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Feb 22, 2018

"It turns out, sometimes you have to start by asking a really stupid question."

Marcus Adrian has spent nearly 20 years at Mackey Mitchell Architects in St. Louis, MO; however, Marcus isn't your typical architect. He aims to design buildings to "speak to the human experience." He is nationally recognized for designing spaces for people with special needs and an expert in classroom acoustics. 

His great-grandfather was an architect, one grandfather was a woodworker, while another mined stone in the Ozarks. So, building and creating is in his blood. From his mother, a nurse, he developed a strong sense of empathy. Marcus shares how his career, his passion, is much like his mother's, grandmother's, and great-grandmother's tradition of making quilts. How they would pray as they stitched in thoughtful reflection of the creation they were making. He challenges us to "count the stitches in a quilt" in order to see the effort and thought that goes into creating something with meaningful purpose.

Marcus shares his story of how a stupid question taught him more than he could have imagined and how the way we shape our spaces continue to shape us. He is an expert in creating spaces where you maximize human potential.

Today, Marcus teaches us how it is possible to build empathy into our creations and our lives. He also shares how sometimes, it all starts by asking a really "stupid" question. 

SHOW NOTES: 

  • Marcus's parents would often tell him to "do something meaningful."
  • By the age of 9, he knew he wanted to be an architect. His designs consider "from birth to everything."
  • Empathy is something we can build into an institution. The solutions are going to have to be found at the intersection science and public policy. 
  • "Empathy ignites because it starts with curiosity. You could do it because of altruism, but you won't be doing it for long." 
  • Buildings need to speak to the human experience. Taking into consideration: Physical Ability, Sensory Ability, Social Ability, Cognitive & Empathy.
  • "It can be difficult to differentiate signal and noise. The way we design schools today is very different than 20 years ago."
  • "The word is "balance." You have to put up those reminders. Am I owning this or is it owning me?"

MARCUS ADRIAN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris.

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 have to build a comprehensive center for kids with developmental needs. 

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? Easy one. I have a quilt that my great-grandmother and grandmother made. 

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? I got to do that yesterday with my wife. If I could do it now it would be with Eugene Mackey. I'd ask him, "am I doing it right?" 

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Eugene gave me some good advice about managing: "If you accept that now than it will always be true."

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Listen. Learn how to listen. Listen to your wife. 

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 listened. 

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Feb 15, 2018

"We are too busy to become less busy"

Juliet Funt is the CEO of WhiteSpace at Work, a global speaker, influencer and consultant to Fortune 100 companies, and "a warrior in the battle against busyness." 

She is a self-described perfectionist who admits baking as her zen moment. He natural intuitiveness, authentic message, and insight allow her the uncanny ability to connect with people at all levels. She has led her team to create changes in low-value work like emails, charts, meetings, paperwork and unnecessary clutter to make life more efficient and enjoyable.

Juliet helps us find the space in our lives to make a really profound change. recharge and reclaim our passion for work.

Today, Juliet shares through humor, story-telling, and lessons how we can find a brief moment to ignite our most productive self. 

SHOW NOTES: 

  • "It's gonna be a blast. I can tell already."
  • Live into the thing that brings you joy. Prioritizing. 
  • Working on WhiteSpace for the past 14 years. help organizations retrieve their talented teams from beneath piles of crushing to-dos and relentless task assaults. We strengthen individuals, teams and companies by giving them nimble, simple teachings that create new norms. She describes "white space" as: "a "strategic pause" that is taken between activities. They are laced through the businesses of our days and then they become the oxygen for everything else to catch on fire."
  • She grew up in New York, New York. Her father was Allen Funt from Candid Camera. She is the proud mother of three boys ages: 7, 10, 12.
  • "Senior leaders are often torn between profitability and how hard they push people."
  • "Human real-time feedback is essential to business."
  • WhiteSpace has consulted and helped streamline workflow for some of the top brands in the world including Nike, P&G, Wells Fargo, Hershey’s and Hyatt.

JULIET FUNT'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Mathew Fox, The Reinvention of Work. It set the tone for me that work had inspiration and passion.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? A third to charity, a third for fun, a third for the future.

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 box of the kid's creations. It filled with drawings and tinkerings.

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?  Russel Freidman. He was a friend and instrumental to me. His passing was a universally hard loss for me. 

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? My dear friend, Russel would often say, "Stop being mean to my friend."

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Things will get better. You will find your way. Love is out there. Children will be the best thing ever, but you'll have to wait.

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 gave pleasure to herself and others.

*** 

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Feb 8, 2018

"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 ItThe 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.

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Feb 1, 2018

"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 a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? ANGEL: Marc and my son. MARC: It would be so fascinating to sit down with my grandparents. They used to share such great stories with me as a kid. Just give me one more shot at hearing those stories. 

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? MARC: Don't take this personally. People do things because of them, not because of you. ANGEL: You're not done yet. 

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20?  ANGEL: Don't take yourself so seriously. Don't try to control the uncontrollable. MARC: I love that...I'd like to rift right off of that and say you don't have to have it all figured out. Sadly, we send our kids off to school at 18 thinking they need to have it all figured out. Like you can't reinvent yourself? It's OK to explore. 

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? MARC: He made the best of it. I'd actually love for it to be "we" including Angel, we made the best of it. ANGEL: She took the experiences that shaped her and loved it. 

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Jan 25, 2018

"I go to bed feeling grateful and I wake up grateful." 

Mike Mattingly is living life in reverse, and he couldn't be happier about it. Though he has always had a passion for music, it's never been his full-time gig. He plans to change that, though. Like the message in his song Growth, Peace & Gratitude, Mike continues to develop and change, experience life's ups and downs and with acceptance, find peace.

Music has been a form of therapy for him. He was a self-described nervous child who battled anxiety. His mother introduced him to drums and through percussion, he found a sense of balance and peace.

Mike and I are great friends. He has played at my Christmas party for the last 5 years. Last year, I hosted an event at the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis and asked Mike to play there as well. In short, I like Mike a lot.

