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Live Inspired Podcast with John O'Leary is a top #20 on iTunes, biz! Join #1 National Bestselling Author of ON FIRE & Inspirational Speaker John O'Leary and wake up from accidental living so you can do, be, achieve and impact more through your life. More simply said, so you can: Live Inspired. ­­ Each episode features an amazing guest who will share his/her story, successes, failures, lessons and life to help you uncover tips to apply in yours. Subscribe now so you can join John on a new episode every Thursday! Until then: Today is your day. Live Inspired.

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Live Inspired Podcast with John O'Leary is a top #20 on iTunes, biz! Join #1 National Bestselling Author of ON FIRE & Inspirational Speaker John O'Leary and wake up from accidental living so you can do, be, achieve and impact more through your life. More simply said, so you can: Live Inspired. ­­ Each episode features an amazing guest who will share his/her story, successes, failures, lessons and life to help you uncover tips to apply in yours. Subscribe now so you can join John on a new episode every Thursday! Until then: Today is your day. Live Inspired.

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Great Podcast

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Love John O Leary truly on fire...

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So inspirational! Great start to every day!

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335 Ratings
Average Ratings
311
10
5
3
6

Great Podcast

By checkftr1 - Mar 05 2019
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Love John O Leary truly on fire...

Love it!

By Merd Clark STL - Mar 01 2019
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So inspirational! Great start to every day!

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Live Inspired Podcast with John O'Leary

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Live Inspired Podcast with John O'Leary is a top #20 on iTunes, biz! Join #1 National Bestselling Author of ON FIRE & Inspirational Speaker John O'Leary and wake up from accidental living so you can do, be, achieve and impact more through your life. More simply said, so you can: Live Inspired. ­­ Each episode features an amazing guest who will share his/her story, successes, failures, lessons and life to help you uncover tips to apply in yours. Subscribe now so you can join John on a new episode every Thursday! Until then: Today is your day. Live Inspired.

Rank #1: Brené Brown (Curiosity, vulnerability + other signs of great leaders ) Ep. #103

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Brené Brown, 4x New York Times bestselling author, researcher, Oprah's Super Soul Sunday favorite and top-5 TED Talk presenter of all time, joins us today! We'll talk about her new book Dare to Lead. Share tips to become better leaders. Identify what might be holding us back. And hear the vulnerability expert herself share vulnerably about her "big, rowdy Texas" family + life. Join us to live (and lead!) inspired with one of my very favorite authors. Show Notes: Watch Brené Brown's TED talk on vulnerability here. Brené studies courage, vulnerability, shame, empathy + what transformational leaders will need in the future. "I was raised with a very Texas sensibility. I had to be brave and wasn't allowed to be vulnerable. Now, years and 400,000 pieces of data later, I know there is not courage without vulnerability." "You can't write a new ending to a story that you have not owned." You know what is harder than not fitting in at school? Not fitting in at home. True belonging never requires you to change who you are. It requires you to be who you are. We can never experience a sense of belonging that is greater than our sense of self-worth and courage to stand alone because sometimes we have to stand alone. Even at fortune 10 companies, without exception, Brené hears that one of the hardest things about work is feeling like you don't belong. In the absence of belonging, we show up in ways that are outside of our normal values. My kids don't need me to apologize for working. They need to see me be strong and contribute and do something I love and then they need me to be present when I am home. 90% of "balancing it all" is having the right partner, one that shines when you shine. Brené's marriage hack: Instead of thinking, "it should be 50/50" a solid partnership is one where, when you have 20%, they can cough up 80%. Share how much you have + ask how much your partner has. If you can't get to 100% together, you have to have kindness, patience, grace with each other to make it through.  If I feel nauseous when I'm done, I probably did a good job. Vulnerability is courage. To opt out of difficult conversations around gender, race, or class, because you can't do it perfectly or be comfortable is the definition of privilege. I'd rather contribute and be criticized then play it safe.  Show Notes on Brené Brown's new Book: Dare to Lead Get a copy of Brene's new book Dare to Lead and additional resources for it here. We asked all the leaders we interviewed: What is the future of leadership? What scares you the most about not being able to find new leaders? What is missing? From family-owned, to starts-ups to fortune-10 companies we heard: "We need more courage in our leaders." We asked "What do you see as a barrier to courage?" In the book we share 10 barriers to leadership. Examples: (1) unwillingness or inability to have tough conversations (2) blaming instead of accountability. The biggest barrier to courageous leadership is self-protection, the way we armor up. You can't lead from an armored place. If you can't do hard, real and vulnerable you cannot lead in the future. What doesn't need to be vulnerable and human will be done by machines. When we are unsure how we are contributing/don't see meaningfulness in our contribution, we start hustling for our work. We over emphasize our importance... and hustle to make sure people think we are worthy. Tip: Make sure you have conversations and acknowledge where your employees are adding value. Ask where they see themselves adding value. There is nothing worse than the behaviors that show up when people don't know. They stop being learners + start being knowers... put more emphasis on being right than doing something right... on being important v. doing important work. If you see some of these tendencies in yourself, it's a sign you're not clear on your value

