023: Chosen Suffering with Tom Ryan

In this episode, John DiJulius talks with Tom Ryan, NCAA Championship head coach of the Ohio State University wrestling team.

As an All-American college wrestler, Tom embraced his fair share of “chosen suffering.” It wasn’t until the sudden death of their five-year-old son, Teague, that Tom and his wife encountered “unchosen suffering” in a way they never wished. In this fire, they found their faith and a process to push through the pain. 

Tom’s new book, Chosen Suffering: Becoming Elite In Life And Leadership, is evidence of his passion to transform ordinary lives into elite champions – whether in sports, business, or life in general. 


Here are just a few takeaways:

  • About Tom’s new book, Chosen Suffering: Becoming Elite In Life And Leadership
  • The Collision of Two Sufferings: chosen and unchosen suffering
  • The 3 Success Pillars
  • The connection between love and chosen suffering
  • How people can work their way out of being in a slump and change direction
  • What he means by ‘positive infinite crashes any pity party’
  • How Tom has overcome his personal unchosen suffering
  • How to prepare for an unchosen suffering
  • What Tom will be presenting at the 2020 Customer Service Revolution


Resources mentioned:


Tom’s new book: Chosen Suffering: Becoming Elite In Life And Leadership: https://www.amazon.com/Chosen-Suffering-Becoming-Elite-Leadership/dp/1640859187/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2FRGNGNBM88M6&dchild=1&keywords=chosen+suffering+tom+ryan&qid=1599836834&sprefix=chosen+suffering%2Caps%2C144&sr=8-1

Tom’s website https://www.chosensuffering.com/

2020 Customer Service Revolution https://customerservicerevolution.com/



About The Author

John DiJulius

John R. DiJulius is a best-selling author, consultant, keynote speaker and President of The DiJulius Group, the leading Customer experience consulting firm in the nation. He blogs on Customer experience trends and best practices.