Today, Mike joins us to share his experiences with anxiety, play some of his music for us, and offer advice on reinventing yourself at any age. 

SHOW NOTES: 

  • Mike started playing the drums in the 5th grade. His parents placed his and his brother's drum sets in the living room of their house and never once asked them not to play. 
  • Unlike most musicians, it never really dawned on Mike to be "Johnny Rockstar." He just loved the songwriting process and sharing his songs with people. 
  • He was a tennis pro and playing music 4 to 5 times a week. So, playing until 2 in the morning and up at 8 to teach people how to play tennis. It was not great for his health and anxiety. 
  • His song: Growth, Peace, & Gratitude is about growing and changing, even when it isn't always fun. Mike's message is once you accept the challenges you find yourself at peace. 
  • The same year his mother passed away, Mike's father was diagnosed with cancer. Towards the end of his father's life, Mike became his caregiver. Mike shared that his father was always in a great mood and was "the greatest guy I ever met."
  • He met his wife in the 3rd grade. He describes her as "really smart, an artist, with cat-like eyes." He asked her out at 15. 
  • You can listen to Mike's music for free on his website: mikemattinglymusic.com or iTunes. 

MIKE MATTINGLY'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Besides ON FIRE by John O'Leary? The Power of Now & A New Earth both are by Eckhart Tolle.

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 debt, pay off my house, and take care of my family and friends. 

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? All our DVDs and pictures. Perhaps my guitar "Marty" as well.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? My mom and dad. As far as a famous person, Prince. 

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? My dad would always say, "right is right."

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

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?  Growth, Peace & Gratitude.

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Jan 18, 2018

"Gratitude is a muscle we have to continue to build."

Mike Robbins is the author of three books with a fourth out later this year. He has been featured in Forbes, the Wallstreet Journal, the Washington Post, Oprah radio network, ABC News and is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post. Mike also has a successful podcast and speaks to clients which include: Google, the NBA, State Farm, Chevron, the San Fransico Giants, Harvard University, and many more. He teaches emotional intelligence, teamwork and leadership.

At the age of 17, Mike was drafted by the New York Yankees and turned them down in order to go to Stanford University. There he focused on playing baseball and getting a quality education. Once out of university, he was picked up by the Kansas City Royals, only to suffer a career-ending injury a few years later. He has lost his mother, father, and a sister to cancer.

Yet, Mike is grateful every day. He is an inspiration and champion of conquering adversity. His positive attitude, motivation to keep moving forward, and ability to escape the "trap of comparison" is a lesson for all of us.

Today, Mike Robbins joins us to talk about his family, hardships, successes and how he maintains gratitude throughout it all. This is a podcast you won't want to miss. 

SHOW NOTES: 

  • Mike is the author of three books: Focus on the Good Stuff, Be Yourself Everyone Else Is Takenand Nothing Changes Until You Do. He has a fourth book coming out in May 2018 titled Bring Your Whole Self to Work.
  • He lives in California with his wife Michelle, and their two daughters Samantha and Annarose.
  • "Give people permission to be who they are right now."
  • Last year he lost his sister Laurie to cancer. She was only 45 and a single mom of an 11-year-old. His entire nuclear family is now gone. He describes it as "a hard time with lots of growth."
  • He warns against what he calls, "the trap of comparison" where "we compare our insides to other's outside."
  • When he went through a deep depression, he felt a void, and began asking, how do I heal? how do I change? He discovered healing is multi-layered. "Is there a connection between my body, mind, and heart? Yes, there is." 
  • Raised by his mother, he credits her with teaching him determination and grit, also instilling him with passion and enthusiasm.
  • "When we really care about each other, it makes a difference."

MIKE ROBBINS'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Don't Sweat the Small Stuff and It's All Small Stuff by Richard Carlson. Richard was one of the kindest and most authentic people I've ever met. 

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? It's amazing I was just thinking about this the other day. There is a part that wants to take care of everyone close to me. I thought about this for many years. I don't think I would do anything different. I would think "how can I best serve?"

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. It has access to all the photos and videos. 

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? There are a whole bunch of people that come to mind. The one that pops into my mind is Alexander Hamilton. I'd love his perspective on what is going on in our country right now.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Chris Anderson said to me once, "the most important job you have is to teach your daughter how to love herself. Love yourself, let her see that you do, and that is how she will learn." 

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Just relax. Enjoy this as much as you possibly can. 

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?  Be the change you wish to see in the world.

*** 

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Jan 11, 2018

"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. 

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Jan 4, 2018

"Giving up is NEVER an option & it NEVER should be."

Amberley Snyder lived in southern California with her five siblings during her father's career in Major League Baseball with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Her passion for riding horses manifested early in life when at the age of 3 she began riding lessons. When her father retired from baseball the family moved to Utah where her love for horses continued to inspire her. 

In 2010, Amberley was driving to a rodeo in Denver, when she looked down at her map, lost control of her vehicle, rolled it and was ejected from her truck, slamming her into a metal post. She broke her back and immediately lost feeling in her legs.

She refused to allow anything to get in the way of her one day getting back into the saddle. Her strength, faith, and love for horses is an inspiration to us all. 

Today, Amberley joins us to share her struggles during recovering from her accident, her strong family bond, and turning tragedy into triumph. 

SHOW NOTES: 

  • She was ejected from her truck at 70 miles per hour. The doctors told Amberley that had she been wearing a seat belt, she would still have the use of her legs.
  • In 2009, during her senior year, she made it to the National High School Finals & at the National Little Britches finals, she took home the World All-Around Title.
  • She got back onto a horse four months after the accident. Only 18 months after her accident she entered her first race.
  • Amberley credits her faith with staying calm after the accident and the fear of the future once she learned the degree of her injuries.
  • "You get to be sad, then you have to fix it."
  • "There is so much life left to live."
  • It was harder for her to deal with not riding, not taking care of her horses than it was for her to deal with not walking.
  • She is the only paralyzed barrel racer in the United States.