Oct 11 2018
56 mins
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Rank #2: 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! *** 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 Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and get his Monday Motivation email: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/Monday-Morning 

Jun 21 2018
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #3: S6 | Ep. 60: Matt Maher

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"You shattered my darkness... I'm alive again." These are lyrics from Alive Again by Matt Maher. When clients ask Matt what "walk-on song" he wants playing when he goes on stage to speak, this is the song he picks. Matt is an internationally acclaimed Christian singer; earlier this year he performed at World Youth Day in Rio in front of 3 million people. Matt teaches us that faith exists so you come to know how loved you are...so that you might be motivated by that love to live a life of abundance, outwardly focused. He shows us that the moments that bring us to our knees can be our greatest teachers and when your interior needs are met, you're free to give of yourself. Today, he joins us to talk about his faith, life, music and what it means for your life. SHOW NOTES:  I never didn't believe in God, I just didn't believe how much God believed in me.  Choose wisely. We all tether ourselves to people and communities that inform our worldview & the way we look at things. We are at an amazing time in human history with so many opportunities, but also the most individualistic and lonely time. You can't change anybody but yourself. Even that you can't do alone; you'll have to tap into something bigger than just you. Have the courage to admit your weakness + powerlessness to make yourself available for a strength much bigger than yourself. God is not a hall monitor with a checklist to tell me what I'm doing wrong. He's a father who is so incredibly proud of the gifts I have and the imperfect ways in which I use them. When you are in a place of influence, are you working for the good of the whole or based on your fears and insecurities? Live life abundantly, not for the short term. Writing is mostly about living life and being fully in the moment. I am always listening to the world around me. "I hope my music lets people know how much they are loved and accepted by The Creator of the universe." Sometimes our feelings don't align with our beliefs because we aren't perfect. We are loved and because we are loved we can share it with others. MATT MAHER'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? A Grief Observed by CS Lewis, which is the journal entries after the death of his wife. It revealed to me that I didn't know how to love and that I wanted to love a woman like that. For me, it is so hopeful and beautiful because it led me to my wife. 2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? Pay off all my families' debts and set up a foundation. I contracted Hep C when I was 13 getting a blood transfusion. I was cured 3 years ago because of medical advancement. I want to help kids who have blood disorders and aren't able to have a normal life because of it. 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? One of my guitars a youth minister gave me - a 1964 Gibson J45 that belonged to his grandfather. 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? Tom Petty. He's the one who pops into my head. You might think, what about Mother Teresa or Pope John Paul? But no. It's Tom Petty! 5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? I once heard someone ask how to become a better songwriter. The response was: Go get your heart broken. 6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Stop talking. Listen to the world around you. Older people, like my grandpa, had a greater appreciation for the stillness in life. I wish I'd had more time with him. 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 finished well. ***  If you enjoyed today’s

Dec 14 2017
1 hour 20 mins
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Rank #4: 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

Mar 15 2018
1 hour 11 mins
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Rank #5: S4 | Ep. 44: Season 4 Highlights

