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Mar 30, 2017

Today's guest is going to give you 90s nostalgia in the best way.

He sold 2 million records.

Played the David Letterman and Tonight Show.

Friends, today's guest is Brian Vander Ark, lead singer of the band Verve Pipe, who produced 90s hits Freshmen and Photograph.

Brian is still playing today with the band and as a solo artist.

From small town Michigan to opening for KISS in sold-out arenas: Brian shares simple yet profound lessons on life... and even a little live music, too!

SHOW NOTES: 

  • Having been in the army, Brian is "more patriotic. I'm one of the more patriotic artists. I can't help but get chills when I hear the national anthem at a stadium."
  • Brian's big break: When Willy Nelson asked him to play at Farm Aid. He went from playing for 20 people at the Holiday Inn lounge to 20,000.
  • 8 years ago he started writing kids music as well. Listen to I'm Not Sleeping in (Cuz It's Saturday) here.
  • On his creative process:
    • "I listen to what's going on in the world, my world and beyond. Something will jump out and I'll think that's a great story. I'll write a song about it."
    • "I look through notebooks for phrases and stories I've jotted down. I keep a journal - I have to."
    • "Half of what I write is crap! Even when you develop your process, half of what you create will not be good."
  • Imagine playing for 20,000 people, roaring in anticipation of hearing hear Kiss. And then they have to sit through us for 30 minutes?! It was tough, but once I faced that experience [30 days in a row] I never feared another crowd.
  • When Verve Pipe's Freshmen knocked U2 off the #1 spot, they "felt like kings on top of the world... Set up for a great long fall!"
  • The ego thing happens to you without you knowing it. Today, I look back at my ego then and think "Who was that guy? That is not me."
  • Did you get sick of playing freshman in 1996 and 1997? "No. How can you get sick of bringing joy to people?  
  • What did you learn from your second album that fell flat? You realize you're human, make mistakes and have to rely on yourself. You can't point your finger at someone else.
    • Then I sold my over-priced stuff, bought an RV and drove around town playing in coffee shops. I sold 10,000 copies of my next album on my own with no label. I realized this is what my left was meant to be.
  • It's about the process and your life, the artistic process. It's not just about the commerce, its about enjoying what you do and finding a way to do it and live your life and be creative.

BRIAN VANDER ARK'S LIVE INSPIRED. 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Best book - Steinbeck, The Winter of our Discontent. I identify with the main character. I've read it 25 times!

Best song -  God Only Knows by the Beach Boys. I'm not a huge beach boys fans but that has to be the most beautifully crafted song ever written.  

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do? Immediately put it in a safe place. I would call my brother who is an accountant. I'd take my kids and wife to Europe. Save most of it. Had millions at a long age and lost them too - it's a boring, easy answer, but true.

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? Lawrence Carol a painting by him. He painted us a picture and it's specific to my family and painted it for us. It hangs in our living room. 

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? No one inspires me or interests me as much as my wife. It's cheesy but true. 

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Best advice comes from my wife: Do it for the process. If you don't enjoy it, then don't do it.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Remember to enjoy it and have a good time. And remember what it felt like. Don't worry about what is next... so worried that I was going to fail.

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 terrific addition to the creatives in the world. It's important to me to have a legacy, to leave a catalog of art I'm proud of and people can appreciate for years. His contribution to t e art world was important.

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Mar 23, 2017

Your journey is limitless and your life is profound.

The guests on our show are ordinary people doing extraordinary things on purpose. On this episode, we'll celebrate the best insights from each guest AND how it has impacted the inspired lives we're living. 

After just two seasons, we've got 250,000 downloads. Which means more lives are  being touched and more people are living inspired with us. Thanks for being part of the this Live Inspired movement and for sharing it with your friends.  

Make sure you're subscribed for Season 3 (starts next week)! We'll be announcing exciting news about the Live Inspired community that you won't want to miss. Also, get inspiration and updates from me via email: JohnOLearyInspires.com/email

Show notes:

  • Hear my full Jack Buck story here (at 32:30).
  • See the MLB Hall of Fame crystal baseball Jack gave me here.
  • Jinny Ditzler (author, Your Best Year Yet) "Live your best life by answering these 10 questions; begin by looking back at where you've been."
  • Jon Gordon (author of The Energy Bus) "Stay positive. Too often we give it away: To bad weather, traffic, crabby coworkers. Feed yourself so you can feed others."
  • Meg Meeker, MD (parenting expert, author, pediatrician) “Parents are so much more worried today. They so desperately want to be ‘good parents’ that they’re exhausting important energy on stuff that doesn’t matter.”
  • Mike Matheny (head coach, St. Louis Cardinals) "Discipline, toughness, enthusiasm and selflessness. If you have these, you've maximized what you can control." Mike's story reminds us "Leadership is caught not taught."
  • Rocky Sickmann (veteran, former POW) "Freedom is not free." Rocky is an epic reminder of the sacrifices made by men and women in the military AND: We tend to focus on the big things, but its the little things that give us the most joy.
  • Dale Partridge (author & entrepreneur) "Sometimes a company can grow faster than people. Prioritize what actually matters... and act with honor. We need more people who can say 'follow my example.'"
  • Jill Blashack Strahan (founder, Tastefully Simple and author) "If you don't have motors in your life, the anchors are going to pull you down and drown you. Be around positive people that pull you up and plant positivity, not fear."
  • Wm. Paul Young (author of THE SHACK; movie debuted in March) "When you have fear you either control or you trust. Choose trust." 
  • Travis Thomas (author, coach and Yes And! founder) Travis gave us a concrete tool to  get unstuck in life and relationship. Do not miss it!
  • Kim Scott (podcaster; past exec, Google; book Radical Candor published in March) Kim debunks the popular phrase "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all" and taught us to serve others and achieve goals, through radical candor: Speaking honestly from a place of love.

