stand back up and try again after heartbreaking defeat.

    Veteran and former Texas Congressional candidate Wesley Hunt discusses why he’s wired for service and the unique characteristics that make veterans prime candidates for office.

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    Breaking the barriers to veteran mental health at the nonprofit Headstrong. Running a COVID-19 field hospital in NYC at the height of the pandemic. Fighting against bureaucracy on behalf of small business and a city he loves.

    Veteran, philanthropist and NYC Mayoral Candidate Zach Iscol discusses why he’s never been afraid to do hard things, even if it means throwing his hat in the ring.

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    What it means to carry the legacy of your fallen spouse. Finding purpose in serving veterans and other families of fallen service members. Why finding love again doesn’t mean replacing the old.

    TMF Vice President and Gold Star Spouse Amy Looney Heffernan discusses what it’s like to be shaped by loss and why we all have a duty to ensure the names of our fallen never go unsaid.

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    From the “leadership lab” of the military to becoming the first Iraq veteran elected to Congress. Co-authoring the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill and championing the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Applying tourniquets after the Amtrak derailment and the blowback that can come from bipartisanship.

    Patrick Murphy, 32nd Undersecretary of the Army, discusses why he’s passionate about veterans issues and why - for him - it’s about Judgment Day an...

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    From promising beginnings as an aspiring young golfer to the grips of crystal meth addiction. A lofty prison escape and three years in solitary confinement. Walking the road from Hawaii’s Most Wanted to becoming a role model for thousands of youth. 

    Hawaii’s Kyle Quilausing discusses the power a pair of handcuffs can have and why he chooses to stay humble and focus on planting seeds of hope.

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    Finding overnight success in the CrossFit community. Training Navy SEALs and the importance of maintaining a humble mind. Using humor and an alter ego to reach more people.

    CrossFit Athlete Dan Bailey talks about the lifelong draw of competition and why he wants more on his headstone than “The Fittest Man on Earth.”

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    What drives a Marine to become a Marine. Going from illegal fist fights on the weekends to 9 years as a professional MMA fighter. Using the memories of servicemen and women lost as a catapult instead of an anchor.

    Former UFC fighter and COO of First Key Homes Brian Stann talks being a father to five girls and why he’s passionate about helping veterans leverage their unquestionable strengths.

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    Losing “just an arm” as a 13-year-old competitive wakeboarder. Pushing past physical limits, from 7 hours of ping pong a day to deadlifting 500 pounds. Learning to embrace the concept of abundance rather than loss.

    The Fittest One Armed Man on Earth, Logan Aldridge, discusses his relentless obsession of overcoming boundaries and making fitness more accessible for everyone.

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    Helping people find consistency in fitness. Staying committed to authenticity, even if it means leaving yourself open to criticism. Turning a simple idea into an unstoppable community.

    Miranda Alcaraz, co-founder of the at-home workout community Street Parking, talks the life-saving and life-changing power of fitness and how it can be as simple as brushing your teeth.

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    October 13, 2020 75 min

    A drive to exemplify selflessness that began with the Marines. Thirty-one marathons in 31 days after losing two legs in war. How to “use the weight” and get stronger with every trial.

    Retired Marine Sergeant Rob Jones discusses why he loves to show people what’s possible and the fulfillment that comes with living a great story. 

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    October 6, 2020 48 min

    Disrupting the mattress industry by making it about sleep instead of springs. Going from start-up to IPO in a pandemic. Having a bias toward action and the power that comes in having people you can trust.

    Casper CEO Philip Krim discusses the reward that comes with reinventing how things work, and why questioning the status quo should be the norm in business and life.

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