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"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference." - Robert Frost   I love this quote from Robert Frost. Each of our guests from Season 4, though very different from each other (from co-founder of eHarmony to a super model and ESPN host to my personal business coach), chose the path less travelled... and it "truly made all the difference."   On episode 44, I'm sharing with you my favorite take aways from each Season 4 guest. You'll not only get a rapid-fire inspirational download, but also see which episodes speak to you most so you can revisit them.   Here we go! 10 amazing guests and my favorite takeaway from each:   SHOW NOTES: Les Parrott, co-creator of eHarmony, psychologist, professor, author, husband and father: "The most important thing you can do for your relationship is what you do for yourself." This episode is for you if: You're ready to improve your relationships or long for a stronger relationship at home or in the mirror.  Edie Varley, the business coach who I began working with 10 years ago when I transitioned from real estate + construction into speaking + writing:"Busy is not productive. Your to-do list is not the most important thing. The list that you actually honor is." This episode is for you if: You need to recalibrate what is truly important in life, relationships and business. Koran Bolden, speaker, author + voice in urban education and arts: "If you are patient you'll move past most obstacles. If you are simply patient..." This episode is for you if: You could use an example of how to pivot from extreme challenge, grief or trauma into your most inspired life.  Amy Brown, co-host of the nationally syndicated Bobby Bones Show and host of Love What Matters Podcast: "There's always good that can come from bad." This episode is for you if: You could use a shining example of finding blessings in all of life's experiences. Nurse Roy, the man who taught me how to walk again after my childhood fire (a story I used to share from the stage but don't often get the chance to today. "Today we're going to talk about the power of one. One individual. One action. One impact." This episode is for you if: You want to see clearly the impact you are having in the lives of others every day. Ben Newman, performance coach, speaker and author:"How you respond to adversity determines the story you write." This episode is for you if: You want concrete tools to build the business and life you want. Mark Sharenbroich, bestselling author of Nice Bike, leadership guru and longtime speaker: "The right moment to tell someone they've had an impact on your life is right now." This episode is for you if: You could use a reminder on how to connect effectively with people AND the importance of doing it. Leah Darrow, from America's Next Top Model to Role Model: "Life is so much more about contribution than competition." This episode is for you if: You want to see what it looks like to break free from the status quo and into the life you're meant to lead.  John Brenkus, host of ESPN's Sports Science show, 6-time Emmy winner, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfection Point: "I had to have persistence, stubbornness + belief to stick around when I was scraping by... I was scraping by for a long time." This episode is for you if: You want to hear what it takes to make your professional + personal dreams come true. Chris Norton, after being paralyzed while playing NCAA football, the video of his graduation walk went viral: "As life changes you change. Sometimes it's best to accept something different... different doesn't make it worse." This story is for you if: You need an example of what committing to a goal can do for your life. Ten months ago I invited my mo

Aug 24 2017
36 mins
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Rank #6: 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 Wood

Feb 02 2017
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #7: 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. *** 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 Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram + get his Monday Motivation email. 

Dec 13 2018
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #8: E7 | Episode 68 Scott Hamilton

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"Understand that failure is part of the process and when it's over, it's over." Scott Hamilton is a four-time World Champion, Gold Medal Winner at the 1984 Olympics in Saravejo, co-creator of Stars on Ice, commentator, performer, author and philanthropist.   Scott has had his fair share of setbacks. He suffered a misdiagnosed condition as a young boy, lost his mother to cancer, and had his battles with cancer as well. Yet, by his own calculation, he has fallen down 41,600 times and gotten back up 41,601 times. He used that metaphor to replace fear with courage and clarity of purpose.   Even though he is perhaps the most recognizable male figure skater in the world, his struggles and successes are entirely down to earth. Scott's message has humor and wisdom, delivering uplifting encouragement for us to get back up one more time and continue forward as a champion.  Today, Scott joins us to share his story of being adopted, his mother's fight with cancer and how he used her inspiration to reach the Olympics.  SHOW NOTES:  Scott created the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation (Cancer Alliance for Research, Education and Survivorship). He founded several programs including Chemocare.com and the 4th Angel Mentoring Program.   He is the author of three books: Landing It, The Great Eight, and Finish First. "Failure is tempory, successes last longer." Scott has estimated he has fallen down 41,600 times. He is a self-professed pro at getting back up again. "Skating is all about falling down and getting up. That concept has helped me get through life." He is a four-time World Champion and won the Gold Medal in the 1984 Olympics.  "I want to be informed but not submerged. All I can do is fix my little corner of the world." When Scott shares the story about training after his mother passed away, "I took my mother to the rink every day." He has been inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame and the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. He lives outside Nashville, TN with his wife Tracie and their four children. SCOTT HAMILTON'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Bible. As far as pure entertainment, The Bourne Identity.  2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? Pay off all my debt and give the rest 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?   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. There are so many people from the faith world, business world, and beyond; but, it would be my wife. 5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Enjoy every aspect of what you have achieved and realize it is finite. Also, "this to shall pass."  6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Don't do that. Whatever you are doing STOP!  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? Here is a guy who failed miserably, figured out a way to understand his blessings, got up constantly, and was always in search of a brighter day. ***  If you enjoyed today’s episode: Subscribe (automatically get new episodes), rate & review (help spread the word!) this podcast wherever you get your podcasts. I can’t wait to see you here next Thursday! Today is your day. Live Inspired. Live Inspired with John every day on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and get his Monday Motivation email: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/Monday-Morning

