Choose to RISE…A story of Resilience, Courage, & Inspiration

I love real-life, human stories that epitomize grit, courage, ambition, mental toughness, resilience, and inspiration. And that’s exactly what you have in today’s episode. Jenna Mango, a new Fitness Quest 10 hire & trainer, is a young woman who has one-heckuva story. And she’s about to touch many souls and change many lives.

Jenna started following me when I was on the NBC TV show STRONG and then she became part of my Get Your Mind Right book launch team in 2020. After that, she literally packed her bags and moved from Connecticut to San Diego to immerse herself into our community and culture so she could be a “Big Dawg.”

In today’s episode, Jenna shares her story of consistently being tested as a young girl with mental wars, being bullied, abuse, burnout, and heartbreak. All the while she was writing everything down and journaling, which essentially became her autobiography and then turned into her new book, Choose to R1SE, which was just released on AMAZON and is already on my best read list!  

Specifically, this is what we cover in today’s episode:

  • How Jenna started following Todd and then got hired at Fitness Quest 10.
  • Being in the room at Todd’s Mastermind event in June 2021 led to publishing a book.
  • Top Lessons already learned as an employee at Fitness Quest 10.
  • What Jenna loves most about Fitness Quest 10.
  • What needed to change for Jenna to get help…the silent battle.
  • Jenna shares why she dedicated the book to her brother.
  • Hopes for anyone reading Choose to R1SE.
  • 3 words about the book…Vulnerability, Resilience, and Inspiration.

I encourage you to share this episode with everyone… kids, moms, dads, family, and friends. You just don’t know who has the “silent battle” going on and needs help!  

Save some lives today and please share this on your social media. 

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IG: @ToddDurkin, @jmagg13
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More on the episode:

7:04 – Welcome Jenna Mango.
Jenna shares the back story of how she got connected with Todd and Fitness Quest 10.

13:07 – How Jenna got hired at Fitness Quest 10.
An email led to several zoom calls that led to Jenna’s journey across the US.

18:27 – The Final Interview…with Jenna’s parents!

21:33 – Being all in the room and showing your face.
Jenna jumped right in and showed her face and made the connections

22:42 – Big lessons learned thus far being an employee at Fitness Quest 10.
Be in the room. Be kind and talk to everyone.

23:29 – What Jenna loves most about being employed at Fitness Quest 10.
The community. Energy at the gym. The team pushes you to be 1% better every day.

26:15 – June 5th, 2021…Jenna was in the room at the TDMM event and it changed her life.
Jenna shares that she wants to publish her autobiography. November 9th, 2021 Choose to R1SE is available on Amazon.

33:00 – What is Choose to R1SE about?
Overcoming adversity and being vulnerable & resilient.

35:33 – It was 2017 when a change needed to happen for Jenna.
Jenna reached out for help and realized she couldn’t do it alone after trying to convince herself that she was fine and was actually in a silent battle.

39:30 – Jenna shares why she dedicated the book to her brother.
He tried to take his own life battles

41:36 – Jenna’s hope for anyone reading her book – Choose to R1SE.
You’re not alone!

42:07 – 3 words someone would say about the book.
Vulnerability, Resilient, and Inspiration.

45:05 – Final words from Jenna….Get out of your comfort zone and be vulnerable.

45:45 – What is the correlation to Choose to R1SE and being a coach at Fitness Quest 10?

About Jenna Mango:

Jenna Mango currently works at Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego, CA, as a Certified Personal Trainer and Performance Coach. She has a master’s degree from Western Connecticut State University in Applied Behavior Analysis and a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Connecticut State University in Psychology. She was a former collegiate field hockey player. Upon graduation, she accepted the position of Assistant Field Hockey Coach at WestConn and spent four seasons with the team. She is also currently a WTBA (World Thai Boxing Association) Coach and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Master Practitioner while continuing to train in Hawaiian Kempo, Muay Thai, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, kickboxing, and boxing.

Follow Jenna on IG: jmangg13 and FB: jennaMango

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