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Dec 28, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

SHOW NOTES: 

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

MATT MANZARI'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

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

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

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

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Anne Frank. "How did she do it?"

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

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

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

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

 
Dec 21, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

SHOW NOTES: 

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

JEFF GOINS'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

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

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? I would take some of it and pay off my house, then with the rest, I'd put it into a charitable endowment fund. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
Dec 14, 2017

"You shattered my darkness... I'm alive again."

These are lyrics from Alive Again by Matt Maher. When clients ask Matt what "walk-on song" he wants playing when he goes on stage to speak, this is the song he picks.

Matt is an internationally acclaimed Christian singer; earlier this year he performed at World Youth Day in Rio in front of 3 million people.

Matt teaches us that faith exists so you come to know how loved you are...so that you might be motivated by that love to live a life of abundance, outwardly focused. He shows us that the moments that bring us to our knees can be our greatest teachers and when your interior needs are met, you're free to give of yourself.

Today, he joins us to talk about his faith, life, music and what it means for your life.

SHOW NOTES: 

  • I never didn't believe in God, I just didn't believe how much God believed in me. 
  • Choose wisely. We all tether ourselves to people and communities that inform our worldview & the way we look at things.
  • We are at an amazing time in human history with so many opportunities, but also the most individualistic and lonely time.
  • You can't change anybody but yourself. Even that you can't do alone; you'll have to tap into something bigger than just you.
  • Have the courage to admit your weakness + powerlessness to make yourself available for a strength much bigger than yourself.
  • God is not a hall monitor with a checklist to tell me what I'm doing wrong. He's a father who is so incredibly proud of the gifts I have and the imperfect ways in which I use them.
  • When you are in a place of influence, are you working for the good of the whole or based on your fears and insecurities?
  • Live life abundantly, not for the short term.
  • Writing is mostly about living life and being fully in the moment. I am always listening to the world around me.
  • "I hope my music lets people know how much they are loved and accepted by The Creator of the universe."
  • Sometimes our feelings don't align with our beliefs because we aren't perfect.
  • We are loved and because we are loved we can share it with others.

MATT MAHER'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? A Grief Observed by CS Lewis, which is the journal entries after the death of his wife. It revealed to me that I didn't know how to love and that I wanted to love a woman like that. For me, it is so hopeful and beautiful because it led me to my wife.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? Pay off all my families' debts and set up a foundation. I contracted Hep C when I was 13 getting a blood transfusion. I was cured 3 years ago because of medical advancement. I want to help kids who have blood disorders and aren't able to have a normal life because of it.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? One of my guitars a youth minister gave me - a 1964 Gibson J45 that belonged to his grandfather.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Tom Petty. He's the one who pops into my head. You might think, what about Mother Teresa or Pope John Paul? But no. It's Tom Petty!

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? I once heard someone ask how to become a better songwriter. The response was: Go get your heart broken.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Stop talking. Listen to the world around you. Older people, like my grandpa, had a greater appreciation for the stillness in life. I wish I'd had more time with him.

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

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I can’t wait to see you here next Thursday! Today is your day. Live Inspired.

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

 
 
 
 
 
Dec 7, 2017

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

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

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

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

SHOW NOTES:

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

BECKY JAMES HATTERS' LIVE INSPIRED 7

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

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

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? The book case with all of my favorite books.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? My husband. We would talk about everything. We are just good together. My buddy.

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

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

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

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I can’t wait to see you here next Thursday! Today is your day. Live Inspired.

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

 
 
 
Nov 30, 2017

"I. YOU. WE. MATTER."

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

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

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

SHOW NOTES:

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

MATTHEW EMERZIAN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

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

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

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? My wife’s childhood blanket. It was a gift from her father.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Jesus and Bono. I see us talking about where it all went wrong and how we can change it. By "it" I mean humanity & our culture. I think Jesus would say, it is time for us to love our neighbors more.

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

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

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

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I can’t wait to see you here next Thursday! Today is your day. Live Inspired.

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

 
Nov 23, 2017

"Pay attention to the movements in your soul."

Fr. Jim Martin is an author, speaker, editor for American Magazine, contributor to the New York Times, Jesuit priest and consultant to the Vatican. SO MUCH in the marketplace is secular so I know this may feel unfamiliar.

Actually, question #13 on the survey I give clients to help me prepare my presentation is this: "What topic do you not want me to speak to?" 

Nearly each of the 1,500+ presentations I've given I've received the same answer: Religion and politics.

My friends, if we are unwilling to even whisper about religion and politics - we'll never find common ground or live our best lives. Today's episode is much less about religion and much more about discovery and how to live our best life going forward.