Feb 08 2018
54 mins
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Rank #9: 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.  ***  If you enjoyed today’s episode: Subscribe (automatically get new episodes), rate & review (help spread the word!) this podcast wherever you get your podcasts. I can’t wait to see you here next Thursday! Today is your day. Live Inspired. Live Inspired with John every day on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and get his Monday Motivation email: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/Monday-Morning

Apr 12 2018
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #10: S6 | Ep. #57: Fr. Jim Martin

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"Pay attention to the movements in your soul." Fr. Jim Martin is an author, speaker, editor for American Magazine, contributor to the New York Times, Jesuit priest and consultant to the Vatican. SO MUCH in the marketplace is secular so I know this may feel unfamiliar. Actually, question #13 on the survey I give clients to help me prepare my presentation is this: "What topic do you not want me to speak to?"  Nearly each of the 1,500+ presentations I've given I've received the same answer: Religion and politics. My friends, if we are unwilling to even whisper about religion and politics - we'll never find common ground or live our best lives. Today's episode is much less about religion and much more about discovery and how to live our best life going forward. Today, Fr. Jim will help us better understand the movements in our soul... and why it's critically important that we stop and listen to them. SHOW NOTES: Fr. Jim did not grow up in a religious household.  He studied finance + took a job with GE. The first years were exciting: A yuppy with good money in New York. After a few years, he felt trapped, asking: How am I going to get out of this? He went to a psychologist to deal with the stress and also began reading the writings of Thomas Merton.  After a year, the therapist asked: What would you do if you could do anything you wanted to do? Every young person should be asked this question. Answering this question is how you make the leap from being miserable into discovering a new calling. He joined the seminary and 10 years later was ordained a priest and assigned to America Magazine where he's been since. He had no clue what he was getting into and his parents and friends were a mix of horrified and upset. A year later they got it. "God works through your desires. There's a push and pull to something else." "Desiring something more fulfilling, satisfying? Pay attention to those movements in your soul. That's the call." What do I want to do with my life? That's something everyone struggles with; if we let ourselves. Allow yourself to answer that question. "The hardest part of leaving the corporate structure is the money. But its ultimately really freeing." "The most freeing and fun thing is being able to be myself." Think of times you've felt moved. Everyone has these but they aren't encouraged to reflect on them, name them as God. Holding your first child, feeling the undeniable love and not knowing where it comes from? That's God awakening His love in you. Wanting more in life. That's God calling to you. Falling in love with your spouse. That's God calling you together. Fr. Jim has written 10 books, including: Searching for God at Ground Zero  Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect... My Life with the Saints  Becoming Who You Are: Insights on the True Self from Thomas Merton and the Saints. What do you say to people lukewarm to faith? The first step in the spiritual life for lukewarm people is the insight that the desire for God is actually God calling you. When you can at least consider that, it changes everything. It's not just a weird feeling. "That which you seek is seeking you." - Rumi Fr. Jim Martin's Live Inspired 7  1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The 7 Story Mountain changed my life. The story of Thomas Merton, an American raised in France and the UK, who finds true meaning in a Trappist Monastery.  2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? I'd turn the check right over to the Jesuits! 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? At the day of our vows, we're giving a medal cross, we keep it our whole lives a

Nov 23 2017
56 mins
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Rank #11: S5 | Ep. 53: Ozzie Smith, Top 50 MLB Players of All-Time