AMBERLEY SNYDER'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Wonder by R.J. Palacio, I felt like it was just a great story of a kid with so much strength. 

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? The first thing is I want to start my own charity for kids and veterans, I'd get a ranch that was paved and accessible, and take care of my family.

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? If I have my horses and family outside already...(sigh), I'd need a cowboy hat and a saddle.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? I honestly would take one of my brothers with me, if I couldn't bring both.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Every day doesn't have to be "your day", just make sure the next one is.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? That's only six years ago and still after my accident. I'd say, "the ability to talk will be a blessing soon."

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?  There was no future in giving up on her life. 

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Dec 28, 2017

"Don't forget what you learned in the light."

Matt Manzari was a professional athlete sponsored by NIKE and traveling the world all by the age of 15. It seemed like everything was going according to plan and he had his path laid out before him. Until Matt felt a calling to ministry and suffered a horrible accident while competing. But his biggest challenge still laid ahead of him. 

While trimming trees at a church, a power line arched over the metal bucket Matt was working in, sending 12,000 volts of electricity through his body. The electricity caused 4th and 5th-degree burns, which melted the skin off of most of his chest and arms. The burn went deep enough to kill muscle and bone.

Yet, Matt is a survivor. He teaches us that at the top, it can still feel empty and through tragedy, we can find salvation. 

Today, Matt joins us to share his story of faith, family, struggles and going all in on life.

SHOW NOTES: 

  • Matt has two kids, Justice & Trig and wife Bobby Jean. He went to University in Tennessee to become a Minister. 
  • He is currently working on a book. The working title is, "Unfair God."
  • "If we would just look beyond our walls, we would see the creator of it all. You."
  • "We create walls around us and we can't see beyond them. We build walls for many reasons, mostly fear. Beyond the Burn. Everybody is broken. Everyone is facing challenges. Look beyond our walls."
  • Doctors told Matt that the amount of electricity that went through him was equivalent to being strapped to 6 electric chairs.
  • "We live in a broken world, but one day we will have salvation."
  • Matt encourages people to start "choosing to be more than anyone else is telling you is possible."

MATT MANZARI'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell & Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? I love digging wells. I work with World Vision. I'd give some to them. Buy a classic truck. Lastly, I've always wanted to build a rehab center. Lost my leg but gained my life. 

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? My first reaction would be "let it burn." After that...my dad's tools.  

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? Anne Frank. "How did she do it?"

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? The difference between good and great isn't much. But there is a difference. Also, "find out what it is in this world that breaks your heart and spend the rest of your life trying to fix that."  

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Remember when we were little kids and you would hear something in the room and go flip the lights on and see that everything is fine and there's nothing there. Then you turn the light off and get back into bed. Pretty soon your mind starts playing tricks on you again. In the darkness you forget what you learned in the light. What's planned is bigger than you can imagine, so just hold on. 

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?  Matt went all in. 

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Dec 21, 2017

"The first step is to believe you are this thing you want to be."

Jeff Goins is a blogger, writer, musician, teacher, husband, father, and pursuer of dreams. He was the Communications Director for Adventures in Missions, a nonprofit organization. Yet, his true passion and calling was that of a writer. 

He grew up in a small rural farming community and enjoyed playing in his band and acting. Always trying to find a creative, artistic way to express himself.

He strongly believes we all have a creative gift worth sharing with the world. So, if you have a passion for creativity and changing the world, this is the podcast for you.

Today, Jeff joins us to talk about his faith, life, writing and what it means to pursue your dreams.

SHOW NOTES: 

  • He is the author of four books including the national bestseller, The Art of Work, published in March of 2015. The Art of Work debuted on the Washington Post and Publishers Weekly bestsellers list. Prior to The Art of Work, Goins published The In-Between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing, Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into Your Comfortable Life, and You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One), Real Artist Don't Starve.
  • "Depravity is realizing exactly how horrible of a person you could become."
  • He got a job with CTI Music Ministries and traveled all across America in schools, churches, and prisons playing music and lifting spirits. 
  • "The moments with people are the best ones."
  • The worst place for us to be in the world is comfortable. Because if your job sucks or your current situation is unbearable...that's actually a good place to be because you know something has to change. If you want big things out of your life and to live an inspired life and your comfortable, that is the scariest place to be, because there is nothing forcing you out of that place. 
  • "There was a creative thread throughout my life." 
  • "What's your dream?"
  • "Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I need to listen to my life telling me who I am."
  • "If you think you can't, you won't"
  • "Every story of success is a story about community. The self-made man is a myth."
  • "You can join the scene or you can create it."
  • "Success is the gradual realization of a goal."

JEFF GOINS'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Both books that come to mind are by the author, Parker Palmer, Let Your Life Speak & A Hidden Wholeness

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 take some of it and pay off my house, then with the rest, I'd put it into a charitable endowment fund. 

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? My laptop, no...this painting that my grandfather did of me. He's the one relative I'm most like. 

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? C.S. Lewis. I think he is one of the smartest thinkers to walk the planet. 

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Proverbs, chapter 23, verse 7: "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he", or "find a group of friends who are not impressed by who you are." 

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Start Blogging and also go to counseling. If we can become aware of it, we can work on it. 

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

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Dec 14, 2017

"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.

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Dec 7, 2017

"What you put out in the world is what you get back."

Becky James Hatter grew up in a small Louisiana town where she was surrounded by family, freedom and unconditional love. "That was an extraordinary gift to be given as a young person."

Her entire career has been creating the same environment for underserved youth through the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program.

Today, Becky will share what it's like to have a personal + professional mission that is one (adults pouring love, goodness, experience, exposure, and support into the life of a child)... and what it means for your life, too.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Becky loved to get in trouble + work hard; her parents let her do both. 
  • "To wake up every day and give away what I've been given makes so much sense. And really, it's all I've got."
  • What you put out in the world is what you get back. 
  • Becky believes every one of us has something to give. It may not be a million dollars or even a dollar, but a smile, story, love. And when you give it - they receive it and can then give it to.
  • Always try to be the coach and not the boss. A coach is a mentor. When you are a coach, you listen more + people want to do well.
  • Relationships are powerful. They're the only thing that makes life better or harder. Collect amazing people around you.
  • The human spirit survives on love and struggles without it.
  • Little moments, they accumulate. 4 hours a month volunteered with a child through BBBS literally transforms their life. 
  • Be curious and courageous. When you meet someone who doesn't believe in the same things or see the world, in the same way, this is an opportunity to learn. Ask questions.

