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Expected to die, today he’s inspiring others to truly live.World-renowned inspirational speaker + national bestselling author John O’Leary wants to help you wake up from accidental living so you can do, be, achieve and impact more through your life. Every Monday, John shares a quick burst of inspiration to help start your week on fire. Every Thursday, John interviews an amazing guest on their story, successes, failures, lessons, and life to help you uncover tips to apply in yours.

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Expected to die, today he’s inspiring others to truly live.World-renowned inspirational speaker + national bestselling author John O’Leary wants to help you wake up from accidental living so you can do, be, achieve and impact more through your life. Every Monday, John shares a quick burst of inspiration to help start your week on fire. Every Thursday, John interviews an amazing guest on their story, successes, failures, lessons, and life to help you uncover tips to apply in yours.

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Inspiring

By betsy pinky - Mar 20 2020
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Incredible perspective given to anyone who hears or sees John.

Great inspiration

By littledudeeeeeee - Oct 30 2019
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This podcast has been my go-to on my walks in the morning. It’s inspirational and uplifting!

iTunes Ratings

466 Ratings
Average Ratings
430
16
10
3
7

Inspiring

By betsy pinky - Mar 20 2020
Read more
Incredible perspective given to anyone who hears or sees John.

Great inspiration

By littledudeeeeeee - Oct 30 2019
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This podcast has been my go-to on my walks in the morning. It’s inspirational and uplifting!
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Live Inspired Podcast with John O'Leary

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Expected to die, today he’s inspiring others to truly live.World-renowned inspirational speaker + national bestselling author John O’Leary wants to help you wake up from accidental living so you can do, be, achieve and impact more through your life. Every Monday, John shares a quick burst of inspiration to help start your week on fire. Every Thursday, John interviews an amazing guest on their story, successes, failures, lessons, and life to help you uncover tips to apply in yours.

Rank #1: The 5-Second Rule with Mel Robbins S8 Ep. 87

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Mel Robbins is the author of The 5 Second Rule, the #1 audio book in the world. She is also the most booked female speaker in the world and hosts the Audible Original series Kick Ass With Mel Robbins.

Today, Mel shares how she has helped millions of people transform their lives by simplifying their biggest challenges into a 5-second solution. Possibly even more impactful: She shares how her 5-second rule originated as a tool to overcome the anxiety and malaise that was crushing her life.

Today, Mel is ON FIRE for life, and is offering an amazing tool to help us all live more inspired. Don't miss this amazing episode. 

SHOW NOTES:

  • Get your copy of The 5 Second Rule here.
  • "Break the patterns that you think in and your entire life will change."
  • The 5-second rule is a ritual to interrupt your bad thoughts, habits and patterns. It's a way to self coach.
  • Try the 5-second rule to see "not just how often you live in a negative mental state, but how easy it is to redirect it."
  • There is a distinct gap between your will to change your life + the excuses that stop you. That gap is about five seconds long.
  • Being nervous or afraid of something is normal. Letting it stop you is a choice. 
  • You are one decision away from a totally different life.
  • Everything is changing around us. You can't control that. You can control what you think and do. Respond instead of react.  
  • We over-complicate things by the way that we think.
  • It's undeniable; you change your life 5 seconds at a time.

MEL ROBBIN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? I love The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, page turners, can't-put-it-down, twist-and-turn books, but The Alchemist is the most impactful.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? I was a climber, a dare devil. I am not that way anymore. I'm a bit risk averse now.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Oprah Winfrey. If there was just one thing that you wanted every human being to know about life, what would it be?

5. What is the best advice you've ever received? 5 4 3 2 1. I think it was a divine moment when I was picked to be a messenger, because, let's be honest, its the dumbest idea in the world.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Girl, go get some Zoloft!

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? 5 4 3 2 1, go!

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If you enjoyed today’s episode: Please subscribe, rate & review wherever you get your podcasts. See you here next Thursday!

Live Inspired with John every day on FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedInPinterest, Instagram and get his Monday Motivation email: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/Monday-Morning 

Jun 21 2018

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Rank #2: Nick Vujicic: Life Without Limits (ep. 254)

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Nick Vujicic has a passion to inspire the world. After being born without arms or legs, Nick faced tremendous obstacles including helplessness + isolation --  until he discovered his purpose.

As a New York Times bestselling author, international speaker, entrepreneur and father of four, Nick emphasizes that no matter your circumstance, you can overcome.

Today, Nick shares his path to finding purpose, how sharing his struggles have inspired billions + what he's looking forward to. This conversation with an ambassador of hope will remind you that we all can rise above adversity and overcome every disability and live a life without limits.

SHOW NOTES:

  • The happiest people on earth are ones that are grateful.
  • Before his birth, Nick's parents did not know he'd be born without limbs. It took his mom four months to come to terms 
  • At a young age, Nick's parents encouraged him to do household chores for money which taught him goal-setting, dignity + appreciation and also have faith in God, know he is loved + to not limit himself.
  • At 10 years old, while searching for his purpose and combating bullies, Nick attempted suicide.
  • I don't need to hold their hand. I need to hold their heart. Never expected to be married or have children, Nick has four kids with his wife of eight years.
  • "Life isn't always smooth. Life isn't always good. But, life overall is good."
  • "We don't see the good that can come from broken pieces. We don't give any room for miracles. And when you don't get a miracle, you can still be a miracle for someone else."
  • Nick has shared his life-giving message of hope to over 2 billion people.
  • Australia's speaking industry was virtually nonexistent when Nick began his career. That + the worry that Nick would be influenced by other's opinions made his parents fearful. After two years, Nick's success + life-changing impact was apparent.
  • "There is hope beyond the brokenness."
  • "My joy is in my faith, family + friendship."
  • Nick + I share how our children have learn their dads may not be like the other dads and how they've learned to bridge the gap through sharing that everyone has value.
  • Looking forward, Nick is grateful + seeking balance.
  • Learn more about Nick Vujicic here.
  • Learn more about Nick Vujicic's ministry Life Without Limbs here.

NICK VUJICIC'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Bible and Money Secrets of the Rich by John Burley.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Celebrate the good longer + more fully.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? A painting of 6 hands toasting to life with glasses of wine. My best friends have the same painting.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Oprah because I want her to know that Jesus loves her and heard her prayers when she was a child giving her the greatest pulpit in the world to preach the gospel unwaveringly.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Learn how to reverse engineer your goals + time prioritze. Stay humble.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Carve out one hour a day to sit in silence and think, read your Bible more and pray more.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? An imperfect ambassador for perfect hope that had a heart bigger than Texas to help the world know that they are loved and never give up. 

My new book IN AWE is now available! Learn how to rediscover your childlike sense of wonder to unleash inspiration, meaning and joy. Visit ReadInAwe.com today!

Did you enjoy today's episode? Share it with your friends! Then subscribe, rate + review on Apple Podcasts.

Live Inspired with John daily on FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedInPinterest, Instagram + get his Monday Motivation email.

May 14 2020

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Rank #3: Make Something Good Today (HGTV's Erin + Ben Napier) #116

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Today, we've got a really fun treat for you! An awesome lesson on love and how to fill your home with it just in time for the holidays... from HGTV stars, Erin + Ben Napier. 

Erin + Ben share about their new book, Make Something Good Today, and how this motto has transformed their lives. My friends, rehabbing isn't just meant for homes, but more importantly, for our hearts, lives and towns, too.

SHOW NOTES:

As I mentioned, today is the last day to place an order + receive it in time for Christmas! Head to the Live Inspired Shop + use code podcast for 15% off t-shirts, calendars + autographed copies of ON FIRE.

  • Erin + Ben Napier are stars of the HGTV show Home Town
  • Get Erin + Ben's book Making Something Good Today here
  • You just need enough faith to take the first step.
  • "If I could make my faith more real than my fear, I could do this."
  • Take time to find one thing that is great in every day + it will make the things that are uncertain feel less scary.
  • Renovating life - making something that seems bad, old, useless into something new, good and valuable again.
  • The sense of wonder, that ability to hope for what was impossible, its inside of all of us.
  • Always evolving; it's how we were created to be.
  • Advice we can all borrow this holiday season. Need a gift idea?: Just be thoughtful enough to give your time + make something, it doesn't matter how big or small it is.
  • Ben Napier about why they chose to do the show: "If we can be a beacon of hope for small town America, we'll do it."
  • What would you say to a person who is struggling? It's all about being yourself. What worked somewhere else might not work for you. Look at who you are. 

Enjoy hearing from a wife + husband? Check out Ep. #67 with Marc + Angel Chernoff who tackle everyday issues on their blog Hack Life here.

ERIN + BEN NAPIER'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? 

Erin: Love in the time of Cholera. It's a love story that happens across decades. Beautifully written, colorful. I recommend to anybody.Ben: A Childhood by Harry Crews.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? 

Erin: I wish I made more art. I wish I did more with my hands.Ben: I was much more naive and trusting as a child, which is hard to have as an adult.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? 

Erin: The anniversary books from Ben. Ben: Probably the anniversary books for Erin. 

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? 

Erin: My grandfather who died. I wish I got to spend more time with him.Ben: Erin.

5. What is the best advice you've ever received? 

Erin: My dad says "Sugar, every bucket has to sit on it's own bottom." Any huge decision, or goal: You have to do it for yourself. Its the only way to be proud of it and own it.Ben: Look at who you want to be in 5 years + only say yes to things that will take you there.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? 

Erin: Your parents know everything. They were right.Ben: Try harder to get Erin.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?

Erin: She was afraid but she did it anyway. Ben: He loved everyone.

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If you enjoyed today’s episode: Subscribe, rate & review on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts. See you here next Thursday!

Live Inspired with John daily on FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedInPinterest, Instagram + get his Monday Motivation email. 

Dec 13 2018

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Rank #4: Episode 003: Joe Buck

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January 18th, 2017 will be the 30th anniversary of a very important day for me.

I'd been laying in a hospital bed for a full day after being burned on 100% of my body. I couldn't move. My eyes were swollen shut. Into that darkness came my very special hero, the voice of the St. Louis Cardinals Cardinals, Jack Buck.

He was told I'd die. But yet he came back day after day to encourage me to live. Then, he held "John O'Leary Day" at the Ballpark at Busch stadium to help me celebrate life. Next, he taught me to write again by giving me 60 very special gifts. And the story keeps going...

To do justice to Jack's story and legacy I have a very special guest joining me on our show. Today, we're joined by Emmy-award-winning announcer, father, husband, leader, author and Jack Buck's son: Joe Buck.

Joe will share about his life, his dad and things he can't share on air. From being bullied as a kid to dreaming about how to improve dialogue between inner cities and police enforcement, Joe doesn't hold anything back. 

I'm honored to be the first to interview Joe about his new book Lucky Bastard. Join me on Facebook to see how you can win a copy - I bought 60 to share with you!

Do not miss this episode! Here are a few of my key takeaways:

  • We all have a past. We all have insecurities. We can all learn from each other's experiences. We have much more in common than we think.
  • When life hands us lemonade, it is important to stay grateful.
  • Sometimes it's best not to fill the silence with words, but to listen and absorb the energy in the room.

The LIVE INSPIRED 7 segment is a series of 7 questions, shared “rapid fire” and answered boldly (without prep!) by our guests. My hope is to leave you reflecting on our guest’s answers and YOUR answers… and excited to apply ideas from today’s show to help you live an inspired life.

Joe Buck's Live Inspired 7 

1. What is the best book you ever read?

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. I only allowed myself to read one page a day because I didn't want it to end. That's how beautiful the writing was.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do?

Come up with a way to open the dialogue between law enforcement and inner cities. Without law enforcement we're lost... I don't know what it is like to live in the inner city or mistrust law force. It must be an awful feeling. So educating... talking... that is where I'd put my money.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be?

Nothing. There is not one thing. I learned that the hard way with my Mom's house fire. Is there a picture or letter that I have to have? If it's that important to me, I have it in my mind. I would be upset if we lost the painting of my two daughters. But I can picture it in my mind, I don't have to hold it. As long as everyone can get out, let it burn.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be?

I'd love go back and know my Dad as a contemporary. I'd love to see him in his 40's. I didn't really know him in his 40's. I'd like to see him in his 30's; what he was like in WW2 if you were on an airplane coming back from war before he was "Jack Buck." I have a feeling we'd be best friends... I'd also like to tell him "thank you."

5. What is the best advice you've ever received?

From my Dad. He taught me that there's nothing you can say that is more impactful than a loud crowd. So if the Cubs win the world series, shut up and let the stadium shake and let people hear that. Also the golden rule, when no one is watching: treat people the way you want to be treated.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20?

It's going to be a hell of a ride. Keep doing what you are doing. Be confident in who you are. When you grow up a fat kid, getting made fun of - that stuff never really goes away. I'm not the most confident person in the world -- but you are going to have a great life. Enjoy it while you're going through it.

7. It's been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?

He was a great father, a good family person, cared more about others than himself and didn't take himself to seriously.

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If you enjoyed today's episode, subscribe, rate and review this podcast on iTunes and anywhere you get your podcasts! You'll be the first to know when a new episode is available AND you will help grow our LIVE INSPIRED Movement. 