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"Hard work and applying yourself to be the very best you can be everyday: That is what life is all about." Today my boyhood hero joins us. Introducing him as a friend is a dream come true. Ozzie Smith is a 13-time, MLB Gold-Glove-winning short stop for the St. Louis Cardinals. When I was burned as a 9-year-old, Cardinals' announcer Jack Buck promised me John O'Leary Day at the Ballpark when I recovered. At John O'Leary Day: I got to meet Ozzie for the first time. This summer, on the 30th anniversary of that day, Ozzie and I reconnected. Join me and Ozzie as we talk about humility, being a role model, baseball and how each has allowed him to lead an inspired life. SHOW NOTES: "People are looking up at you, they are watching. Give them an example that is worthy. Make sure you leave people better when they walk away from you then they were when they walked towards you." Watch Ozzie interview John on Cardinals' Insider here. From growing up in a single-parent home, to being the only African American player on his minor league team: Ozzie shares the greatest lesson he learned repeatedly in life: You are only going to get out what you put in.  Hard work, applying yourself to be the very best you can be everyday is really what life is all about. It comes from within, you gotta have that drive within you. You gotta be able to kick doubt out.  Failure wasn't an option. No matter what I came up against, I had to strive, to work hard to make it. I didn't know what making it was. But I knew that if I was successful, it would make life better for my family.  Winning is being able to help your team win psychologically. You give them confidence by being there.  Today, Ozzie is passionate about the PGA Reach Program. OZZIE SMITH'S LIVE INSPIRED 7  1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Charlotte's Web, one of the first books I ever read that I really enjoyed reading.  2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? Kickstart the PGA Reach Program. Finding ways to help people who are less fortunate, John, because there is so much that can be done. 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? Rawlings gave me a trophy that has each year I won a gold glove. That would be the one thing I'd grab for my grandkids; something they could look at and refer to who their grandpa was. 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 that would be great; to sit and have a conversation with him. My first question: Why are we where we are, what happened?  5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Be the best you you can be. That's as simple as it gets. if you adhere to that, good things happen. 6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Get involved in the tech world. It would give you the entree to do so much more for the world. You could do so much good. 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? You were such an important part of my life! Watching you play baseball with my family - that is what we did. We enjoyed watching you and you brought us such enjoyment. It doesn't get any greater than that. ***  If you enjoyed today’s episode: Subscribe (automatically get new episodes), rate & review (help spread the word!) this podcast wherever you get your podcasts. I can’t wait to see you here next Thursday! Today is your day. Live Inspired. Live Inspired with John everyday on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest and get his Monday Motivation email: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/Monday-Morning

Oct 26 2017
53 mins
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Rank #12: S6 | Episode 64 Gretchen Rubin

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"Don't wait for others to join you. Because you might wait forever." Gretchen Rubin has sold nearly 3 million books worldwide and perhaps is best known for her books The Happiness Project & The Four Tendencies. She is a thought-provoking observer of human nature and happiness, or as her sister likes to describe her "a happiness bully." She has an incredibly interesting story to tell; a graduate of Yale Law School who clerked for the nation's first female Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O'Connor; the host of the Happier Podcast with Gretchen Rubin; interviewed by Oprah; walked with the Dalai Lama; and an answer to a Jeopardy question. She is a prolific researcher and note taker who is "subject to epiphany" and writes about issues simply because she finds them interesting. Her topics range from JFK & Winston Churchill to fame & money.  Today, Gretchen joins us to share her insights into happiness and how we too can capture more of it in our lives.  SHOW NOTES:  Gretchen is the author of 8 books: The Happiness Project, The Four Tendencies, Better Than Before, Happier At Home, Forty Ways to Look at JFK, Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchhill, Power Money Fame Sex,& Profane Waste. She grew up in Kansas City, MO and now lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters. Gretchen says about her time clerking for the Supreme Court, "all of the justices are extremely earnest and sincere in trying to hold up the ideals of the United States of America. Everyone was trying to do their best work, every day." "All someone can do in this world is to try and do the right thing." "I never think of where I want to be in the future. I think what do I want to do now!" "I think the most important thing that I've learned is that: we can build a happy life only on the foundation of our own nature, our own values, our own interest and that there is no magic one size fits all solution." Her first commandment is "Be Gretchen" "The only person we can change is ourselves, often we can change a situation because we changed ourselves." GRETCHEN RUBIN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? I never answer that question. I love books too much. (John finally gets her to offer one book: The Essays of George Orwell.)  2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? Probably nothing.  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 cell 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? St. Therese of Lisieux, author of The Story of the Soul known as "the little flower." She is my spiritual master.  5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? The best advice I ever received is from me, "Be Gretchen." I also like, "a strong voice repels as well as attracts."  6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Be Gretchen.  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 what she set out to do.  ***  If you enjoyed today’s episode: Subscribe (automatically get new episodes), rate & review (help spread the word!) this podcast wherever you get your podcasts. I can’t wait to see you here next Thursday! Today is your day. Live Inspired. Live Inspired with John every day on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and get his Monday Motivation email: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/Monday-Morning