BECKY JAMES HATTERS' LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Professionally, anything Peter Drucker or Jim Collins. Personally, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Catcher in the Rye.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? Create an endowment for BBBSEMO.

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 book case with all of my favorite books.

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. We would talk about everything. We are just good together. My buddy.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? My dad said, "You might want to go hide behind a garbage can and watch yourself walk by." Which meant, we all have struggles and you shouldn't talk badly about others' hardships. My dad was never a man who told you what to do - he always gave amazing lessons.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Relax and have more fun. 

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? Lucky: To have been born, to the family she was born into, in the place she grew up. She was just really lucky.

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Nov 30, 2017

"I. YOU. WE. MATTER."

To the outside world, Matt Emerzian was living the “American Dream”. He was a gifted athlete, successful in the entertainment industry, hung out with famous people, and was living the “Hollywood lifestyle”. Until one Monday morning when it fell apart and his life changed forever.

The author of Every Monday Matters, Matt tells his story of brokenness and the long process of rebuilding his spirit. He now shares his story and experiences around the country, speaking to people about depression, anxiety, and feeling unworthy, unappreciated, and unloved.   

Join me and Matt as we talk about his journey back from the dark years to finding a calming and grounded existence.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Matt realized his “ladder was leaning against the wrong wall” and thought about taking his life because he felt he didn’t really matter.
  • Get Matt's book, Every Monday Matters which offers 52 ideas for doing something positive.
  • One of his father's favorite sayings is, “good for goodness’s sake” and it is now the motto Matt lives by.
  • He grew up playing competitive soccer and even got to play in Germany until he blew out his knee. After that, he picked up water polo and was eventually recruited by UCLA.
  • After graduation, he became a band manager in LA. He was having the time of his life. He met and ended up getting hired on the spot by Robert Kardashian. Robert owned one of the largest music marketing companies in LA.
  • His definition of success was cliché: be rich, hang out with famous people, be single, etc. Matt "had it all"
  • One Monday morning, getting ready for work, his chest started hurting and thought he was going to have a heart attack. A doctor visit confirmed he was having a very severe panic attack.
  •  “It’s not about you!” His therapist shared this with him and he credits this saying with saving his life.
  • Matt’s therapist helped him overcome his panic attacks and unhappiness – and self-acknowledge selfish lifestyle – by spending time each week volunteering. It changed his life and became his favorite part of the week.
  • He created a youth curriculum for educators focused on the principles of: “I matter. You matter. We matter.” 

MATTHEW EMERZIAN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Man's Search for Meaning, that book just speaks to meA Purpose Driven Life, the first line of the book was profound to me. Where the Red Fern Grows, it is a story of love, compassion, and heartbreak. It made me feel deeper than I ever imagined before.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? My wife and I would love to own our first home together. Then it would be how can I put those dollars to use to have an impact on communities and people. Along the line of the work I currently do. It would be invested in social good.

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 wife’s childhood blanket. It was a gift from her father.

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 Bono. I see us talking about where it all went wrong and how we can change it. By "it" I mean humanity & our culture. I think Jesus would say, it is time for us to love our neighbors more.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Listen first. I really try to be a good listener and be super present. To learn, yet also to honor whoever I’m talking to.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? The road might get bumpy, but have faith. It is OK if your story doesn’t turn out exactly like you thought it would.

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?Matt Emerzian lived a life that mattered.

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Nov 23, 2017

"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:
  • 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 and we are buried with it. I'd get my vow cross.

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! My first question would be, what would my life have been like if I didn't join the Jesuits. And I'd want to ask what was life like in Nazareth growing up - there is not a lot mentioned about his childhood.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Don't let anyone prevent you from becoming the person you want to be.

A lot of times we react to people or try to be a person that is liked. That's not the person we're meant to be. We're meant to be ourselves. Trying to be the person everybody likes, that is useless. Be yourself.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Be yourself. Stop trying to be what other people want you to be. 

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

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Nov 16, 2017

“I wanted the same opportunities as the next person. I was no different, other than skin color.”

In 1954, the Supreme Court decided with Brown vs. Board of Education that separate schools for black and white students were unconstitutional. In the spring of 1957, Little Rock, Arkansas was the epicenter of racial tension as Little Rock Central High School prepared for the integration of its first nine students of color. 

Carlotta Walls LaNier was a member of the "Little Rock Nine." In the decades since, Carlotta was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor a US citizen can receive, for championing freedom and persevering in the face of bigotry to earn equal rights for herself and others. 

Join me and Carlotta to talk about her historic role in school integration and how she has been an inspirational leader for so many despite the challenges she faced.

SHOW NOTES: 

  • In the spring of 1957, at the age 14, she was the youngest member of the Little Rock Nine.
  • Brown vs. Board of education (1954) was talked about in her home and church and it allowed her to set a goal to go to school closer to home.
  • Sept. 23, she was taken out of school because a mob appeared and the 17 police officers protecting the "Nine" feared they could not handle the size of the mob. She came back Sept. 25. It was then that President Eisenhower decided to call in the 101st Airborne; giving her a guard walk her to class.
  • Kids walked on the back of her heels until they bled. When she dropped a book, she'd be kicked when reaching to pick it up.
  • Get a copy of her book, A Mighty Long Way: My Journey To Justice At Little Rock Central High School.
  • Carlotta was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor a citizen in the U.S. can receive. President Clinton asked to present it to her at the White House.
  • “Education is the road to success.” "I knew I was doing the right thing."
  • "I did not go there to be an icon or hero."
  • She was determined to go to her 50th class reunion. Many were cordial, but also many were still stuck in the 50’s.
  • “My parents never taught me to hate.”
  • “I’m not going to waste my energy and time on ignorance.”
  • "I’m disappointed in the lack of leadership in this country."
  • "Know who you are. Once you're centered, you know what to do."