Today, Fr. Jim will help us better understand the movements in our soul... and why it's critically important that we stop and listen to them.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Fr. Jim did not grow up in a religious household. 
  • He studied finance + took a job with GE. The first years were exciting: A yuppy with good money in New York. After a few years, he felt trapped, asking: How am I going to get out of this?
  • He went to a psychologist to deal with the stress and also began reading the writings of Thomas Merton. 
  • After a year, the therapist asked: What would you do if you could do anything you wanted to do?
    • Every young person should be asked this question.
    • Answering this question is how you make the leap from being miserable into discovering a new calling.
  • He joined the seminary and 10 years later was ordained a priest and assigned to America Magazine where he's been since.
  • He had no clue what he was getting into and his parents and friends were a mix of horrified and upset. A year later they got it.
  • "God works through your desires. There's a push and pull to something else."
  • "Desiring something more fulfilling, satisfying? Pay attention to those movements in your soul. That's the call."
  • What do I want to do with my life? That's something everyone struggles with; if we let ourselves. Allow yourself to answer that question.
  • "The hardest part of leaving the corporate structure is the money. But its ultimately really freeing."
  • "The most freeing and fun thing is being able to be myself."
  • Think of times you've felt moved. Everyone has these but they aren't encouraged to reflect on them, name them as God.
    • Holding your first child, feeling the undeniable love and not knowing where it comes from? That's God awakening His love in you.
    • Wanting more in life. That's God calling to you.
    • Falling in love with your spouse. That's God calling you together.
  • Fr. Jim has written 10 books, including:
  • What do you say to people lukewarm to faith? The first step in the spiritual life for lukewarm people is the insight that the desire for God is actually God calling you. When you can at least consider that, it changes everything. It's not just a weird feeling.
  • "That which you seek is seeking you." - Rumi

Fr. Jim Martin's Live Inspired 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The 7 Story Mountain changed my life. The story of Thomas Merton, an American raised in France and the UK, who finds true meaning in a Trappist Monastery. 

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? I'd turn the check right over to the Jesuits!

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? At the day of our vows, we're giving a medal cross, we keep it our whole lives and we are buried with it. I'd get my vow cross.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Jesus! My first question would be, what would my life have been like if I didn't join the Jesuits. And I'd want to ask what was life like in Nazareth growing up - there is not a lot mentioned about his childhood.

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

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

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

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

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

 
 
 
Nov 16, 2017

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

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

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

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

SHOW NOTES: 

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

CARLOTTA WALLS LANIER'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

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

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

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

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

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

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? When I make a commitment, I see it on to its' end.

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I can’t wait to see you here next Thursday! Today is your day. Live Inspired.

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

Nov 9, 2017

"Success leaves a blueprint."

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

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

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

SHOW NOTES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nov 2, 2017

"We are so much more than mortals suffering on this planet."

Each of the 50+ episodes of the Live Inspired Podcast I end by asking our guest the "Live Inspired 7 Questions." The first - What is your favorite book? - has been answered SO MANY times with: Johnathan Livingston Seagull. 

So intrigued by the impact this little book had on so many of our amazing guests (and from a little research quickly learned on millions worldwide since it was published in 1970) I knew we had to have the author on the show.

The beloved author, Richard Bach, has written 30 book, is a pilot, philosopher, seeker of love and doesn't often grant interviews. I am so honored to have him joining us to share about his writing, the accident that nearly cost his life and the nearly 8 decades of inspired living he's been granted thus far.

Join me and Richard Bach today to talk about listening to the voice that calls out to you and a little seagull named Johnathan.

SHOW NOTES:

  • "When we ask we receive."
  • Describing his famous book, "here is a little seagull who loves to fly. He can fly at extreme speeds. Because of this, he is thrown out of the flock."
  • Johnathan Livingston Seagull was rejected 18 times before it was published. It then spent over 2 years on the New York Times Bestseller list, was translated into 50 languages, made into a movie and recently an app
  • "Disasters can be blessings and blessings can be disasters."
  • Richard's favorite line in Johnathan Livingston Seagull; “You have the freedom to be yourself. Here and now. Your true self and nothing can stand in your way.”
  • "I’m so slow to learn. I need multiple lifetimes to become one with love."
  • "It doesn’t matter what we do, it matters how much we love."

Richard Bach's Live inspired 7.

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? It was a book that was given to me, Johnathan Livingston Seagull.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? I couldn’t imagine the number of chocolates that I could buy with millions of dollars. The only inheritance I’ve received is the time/experiences I’ve had with people.

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

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Ray Bradbury, he wrote Dandelion Wine & Zen and the Art of Writing.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Follow your highest right. Within ourselves, we decide the best thing for us to do in any situation. I think we would have a pretty good life if we follow that simple rule.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Try to fail at anything you don’t care about. Find out what you love and be successful at that.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? Richard Bach loved the sky and with his books, he brought us there.

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Oct 26, 2017

"Hard work and applying yourself to be the very best you can be everyday: That is what life is all about."

