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Live Inspired Podcast with John O'Leary

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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Oct 17, 2019

Have you ever thought about how much your thoughts, beliefs, and emotions influence your days, health and ability to heal?

From years spent studying cutting edge science, ancient medicine, and spiritual practices, Kelly Noonan Gores has discovered that we have far more control over our well-being, health + life than we tend to believe. Her documentary Heal, streaming on Netflix, was so popular, it was recently turned into a book.

Today, Kelly joins us to share how to choose love over fear + gives concrete tips on how to make strides in your personal wellness journey.

SHOW NOTES:

  • The teachings of Bruce Lipton, Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, among others inspired Kelly to create the documentary and book Heal.
  • While dealing with depression in college, Kelly was given Marianne Willamson's book A Return to Love which guided her in finding a grounding force. 
  • Fear + love: Kelly sees fear every day but has spiritual practices to avoid being taken over by fear.
  • "You do not have to be a victim to your genes."
  • Epigenetics: Our DNA is a blueprint and our lifestyle choices are the triggers that turn on or off our genes. 
  • Chemical, emotional + physical stress has an incredible impact on our health.
  • Kelly reduces stress in her life by practicing meditation, earthing/grounding, and gratitude. 
  • Placebo Effect: when we have a belief or expectation that something is going to help us 50-75% is has a positive effect.
  • Grammy-winning singer John Legend performed All of Me at her wedding. 
  • Watch Kelly Noonan Gores' documentary Heal on Netflix.
  • Get Kelly Noonan Gores' book Heal: Discover Your Unlimited Potential and Awaken the Powerful Healer Within here.

If you enjoyed hearing about how your environment can have an effect on your health, you'll love my conversation with Dr. Kelli Harding. Kelli shares her groundbreaking research + the importance of treating others with kindness on ep. 180.

KELLY NOONAN GORES' LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? I was sassy + witty. I still have a quick wit but I've toned down the sass.

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 photo albums from the 1970s + 1980s.

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 and I'd ask him, "please tell me everything. Can you tell me everything?"

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Remembering that the universe, or God, has your back.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Anything is possible and follow your heart. In every oak tree, there is an acorn.

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 took the leap, she was terrified on the way down, but she had a lot of fun along the way.

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Oct 14, 2019

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

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

Christine asked: How should I deal with negativity at work?

Tune in to hear my answer.

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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Oct 10, 2019

The Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of nine-year-old Kim Phuc running away from her village, naked and severely burned is one of the most iconic images of all time. 

Today, we are joined by Kim to hear the story behind the photo. Taken just months before the US pulled out of the Vietnam War, the image captures the catastrophic effect the war was having on civilians.

Kim, also known as “Napalm girl,” shares what she has learned on her journey from tragedy to triumph and what it means for us.

SHOW NOTES

  • Growing up, the Vietnam War seemed far away from Kim’s carefree + joyful life in the village of Trảng Bàng.
  • June 8, 1972: Kim watched as the planes flew overhead, dropping napalm bombs. Instantly, her clothes burned off + her left arm caught fire. She knew she’d no longer be “normal” and be viewed differently.
  • As they were running from their burning village, a solider gave Kim water to drink + poured water over her skin.
  • Three days after the bombing, her parents found her in the morgue of the hospital.
  • Uncle Ut: Nick Ut is the photographer that captured the iconic photo + took Kim her to a nearby hospital.
  • Kim spent 14 months in the hospital receiving 17 surgical procedures.
  • The compassion and readiness of the doctors and nurses that treated Kim inspired her.
  • While in medical school, the Vietnamese government arranged for journalists around the world to interview her which interrupted her studies leading her to have to drop out.
  • The Girl in the Picture: While in the hospital, Kim was unaware the photograph existed. When she finally saw it, she was embarrassed that someone took her photo, naked and in agony.
    • Later in life, the picture evoked emotion, motivating Kim to help children that are suffering.
    • Finding peace: Kim has now learned to accept the picture + use it to promote peace.
  • At 19 years old, Kim dealt with hatred, bitterness, pain, loss, negativity + hopelessness which was harder than dealing with the physical pain caused by napalm.
  • Seeking purpose: Kim's physical suffering motivated her to find a purpose in religion.
  • "Forgiveness made me free from hatred. I still have many scars on my body and severe pain most days but my heart is cleansed."
  • "Naplam is very powerful but faith, forgiveness, and love are much more powerful. We would not have war at all if everyone could learn to live with true love, hope + forgiveness."
  • "And if that little girl in the picture can find love, hope, and forgiveness. Then ask yourself, can you?"