Jan 11 2018
52 mins
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Rank #13: S7 | Episode 67 Marc & Angel Chernoff

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"You are always only just beginning." Marc and Angel Chernoff didn't set out to create one of the most read blog sites online; it came to them over time. After losing a mutual friend with no warning and Angel's brother to suicide soon after, they began a blog to hold each other accountable. They had no idea the blog would resonate with others; it was simply a form of therapy, a coping mechanism, and a way to heal.  Fate it would seem had different plans. Soon, they began getting hundreds of visitors, then thousands, and in time what started as a side project began getting millions of visitors a month. Marc and Angel's blog Hack Life tackles the everyday issues we all face at one time or another in our lives. They cover what to do when everything goes wrong, how to be grateful for the things you have, tips for a strong relationship, and how to get toxic elements out of your life.    Today, Marc & Angel Chernoff join us to talk about the struggles of losing loved ones, relationship goals, and how to be more grateful and present in life. This amazing couple has some very positive messages and advice to share with us. Have a listen. SHOW NOTES:  Their blog Hack Life started as a public accountability journal in 2008. What started as a side project, would soon be picked up by other outlets and have over a million viewers a month. Losing their friend Josh had a profound impact on both of them. They describe him as genuine, honest, and an old soul. Josh passed away on a business trip for a job that Angel helped him get. This haunted her, and she suffered from severe guilt. Two months later, Angel lost her brother to suicide. Marc and Angel kept asking why, only to conclude the "why" is not reality. The reality is they both passed away. Therefore, the question to ask became, "how do you get back up?" "That's such a simple thing. Often, we think the answers to a happier or simpler life are found in something new you are going to learn. When it really is just dialing back a little bit. Something as simple as sitting down with the family every day and just staying in touch with what is going on in each other’s heads and each other's lives is priceless.” "What if you could look past the thought. Without that thought in your head right now. Without that tunnel vision. That very narrow focus on this tragedy. What else surrounds it? What else is in the periphery here? And is it possible that I can work within the periphery to do something that is amazing, or at least something that helps me take a small step forward in the right direction? The answer 99.9% of the time is yes."  "Everyone is going to be blindsided at one point in life."  Marc and Angel run a course called "Getting Back to Happy." "Every day you are becoming a better version of yourself." "The best lessons we learn are the lessons we learn over and over again." MARC & ANGEL'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? MARC: The Road Less Traveled, by M. Scott Peck, M.D. I love the first line, "Life is not easy." ANGEL: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. 2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? ANGEL: We have what we need. How could we have more of an impact then we do now, how do we give back? Maybe some non-profit work for children. MARC: Reinvest it in our mission. Suddenly it wouldn't be about the money at all. Hiring people who will help us help others.   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? MARC: We spent a lot of time over the last decade simplifying our lives. It sounds cliche but data. ANGEL: We don't have any materials which wouldn't be replaceable. MARC: We don't have a connection to physical possessions.  4. You are sitting on

Feb 01 2018
59 mins
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Rank #14: S5 | Ep. 51 Edie Littlefield Sundby