Today my boyhood hero joins us. Introducing him as a friend is a dream come true.

Ozzie Smith is a 13-time, MLB Gold-Glove-winning short stop for the St. Louis Cardinals. When I was burned as a 9-year-old, Cardinals' announcer Jack Buck promised me John O'Leary Day at the Ballpark when I recovered.

At John O'Leary Day: I got to meet Ozzie for the first time. This summer, on the 30th anniversary of that day, Ozzie and I reconnected. Join me and Ozzie as we talk about humility, being a role model, baseball and how each has allowed him to lead an inspired life.

SHOW NOTES:

  • "People are looking up at you, they are watching. Give them an example that is worthy. Make sure you leave people better when they walk away from you then they were when they walked towards you."
  • Watch Ozzie interview John on Cardinals' Insider here.
  • From growing up in a single-parent home, to being the only African American player on his minor league team: Ozzie shares the greatest lesson he learned repeatedly in life: You are only going to get out what you put in. 
  • Hard work, applying yourself to be the very best you can be everyday is really what life is all about. It comes from within, you gotta have that drive within you.
  • You gotta be able to kick doubt out. 
  • Failure wasn't an option. No matter what I came up against, I had to strive, to work hard to make it. I didn't know what making it was. But I knew that if I was successful, it would make life better for my family. 
  • Winning is being able to help your team win psychologically. You give them confidence by being there. 
  • Today, Ozzie is passionate about the PGA Reach Program.

OZZIE SMITH'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Charlotte's Web, one of the first books I ever read that I really enjoyed reading. 

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? Kickstart the PGA Reach Program. Finding ways to help people who are less fortunate, John, because there is so much that can be done.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? Rawlings gave me a trophy that has each year I won a gold glove. That would be the one thing I'd grab for my grandkids; something they could look at and refer to who their grandpa was.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Jesus Christ that would be great; to sit and have a conversation with him. My first question: Why are we where we are, what happened? 

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Be the best you you can be. That's as simple as it gets. if you adhere to that, good things happen.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Get involved in the tech world. It would give you the entree to do so much more for the world. You could do so much good.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? You were such an important part of my life! Watching you play baseball with my family - that is what we did. We enjoyed watching you and you brought us such enjoyment. It doesn't get any greater than that.

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Oct 19, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

SHOW NOTES:

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

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

JOHN RUHLIN'S Live Inspired 7 

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

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

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? Wedding photo album. Crazy $450 mug that captures my core values and represents who I am.

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

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

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

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

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Oct 12, 2017

"I'd rather die on a mule in Mexico then on a bed at home."

Edie Littlefield Sundby had just mortgaged her home to start a new business when she received a diagnosis of stage 4 gallbladder cancer. After months of treatment, she decided she needed to take a walk to "pour out her overflowing emotions.”

She set out on the impossible: Walking the entire 1,600 miles of El Camino Real "Mission" trail from Mexico to California. Edie trekked - dodging drug smugglers, rattlesnakes, mountain lions and scorpions - and concluded with a new perspective that allowed her to see every new day as a bonus.

Walk for a moment with Edie and me to hear her amazing lessons on living life, even one with devastating challenges, inspired.

NOTES:

  • Look at every day as a bonus. Refuse to live a diminished life.
  • Get a copy of Edie's newly released book The Mission Walker 
  • What do you do when life throws a devastating challenge your way? When Edie was given a grim prognosis; she knew she had to do something extraordinary to continue living her best life.
  • Her long walk allowed her to turn to God and inward.
  • We all walk alone, together, in life.
  • We have to have meaning in life… a purpose.
  • One thing cancer teaches us is: Don’t Delay.
  • There is an Indiana Jones moment in every life, where you realize you can’t go back… you have to go forward.
  • Fear is not in the moment. Fear is in the mind.
  • What will be… will be. All is well. All is well, ALWAYS.
  • I’m uncertain when cancer will come back, but I have faith that when it does: All is well.
  • When you realize we're all dying, you can finally start living.
  • While alive, live. 

Edie Littlefield Sundby's Live Inspired 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Bible. Ecclesiastes to me helps with uncertainty. It reminds us while alive, live. 

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? I'd have a Baskin Robbins ice cream with whip cream on top. Money doesn't change how we'd live. I'd buy a camper van!

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? Not one thing. Nothing. Things are not what I hold in my heart. 

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? My mother. I believe in angels, I believe in saints. I believe my mother was an angel and a saint.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? It is advice from my heart, Ecclesiastes, my mother..."While Alive Live."

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

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?When she was alive, she lived. 

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Oct 5, 2017

Every 6 minutes people check their phones.

Married adults spend more time online than with their spouse.

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

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

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

SHOW NOTES:

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


CURT STEINHORST'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

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

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

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? I would not doing anything different, but would take a vacation and hire more staff!