I can't wait to see you here next Thursday! Until then, remember: Today is your day. Live Inspired.

Nov 10 2016

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Rank #5: Country Music Star Walker Hayes on Being a "Craig" (ep. 146)

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Singer-songwriter Walker Hayes shares his unlikely path to the top of the Country Music Billboard Charts. You’ll hear the stories behind the songs on his latest album, boom., like platinum-hit You Broke Up with Me about losing a record deal and Craig, which is a tribute to a life-changing friendship.

More exceptional than hearing “behind the scenes” stories of big Nashville country music are the raw conversations Walker and I have in between – about life, loss, love, sobriety, failing and trying again.

Many say Walker broke into the mainstream by sounding different than anyone else; our conversation is a reminder that to live inspired, we must be ourselves. If you could use a reminder that the path to "success" isn’t always easy, but is always worth it – this episode is for you.

SHOW NOTES

  • "It hasn't always made sense. I've had a lot of arguments with my dreams."
  • The song Craig was Walker's personal "thank you" note to a dear friend who selflessly gave and inspired him to do things like that for others.
    • While attending church, Walker met Craig and immediately felt accepted.
    • After losing a record deal, Craig lent Walker their minivan to safely transport his six children, teaching Walker the important lesson of accepting help.
  • Walker wrote platinum hit You Broke Up With Me, which can be interpreted many ways, about losing a record deal.
  • One of Walker's big breaks was when Bobby Bones Show, a nationally syndicated radio show, played his song Beer in the Fridge, a song Walker wrote as a pep talk to himself sober.
  • On his wife Laney, Walker says her steady is as rock solid as his whimsical. How she loved him through his alcoholism helped him address his fear of facing his struggles sober.
  • The morning of the CMT Awards, his first performance on an award show on public television, Laney went into labor with their seventh child. Oakleigh Klover Hayes died after Laney's uterus ruptured, resulting in internal hemorrhaging
  • Finding beauty in the pain: Tragedy strengthened Walker and Laney's relationship as they learned to communicate how they grieve differently.
  • Oakleigh inspires Walker's purpose of making a difference for others.
  • Get Walker Hayes' latest album boom. here.
  • Walker Hayes wrote Joy Like Judy for the mother of past Live Inspired Podcast guest Amy Brown from ep. 37. Amy is the co-host of The Bobby Bones Show and a shining example of finding blessings in all of life’s experiences. Listen to ep. 37 here.
  • During the Live Inspired 7, Walker shares he'd love to sit on a bench, overlooking the ocean with his dad. On Live Inspired Podcast's Monday Moments ep. 129 a listener shared how applied the Live Inspired 7 to his own life.

If you like this podcast, you will love Live Inspired IN STUDIO. It’s my membership community where like-minded friends join me via live webcast to live inspired together. Registration opens soon! Join the waitlist.

WALKER HAYES' LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins and A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? I was a little more carefree growing up. Age + responsibilities have tapered that. I need to remind myself that you live on this earth once, leave it different + better. We can do that by taking ourselves less seriously.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? I picked up a piece of scrap metal from my first date with Laney, bending it into a ring. She still has that ring. She wore it all through college. 

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? There is still time but my dad. I'd put aside all the fear, pride and messing around to just talk to him for a little while.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? My father told me, "the way the actually judge a man is how he helps someone that cannot help him in return." That's who Craig and Laney have been for me. 

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? One, don't drink. Two, I would tell my 20-year-old self the same thing I'd tell my 38-year-old self... It's going to be okay. I'd hug him and tell him you're going to be alright. 

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? He loved her. He loved. I have the desire to leave every person I talk to feeling better, better than I found them. 

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Did you enjoy today's episode? Subscribe, rate + review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts!

Live Inspired with John daily on FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedInPinterest, Instagram + get his Monday Motivation email.

May 02 2019

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Rank #6: Bethenny Frankel: From Skinnygirl, Housewives to bstrong Philanthropist (ep. 224)

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Bethenny Frankel is the Founder & CEO of Skinnygirl, a lifestyle brand offering practical solutions to everyday problems, which has grown from sensible, low-calorie cocktails into a branding empire that including clothing, vitamins, skincare and more. In addition to her long-standing role on Bravo’s Real Housewives of New York, Bethenny has been a guest shark on ABC's critically-acclaimed series Shark Tank, and runner-up in The Apprentice: Martha Stewart in 2005.

Today, Bethenny is focused on raising her young daughter and establishing her worldwide disaster relief initiative bstrong. This program provides much-needed real-time relief to disaster-stricken areas across the United States and beyond. While assessing and delivering supplies to the Australian bushfire crisis, her team has continued their support in Puerto Rico, which has been named one of the largest privately-run humanitarian efforts in US history.

Bethenny shares how she balances motherhood, her Skinnygirl empire, the critical impact her philanthropy is providing worldwide and will ignite the question, "what more can I do?"

SHOW NOTES:

  • Always a survivor: Bethenny's turbulent childhood taught her life-long lessons of dedication and determination.
  • "Coming in second place doesn't count. Ironically, I came in second on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart and it was the best thing."
  • "Win. Don't complain or explain."
  • Playing chess > grand plans: Bethenny notes she looks at her business + professional life as a game of chess rather than having one grand plan.
  • Bethenny went from being a participant of Mark Burnett's The Apprentice to recently partnering with him + MGM Television on producing female-centric programs.
  • Naively, Bethenny hoped in winning The Apprentice she'd democratize health the way Martha Stewart democratized style.
  • Bethenny was cast as the oddball character on Real Housewives of New York, and she committed to being vulnerable and her authentic self, focusing on the opportunity it provided to launch her Skinnygirl empire.
  • bstrong: Bethenny directly oversees her worldwide philanthropic initiative that provides real-time emergency assistance to individuals and their families after impacted by disaster with much-needed gift cards, bank cards and critical supplies.
  • "What’s better? Pick up a broom and help clean up a mess or complain and look at the mess?"
  • "You’re pretty blessed if the people you love are alive."
  • To learn more or donate to Bethenny Frankel's philanthropy B Strong, visit their website.

If you enjoyed learning from a female entrepreneur, you'll love my conversation with Dina Dwyer-Owens. Dina shares a three-part focus that has led to an incredibly successful business + inspired life. Listen to Dina Dwyer-Owens on ep. 49.

BETHENNY FRANKEL'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer, Bright, Precious Days by Jay McInerney, The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, and by Rhonda Byrne.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Not worrying so much.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? A tray of watches because they all have different memories from different times in my life, and my pictures are on my phone.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Mark Zuckerberg and I'd ask, "how did you have the courage at a young age to turn down a billion dollars for your brand?"

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Don't buy into the love and don't buy into the hate.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? I need to find a way to make her understand to absolutely not worry at all about relationships and just have fun.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? I only sweat the small stuff.

Pre-order your copy of IN AWE today to receive access to fun, interactive bonus features emailed to you in the lead-up to the book’s release! Visit ReadInAwe.com.

Did you enjoy today's episode? Share it with your friends! Then subscribe, rate + review on Apple Podcasts.

Live Inspired with John daily on FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedInPinterest, Instagram + get his Monday Motivation email.

Jan 30 2020

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Rank #7: S2 | Ep. 012: Jinny Ditzler

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Almost a decade ago my life changed when I read Jinny Ditzler's book Your Best Year Yet.

At the time I was struggling in my real estate development business and had not yet cracked into my speaking business. I read this book on the front side of a new year on the recommendation of a dear friend.

Rather than quickly flip through, I read it like it was a workbook. Pen in hand, I took notes, answered her 10-Questions and in doing so created a one-page plan to attack that year. 

I had great success and this year, I decided to walk through the same process with my team. We did so back in December and it was fantastic! So much so that we asked: How do we share this amazing, simple 10-Step process with the Live Inspired community?

Friends, today, I am thrilled to have Jinny on the show, literally walking each of us through this life-changing plan step by step. Can you believe that? We are lucky!

I am so touched that I get to share the gift of Jinny coaching us through how to make 2017 our best year yet.

Jinny will remind us of the "indestructible goodness and immense possibility" within each of us. This podcast will set you up with a one-page plan to make 2017 your best year yet. Here we go!

"This will give you a clear way to "cut your way out of the fog" through concrete commitments."

Here are my key takeaways:

  • The premise of Jinny's book Best Year Yet: You have the answers to achieve your success and well being.
  • Through the book, you'll answer 10 questions that will result in you outlining how you'll achieve your success this year. 
    • Questions:
      1. What did I accomplish last year?
      2. What were my biggest disappointments last year?
      3. What did I learn? (Uncover a motto for the new year, turning negatives to positives: Be grateful. Not 'Don't be ungrateful.')
      4. How did I limit myself? How can I stop? What's getting in the way? What are your limiting beliefs?
      5. What are your values?
      6. What roles do I play (no more than 8)?
      7. What role is my major focus in the new year?
      8. What are my (specific, measurable) goals for each of my roles?
      9. What are my top 10 goals?
      10. How can I achieve my plan (my top 10 goals)?
  • This will not be HARD. You just need to have discipline. 
  • Set monthly goals. Keep score to make sure you are moving the needle.
  • Get a life coach or an accountability partner to hold you accountable and talk about the progress you are making on your plan. 
  • Prefer to take the 'Best Year Yet' Course? Sign up here.
  • Order Jinny's Best Year Yet book here

Jinny Ditzler's Live Inspired 7 

1. What is the best book you've ever read?

 The Tibetan Book of Living & Dying.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do?

I'd take care of myself and my family where we don't feel fully cared for. Then I'd find people up to good and invest in them.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be?

My laptop.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be?

Mom. She's not with us anymore, but she was an angel. 

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Where there is a will there is a way.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20?

Relax. 

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?

She cared deeply about others and committed her life to showing them how to use the best that's in them.

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I can't wait to see you here next Thursday! Until then, remember: Today is your day. Live Inspired.

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Jan 12 2017

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Rank #8: New York Times Bestselling Author Pat Lencioni (ep. 214)

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Today I’m excited to welcome someone who had a profound influence on me in my late twenties.

Patrick Lencioni is the New York Times bestselling author of 11 books, including The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, and has sold over 6 million copies around the world. He also launched The Table Group, which has pioneered the organizational health movement.

Pat is a polished author and speaker, but today we discuss topics he seldom shares: his childhood, his marriage, parenting. You’re going to hear some of the mistakes he’s made, the lessons he’s learned, and what it means for you.

You are going to leave today’s conversation with new insight and understanding of leadership, having courageous conversations, and life.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Pat founded The Table Group, a company dedicated to helping organizations get healthy and helping employees feel fulfilled in their work.
  • "Meetings are not the problem. Bad meetings are the problem."
  • Perfectionism: Growing up, Pat struggled with the constant worry of being perfect.
  • Pat's relationship with God has shown him love + acceptance regardless of his mistakes or successes.
  • Joel Mena was a friend that had a profound impact on Pat simply because he delighted in who Pat was. 
  • In The 3 Big Questions for a Frantic Family
    1. What makes your family unique?
    2. What are your family values?
    3. How does your family implement these values?
  • "You want to be loved and love."
  • "When your whole pursuit in life is importance and popularity, it leads to misery."
  • Cancel culture: not associating with someone because of differing beliefs or values.
  • Iron sharpens iron: Failing to hold someone accountable is ultimately an act of selfishness and cruelty.
  • "The key ingredient to building trust is not time, it's courage."
  • Meetings matter. One of the best ways to raise the level of healthy conflict on a team is by mining for conflict.
  • Get Patrick Lencioni's New York Times bestselling books here.

Pat + I chat about our mutual friend and past Live Inspired Podcast guest Matt Maher. Matt is an internationally acclaimed Christian singer and joined us to share about living a life of outwardly focused abundance. Listen to ep. 60 here.

PATRICK LENCIONI'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Be Healed by Bob Schuchts and Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas series.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? I was more determined, but I like who I am today better than I was then.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? Pictures of my family.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? My wife. If it couldn't be my wife or kids, it'd be you and I'd call my wife and kids over. 

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? The purpose of marriage is to become holy, not happy.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Seek healing early in your life so you don't have to act on them.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? He was imperfect but strove for humility and trusted Jesus.

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Dec 26 2019

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Rank #9: S2 | Ep. 015: Mike Matheny

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Discipline, toughness, enthusiasm and selflessness. If you combine these things, you have maximized what you can control in becoming a pro baseball player.

Mike Matheny, manager and head coach of the St. Louis Cardinals, husband and father, observed this truth after playing for 17 years and coaching for five.

On today's show, he shares what it's like to win a World Series, fall in love and how having a "consistent and God-honoring" father shaped him into the man he is today. 

The highlight of his career? "Making it there. That first day...and just thinking about the millions of kids playing youth sports and hoping to one day defy the odds. I was told as a teen to change my dream because making the big leagues was less likely than winning the lottery. But that encouraged me. I figured, somebody had to make it, why not me?"

Injuries resulting from concussions throughout his career as a catcher abruptly ended his career, but Mike saw it as an opportunity to spend more time with his kids and make real estate investments. When the market crashed, he nearly lost everything. His family moved in with his in laws and at that time, he observed his kids enjoying the time there as much as they had when they lived in their "palace of a place." He realized: There is more to life than stuff. 