If you enjoyed hearing about Kim Phuc's story, you'll love my conversation with Carlotta Walls LaNier. As the youngest member of the "Little Rock Nine", Carlotta shares about her historic role in school integration + how she's been an inspirational leader for so many. Listen to Carlotta on ep. 56.

Thank you to our Live Inspired community member + friend Marianne K. for recommending Kim Phuc as a guest for the Live Inspired Podcast. Share your guest recommendations with us at podcast@johnolearyinspires.com.

KIM PHUC'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

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

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

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 Bible.

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 Lord.

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

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? You love everything, but when you have God’s love you will have everything.

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? We cannot change history, but with love, we can heal the future. 

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Oct 7, 2019

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

"Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music" - Angela Monet

The more we experience events, the easier it is to take them for granted. Today, I invite you to look more closely at the joy + beauty in each day.

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Oct 3, 2019

I am honored to welcome one of the most successful gospel singers of all time, Mrs. Erica Campbell, onto the show. Her achievements, voice, sense of self and faith are profound. Yet it’s her story, first finding her angelic voice at the age of five at church in an impoverished California neighborhood, that will blow you away.

Erica is part of the hit group Mary Mary, solo artist, wife, mother, Christian and as of very recently, author. In our conversation, Erica radiates positivity, hope + optimism – and it’s infectious. You can’t listen to this episode and not live inspired.

SHOW NOTES

  • Falling in love with Jesus allowed her to understand the importance + meaning of the word “love”.
  • Tough love: Erica's father prepared her for the harshness of the entertainment industry.
  • Erica was just six-years-old when her brother Andre Lovell Adkin, who had Downs syndrome, passed away.
  • Erica began singing around 12 years old in church + with a group called The Young Annonited but stopped singing after forgetting the words at a big event.
  • Mary Mary: After filling in for her sister's absent singing partner, Erica + Tina began singing together as Mary, Mary and earned four Grammys.
  • "There are some things that have been said about me that are harsh. But when they said it, I didn’t lose my gift, my ability to sing."
  • "Everyone can’t be #1. If I’m #5, I am going to cheer on #1 because I know my time is coming."
  • Erica is proud to have her daughter Christa in featured on Grammy-winning track Help.
  • Erica’s book More than Pretty was inspired by her inner-journey of finding herself.
  • "You have to learn to find your own confidence."
  • Erica met her now-husband Warryn Campbell when he was working at Death Row records with rappers Snoop Dogg and Tupac.
  • "If you don’t have confidence in private, you will not have power in public."
  • Get a copy of Erica Campbell's book More than Pretty here.

If Erica's positivity and optimism inspired you, you'll love hearing from Journey's Jonathan Cain. Jonathan shares about his life, his inspiration behind the song Don’t Stop Believin’ and so much more. Listen to Jonathan on Live Inspired Podcast ep. 100.

ERICA CAMPBELL'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? God is Able by Priscilla Shirer.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? I think I still have it! It’s the ability to be optimistic.

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 picture books of my kids.

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 daddy and I would tell him, “I was listening,” and that his words hit my heart and I’m doing my best to carry out everything that he taught me.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? My mother said, “you can live anything down.”

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Erica, you are going to be amazing. Just don’t quit. Don’t let self-esteem take you down. Don’t make poor body image make you hide in the dark. Don’t think that there is always somebody better than you. Stay focused. Don’t take people personally. Don’t hold grudges. Forgive easy and quickly. Love fiercely.

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 loved God and she loved people.

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Sep 30, 2019

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

Today, I welcome back productivity expert, author + speaker Tonya Dalton. Tonya's work provides actionable strategies to help discover your purpose, clarify your priorities, simplify your life, and achieve true harmony by embracing the ‘unbalance’ that is inherent in our lives. This energetic conversation will help start your week on fire! 