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? My grandpa for our 12th birthday would carve an animal of your choice. My carved longhorn is my most valuable possession.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Elon Musk. I'm fascinated by his mind, business approach, way of dreaming big

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

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

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?He gave his life and resources to help other people become more whole. 

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Sep 28, 2017

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

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

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

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

SHOW NOTES:

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

DINA DWYER-OWEN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7  

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

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? I would contribute to organizations that my husband and I care about, and get my kids involved by finding organizations they care about, too. Dynamic Catholic is one that I am really passionate about because it is helping Catholics to make bigger impacts in their communities and neighborhoods.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? My father’s globe pendent because he wore it so proudly. To him, it represented his company’s original mission: Providing a world of specialty services.

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

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

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

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

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Sep 21, 2017

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

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

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

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

SHOW NOTES:

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

MARK SANBORN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

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

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

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? A handful of books and our computer with photos.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? The Apostle Paul who called himself the chief of the sinners, but was also one of the greatest influencers of the Christian faith. I can relate to a really flawed guy who is doing his best.

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

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

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? If you want to be successful do whatever you do a little better than anyone else who did it by working a little bit harder than any one else did. 

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Sep 14, 2017

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

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

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

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

SHOW NOTES: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DANIEL SILVERSTIEN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

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

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? I would invest in businesses that want to make change.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? One of my grandmother's paintings. At 60, she survived breast cancer and had her "Why not me?" moment. She learned to paint and has created 100s of pieces now in houses across the country.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Cristobal Balenciaga an amazing designer interested in crafting new shapes and thinking outside the human form. 

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

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

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

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Sep 7, 2017

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

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

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

SHOW NOTES:

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

DENNIS GILLAN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

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

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

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

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Matt and Mark, it's what we should be doing if it weren't for the way things turned out. That is the ultimate dream. Matt, Mark and me sitting, looking at the ocean.

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

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

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

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Aug 31, 2017

What are your qualities that people are most attracted to? What makes you intrinsically you?

Sally Hogshead, author of Fascinate: How to Make Your Brand Impossible to Resistwas in a car accident as a girl. The resulting damage to her face left her feeling that her "smile had turned into a grimace." As an extrovert who connected through her smile, this left her insecure and unsure how to connect with others.

Sally has come a long way in the 30 years since the accident, but it's still at the heart of the work she does: "Its a gift to get to share with other people what their best gifts are so that no one feels insecure."

Sally shares her expertise with major brands and teams like Nike, Ikea and Target. Today, she shares with us so we can identify our best qualities (and those of our business) so we  can better connect with others and live inspired.

SHOW NOTES

  • Aspire to be the best YOU; not compared to others.
  • When you put time into your natural gifts (v. spending time improving weaknesses), you make extraordinary leaps.
  • You don't have to be perfect at everything, but know that you are extraordinary at something
  • We're taught it's good to be the smart or funny one, but theres not a one-size fits all. There are lots of way to succeed.
  • High performers identify and focus on delivering in their strength and turn it into a specialty.
  • Brilliance comes in many forms.
  • When we don't know ourselves at our best, we aren't able to reach our full potential.
  • You'll never succeed by being quiet or playing small.
  • Check out Sally's blog post about her dad here.
  • Most of us don't talk about the bad stuff. But its healthy to realize that scars aren't the end of it; are often the best of it.
  • Tool to overcome a challenging time: Ask yourself "Why is this the best thing could happen?" Ex: If your child doesn't make the play - "Now thers more time to pursue a different passion and your can always prep more next time."
  • Being in a job/relationship/scenario you don't like isn't your fault, but you have to work to find options to change it.
  • You can't plan out the whole thing. There is some risk in all success.
  • The universe provides we don't know what the journey is while we're in the middle of it.
  • It's so important to tell the people we love that we love them; tell them how significant they are.
  • Take Sally's Fascination Assessment to find out how other people see you at your best + to become more of who you are. Use code: liveinspired
  • Call out when people are at their best and then help them focus on doing more of that: Be themselves on purpose.
  • It's easy to get to a place of self judgement if you don't have a bigger vision that is more important than the insecurity you see in the mirror.

SALLY HOGSHEAD'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Jonathan Living Seagull, by Richard Bach. It made me feel that all things are possible

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? I wouldn't quit working - it far transcends money for me.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? The printed marriage proposal from my husband framed in my bedroom.

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 like talking with you!

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? You don't have to change who you are, you just have to become more of who you are.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Floss more. Joy and passion and spontaneity are good, but so is thoughtfully planning for the future.

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 greatest difference that you can make is to become more of yourself.

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Aug 24, 2017
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference." - Robert Frost
 
I love this quote from Robert Frost. Each of our guests from Season 4, though very different from each other (from co-founder of eHarmony to a super model and ESPN host to my personal business coach), chose the path less travelled... and it "truly made all the difference."
 
