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The Resilient Life

41 EpisodesProduced by Ryan ManionWebsite

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 g… read more

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Sebastian Junger: War, Brotherhood + Satisfying a Debt to Country

November 30th, 2021

1:00:40

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 …

Jenna Lee: Curiosity Over Commentary + the Business of News

November 16th, 2021

1:02:30

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 …

Sara Wilkinson: Living in the Wake of Veteran Suicide

October 26th, 2021

1:05:52

The desperate search for answers following the death of her husband, Navy SEAL Chad Wilkinson. What donating his brain to medical research revealed. …

Brad Snyder: Blindness, Dynamic Resilience + the Road to Paralympic Gold

October 5th, 2021

53:08

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 …

Gary Sinise: Lt. Dan, the Veteran Community + Finding Joy in Service to Others

September 21st, 2021

48:54

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

Kirstie Ennis: Afghanistan, the Invisible Injuries of War + the Journey of Post-Traumatic Growth

September 7th, 2021

1:05:03

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 …

Maj. Thomas Schueman: Moral Injury, Visas + Re-Defining the Veteran Archetype

August 17th, 2021

1:20:35

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 …

Abby Gustaitis: From Cut to Captain + The Makings of a U.S. Olympian

August 3rd, 2021

49:31

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. …

Chris Long: The NFL, Social Activism + the Weight of Sharing Your Opinion

July 13th, 2021

1:02:04

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

Elizabeth Alderfer & Kelli Goss: Stepping Into the Military Mindset on the Silver Screen

June 22nd, 2021

41:30

The responsibility of playing a military spouse and Gold Star fiancee on CBS’ United States of Al. Advocating on behalf of Iraqi and Afghan …

Deshauna Barber: Finding Strength in Femininity

June 8th, 2021

45:51

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 …

Marcus + Melanie Luttrell: The Meaning of Memorial Day

May 25th, 2021

55:34

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 …

Gen. Joseph Dunford - A Blueprint for Leadership

May 11th, 2021

1:00:26

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 …

Kelly Murphy: Finding Healing + Purpose After Military Service

April 27th, 2021

40:47

Fulfilling the dream of serving and retiring as a Marine. Coping with separation by withdrawing from the military community. Finding new purpose …

Dr. Jon Kedrowski: Summits, Setbacks + Accepting the Journey

April 13th, 2021

56:11

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 …

Keenan Beasley: Using Entrepreneurship to Live with Purpose

March 30th, 2021

33:26

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 …

Emily Domenech: The Honor Project

March 16th, 2021

33:42

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 …

Vince Papale: Being Mr. Invincible + Finding Greatness Within

March 2nd, 2021

44:24

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 …

Whitney Port: Overcoming Personal Battles in the Public Eye

February 16th, 2021

40:06

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 …

Jason McCarthy: The Power of Community

February 2nd, 2021

1:09:29

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 …

Mary Katharine Ham: Moving Beyond Political Boundaries

January 13th, 2021

1:02:31

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 …

Wesley Hunt: Media Slant + Leadership After Defeat

January 5th, 2021

1:04:40

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 …

Zach Iscol: Veterans in Office + Service as Leadership

December 22nd, 2020

46:54

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 …

Amy Looney Heffernan: Letting Grief Shape Your Story

December 8th, 2020

1:09:45

What it means to carry the legacy of your fallen spouse. Finding purpose in serving veterans and other families of fallen service members. Why …

Patrick Murphy: Bipartisan Blowback + Living on Conviction

December 1st, 2020

1:02:56

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 …

Kyle Quilausing: Using Addiction to Inspire Youth

November 24th, 2020

50:01

From promising beginnings as an aspiring young golfer to the grips of crystal meth addiction. A lofty prison escape and three years in solitary …

Dan Bailey: CrossFit, Humor + Maintaining Humility

November 17th, 2020

47:51

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 …

Brian Stann: MMA, the Fallen + the Drive of a Marine

November 10th, 2020

1:08:55

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 …

Logan Aldridge: Pushing Limits as an Adaptive Athlete

October 27th, 2020

1:16:25

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 …

Miranda Alcaraz: Fitness, Authenticity + Street Parking

October 20th, 2020

58:38

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 …

Rob Jones: Life After Losing Two Limbs

October 13th, 2020

1:15:22

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 …

Philip Krim: The Business Side of Sleep

October 6th, 2020

48:44

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 …

Robert Paylor: Fighting to Stand Again

September 29th, 2020

57:37

Standing up out of a wheelchair after a life-threatening rugby injury left him paralyzed. The “mental diet” and learning to be grateful for what you …

Paige VanZant: Being A Woman in the Ring

September 22nd, 2020

1:03:25

Embracing MMA after a brutal sexual assault and years of bullying. The highs and lows of making a living in the ring. Body image and the injury …

Rob Riggle: Comedy on a Backdrop of Service

September 8th, 2020

1:10:03

Improv and the power of instantaneous feedback. Being a part of search and recovery at Ground Zero after 9/11. Not always having the opportunity to showcase your best self.  

Comedian, actor and retired U.S. Marine Rob …

Tom Beaupre: Patience + A Musician’s Dream

September 1st, 2020

55:50

Working as a barista while pursuing a dream in Music City. Uniting people and healing through music. The two paths of grief.

Tom Beaupre, bassist for Florida Georgia Line, discusses how living with a plan can provide the …

Mary Katharine Ham: Perspective After Tragedy

August 25th, 2020

1:04:31

Navigating life as a pregnant widow. Building beautiful things from tragedy. Parenting during the pandemic, and the balance between shutting down …

Miles McPherson: Racial Barriers + The Third Option

August 18th, 2020

1:01:27

Overcoming a cocaine addiction while balancing an NFL career. Relentlessly pursuing a new calling. Offering a third option for a racially divided nation. 

Pastor Miles McPherson of The Rock Church in San Diego, CA, …

Brian “Tosh” Chontosh: Resilience as a Muscle

August 11th, 2020

1:21:23

Ultramarathons. Spending 24 hours on a treadmill in the dark. Being a potential Medal of Honor recipient. Navy Cross Recipient Brian “Tosh” Chontosh, a 21-year USMC Veteran, talks building resilience like a muscle - …

Alex Gorsky: Veteran Resolve at J&J

August 4th, 2020

45:18

The race to a COVID-19 vaccine. Communicating effectively to over 132,000 critical employees during a pandemic. Leadership and personal loss. Alex Gorsky discusses a few challenges he’s faced as CEO of Johnson & …

The Resilient Life Trailer

July 22nd, 2020

2:45

Join your host, Ryan Manion as she walks you through the introductory trailer of her new podcast: The Resilient Life. The Resilient Life will be a journey of discussions with fascinating and courageous people who've …

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