CARLOTTA WALLS LANIER'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? A Mighty Long Way &  Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary. The legendary lawyer and Supreme Court Justice left an indelible mark on me.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? First, I’d make sure my family was taken care of and my grandchildren were set up for college. Then, I’d want to make sure the people of Puerto Rico have clean water and I’d give to NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

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 Congressional Gold Medal.

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? Thurgood Marshall.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? You got a lot of work to do ahead. Stay true to yourself. Stay in the moment.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? "Do unto others as you would have them do unto 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? When I make a commitment, I see it on to its' end.

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Nov 9, 2017

"Success leaves a blueprint."

My friends success leaves a blueprint and we are lucky to have 10 amazing guests who shared their blueprint - trials, errors, challenges, wins, successes, joys - with us this season.

Learning from their model, we will become more inspired in the way we lead our lives. I can't believe we get to hang out with these amazing friends.

II’ll recap my favorite lessons, so you can be reminded and/or encouraged to go back to the episodes that are most relevant for you; so that you can live your most inspired life with a little help from our friends.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Ep. #45: SALLY HOGSHEAD, listen here. Sally typically shares her expertise on branding with major brands like Nike, Ikea and Target. On this episode, she helps us identify our best qualities, and those of our businesses, so we can better connect with others and live inspired. You'll love the simple Fascination Quiz she shares so you can dig deeper after the episode.

    Sally also told a story she doesn't often share, during which she said, "My dad gave me life and then 10 years later, he gave it back to me." You'll understand more about what she meant by the quote and what it means to each of us when you listen.

  • Ep. #46 DENNIS GILLAN, listen here. This was a special episode for Suicide Prevention Month and one of the most emotional, yet joy-filled and humorous ones, we've had.

    Dennis has been to the darkest places and yet come back out to show us how we can live in the light. Dennis committed his life to reducing the number of completed suicides and removing the stigma around mental health after losing his two brothers to suicide. His story helps us break down the stigma around mental health and better care for ourselves, those we love and those in the wake of suicide already.

  • Ep. #47 DANIEL SILVERSTEIN - listen here. So many of us are experts at identifying what is wrong in the world, aren’t we?

    On this episode we were joined by a guest who didn't just identify what was wrong in his industry, he created a solution to the problem… and built an inspired business around it. Daniel Silverstein will inspire you to look at your challenges as opportunities to make a bigger impact.

    My favorite quote was: "Why NOT me?" Why can't I be the change needed in my industry, neighborhood, family.

  • Ep. #48 MARK SANBORN - listen here. “It was out of abject failure that I learned to professionally speak.”

    This was astounding to hear Mark Sanborn say as he hero of mine, giant in the speaking industry and author of the much loved The Fred Factor and just released The Potential Principle.

    Hang out with us to realize the truth in one of his popular quotes, "We enjoy our successes but learn more from our setbacks.”

  • Ep. #49 DINA DWYER-OWENS - listen here. Dina is a new friend that I met through Rory Vaden, a self-discipline expert who joined us in Season 2 on episode 3x. Rory rocked. When he said "You gotta meet Dina" I was ALL IN.

    Dina is co-chairwoman of Dwyer Group, has 3,000 franchisees across North America and appeared on the CBS hit Undercover Boss. She runs her business by focusing on clients, employees and a clear core value system. Learn how to apply this 3-part focus in your life so you can live and work inspired, too.

  • Ep. #50 CURT STEINHORST - listen here. Ready to learn hacks to save your attention for things that REALLY matter?

    Did you know that: Every 6 minutes people check their phones. Married adults spend more time online than with their spouse. People spend 1 – 4 hours loafing on the internet during a work day. Wow — it’s easy to see the problem! 

    Curt explains the solutions he shares in his new book Can I Have Your Attention? so you can live inspired in this tech-centered world.

  • Ep. #51 EDIE LITTLEFIELD SUNDBY - listen here. On this episode we went on an amazing journey, spanning the 1,600 miles of the El Camino Real "Mission" trail from Mexico to California. Better than the journey we took was the guide who led us.

    Edie Littlefield Sundby is know as "the mission walker" and her mantra is "while alive, live." Edie took a devastating cancer diagnosis and turned it into an opportunity to follow her dreams and look at every day as a "bonus".

    This episode is for anyone touched by illness. Edie's spirit will inspire you in ways you didn't know possible.

  • Ep. #52 JOHN RUHLIN - listen here. "Are you sowing seeds for 50-year relationships or 5-minute relationships?”

    John Ruhlin will help you better understand this question and the importance of how you answer it. He teaches generosity as a competitive advantage in business for clients like NASCAR and the Miami Dolphins and is the author of Giftology. Join us to learn how to give more inspired gifts this year and always.

  • Ep. #53 OZZIE SMITH - listen here. Join me and one of the St. Louis Cardinals players who signed baseballs for me when I was 9 and learning to write again after my fire.

    [Don't know the epic story? Listen to Ep. #32 to hear how Hall of Fame Cardinals Announcer Jack Buck changed my life + rallied the entire Cardinals team to join in his effort.]

    Ozzie shared about being a hall of fame shortstop and man. This episode was so special to me we recorded a video of it, too.

  • Ep. #54 Richard Bach - listen here. We ended the season with the legendary author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull - a book that spent 2 years on the New York Times bestseller list and one that many of our podcast guests have listed as their favorite book when asked in the Live Inspired 7 at the end of every episode.

    Richard's writing, embraced by millions since the 1970s, suggests we are born to fly, and, we are free. 

    Don't miss this epic interview with a man who doesn't often give interviews. It's an honor to have him on the show. Don't miss it. 

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Nov 2, 2017

"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.

