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Oct 18, 2018

Scott Harrison made a lifetime of mistakes by the time he was 28. His journey, though broken, ultimately led him to starting charity: water, an organization that revolutionized the nonprofit model and in doing so, provides clean drinking water to 8,000,000+ people.

Today we'll learn lessons on redemption, creative problem solving and creating purpose in our lives and work. Scott reminds us that making BIG change, though difficult, is possible and that the best is absolutely yet to come.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Scott was named to Fortune's 40 under 40, Forbes Impact 30 + Fast Company's Most Creative People. Check out these articles share insight on Scott's approach that turned the nonprofit model upside down + increased his impact 10x.
  • Get Scott's new book THIRST here.
  • "We're trying to bring clean + safe drinking water to everyone on earth.There are 660 million people drinking dirty water. We think that number should be zero."
  • "I was rotting on the inside... I realized there would never be enough. As I looked around [I realized there would always be] people with a little more."
  • "My epiphany was like a game of musical chairs. The music stopped and for the first time there was no where to sit."
  • I hate my life. I'm morally + spiritually bankrupt. I asked what would the opposite of my life look like? My answer: Serving God and the poor + quitting all this crap that I'm doing. I said okay + I pledged to do that. 
  • Volunteering in Africa I realized dirty drinking water was responsible for much of the disease. Instead of volunteering to get more doctors, I made my life's mission getting clean water for everyone.
  • Scott's research showed that people didn't trust nonprofits / he had to create a model in which 100% of donations would go directly to the cause.
  • charity: water has 1,000,000+ donors supporting 30,000 well projects. They created an online community to expedite their goal of ensuring everyone on earth has clean water. I joined + invite you to join, too: Check out my page here.

Love hearing about Scott's impact? Check out episode #96 with guest Tom Logan who is tackling the same issue with a different approach.

Love hearing about how Scott went from a high-profile life of vice to a high-impact life of virtue? Check out episode #58 with Matt Emerzian for another refreshing story of redemption and impact. 

SCOTT HARRISON'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Getting Things Done by David Allen and The Message.

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

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 mom's book; the story of her life that she wrote and never published.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Albert Schweitzer. Why did you do it all? What was driving you?

5. What is the best advice you've ever received? Put integrity at the core of everything you do. I ask myself: Is this thing right? Don't cut corners or take the easy way out.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Dude, are you serious? Get a haircut an don't waste all this time just to come full circle.

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 fought to inspire greater generosity and compassion and helped bring clean water to everybody on the planet.

Bonus #8: What do your mom and dad think about their prodigal son these days? They are so proud. It's painful to watch my dad show how proud he is in public! They know it is consistent and don't have fear that I will revert back. They know that it took and that I'll finish well.

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Oct 11, 2018

Brené Brown, 4x New York Times bestselling author, researcher, Oprah's Super Soul Sunday favorite and top-5 TED Talk presenter of all time, joins us today!

We'll talk about her new book Dare to Lead. Share tips to become better leaders. Identify what might be holding us back. And hear the vulnerability expert herself share vulnerably about her "big, rowdy Texas" family + life.

Join us to live (and lead!) inspired with one of my very favorite authors.

Show Notes:

  • Watch Brené Brown's TED talk on vulnerability here.
  • Brené studies courage, vulnerability, shame, empathy + what transformational leaders will need in the future.
  • "I was raised with a very Texas sensibility. I had to be brave and wasn't allowed to be vulnerable. Now, years and 400,000 pieces of data later, I know there is not courage without vulnerability."
  • "You can't write a new ending to a story that you have not owned."
  • You know what is harder than not fitting in at school? Not fitting in at home.
  • True belonging never requires you to change who you are. It requires you to be who you are.
  • We can never experience a sense of belonging that is greater than our sense of self-worth and courage to stand alone because sometimes we have to stand alone.
  • Even at fortune 10 companies, without exception, Brené hears that one of the hardest things about work is feeling like you don't belong. In the absence of belonging, we show up in ways that are outside of our normal values.
  • My kids don't need me to apologize for working. They need to see me be strong and contribute and do something I love and then they need me to be present when I am home.
  • 90% of "balancing it all" is having the right partner, one that shines when you shine.
  • Brené's marriage hack: Instead of thinking, "it should be 50/50" a solid partnership is one where, when you have 20%, they can cough up 80%. Share how much you have + ask how much your partner has. If you can't get to 100% together, you have to have kindness, patience, grace with each other to make it through. 
  • If I feel nauseous when I'm done, I probably did a good job.
  • Vulnerability is courage.
  • To opt out of difficult conversations around gender, race, or class, because you can't do it perfectly or be comfortable is the definition of privilege. I'd rather contribute and be criticized then play it safe. 

Show Notes on Brené Brown's new Book: Dare to Lead

  • Get a copy of Brene's new book Dare to Lead and additional resources for it here.
  • We asked all the leaders we interviewed: What is the future of leadership? What scares you the most about not being able to find new leaders? What is missing? From family-owned, to starts-ups to fortune-10 companies we heard: "We need more courage in our leaders."
  • We asked "What do you see as a barrier to courage?" In the book we share 10 barriers to leadership. Examples: (1) unwillingness or inability to have tough conversations (2) blaming instead of accountability.
  • The biggest barrier to courageous leadership is self-protection, the way we armor up. You can't lead from an armored place.
  • If you can't do hard, real and vulnerable you cannot lead in the future. What doesn't need to be vulnerable and human will be done by machines.
  • When we are unsure how we are contributing/don't see meaningfulness in our contribution, we start hustling for our work. We over emphasize our importance... and hustle to make sure people think we are worthy.
    • Tip: Make sure you have conversations and acknowledge where your employees are adding value. Ask where they see themselves adding value. There is nothing worse than the behaviors that show up when people don't know. They stop being learners + start being knowers... put more emphasis on being right than doing something right... on being important v. doing important work. If you see some of these tendencies in yourself, it's a sign you're not clear on your value.
  • The biggest sign of confidence is curiosity; when we know our value, we don't have to know everything. When we aren't confident, we: Prove, please, perfect, poll.
  • How do you pivot from negativity to hope and courage? I give myself permission to complain with perspective. Once I do this, I move into practicing gratitude, because the people who have the most capacity for joy are the most grateful. 

BRENE BROWN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Alchemist because I always go back to it. My main takeaway: when you are on the right path, the universe conspires to help you.

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

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? Photos and the crosses I had made out of the my kids' baby cribs.

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? Maya Angelou.

5. What is the best advice you've ever received? When we know better we do better.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? You don't have to act so tough, it's okay to be afraid.

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 contributed more than she criticized. 

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

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Oct 4, 2018

Joe DeLoss is the founder of Hot Chicken Takeover, a Nashville-style, hot chicken restaurant chain based out of Ohio. What's more inspiring than delicious fried chicken? The mission behind the chicken and the resulting success and growth the company is enjoying.

Joe will share how his competitive advantage (what he calls fair 'chance employment') is leading Hot Chicken Takeover to outperform its competitors in productivity 2 to 1.

Join me and life-long entrepreneur Joe DeLoss to get inspired and to get new ideas to grow your business, life and relationships. 

SHOW NOTES:

  • "How can we sustainably tackle problems in our community through entrepreneurship?" 
  • Meaningful employment = building positive job experiences for people who probably haven't had many due to homelessness, poor work history, incarceration, criminal record.
  • One in 3 Americans have a criminal record from misdemeanor to felony. "The work we do isn't charitable. We hire really high character, high integrity people (who have been looked over by traditional employers) and have made our restaurant best in class."
  • "Our team members are proving that their futures are bright and look much different than the past so many others hold them to."
  • Turnover is 40% or less. We're performing 2 to 3 times better in terms of employee turnover + productivity in our segment. Love and community are disruptive for everybody and have been taken out of most environments. As an employer, these are key elements for us and it makes a difference for the community of employees and customers.
  • "Challenge and adversity is part of life, but suffering is optional."
  • "If you can reflect, empathize and lead with love instead of judgement you will start to understand that a lot can be done. You have that choice everyday. Take it. Lead with love, it will be more disruptive than any technology or application we will ever have."