Get Tonya Dalton's latest book The Joy of Missing Out here.

Tonya first joined us on Live Inspired Podcast ep. 106 to empower ourselves through productivity and shared three ways to do less + produce more. Listen to Tonya's episode here.

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Sep 26, 2019

Student loan and credit card debt are at epidemic levels. It's weighing us down and stealing our freedom. 

Today, Anthony ONeal shares how to get through college debt-free and debunks most of our misbeliefs around finance and success. If you or your loved one need help thinking through smart decision-making around money – you don’t want to miss Anthony’s incredible story. From college drop-out and $35,000 in debt to living 100% debt-free, Anthony’s written the playbook and today, he shares it with you.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Anthony's latest book Debt-Free Degree teaches parents how to get their kids into + through college 100% debt-free. Get a copy here
  • Growing up in a strict conservative family, Anthony focused on going to school + church and was not taught about finance, building wealth or manage + control money.
  • Free pizza + t-shirt: Anthony maxed out his credit card within 13 hours, First day in college, Anthony signed up for a credit card for free pizza and t-shirt.
  • In his first year of college, Anthony racked up $15,000 in credit card debt. After being kicked out of college + losing his work-study job Anthony was up to $35,000 in credit card debt.
  • Over 70% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. Read a Forbes article here.
  • At 19 years old, Anthony was living out of his car.
  • After months of living in a car, his father brought him back into their house. Anthony's father gave him 6 months to budget + work on getting debt-free from the principals of Dave Ramsey.
  • "When the mind plays tricks on me, I remember where I was, where I do not want to go and how I’m helping people."
  • Tough love + train up: Allow your child to fall in your presence, then you don't pick them up but you show them how to get up.
  • Say no to student loans: The average student will graduate with $30,000 worth of debt, paying nearly 15% of their take-home-pay back to student loans and living paycheck to paycheck.
  • Step toward financial freedom:
    • Choose an affordable school.
    • Choose an in-state school.
    • Drive to school, rather than live on campus.
    • Purchase recycled textbooks.
    • Apply for grants + scholarships.
  • "It's not about where you go [to college] but about who you become."
  • "The choices you make today determine the caliber of your future."
  • Follow Anthony on Instagram @anthonyoneal.
  • Tune into my conversation with Dave Ramsey on Live Inspired Podcast ep. 6.

If you enjoyed learning about how to earn financial independence, you'll love my conversation with Rachel Cruze. Rachel gives a clear path to help you win, gain control and lower stress around personal finances. Listen to Rachel on Live Inspired Podcast ep. 83.

ANTHONY ONEAL'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Smiling and being a people person.

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 Bible my mother gave men when I preached my first sermon.

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. and I’d ask, “what made you want to become the man you became?”

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Stop downloading what the world wants you to do and download what God wants you to do.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Leave that girl alone.

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? Anthony ONeal loved people and he wanted to help everyone become debt-free and build wealth. 

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Sep 23, 2019

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

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

MacKenzie asked: What's the biggest mistake you've ever made?

Tune in to hear my answer.

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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Sep 19, 2019

Are you sick of hearing about the “divisive” time we live in? Me too!

Tarek Mounib shares how to foster sincere dialogue and better understand people with viewpoints different than your own. Tarek’ tips were learned on his journey with an unlikely group of US travelers to the Middle East. He captured this experience in his film Free Trip to Egypt to help people see the power sincere listening and simple human connection have in overcoming “divisive” worldviews.

