Love, Leadership, & Legacy with Melanie Durkin

It’s always a special episode when I get to bring my wife Melanie onto the Show. Today, we are talking a ton of things on parenting, leadership, love, marriage, legacy, and IMPACT.

This includes:

  • Hardest parts and most rewarding parts of being a parent in today’s times.
  • How & why the last 2-years brought us closer together as a couple and family.
  • Cornerstones to a strong relationship & marriage.
  • The IMPACT Foundation and why the initiatives serve a bigger purpose.
  • How energy and being a “light force” can help lead, serve, and inspire others.
  • How Melanie would define herself.
  • How Todd would define himself.
  • Top Lessons learned in running a non-profit and some top stories on how the IMPACT Foundation has played a significant role in making a dent in the universe.
  • And then some!

This is a fun, yet deep, interview by Julie Wilcox asking both Todd & Melanie an array of questions on all things business, parenting, marriage, their foundation, and LIFE. Please listen in and then share it with your family, friends, colleagues, and co-workers.

More on the episode:

5:50 – Question from the IG – James Welton asks: What is the top advice you would give someone who is getting married?

8:34 – Question from the IG – Mike Ibasco asks: How the Durkin household is holding up  After Luke’s departure to college?

10:58 – Question from the IG – Rhooper31 asks Melanie: What’s one piece of advice you can give husbands out there to be better at?
Check out the book “The 5 Love Languages” by Gary Chapman

16:25 – After 9 years of dedicated time, energy, and money to the Durkin IMPACT Foundation, can you share some of your favorite memories?
Reading all the applications is so inspiring and satisfying!

24:00 – What are some of the things that are important about running a foundation and some top lessons learned?

  • Takes a lot of hard work and time
  • Feels like it’s not enough, there is so much to be done

27:34 – What aspect of being a parent has been most challenging for each of you and collectively?
Role modeling…it’s not what you say as much as what you do

33:37 – With this past year being tough through COVID, you both have been working on more projects together, was this out of necessity or an effort to collaborate more in the future?

38:50 – In all the roles you both have…teacher, coach, mentor, is there a similar thread with each one?
Practice what you preach! It’s not about what you do but who you are!

47:13 – Todd, many people have characterized you as a “LIFEFORCE” across all aspects of life; mind, body, and soul. How does being the LIGHT impact one’s LIFE, and the LIFE of others? 

51:55 – Melanie what advice would you give someone who is just starting their Yoga practice?
Start with small steps and find an instructor you really like

57:20 – You’ve been married for over 20 years now, how do faith influence fitness and fitness influence faith?

1:03:06- Who is Melanie Durkin?  
Melanie shares her I am statement

1:04:40 – Who is Todd Durkin?
Todd shares his tombstone statement

Giving Back:  The Durkin IMPACT Foundation

You can donate online – 100% proceeds go to the foundation to support college-bound athletes and individuals and families in need. Additionally, your donation is completely tax-deductible.

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Todd Durkin, MA, is a world-renown trainer, coach, author and motivational keynote speaker who trains dozens of elite, high-profile NFL, MLB, and MMA athletes, including two Super Bowl MVPs, one NFL League MVP, Olympic gold medalists, Heisman Trophy winners, and MMA champions. Todd is a 2-Time Trainer of the Year, the 2017 Jack LaLanne Award recipient, the 2018 Canfitpro International Presenter of the Year, a member of the Under Armour Training Team, and a Top-100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness.

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