On episode 44, I'm sharing with you my favorite take aways from each Season 4 guest. You'll not only get a rapid-fire inspirational download, but also see which episodes speak to you most so you can revisit them.
 
Here we go! 10 amazing guests and my favorite takeaway from each:
 
SHOW NOTES:
  • Les Parrottco-creator of eHarmony, psychologist, professor, author, husband and father: "The most important thing you can do for your relationship is what you do for yourself."
    • This episode is for you if: You're ready to improve your relationships or long for a stronger relationship at home or in the mirror. 
  • Edie Varleythe business coach who I began working with 10 years ago when I transitioned from real estate + construction into speaking + writing:"Busy is not productive. Your to-do list is not the most important thing. The list that you actually honor is."
    • This episode is for you if: You need to recalibrate what is truly important in life, relationships and business.

  • Koran Boldenspeaker, author + voice in urban education and arts: "If you are patient you'll move past most obstacles. If you are simply patient..."
    • This episode is for you if: You could use an example of how to pivot from extreme challenge, grief or trauma into your most inspired life. 

  • Amy Brown, co-host of the nationally syndicated Bobby Bones Show and host of Love What Matters Podcast: "There's always good that can come from bad."
    • This episode is for you if: You could use a shining example of finding blessings in all of life's experiences.

  • Nurse Roy, the man who taught me how to walk again after my childhood fire (a story I used to share from the stage but don't often get the chance to today. "Today we're going to talk about the power of one. One individual. One action. One impact."
    • This episode is for you if: You want to see clearly the impact you are having in the lives of others every day.

  • Ben Newman, performance coach, speaker and author:"How you respond to adversity determines the story you write."
    • This episode is for you if: You want concrete tools to build the business and life you want.

  • Mark Sharenbroichbestselling author of Nice Bike, leadership guru and longtime speaker: "The right moment to tell someone they've had an impact on your life is right now."
    • This episode is for you if: You could use a reminder on how to connect effectively with people AND the importance of doing it.

  • Leah Darrowfrom America's Next Top Model to Role Model: "Life is so much more about contribution than competition."
    • This episode is for you if: You want to see what it looks like to break free from the status quo and into the life you're meant to lead. 
  • John Brenkushost of ESPN's Sports Science show, 6-time Emmy winner, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfection Point: "I had to have persistence, stubbornness + belief to stick around when I was scraping by... I was scraping by for a long time."
    • This episode is for you if: You want to hear what it takes to make your professional + personal dreams come true.
  • Chris Norton, after being paralyzed while playing NCAA football, the video of his graduation walk went viral: "As life changes you change. Sometimes it's best to accept something different... different doesn't make it worse."
    • This story is for you if: You need an example of what committing to a goal can do for your life.

Ten months ago I invited my mom to talk with me in a radio studio about how she lived inspired through our fire and beyond... that's how this podcast began. There wasn't a grandiose plan, but there was a clear vision: To connect as a community and live a bit more inspired each week.

500,000 + downloads later, top 20 business on iTunes & Inc. Magazine... and the rest is history. Thanks for being part of it.

Instead of following the predictable, well-traveled path of the majority: Let's commit to traveling the road less traveled. One of faithfulness, courage, resilience, hope, possibility, and lit by the truth that the best is yet to come.

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Aug 17, 2017

"Take a breath and focus on what is important right now. Don't get too far ahead and miss what you need to do now."

This advice comes from Chris Norton. You've likely "met" him through the viral video of him walking across the stage at his graduation.

Why was this so meaningful?

Chris was paralyzed while playing NCAA football. Accomplishing this walk became his biggest goal. His walk, story and determination will give you amazing insight to live more inspired today.

SHOW NOTES:

  • "I didn't think anything could ever happen to me. I thought: 'That's for stories in the paper.'"
  • Stop take a breath and focus on what is important right now. Don't get too far ahead and miss what you need to do now.
  • I was given 3% chance to ever regain feeling or movement below my neck. I let the odds go in one ear and out the other.
  • There were 2 ways to react: Accept it + feel sorry for myself. -OR- Decide to overcome it. I chose the latter.
    • "What can I do today to get better." The first day I nodded my head all day; it was all I could do. One day at a time. Inches of recovery add up over time.
  • Having a positive environment was so important. My Jack Buck was Georgia. When she said, "You are going to beat this." I cried. I just needed to hear that
  • My first day back at Luther College Was very intimidating because I wasn't the same person anymore. I was no longer independent or an athlete.
  • As life changes you change. Sometimes its best to just accept something different. Just because you accept something different doesn't make it worse.
  • People can see my challenges and they are willing to help, but I encourage people to approach everyone that way. Mine are physical and you so you can see them, but everyone has struggles. Meet them where they are too.
  • I set a goal to walk at my graduation. I didn't know how I'd get there, but sharing the goal with people made me accountable. Then I figured out my daily goals to get there.
  • Our outcome is a sum of our choices and responses.
  • Decide to take control of simple things that can be easier to overlook, attitude, effort, purpose.
  • Still trains 3 hours a day. His new goal is to walk Emily down the aisle on their wedding day spring 2018.
  • Watch Chris walk across the stage at graduation on his video that went viral here.
  • Get Chris's book The Power of Faith when Tragedy Strikes.