250,000 have chosen to wake up and live inspired with us through the Live Inspired Podcast. Wow! Season 2 - was it good for you?

It was awesome for me! It was a blast to have these men and women in studio. Sharing with us their lives, lessons and mistakes what it meant for them and more importantly: What it means for each of us in our inspired lives.

Season 3 - is going to be just as good. make sure you are subscribed and ready for the first episode next week! 

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Thanks for being here. Thanks for being part of the movement to live inspired and touch lives along the way.

Mar 16, 2017

"Most of us don't know how to have real honest conversation. Culturally today there's a lot of yelling and finger pointing. Radical candor creates a bridge to connect the two sides."

Kim Scott, who literally wrote the book on radical candor (released this week!), will ROCK the way you communicate with colleagues, loved ones, neighbors and everyone in between.

Whether working at her own start up or at Apple or Facebook, Kim has spent her career disproving the old saying "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all." Kim believes that - when coming from a place of love and humanity -honesty is the only policy.

Stay-at-home moms, CEOs, educators, everyone: Radical candor is going to help you make a bigger impact.

Here are my main takeaways:

  • The most important thing is to stop looking up. There's nothing more damaging to intimacy than hierarchy.
  • We often get so focused on what we have to accomplish we forget the person standing in front of us is a human being. (Don't look at your boss as a tyrant to be toppled, but as a human to engage with.)
  • Every person you disagree with deserves common human decency. (Remember not to let go of humanity as you enter political conversations.)
  • Don't set aside who you are in order to accomplish something. Bring who you really are first. Stay centered, give yourself the time to be your best.
  • Love is not all you need. You need to be willing to challenge directly. When you challenge someone, you must expect to be challenged in return.
  • In practicing radical candor, your goal should be to show that you care about this human being and owning your truth.
  • When we challenge each other, we help each other find the best answer and be our best selves.
  • We can fix our mistakes. But if we don't know that we have mistakes, we can't fix them.
  • It's so important to have conversations and honor the opinions of the people we disagree with. We get to such divided places because we're afraid of having these conversations.
  • You can't have a real conversation over email or social media.
  • Quit insulting and focus on ways to work together to get the best answer.
  • You learn the most from people who believe things that you don't. 
  • Get Kim's new book Radical Candor here.
  • Listen to Kim's Radical Candor Podcast here.

 

KIM SCOTT'S LIVE INSPIRED. 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Middlemarch, by George Eliot, offers a great inquiry into human consciousness and a warm view of humanity.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do? I would seek to give it away. I have been really lucky in my life.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? My journal from my childhood, age 12 until 18. Its so interesting how the promises you make to yourself as a kid guide you for the rest of your life.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? I love talking to my kids. They always say the most interesting things.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Someone told me there are two ways to be rich: You have to adjust your income to your desires or adjust your desires to your income.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Relax. It's all gonna work out better than you imagine! I have watched things that I thought were disasters turn out well. Through experience you relax; being 20 is hard. There are so many unknowns and you try to control everything.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? Radical candor helped to restore civil discourse in American politics.

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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 Facebook & Twitter and get his Monday Motivation email: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/Monday-Morning

Mar 9, 2017

What does improvisation bring to business and life? The idea that we are not competing. We are in agreement, working together, have each others' back and building a relationship. 

Travis Thomas is an author, speaker, coach, improviser and expert at applying the cornerstone of improv - "YES AND!" - to succeed in life and business.

Today, you'll learn how improvisation has shaped Travis's life and how it will shape yours. Don't miss this fun, intensly meaningful conversation. You will leave with a concrete tool that will  help you to live inspired like never before.