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"I'd rather die on a mule in Mexico then on a bed at home." Edie Littlefield Sundby had just mortgaged her home to start a new business when she received a diagnosis of stage 4 gallbladder cancer. After months of treatment, she decided she needed to take a walk to "pour out her overflowing emotions.” She set out on the impossible: Walking the entire 1,600 miles of El Camino Real "Mission" trail from Mexico to California. Edie trekked - dodging drug smugglers, rattlesnakes, mountain lions and scorpions - and concluded with a new perspective that allowed her to see every new day as a bonus. Walk for a moment with Edie and me to hear her amazing lessons on living life, even one with devastating challenges, inspired. NOTES: Look at every day as a bonus. Refuse to live a diminished life. Get a copy of Edie's newly released book The Mission Walker  What do you do when life throws a devastating challenge your way? When Edie was given a grim prognosis; she knew she had to do something extraordinary to continue living her best life. Her long walk allowed her to turn to God and inward. We all walk alone, together, in life. We have to have meaning in life… a purpose. One thing cancer teaches us is: Don’t Delay. There is an Indiana Jones moment in every life, where you realize you can’t go back… you have to go forward. Fear is not in the moment. Fear is in the mind. What will be… will be. All is well. All is well, ALWAYS. I’m uncertain when cancer will come back, but I have faith that when it does: All is well. When you realize we're all dying, you can finally start living. While alive, live.  Edie Littlefield Sundby's Live Inspired 7 1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Bible. Ecclesiastes to me helps with uncertainty. It reminds us while alive, live.  2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? I'd have a Baskin Robbins ice cream with whip cream on top. Money doesn't change how we'd live. I'd buy a camper van! 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? Not one thing. Nothing. Things are not what I hold in my heart.  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 mother. I believe in angels, I believe in saints. I believe my mother was an angel and a saint. 5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? It is advice from my heart, Ecclesiastes, my mother..."While Alive Live." 6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? All is well. All is well.  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?When she was alive, she lived.  ***  If you enjoyed today’s episode: Subscribe (automatically get new episodes), rate & review (help spread the word!) this podcast wherever you get your podcasts. I can’t wait to see you here next Thursday! Today is your day. Live Inspired. Live Inspired with John everyday on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest and get his Monday Motivation email: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/Monday-Morning 

Oct 12 2017
50 mins
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Rank #15: Go Be Kind (Leon Logothetis of The Kindness Diaries #136)

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The Kindness Diaries, streaming on Netflix, is a series that follows Leon Logothetis as he travels the world relying solely on the kindness of strangers, which he pays back in unexpected, inspiring ways. Leon joins us to share how a once “lonely kid” grew up to be a successful stock broker and then, upon discovering his passion for human connection and kindness, has embarked on the adventure of a lifetime.

Mar 28 2019
44 mins
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Rank #16: S5 | Ep. 54: Richard Bach

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"We are so much more than mortals suffering on this planet." Each of the 50+ episodes of the Live Inspired Podcast I end by asking our guest the "Live Inspired 7 Questions." The first - What is your favorite book? - has been answered SO MANY times with: Johnathan Livingston Seagull.  So intrigued by the impact this little book had on so many of our amazing guests (and from a little research quickly learned on millions worldwide since it was published in 1970) I knew we had to have the author on the show. The beloved author, Richard Bach, has written 30 book, is a pilot, philosopher, seeker of love and doesn't often grant interviews. I am so honored to have him joining us to share about his writing, the accident that nearly cost his life and the nearly 8 decades of inspired living he's been granted thus far. Join me and Richard Bach today to talk about listening to the voice that calls out to you and a little seagull named Johnathan. SHOW NOTES: "When we ask we receive." Describing his famous book, "here is a little seagull who loves to fly. He can fly at extreme speeds. Because of this, he is thrown out of the flock." Johnathan Livingston Seagull was rejected 18 times before it was published. It then spent over 2 years on the New York Times Bestseller list, was translated into 50 languages, made into a movie and recently an app.  "Disasters can be blessings and blessings can be disasters." Richard's favorite line in Johnathan Livingston Seagull; “You have the freedom to be yourself. Here and now. Your true self and nothing can stand in your way.” "I’m so slow to learn. I need multiple lifetimes to become one with love." "It doesn’t matter what we do, it matters how much we love." Richard Bach's Live inspired 7. 1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? It was a book that was given to me, Johnathan Livingston Seagull. 2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? I couldn’t imagine the number of chocolates that I could buy with millions of dollars. The only inheritance I’ve received is the time/experiences I’ve had with people. 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? Dog food, a package of marshmallows, and a fork. 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? Ray Bradbury, he wrote Dandelion Wine & Zen and the Art of Writing. 5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Follow your highest right. Within ourselves, we decide the best thing for us to do in any situation. I think we would have a pretty good life if we follow that simple rule. 6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Try to fail at anything you don’t care about. Find out what you love and be successful at that. 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? Richard Bach loved the sky and with his books, he brought us there. ***  If you enjoyed today’s episode: Subscribe (automatically get new episodes), rate & review (help spread the word!) this podcast wherever you get your podcasts. I can’t wait to see you here next Thursday! Today is your day. Live Inspired. Live Inspired with John everyday on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest and get his Monday Motivation email: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/Monday-Morning 