Hear more inspired dialogue around meaningful employment, check out Ep. 92 Ex-Felons to Farmers, highlighting Ironbound Hard Cider.

JOE DELOSS LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Walden by Henry David Thoreau. Everytime I read it I find some peace and contentment. The idea of seeking and exploring a different way of living inspired me to take the reigns of what my life will look like. A life of exploration, understanding and reflection is the basis of growth. 

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Creativity and freedom from ego is really magical. Battling with my judgements of myself constrains me. The more I can be present, love and empathize with the world the way children do feels boundless.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? Nothing, if you press me I'll go straight tactical: My iPhone.

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 want mountains not beach! My wife, Lisa. Every meaningful conversation we have opens me up and gives me a different perspective. 

5. What is the best advice you've ever received? As a leader, instead of answering the question, ask the question back. If you have the right community around you, they'll have the right answer. It is the most freeing thing. 

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Slow down and be present. Make decision for the moment you are in not the moment you want to be in. In my 20s, I escaped to my future a lot. It damaged relationships, because it is not the place 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 empathetic, saw and communicated the value that everybody has. 

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

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Sep 27, 2018

Stephanie Szostak stars on A Million Little Things, a TV show that shares the story of a group of friends in the wake of suicide.

I'm honored to have Stephanie on the show to bring mental health into the light during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. We'll also talk about her life, inspiration, work (Dinner for Schmucks, The Devil Wears Prada, Iron Man 3!) and how she became a fan of the Live Inspired Podcast.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Take our survey to be entered to win autographed goodies from past guests! 
  • Stephanie shared that the director wrote A Million Little Things to honor his friend who died by suicide + hoped it would create opportunities to start conversations about this difficult topic.
  • "You only live once. It's an adventure! It will be great for the kids to see their mother pursue her dreams." The support her husband shared when taking a role that entailed commuting.
  • "You will always know what is right from wrong. You won't always do it, but you'll always know."
  • "Be curious and don't judge."
  • "Working on Iron Man 3 with Robert Downy Jr. was like doing a dance with an unbelievably talented and generous partner who led you. It was a really incredible experience." 
  • "Show your vulnerability. We think it makes us weak, but it makes us free. It is courageous."
  • What would you say to someone going through a hard time? Talking is helpful. Sometimes we don't want to open up or be a drag. Pick up the phone, go to therapy, speak to somebody, so that you can get a tool to brighten your day and change your mindset.

STEPHANIE SZOSTAK'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra. It changed my life. And The Power of Now by Eckhart Toehl.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Playfulness, as a mom when I am caught up in the domesticity of life, cooking dinner and all this, I wish I would just let go and be more playful.

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 old family pictures on our book shelf and passports.

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? Bob Marly, Mick Jagger, Patty Smith and my brother! We're looking at the ocean. They're all such poets and free spirits the conversation just starts; life, creativity and love. And I am in heaven listening to all of them.

5. What is the best advice you've ever received? To do the exercise called the Impossible Future. My husband and I went into different rooms and answered: "If there were no obstacles and anything was possible, what would every aspect of your life look like?" Then share it. It's a great way to get to know each other.

Also, give to each other without expecting anything in return or calling out what you did.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? You don't know who you are yet. It's okay. Take your time and be curious.

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 it her way and inspired others to do the same.


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

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

Sep 20, 2018

Jonathan Cain is the keyboardist + songwriter for one of the most popular American rock bands of all time: JOURNEY. Jonathan shares about his life, his inspiration behind the song song Don't Stop Believin' and so much more. Stay until the end, Jonathan will play a mini-live concert for you!

This is our 100th episode, my friends, and it is an all-out celebration! Look for all of the special features in the show notes. Don't miss it!

100th EPISODE SHOW NOTES: 

  • Enjoy Live Inspired Podcast? Then you'll LOVE joining John for live inspiration via webcast as a member of his Live Inspired IN STUDIO membership community. Registration rarely opens; it's open NOW! For 2 days only. Register here.
  • Please take our 100th Episode Survey + be entered to win a package of autographed goodies from past guests! We want to know what you love, what you don't + what guests you'd like to see on the next 100. Thanks for listening!
  • This episode was recorded via Facebook Live. Watch the video here. (Stay until the end to see Jonathan play LIVE!)

JONATHAN CAIN SHOW NOTES

  • Order a copy of Jonathan's book Don't Stop Believin' here.
  • This article shares about the fire at Our Lady of Angels School.
  • If you get down on yourself and bitter, it's better to move away and get space. - Jonathan Cain
  • Hear how a conversation with his dad helped Jonathan pen the lyrics to Don't Stop Believin'.
  • "I just smile. If you write something like that, you did something pretty good." Jonathan about playing his hit Don't Stop Believin'.
  • See the video of JOURNEY meeting Kenny, the fan whose "Make A Wish" was to meet them.
  • What would you say to listeners who are struggling today? "There is a blessing beyond all of this struggle. Keep hope and let the Lord take you where you're supposed to go. Get yourself out of the way."

If you enjoyed hearing about the person behind music you love, check out episode #60 with Matt Maher, the wildly popular contemporary Christian musician, or Ep. #23 with Brian Vander Ark of the band Verve Pipe with 90’s hit Freshman.

JONATHAN CAIN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Power of Now by Eckhart Toehl. It took me awhile to get into, but it changed my life. I woke up the next morning looking at the world differently.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Hopeful. I was very hopeful. 

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 with my lyrics on it.

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? Abraham Lincoln. I'd ask him 'How do you write like that?' His wisdom and words resonate so strong.

5. What is the best advice you've ever received? Pay attention. Stay in the moment. I've seen a lot of people having a conversation that aren't in the conversation. My father would say, 'Are you really connecting with everyone you meet?' There is probably some wisdom you need to take. People don't meet by accident but for a reason.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? You are not always who they say you are. You are uniquely unique, so don't be afraid. 

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? Never stop believin' in who you are. You are uniquely you.


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Sep 13, 2018

Comic Adam Cayton-Holland's book Tragedy + Time is a tragi-comic memoir about his sister's death as a result of suicide. It was released just in time for Suicide Prevention Awareness month, September 2018.

Adam took pause in his favorite Denver park to join us for this personal conversation. Adam shares about life, family, comedy, anxiety and how his book helped him process losing his sister. Listen to live inspired and bring mental health into the light.  

SHOW NOTES:

  • Adam's book Tragedy + Time is a tragic story with moments of great joy, laughter, love + redemption. Warning, there are quite a few cuss words.
  • Suicide Prevention Awareness Month is September. Join the conversation, get involved + support at Suicide Prevention Lifeline or National Alliance on Mental Health
  • Goal of his book was to show that even in an idyllic family, mental illness can rear its head and take a family member.
  • "I felt stuff strongly." Adam Cayton-Holland on growing up with anxiety.
  • Getting his start in comedy, Adam did stand up in secret for 6 months. When he finally invited his friends, he bombed + had to figure out how to get back up on stage after bombing.
  • It's a a scary thing. Mental illness can come snatch a person away. When you have this one idea of life and then what truly matters is [taken from you] it is shocking, it is like the whole access of your being shifts.
  • "People work on their physical health and we pat them on the back. It should be the same for people working on their mental health. We should say, "Hey good for you! Going to a therapist... Bring it into the light. You don't have to be ashamed of feeling it or your family member who is feeling it." 

