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Dec 29, 2016

"You can have everything in life you want, as long as you just help enough other people get what they want."

This is one of the most popular quotes from legendary speaker, Zig Ziglar and it is absolutely modeled through his son Tom's life today. 

Tom Ziglar has influenced 250 million lives through his work. On today's show, Tom will  share about growing up with Zig as his father and how his dad walked the talk he shared with the world. 

Tom shares about falling in love with sales, defines what "sales" really means and early failures he endured as a young president of his father's company.

These were my main takeaways from our time together: 

  • "Did you do everything you could? If yes, then you can sleep good tonight." 
  • Zig didn't begin speaking until his late 30s; it's never too late to start a new path.
  • The best advice Zig gave Tom (after he felt he was unfairly treated): "The only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you."
  • Tom defines sales as: Listening and helping people solve their problems
  • "Truth doesn't go out of style. There isn't much 'new' under the sun; we just forget what we once knew to be true." - John O'Leary
  • Zombie Effect: showing up at work barely on time, doing minimal work, never offering his/her opinion. (The academic word is disengaged.) Gallup study shows 60% of employees are disengaged. Imagine a 10-seater bike with only 3 people pedaling. This is a life issue; not just a business issue.
    • The cause: They have no dreams.
      • The solution: Dream! Then everything you do each day is helping you get closer to it.
        • Help your employees dream; show them you care. 
  • Get Zig & Tom's book Born to Win: "You must plan to win. Prepare to win."
  • Live to Win webinar answers this question: "What's the fastest way to success?" By helping you replace bad habits with good one. Changing one a week for 52 weeks.
  • Check out Ziglar Podcast Episode #405 where I was interviewed

Tom Ziglar's Live Inspired 7

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

The Lord of the Rings

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

Thank God for someone who lived a good, long 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?

Dad's bible. He underlined it. in fact, I have a lot of his underlined books. That is just priceless.

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?

Dad.

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

"You are what you are and where you are because of what's gone into your mind. And you can change what you are and where you are by what goes into your mind." This is my favorite quote from dad.

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

There's a lot of tempting answers! Don't start that business! It might be a Dave Ramsey thought - Pay cash for everything! I'd get more financially in-tune early 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 lived pure and simple by putting the right things into his mind. 

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

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

Dec 22, 2016

Today’s guest will help you to stop managing life and start LIVING it.

She is a bestselling author, blogger, mom, leader of the hands free revolution and my dear friend: Rachel Macy Stafford.

Every conversation I’ve had with Rachel is one of the most authentic conversations I’ve ever had - and today’s episode is no different. You'll see yourself in Rachel’s struggles, triumphs and story and you’ll be inspired by her tools to live life to the fullest.

We're nearing the end of Live Inspired Podcast Season 1 and I absolutely saved Rachel to be one of the last for a reason. Today’s conversation is going to be an inflection point for you! My favorite takeaways from our time together:

  • Stop managing life and start LIVING it.
  • Set "distraction free" time every day.
  • "Only love today."
  • Hands Free Living - [n.] leaving your phone and schedule to just be. Letting go of control and unrealistic standards.
  • Redefine what success is for YOU. What do you want to measure success by TODAY?
  • When we see each others' scars we love each other more.
  • Pre-order Rachel's new book (hits shelves March 2017) Only Love Today.
  • Connect with Rachel & The Hands Free Revolution on Facebook.

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

Rachel Macy Stafford's Live Inspired 7

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

Life is a Verb. I would not be a writer today if I had not read it. She inspired me to take a leap of faith and put myself out there.

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

My kids and I have been involved with Compassion International. I would like to do even more! Go over and visit them...sponsor 100's of kids!

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 friend gave me a framed watercolor sign that her daughters' friend made for me because she said I was a "soul changer." I've never had such a beautiful compliment. I would run in and grab that!

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 would choose my Grandma Madonna. I really miss her. She and I spent so much time playing cards, watching game shows and she would write me letters. We had a really special connection. I would just love to sit and spend some time with her today.

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

Don't focus on numbers. Focus on lives touched.

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

Don't believe that there is pressure coming at you from other people. That pressure is coming from you. It is not necessary. You can surrender. Just love and live.

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 love. She sounded like love. She looked like love. She spread love. And all that love made all the difference in the world.

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

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

 

Dec 15, 2016

Today we have on our show Pulitzer Nominated author of 25 books Don Yaeger.

From Walter Payton - one of the most prolific running backs in the history of the NFL - who wanted his book to NOT be about football, but about leaving a legacy as an organ donor…

To John Wooden, who many consider the greatest coach of all time as he led the UCLA Men’s basketball team to 10 national championships in 12 years.