Mike shares what it takes to make it into "the bigs" and make it as a leader, father, dad, son and husband. The takeaways from this episode are epic; don't miss them!  

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • God continues to work on the hearts of people.
  • Leadership is caught better than it's taught. If people see selflessness, they will be selfless.
  • If you want a winning culture at home or on the field, try to make people around you better.
  • Mike wasted part of his time in the big leagues fearing it would end. Now, he tells players "be grateful for those who got you here, but don't deny yourself the pleasure of enjoying being here because it is special."
  • You don't know how you will handle losing everything until you do. To have peace with that is one of the greatest gifts you can have.
  • As a new coach, he realized he was in a more volatile position then ever, but he had peace. "I was able to hold the position with a loose hand, if I'm meant to be here I'm not going to waste my time with the worry."
  • How much does the negativity people throw at you bother you? It stings but I get back to these questions: What's my job? Am I doing it the right way? Doing what I said I'd do? Treating people right?
  • What advice would you offer to better manage business / life? Faith is the foundation for everything I do. It comes down to leaving a legacy. You want to be able to look back and see you made an impact on peoples' lives and took advantage of opportunities you were given.

MIKE MATHENY'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read?

Good to Great by Jim collins. Main takeaway: Anytime you settle for good you cut your potential short.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do?

Take care of some family and I'd love to think I could give almost all of it away.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be?

A stack of 5 bibles for my kids. Over the course of 18 months, I'd read the Bible and journal -- to share what I was going through at that point in my life. When I finished one bible, I'd start the next for my next kid.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be?

Coach John Wooden; he has served as a mentor to me and we never had the pleasure of meeting.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

I'm stealing it from Wooden: How you define success, take a good honest look at yourself, the talent that you have, effort the you put in and the pursuit of perfection while realizing perfection is not attainable. 

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20?

Stay away from real estate! To thine own self be true. Find out who you are and what you believe and don't let anybody talk you out of it.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?

Ferocious gentleman.

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Feb 02 2017

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Rank #10: Lauren Daigle: Childlike Wonder, Faith & Embracing Stillness (ep. 248)

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Lauren Daigle is the fastest-selling new artist in the Contemporary Christian genre of the last decade. Critically acclaimed for her unique, soulful + soaring vocals, the singer-songwriter is sincere, down-to-earth and has unwavering faith. 

Today, the 2-time Grammy Award winner shares how her Louisiana-roots cultivated her appreciation for music, the uplifting inspiration behind her lyrics, and how rediscovering her childlike wonder helped her find greater joy in life.

Lauren also shares how she previously embraced a period of stillness amidst a whirlwind of success, how it propelled her forward into her next fruitful season + what it could mean for you during the COVID-19 pandemic.

SHOW NOTES:

  • "We're on the precipice of something extraordinary. If the whole world is still and experiencing a level of silence, great things come on the other side of those experiences."
  • “I need to learn to love change because it is inevitable.”
  • Lauren grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana surrounded by a  culture of music, passion + creativity.
  • Music was a formative way of learning, a way of life + a way to come out of hard, dark times.
  • As a teenager, Lauren was homebound because of the immunocompromising virus cytomegalovirus and music became a way to stay motivated and out of depression.
  •  "Being still showed me the future."
  • "My life experiences allow a texture, tone or an emotion to come out in my voice."
  • After high school, Lauren helped build a church on a mission trip to Brazil. While there, she saw how religion can separate others + learned to see people for who they are versus what they believe in.
  • "There are so many things in life that make us more alike than different."
  • Before becoming an award-winning singer, Lauren wanted to pursue a career in doing pro-bono law for human trafficking victims.  
  • "If you're in a place in life where you have dreams, things you're hoping or longing for and they don't seem to be in close proximity, surround yourself with as much influence as you can while being diligent and persistent in the work before you."
  • Lauren shares the meaning behind some of the lyrics to "This Girl", "Look Up Child" and "You Say".
  • December 25, 2017: After working herself into exhaustion, and many would say at the height of her career, Lauren took close to a year off of work to "be still".
  • Lauren relates that period to pulling back a slingshot before being propelled forward + fruitful in the next season of her life.
  • As her world tour is on pause because of the coronavirus, Lauren again plans to get lost in the stillness to let her mind, heart + spirit be refreshed + revived.
  • Learn more about Lauren Daigle here.

LAUREN DAIGLE'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Love Does by Bob Goff.

[Listen to Bob Goff on Live Inspired Podcast ep. 115!]

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Climb trees better and get lost in wonder more frequently.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? My first thought once all people that matter to me are safe, I don't care. Let's roast marshmallows. My second thought is a $100 bill my grandfather gave me as he was passing away + giving the advice "you better know who you, whose you are and where you are." My third thought is a letterbox filled with letters from my childhood until now.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? My grandfather because I miss him. Also, Quincy Jones to learn + engulf myself in stories of his career and his personal pains + hardships.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Bob Goff told me to always remember who my 8-year-old self is.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Steady the course, stay focused, keep moving forward and when you think you've lost yourself, God will always direct you back to who you are.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? Lauren Daigle was a woman who loved well, loved rich and loved deep. 

We are just days away from launching IN AWE! Preorder your copy today to receive access to fun, interactive bonus features emailed to you in the lead-up to the book’s release! Visit ReadInAwe.com.

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Apr 23 2020

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Rank #11: Love Does (Bob Goff) Ep. #115

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"Be remembered for your love."

My friends, today we have as our guest Bob Goff, bestselling author of Love Does and Everybody, Always.

Bob's books have sold millions of copies and after hearing our whimsical conversation - ripe with lessons on how to love everybody, always - you'll know why.

My friend, you are in luck. You won't be able to listen to Bob and not live inspired. Join us.

SHOW NOTES: 

  • Get a copy of Bob's recent book Everybody Always here.
  • Get a copy of Bob's classic book Love Does here.
  • "Why are you doing what you are doing? If it is for the applause - join the circus."
  • All the time you spend investing in your family is worth it. that's what you'll be remembered for.
  • People think about open + closed doors. That God or fate closed the door. But I say, kick a couple down! If you have a dream to contribute, go do it. Don't take no for an answer.
  • We're rivers not reservoirs. just let it flow.
  • My greatest teachers weren't trying to teach me anything.
  • Be remembered for your love.
  • If you're doing things for applause, join the circus.
  • Move it from the to do list. Take action.
  • Learn more about Bob here.  

BOB GOFF'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Don Miller's A Million Miles and a Thousand Years and Scary Close. They are awfully good.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Childlike faith. 

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? Artwork my kids made when they were young.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Mark Twain would be really interesting to talk to. I'd ask him questions about hope, confidence, purpose and meaning. 

5. What is the best advice you've ever received? From my grandparent, that it's possible. you can actually do this. they were very poor by all standards, but rich in spirit.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Swing for the fences! Keep your eye on your own paper. Write your own music.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?What if we weren't afraid any more. 

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Dec 06 2018

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Rank #12: Bethany Hamilton: Living Unstoppable (ep. 178)

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Bethany Hamilton was just 13 years old when she became a household name after being attacked by a shark while surfing. She lost her arm and nearly her life, but just one month after the attack, returned to surfing.

Today, 15 years later, Bethany is a professional surfer, contestant on Amazing Race, wife, mother and role model. Her amazing story has been shared in the award-winning biopic Soul Surfer and her new documentary Unstoppable. Today, Bethany shares her inspiring story with us firsthand.

If you ever face a challenge (and we all do, right?) this episode is for you – Bethany will show you how to overcome with faith and gratitude.

SHOW NOTES:

  • The up-close and personal documentary Unstoppable was released in July 2019 and covers Bethany’s incredible journey from a girl through becoming a woman, a resilient athlete and mom. Watch the trailer here.
  • Bethany and her husband Adam finished third in season 25 of CBS's reality television show Amazing Race and enjoyed tackling challenges together. 
  • Bethany's mom led her to explore her spirituality + faith. She attributes her positivity and resiliency after her attack to her faith in God.
  • "I know I'm going to surf again." Shortly after attack, a reporter asked Bethany if she'd ever surf again and her confidence + boldness inspired others.
  • As she matures, Bethany is learning to embrace her story and use it to inspire others.
  • Four weeks after the attack, Bethany rode a wave to shore, giving her hope + realization that she'd return to surfing. 
  • Friend of Bethany is a foundation produces events that inspires, shares stories hope, and responds with encouragement to traumatic amputees to give hope in a difficult time. Learn more here.
  • World Vision invited Bethany to Thailand a year and a half after the tsunami to inspire fisherman to return to the ocean, despite their fear.
  • Faith in God, spending time in the ocean, and being a mom + wife keep Bethany grounded and tethered to what matters. 
  • In Unstoppable, Bethany shares her journey and daunting accomplishment of surfing an infamous 65 foot, 30 mph+ wave nicknamed Jaws.
  • John 16:33: I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
    • Bethany refers to this verse to provide hope + peace to herself + others when going through a difficult time.
  • Bethany found the emotional aspect of her recovery more difficult than the physical and is thankful for her support system.
  • Bethany's book Body and Soul shares tips for young women to become the best versions of themselves. Get a copy here.

If hearing Bethany's story inspired you to live an unstoppable life, you'll love hearing Live Inspired Podcast guest Amberley Snyder. Amberley shares her struggles during recovering from an accident, her strong family bond, and turning tragedy into triumph. Listen to Amberley ep. 63. You'll also love hearing Live Inspired Podcast guest Chris Norton. Chris' story of sustaining an spinal cord injury and determination throughout his recovery will give you amazing insight to live more inspired today. Listen to Chris on ep. 43.

BETHANY HAMILTON'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Bible and Rules for a Knight by Ethan Hawke.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? I've become more of a realist and would love to have even more positivity.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? The surfboards.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? My husband or Jesus.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Be willing to try because you never know what you're able to accomplish.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Keep doing what you’re doing.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? Always willing to try, put herself in uncomfortable situations to achieve her accomplishments and received the grace of God to keep going in a direction that she may have never planned herself. We can all live an unstoppable life.

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Aug 22 2019

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Rank #13: Happiness Amidst Coronavirus? Shawn Achor’s Take (ep. 236)

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How can I have optimism, happiness and social connectivity during the coronavirus pandemic?    Acclaimed happiness expert Shawn Achor reminds us that it’s in the darkest times that we need optimism, gratitude and social connection the most.   After spending 12 years at Harvard earning dozens of distinguished teaching awards, Shawn went on to become a New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage and Big Potential, deliver a TEDx with over 19 million views and work with 30+ Fortune 100 companies.   Today, Shawn joins me to talk about coronavirus and what you can do to be happy and feel connected during this season of unprecedented adversity. You’ll leave today’s conversation with research-based reasoning to be optimistic and 3 practical tips to increase during any season of uncertainty.

SHOW NOTES:

  • During high school, Shawn recalls the Branch Davidians + how the Waco siege gave him insight and compassion for people trying to understand conflicts. 
  • Shawn is fascinated by how some people can rise out of a challenge and use it to propel them forward while it can paralyze others.
  • As a volunteer firefighter, Shawn unexpectedly was accepted to Harvard and granted a military scholarship. His admission essay focused on his hunger to expand his small world and how he'd want to remind his peers how privileged they were.
  • Expectations affect gratitude: Quickly, Shawn recognized that many of his peers' expectations were met in attending Harvard and didn't experience the same level of gratitude because his acceptance was not expected. 
  • Rather than embracing the gift of the moment, we often are too focused on looking forward. 
  • While doing research on Harvard, Shawn saw that success wasn't yielding happiness because your brain adjusts to what the goal is.
  • Does success = happiness? If people become happier, raise their gratitude for the present, deepen social networks or raise their levels of optimism, then success rates rise dramatically.
  • "Happiness during good times is more of a luxury item. When things get difficult, happiness has an even more beneficial effect."
  • "In the darkest times is when we need optimism, gratitude and social connection the most."
  • "Happiness is not irrational optimism."
  • "Optimism allows your brain to be the most adaptive possible when the negative occurs."
  • Rational optimism: starts with a realistic assessment of the present but maintains the belief that eventually my behavior will matter if linked to the right people.
  • While teaching and researching happiness, Shawn courageously shared he was battling depression.
  • While battling depression, Shawn learned that the majority of our happiness is interconnected with each other.
  • If someone who is genetically predisposed to pessimism can make small tweaks to their day, they can experience impactful change. 
  • Three practical tips to increase optimism, happiness and social connectivity:  
    1. Each day, practice scanning for 3 new things that happened in the last 24 hours that you're grateful for. 
    2. When anything positive happens, jot it down on a piece of paper, throw them in a bowl and read back through them at a later date.
    3. Take a few minutes to send a positive message, email or text to someone which will create a ripple effect and a reciprocal loop.
  • "Happiness is not the belief that we don’t need to change; it is the realization that we can."
  • Get Shawn Achor's New York Times bestselling books Big Potential, The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness.