Today's conversation will not only inspire you but give you the tools to become part of the solution.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Tarek is focused on working on meaningful projects that bring people together + influence humanity in a positive way.
  • Tarek's love of arts came from his mom while his love of science + logic came from his dad.
  • At nine years old, a teacher emanated kindness and empathy towards Tarek, leaving a lasting impact on his life.
  • Instead of unity, Tarek believes that September 11 created a false division and was not addressing the true enemy of fear. 
  • His film Free Trip to Egypt was inspired by questioning if there something we can together to impact the world in kindness instead of the negative acts.
  • After announcing the project on the internet, Tarek received unexpected criticism and skepticism. Tarek humanized the conversations when speaking with others respectfully face-to-face.
  • "[Free Trip to Egypt] showed me there are very few bigoted people in America and that's what renewed my faith in humanity."
  • "As long as I am not reacting out of fear, I have access to people"
  • Break down the fear: Tarek hoped to bring people to Egypt that were afraid of Egyptians, Muslims or the Middle East yet were courageous enough to make the step.
  • What will happen when opposites come together? Tarek paired Americans with Egyptians from different backgrounds and watched the dynamics, connections + journeys that unfolded. 
  • "Human connection is more powerful than any difference we might have."
  • A shift in perspective: Each participant had a powerful, transformative change. 
  • #PledgeToListen: A pledge to not demonize anyone who holds certain opinions, views or beliefs, but instead will try to understand their reasons and their arguments and express your own views in return. Take the pledge here.
  • Find a Free Trip to Egypt screening near you, or host one in your community, here.

If you enjoyed hearing how human connection can change the world, you'll love my conversation with Leon Logothetis. Leon travels the world relying solely on the kindness of strangers, which he pays back in unexpected, inspiring ways. Listen to Leon on Live Inspired Podcast ep. 136.

TAREK MOUNIB'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Prayer of Quintessential.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Naïve 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 guitar and I’d play “Let it Be” by The Beatles.

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.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Be true to your heart.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? You're good the way 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? He loved the world. 

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Sep 16, 2019

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

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ― Leo Buscaglia

Today, I invite you to view others, challenges, and meltdowns through the lens of compassion. When others put their heads down and step away, be encouraged instead to lift yours and step forward. Realize not only the profound magnitude of generosity but the truth that you can be its epicenter.

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Sep 12, 2019

“There are no quick wins in business or life – it takes years to become an overnight success."

This quote from entrepreneur Richard Branson is a great reminder of the value of hard work and the importance of not comparing ourselves to others’ supposed “overnight” success.

Today’s guest’s story reiterates this truth. Jake McEntire dedicated 14 years to writing his script for Run the Race. He finally saw it become a feature film produced by Tim Tebow earlier this year. Today, Jake joins us to shine a light on how to uncover what we are called to do in life and how to steadfastly pursuit it.

SHOW NOTES:

  • As a child, Jake fell in love with the art of storytelling, inspiring him to move hearts as movies did for his family.
  • All for one, one for all: Jake's father encouraged a close bond between Jake and his five siblings.
  • Growing up in a small, north Texas town allowed Jake to experience a variety of clubs + sports, including football and acting.
  • After tearing his ACL, Jake played Randle in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, inspiring him to focus on acting.
  • Jake taught himself screenwriting, using the scripts from Shawshank Redemption and Sling Blade as guides.
  • Run after God. As long as you have him, you have everything you need not matter what happens to you.  
  • Professional sports star Tim Tebow and his brother Robby Tebow became Executive Producers of Run the Race after reading the script.
  • Run the Race is available on DVD and digital download. Get it here.

If you enjoyed today's episode, you'll love hearing my conversation with John Smith. John shares his miraculous story of fall into an icy lake. If you’re struggling to make sense of your suffering, have lost your personal faith or have stopped believing in miracles, this episode is for you. Listen to John on Live Inspired ep. 168 here.

JAKE MCENTIRE'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Bible and The Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Being overly optimistic, enthusiastic and zealous.

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 computer that has pictures that aren't backed up yet.

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? Billy Graham and the first question would be, “did you ever dream your life would turn out the way it did? Tell me how it happened, why God did it and what is your secret to being obedient.”

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? You can’t make deals with God. Put everything at the foot of the cross, even the simple stuff.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Just relax. Enjoy the day that God has made.

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?  This guy ran after God + his dreams as hard as he could, and encourage everyone to do the same. 

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Sep 9, 2019

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

“You may not control all of the events that happened to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” – Maya Angelou

Today, I share the story of Marguerite Ann Johnson, better known as Maya Angelou. Maya endured horrific adversity as a child before finding her voice which has been heard all over the world.