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Oct 26, 2017

"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.

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Oct 19, 2017

"Are you sewing seeds for 50-year relationships or 5-minute relationships?"

John Ruhlin grew up 1 of 6 kids on a farm in Ohio. He learned first hand that, when you're poor - generosity does not go unnoticed.

When working his way through college, he met a mentor who shaped the trajectory of his life. The foundation for success in his mentor's relationships, business and life was: Generosity.

Today, 15 years later, John teaches generosity as a competitive advantage in business for clients like NASCAR and the Miami Dolphins and is the author of Giftology. 

With the holidays around the corner, join me and John to learn how to give more inspired gifts this year and always.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Are you sewing seeds for 50-year relationships or 5-minute relationships?
  • When someone continues to do nice things for us with no strings attached, it is in our nature to want to reciprocate.
  • We are all born with a gratitude muscle, some are bigger than others, you can work to grow it every day.
  • John Ruhlin references 5 Love Languages; learn more here
  • Want to impact and move others to action? Gift well. Most view it as a waste so the 5% that do it well stand out.
  • Give a gift with no strings attached and be okay if nothing comes of it because you made their day.
  • You have to have the right intention. We all hope good things will happen when we do good for others. Ex. When we treat our employees well, we hope they'll stick around. But they can tell when you don't have their best interest at heart. 

  • Things we're doing wrong in gifting:
    1. Don't gift between Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you give when everyone else is, no one will remember. Give in April when it might be the only gift they get.
    2. Don't send gifts after referrals. That is transactional you want to be relational. If a gift shows up just because, then it's a "wow"- they feel like you are honoring their time.
    3. The gift shouldn't reflect you; it should reflect the recipient. Would you go to a wedding with a vase engraved with "compliments of John O'Leary"? In business we do that and call it marketing. Marketing is about the giver. Gifting is about the recipient.
    4. Most people are craving appreciation, but feel they have too much stuff. Give an artifact; something people could pass down in their family. Not just more stuff.
  • When gifting, most ask: What's the least I can get away with? Instead ask, "Whats the most I can do? Why not do it?"
  • Ask what is the most I can do and how do I do it different than my competitors? Ex. Don't spend $100k at a trade show like your competitors, spend $1k on each of your top 100 clients.
  • What would they not do for themselves that we can do for them? Give gifts that have more value then money invested.
  • Get a copy of John's book, Giftology - it is his entire playbook!  
  • Get the Top 10 Things NOT to give at Giftologybook.com/fire  

JOHN RUHLIN'S Live Inspired 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Give & Take by Adam Grant how to leave a life of giving but be strategic so you aren't taken advantage of by takers.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? Continue to do what I am doing right now. With the money itself, we would invest in other entrepreneurs to see their dreams come true and a portion would go to my church and causes.

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? Wedding photo album. Crazy $450 mug that captures my core values and represents who I am.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? I spent a lot of time early with my grandfather on a pontoon fishing. he was an entrepreneur and died when I was 16 before I was bitten by the entrepreneur bug. He's left a legacy and impression on me.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Tom Searcy at an event we spoke at and I was just getting started speaking. You're a great speaker hiding in a good speakers body. If you want to you could charge adult money and impact a lot of people if you would be more confident in your speaking. He mapped out the 5 points I should talk about if I was going to speak. I took it to heart.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? The best is yet to come.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? He was a man who in all areas of his life gave more than was reasonable.

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Oct 12, 2017

"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. 

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Oct 5, 2017

Every 6 minutes people check their phones.

Married adults spend more time online than with their spouse.

People spend 1 - 4 hours loafing on the internet during a work day.

Wow -- it's easy to see the problem! But today, we're talking about solutions so you can live inspired in this tech-centered world.

Curt Steinhorst shares hacks to better focus and communicate regardless of tech distractions and insights from his new book, Can I Have Your Attention?

SHOW NOTES:

  • Order Curt's new book Can I Have Your Attention? here.
  • Our most precious resource, our attention, is divided because our brains are wired to say, "What will make me feel good now [and everything is at our fingertips on our phones]. "
    • Set barriers to the access so you have reasonable time to be disconnected / focused on the important areas in life.
  • Did you know that when you're away from tech for 5 days, your empathy levels go up? Don't allow tech to push you away from intentional moments with people you love.
  • The "barriers" at our house: Hide phones when we walk in the door. Go on a family walk. When kids go to bed, my wife and I talk. Then, we watch TV and are free to pull our phones out.
  • Did you know 2/3 of us feel worse when we leave Facebook then when we got there? But there was the time we saw something we liked, so we're wired to go back.
  • Don't allow the world to dictate what gets your attention: Inboxes, Facebook, are you letting them drive you? Be realistic, intentional and proactive about the barriers you set.
  • How do you get on the same page about these barriers with those you live and work with? First, acknowledge we're drawn to it scientifically. Second, don't shame. Third, start with grace: You want to better connect; this allows that to be possible.
  • We use words to communicate, influence and shape the way other people behave. How do we make sure we do it for good
  • We are the product of the narratives we choose to pay attention to. To overcome anxiety when speaking, etc., I take back the narrative with one of these phrases:
    • My kids don't care. It's this feeling of "When I leave, my kid won't be impressed with how good or bad I did."
    • I can help them and they don't need me to be perfect. Shifting from its "about me" to "it's about them and they don't need me to be perfect".
  • I don't think every life stage is better, I think we just learn to enjoy the beauty where we are.
  • When you ask: "Who am I?" don't tie your validation to external achievements.
  • We need a little bit of discontent in our life to fuel performance.
  • Curt's mentor is Mark Thompson, author of Success Built to Last


CURT STEINHORST'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? John Steinbeck's East of Eden is about the complexity of life told through a fascinating story. It profoundly impacted the way I think and the way I see the world.

Blue Like Jazzoffers a way to think about life by being patient, honest and vulnerable with ourself without an expectation of becoming better.

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 not doing anything different, but would take a vacation and hire more staff!