To combat all this negativity and fear around coronavirus and the other uncertainty we face, I created a 21-day challenge to inspire our community to focus on what they can control and to remain ferociously optimistic that their best remains ahead. Sign up for the IN AWE 21-Day Challenge here.

SHAWN ACHOR'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Confidence.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? A broken guitar that I love.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? C.S. Lewis. He's been the biggest influence in my life and who I've modeled my career after.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?  My mentor Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar said, "You're never as great as you think you are and you're never as bad as you think you are."

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Make friends. If you want friends, you have to be a friend. Don't let loneliness and insecurities stop you from feeling socially connected.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?  He made other people feel understood and that happiness was actually possible.

Pre-order your copy of IN AWE today to receive access to fun, interactive bonus features emailed to you in the lead-up to the book’s release! Visit ReadInAwe.com.

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Mar 12 2020

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Rank #14: Proof of Heaven: Science + Faith Coexist #123

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The book Proof of Heaven ignited a conversation around the globe about how heaven can be scientifically proven by examining near-death-experiences (NDE). It shared the NDE of the author, neurosurgeon Eben Alexander, MD, and it soared to the top of the New York Times bestsellers list.

Today we are joined by Dr. Alexander to discuss his NDE, how it changed his understanding of science, the world we live in today, the life beyond it and what it means in your inspired life.

 SHOW NOTES

  • Dr. Alexander was agnostic + studied neuroscience until falling into coma from meningitis, leading to a NDE, which he should not have survived. This incident completely changed his world view. 
  • Today, he shares what NDE can teach us about consciousness and researches how elements of science and spirituality intersect.
  • Learn more about 2 NED cases Dr. Alexander mentioned:
    • Anita Moorjani wrote Dying to Be Me after being treated for advanced lymphoma in February 2006. 
    • Dr. Mary C. Neal, orthopedic surgeon, wrote To Heaven and Back after her lengthy time submerged underwater.
  • Get Dr. Alexander’s #1 New York Times Bestseller Proof of Heaven.
  • Get Dr. Alexander’s most recent book Living in a Mindful Universe.
  • Get Dr. Alexander’s book The Map of Heaven.  
  • Dr. Alexander shares his story of being adopted as being "chosen" by his parents. Figure skating champion + Live Inspired Podcast guest Scott Hamilton, shared the same perspective. Listen to the discussion on episode 68

DR. EBEN ALEXANDER'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Beyond Physicalism: Toward Reconciliation of Science and Spirituality by Edward F. Kelly.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Curiosity. Through much of my academic career, curiosity was drilled out of me and the last 10 years have been a strong reawakening of an extraordinary, unbridled sense of curiosity. 

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? My dad's pocket Bible that was with him during World War Two because it got him through so much and is a rich source of connection to me.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Albert Einstein. 

5. What is the best advice you've ever received? My son, Eben Alexander IV, encouraged me to write down everything I remember about my near-death experience before reading anyone else's experience. 

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?  Love yourself. The best way to manifest that is to show love for other beings. Love, compassion, forgiveness, acceptance and mercy are the greatest gifts we can give ourselves and others. 

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?  I made progress. I awakened. 

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Jan 31 2019

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Rank #15: S7 | Episode 73 Sue Klebold

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"This process of accepting that your loved one has hurt other people. And accepting who that is and what it means to be a mother of someone like that, it takes not only months but years."

Sue Klebold is forever tied to a tragic day marked down in American history, April 20, 1999. It was on that day two gunmen entered Columbine High School and killed 12 students, a teacher and wounded two dozen others. One of the shooters was her son, Dylan.

After an excruciating journey, Sue has come to a place of peace and is using her life to honor the lives of those who died, raise awareness for mental health issues and do what she could to prevent another tragedy like Columbine from happening again.

Sue shares her story of a mother's love, heart-wrenching tragedy, sincere appeal for forgiveness, the long process of allowing herself to grieve, and letting go of the trauma of being hated, criticized and judged in order to focus on her heart, and the little boy she lost and adored. 

Today Sue bravely, honestly and with great humility shares her 20-year journey of researching mental health, suicide, and their ramifications so that we as a community may be able to live more inspired. I think what will amaze you most is how much you can relate to Sue, her family and her story. Sue shares concrete ideas to make sure none of us have to step into her shoes. It is a podcast you won't want to miss.

SHOW NOTES: 

  • Sue heard on the news that 25 had died and found herself praying that no more would die and if her son was the killer that he'd kill himself to stop the number of fatalities from growing.
  • "I didn't think of him as a vicious murderer."
  • "I went into the meeting with the sheriff thinking he'd been brainwashed or tricked. But I was shown what really happened and his level of involvement in the planning that I was in a state of shock all over again. I had to rebuild who Dylan was to me."
  • We were very isolated after the tragedy, I had a tremendous amount of humiliation to think that someone I loved and raised could do something like this. There was a lot of fear involved. 
  • "Everybody who knew Dylan was as dumbfounded as we were. All wondering what we could have said to change his involvement...trying to understand what Dylan had done, look out for each other."
  • I remember Dylan with joy. Like if he died of cancer or a car accident. 
    • I thought I'd never get to this place. I thought the way in which he died would obliterate what he had meant to me.
  • Every time I saw kids with their moms and kids with their siblings I thought Dylan took that from people. I tried to make statements, write letters to the victims..."There is nothing you can do to adequately apologize for something like that." Read paralyzed Columbine survivor, Anne Marie Hochhalter's letter of forgiveness to Sue.
  • "I had perceived myself to be a good mother." "Previously, I had been one of those mothers who when crimes were being committed, went "uh-huh, what kinda parent was that."
  • People had to think of me as a bad parent or different than them because "The thought that you could do your best and be a good parent and this could still happen is a terrifying thought."
  • "I had no idea during his lifetime that he was in danger and that's why I speak about this a lot today. Now I look back - after being educated, reading, talking with experts - I can say that was a potential sign. But I didn't have the knowledge at the time."
    • School counselors, therapist, teachers and his parents all missed potential signs. He said he'd show us that he was on the right track and he did. He worked, applied to college and did well for the next 14 months.
    • Change in behavior happened his junior year. Changes in his sleep patterns. But he presented as a normal person.  
  • "The thought that you could do your best and be a good parent and this could still happen is terrifying." 
  • "Important point to remember about mental health: What we think people should be feeling and what they are feeling can be very, very different."
  • We need to do everything we can to truly understand what our children are going through. Ask open-ended questions (even though you can't be certain they'll answer truthfully):
    • "Tell me something about yourself that no one understands, but that causes you pain?"
    • Instead of trying to fix it, making your child feel like he has to "be happy" ... no matter their answer, your response should always be, "tell me more about that."
      • Ask the hard questions: Do you have thoughts about hurting yourself or someone else? Stay calm, don't try to argue with that person.
        • I wish I'd given more of an opportunity to share more of what he was dealing with and that whatever his feelings were okay. If I could do anything over, those are the things I would make happen.
  • Sue's book is a meditation on forgiveness A Mother's Reckoning.
  • There is a physiological difference in those who commit suicide; when someone is having persistent thoughts of suicide and can't shut it off - these are symptoms of a physiological brain malfunction. [Dr. Victoria Arango, Ph.D. from Columbia University] 
  • According to the FBI, of mass shootings, 78% of them the shooter was suicidal. This is why I have become so focused on suicide prevention. If we can get someone away from a suicidal crisis, it gives us great opportunity to prevent a shooting like this from escalating.
  • "I practice gratitude a lot." I go to bed at night counting blessings to adjust my mind into a positive place.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-talk or go to their website to chat: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org
  • All author proceeds from A Mother’s Reckoning are being donated to various mental health charities, including Mental Health America (MHA), National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), American Association of Suicidology (AAS), and Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.

SUE KLEBOLD'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Oh, that's a great question, I wish I had a long time to think about that. Gone with the Wind, Amy Tann, one of the best books on suicide: No Time to Say Goodbye.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? Well, I think I'd sit on it for a while. I don't think there is anything different that I would do from what I am doing. I try to live a life where I have donated what I can donate from my book. I would want to make sure that money was used well. I am so happy with how my life is. 

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? I think I would grab pictures of my children.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Dylan. 

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? It was in the process of my therapy, where I was allowed to grieve. 

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? You are in for a wild ride. Nothing you can do is going to prepare yourself. You are more courageous and strong than you have any idea.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? She did the best she could. 

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Mar 15 2018

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Rank #16: S7 | #77 - Hal Elrod: International Bestselling Author of "The Miracle Morning"

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"When you accept the worst case scenario, it has no power over you."

Hal Elrod, international bestselling author of The Miracle Morning, established a miracle equation that helped him overcome two near-death experiences + build a highly successful business.  

Hear Hal's amazing story and how to apply his equation so you can "divide odds and create miracles in your marriage, business and life." Now THAT sounds like living inspired! Join us.

SHOW NOTES: 

  • Hal's book The Miracle Morning has sold 600,000+ copies
  • The Miracle Morning documentary is coming soon!
  • "Take an adversity + turn it into an advantage by helping other people with it."
  • At 20, he was hit by a drunk driver and not expected to walk. "When you accept the worst case scenario, it has no power over you. I thought, I'll be the most grateful human you've ever met in a wheel chair, because I'm in one either way. Putting energy into wishing it wasn't so would be futile."
  • Hal's Miracle Equation [to divide odds + create miracles in marriage, business, life] = maintain unwavering faith + extraordinary effort in every moment, of everyday
  • Often when we have obstacles, the first thing we lose is faith that it's possible.
  • When you lose faith, effort + drive go out the window.
  • The ABCs of Taking Life Head On: 
    • Accept things you can't change. Set a timer for 5 mins. to feel the emotions. When it goes off, say "I can't change it." Any negative emotion after is self created. 
    • Be grateful for everything. Why wait for the future to realize that every adversity can serve us if we learn from it? 
    • Create progress daily towards the life of your dreams.
  • The question Hal asked himself while battling cancer. What matters most: In my healing journey? In being the best husband? The best father? Overall in life?
  • Value health over productivity. What do you value more, your health or your productivity? Does your schedule reflect this?
  • Hear John on Hal's Achieve Your Goals Podcast here.

HAL ELROD'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Conversations with God by Neal Donald Walsch. 

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? I would donate a minimum of 50% to charity. I just started a non-profit called support the unsupported and I would put some percentage to that also. I would take a percentage for retirement and fun. 

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? My computer without hesitation. 

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? My wife, Ursula.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Do the right thing, not the easy thing.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Everything is going to work out for the best.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? He elevated the consciousness of humanity. 

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Apr 12 2018

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Rank #17: What Drives Happiness? (How to 'Hygge' ep. 148)

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What drives happiness? Actually, what is happiness?

It sounds so vague, like “puppy dogs and rainbows,” doesn’t it? Well, today, we're going to define it, get our hands wrapped around how you measure it + see what the key drivers for happiness really are.

Our guest Meik Wiking is the founder + CEO of The Happiness Research Institute, is improving the quality of life across the globe and has consulted with the Danish government and the city of Goyang in South Korea among others to increase key drivers of happiness in their countries. 

When Meik realized his native Denmark is routinely ranked the highest in the United Nations Happiness Report, it sent him on a mission to unlock what drives (and what prohibits) human happiness.

Meik’s insights are fascinating and will give you practical steps to live a happier, more inspired life today.

SHOW NOTES

  • The Happiness Research Institute is taking a scientific approach to answer these questions:
    1. How do you measure happiness?
    2. Why are some people happier than others?
    3. How can we improve the quality of life?
  • Happiness often feels vague and soft. The institute breaks happiness down into two components: Overall life satisfaction + immediate satisfaction.
  • Capture happiness: By following large groups of people over time, they see how life events impact emotions and happiness.
  • The Happiness Research Institute has served cities, governments + organizations globally, impacting their policies + infrastructures, allowing their citizens to flourish. 
  •  Meik refers to Denmark as the "least unhappy country": 
    • Since "genetics" plays a small role in someone's level of happiness,  the main explanation is the Nordic way of life.
    • Policies + infrastructure are in place in Scandinavian countries to reduce causes of unhappiness: unemployment, lack of access to healthcare, paid university-level education.
  • Meik's book The Little Book Hygge details the Danish national culture of art of creating a nice atmosphere: 
  • Hygge is the idea of feeling relaxed, at peace, a sense of togetherness and enjoying simple pleasures. It's a key success parameter when socializing in Denmark.
    • Light a candle: Meik shares a fascinating story of a Canadian family making the simple environmental change of eating dinner in candlelight that led to a longer, more enjoyable experience for the entire family. 
  • Happiness-suicide paradox: It's more difficult to be unhappy in happy country.
    • Why? Our satisfaction is impacted by how we see others (and social comparison).
    • Increasing wealth does not correlate with increased happiness because we increase our expectations, creating a new benchmark for happiness.
  • The Little Book of Lykke is Meik's global treasure hunt for happiness, covering 6 topics: togetherness, money, health, freedom, trust, and kindness. Hear more about each of these in our Live Inspired IN STUDIO membership community*.

If you enjoyed hearing practical tips to be happier in your work + life, listen to Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project & The Four Tendencies on ep. 64 and Liz Fosslien, co-author + illustrator of the just-released book No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work on ep. 122 of the Live Inspired Podcast.