Continue the Suicide Prevention Awareness conversation with Ep. #46. Guest Dennis Gillan share how he's committed his life to reducing the number of completed suicides + removing the stigma around mental health after losing his own two brothers to suicide.

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ADAM CAYTON-HOLLAND'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Sometimes a Great Notion, by Ken Kesey who wrote One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. It's beautifully written.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Empathy. I've put up walls. We need pure empathy for everyone, we button ourselves up in our world. I need to do better.

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? Lydia. I'd say 'I miss ya. I miss the hell out of you.'

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? A beloved family friend died when we were young and my Dad tried to explain to us how to deal with grief. He showed us pictures of comets and black holes and just turned the pages, sitting with us kids and said 'Isn't this amazing. We don't know why any of this exists or what it means and we get to live in all of it.' That is my religion right there. I am not an atheist, I am agnostic. I'm a seeker.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Don't take yourself so seriously. You are going to be alright.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? He died as he lived, with humor.


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

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Sep 6, 2018

Loneliness epidemic. Did you know we're currently experiencing this? A recent Harvard study found that 1 in 4 Americans feel they have no one to confide in. So, if you feel lonely or like you're lacking something, you are (ironically...) not alone.Today's episode can help.

Radha Agrawal shares simple tools from her new book, BELONG: Find your people, create your community & live a more connected life. My friend, the Live Inspired community is absolutely a place where you belong. My hope is that today's episode helps you strengthen the community where you live, too.

NOTES:

  • Check out these recent articles about the loneliness epidemic: New York Times, Washington Post.
  • Get a copy of Radha's new BELONG book.
  • Meaningful relationships are the key to a healthy, happy life. Isolation is as detrimental to your health as being an alcoholic; twice as detrimental as obesity, according to the same study noted above.
  • Learn more about Radha Agrawal on her site radhaagrawal.com.
  • The cornerstone of belonging is participating. Don't just be a bystander.
  • Begin architecting your community:
    1. Ask yourself: Who am I and what do I care about? 
    2. Write down the qualities you're looking for in a friend.
    3. Write down the qualities you do not want your friend to have.
    4. Realize you need to have the qualities you're seeking (i.e. less judgmental, listen well).
    5. Be gently self-aware of how you're showing up.
    6. Begin with "exploratory" phase (try new things, show up at new events, observe).
    7. Move into "participatory" phase: Which events would you like to go back to and push yourself to participate,  volunteer, strike up real conversation?
      • Stop asking questions like "what do you do." Ask bigger questions: What are you most excited about? What's a moment when you were most afraid?

  • Be patient in the process. It takes 80 hours to call someone a friend. Prioritize this.
  • ALL of our issues ladder down to one thing: NOT belonging.
  • It's exhausting to hang out with people who don't get you. Take the time to find community members who fill up your tank.
  • Sometimes, the more successful you are the more at arms length you are from people. It can be lonely on top.
  • We're often part of a community because we're born into it. Cultivate a sense of belonging; feeling of "I'm home. I'm happy."

Want to get started making new friends? Listen to Ep. #87, Mel Robbins' 5-second rule will hold you accountable to getting out of your comfort zone + making new friends.

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RADHA AGRAWAL'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Sapiens, by Yuval Harari. And a children’s book by Dallas Clayton, An Awesome Book.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? I wish I was less combative and a better listener instead of beating my own drum.

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 video that my partner made of our engagement.

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? Sacagawea! She helped Lewis and Clark get across harrowing parts of the country while pregnant. I'd ask her what it takes to be such an incredible explorer.

5. What is the best advice you've ever received? Choose your friends wisely. You're as good as the 5 closest and the sum of all the friends you keep. Pick your friends and nurture them.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Stop trying to be so cool and relevant. This is your time to discover who you are.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? She helped bring people together, find more connection, feel a sense of belonging and fully express and shine their unicorn light.

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

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Aug 30, 2018

Amy Jo Martin’s company Digital Royalty was wildly successful with partners like Zappos and NBA all-star “Shaq.” She seemed to be on top of the world, when she realized she had a “purpose problem.”

Amy Jo left the business to move into nature and reset. Now, she journals at home in the woods 15 miles outside of Mount Rushmore. She’s again serving as an entrepreneur, angel investor + “the third most powerful woman on Twitter,” but today she’s got her purpose in place.

Join us to hear Amy Jo’s story, see how to choose significance over success and ultimately live more inspired.

SHOW NOTES:

  • I attribute a lot of things that have gone well in my life to being comfortable with getting uncomfortable, adapting, getting curious + having an addiction to change.
  • "Amy Jo, come down to the [Phoenix Suns] locker room now! Shaq wants to Tweet and no one knows how but you."
  • It's amazing what happens when we stop looking for permission.
  • When I was 30, in a room consulting billionaires, I had a trick. I painted my nails red. It was a trigger, because when you lose confidence your head goes down. When I saw my nails, it was a reminder to look up + just own it.
  • I had a purpose problem.
  • Sometimes you are supposed to let things happen (instead of make them happen). How do you know the difference?
  • Amy's Podcast "Why Not Now?" I got great advice from people I respect (Tony Robbins, Mark Cuban, Jessica Alba). I thought, I should record this to share with others.
  • I realized there were probably many times my intuition was screaming at me and I needed to learn to listen.
  • Great leaps in life come from intuition.
  • If you find yourself hopping onto Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and feeling drained and annoyed: Stop following those accounts. Check in + see how you feel. If you wouldn't invite them in to have dinner, don't expose yourself them; they don't bring you positive energy.
  • Live Inspired Podcast Ep. 80 guest Erik Wahl, performance graffiti artist and innovation guru, introduced me to Amy Jo.
  • If you'd like more tips on how to better manage technology to live your most inspired life, check out Ep. #50 with Curt Steinhorst.
  • Get a copy of Amy Jo's book Renegades Write the Rules.
  • Learn more at AmyJoMartin.com

AMY JO MARTIN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl.

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

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? I have so many journals. Especially my 2011 - 2012 journal when I was really struggling. I'd like to be able to reflect and look back on it and continue to learn from it.

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 great, great grandfather who was the founder of the city that I lived near by. I would ask him about intuition: How do you know how to make things happen v. letting them happen?

5. What is the best advice you've ever received? Be where your feet are. Be present. Don't borrow from yesterday or tomorrow.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? I would tell her that she has nothing to prove.

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? Gratitude is a strategy.

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Aug 23, 2018

Tom Logan and the Marion Medical Mission built 2,835 wells in rural Africa in 2017. Each well costs $400. Similar organizations need 10 times as much to produce the same results. How do they do it? "We provide the boots with the straps."

Learn how Tom's program empowers Africans to develop the skills needed to maintain their wells and the health of their rural community. Get ideas on how to serve others + see how doing so will lead you to a more inspired life.

SHOW NOTES:

  • As a society we spend a lot of time talking about what is wrong. Tom Logan spends all of his time working on solutions.
  • Learn more about Tom Logan's mentor; whom he called "the Mother Teresa of the time," Albert Schweitzer.
  • "Sustainable drinking water" means that once a well is in, the local people can maintain it without any outside help.
  • Being involved in the impossible is extraordinary. It drives me.
  • Learn more about Marion Medical Mission.
  • See the photo John mentions of a smiling man digging a well.
  • Tom references this great video that share's John story.
  • Since 1985, 100% of donations to Marion Medical Mission goes to its designated purpose; no overhead cost. Donate here.
  • If we share what we have, there's more than enough.

If you liked this episode and Tom's knack for making the impossible possible - you'll love episode #94 with Mick Ebeling from "Impossible Labs." Listen here.

TOM LOGAN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Tony Campello, several of his books. My favorite quote from him:"What is the point of tiptoeing through life? So you arrive at death safely?" 