You are going to hear amazing examples of individuals living inspired through Don’s LIBRARY of books he’s written and subsequently, friends he’s made. He'll also share about the lessons he’s learned as a business owner, son of a preacher, husband and father.

My Key Takeaways: 

  • You'll never out perform your inner circle. Surround yourself with excellence and that's what you'll become.
  • "Make it your goal to have every person be better for having spent time with you."
  • Be present because tomorrow is promised to no one.
  • Write your spouse a love letter often - because you can.
  • In relationships we often look for things that drive us crazy. Instead, look for things you LOVE. It will change the way you relate to each other.
  • Order Don's book, the biography of "the best coach of all time" John Wooden, A Game Plan for Life
  • Get a free chapter from Don's newest book Great Teams: 16 Things High Performing Organizations Do Differently

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

Don Yaeger's Live Inspired 7 

1. What is the best book you ever read?

I don't read much fiction, but Nicholas Sparks wrote The Notebook and I've read it over and over again. My mom suffered from Alzheimer's. He is such a gifted wordsmith.

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

I wouldn't stop working that's for sure. I'm on the national board for Make-A-Wish, so I'd help grant lots of wishes.

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?

It's a picture of my wife and I from our wedding day; the outside part of the frame was signed by all of our wedding guests.

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?

One more conversation with John Wood. I just loved being in his presence. The last time I saw him I said "Every time I leave you I feel like a better man than when I arrived." "John looked me and said: Don, I hope you make that your standard."

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

If you want to be better, always improve you inner circle.

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

Slow down. I wanted everything way too fast for way too long.

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 inspired many by telling the stories of others.

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

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

Dec 8, 2016

Today's guest is a comedian, author, speaker, huge over-comer and a new, dear friend of mine.

She has been through more challenges and misadventures than most, but exemplifies more grace, forgiveness, courage and perseverance than anyone I have ever met.

You've likely never heard of her but after our time together, I am certain you will never forget her! Kathy Buckley will share her story in such a way that you will be ready to live more inspired than ever before!

My favorite takeaways from our time together:

  • Nobody is in this world with nothing to give. We all have something to give.
  • You can learn more about someone by being fully present with them than by listening to the words they are speaking (she's learned this truth through her lifelong hearing loss).
  • Appreciate who you are and forget about being defined by others.

These truths were also shared in her book, If You Could See What I Hear. I loved this book and absolutely devoured it.

  • Order Kathy's book If You Could See What I Hear here.
  • Check out Kathy on the comedy stage here

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

Kathy Buckley's Live Inspired 7

1. What is the best book you ever read?

Your book! ON FIRE: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life.

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

I don't need much. My needs are covered and my wants are few, so to me money is to provide for others. I volunteer with deaf and hard-of-hearing children through a theater program. I would expand this program to help give a better understanding to more communities.  

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?

Everybody is out of my house? An item. I'm not attached to anything! I guess my insurance paperwork. 

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. I would ask him how could he was so committed. How could he have had that faith. Faith is a powerful thing to bless yourself with and I just have such admiration for him. He was there for those who were less fortunate. 

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

My uncle: fear knocked upon my door, faith answered it and no one was there.

Which means fear and anxiety are human created, but when you have faith: you can trust and believe that all good things are there for you to receive.

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

I'm sorry I didn't love you like I should have loved you. I probably would just put my arms around her and let her know she was loved. 

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?

Kathy loved unconditionally, anyone who crossed her path.

 

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

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

Dec 1, 2016

Today’s guest started his first business at 12 years old after asking his dad for money for an icee. His dad responded, "You don’t need money, you need a job!" He promptly started mowing lawns and has been a business owner since.

This one-time lawn-mower is now a nationally syndicated radio shows host, #1 national bestselling author, personal finance guru and my friend, Dave Ramsey.

Dave's show is aired on 578 stations, is the third largest talk radio show in the nation and enjoys nearly 13 million listeners a week. But, Dave's life hasn’t always been so bright.

Today, Dave will share about what it was like building his first real estate business at 18, making $250k by 26 and going bankrupt at 28. He’ll share how his failures led in part to his successes in faith, marriage and gratitude today.

You don't want to miss the amazing, simple insights from Dave on how to better manage your money, life and business. Most of all: Dave is so used to being on the other side of the microphone, you are going to love hearing from him as my guest.