CHRIS NORTON'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Four Hour Work Week, by Timothy Ferriss has really helped me with time management.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? Invest it to grow it and give back and also grow his foundation and support the foster care system, Emily's passion.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? My laptop, our photos and documents are 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? Lebron James, I am a huge fan. I'd love to know his why, his determination, and passion. I want to know what drives him. I admire his success and what he's accomplished.  

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? My dad taught me at a young age if you don't like where you are at, than do something about it. If you want the result, put in the work.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Be hopeful. be patient. I'm a better person because of this injury, when I was 20 I was restless and I wasn't sure that would 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? He made a difference. I want to leave the world a better place than it was when I entered it.

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Aug 10, 2017

"Our job on this planet is to perpetuate love."

Today's guest is the host of ESPN's Sports Science show, has won 6-emmies and wrote the New York Times bestseller The Perfection Point.

John Brenkus realized early in his college career that he wanted to be in the entertainment industry. With this as his singular focus - and without any connections in the field - he took a personal oath to learn the ins and outs of of producing entertainment himself... and just started. In his parents' basement.

"I had to have persistence, stubbornness d+ belief to stick around when I was just scraping by. I was just scraping by for a long time."

He had success partnering with the Discovery Channel which led to FOX Sports, National Geographic and others. Today, more than ten years later: He is still doing what he loves. 

Producing shows that are positive, entertain and educate.

Today we get to take a lesson on living inspired from a man who works hard to share positive stories in the media AND has gleaned what it takes to make his professional dreams come true.

SHOW NOTES:

  • No matter what you hear, consider the source.
  • Whatever it is you want to do in life, learn how to do it yourself. This will help you learn what you love and what you are good at. This will help you understand what you can do yourself and who you need to hire.
  • The journey everyone takes, the timeframe, is different for everybody. It took us a decade to get our footing.
  • We had to have persistence, stubbornness and belief to stick around when we were just scraping by. We were just scraping by for a long time.
  • What motivates me and always has is spreading positive energy. I don't want to only entertain but to educate too. Sports Science is an incredibly positive show.
  • Now we are moving into putting this same energy into a new podcast, The Brink of Midnight which focuses on the moments in life where everything changes. 
  • In life, our "outer ring" is unstable. Look for intangible things that fill your outer ring + make you complete.
  • Our job here on the planet is to perpetuate love.
  • Prayer doesn't change God; it changes you.

JOHN BREANKUS' LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Great Gatsby is my favorite fiction about a man who has everything except the one thing he wants. My favorite nonfiction is  Under the Banner of Heaven. It gives you a good look at how religions evolve. 

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

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? My prayer book my mother gave me when I was 7-year-old for my first holy communion. It travels with me everywhere I go that I put on my night stand no matter if I'm at home or traveling.

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 want one person on each side! Thomas Jefferson, how in the world did you guys have the vision that the country would be what it has become. Pope John Paul II, to talk about how he spread the message of love for all.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Stephen Soderberg telling me: Do everything yourself. That really sunk in for me. To learn, you gotta figure it out somehow. Learn the whole process.  

From my wife: Take three breaths look at the positive side. Although you are upset, look at all the things you have to be grateful for an realize the thing that is making you upset at this moment is going to dwindle.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? I was rash and bold. I was unprepared for really respecting who really know what they are doing. Be willing to give up control on something because you know you are putting it in good hands. I am so much better at delegating 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? Good is a word you use when something is not great and he strived to be great.

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Aug 3, 2017

Born on a farm in Oklahoma, the first 15 years of Leah's life allowed her quiet space to and hope and dream about what life could be.

When her family moved when she was 15, Leah found herself scrambling to fit in and willing to bend and conform to societal pressures to ensure she did. This ultimately led her to have the prestigious role of "America's Next Top Model."

Until one day - she couldn't do it any more. Tune in to hear what finally broke Leah Darrow of her willingness to maintain an unhappy status quo and break free into the life she was meant to lead. 