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Having refugees in our home and learning from their different culture.

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? Picture albums.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Jesus. How can I keep my fear from becoming hate. I've told you. I've showed you. The answer is there.

5. What is the best advice you've ever received? Best advice was from my mom. "If you want it bad enough, you can do it."

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Don't forget to love.

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 provided the boots that had the straps.

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Aug 16, 2018

Andre Norman went from juvie, to jail to Harvard.

Andre began selling marijuana in 6th grade to pay for pants so he wasn't seen as the "poor, smelly kid with only two pairs of pants."

Vulnerable insights like this one from Andre will allow you to expand your humanity and understand the very real, everyday struggles that can snowball into time spent in jail.

Join me for an amazing conversation that will shed light on an often forgotten part of our community... and share the redemption that can come with setting a lofty goal and sticking to it.

From jail to Harvard, our friend Andre is here. Don't miss it.

SHOW NOTES: 

  • "Please speak kind words to your kids and never stop. The day I wanted to change my life, it was those kind words I was able to hold onto. I've seen people who wanted to change their lives, but they had nothing to hold onto so they got blown back in."
  • "Every Wednesday, the rabbi taught me how to be a better person. He taught me things I'd never learned before; to say I'm sorry."
  • If you want to get to a new place at the next level, it's about forgiveness. Empathy v. forgiveness - choose empathy. Once you do, forgiveness will come.
  • I'm the sum total of all of my mentors.
  • Don't speak to their potential; speak to their pain.
  • I try to teach kids to ask for help. I realize I wanted my parents to be the ones, so I passed up good help. Take the help that is offered from teachers, etc.
  • www.AndreNorman.com
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ANDRE NORMAN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? As a Man Thinketh, by James Allen. I am in control of my thoughts, there fore I am in control of myself. 

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? I laughed way more. I loved traveling and had a sense of adventure. I rode the bus after school. I rode everything I could for a dime.

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? Hebrew Psalms book from my Rabbi's wife. 

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? My grandfather, I never got to meet him. I'd ask if he's happy watching the work I've down in his hometown, Petersburg, VA.

5. What is the best advice you've ever received? I just got it from a group of friends, they saved me from a low point. "You are going to be you. You have a wonderful gift and you have people to help. Be you. Go back to being you."

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Go to school sooner. Get counseling. You can do great things. It's not where you start, or who you are around. Be your own best friend. Stop selling yourself short.

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 helped all people.

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Aug 9, 2018

People with ALS often lose their ability to move and speak. The Eyewriter technology allows them to communicate through writing with their eyes.

Mick Ebeling and his team at Not Impossible Labs created the Eyewriter. Their mission is to create technology that helps people by "recognizing an absurdity [that limits people] and committing to figure it out."

Mick's story, work and heart transformed the way I view life, business, relationships, challenges and possibility. Today, Mick will share how he turns the "impossible" into "possible" in his lab and how you can do it in your life.

SHOW NOTES 

  • Figure it out mode: Start talking to people and asking questions. The more questions you ask, the smarter you get and the more you realize who knows what they're doing.
  • Maybe you've viewed it as being bad for too long and it's time to change your perspective.
  • Instead of thinking of technology for the sake of making things pretty and entertaining, how about for the sake of humanity.
  • Hear Not Impossible Podcast episode 7 about the device celebrated by Pharell + Lady Gaga that helps deaf people experience music.
  • Hear Not Impossible Podcast episode 3 about the Eyewriter.
  • Check out Mick's book Not Impossible.
  • If you want a critical tip to launch your from impossible to possible, check out the 5-Second Rule from Mel Robbins on Ep. #87.
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Mick Ebeling's Live Inspired 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged, The Alchemist and Man's Search for Meaning. They're all stories of owning your life and making change.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? To play and turn anything into a game. As a kid I could have a pile of sticks and turn it into a game. I wish I had more of a sense of play, fascination and wonder. 

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. Memories ground you in naivety; that sense of wonder of the person you are and the person you were and when you meld those together... that gives you the fodder for growth in the future.

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? Without a doubt my dad. He passed 11 years ago; before I started Not Impossible. What do you think he'd say? "Good job. Keep it up."

5. What is the best advice you've ever received? I was graduating from college in Santa Baraba, CA. My uncle said, "Responsibility is over rated. You're going to get a mortgage, school and car payments. It's going to come. Avoid it as long as you can." That was good advice. I should have heeded.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Don't take yourself so serious. Every mistake I've made has basically just been a contribution to my life MBA. If I was able to just reflect on that in the moment, I'd be able to get even more out of it later 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? He absolutely did not believe in the impossible.

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Aug 2, 2018

Najwa Zebian, poet, advocate, author of the book Mind Platter and Lebanese Canadian, was recently thrown into the spotlight when her poetic #MeToo Tweet went viral via New York Times, CBS News, the Times of India.

Today, Najwa shares her life, her incredibly moving poetry and an invitation to feel our feelings, own our stories and share our voices.

SHOW NOTES:

  • John mentions this Goalcast video that shares his story.
  • John mentions hearing Najwa's story through her Goalcast video.
  • Get Najwa's books Mind Platter and The Nectar of Pain.
  • "When excluded from activities, I felt like it was my fault. This is something not only children internalize, but that adults do too."
  • "I couldn't understand what I was going through. That pushed me to find other means to express myself."
  • "Belonging is a basic human need."
  • I had good grades, good manners. I convinced myself that settling for that was enough.
  • There's no progressing in life if you don't come to terms with your story.
  • Even the strongest of us go through moments where we feel let down or taking advantage of.
  • Just to visualize it: These mountains you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb. I gives me so much power.
  • I must believe in myself before I expect anyone else to believe in me. I must raise my own voice and not expect someone to fight for me.
  • To get heard, I was the one who had to raise my voice. There wasn't anyone saying, you've been going through a hard time, is there anything I can do.
  • I can't expect anyone to lead me. I need to start paving that road.
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NAJWA ZEBIAN ON HOW SHE BECAME A WRITER:

  • "On my 13th birthday, I had one friend who I only saw at school because we did not live in the same village. She gave me a journal. It was the first time I wrote my feelings out on paper. It was weird at first... unfamiliar. I found myself going back to it day after day. It became the home that I was searching for because nobody was telling me that I was being too sensitive or that I shouldn't be feeling that way."
  • "They didn't want to be here, but felt like they had to be grateful. They felt out of place and made to feel that they were not good enough." Najwa said of her Libyan students in Canada. "I started to write to help them feel empowered. I thought I was writing for them, but I was writing to heal my 16 year old self. That was a pivotal moment."

If you enjoyed Najwa's story of advocacy, owning your story and using your voice, check out Ep. #82 with Christine Caine.

NAJWA ZEBIAN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Prophet. I love hat it talks about elements of love and life and purpose and friendship and that it's timeless. It was written decades ago and if I were to read it in 2000 years, it would still make sense.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Innocence. When I was young I used to take everything at face value. I wouldn't hesitate to smile. If I saw someone struggling, I'd get emotional and try to help them.

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

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 grandma. I lived with her and I remember so many lessons that she taught me as a child. She would tell me old stories of going through the war and what she learned about life. I never got a chance to give her a proper good bye.

5. What is the best advice you've ever received? I need to put myself first in order to be able to give to others. When I feel depleted, it's because I didn't honor my boundaries.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Forgive yourself for being hard on yourself and tying your happiness to whether or not people welcomed you into their lives.

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? Truly lived and owned her own story. 

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Jul 26, 2018

Charles Rosen started Ironbound Hard Cider to rekindle the Newark economy by hiring it's chronically unemployed, formerly incarcerated population. James Williams is one such employee who shares his passion for working as a crew chief on the cidery's orchard.