* Hear more on Meik's global treasure hunt for happiness by joining IN STUDIO, my membership community where like-minded friends join me via live webcast to live inspired together. I'll share his practical tips + proven real-life examples from The Little Book of Lykke. Registration is open now for less than 48 hours. Register today!

MEIK WIKING'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Factualness by Hans Rosling.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Optimism.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? My photo albums.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? My mom. died at 49 nice things to say to her.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? John Helliwell,  Editor of World Happiness Report in reference to the work we do: Let the data shape the signs but let the story spread the signs.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? It's all going to be fine.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? Just happy. 

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May 09 2019

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Rank #18: Wild Awakening: How a Raging Grizzly Healed His Wounded Heart (ep. 172)

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Greg Matthews has spent most of his life serving our nation. Looking at any one of his very long list of accomplishments would equate to more significance and impact than many of us could hope to amass in a lifetime. And yet, Greg never felt it was enough. He was incredibly driven… for all the wrong reasons.

Until a gruesome, nearly fatal encounter with a grizzly bear gave him an unexpected encounter with God and an inflection point that completely changed his life.

Greg joins us to share how past hurts can be healed and today can be more impactful and joy-filled than you ever thought possible.

SHOW NOTES:

  • For over 27 years Greg is protecting and serving, currently as Anti-Terrorism Officer for Army Corps of Engineers.
  • Greg recalls a vivid + emotional memory of loading boxes into his father’s car. This shattered his foundation, leading him to believe he was unworthy and unlovable.
  • Greg shares horrific stories from the search of his NYFD Rescue 5 friend Andre Fletcher at Ground Zero after 9/11.
  • Every year, Greg’s dad would take him + his two brothers on a yearly hunting trip, instilling the love of the outdoors in them.
  • September 22, 2015: On a 10-day big game hunt in 14-miles in backcountry Alaska with his brother, Greg was attacked by a 650-pound grizzly bear causing severe trauma + bleeding.
  • Greg credits a multitude of physical and spiritual miracles, including the courage of his brother to confront the bear.
  • “There is purpose, fulfillment, and joy by pressing into your pain.”
  • Get Greg Matthew’s book Wild Awakening: How a Raging Grizzly Healed My Wounded Heart here.
  • Learn more about Greg Matthews on his website Chase What Matters here.

Greg mentions the importance of Live Inspired Podcast guest William Paul Young's book The Shack. Tune into ep. 19 as Paul shares how to move past trauma, embrace faults and stay within the grace of one day.

GREG MATTHEWS' LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Bible and The Shack by William Paul Young. We've welcomed William Paul Young as a Live Inspired Podcast guest. Listen to ep. 19 as William shares

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Sharing my wonderful heart.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? My family.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Jesus Christ to thank him for knitting me together and saving a broken-hearted little boy.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Don't sweat the small stuff, and Tim McGraw's song "Live Like You Were Dying."

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Your father in heaven loves you. Your dad loves you. It’s okay to love Greg. There is stuff that’s loveable within you.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? Greg Matthews did everything he could to be the father and husband that Jesus Christ created him to be.

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Aug 01 2019

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Rank #19: Episode 005: Rory Vaden

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"Discipline becomes dormant in the absence of a dream. So dream big."

This quote is from today’s guest, Rory Vaden.

Rory is an expert and a coach on self-discipline. He’s written books about it, built his business around it but most amazingly – has built a life inspired by it.

Today he is a bestselling author, soon to be father, one-time impoverished young man who began making his financial way as a college student during his summers learning how to do what he has coined as “take the stairs.”

This episode will inspire you to set goals, dream big and hold yourself accountable. You'll have actionable takeaways to begin living your life more inspired today than ever before. Don't miss it!

Here are a few key takeaways: 

  • Take the stairs - do the important work that needs to get done today so that you will be ahead in life tomorrow... most people live in an "escalator mentality" of doing what is easiest, fastest.
  • Success is messy! It's something you figure out how to do along the way. Free yourself from perfection and instead just focus on making progress.
  • It's hard to be nervous when your heart is on service.
  • Success is never owned, it's only rented and it's due every day.
  • Order a copy of Rory's books: Take the Stairs and Procrastinate on Purpose
  • Tune into Rory's Action Catalyst Podcast Ep. 135 where he interviews John.
  • Get my Monday Motivation newsletter each week here.

The LIVE INSPIRED 7 segment is a series of 7 questions, shared “rapid fire” and answered boldly (without prep!) by our guests. My hope is to leave you reflecting on our guest’s answers and YOUR answers… and excited to apply ideas from today’s show to help you live an inspired life.

Rory Vaden's Live Inspired 7 

1. What is the best book you ever read?

How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie. My main takeaway was have empathy for others and be selfless in your communication.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do?

I would use it to start charities and invest in businesses that generate outcomes. I'm always looking to multiply by spending time and money on things today that will produce results tomorrow.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be?

I don't think there's anything. I wouldn't go back in.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be?

Martin Luther King, Jr. I would love to ask. What was it like? How did you do it - so elegantly transform hatred?

5. What is the best advice you've ever received?

It's hard to be nervous when your heart's on service.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20?

Stay the course. You always get paid for how hard you work! All the work you don't feel paid for or respected for right now - it will pay off. Stay the course.

7. It's been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?

The guy who helped people take the stairs and believed that the right way was a different way and it paid off, and they could do it.

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I can't wait to see you here next Thursday! Until then, remember: Today is your day. Live Inspired.

Nov 24 2016

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Rank #20: Melanie Shankle: New York Times Bestselling Author on Finding Joy in the Ordinary (ep. 230)

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Ever had the feeling that you're not enough or get beat down by monotony, adversity, loneliness or pace of every day?

Melanie Shankle has a beautiful way of speaking to these expected bouts with humor, authenticity and insight. In addition to being a devoted wife, mom and dear friend, Melanie is a four-time New York Times bestselling author, speaker and podcast host. 

Today's down-to-earth and relatable conversation will remind you to step away from comparison and towards finding joy in life's ordinary moments. 

SHOW NOTES:

  • Her parent's divorce exacerbated her people-pleasing nature, until her pivotal time at Texas A&M where she found faith, family, friends + football.
  • Broken beyond repair: At a low point in college, Melanie attended Breakaway Bible Study which helped her find grace, love and redemption. 
  • Melanie's down-to-earth and humorous personality shines brightly in her writing.
  • If there is any good there, it's worth fighting for. In The Antelope in the Living Room, Melanie shares how her marriage to Perry is her greatest blessing + greatest challenge.
  • "The most important thing we do is pour into our kids."
  • A friend advised Melanie to show up, listen and let your young child be heard if you want open communication when they're older.
  • Melanie's latest book On the Bright Side is a reminder to look for joy in ordinary days and step away from comparison + competition. 
  • Sharing her fears aloud helps Melanie avoid spiraling and hearing how absurd they sound.
  • "One of the greatest tricks the enemy can play on us is to convince us nothing is worth the fight."
  • Connect Melanie on her website, Instagram and Twitter.
  • Get Melanie Shankle's book On the Bright Side here.

Melanie shares how she turned opportunities down in order to be a mom to her daughter Caroline. On Live Inspired Podcast ep. 216, Lisa Brennan-Jobs, daughter of Steve Jobs, shared how she'd trade some of his iconic inventions for extra time with him. Listen to our conversation here.

MELANIE SHANKLE'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Total freedom.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? Photo albums. 

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Mother Teresa because her mission and the way she was able to live her life is amazing, or Alexander Hamilton because I'm reading a book + intrigued about his story. 

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Sometimes the best part of staying married is being glad later that you did. 

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Hang on, it gets better.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? She was full of joy and showed it to everyone around her.

Pre-order your copy of IN AWE today to receive access to fun, interactive bonus features emailed to you in the lead-up to the book’s release! Visit ReadInAwe.com.

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Feb 20 2020

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I Won't Be Silent Anymore (Monday Moments ep. 259)

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Join me every Monday for a quick burst of inspiration on our “Monday Moment” segments.

“A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right. A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice. A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true.” - Martin Luther King, Jr

My friends, our very lives begin to end the moment we stay silent about things that matter.

The only way we begin to achieve true inclusion, diversity and justice is by taking a stand against what remains an utterly broken system for so many; to see with new eyes what we’ve far too long chosen to ignore; and to raise our voice boldly, courageously, loudly against hatred - ALL hatred - spewed from both sides of disagreements. Yes, even when it means losing advantages we’ve enjoyed or status we’ve been given because of it.

We do this important, life-giving work one person, one conversation, and one action at a time. We do it when we seek to understand and not simply judge. We do it when we step in with love rather than slump indifferently away in fear.

This isn’t just the job of protesters, politicians, or police departments.

It’s our job. And it’s time to go to work.

Because a man can live when we begin to stand up for that which is right. A man can live when we choose to stand up for justice. And a man can live when we choose to take a stand for that which is true.

I was silent years ago.

I won’t be anymore.

My new book IN AWE is now available... and became an instant bestseller! Learn how to rediscover your childlike sense of wonder to unleash inspiration, meaning and joy. Visit ReadInAwe.com today!

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Jun 01 2020

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Katherine + Jay Wolf: Finding Joy While Suffering (ep. 258)

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Does your life look different than you imagined it would?

In 2008, Katherine + Jay Wolf were newlyweds and parents to their six-month-old son when the unimaginable happened. Just 26 years old, Katherine suffered a massive brainstem stroke. After a rare, life-saving surgery, Katherine spent nearly two months in a coma-like state. With her faithful husband Jay by her side, Katherine had to relearn how to breathe, talk, eat... and eventually thrive.

While no one wants terrible pain or unbearable tragedy, this couple is a tremendous example of finding hope in the midst of the storm. Today, Katherine + Jay Wolf remind us that suffering isn’t the end of our story, but the beginning of a new story.

SHOW NOTES:

  • At 22, Katherine + Jay tied the knot in an unusually perfect November day in Georgia before seeking adventure together in California.  
  • April 21, 2008: When their first child was just 6 months old, Katherine suffers massive brain stem stroke without any warning and does not wake up from a coma-like state for almost 2.5 months.
  • As a stroke survivor, it was the brave surgeon who performed a meticulous 16-hour surgery that gave Katherine the ability to sustain life, in spite of some disabilities.
  • Every year, they celebrate April 22 as Katherine's second birthday. 
  • "I can't eat. I can't walk. I can't take care of my son. I can't do anything. I'm a mistake and I should not even be here." - Katherine Wolf after failing her ninth swallow test.
  • Our lives are all stories that have many chapters and much complexity. Fully live into the story we have, not the one we wish we had.
  • Jay credits faith + community to lift them up in healing + beyond to flourishment.
  • "It was a surreal vision, a waking dream, a stark reminder that perhaps in the breaking of precious things, something even more precious than we can imagine might be unleashed. Perhaps in the breaking, we can find the healing we long for."
  • Live Inspired community member Therese asked: how do you cope with the uncertainty/fear of the future and what your health holds?
  • Live Inspired community member Robbie asked: What advice would you give healthcare professionals - specifically those who work in the rehabilitation field?
  • Since they credit neurosurgeon, Dr. Nestor Gonzalez, in saving Katherine's life three times, they named their second son after him.
  • Get a copy of Katherine + Jay's latest book Suffer Strong.
  • Learn more about Katherine + Jay's story here.

KATHERINE + JAY'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Katherine: Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Jay: Music + childhood rhythms. 

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? A phone or iPad that has our photos... Google Cloud!

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Jay: Mother Teresa.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Katherine: When I was relearning how to walk, my father-in-law would say, "You just have to win. Do whatever is necessary."

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Jay: Enjoy that flexibility while it lasts.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? Katherine: Joyfully rebelling against how our world, our culture, views health and success; Jay: He gave his life and unstoppable goodwill towards people in need and people he loved.

My new book IN AWE is now available... and became an instant bestseller! Learn how to rediscover your childlike sense of wonder to unleash inspiration, meaning and joy. Visit ReadInAwe.com today!

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May 28 2020

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A Veteran Asks "What More Can I Do?" (Monday Moments ep. 257)

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Join me every Monday for a quick burst of inspiration on our “Monday Moment” segments.

Have you noticed it is frequently the people who say the least about themselves who have the most incredible stories to share?

On this Memorial Day holiday I wanted to share one such example of a heroic, humble servant who never needed to tell you how great he was.

In a world where we too frequently celebrate people based on their physical beauty, social following or professional successes, Bill Skinner reminds us what a true hero looks and acts like. [Click to tweet.]

Today, make sure that the humility, sacrifice, life and death of these heroes continue to shine brightly through the lives of those of us lucky enough to live on.

My new book IN AWE is now available... and became an instant bestseller! Learn how to rediscover your childlike sense of wonder to unleash inspiration, meaning and joy. Visit ReadInAwe.com today!

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May 25 2020

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Shannon Miller: One of America's Most Decorated Gymnasts (ep. 256)

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Shannon Miller is widely recognized as one of the iconic gymnasts of USA's Magnificent Seven 1996 Olympic team. Two decades later, she remains as one of the most decorated American gymnast in history. Yet, even the greatest of champions face uncontrollable factors --  like a rare cancer diagnosis. 