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 grandpa for our 12th birthday would carve an animal of your choice. My carved longhorn is my most valuable possession.

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? Elon Musk. I'm fascinated by his mind, business approach, way of dreaming big

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? What my kids need to learn is wisdom, not rules. You want your kids to be wise you don't want them to be obedient. A friend shared this with me.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Take a break, relax, it's going to be okay. She isn't that cool anyway...

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 gave his life and resources to help other people become more whole. 

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Sep 28, 2017

"Profits are the applause you get for taking care of your employees and customers."

Dina Dwyer-Owens learned this lesson early when she took her first job working at her father's car wash at age 13.

Years later, she took her lessons from the car wash and a leap of faith to drop out of college and join her dad at his new company: The Dwyer Group. She has never looked back. Today, Dina is co-chairwoman, has more than 3,000 franchisees across North America and appeared on the CBS hit Undercover Boss.

On Live Inspired Podcast Episode #49, learn how Dina runs her business by focusing on clients, employees and an clear core value system. Even better: Apply this 3-part focus in your life so you can live and work inspired.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Lessons Dina learned from working with her dad:
    1. Never be afraid to ask.
    2. Always be honest with people.
    3. "Have clear goals and go for them. He squeezed 100 years of life into his 60 years because of this."
  • To keep the special culture her dad created alive, they established, operationalized and gamified a code of values, so their employees got into it.
    • 90-day beep game: Employees "beeped" executives as they tried to maintain values. Employees loved it + said let’s make it this our code of values!
  • RICH CULTURE:
    • Respect
    • Integrity
    • Customer focus
    • Have fun in the process
  • "We must re-earn our positions every day in every way."
  • Surround yourself with people that are smarter than you + be okay with that.
  • Know when it's time to step out of a role and let someone else step in. Our new CEO has grown the company 100%.
  • Lessons from Undercover Boss:
    • She gained even more respect for her front-line employees, the work they do and the care they give her clients.
    • Just be you. Sometimes as we chase success, we pretend to be somebody we are not. People see right through it.
  • Faith is what gives me the confidence to do what I do every day.
  • Get a free Create Your Culture Workbook – to create clear values at work or at home - at www.DinaDwyerGroup.com.
  • Keep up the God work.
  • Order Dina's books: Values Inc.: How Incorporating Values into Business and Life Can Change the World and Live R.I.C.H.

DINA DWYER-OWEN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7  

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Bible – the more I read the more I need to read. Right now I am studying the gospel of Luke.

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 contribute to organizations that my husband and I care about, and get my kids involved by finding organizations they care about, too. Dynamic Catholic is one that I am really passionate about because it is helping Catholics to make bigger impacts in their communities and neighborhoods.

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 father’s globe pendent because he wore it so proudly. To him, it represented his company’s original mission: Providing a world of specialty services.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Mother Teresa she would humble me and I need to be humbled sometimes. The first question I might ask her: What could I be doing better?

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Mother Teresa's quote, about how we worry about what others think about us… but do it anyway. I carry it in my purse.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Why don’t you do more to support mom around the house.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? I pray for this everyday: That Dina was a good and faithful servant.

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Sep 21, 2017

"It was out of abject failure that I learned to speak."

My friends, today we get to hang out with a legendary speaker. Mark Sanborn has spoken around the world 2,500+ times, authored the wildly popular Fred Factor and just released The Potential Principle

Mark will share his story about being a boy in 4H Club who failed at presenting a 5-minute speech... and how he transformed that failure into a successful speaking career.

As Mark says: "We enjoy our successes but learn more from our setbacks." Join us and get read to transform challenges into an inspired life.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Nobody can prevent you from choosing to be extraordinary.
  • It was out of abject failure that I learned to speak. I bombed so badly giving a 5-minute speech in grade school it made me want to learn to write and deliver a winning speech. 
  • When someone says it doesn't matter, usually they're just minimizing disappointment. 
  • We enjoy our successes but learn a lot more from our setbacks.
  • Look for the pain in your life; often there's an opportunity there. 
  • Lock in greatness, fame is fickle. Greatness is about contribution and that is where you have control.
  • If you blame your failures on others, you can't own your successes. Leaders take responsibility but give credit.
  • Managers try to be heroes. Leaders try to make heroes.
  • Often you become extraordinary inspite of not because of. In the face of a challenge, that's when people become great.
  • We are responsible for living in a way that shows others what we we truly believe.
  • Integrity is the distance between what you think and do.
  • Your beliefs, values and purpose manifest in your work.
  • Couple your actions with intentions; too often we say something but don't do anything about it.
  • Narrow the gap between what you know you should do and what you actually do.
  • Leadership test: Is anything/one better because of you?
  • We all know how good we've become. None of us know how good we can be. Try to achieve a little more of your potential so you don't miss the great opportunity of life.
  • The Potential Principle, Mark's new book, share a process to help you go from where you are to where you want to be

MARK SANBORN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Bible is the underpinning of my worldview. The River Why, is one of the greatest works of fiction. It really impacted me.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? Meet with my financial planner and make sure my family's needs are met so they can get by, but not so much they don't have to do anything. Invest the rest in institutions that will outlive me.

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 handful of books and our computer with photos.

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? The Apostle Paul who called himself the chief of the sinners, but was also one of the greatest influencers of the Christian faith. I can relate to a really flawed guy who is doing his best.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? A congressman told me at a young age that anytime you give a speech, people always want to be entertained. I've replaced "entertain" with engage.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Lighten up. I can be a pretty intense dude. Be serious about what you do, but don't take yourself to serious.

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? If you want to be successful do whatever you do a little better than anyone else who did it by working a little bit harder than any one else did. 

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Sep 14, 2017

So many of us are experts at identifying what is wrong in the world, aren't we?

What sets today's guest apart is that he didn't just identify what was wrong in his industry, he created a solution to the problem... and built a business around it.

I am so inspired by Daniel Silverstein, who you'll know as "Zero Waste Daniel" after our conversation today.

I'm thrilled to share with you, during New York Fashion Week and fashion "season" around the world, a man who is adding an inspired twist to the industry.