Here are my key takeaways: 

  • The difference between failing and experimenting: in failing you quit. When experimenting you keep moving until you figure it out.
  • When you pay for something, you pay more attention to it and you appreciate it more. How many free books have you read?
  • There are 3 things you can do with money: enjoy it, give it, invest it.
  • Assess the psychological income for what you are doing (how is this helping people?) when you focus on this, you'll never work another day in your life because you’ll enjoy the work you do.
  • Order Dave's #1 New York Time's bestseller Total Money Makeover.
  • Tune into Dave's Radio Show episode when he interviewed John.

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

Dave Ramsey's Live Inspired 7 

1. What is the best book you ever read?

I'm a veracious reader. Here's the first that come to mind: Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud. Way back when I was a teenager Daddy made me read How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale CarnegieI’ve read everything from Jim Collins, Malcolm Gladwell, Ziglar. I look for authors that are good thinkers.

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

There are only three things you can do with money. Enjoy it. Give it. Invest it. I would do some of each.

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 my grandmother’s grandfather’s bible from 1878 he was a Methodist preacher. The notes in it are classic.

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?

This week it would be Winston Churchill. His perseverance was amazing and he was a great speaker. There may be a cigar involved when we’re on the bench!

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

The first pastor that led me to God taught me: Love people.

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

You are not nearly as important as you think you are! If you are going to be successful it is going to be a whole lot harder than you thought it was.

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 better than he deserved.


***

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

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

Nov 24, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

Here are a few key takeaways: 

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

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

Rory Vaden's Live Inspired 7 

1. What is the best book you ever read?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Nov 17, 2016

No matter what you are going through, you will get through it.

I met today’s guest, German-born, bestselling author, journalist and teacher of resilience Michaela Haas, earlier this year when she interviewed me for her column in the “New York Times of Germany.”

Michaela wanted to share about my book ON FIRE because in her writing and research, she focuses on the topic of Post Traumatic Growth. I was so enamored with this topic that I immediately got a copy of her book Bouncing Forward and invited her to be on this podcast!

Through the pages of her book and my time interviewing her, I met some of my new, favorite heroes; each of whom are amazing examples of Living Inspired.

Michaela will give you so much to think about today! Most importantly:

  • No matter what you’re going through, her research shows, you WILL get through it. But you have to work for it. You have to reach out. You have to speak out. And you have to make space to confront your pain.
  • Learn more about the fascinating Coco Schumann here.
  • If you've not read it, order Michaela's favorite book by Maya Angelou Why the Cage Bird Sings here.
  • Order Michaela's book Bouncing Forward here.

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

Michaela Haas' Live Inspired 7

1. What is the best book you ever read?

Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.

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

First, I would mourn him. Second, I am a rescuer so I would donate most of the money to good causes that rescue people (suicide prevention, trauma prevention) and some to rescue animals.

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 sister-in-law lost her 3-year-old daughter. We have a recording of her voice that says "you're my best friend" it's in a little cube with her picture. I would definitely grab that cube.

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?

Buddha. I am a Buddhist and no one really knows what his true words were because no one wrote them down during his lifetime. So to have an opportunity to actually speak with him, that would be wonderful!

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

Let go. Easily said though very hard to do. But when I hold onto injustice or loss - I repeat this to myself because there is really no other choice anyway.

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

Appreciate life. I had so many worries then - but I had it all! I was healthy. Following my dreams and pursuing my career and travelling the world. I wish that instead of having my mind full of worry, that I would have been more grateful and present.

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?

Love. Light. She made a difference.

*** 

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

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

Nov 10, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Joe Buck's Live Inspired 7 

1. What is the best book you ever read?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nov 3, 2016

Addiction and cancer threatened her life, but grace and endurance gave it back to her.

In a world where the media frequently loves to buy, sell, trade and speak in fear, Teri Griege realizes and honors that the human spirit is powered by hope and starved for inspiration.

She has made it her life's work to be a pillar of hope and she has already done so by being: an iron man, author, triathlete, cancer survivor and sober for more than 20 years.

From our time with Teri, you will be reminded that life is full of good people. Appearances are deceiving. Belief in self matters. Odds are over rated. "God winks" exist.

  • God wink - [n.] a phrase Teri coined meaning, inspired moments in which God aligns your life in ways you could never imagine.
  • Get your copy of Teri's book Powered by Hope here.
  • See Teri's inspiring journey to Ironman Hawaii on this video.
  • Check out Teri's nonprofit Powered by Hope.

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

Teri Griege's Live Inspired 7

1. What is the best book you ever read?

Your book! John O’Leary’s book: ON FIRE: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life 

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

I would take care of my family and give it to my charity - Powered by Hope; and so many other charities. I never want to say no! There are so many people doing good out there. 

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

My bible. 