Today, this mother of two, author, sought-after speaker + survivor shares some of her contagious focus + determination. You'll learn her perspective on some of the most memorable moments of her gymnastics career, her devotion to advocating for women's health + how she empowers others to breakthrough personal challenges. 

SHOW NOTES:

  • "I didn't realize training 6-7 hours a day wasn't normal." - Shannon on growing up in Oklahoma.
  • Shannon credits her parents in keeping her balanced + humbled while training.
  • At 9-years-old, Shannon idolized the older gymnasts she trained alongside before learning about Mary Lou Retton and Nadia Comăneci.
  • "I was never one of those kids that thought 'I want to be an Olympic gold medalist.' It was always about making it to the next step. I had an important focus on what do I do today to get there."
  • As long as you're willing to work hard, anything is possible.
  • Just weeks away from the 1992 Olympic Trials, Shannon broke + dislocated her left elbow after a potential career-ending mistake. Instead of giving up, she focused forward + became a more well-rounded + driven athlete than before.
  • Instead of allowing the pressure to overwhelm 15-year-old Shannon at the 1992 Olympics, she changed the narrative in her mind to use the crowd + circumstances at supportive motivation.
  • Shannon earned two silver and three bronze medals at the 1992 Summer Olympics, securing the record for most medals won at a single Olympic Games without winning gold.
  • Although Shannon missed out on an all-around gold medal by the closest margin in Olympic history, finishing 0.012 points shy, she only sees the positive in the accomplishment.
  • "It's not about the medals. You give 100% + do your best."
  • "There is no Olympic medalist that stands up on that podium alone. You don't get there by yourself." Shannon credits her not only her fellow gymnasts but the broader team of parents, coaches, physicians, teachers and community in her success.
  • During the 1996 Olympics, Shannon was part of Magnificent Seven, recognized for their camaraderie, enthusiasm, spark + unlikely triumph in winning the first team Olympic gold medal for USA gymnastics.
  • At 19-years-old, Shannon retired from competitive gymnastics to focus on her education.
  • In February 2011, Shannon was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer motivating her focus on the importance of health.
  • Live Inspired community member Jody F. asked Shannon: When was your darkest time + what would you tell someone listening trying to come back to the light?

SHANNON MILLER'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? I'm an avid reader so I can't commit to just one.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Focus. As a child, I was able to focus on two things: school + gymnastics. As an adult, we're pulled in a million directions, every minute, every day.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? My computer for my photos, but that's backed up. There is nothing worth going back into a burning house to get.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? My husband.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Focus your energy. Today my goal is to help one woman focus on her health.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Ride the wave. Life will give you ups and downs. Hold on tight and keep going.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? Shannon Miller is someone who focused on faith, family and doing her very best each day.

My new book IN AWE is now available... and became an instant bestseller! Learn how to rediscover your childlike sense of wonder to unleash inspiration, meaning and joy. Visit ReadInAwe.com today!

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May 21 2020

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Are You Present? (Monday Moment ep. 255)

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Join me every Monday for a quick burst of inspiration on our “Monday Moment” segments.

Have you ever noticed that the games we play as children can teach us profound lessons as adults?

Join me as I share how my son Henry reminded me how we spend so much of our life blinking, missing the point or not being fully present. Today I challenge you to be fully present and fully engaged in all that you do.

My new book IN AWE is now available... and became an instant bestseller! Learn how to rediscover your childlike sense of wonder to unleash inspiration, meaning and joy. Visit ReadInAwe.com today!

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May 18 2020

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Nick Vujicic: Life Without Limits (ep. 254)

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Nick Vujicic has a passion to inspire the world. After being born without arms or legs, Nick faced tremendous obstacles including helplessness + isolation --  until he discovered his purpose.

As a New York Times bestselling author, international speaker, entrepreneur and father of four, Nick emphasizes that no matter your circumstance, you can overcome.

Today, Nick shares his path to finding purpose, how sharing his struggles have inspired billions + what he's looking forward to. This conversation with an ambassador of hope will remind you that we all can rise above adversity and overcome every disability and live a life without limits.

SHOW NOTES:

  • The happiest people on earth are ones that are grateful.
  • Before his birth, Nick's parents did not know he'd be born without limbs. It took his mom four months to come to terms 
  • At a young age, Nick's parents encouraged him to do household chores for money which taught him goal-setting, dignity + appreciation and also have faith in God, know he is loved + to not limit himself.
  • At 10 years old, while searching for his purpose and combating bullies, Nick attempted suicide.
  • I don't need to hold their hand. I need to hold their heart. Never expected to be married or have children, Nick has four kids with his wife of eight years.
  • "Life isn't always smooth. Life isn't always good. But, life overall is good."
  • "We don't see the good that can come from broken pieces. We don't give any room for miracles. And when you don't get a miracle, you can still be a miracle for someone else."
  • Nick has shared his life-giving message of hope to over 2 billion people.
  • Australia's speaking industry was virtually nonexistent when Nick began his career. That + the worry that Nick would be influenced by other's opinions made his parents fearful. After two years, Nick's success + life-changing impact was apparent.
  • "There is hope beyond the brokenness."
  • "My joy is in my faith, family + friendship."
  • Nick + I share how our children have learn their dads may not be like the other dads and how they've learned to bridge the gap through sharing that everyone has value.
  • Looking forward, Nick is grateful + seeking balance.
  • Learn more about Nick Vujicic here.
  • Learn more about Nick Vujicic's ministry Life Without Limbs here.

NICK VUJICIC'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Bible and Money Secrets of the Rich by John Burley.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Celebrate the good longer + more fully.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? A painting of 6 hands toasting to life with glasses of wine. My best friends have the same painting.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Oprah because I want her to know that Jesus loves her and heard her prayers when she was a child giving her the greatest pulpit in the world to preach the gospel unwaveringly.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Learn how to reverse engineer your goals + time prioritze. Stay humble.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Carve out one hour a day to sit in silence and think, read your Bible more and pray more.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? An imperfect ambassador for perfect hope that had a heart bigger than Texas to help the world know that they are loved and never give up. 

My new book IN AWE is now available! Learn how to rediscover your childlike sense of wonder to unleash inspiration, meaning and joy. Visit ReadInAwe.com today!

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May 14 2020

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Did You Hear This Last Week? (Monday Moments ep. 253)

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Join me every Monday for a quick burst of inspiration on our Live Inspired Podcast Monday Moment segment.

As you may know, my second book IN AWE published last week... and it became an instant bestseller on Amazon! While our live in-person book launch party is postponed, we wanted to celebrate virtually. 

Tens of thousands of people tuned in Friday evening to hear me brag on my beautiful bride, hear stories from my heroes (named Mom and Dad!) and hear this rendition of Coldplay's "The Scientist". 

Watch the Virtual IN AWE Book Launch party at ReadInAwe.com, YouTube or Facebook.

Don't have a copy of IN AWE yet? Order from ReadInAwe.com or anywhere books are sold!

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May 11 2020

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Steven Curtis Chapman Reminds Us Together We Will Get Through This (ep. 252)

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In a career spanning more than 30 years, Steven Curtis Chapman is the most awarded artist in Christian music history selling over 11 million records, earning five Grammy Awards and received a record-breaking 58 golden Dove trophies.

Today, Steven joins us to share the inspiration behind his latest single "Together (We'll Get Through This)” with friends Brad Paisley, Lauren Alaina and Tasha Cobbs Leonard. When collaborating on the inspiring + uplifting project, Steven saw the need for a message that many of us are desperately seeking: we need each other + we will get through it as one.

In addition, Steven shares the inspiration behind his music, how his family has found comfort after his daughter’s tragic death and the faith he instills in God. This uplifting + timely conversation will remind you that the best of our days do remain in front of us.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Steven's first gig in music was with his brother at Opryland Park in Nashville, TN after high school.
  • "A man with an experience is never at the mercy of a man with an argument."
  • The inspiration for Steven's hit "Cinderella" came after tucking his two youngest daughters into bed - despite their protests to stay up and dance -  reminding him to cherish those little, meaningful moments.
  • Steven shares the touching story of how his oldest daughter Emily's prayers were answered when they welcomed three adopted children into their family 20 years ago.
  • Recognizing a need, Steven + his family created Show Hope to help families with the financial burden of adopting children. Learn more about Show Hope + the over 7,000 families they've helped here.
  • "You only have so many moments with your Cinderella."
  • A year and a half after writing "Cinderella", 5-year-old Maria passed away in a car accident. Steven has settled that God was + is there in every dark moment of our lives.
  • "God, at times, restrains even himself from charging in and ending every evil + wrong thing."
  • "God wept greater than we ever could have imagined weeping because God created the life of Maria and knew the devastation."
  • "The hope + belief that God is with us has sustained us."
  • The Chapman family made the difficult decision to keep Maria's legacy alive by speaking of her often and even creating Maria's Big House of Hope, an orphanage that cared for thousands of children that are medically fragile in China.
  • Steven enlisted friends Brad Paisley, Lauren Alaina and Tasha Cobbs Leonard to release "Together (We'll Get Through This)." Proceeds from the inspiring and uplifting collaboration will benefit the Opry Trust Fund and Gospel Music Association to assist those who've been gravely affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Click here to stream and download.

STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Bible and Loving God by Chuck Colson.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Wonder. It's probably why I started playing music and writing songs.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? My guitar. I process everything with a guitar in my hand and I have more things I need to process.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? My bride of 36 years Mary Beth Chapman and Corrie ten Boom + her story of The Hiding Place.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Bloom where you're planted.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Take your time + try to enjoy the moments because they are going to go by way quicker than you can ever imagine.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? God is faithful.

My new book IN AWE is now available! 100% of the proceeds from all books presold and sold the first week of publication are being donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters. So don’t wait! Visit ReadInAwe.com.

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May 07 2020

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Living IN AWE Together (Monday Moment ep. 251)

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Join me every Monday for a quick burst of inspiration on our Live Inspired Podcast Monday Moment segment.

I never imagined releasing a book during a pandemic, yet could there be a better time to share a message about thinking differently, acting selflessly, dreaming mightily, connecting authentically and living joyfully?

While this week may look a bit different than we planned, I see an even greater reason to apply the lessons I write about in the book.

I’ve learned that true generosity isn’t about giving that which you won’t miss but recognizing the needs of another that are indeed far greater than yours.

  • 100% of all profits from the pre-sale and first week of sales for In Awe are being donated to my favorite organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters.
  • The profits from the 10,000 – 15,000 books sold during these weeks would have significantly helped me but will help the families within Big Brother Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri far more.
  • Let’s make the best of all we still have, instead of begrudging all we don’t. Let’s remind individuals of the profound blessing within their lives and the possibilities that remain alive within each day. [Click to tweet.]
  • Learn how you can get involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters here.
  • Order your copy of IN AWE today!

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May 04 2020

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NPR's Diane Rehm (ep. 250)

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Diane Rehm spent almost four decades on-air interviewing iconic cultural + political figures on The Diane Rehm Show, and she represents the very sound of National Public Radio. Often described as the "diva of discussions", Diane has the unique ability to own a strong opinion on matters but also the uncommon ability to remain open to other's opinions. Naturally curious to others' perspective Diane possesses an amazing combination of steeliness + vulnerability.

Today, Diane opens up about her latest book When My Time Comes + the opposing arguments for + against the right-to-die. You'll also learn about her longstanding career in radio, working through crippling anxiety early in her career, how she overcame debilitating neurological voice disorder and why she sees herself as the "luckiest person".

SHOW NOTES:

  • When Diane was 19, her 49-year-old mother died from liver disease. In her last of countless trips to the hospital, she begged to die in order to be released from the pain + suffering. Eleven months later, Diane's father died of a broken heart.
  • "We are all going to die. It's part of the life circle. Accepting that, planning for it, talking about what it is that you want at the end of life is what I am encouraging people to do."
  • As a Serbian Orthodox, Diane felt pressure to marry an Arab just months before her mother's death. Feeling relief + freedom after her father died, Diane got a divorce.
  • After stumbling into radio, Diane experienced severe anxiety daily for nearly 2 years until her bosses uplifting + encouraging messages gave her the confidence.
  • Diane has interviewed countless political and cultural figures including Fred Rogers, Bill + Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. "When each person comes into the studio, what I see is not a bigger-than-life human being but rather a human being."
  • In 1998, Diane was diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia, a neurological condition that affects the quality of her voice.
  • Ten years after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, Diane's husband of 54 years John Rehm expressed his need to die. For 10 days, he stopped eating, drinking + taking his medication before passing.
  • Right-to-die advocate: Diane encourages individuals to move past the fear of death to have conversations about end-of-life care.
  • "Find your own passion. Be open + ready to the possibilities."
  • "He was one of if not the greatest teachers of humankind that I've seen in my lifetime." Diane shares that her interview with Fred Rogers was her most memorable interview. Listen here.
  • It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? I have received the greatest love from so many people in my life that I am the luckiest person in the world.
  • Learn more about Diane Rehm here.
  • Get a copy of Diane Rehm's book When My Time Comes.