Reimagine what's possible in business, life, community, social enterprise + sustainable agriculture on today's episode:

NOTES:

  • "The Ironbound Hard Cider community is blended, guys wearing 'Make America Great Again' hats sitting side-by-side with black gang members from Newark and they treat each other like brothers."
  • This business is an unintentional exploration into how to address the biggest gap that exists in our country: Urban v. rural.
  • "We are much stronger as a collective then when thinking only of our own individual pursuits."
  • Helping people shift out of a state of chronic poverty takes time. I'm not seeing entities in any sector willing to put in that time.
  • Instead of a winner take all approach to business, our approach is that my success shouldn't come at the expense of yours. My success should actually be connected to yours.
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  • This is what success should feel like, service to the other.
  • Our guys know that the past does not define them and that they have the capacity to define their own future.
  • Read the article about James that he read to his kids here.
  • "I feel blessed, happy, and  like I'm doing what I'm supposed to do as a father. A beautiful lesson: If I can do it, he can do it."
  • Listen to another episode with inspiring ideas around hiring and building a business around cause and community onEp. #85 Amy + Ben Wright, Demystifying Disabilities.

JAMES WILLIAMS’ LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Biography of Makaveli, Tupac Shakur. Tupac was naturally someone people looked up to in the urban community.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Listening. Listen first. Ask questions later.

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? Honestly nothing, I'm good.

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? Obama. I'd ask, "How did you do it?"

5. What is the best advice you've ever received? Don't give up.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? I wish I could take it back. I would have been in a different place, but I do accept where I am at now.

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? Very optimistic, eager to learn and capable.

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Jul 19, 2018

Dr. Laurie Nadel, a psychologist specializing in overcoming trauma, has helped people impacted by the 9/11 attacks, Hurricane Sandy and, most recently, the mass shooting in Parkland, FL.

Today, Laurie joins us to talk about how to live inspired after our personal tragedies. Whether divorce, bankruptcy, a natural disaster or anything in between: A "trauma" is anything that leaves you feeling like you've lost your control, your safety or your identity.

My friends, we've all had challenges. Today's episode will directly help you overcome yours.

SHOW NOTES:

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  • Dr. Laurie Nadel shared how she was able to better relate to her mother after learning about the Myers Briggs personality types.
  • Dr. Laurie Nadel's first book was a 4-time bestseller + on Oprah's book club twice: Sixth Sense: The Whole-Brain Book of Intuition, Hunchies, Gut Feelings, and Their Place in Your Everyday Life 
    • "This book changes lives, in terms of understanding how how you think and process who you are."
  • Her most recent book came out in April 2018: The Five Gifts: Discovering Hope, Healing and Strength When Disaster Strikes
    • "This is a tool for people in the midst of tragedy. Open it and something will pop out you can use for self care."
    • The 5 Gifts: humility, patience, empathy, forgiveness, growth. 
  • Something like a school shooting or natural disaster, they rip away the fabric of what we thought normal was. When they occur, we have to find a way of balancing in the midst of emotional chaos for sometime. You can swipe it away when you see it on your screen, but when it happens to you in real life, you can’t change the channel.
  • At a certain point you're out of shock and can start to think about next week instead of just getting through the day.
  • When we start to feel like we can get through a week is when we have the strength or enlarged capacity to connect with people as a result of what we’ve been through.
  • Three Cycles of Loss (when you can't go back to who you were before the injury, car accident, bankruptcy, tragic event):
    1. Loss of control of your physical environment.
    2. Loss of safety, you may be emotionally fragile.
    3. Loss of identity / who you are now.
  • For another "Live Inspired" take on this topic, check out Ep. #4 with Michaela Haas as she explores + explains: Post Traumatic Growth.

DR. LAURIE NADEL’S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Catcher in the Rye and Catch 22. These two seminal books of the 60s have characters who are authentic and think in questions. They question authority. I admire them and hope I never stop questioning. 

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? My imagination has been tempered by reality and the real world. I was an excellent creative writer, I made up stories. I wish I had a more active imagination.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? I would have grabbed the original edition of the Wizard of Oz that I was saving for my grandchildren. The beautiful books from my childhood were destroyed in Hurricane Sandy.

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? Dan Rather, I’m fortunate and privileged that he has been my mentor, believer and supporter of my book. I’m always fascinated by what he has to say with where we are now in America as compared to all of the cycles he has seen in the course of his lifetime and what we can learn from that to move forward and be more empathetic.

5. What is the best advice you've ever received? Dan always gives me great advice: Just keep writing.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Calm down a little bit. I was definitely wild. I wouldn’t want to clip her wings or put the breaks on, but I have a lot of people who come into my practice for therapy in their mid to late 20s because what we learn during this season is that the rules of life and family culture we learn through childhood don’t always apply to the world at large. The world is very different when you actually get out there and have to make your way in it. Be careful but be open.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read She was a great mom and great friend.

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Jul 12, 2018

Captain Jim Lovell was the Spacecraft Commander of Apollo 13. The mission was meant to be the third moon landing attempt, but  infamously was cut short when a tank exploded.

Don’t miss hearing this epic piece of history from the man who lived it. Jim Lovell also shares how he attained his dream of becoming an astronaut in spite of growing up poor and fatherless during the Great Depression.

Jim’s unfiltered look at what it was like aboard Apollo 13, what it took to get there and what it took to get back to earth safely will unearth keys to live inspired as a leader, team player and dreamer. Don’t miss this episode.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Read Jim Lovell's book Apollo 13.
  • Check out the Apollo 13 movie by Ron Howard.
  • How did you keep a right mind individually and as a team in the face of so many challenges?

"We had no solutions, all we knew was we'd lose oxygen soon. Any situation like this, you have to keep your cool and keep a positive attitude. If I had curled up and waited for the emergency to happen, I’d still be there waiting. The three of us talked through what was good and what was bad; the ground team analyzed with us. We talked through what tools we had and how we could make them work for us. We decided one by one what was necessary and what we had to do to overcome."

  • When the odds are that long, how do you respond? "We thought about what we had to overcome, specifically: 
  1. We had to figure out how to get back on course to get home. 
  2. We had to decide what we had to turn off to save critical energy.
  3. We had to realize that each time we, we were slowly poisoning ourselves with carbon dioxide.
  4. We had to learn how to connect our current system to the old one because they weren't built to connect.
  • See the famous"Earthrise" photo (taken by Lunar Module Pilot Anders on Apollo 8) we reference here.
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CAPTAIN JIM LOVELL’S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The best book is the one I wrote! If you were moved hearing about Jim's journey, check out his book.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? I wish I was a bit more aggressive. I could have done more work if I had a more aggressive approach to life. There are always things you think about, "Oh, I wish I had done that. After Apollo 8, there are things I know now, that I wish I had shared with the joint congress back then.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? The term paper I wrote my first class year at the Naval Academy because that gave me the incentive to continue. 

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? Charles Lindbergh was my hero when I was a boy. We could both think about what we accomplished. 

5. What is the best advice you've ever received? My Captain who told me to go to the Naval Academy. During my second year at the Naval Academy, the Korean War started. If I'd stayed in my previous program, I’d have gone to Korea and the program was cancelled.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Be adventuresome. I was thinking about myself. I was pretty much on my own.

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? That I added a little knowledge to our space activities. 

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Jul 5, 2018

The Miracle Season is a major motion picture based on the true story of Coach Kathy Bresnahan (played by Helen Hunt) leading her volleyball team, against all odds, to a state championship after their captain and all-star player, Caroline Found, passed away tragically before the season began.

That time you wished you were seeing the movie in the PREVIEW instead of the one you were there to actually see... Has this ever happened to you? I was so moved by the preview for The Miracle Season, I made a date to take my whole family to see it when it came out in April. See the preview here.