Nov 02 2017
52 mins
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Rank #17: S2 | Ep. 018: Jill Blashack Strahan

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If you don't have motors in your life and you do have anchors, the anchors are going to pull you down and drown you. Be around positive people that pull you up and plant positivity, not fear. Jill Blashack Strahan shared this when reflecting on how she found significance and success as Founder & CEO of Tastefully Simple, despite experiencing tragic loss when her spouse and two brothers died much too early in life.  As a speaker, Jill often asks her audiences to "Think back to a time when you have been filled with fear. Did you get through it? Do you believe you are stronger because of it?" She continues by sharing her personal story as a mirror: "I tell them, I've been there. I made it through. You can make it through too." You are going to love hearing from my dear friend, client & author. From simple joys growing up on a dairy farm in Minnesota to the wisdom her grandmother continues to share today through books she recommended decades ago: Jill's story will remind you that you were put on this earth to shine. My Main Takeaways:  What Jill learned from falling in love with an alcoholic and joining the Al-Anon community: Let go go of behavior with love. We love the person, hate the behavior. These ideas were key in shaping my life. The Serenity Prayer helped Jill to not be reactive and stay centered during the hardest times in her life. Jill's wild success ($14k annually to $100+ million in 8 years) is tied in part to her objective: "To help people become more of who they are." Fear is about what we're thinking. Thoughts control emotions. Emotions control actions. Don't get caught up in fear. We say 'why me' when bad things happen, but why not say 'why not me'? What makes me so special? If you don't have motors in your life and you have anchors, they are going to pull you down and drown you. Be around positive people that pull you up and plant positivity, not fear. Whatever is given to you is meant to be a gift in some way, it's not a way to hurt you or pull you down or destroy you. Fear is a gatekeeper to strength always.  Business is about ebb and flow and finding the "new right answer." I have learned so much in the last two years, we changed our paradigm, from home tasting parties to one-to-one & online channels.  Order your copy of Jill's book Simply Shine here. Learn more about having Jill speak here. Setting goals & creating a game plan is critically important. Jill never made more than $14,000 a year and was working out of her shed when she launched Tastefully Simple. Within 5 years, her business was worth $11.8 million. Her SMART goal had been $11 million in 5 years Life is a learning process. "We learned as we went along and reserved the right to get smarter and build trust with people. We promised we would deliver something excellent, but acknowledged we may stumble along the way to getting it right. The team approach was huge. It took the pressure off of people as they joined us - we didn't have to be perfect."    JILL BLASHACK STRAHAN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach was significant for me. Today We Are Rich by Tim Sanders was another that was very timely for me. 2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do? I would give a lot that money away. Tastefully Simple has financially afforded me much in life. I would definitely want to build a park in little Villard, MN. 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? Old photos that I don't have digitally. Especially so that my son Zach would have them, memories of his dad. 4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long co

Feb 23 2017
53 mins
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Rank #18: Making Peace with the Unexpected (Michele Cushatt #132)

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Michele Cushatt is a self-proclaimed expert of trauma, pain and the deep need for human connection. As a three-time head and neck cancer survivor, mother of six, author and speaker, Michele's warmth, strength and transparency will remind you that you're not alone. Michele shares her story, how hope got her through her struggles and how it will help you through yours. Today, you'll be reminded that your best days remain in front of you to live a more inspired life. 

Mar 14 2019
56 mins
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Rank #19: Take Back Sabbath (Judith Shulevitz #140)

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Almost 13 years ago, I read Judith Shulevitz's New York Times article Taking Back Sabbath and still today, it has a profound effect on me. As a society, we've put such an emphasis on work and being busy and this article reminds us of the importance of Sabbath, what “Sabbath” is and what it means in all of our lives – regardless of our faith background.

Apr 11 2019
42 mins
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Rank #20: 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.  *** 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 Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram + get his Monday Motivation email.

Dec 06 2018
44 mins
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