We are just days away from launching IN AWE! Preorder your copy today to receive access to fun, interactive bonus features emailed to you in the lead-up to the book’s release! Visit ReadInAwe.com.

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Apr 30 2020

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Live Love Now with Rachel Macy Stafford (Monday Moments ep. 249)

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Join me every Monday for a quick burst of inspiration on our Live Inspired Podcast Monday Moments segment.

Today I welcome back New York Times bestselling author + leader of the hands-free revolution Rachel Macy Stafford. Rachel shares her latest book Live Love Now and tackles the biggest challenges facing kids today and equips adults to engage them with humanness and heart, compassion and honesty to discover the deep, life-giving connection everyone is longing for. This inspiring conversation will help start your week on fire!

  • "As parents, we can’t prevent the stress our kids experience at school or in society, but we CAN give them coping skills… we CAN allow for emotionally healthy experiences at home... we CAN emphasize meaningful measures of success despite the one the world shoves down their throat.” 
  • "In a world that looks for the quick fix, that prefers to numb the pain rather than do the work to heal, that resists the need to talk about hard things like mental health, we often walk right past ourselves and our loved ones in times of struggle. When we do, we forfeit the chance to connect, heal, and strengthen through a loving response."
  • "The truth is not the end. The truth is the beginning."
  • Get Rachel Macy Stafford's new book Live Love Now here.

Rachel joined me for a full interview on Live Inspired Podcast ep. 9. She shared her insight + tips on how to stop managing life and start living it. Listen here.

We are just days away from launching IN AWE! Preorder your copy today to receive access to fun, interactive bonus features emailed to you in the lead-up to the book’s release! Visit ReadInAwe.com.

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Apr 27 2020

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Lauren Daigle: Childlike Wonder, Faith & Embracing Stillness (ep. 248)

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Lauren Daigle is the fastest-selling new artist in the Contemporary Christian genre of the last decade. Critically acclaimed for her unique, soulful + soaring vocals, the singer-songwriter is sincere, down-to-earth and has unwavering faith. 

Today, the 2-time Grammy Award winner shares how her Louisiana-roots cultivated her appreciation for music, the uplifting inspiration behind her lyrics, and how rediscovering her childlike wonder helped her find greater joy in life.

Lauren also shares how she previously embraced a period of stillness amidst a whirlwind of success, how it propelled her forward into her next fruitful season + what it could mean for you during the COVID-19 pandemic.

SHOW NOTES:

  • "We're on the precipice of something extraordinary. If the whole world is still and experiencing a level of silence, great things come on the other side of those experiences."
  • “I need to learn to love change because it is inevitable.”
  • Lauren grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana surrounded by a  culture of music, passion + creativity.
  • Music was a formative way of learning, a way of life + a way to come out of hard, dark times.
  • As a teenager, Lauren was homebound because of the immunocompromising virus cytomegalovirus and music became a way to stay motivated and out of depression.
  •  "Being still showed me the future."
  • "My life experiences allow a texture, tone or an emotion to come out in my voice."
  • After high school, Lauren helped build a church on a mission trip to Brazil. While there, she saw how religion can separate others + learned to see people for who they are versus what they believe in.
  • "There are so many things in life that make us more alike than different."
  • Before becoming an award-winning singer, Lauren wanted to pursue a career in doing pro-bono law for human trafficking victims.  
  • "If you're in a place in life where you have dreams, things you're hoping or longing for and they don't seem to be in close proximity, surround yourself with as much influence as you can while being diligent and persistent in the work before you."
  • Lauren shares the meaning behind some of the lyrics to "This Girl", "Look Up Child" and "You Say".
  • December 25, 2017: After working herself into exhaustion, and many would say at the height of her career, Lauren took close to a year off of work to "be still".
  • Lauren relates that period to pulling back a slingshot before being propelled forward + fruitful in the next season of her life.
  • As her world tour is on pause because of the coronavirus, Lauren again plans to get lost in the stillness to let her mind, heart + spirit be refreshed + revived.
  • Learn more about Lauren Daigle here.

LAUREN DAIGLE'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Love Does by Bob Goff.

[Listen to Bob Goff on Live Inspired Podcast ep. 115!]

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Climb trees better and get lost in wonder more frequently.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? My first thought once all people that matter to me are safe, I don't care. Let's roast marshmallows. My second thought is a $100 bill my grandfather gave me as he was passing away + giving the advice "you better know who you, whose you are and where you are." My third thought is a letterbox filled with letters from my childhood until now.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? My grandfather because I miss him. Also, Quincy Jones to learn + engulf myself in stories of his career and his personal pains + hardships.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Bob Goff told me to always remember who my 8-year-old self is.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Steady the course, stay focused, keep moving forward and when you think you've lost yourself, God will always direct you back to who you are.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? Lauren Daigle was a woman who loved well, loved rich and loved deep. 

We are just days away from launching IN AWE! Preorder your copy today to receive access to fun, interactive bonus features emailed to you in the lead-up to the book’s release! Visit ReadInAwe.com.

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Apr 23 2020

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3 Phrases That Keep Me Grounded (Monday Moments ep. 247)

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Join me every Monday for a quick burst of inspiration on our “Monday Moment” segment.

Today's question was submitted by Live Inspired community member Carol. 

Carol asked: What keeps you grounded?

I have a few key phrases that remind me of what is important — and what isn’t. 

  • I love you… and there is nothing you can do about it.
  • Thank you.
  • This too shall pass.

Tune in to hear how these phrases inspire me.

If you have questions or want to share how the Live Inspired Podcast has impacted your life, send them to me and my team at podcast@johnolearyinspires.com. Can't wait to hear from you!

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Apr 20 2020

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Freedom to Forgive: 25 Years After OKC Bombing (ep. 246)

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My friends, the coronavirus pandemic is affecting each of us in some way. I urge you, Live Inspired community, to keep you + your loved ones happy + healthy. I want today's episode to instill some sense of normalcy and provide positivity + hope in this uncertain time.

Sunday marks the 25-year anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing.  Many of us were left searching for healing + hope after the deadliest domestic act of terrorism in our country's history. Two mired in darkness were Bud Welch, a father of one of the victims, and Bill McVeigh, the father of Timothy McVeigh.

Before learning about the astonishing forgiveness that led to an extraordinary friendship between Bud + Bill, Jeanne Bishop shares her own transformative journey to reconciliation. Jeanne,  author + law reform advocate, details what led to finding forgiveness with the murderer of her sister + brother-in-law. 

Today’s emotionally powerful episode will inspire you to see the hope, freedom + joy that comes from forgiveness + reconciliation. 

SHOW NOTES:

Jeanne's Story

  • April 7, 1990: "I'll see you tomorrow," were the last words Jeanne said to her younger sister Nancy before she was tragically murdered along with her husband + unborn child.
  • Love is stronger than death. In Nancy's final moments, she drug herself towards her husband, using her own blood to write "Love You" which gives Jeanne peace, knowing that she died in love.
  • Hating someone else is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. Wanting Nancy's memory to be life-saving + life-giving, Jeanne forgave the killer in order to free herself.
  • After 22 years, Jeanne wrote the killer a letter expressing her forgiveness + offering to visit him in prison. He wrote back sharing his remorse + showing how he grasped the enormity of his crimes, giving Jeanne justice.
  • From murderer to friend: Jeanne has formed a bond with her family's killer, having hope + expectation that he passes along every bit of good he can do whether he's in prison the rest of his life or not.
  • "The more I get to know them from you, the worse I feel about what I did." - Nancy's killer to Jeanne.

Bill McVeigh + Bud Welch's Story:

  • April 19, 1995: A truck bomb placed by Timothy McVeigh exploded outside Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people including 23-year-old Julie Welch, making it the deadliest domestic terror attack in US history.
  • Sister Roz, a Catholic nun who councils prisoners at the infamous Attica Prison, introduced Bud Welch (Julie's father) to Bill McVeigh (Timothy's father).
  • Realizing the hate Bud harbored for Timothy was not healing him, he sought to break the cycle of retaliation, revenge and bloodshed. 
  • "Vengeance begets vengeance; hate breeds more hate. Reconciliation is altogether different; it changes us and changes the world, one human heart at a time."
  • "We will only defeat evil with the amazing, forgiving reconciling love of God."
  • The Survivor Tree: Julie would park under the only tree that would provide relief from the sweltering Oklahoma summers + it survived the attack. Bud sees that tree as a living symbol of Julie. Learn more about the tree here.
  • Do you cry? Not feeling that he deserved to cry over the loss of his son, Bill finally felt free to cry after Bud acknowledged his son's humanity.
  • "There is hope. There is light. You don’t have to be mired in darkness. You don’t have to be pinned under a rock of defeat, hate, anger + disappointment. God wants to lift you into a life of freedom + joy."
  • Get a copy of Jeanne Bishop's book Grace from the Rubble.
  • Get a copy of Jeanne Bishop's book Change of Heart.

JEANNE BISHOP'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? I used to see stories in my head, write poetry, make up songs, see magic in the forest.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? Nancy's cross. She had a beautiful gold cross on a single gold chain that laid against her heart as it stopped beating.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? My grandfathers. They had so much wisdom and I was too little to know it.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Pastor John Boyle asked me, "What are you waiting for?" 

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Listen to the still, small voice of God before it has to become a megaphone.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?  Give your life away.

To help combat fear, isolation and other uncertainty around coronavirus, I created a 21-day challenge to inspire our community to focus on what they can control and to remain ferociously optimistic that their best remains ahead. Sign up for the IN AWE 21-Day Challenge here.

We are just a few short weeks away from launching IN AWE! Preorder your copy today to receive access to fun, interactive bonus features emailed to you in the lead-up to the book’s release! Visit ReadInAwe.com.

Did you enjoy today's episode? Share it with your friends! Then subscribe, rate + review on Apple Podcasts.

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Apr 16 2020

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Are We Stuck in "Groundhog Day"? (Monday Moments ep. 245)

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Join me every Monday for a quick burst of inspiration on our “Monday Moment” segment.

"Don't expect a great day; create one." [Click to tweet.] - Bob Proctor

With so many restrictions on where we can go, who we can see and what we can do, it feels like we're in the movie "Groundhog Day". You know, that movie where a cynical, insolent, self-centered weatherman named Phil Connors (played perfectly by Bill Murray), is doomed to repeat the same day of his life. After days + weeks of monotony, Phil feels isolated, lost, hopeless.

Today, let's not only expect a great day, but let’s strive to actually create one.

Also, to help combat fear, isolation and other uncertainty around coronavirus, I created a 21-day challenge to inspire our community to focus on what they can control and to remain ferociously optimistic that their best remains ahead. Sign up for the IN AWE 21-Day Challenge here.

Pre-order your copy of IN AWE today to receive access to fun, interactive bonus features emailed to you in the lead-up to the book’s release! Visit ReadInAwe.com.

Did you enjoy today's episode? Share it with your friends! Then subscribe, rate + review on Apple Podcasts.

Live Inspired with John daily on FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedInPinterest, Instagram + get his Monday Motivation email.

Apr 13 2020

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Legendary Entertainer John Tesh Unleashes Purpose (ep. 244)

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My friends, the coronavirus pandemic is affecting each of in some way. I urge you, Live Inspired community, to keep you + your loved ones happy + healthy. I want today's episode to be that reprieve, instill some sense of normalcy and provide positivity + hope in this uncertain time.

John Tesh has spent more than 45 years as a multi-faceted internationally recognized journalist, composer, broadcaster and concert pianist. Yet it's his incredible story of courage, resiliency, relentlessness, faith, achieving and humility that I gravitate towards.

Join me as John shares inspirational stories + insightful wisdom on overcoming life's biggest challenges, including a terminal cancer diagnosis.

Today's conversation will inspire you to move forward despite any setback you may receive in life + buy into the truth that the best of your journey remains in front of you.

SHOW NOTES:

  • "I didn't get a trophy for just participating... I tried harder because I respected my dad."
  • John's reflects on band teacher Dr. Thomas Wagner and the importance of working the process. 
  • "Anytime I had success in my life, I was working a process and staying in a lane."
  • Stubborn rigor: John found himself average or below average at most things. Although he didn't have the skills, he'd always find a way in.
  • John wanted to attend a performing arts college but his father enrolled him in North Carolina State for textile engineering. Bit by the radio + television bug, John tried to drop classes but broke the honor code and was kicked out of college.
  • For 6 months, John lived in a tent at Umstead Park in Raleigh until he got a job sweeping floors at WKIX. 36 months later, John was anchoring news in New York City.
  • 'Show up and don't take no for an answer.'
  • Be found ready. While developing film at WTBD, John would memorize + recite news scripts, one day earning an on-air anchor spot.
  • "I always felt failure was chasing me. I was developing the skills so if they had to lay me off, they'd be laying off four people."
  • Visualization has been important in many aspects of John's life including his iconic concert at Red Rocks.
  • "Pick a lane and don't let anyone take you out of that lane."
  • Beyond visualization, credits Romans 4:17 in speaking your future into existence.
  • John tells how he fell in love with his wife of 28 years, Connie Sellecca, and her disciple and honor.
  • May 3, 2015: John was diagnosed with a rare form of prostate cancer and credits divine healing to his recovery.
  • Each morning, John visuals his day, practices gratefulness and speaks to his pain about God.
  • When writing Relentless, John would write a chapter and have Connie read it back while editing.
  • Get a copy of John Tesh's book Relentless here.