Today, I get to introduce you to Kathy Bresnahan. Coach Kathy will sheds light on grieving, leading and what it means to "live like line" - the slogan + motivation, created in memory of their lost teammate Caroline.

Don't miss this episode. It's my most emotional to date; because there are so many lessons to not only live more inspired, but to #LiveLikeLine.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Check out the HBO special here.
  • Get a copy of Kathy Bresnahan's The Miracle Season book here.
  • Order a Live Like Line t-shirt here.
  • "18 people committed to one goal, we weren't going to be denied."
  • How did you guide your team through the grief of losing their friend? The best thing I did was put down my boundaries and let them know how much I loved them. I gave them the latitude to grieve how they wanted. I didn't make them conform. I was able to just guide them enough; and they helped me, too.
  • Did you like hearing the story behind the movie? If so, check out Episode #76, on which my guest shares the story of Welles Crowther, the hero in the movie Man in Red Bandana.
  • Learn more about the Live Like Line Foundation here.
  • Live Inspired IN STUDIO is my membership community where like-minded friends join me via live webcast to live inspired together. Registration opens soon! Join the waitlist.

KATHY BRESNAHAN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. I love her writing style, it follows two sisters during WW2 and what they did during the war.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Spontaneity. I think now they call it ADHD.

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 picture of my dad. He died three years ago. He was my biggest fan. 

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? I'd like to talk to Mother Teresa. She just seemed like such a wise and kind person.  

5. What is the best advice you've ever received? When that season started one of my best friends called me and said, "Grieve for three days. You can't write off the season or go through the motions. Do what you do best: Go play volleyball. Honor her. Don't win for her, play like Line."

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Oh my God, be healthier!

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 lived her life to the fullest and she cared about people and helped them laugh.

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Jun 28, 2018

Today, I share a story I don't often get to tell.

The story of my siblings and their heroic acts that saved my life 30 years ago. Even more relevant: the 3 things we do that allow us to remain close as we get older.

My friend, in honor of my parents 50th wedding anniversary, I'm sharing an intimate look at my family, what we've been through, what we've learned + what it might mean for you.

SHOW NOTES:

  • As promised during this episode, here are a few past episodes on which we discussed depression and mental health:

    • Episode #46 with Dennis Gillan: Break down the stigma around mental health to better care for yourself, those you love + those in the wake of suicide. Dennis shares how mental health claimed the life of his brothers + what he's doing about it today.
    • Episode #73 with Sue Klebold: Sue is the mother of Dylan Klebold, a shooter at Columbine High School in 1999. You'll be amazed by how much you can relate to Sue, her family + her story. Sue shares ideas to better manage mental health so we don't have to step into her shoes. 
    • Episode #65 Mike Robbins: Mike was a pro athlete before an injury ended his career. Now, he's an author + speaker on emotional intelligence, teamwork + leadership for clients like Google, NBA + Harvard. Mike shares about his depression + the questions he asked to discover that healing is multi-layered: body, mind + heart.

  • 3 Things the O'Leary siblings do to stay close:
    1. Communicate frequently. 
    2. Forgive promptly. 
    3. Their success is not your failure. 
  • Live Inspired IN STUDIO is my membership community where like-minded friends join me via live webcast to live inspired together. Registration opens soon! Join the waitlist. 

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Jun 21, 2018

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

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

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

SHOW NOTES:

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

MEL ROBBIN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jun 14, 2018

Let's talk about how to simplify life so you can live inspired. If you’ve enjoyed the 80+ episodes of the podcast, you're in for a treat. Instead of interviewing a special guest, I'm focusing on YOU: Your story, successes, failures, life.

Get ready for an exclusive peek into my private Live Inspired IN STUDIO membership community - like-minded friends who join me via live-webcast once a month. (I absolutely love our podcast; and IN STUDIO is even better. Find out why.)

My friend, get a snapshot of one of the most popular IN STUDIO webcasts to date: How to simplify life.

SHOW NOTES:

*Registration only opens twice annually. This allows John to focus his energy on pouring into members. Make sure you don't miss open registration! Sign up for the special wait list: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/Studio

Jun 7, 2018

Ben and Amy Wright own the wildly successful Bitty & Beau’s Coffee shop, which proudly employs people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The shop is named after their children who have Down Syndrome.

Ben and Amy Wright are combatting the staggering 80% unemployment rate for people with disabilities + using their shop as a platform to share this truth: “We all have different abilities. There’s room for everyone; we just have to see it that way.”

Join me and the Wrights as they thoughtfully share questions (if you don’t have a disability/know someone who does) and answers (if you do) to everything you’ve ever wanted to ask or tell on this subject.

SHOW NOTES:

 

BEN + AMY WRIGHT'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

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

Ben: Knot on a Counting Rope, a children's book about an American Indian child who is born blind and how his tribe loves him for who he is.

Amy: The Giving Tree, it's a children's book that says it all, the way to live and to give to others.

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

Amy: Dancing more, laughing more; although at the coffee shop everyone has fewer inhibitions and just live out loud so I get a good dose of that. I wish I didn't carry worries that I carry and danced more.

Ben: The instinct to play more. Be goofy and uninhibited. If you feel like dancing, dance. If you feel like running, run. If you feel like jumping, jump. I have so much restraint these days trying to be the father, grown up, mature person when inside I wish I could grab back onto some of the playfulness I had as a child.

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? 

Amy: As many photo albums as I could carry out. 

Ben: This beautiful portrait of Amy when we were married. I want family to be able to come to look at the portrait of her and realize that's where it all started. I believe my life really started in earnest when I met her.

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? 

Amy: My mom, who said "I hope this baby you are carrying has Down Syndrome just like beau." She passed away just a few months before Bitty was born.

Ben: Amy! We're so busy, we don't get much of an opportunity to talk with each other. I can't think of anyone I'd rather spend my life or time with her.

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

Ben: You are fearless and you need to stay that way. 

Amy: You love your children the same by loving them differently. My mom said this. Everyone has different needs; meet people where they are.

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

Amy: You think this is good now? Just wait! The best is yet to come. 

Ben: Take even more risks. Life is unpredictable. It can change in a heart beat. If there is something you believe in, don't just think about it, do 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? 

Ben: He broadened my perspective on what I thought was possible and gave me hope.

Amy: She loved fiercely.

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May 31, 2018

In 1972 there was a historic plane crash; the only one in which the plane was flying at both cruising speed + altitude and had survivors. One of the survivors was Nando Parrado.

In street clothes and without food, Nando survived the winter in the Andes. His story was told in the 1993 movie, Alive. He was played by Ethan Hawke.

Today, we’re joined by Nando. He is one of my heroes and the most courageous survivor I’ve met. Don’t miss this unbelievable story of leadership and drive in the face of dire adversity.

SHOW NOTES

  • I was angry, but I couldn't feel pain or sorrow. In a survival situation, something is triggered to protect you because if you suffer that pain, it'd be too much to survive.
  • Winter in the Andes: There's snow everywhere. There's nothing and no one coming.
  • All the born leaders died, [so new] leaders emerged. It's the most fantastic leadership story ever told.
  • I tried to leave. I'd walk 8 paces and I'd sink all the way to my waste in deep snow.
  • What kept you going? "The only thing I knew was that I didn't want to die. I'd fight until I stopped breathing. My mantra was 'If I am breathing, I am alive.'"
  • You are formed by the experiences of your life. I was a typical guy, but the leaders of our team died. Something is triggered inside of you [to become a leader.]
  • Nando Parrado wrote his book Miracle in the Andes 30 years after the accident, as a gift for his father. "What my dad taught me when I was young saved my life in the Andes."
  • I decided to have a second life. When you understand that there is only one, you live in a different way.
  • Nando went to the glacier with his wife + daughters to honor his mother + sister. See the photo here
  • If you live your life thinking that, if you changed something from your past, your present would be better: That's insane, because it didn't happen. Live in your present.
  • Plan your future by living the best you can in your present.
  • There is life after tragedy. Go forward and be resilient. Realize that life will not be perfect.
  • People are afraid of losing things. I get it, but I lost everything when I was very young and I came back from that.
  • I'm not afraid of losing things. I'm afraid of losing time to live. 