We have all endured our own challenges and there is no doubt we will face more. When the next challenge arises, remember this: “you may not control all of the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

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Sep 5, 2019

What is your boulder? The obstacle blocking you from becoming the best version of yourself?

Joe De Sena is the founder + CEO of Spartan Race, the global leader in obstacle course racing. He has a vision of empowering over 100 million people to change their life for the better through camaraderie and competition.

Today's conversation will encourage you to conquer life's obstacles and push past your comfort zone to achieve more than you thought possible.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Spartan has engaged hundreds of thousands of people through 275 events in 42 countries.
  • Most people need a partner to hold you accountable to be the best version of yourself.
  • Game changers in Joe's youth:
    • After hours of unsuccessfully trying to move a boulder for his dad, Joe told him that he'd find someone that could.
    • While purchasing a car, Joe's mom reminded him that he could buy a fancy car if he worked for it.
  • With the encouragement + guidance of his neighbor, Joe started a pool cleaning business that grew to 700 customers.
  • After fighting his way into Cornell University, a friend introduced him to a mentor that led him to a career on Wall Street.
  • Full circle: Joe sold his finance business to purchase an organic farm in Vermont. 
  • Finding the physical aspect of the farming inspiring, Joe began inviting his former Wall Street colleagues to the farm for challenging races up the mountains.
  • Why name it Spartan? It's simple yet hard. You’re going to sweat but there's a reward at the end with your comrades.
  • “Whether you think you can, or you think you can't -- you're right." - Henry Ford
  • You better do some burpees: Burpees are the most efficient way to promote movement + circulation in the body.
  • Joe encourages others to sign up for something hard, where you need to be held accountable and have others join in order to make healthier habits.
  • When you do something hard, it feels rewarding.
  • Do the work. Get to a point where you enjoy the work.
  • Leo is Joe's 40-pound kettlebell that he carries with him every day.
  • Happiness is wanting what you have. One way to want what you have is to throw a few obstacles in front of yourself every day.
  • Joe hopes to get Spartan in the Olympics and reverse health + wellness trend with children.
  • Bond by doing tough things together. Joe suggests couples do 100 miles before a marriage certificate and 200 miles before they can get a divorce.
  • For tips to make long-term impactful change, consider Change or Die by Alan Deutschman.
  • Get 20% off your Spartan Race registration with promo code LIVEINSPIRED

If you enjoyed today's episode, you'll love hearing my conversation with Koran Bolden. Koran shares how he overcame losing his brother to gun violence and a 3-step analogy to pivot in life. Listen to Koran on Live Inspired ep. 36 here.

JOE DE SENA'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

  1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand.
  2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Relaxed a little more.
  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.
  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? Ernest Shackleton.
  5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Happiness is wanting what you have.
  6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Patience. 
  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’s a man who worked hard, tried hard

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Sep 2, 2019

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"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly" ― Bobby Kennedy

Today, I share a story of the heroic acts of a young man after a passenger ship collided with another vessel on Lake Michigan in September 1860. Let this serve as a reminder that with every day, and every interaction, provides the opportunity to make a difference. by daring greatly to do your best.

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Aug 29, 2019

Today, we’ll discuss groundbreaking research that illustrates how love, friendship, environment and a sense of purpose have a greater impact on our health than the care we receive from our doctors. Astounding – and true!

Dr. Kelli Harding joins us to share about her new book The Rabbit Effect which makes a compelling case for treating others with kindness and living inspired (hey, your health depends on it!). Don’t miss this fun, warm and life-changing conversation.

SHOW NOTES:

  • As a child, Kelli loved science + helping others which led her to pursue medicine. 
  • During medical school, Kelli became intrigued with what was going on inside the body and the environment it was surround by and how that affected health.
  • The Rabbit Effect: Dr. Robert Nerem's experiment involving genetically similar rabbits fed the same high-fat diet inspired Kelli because the kindness + company of a lab researcher kept one group healthier.
  • Bella + Daisy: One paper, Bella is on death's door yet is functioning well when you meet her whereas Daisy is not thriving but it can't be explained with standard tests.
  • "Our social world is changing our biology."
  • The power of touch: A growing body of research shows that hugs and physical touch are protective towards illness.  
  • "A faithful friend is the medicine of life." - Ecclesiasticus proverb
  • Kelli shares how telomeres, the "caps" to our DNA, protect our DNA and interplay with our social environment. 
  • Find ways to boost your connection to your community and buffer how stress affects you to live a happier, healthier life.
  • Learn to recognize that stress isn't necessarily bad, it's how you respond to it.
  • Navigate stress by meditating, exercising, building meaningful connections, practicing kindness and having a sense of purpose.
  • "The goal isn't to live forever. It's to live well within the days that are given."
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences: The higher your ACE score increases your risk for diseases causing long-term health effects decades later.
  • Kelli emphasizes the important of Post Traumatic Growth and finding opportunities to grow from the experiences that happened to us.
  • "True health is hidden in the million tiny moments of everyday life."
  • "People are just a collection of tissue, of muscle, of ligament and of bone. Expect of course, they’re not."
  • Get Dr. Kelli Harding's The Rabbit Effect here.

If you enjoyed learning about Post Traumatic Growth, you'll love hearing from Live Inspired guest Michaela Haas. Michaela shares how her research can lead overcome trauma and lead to a deeper understanding of strength. Listen to Michaela Haas on ep. 4 here.

DR. KELLI HARDING'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Being Mortal by Atul Gawande and Travels with Charley in Search of America by John Steinbeck.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? I have to work on being silly. I have a good sense of humor but think I can lighten up a little more.

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? Handwritten letters from my grandmother.

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 my mother.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Institutions don't love you back so dedicate your time to things that are important but at the same time it's the people that are important.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? When you have the choice, show up. Work is important but think about your relationships and the important things in life.

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 celebrated the light.

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Aug 26, 2019

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As the school year begins, I wanted to take a moment to celebrate a teacher taught me invaluable lessons on school and life.

Mrs. Cathy Collins showed me that regardless the subject we may teach, there is no finer foundation, no clearer lesson plan, and no more effective motivation than love.

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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Aug 22, 2019

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 19, 2019

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

Michael S. asked: I am struggling to connect with my 16-year-old daughter. Any advice on a good book to read?

Beneath that snarky teenage attitude, remains your little girl, desperately seeking approval, figuring out who she is, what matters to her, how she best fits in and how she can push the boundaries as far as possible. 

Rather than providing a single book, I’d consider checking out any of the following ranging from very conservative to a bit more liberal, and from books for dads to one from a mother’s perspective:

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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Aug 15, 2019

I loved today's conversation.

Joe Koenig, President of World Wide Technology, shares how he grew it from a few million dollars and a couple dozen employees to several billion dollars and 6,000 leaders. Even more impactful, you'll hear the humility behind the mission and the love story of Joe and his wife Kim. They share about a cancer diagnosis, the journey that followed, and a love and faith that continues to guide their way.

Today, hear how they have transcended the big diagnosis and how they're choosing to lead their lives to serve others.

SHOW NOTES:

  • The gift of grit: Kim moved nine times before high school giving her the skills to not feel scared or intimidated walking into new situations later in life.
  • When Joe started at World Wide Technology, a technology solution provider, in 1993 when it was a young, start-up with 15 employees and $8 million in revenue. By 2018, it's grown to over 6,000 employees and over $11 billion in revenue. 
  • THE PATH: The core values at WWT are Trust, Humility, Embrace change, Passion, Attitude, Teamwork, and Honesty.
  • Employees at WWT are empowered to fuel their passions through Day of Caring initiatives and other resources.
  • "Plan + attack" mode: The initial cancer diagnosis required multiple surgeries and the removal of 50-60% of Joe's tongue. After learning it spread to his lymph nodes, Joe required a heavy dose of radiation resulting in a painful path to recovery.
  • Prior to the diagnosis, Kim embarked on a pilgrimage to Medjugorje, giving her armor to sustain what was to come.
  • No one fights alone: Building a support system of people that had gone through a similar situation helped guide, push and challenge them.
  • Unconditional love: The process taught them the depth and meaning of their vows and hope it serves their children in their future committed relationships.
  • Joe hopes to show their children how to deal with situations in a positive way, how you can impact others, build empathy + character and how to be a multiplier of love for others.