If you enjoyed hearing how John courageously overcame his battle with cancer, tune into our Cancer + Illness playlist. Hear inspiring, uplifting journeys of survivors, how others aren't letting a diagnosis define them and how you too can live a more fulfilled life. Listen to the Cancer + Illness playlist.

JOHN TESH'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? A Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck, Differentiate or Die by Jack Trout, Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? I made great boats!

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? My 9-foot grand piano.

4. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Get out of the bathroom and give someone else a chance from Dr. Wagner.

5. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Apostle Paul.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Get a board of directors.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?  Healed and whole. Whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. (Mark 11:23)

To help combat fear, isolation and other uncertainty around coronavirus, I created a 21-day challenge to inspire our community to focus on what they can control and to remain ferociously optimistic that their best remains ahead. Sign up for the IN AWE 21-Day Challenge here.

Pre-order your copy of IN AWE today to receive access to fun, interactive bonus features emailed to you in the lead-up to the book’s release! Visit ReadInAwe.com.

Did you enjoy today's episode? Share it with your friends! Then subscribe, rate + review on Apple Podcasts.

Live Inspired with John daily on FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedInPinterest, Instagram + get his Monday Motivation email.

Apr 09 2020

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Can We Counter the Firehose of Negative News? (Monday Moment ep. 243)

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Join me every Monday for a quick burst of inspiration on our “Monday Moment” segment.

"Whatever you water grows. Whatever you pay attention to and focus on gets bigger. Attend to what you want, not what you fear or despise." – Dr. Henry Cloud

There is no denying that we're in the midst of a crisis. Don't believe me? Turn on your nightly news. Yet, a bit of context around our media is important to understand. In 2017, Harvard Business Review reported that 19 out of 20 stories shared by the media are negative... and that's unemployment was at all-time lows and markets at historic highs, not during the midst of a global pandemic.

We know that what we focus on grows in our consciousness so it's expected that depression + isolation will rise, triggered by the 24-hour negative news cycle. And yet, there is so much good in this world. Today, let's focus on that.

We can choose to not only can flatten the curve but create a movement that reminds the world: In spite of today’s adversity, there are helpers showing up, there’s reason for hope and there remains certainty that the best is yet to come. [Click to tweet.]

In the midst of a 24-hour negative news cycle blaring how lousy the world is, we want to counter with messages of individuals, families and entire communities choosing to Live Inspired Together. And I need your help!

Send me examples of individuals in your community taking positive action to make things better. It could be your spouse cutting the grass for an elderly neighbor or your cousin beginning a food drive for those in need. It could a story you read about a billionaire donating a 737 packed with supplies heading for NY or a video you watched of a child donating their allowance. From families singing on their decks to individuals cheering for health care workers – forward your favorite stories over to podcast@johnolearyinspires.com!  We’ll be showcasing some of them on a video very soon.

Also, to help combat fear, isolation and other uncertainty around coronavirus, I created a 21-day challenge to inspire our community to focus on what they can control and to remain ferociously optimistic that their best remains ahead. Sign up for the IN AWE 21-Day Challenge here.

Pre-order your copy of IN AWE today to receive access to fun, interactive bonus features emailed to you in the lead-up to the book’s release! Visit ReadInAwe.com.

Did you enjoy today's episode? Share it with your friends! Then subscribe, rate + review on Apple Podcasts.

Live Inspired with John daily on FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedInPinterest, Instagram + get his Monday Motivation email.

Apr 06 2020

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Don't Keep Your Day Job with Cathy Heller (ep. 242)

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Cathy Heller is igniting a movement of helping people everywhere find a deeper sense of purpose and encouraging us to make a soulful contribution to the world. In addition to being a wife + mother, Cathy is a business + life coach, musician, author and host of the wildly popular Don't Keep Your Day Job podcast.

When I first asked Cathy to meet with me, I expected to spend the majority of our time sharing her expertise on how to shift into more meaningful, fulfilling work. And then life happened... the world is now in a radically different place and yet I find this a divine appointment.

Cathy often says “purpose is the opposite of depression” and she is truly lifting up others to be the happiest version of themselves. Today, Cathy shares her story of courageously taking control of her destiny and how you can, too.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Growing up, Cathy was surrounded by trauma, violence and instability - leading her to question her worth.
  • As an aspiring singer-songwriter, Cathy moved to Los Angeles + landed a record deal before being dropped a few months later. She viewed this as validation to just "grow up, get a job + be unhappy."
  • Is there any other way I can do music? Unhappy selling commercial real-estate, Cathy learned that songwriters license music for film, TV + advertisements.
  • For a decade, Cathy wrote songs for popular shows including The OfficeSNL and Parks and Rec, plus brands including Coca-Cola, American Airlines. McDonald's and Old Navy.
  • Using her personal expertise + experience, Cathy began offering online classes for aspiring songwriters that evolved into a significant revenue stream.
  • Encouraged by the success of her online courses, Cathy launched the Don't Keep Your Day Job podcast that inspires listeners to find more purpose in their life and get paid to do what they love full-time by interviewing creative entrepreneurs on their success.
  • "We are sitting on a gold. What we are missing is seeing the possibility. We're missing momentum which only comes from taking action."
  • "There are so many special, holy people in the world. If you dig long enough you'll weed your way through the people with an agenda and you'll find the real ones."
  • You're a masterpiece. You are a piece of the master. We need you. God doesn't make extras. Those powerful words from Rabbi David Aaron ignited Cathy's calling.
  • "The opposite of depression is not happiness. The opposite of depression is purpose + belonging."
  • "Everybody will say all the reasons why something won't work and the entrepreneur finds the one reason it will. That's true also about people of faith."
  • Cathy sees hope that the coronavirus pandemic will be a gift and an opportunity to emerge more fulfilled + happier.
  • Pivot into seeing the possibilities instead of succumbing to fear. 
  • Life is 10% what happens and 90% how you deal with it. Cathy's grandmother overcame the Holocaust + the Depression and chose to look for the possibilities.
  • In today's turbulent + uncertain world, Cathy encourages aspiring entrepreneurs to start with what's possible + take action.
  • Stop to feel it, give yourself compassion, take action. Cathy stresses the importance of learning to self-regulate, being mindful of our feelings + mental wellbeing as the first step in seeing possibilities.
  • Cathy has hope that the current state of the world is an opportunity to unify + support others.
  • Listen to Cathy Heller's podcast Don't Keep Your Day Job.
  • Get a copy of Cathy Heller's book Don't Keep Your Day Job.

If you enjoyed hearing how Cathy launched her business + built her career, you'll love our Entrepreneurship playlist! Hear the inspiring journeys of Bethenny Frankel, Scott Harrison, Dave Ramsey and more. Listen to the Entrepreneurship playlist.

CATHY HELLER'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse, Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn and The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Trust. I trust the world, my abilities + my business but I don't think I trust that I'm seen + loved by my husband because of what I've been through.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? My computer because I love being able to encourage others.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? My grandfather Ben, my mom's dad. He died right before I was born and I've always felt he's watching over me.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? My grandma would say, "Before you do something, think what someone else woke up with today."

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? You are going to be okay. You have a huge role to play in the world and please know you're more than enough exactly how you are.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? Cathy made me believe that I had so much value and because of that I gave to others and lifted them.

To help combat fear, isolation and other uncertainty around coronavirus, I created a 21-day challenge to inspire our community to focus on what they can control and to remain ferociously optimistic that their best remains ahead. Sign up for the IN AWE 21-Day Challenge here.

Pre-order your copy of IN AWE today to receive access to fun, interactive bonus features emailed to you in the lead-up to the book’s release! Visit ReadInAwe.com.

Did you enjoy today's episode? Share it with your friends! Then subscribe, rate + review on Apple Podcasts.

Live Inspired with John daily on FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedInPinterest, Instagram + get his Monday Motivation email.

Apr 02 2020

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How the Last Few Weeks Have Impacted Me (Monday Moments ep. 241)

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Join me every Monday for a quick burst of inspiration on our “Monday Moment” segment.

In spite of adversity, there remains reason for hope, truth and even joy.

Today, I share a recent social media post that has resonated with our online community, and it's a reminder we all need to hear.

Also, if you or your organization are seeking hope, perspective + confidence to fight through this season, let us help you. For a dozen years, we've created virtual video programming for our clients. If we can be part of the solution for you, email Heather@johnolearyinspires.com.

To help combat fear, isolation and other uncertainty around coronavirus, I created a 21-day challenge to inspire our community to focus on what they can control and to remain ferociously optimistic that their best remains ahead. Sign up for the IN AWE 21-Day Challenge here.

Pre-order your copy of IN AWE today to receive access to fun, interactive bonus features emailed to you in the lead-up to the book’s release! Visit ReadInAwe.com.

Did you enjoy today's episode? Share it with your friends! Then subscribe, rate + review on Apple Podcasts.

Live Inspired with John daily on FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedInPinterest, Instagram + get his Monday Motivation email.

Mar 30 2020

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Dick Vitale: Hall of Fame Broadcaster Advocating for Others (ep. 240)

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My friends, the coronavirus pandemic is affecting each of in some way. I urge you, Live Inspired community, to keep you + your loved ones happy + healthy. I want today's episode to be that reprieve, instill some sense of normalcy and provide positivity + hope in this uncertain time.

Dick Vitale became a legendary voice in college basketball through his charisma, drive, and passion. As one of the pioneers of ESPN, Dick has been inducted to 14 Hall of Fames, is recognized for his trademark vernacular and exuberates an unrivaled enthusiasm that truly sets him apart.

Today, Dick shares the challenges he's had to overcome, his focus and attention on his family, and his passion for advocating for cancer research through The V Foundation. 

This conversation reminded me and will remind you, that we are called to be a champion.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Dick's parents were uneducated factory workers that worked hard and gave him love, direction and guidance.
    • "Richie, don't ever believe in can't. You can be what you want to be."
    • "Richie, be good to people and they will be good to you."
  • As a young child, Dick faced ridicule from his peers because he lost an eye. His mom helped him see his worth.
  • Dick started chasing his dream of being a college coach by coaching junior high.
  • What is it that allows a failing team to become one that is successful? The leader has to set the tone. 
  • "I want to be everybody's friend. I look for the good in people."
  • Disco Dick: A highlight of Dick's career is coaching at University of Detriot and in 1977 defeating eventual NCAA champion Marquette during a 21-game winning streak. To celebrate, Dick danced at center court.
  • "My personality, intensity and emotion did not belong in the NBA."
  • Weeks after being fired from his job as head coach of NBA's Detroit Pistons, Dick was hired to call ESPN's first college basketball game. He's still calling games 41 years later.
  • "I have pride in myself. I work harder now than I ever did."
  • Dick is proud to serve on the board of Jim Valvano's V Foundation for Cancer Research and its contribution of over $230 million for cancer research.
  • Watch Jim Valvano's iconic ESPY speech here.
  • "I'm obsessed with raising money for kids battling cancer" 
  • "I'm so blessed. If it ends today, it's been a ride that's exceeded any dream I ever had."
  • "The only place you'll find success ahead of work is in the dictionary."
  • To learn more and donate, visit The V Foundation for Cancer Research.
  • Get a copy of Dick Vitale's latest book Mount Rushmore of College Basketball here. Proceeds go to The V Foundation for Cancer Research.

If you enjoyed hearing from a legendary sports figure, you'll love our Sports + Athlete playlist! Hear from NASCAR's Kenny Wallace, professional surfer Bethany Hamilton, Olympic medalist Scott Hamilton and so many more. Listen to our Sports + Athlete playlist.

DICK VITALE'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? I like reading sports biographies. I really liked Vince Lombardi's story. He didn't start coaching until he was 40!

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Passion and pride in everything I did.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? A picture of me with my parents as a little boy. It's in my room and I kiss it every morning.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Pope Francis.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Chase your dreams + goals and never ever believe in "can't".

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? You can be what you want to be! Have a goal.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? He was everyone's friend. He cared about people. Had an incredible thirst for life filled with energy, enthusiasm and passion.

To help combat fear, isolation and other uncertainty around coronavirus, I created a 21-day challenge to inspire our community to focus on what they can control and to remain ferociously optimistic that their best remains ahead. Sign up for the IN AWE 21-Day Challenge here.

Pre-order your copy of IN AWE today to receive access to fun, interactive bonus features emailed to you in the lead-up to the book’s release! Visit ReadInAwe.com.

Did you enjoy today's episode? Share it with your friends! Then subscribe, rate + review on Apple Podcasts.

Live Inspired with John daily on FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedInPinterest, Instagram + get his Monday Motivation email.

Mar 26 2020

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Incredible perspective given to anyone who hears or sees John.

Great inspiration

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This podcast has been my go-to on my walks in the morning. It’s inspirational and uplifting!