SHOW NOTES: 

  • Every piece of clothing made in a factory (which is most of the clothing we wear) had to be cut out of a sheet of fabric. The leftovers scraps end up in landfills. I created Zero Waste Daniel to use these scraps + create articles that are less wasteful.
  • I was a very active kid, with ADD and a wild imagination. My family recognized this and helped me channel it.

  • I had a lot of interests and mannerisms that set me apart from my peers in rural Pennsylvania. Incredible mother figures encouraged me as I tried to make sense of why I was drawn to design and a little different from everyone else.

  • I interned with fashion giants Carolina Herrera and Carmen Mark Valvo. Then I got my first job designing sweaters for a big catalog company. As I learned about the cost we pay as companies and as consumers for fabric that gets thrown away: I realized it was a broken system resulting in catastrophic waste; 14 million tons in the US annually.

  • It's both a volume issue: Where do we put all of this waste? and an issue of opportunity: We are reaping finite resources from the earth and not using all of them.

  • There comes a point in your life when you have to decide to do things for yourself.

  • My zero-waste vision came in 2010. I tried many iterations until 2017 when, finally, I created a business model that worked. Zero Waste Daniel Make / Shop in Brooklyn:
    • Pick out the discarded fabric scraps you like + then watch my team make your shirt on the spot. This also helps you understand why a shirt is $50.

  • Combat consumerism: Focus on need v. want. If you want something, ask yourself: How do I it at low impact?

  • The Zero Waste Blog Daniel references: Trash is for Tossers

  • There are many new designers and large designers coming to us now to help them cut their waste, too. There's a chance to reach everyone and inspire change: If it comes from consumers up and business downs, we'll all meet in the middle eventually.

  • Whether or not you're into fashion, everyone wears clothes so it pertains to you.
  •  Always do your best. It isn't the same every single day. But if you just try your best, you have nothing to regret.

  • It doesn't matter what industry you're in, every industry has problems. Ask yourself WHY NOT ME - why can't I make the needed change. The day I asked WHY NOT ME, my whole life changed.

DANIEL SILVERSTIEN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? My mom gave me The Big Book of Small Business and I keep it on my bedside table.

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 invest in businesses that want to make change.

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 grandmother's paintings. At 60, she survived breast cancer and had her "Why not me?" moment. She learned to paint and has created 100s of pieces now in houses across the country.

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? Cristobal Balenciaga an amazing designer interested in crafting new shapes and thinking outside the human form. 

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? The harder you work the luckier you get.

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

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? He was a kind honest and genuine person who always did his best. 

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Sep 7, 2017

Today is a special episode of the Live Inspired podcast in light of September being Suicide Prevention Month 2017.

Dennis Gillan joins us to share his story on a topic that affects us all: Mental health. He's committed his life to reducing the number of completed suicides and removing the stigma around mental health after losing his own two brothers to suicide.

Today's episode will help us break down the stigma around mental health and better care for ourselves, those we love and those who are in the wake of suicide already. Don’t miss this powerful episode.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Talk saves lives. If you're dealing with mental health issues, diagnosed or not, know that it's okay to talk about it.
  • 9 out of 10 people who die from suicide have a mental illness.
  • Dennis was away at college when his older brother Mark died by suicide. "I came home for the funeral but didn't even stay a week. As a family we just kept going as if things were normal. I didn't see a counselor - I started drinking a lot."
  • "When suicide happens, it's like everyone sitting around the table and a grenade goes off and someone is not there when the smoke clears and everyone asks: "What happened!?"
    • Every 13 minutes someone commits suicide, every 14 minutes there are people asking "What happened?"
  • 11 years later, Dennis's younger brother Matt died by suicide. 
  • People often feel like they don't know what to say or do after a suicide: Just show up. It's called the ministry of presence. 
  • I was reminded of how good people are when I was low. Someone anonymously mowed my lawn and it made such a difference; reminded me someone cared + took a burden off.
  • After my second brother died from suicide, I gave up alcohol.
    • I did it one day at a time + with the help of a counselor.
    • I have fallen in love with sobriety. I used to think I'd be missing out. Now, my only regret is I didn't do it sooner.
    • Surround yourself with positive people. Men need men - I meet with a group every week. They give me hope/social connection which was important because when I got depressed I wanted to withdraw.
  • How to get ahead of suicide:
    • Talk about mental health. 90% of completed suicides are by people with mental health issues; we need to be as comfortable talking about mental health as a broken leg.
    • 20% seek treatment. If you're not feeling well mentally, see somebody. It doesn't take all your problems away, but will stack them up neater + help you cope.
    • It's okay to say 'I'm not okay.' 
    • "Be real. Life isn't all skittles + unicorns. We know this."
    • Watch the video where Dennis talks about the last night he drank.
  • "I hid it for a long time. When I started talking about my brothers and their deaths, I was amazed at the deeper relationships I have with people + how we relate to this topic."
  • "When we share our joy its a double joy when we share our sorrow its have a sorrow." - Swedish proverb
  • After sitting on my hands for 18 years, my healing accelerated the minute I started getting real, being open.
  • Check out these tips from National Association of Mental Illness to Take Charge of your Mental Health + Support a Loved One’s Mental Health.
  • Join the conversation on social media using #SuicidePrevention and #StigmaFree

DENNIS GILLAN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Mans Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl. The Bible which I'm reading with my men's group.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? I want to take my winnebago and talk about mental health and suicide prevention for free to anyone who will listen.

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 album 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? Matt and Mark, it's what we should be doing if it weren't for the way things turned out. That is the ultimate dream. Matt, Mark and me sitting, looking at the ocean.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? A friend of mine who heard you speak and said, I just heard John O'Leary speak, you gotta check him out. He said you were the real deal and you are.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? I'd tell myself go home and be with Mark, be a better brother and quit drinking. I went through some of my life in a blur and I needed to be focused; if I was focused maybe I could have helped those guys. 

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 really tried to be a good guy.

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