NANDO PARRADO'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Books by Spanish Author Carlos Ruiz Zafon because, to me, a book is entertainment. A good time on a quiet night. He's poetic and simple.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? To be more timid, I wouldn't go into some situations that later I regret.

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? Photos of my grandparents.

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? Pico Mendez from Uruguay. He devotes his life remarkably to helping people. I would ask "How do you do it? How do you find the time?"

5. What is the best advice you've ever received? Never look back because the only thing you get when you look back is a bloody pain in the neck.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Don't change anything.

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? It was all worth it.

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May 24, 2018

Rachel Cruze helps people learn the proper ways to handle money and stay out of debt. Her new book Love Your Life, Not Theirs guides readers to live an inspired life, within their means and without the comparison game.

Rachel shares that, "Money is a topic so many people have lost hope over. I give a clear path to help you win, gain control and lower stress around personal finances."

My friends, join me and Rachel to get great tips on how to better manage your finances and more importantly: Love YOUR life.

SHOW NOTES: 

  • Despited being the daughter of financial guru Dave Ramsey, Rachel did not grow up extravagantly. In fact, the Ramsey family filed for bankruptcy the year before she was born.
  • "My parents taught me that work is a verb. We never had allowance as kids, we worked on commission."
  • We had to get jobs/responsibilities outside of the house. Looking back, it was such a gift.
  • As a mom, I get that its exhausting to have kids do things they don't want to do. But man it pays off! I've met 20, 30, 40 year olds that don't understand you have to work to make money. Its a foundational principle parents can teach kids.
  • Rachel is part of Ramsey Solutions. Listen to Live Inspired Podcast episodes with other Ramsey experts: Dave Ramsey (general finances), Chris Hogan (retire inspired), Meg Meeker (raising children) +  Les Parrott (marriage).
  • Check out The Rachel Cruze show on YouTube.
  • "The standard of living, what we expect out of life today, can only be attained by a credit card."
  • "People need to see that the stuff they are gathering up with their credit cards is not making them happy."
  • Steps to begin the climb out of debt (on average people pay off debt, other than mortgage, in 18-24 months):
    1. You can do it. Don't get bogged down looking at statements. You have to keep in mind you can do it.
    2. List out all debts. Everything but mortgage. Smallest to largest. Regardless of interest rate. Pay minimum payment on everything; then pay off smallest debt first.
    3. Get a second job. Work over time, sell things, make sacrifices; do everything you can to pay off that smallest debt. Once it's paid off, put it all towards the second.
    4. Smallest to largest means you are getting quick wins. It's powerful to take destiny into your own hands; to say I can change my life when I decide to do so.
  • Get your copy of Rachel's new book: Love your Life Not Theirs: 7 money habits for creating a life you love.
  • If having a great car is your goal, work hard and you can do it. Stay content and grateful in the process by:
    1. Quit the comparison. Stop comparing your life to everyone elses and live yours.
    2. Live within your means.
    3. Tackle your debt + make it a habit to stay out of it.
    4. Give a little until you can give a lot. Giving feels good; the buzz from buying is lost quickly.
  • Stop making excuses and start making good choices.
  • "There is always hope, even if you've been on a destructive path for a long time. There might be more work, but there is hope no matter your season or age. It's up to you. It may be harder to see the light, but it is there."
  • "Remembering there are seasons and that there will be change helps me get through tough times."

 RACHEL CRUZE'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Ideal Team Player. People that win at business are hungry (work hard), humble (humility), smart (people smart). It's a short great read.

2. What is characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? I was more spontaneous as a kid, I had a lot more off the cuff fun and would do stuff and not be worried. My responsibility level is different today, but I still wish I had more spontaneity in 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? Our wedding albums. I don't know where our negatives are!

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? Christine Caine. She is one of the most infectious, bold people I've met. I love hearing her talk about Jesus. [Christine Caine was just on our show! Listen here.]

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Don't worry. You've got a great life in this next decade so enjoy.

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 a person that other people are influenced by; be truthful, be strong, and be humble. 

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May 17, 2018

Christine Caine's hurdles may seem insurmountable: She is a survivor of both sexual abuse and cancer. At 32, she found out she was adopted. 

Yet, she is living a profoundly inspired life. Christine leads a global anti human-trafficking movement and was honored with the 2017 Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice.

Have you ever felt like your story was derailed by unexpected or unwanted news? Christine's story and tips will show you how to "let go of your history so you can step into your destiny."

SHOW NOTES: 

  • John was determined to have Christine on the show after being shocked when a man recently shared that he'd been taken from his home in Africa to be a slave in the US.
  • Christine's organization A21 is currently helping 28 adult victims + 14 children in the US alone.
  • Learn more about A21 Campaign and 21 steps you can take to abolish slavery here
  • Christine’s passion to help victims stems from being sexually abused for more than a decade during her youth.
  • You can rise above the adversity of your past and fulfill a life of purpose. That has been my story; hopefully my past can give others a future.
  • The advent of the #MeToo movement: There is a wakening that this is not okay and realization that it is far wider spread than anyone thought.
  • It's important that we bring justice into the light so that justice can be brought into the circumstance.
  • I would have been very angry; my faith gave me a path forward.
  • It's important to find healing. Anger, bitterness and un-forgiveness do not need to be the end of your story.
  • How do you encourage abuse victims?
    • It's not your fault. Don't internalize what happened or identify yourself by it. You're not what happened to you.
    • Denial doesn't help. It just pushes down anger, resentment + bitterness, all of which must come out.
    • Good counseling. Venting does not equate to healing and wholeness. Process the pain in a safe place with a counselor. When you do, you will come out the other side. 
  • Christine's new book Unexpected: "Just because everything around you is crazy, doesn't mean you have to be! Be rooted."
  • Unexpected things do not have to take you out; you can navigate that. My life is a testament to this truth.
  • What happens to you does not need to define who you are. Your greatest challenge or unexpected news is not where the story ends.
  • Secrets manifest. Learn how to disclose things in a safe place. 
  • Rise above your circumstances. There's a place for lament + grief, but you have to use tools to overcome your adversity.
  • Have faith in this climate of anxiety and fear. Start doing it afraid, until you are no longer afraid.
  • What if we don't have faith? Take the next step toward your future and trust that there is something more than you. Decide what is the next best thing you can do. You'll step into new relationships, opportunities, one door leads to another.
  • How do you do it all? I work a perfectly imbalanced life:
    1. There are seasons of high focus in different aspects of life. I center myself in faith.
    2. I'm drawn by what is important, not the tyranny of the urgent.
    3. I live disciplined, organized and enjoy the journey.
    4. I know that I can't do everything. I don't bear the burden or responsibility for everything I can't change.
    5. I lead through people, empower them and know we are better together.
    6. I do the best I can. At the end of the day, it's enough.
  • How do you let go of the urgent + focus on important? 
    • Be intentional. Keep adjusting your compass to go in the direction you're going. Don't be dragged by the current of the latest craze.
    • Don't let others' agenda become yours.
    • Don't be driven by ego, this puts everything out of order.
    • Keep your soul healthy.
    • We live in an outrage society. Don't react. Respond from a place of wisdom where you feel called to lead. 

CHRISTINE CAINE'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Bible and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I read it decades ago and keep coming back to it. 