SHOW NOTES:

  • Often we mistakenly find our identity and worth in other people. A lot of problems arise when we don't see the value of who we are regardless of who is holding our hand.
  • After making a mistake in her adolescence, she didn't think she was worthy of forgiveness so she lived her life out of fear. This way, she didn't have to change, she could just live out comfortably.
  • As a model I was living in a world where only the exterior mattered. But then after a shoot, so much photoshopping had to happen for our photos to be acceptable... it wasn't even real. 
  • I had an out of body experience during a photoshoot the reignited my heart. I heard the words: "I made you for more." I wanted to believe it more than anything in the world that I was more than a picture or a paycheck. I wanted the feeling I had when I was 10, aware that there was something amazing I was called to do. That reignited in my heart and it was my last day of modeling.
  • I had nothing I wanted. The God I believe and culture I believe in, I had made it nothing. There is something true about believing you are called to do something good and that we are all connected. I wanted to live as if I was.
  • Seeing my picture in Times Square and on the side of taxi cabs made me feel chained to something. Like I had to keep up, I have to be better, skinnier than that... and I need to be better than the next girl that gets her picture up, too.
  • Life is so much more about contribution than competition. If I am not contributing to make this world better than what am I doing? Competition, "who is the better person" -- that is a world I don't want to be a part of anymore.
  • Get off social media. Unplug for a bit to figure out what is going on. Why do we feel the need to be connected yet feel so lonely? There's a problem there. Who you are following on social media: Are they breathing life into your life or strangling it by bringing out a spirit of anger, bitterness or jealousy?
  • People are going to talk. If you do everything right and if you do everything wrong: They will walk. So you may as well live your life the way you know is right and good and true.
  • Get Leah's book The Other Side of Beauty

  • Write a list of every good thing you can do - no matter how small or big. Reflect on it. Remind yourself that you are more than what you look like, what you see.
  • The exterior is nothing. The beauty of the face only gets you so far, but the beauty of the soul that will take you all the way to the end.
  • When I left modeling / made huge life change, these were the questions I was asking myself:
    • What do I like?
    • What are my dreams?
    • Who am I?
    • How am I connected to this world in a bigger sense
  • Unplugging allowed me to reboot and know who I am and Whose I am.
  • Know that God is calling you some place greater. No matter what you've done in life. No matter your  screw ups, shame or guilt - life can get better. It involves choices and being uncomfortable, but that is a good thing.
    • When you are uncomfortable you are pushing yourself towards a better version of yourself. It makes you, your friends and the WORLD better. If you refuse to do it, you are refusing to make the world better.
  • I start every day with a prayer of gratitude.

LEAH DARROW'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Soul of the Apostolate, about how our interior life effects our exterior life. It focuses on prayer, gratitude and working on our own wounds.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. Finish this project I am working on with Haiti 180, building a medical clinic in Haiti.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. The crucifix above my bed. We held onto it as we said our wedding vows 5 years ago.

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 grandpa, a man of few words. Incredibly wise, prayerful and kind. And every advice he ever gave me was right and correct. And he knew me. He always looked you in the eyes. And he knew who he was, his limitations and just being around someone so authentic and kind brings out the best in anyone.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Trust your gut. I was a knew mom, pregnant about to deliver my first child. I asked for advice and my friend told me not to take any, she said to trust your gut.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? It get's better but you are going to have be brave and you are going to have to choose things that require you to change. But it will get better. Never forget, God made you brave and strong, Leah.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? I believe in hope. Hope has a name and a face, I believe it is Jesus Christ. Wherever your hope lies, just as long as you have it, don't give it up. Hope can change lives. Hope can change the world.

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Jul 27, 2017

"You must be present to win. To win in your relationships at work and at home - you must be present."

Bestselling author of Nice Bike, phenomenal leadership guru and longtime speaker, Mark Scharenbroich is going to school us on how to connect more effectively with people AND: remind us the importance of doing it.

SHOW NOTES:

  • My shop teacher, Leroy, had a big influence on me. One day he asked how I was doing. I said fine. He said, did you think that through? Fine? Is that the kind of life you want to live? He said ask me how I'm doing. I'm GREAT. Great is something to strive for. That's the direction I'm going. 
  • God gave each of us a gift. It's our job to discover it and use it for good.
  • On not so good days I still say "I'm great" and in my head I add "ful" - grateful.
  • If you see something say something. When people go out of their way to help, say something; thank them. 
  • The right moment to tell someone they've had an impact on your life is right now. 
  • Acknowledge, honor, connect. Acknowledge means be fully present. Honor means create rich experiences for others both large and small. Connect means make it personal.
  • You must be present to win. To win with friends, family or coworkers: The people in front of you have to be more important than someone on a screen far away.
  • Giving just a little more than you take is honoring other people.
  • Treat each night like its your first and each day likes its your last.
  • If you're waiting for the perfect day or moment, it's not coming. As long as you are here, be grateful, take time out, embrace those around you, see their value, be interested in whats happening. That's engagement and having an impact. 
  • Order Mark's book NICE BIKE.

