Michael Rodriguez is a pretty incredible guy – he’s a retired Green Beret who might be one of the most selfless people on the planet.  He’s overcome some major injuries en route to where he is today, and he spends his time giving back to his country and the veteran community.

In this episode we discuss:

• His military career and his “collecting” of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)

• Hiding his injuries, and how he finally received the care he needed

• Art, and the impact it’s had on his life

• His pioneering research related to mountaineering and the effects of pressure changes on brain injuries

• His drive to continue service, and the various ways that he accomplishes this

 

 

  

This week’s guest needs no introduction.  Team RWB’s founder, Mike Erwin, is likely the most inspirational person that you’ll ever meet.  This episode is chock-full of motivation, insight, and useful wisdom…along with some cool stories about early days of Team RWB.

We manage to cover a ton in 45 minutes, including:

• Find the drive to do more

• Why Team RWB was formed

• The power of positive psychology

• How to use social media for good

• Finding balance in a ‘busy’ world

• And so much more…

 

  

 

Team RWB’s Director of Research, Caroline Angel R.N., Ph.D, is a Masters prepared psychiatric mental health nurse who holds a PhD in Nursing and Criminology from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently a visiting professor at Cambridge University.  Her research has focused on post traumatic stress, shame, forgiveness, health, and mortality.  

In this episode we discuss:

• Outputs vs. Outcomes, and understanding the differences.

• Measuring impact on ideas/concepts vs. tangible items.

• What it means to enrich a life.

• How being a volunteer has changed her perspective on research.

Caroline and the rest of our team have worked hard alongside IVMF to prepare this Annual Survey.  We want to impact the lives of all of our members in a major way – please help your fellow Eagles (and us) by taking the survey!

 

  

 

Brennan Mullaney is Team RWB’s Deputy Director and an original Eagle.  Over the past 6 years, he has served in a number of different roles within the organization.  Once the Boston chapter captain, Brennan became Team RWB’s 4th employee back in 2013.  Since then, he has worn many hats including: Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, DC chapter captain, and ‘our guy in DC’!

On this week’s podcast, we have a great conversation about:

• Balancing our expectations with reality

• The importance of taking some time reflect

• The future of Team RWB

• Surfing…and much more

Brennan is an amazing leader and we’re very fortunate to have him guiding the way.  He’s got great perspective and it was a blast having him on this episode!

 

  

 

Mat Best is a former Army Ranger and current entrepreneur – but he is most well known as a social media influencer, racking up tens of millions of views and impressions with his youtube videos and content.  He’s a true creative professional, and we dive deep into his creative process and how he’s spending his time.  

In this episode we discuss:

• His Memorial Day video that went viral

• How he approaches the creative process

• His transition process and associated struggles

• How he keeps himself balanced and effective