2. What is characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Lack of cynicism. I loved when I was not jaded. I have to proactively fight to be unjaded. I wish I didn't have to fight so hard.

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? Passport!

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Billy Graham. I'd ask, "How did you keep your passion alive?"

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Remain a life-long student.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Chill out. Don't be so uptight about everything. It will happen.

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 stayed the course.

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May 10, 2018

Mitch Albom, author of the bestselling memoir of all time, Tuesdays with Morrie, never meant to be a writer.

Hear the unlikely way Mitch found himself writing his beloved professor's memoir; and what it means for your unfulfilled dreams. (Hint, there just might be a silver lining!)

Hear what it was like to learn Morrie's life lessons, from Morrie himself - first as a student in his classroom and, ultimately, as a friend in his hospital room.

My friends, 15 million have read the book. Countless have watched the movie (produced by Oprah!). Today, we will hear the story behind the wisdom Morrie shared 20+ years ago.

Don't miss this world-class episode. 

SHOW NOTES: 

  • "You know you've done a lot, when you realize how little you've done."
  • The first time Mitch met his professor, Morrie Schwartz, he wanted to drop his class. Listen to find out what made him stay.
  • "Morrie opened my eyes to being a whole person - and that, that was an accomplishment in it of itself. He made me think in terms of being multi-dimensional instead of just 'get a job, get a career, do well.'"
  • Morrie asked Mitch to keep in touch; 16 years passed without contact. Mitch said, "There was no time to concern myself with the past... only the future. I lost track of Morrie."
    • Do you have a Morrie? Can you make time to reach out to him today? What might he say if you did?
  • Tuesdays with Morrie is about Mitch's "visit after I saw him on TV and realized how guilty I felt. He was in the throws of ALS, but was much more positive about life than I was."
  • Mitch saw the gap between them and wanted to know: What does Morrie know that I don't, about life now that he's looking [death] in the face?
  • Mitch wrote the book to help offset Morrie's medical bills. Mitch thought: "I'll write it and it will be over. I'll have done one nice thing for this man."
  • After being turned down by many publishers, Tuesdays with Morrie was published; without fanfare. It didn't debut on as a bestseller.
  • Man plans and God laughs.
  • What would Morrie say today? "Let me know if my head is getting swelled by this... because they aren't celebrating me, they're celebrating the message."
  • Morrie felt enlightened when he was dying; his whole perspective changed in the last two years of his life.
  • "I am on the last great journey of life and everyone wants to ask me what am I packing. " - Morrie Schwartz
  • What was the main lesson you learned from Morrie? "I asked, 'Why don't you accept the sympathy of your visitors?' He said, 'Why would I ever take from people? Taking makes me feel like I'm dying, giving makes me feel like I'm living.' That was a very profound lesson for me and I've never forgotten it."
  • The more you give the better you feel. The earlier you discover that formula, the happier you're going to be.
  • The best fatherly article John has ever read, was written by Mitch, about Chika, an unlikely friend and daughter he met in Haiti. Read it here.   

MITCH ALBOM'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Gilliad, by Marilynne Robinson. It's a story of an old preacher getting ready to die, writing a letter to his young son. He shares his thoughts on life. It moves me no matter what page I open to.

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

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

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? God. The first question I'd ask, "What don't we understand about why we suffer? If you created the world in your image, there's a disconnect between the pain we endure and the glory we think we're going to enjoy after we die."

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? My mom said to me, "You're only going to have a few really good friends in your life no matter how many people you meet. People will disappoint you. The only thing you can do better than to have [a few] people who will always be there and be true, is to marry the best one."

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Slow down. Stop thinking your life is measured by how much you accomplish. Pay attention to how nice people are being to you and how less than nice you are being to them. Recognize that you have a responsibility to the rest of the world, not just yourself. Take a breath now and then... like the Billy Joel lyrics, "Slow down you crazy child, you're so ambitious for a juvenile."

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 learned, he loved and he learned some more; and tried to be better everyday than he had been the day before.

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May 3, 2018

"It was good until it wasn't."

Erik Wahl valued hard work and success. Achievement + money were his measurement and, by his early 30s, he was very successful in corporate America.

Until he wasn't. During the dot-com bust in 2000, Erik lost the "financial fortress" he'd built and his identity along with it. This led him to ask the life-changing question:"Who were you before the world told you who you should be?"

Erik answered this question, made BIG changes in his life + redefined success. Now, as a performance graffiti artist, he helps clients like IBM, Microsoft and Disney answer this bold question, too. Today, we're going to "unearth great things lying dormant inside" of you. Join us! 

SHOW NOTES:

  • Watch the entire episode on YouTube.
  • Often we're rewarded based on the 3 Deadly P's: Power, prestige + possession.  
  • Our script for how to live is off, we tend to live with a scarcity mindset. "I must secure what's mine so I can build; there's not enough available." Choose abundance instead.
  • When you're rocked at your core foundation - financial, relational, health - you realize you long for something more.
  • "As a speaker, I bypass the cynical brain + go straight to the heart. I stretch minds so we can see everything a bit differently."
  • A mind stretched never returns to its original dimensions.
  • Create for the sake of creating, not the finished product.
  • I changed my definition of success: "What if success is a good meal with my wife and boys at the end of the day? I don't need certain life elements to be a certain way to be successful."
  • Today, Erik is a performance graffiti artist. Check out John's behind the scenes tour of Erik's studio.
  • Opportunity for love, relationship and empathy are hidden in plain sight. Don't be too "successful" to see them.
  • Better leaders are more creative + adapt to change.
  • Everyone is creative, but our creativity is hidden in uncertainties + the quietness of life... a space we don't often enter.
  • Creativity, like gratitude, is a discipline. Embrace the choice to be creative like you embrace doing other difficult things.
  • When asked "Who here is an artist?" Every hand goes up when we're kids, very few as adults. Why? Hear Erik's answer.
  • "Let go of the idea that we 'earn value' through how we perform on paper, what college our kids go to, what car we drive."
    • How do I pivot into this? Look at your life + values. Are you living a life of success or significance? Does your calendar reflect your priorities?
  • Art is an exploration of getting comfortable with being uncomfortable. Can I get out and dance with my wife and not let the critics or my own internal voice of judgement stop me from the enjoyment of moving with someone I love?
  • How do we encourage the next generation to hold tight to their crayons? Commission your child to create. While doodling, they're thinking expansively + problem solving, not for a grade.
    • "Paint a picture of what you want to be when you grow up, and I'll take you for ice-cream... Write a poem about how much you love your mom, and I'll take you to a game."
    • Ask questions about your child's creation. It gives you insight to who they are.
  • Spontaneity is a mini lab to practice living present in the now.
  • Follow Erik at www.TheArtofVision.com
  • Demarius "found" Erik's first geo-cached painting. 
  • Erik dedicated his books Unthink and The Spark & The Grind to his wife and business partner, Tasha.
  • For those of us enduring a trying season in our marriage, what would you say? Focus on why you got married, to: Lift each other up, help your spouse become the very best, become better as two then we could be as one. You entered into it with excitement, love and lust; revisit those emotions. 
  • It's how you act and react to bumps in the road that defines your marriage.

ERIK WAHL'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Soul of Money by Lyn Twist. It changed my relationship with what had been a dominant identity for me.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? Decreasing my wants and needs has been the most fiscally conservative policy I could have taken on. We'd use it to give to others; build traction for someone else's vision..

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 wife's photo albums because I know how much she would want those and I want to see her face when I come out with it in hand!

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. Francis of Assisi, he came from a life of privilege and chose a life of connectedness. I'd want to talk with him about that transition + experience.

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

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Don't be so guarded around shaping your identity; you have no idea of what this future "you" will be doing in life... thinking you know is a recipe for challenge.

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?  Servant.

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