If today's episode reminded you that the best days remain in front of us, you'll love Live Inspired Podcast guest Michele Cushatt. Michele shares her story of trauma, how hope got her through her struggles and how it will help you through yours on ep. 132.

KIM AND JOE KOENIG'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

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

Kim: The Rent Collector by Cameron Wright.

Joe: Halftime by Bob Buford and Multipliers by Liz Wiseman.

(Founding partner of Halftime Institue Lloyd Reeb was on Live Inspired Podcast ep. 170. He's continuing Bob's mission to help others ensure their next season in life is defined by joy, impact, and balance. Listen to ep. 170 here.)

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

Kim: Being open-minded.

Joe: Adventure and short memory.

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? 

Kim: My grandma, my dad’s mom. She lived for 27 years without her husband. I'd want to learn how she was so resilient and strong to live a great long life after he passed.

Joe: My mom and dad. I'd ask him about pain was he going through from 12 years and how did he deal with it. I'd ask my mom the truth for how she dealt with all the pain, suffering and death in her life.

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? 

Kim: My wedding ring.

Joe: My family photos and videos.

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

Kim: If you are consumed by worry and let worrying take over, you’re going to miss the joy.

Joe: Jim Kavanaugh telling me to come work for WWT; Be interested, not interesting.

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

Kim: Trust yourself. You’ll end up and get where you’re needing to be by making good choices.

Joe: You’re going to have great successes and many failures. Great times and some real, real tough times. Buckle up and enjoy the ride.

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? 

Kim: Well done by a good and faithful servant.

Joe: He was a true multiplier of others.

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Aug 12, 2019

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"Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day." - Henri Nouwen

Tune in to hear how my son Henry recently reminded me of the importance of this quote. 

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Aug 8, 2019

Keah Brown, the journalist behind the viral #DisabledandCute, exudes pride, confidence, and humor – but that’s not always been the case. 

Through years of introspect, Keah has learned to celebrate her cerebral palsy and strives to bring awareness to the struggles and triumphs of persons with disabilities. Her new book The Pretty One explores her journey to self-love and what it means for you.

This candid conversation explores how to better accept, love, and empower ourselves and each other.

SHOW NOTES:

  • During her adolescence, others began calling attention to Keah's disability, leading her to believe it as negative.
  • Keah has reformed a friendship with her non-disabled twin sister Leah after a season of resentment in high school. 
  • Keah put the view of her self in the hands of others.
  • "Insecurity is often the catalyst that sparks the most judgment."
  • Every day, Keah would remind herself four things that she loved about herself allowing her to accept + love herself.
  • #DisabledAndCute: To celebrate her self-love, Keah posted 4 photos she loved of herself on Twitter that led to a viral campaign.
  • Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson personally requested Keah to write her Marie Claire cover story. Read the article here.
  • "When you treat having a child with disabilities as the worst possibility in the world of having a child, that means you treat all of us adult with disabilities that we are the worst outcome."
  • Keah sees strength as beyond physical assertions and includes survival + vulnerability.
  • Get Keah Brown's The Pretty One here.

If you enjoyed today's episode, you'll love hearing from Live Inspired Podcast guests Ben + Amy Wright, owners of Bitty & Beau’s Coffee which proudly employing people with disabilities. Listen to Ben + Amy on ep. 85 here.

KEAH BROWN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory.

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

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 of my grandma.

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 and ask “what it means to have an impact and influence on millions of people around the world?”

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Keep going even when it feels like there is no point to it. Push through the fear and exhaustion to make sure you’re doing the things that you love and that matter to you.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Girl, you’re going to look back on this time and laugh fondly at yourself. You think you have everything figured out. Relax and don’t be so hard on yourself.

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? Keah Brown changed the world but first, she had to change herself by choosing love in the face of kinds of things.

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Aug 5, 2019

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

Simon asked: How would you describe success?

Tune in to hear my answer.

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Aug 1, 2019

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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Jul 29, 2019

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Are you wealthy? I asked a friend this question several years ago as we sat in his large, beautiful kitchen surrounded by lavish furnishings. Turns out, he'd over-spent during the good times and was behind on his house payments.

