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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April 16, 2024 56 mins

From serving in the U.S. Army National Guard and Army Reserve to serving in Congress, Tulsi Gabbard has consistently defied convention and championed causes close to her heart. Her journey is one of courage, conviction, and unwavering dedication to public service.

As a combat veteran, Tulsi Gabbard brings firsthand experience and empathy to today's conversation. In this insightful episode, Tulsi Gabbard sits down with Ryan Manion of...

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Army veteran Evan Slaughter's journey is one of both valor and vulnerability. His service in the Army led to being awarded the Purple Heart, yet it left him grappling with opioid addiction.

After becoming sober, content creation emerged as Evan's refuge—a way to express his creativity, channel his energy, and document how he's rebuilding his physical and mental well-being through fitness with a lens of humor.

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In this special collection of episodes, Ryan Manion, CEO of Travis Manion Foundation, explores her deep journey with grief over the last 16 years and how grief has transformed her life. Through her own personal experiences with grief, Ryan is sharing her lessons learned to help others on their grief journey. If you are struggling with grief, supporting someone in grief, or simply learning about grief, this is for you. 

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March 5, 2024 38 mins

In this special collection of episodes, Ryan Manion, CEO of Travis Manion Foundation, explores her deep journey with grief over the last 16 years and how grief has transformed her life. Through her own personal experiences with grief, Ryan is sharing her lessons learned to help others on their grief journey. If you are struggling with grief, supporting someone in grief, or simply learning about grief, this is for you. 

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Professional trainer Kenny Reds, and NFL/CFL pro athlete Rasheed Bailey sit down with TMF CEO Ryan Manion and discuss growing up in Philadelphia, how sports changed their lives, and how they are using their stories to motivate and mentor youth and young athletes. 

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Lane Johnson, Offensive Tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles and 2023 Walter Payton Man of the Year Nominee, sits down with TMF CEO Ryan Manion and opens up about what it takes to compete both on and off the field, how he supports his mental health in the face of anxiety, and how he’s showing up for Gold Star and surviving families across the nation. 

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Kara Smith, a 5th generation rancher and steward of her family’s land in Eastern Colorado, felt stuck in the corporate wheel of food production and marketing. Now, she’s breaking the mold, and answering the Travis Manion Foundation call of “If Not Me, Then Who….” As the owner of Colorado Craft Beef, she’s on a mission to help Americans reconnect with our nation’s land and where our food comes from, and to provide a path for better ...

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Brian Steorts spent his military career as an Army paratrooper and an Air Force pilot. After 8 combat deployments and a service-related injury, he found himself searching for a way to heal, and a way to cope with the longing for the American flag on his shoulder once again. He started creating handcrafted American flags in his garage and founded Flags of Valor to spread the same patriotism he felt across the nation. 

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Brian “Tosh” Chontosh has led many lives - a career Marine and Navy Cross recipient, a veteran who knows what it’s like to struggle as a civilian and live with his “check engine” light on. Now, he’s leveraging his vulnerability and lessons learned to mentor other veterans and help them heal. 

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Leaning into lessons learned from the Iraq Surge. Reflecting on the current state of our nation. Celebrating our veterans and supporting them after they take off the uniform.

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Facing the warzone of the opioid epidemic in rural America. Reclaiming his hometown of Portsmouth, Ohio. Forging a sustainable path to recovery through fitness.

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Growing up playing “Army” in his backyard, and now playing in the NFL. Honoring those that choose to serve in our military, by choosing to use his voice to support them. Discussing the best cheesesteak in Philadelphia.

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Living as a big wave surfer, shark tagger, freediver, and father. Finding mental toughness and resilience through his experiences in the deep blue sea. Committing to building better supplements for a better quality of life through Protekt. 

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Reflecting on his time with Travis Manion at USNA and in the USMC. Recalling the lessons learned on the mat as a wrestler with Travis, and how Travis played a heartwarming role during Jimi’s homecoming after deployment. Creating a culture of rucking to build community and resilience.

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From rock bottom of getting high behind his closed office door to nearly 12 years sober. Making recovery accessible for those who need it most. Running a non-profit foundation, and running marathons in his spare time.

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Learning to live as a Gold Star sister. Understanding the true meaning of Memorial Day. Calling on our nation to learn the stories of our fallen heroes.

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Marine. Survivor of 80 consecutive days of battle in WWII. 100 years as a Philadelphian and American patriot.

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A Navy SEAL on a mission to inspire others to to practice service before self. Reflecting on the 20th anniversary of the Iraq War. Understanding the importance of the choice to kneel during the national anthem.

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Growing up with a disability. Finding comedy as a path to healing and connection. Helping veterans and people around the world find resilience through overcoming their own wooden legs.

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Recon Marine on a new mission of healing through “construction” instead of destruction. Falling through the net of drugs and alcohol to find rock bottom. Filling the void created by combat, sacrifice, love, and loss through faith, family, and Force Blue reef restoration.

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