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

Grandma Ida. She was the most giving, strong, kind individual. She died at 102. She died six months short of living in three centuries. Amazing woman.

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

Take it one day at a time. 

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

Everything is going to be okay. 

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 left the world a better place.

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

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

Oct 27, 2016

I am so honored to have author, speaker and trainer, Brian Buffini, as my guest on the inaugural episode of the Live Inspired Podcast.

A few years ago I shared a stage with Brian at his event, The Success Tour, where we spoke to a stadium with thousands of of real estate professionals.

Little did I know that that day I would meet my mentor and a dear, dear friend. 

Brian's direction has helped me to improve my speaking, business, faith, family life and led directly to me writing and releasing my bestselling book ON FIRE

Brian is an expert in the real estate industry, but his vision applies well beyond and continues to inspire thousands of people each year. Today, you are among them!

My favorite takeaway from this episode is the lesson Brian learned from his grandpa:

  • The rule of asking yourself after everything you do: "Can you put your name on it?" On your days. Activities. Business. Faith journey. Life. It's a simple thing to remember and could profoundly impact your day!

You can order Brian's books here:

Brian's book Takin' Care of Business: http://www.takincareofbusiness.biz/

Brian Buffini Show Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/id1089027054?mt=2&ls=1

This is my favorite episode from The Brian Buffini Show Podcast: http://podcast.brianbuffini.com/episode-011-trust-worry-less-enjoy-journey/ 

To close each interview in a special way, I created the LIVE INSPIRED 7 segment. This is a series of 7 questions, shared "rapid fire" and answered boldly (without prep!) by our guests. My hope is to leave you reflecting on our guest's answers and YOUR answers... and excited to apply ideas from today's show to help you live an inspired life. 

Brian Buffini's Live Inspired 7

 

1. What is the best book you ever read?

The Bible.

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

Give it away. I don't want anything from anyone.

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 question is 9-years to late for me! If I could have known, what I would have gotten: all the video tapes of my kids growing up. Those are the only things I miss.

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. Just one dinner, breaking bread with him would be great. But also Alexander the Great, Julius the Great, Winston Churchill, Ronald Raigan, Mother Teresa.

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

Work more on yourself then you do on your job. You can double your income as fast as you double your self-esteem.

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

Trust God. Enjoy the journey. It's 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?

Loved God. Loved his family. Helped the people he came in contact with.

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

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

Oct 18, 2016

My mom has taught me more about resilience, faith, courage, redemption, family, love and life than ANYONE else in the world. I am so honored to have her as my guest on this very special, preview episode of the LIVE INSPIRED Podcast!

If you've ever heard me speak, you've heard a lot about the impact my mom has had on my life. But for those of you who've not heard me speak, here is just one example. My mom and dad's unauthorized biography of my life, Overwhelming Odds, is what encouraged me to accept, own and celebrate my scars and my story. 

As if that wasn't enough! The initial 200 copies they printed to share with friends and family has resulted in my becoming a professional speaker nearly 10 years ago and the subsequent sale of more than 60,000 copies...

To close each interview in a special way, I created the LIVE INSPIRED 7 segment. This is a series of 7 questions, shared "rapid fire" and answered boldly (without prep!) by our guests. My hope is to leave you reflecting on our guest's answers and YOUR answers... and excited to apply ideas from today's show to help you live an inspired life. 

Susan O'Leary's Live Inspired 7

 

1. What is the best book you ever read?

What She Knew - Gilly Macmillan
Left Neglected - Lisa Genova
The Help -Kathryn Stocket 

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

I would give large amounts to my kids...and family and friends who could really use the help. I'd get something really going with Parkinson's Disease Research. And I would go on a river boat cruise in Europe.

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

My bible. Being a bible teacher for the last 18 years, I know that is where our true stories lie. 

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

Martin Luther King.

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

My mom used to always tell me, "Put on your lipstick and you can go anywhere!" It has helped me through life. I'll keep this one lighthearted!

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

With relationships, work at letting any hurt feelings or harsh words go. Put them behind you and just keep going. 

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

She came, through blessings, to know the Lord and love Him and she tried her best to pass that love on to her family and friends.

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

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

Oct 17, 2016

I created this episode to introduce myself to you. Share a bit about how and why I started the Live Inspired Movement -- and why you are meant to be a part of it!

I also created it to share a bit about what you can expect through the Live Inspired Podcast: 

  • A new episode released every Thursday
  • One special guest each week will join me and share about his/her story, successes, challenges, LIFE so that we can learn from each other on how to better live ours

If you ever have any questions or feedback, email me and my team at info@JohnOLearyInspires.com.

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