He went on to say, “It’s not our home and it’s just a matter of time before we are asked to leave it. I've got nothing."

After listening, asking a few questions, giving him a hug and telling him I was sorry, it was time to shift gears. I asked him four questions I once used in a leadership discussion about real wealth, true success and proper perspective.

  1. Answer the question: Are you wealthy?
  2. Make a list of everything that truly matters to you.
  3. Circle every item on that list you still have (or could earn, enjoy, experience again).
  4. Finally, answer this question: So, are you wealthy?

We too frequently confuse status or square footage or retirement accounts as wealth. This question doesn’t ignore the benefit of saving for tomorrow or building a substantial nest egg, but it does remind us the real measure of wealth sometimes means realizing how valuable your life remains even if you lost all your money.

My friend, these questions aren’t intended to trivialize the intense struggles that come with financial stress. Far from it! Instead, they are meant to free us to own those struggles and the hope that in spite of the things we’ve lost, so much of what we value remains… And that the best is yet to come.

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Jul 25, 2019

Are you discontent even though everyone around you thinks you “have it all?”

Lloyd Reeb, founding partner of Halftime Institute, is on a mission to help you ensure your next season in life is defined by joy, impact, and balance.

Today, Lloyd will remind us of the importance of not just doing what is valuable, but doing what is priceless. Regardless of your age or what you can bring to the marketplace, Lloyd will encourage you to get clear, get free and get going.

SHOW NOTES:

  • How can your second-half be even more impactful, fun and joyful than the first half was?
  • At 14-years-old, Lloyd's father helped him purchased a few acres of land, charging interest which taught him values.
  • “What do I need to do to pass down the values of generosity, honesty, and hard work before passing the monies down.”
  • A successful building developer inadvertently taught him the importance of significance beyond success.
  • The exposure to what was happening around the world inspired Lloyd to serve or give back to others.
  • Lloyd was introduced to Bob Buford, author of best-selling book Halftime. Because they naturally bracketed the movement of people wanting to renew themselves at mid-life, they created The Halftime Institute.
  • “Sloppy busy”: Your calendar is full but you have a nagging lack of focus and leverage that you had in your career.
  • Resist the temptation to start working on the solution and take the time to think through your core strengths.
  • Gallup's Strengths Finder 2.0 played an important role in their children being heard. Get a copy or each other's strengths like I did with my family.
  • Halftime is a remedy, not a strategy: Think about who you are and then the work you’ve been given.
  • Don’t just jump in and get “sloppy busy.” Take time to reflect on who you are and the best place you can give back. Ask yourself:
    • When was I at my best?
    • What was the most painful experience in my life and what did I learn from it? Very often our pain from the past calls out a path for our future.
    • Think about who you are and not the work.
  • Valuable vs. priceless: On one side of the paper, write a list of all the valuable things your life. On the other side, write the priceless things. What are you doing to protect the valuable versus priceless things?
  • The Halftime Institute: University for the second half of life, a place where people blessed with success, begin to explore how to make the second half even richer + fulfilling than the first half.
  • Have a healthy mid-life renewal: Get clear, get free, get going.
  • Intentionality: Lloyd strives to help other leaders be more intentional in not only how they give their time away but also building a world-class family. 

If you enjoyed hearing how Lloyd is moving from success to significance, you'll love hearing Live Inspired Podcast guest Jill Blashack Strahan share how she created a successful business during a tragic season in her life on ep. 18. You'll also love hearing Live Inspired Podcast guest + graffiti artist Erik Wahl share how the dot-com bust in 2000 led him to reevaluate his life on ep. 80.

LLOYD REEB'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Bible and Ordering Your Private World by Gordon McDonald.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? 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? I have seven “Book of Days”. Every day, I keep an artifact of someone’s life that I’ve affected, touched or helped.

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? Historian David McCullough.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? My mom taught me it’s better to give than to get.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Marry Linda Walker. She's taught me relentless forgiveness.

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? 100x: I’d like to take what I’ve been given and invest it so it produces 100 times that blessing or impact in other people’s lives.

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