My Main Takeaways:

  • Being nervous means you care. As an improviser, we don't think "oh no" instead, we reframe it from nervous energy to excited energy.
  • "You cannot progress until you say yes." The bedrock of improvisation, whether you are on a stage or the "stage of life" is Yes and... YES is acceptance (not trying to control because you can't change the facts).
  • In improvisation, you have an understanding that no matter what the other person says, you are accepting it (YES!). The 'AND' is where you build off of the accepted truth to get to the next level.
  • Why work from an "improv" framework? "The understanding in improv is that at no point are we competing or trying to sabotage. We are in agreement, working together, have each others' back, and creating a relationship." Imagine doing life and business in a world like THAT.
  • Un-programming the "no but" response. It makes us fall into a victim mindset. When you hear it, let it be a red flag. Replace it with "yes and!"
  • Be aware of BCE: Blaming, complaining or making excuses. When you catch your self BCE-ing, take ownership and ask yourself, "How would I respond if I was on purpose/my best/in the "yes and" mindset?"
  • If you're stuck: Go back to your beliefs because they create your perspective; and your perspective informs your actions and behavior. Read a great a book that will challenge your belief about yourself and the world to raise your expectation and mental model.
  • We influence through our interactions. Every interaction we either bless or hinder. Bless with love, forgiveness, compassion. It will positively impact.
  • The members of teams and cultures based on improv have  people who feel safe, trusted and respected ("psychological safety"). These are the teams that thrive and have life-forming collaboration, because there is so much trust you don't have to worry.
  • There are no mistakes. This is a key improv principle. Imagine a business or a relationship where there were no mistakes? What could you do?
  • It's not about figuring it out. It's about saying 'yes and' now because the momentum comes from accepting it right away and taking action.
  • Leap and the net will appear. Improv is like this African proverb; trust and know the outcome will be good even if we don't know what it is.
  • Get a copy of Travis's book Three Words for Getting Unstuck: Live Yes And!
  • I was a guest on Travis' Live Yes And! podcast. Check it out here
  • Care less about what people think about you and care more about what is purposeful to you.

 

TRAVIS THOMAS'S LIVE INSPIRED. 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do? The first annual Yes! Fest. I want to help inspire to put on an event that are youth oriented, because everyone tells me they wish they had this when they were a teen.

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 collection of letters that my wife and friends have written me and a book that, when I was the assistant coach at Principia College, my players each wrote a page about the impact I had on them.

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. "Hey Jesus, look where we are? Is this what you meant? What is your one suggestion to get on the path that you know we should be on."

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? It is also the hardest advice for me to take. Care less about what people think about you and care more about what is purposeful to you.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Don't care what people think. Don't worry about the outcome. You know what you're passionate about. You know whats in your heart. Don't be rational. Don't be realistic.  

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 never stopped growing and he tried to do his best everyday.

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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 Facebook & Twitter and get his Monday Motivation email: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/Monday-Morning

 

Mar 2, 2017

"Just because you work through your stuff and you own it doesn't mean the evidence of it disappears." - William Paul Young

William Paul Young's childhood broke him. As a husband and father, he hit rock bottom and began a journey to reconstruct the life he was meant to lead.

Young shared this process in his book The Shack, written as a gift for his children to better understand his experience. He printed copies at his local printer to give them in 2005. To date, 22 million have sold... and The Shack Movie is premiering in theaters around the world today!

Paul shares how to move past trauma, embrace consequence and stay within the grace of one day. This is one of the most epic interviews I’ve been a part of. Don’t miss it.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • "Good creative works open up space for people to hear for themselves, what matters to them."
  • How could this "little book" so deeply with so many around the world? Paul attributes it to "timing - where we are in human history. The Shack has given people a language to have a conversation about God that is much more authentic."  For me, I believe this books allows people permission to cry, grieve, be angry and realize it is okay. It's a part of life and we are not alone.

  • "When you have fear you either control or you trust. Choose trust."

  • Paul feels there is one major mistake in the book. He did not include the idea that "just because you work through your stuff and you own it and deal with it doesn't mean the evidence of it disappears."
  • "Guilt is 'I've done something wrong.' Shame is 'am something wrong - something at the core of my being is wrong.' Shame can leave us feeling like we've got no where to go."
  • "Choices matter. Consequences are not punishment, but rather they exist  because learning to live with the consequences and own what we've done, that becomes the fire that burns away all the 'crap.'"
  • "Religious people believe in hell but spiritual people have been there."
  • "When you hit the bottom, you stop pointing fingers. You deal with it and own what you did."
  • "Stay living inside the grace of one day. It has the greatest place of healing for me inside the entire journey."

 

(WILLIAM) PAUL YOUNG'S LIVE INSPIRED. 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Greek New Testament. The Little Prince. Unspoken Sermons.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do? I would ask the Holy Spirit and stay living inside the grace of one day; it has been one of the greatest places of healing for me inside this entire journey. 

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? First edition George McDonnell Unspoken Sermons 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? The Holy Spirit or Jesus. The first question I would ask, "Am I right in hoping that one day every single human being without the violation of their will be fully restored to relationship with you?"

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Learn to laugh at yourself. Don't take yourself so seriously. Live inside the grace of the day.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Go see a therapist. You're dragging a big corpse of history, come out of the shadows. The sooner the better.

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 finally became a child.

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

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