MARK SCHARENBROICH'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? D Day, Steven Ambrose. It inspired me more than anything else and taught me what true leadership is.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. Franciscan Sisters of the Holy Spirit. Create a really cool fishing experience for me and my wife. Then impact some lives; act as an anonymous guardian angel stepping in to give 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. Winning log book - been fishing with the same guys for 40 years. I've logged each trip in that book. 

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 love his heart, mind, courage, self doubt, wisdom. 

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Never forget a friend and never let a friend forget you, friends are an investment you have to make. Invest in those around you and don't take it for granted.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Have more confidence. Believe that your core convictions are true and you can count on them. Take more risks then you think you are capable. To thine own heart be true. 

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 taught us how to live the greatest days of our lives so far.

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Jul 20, 2017

"How you respond to adversity determines the story you write."

Life came at Ben hard and fast. When he was 6 months old, his divorcee mom was diagnosed with a rare disease and given only a few years to live.

The above quote is one Ben gleaned from his mother’s journal*, which he received 10 years after she passed. The time capsule of her positive attitude preserved in the journal swept Ben away. Today, he shares her worldview as a performance coach, speaker and author.

You're going to love Ben’s story, heart + concrete tools to build the business and life you want. Don’t miss it.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Life is tough but we have it in us to keep fighting.
  • Black boxes: We all have these places where we tuck away things we aren’t ready to deal with. (For me, that was my mom’s journal.) The stuff that takes you deep and makes you ask: Is it time for me to go there?
  • Don’t wait too long to take on the stuff that hurts. Real challenges show real character. Have courage and surround yourself with people who help give you that courage. That’s when you’ll find a deeper level of inner success.
  • Everybody has a story and everyone is writing their story. My goal with clients is to help him/her connect on a deeper level to what he/she is capable of achieving.
  • Right where you are, right now, in your life: It is part of your story. It’s likely not the end; just a chapter.
  • Learn and grow where you are. The life you want, you can get if you:
    1. Have a strong vision.
    2. Believe in that vision.
    3. Are willing to put the work in every day.
  • Why am I trying to control something I can’t control? When I asked this question, it helped me move on in my professional path.
  • Think about where you want to go, personally and professionally. Write it on paper “I am: a marathon runner” and believe in it. “I am at this level in sales.” Once you understand where you’re going, that’s how you build a prize fighter day.
  • Make every day a “prize fighter day.” What does this mean? Take your goal and break it down into what you need to do today to ensure you eventually meet your goal. If you spend your day this way, you’re having a prize fighter day.
  • Darren Hardy, The Compound Affect
  • Create habits that are sustainable longterm.
  • A successful mindset is one where we focus on solutions rather than the problem.
  • Focusing on solutions rather than problems = the power to reframe.
  • Identify what you can do that is positive and keep your mind on that.
  • How you choose to respond to adversity determines the story you write.
  • Ben’s purpose statement: to educate, empower and inspire individuals to uncover their passions and desires to seek a greater vision for themselves.
  • If you don’t know why you’re doing something, identify the purpose because it’s what is going to get you back up.
  • @ContinuedFight on twitter and Instagram

*Ben’s mom’s journal:

 

BEN NEWMAN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Discover your Destiny, Robin Sharma. If you’re looking to find your purpose, this is a great fable format that will do it for you.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. Donate to Barnes Jewish Hospital in honor of my mother. We donate a lot for my mom, so I’d want my wife to get to pick some places to donate to her passions, too. I would definitely fly on a private jet because it is hard to be on the road and miss family time. To catch 30 – 40 more nights at home? I would do it!

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. My mom’s 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 mom. I would just hold her hand and hug her and I’d be crying so hard I couldn’t speak.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? It’s not how long you live it’s how you choose to live your life. Advice from my mom.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Never settle; emotionally and in relationships especially.

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? Leave your legacy.

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Jul 13, 2017

"Today we're going to talk about the power of one. One individual. One action. One impact."

The truth that one person can absolutely change the word is one I learned from my burn team when I was in the hospital. Today I am going to share one example of this truth. After being burned on 100% of my body, I wasn't expected to survive much less walk. But, Roy taught me to do exactly that; walk and SO much more.

On today's episode, I  share the story of Nurse Roy; a story I used to share from the stage but don't often get the chance to today. It's amazing and I am certain it will help you to see even more clearly the impact you are having in the lives of others everyday.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Forget fear, let's talk about love. Love is the starting point.
  • Realize that your life matters.
  • "When you know your why, you can endure any how." From Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  • Instead of listening in fear, tune in with love.
  • If you do your job, no matter what it is, with purpose and passion: You'll do something bigger than yourself; touch more lives than you could ever know.
  • What wires are holding you down today? Who helped you get released from wires holding you down in the past? Have you let him / her know?
  • Who are you walking with today? 
  • Your best days are in front of you.
  • In spite of difficulty, you have incredible opportunities in front of you.
  • See John's surprise reunion with nurse roy here. (Photo below.)

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