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Jun 29, 2017

"If you're patient, you'll move past obstacles."

Today I am honored to share with you a man who has profoundly inspired me.

Koran Bolden is a speaker, author + voice in urban education and arts. He committed to breaking the cycle of growing up in a fatherless home. He overcame the grief of losing his brother to gun violence. His smile can be felt in every word he speaks... and he is about to give you an amazing analogy so you can pivot into your most inspired life. My friends, Koran Bolden:

SHOW NOTES:

  • I lost my brother to gun violence. After, it was hard to focus because I lost my father figure and I didn't know how to grieve.
  • "I can't change your past, but if you're open to change I can show you how to be successful in life," Koran's counselor, Martha Christmas
  • If you're patient enough with yourself, you can move past your obstacles.
  • Order Koran's book: Rock, Paper, Scissors
  • Rock, Paper, Scissors: 3 step analogy to pivot in life
    • Rock - Believe
    • Paper - Set goals on paper
    • Scissors - Cut away distractions in your life
    • I started off with paper. Through writing music I was able to express how I wanted my life to become and as I spoke those words, they began to manifest / my life changed over time.
  • Mentors: You're not planting a rose garden, you're planting an apple tree. It will have years of fruit. At the beginning there are no branches: Envision the fruit to come; don't cut down the tree.
  • "The journey" of life builds character, resilience and preparation that you'll need in the next block of life.
  • "I wish someone had the vision to tell me what I could be instead of telling me repeatedly what I was not."
  • Mentors: Remember to build a relationship before you give information.
  • Mentors: Ask questions even if you aren't interested in the answers. People tell kids what to do; but you make them feel like they have a voice/that it matters. If you don't, you will have a disconnected kid looking down at a phone.
  • Even if you quit, as long as you still have breath in your life you have an opportunity to go back and fix things.

KORAN BOLDEN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Bible, it has transformed my life in every way. Think and Grow Rich, Napolean Hill.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do? Take care of my immediate family. Start my own school with an emphasis on life choices and financial literacy.

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 high school diploma. Even if you quit, as long as you still have breath in your life, you still have an opportunity to go back and fix things. 

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? Barrack Obama.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Be patient. It's hard in the microwave generation but the tortoise and the hare is still true.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Dream big and walk along side people who dream big right along with 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? Resilient, radiant, relevant.

 

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Jun 22, 2017

"Busy isn't productive. Your 'to do list' isn't most important. The list of commitments you actually honor is."

Today I get to introduce you to the business coach who I began working with 10 years ago when I transitioned from real estate + construction into speaking + writing.

Edie Varley has an undeniable energy that will absolutely captivate you. Get ready to recalibrate what is truly important in your life, relationships and business from my business coach and friend.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Be your best; not the best, your best. Because with that mindset, you are improving.
  • You never have to apologize at your best. It means you've prepared, planned and executed.
  • Live up to the fullness of your promise.
  • Busy isn't productive. It isn't the 'to do' list that is important. It's the list of commitments that you actually honor.
  • The root of all conflict is unmet expectations. Rarely do we ask, "What do you expect in this relationship?" But we should, so we can agree to it.
  • Whats so horrible about your mind being changed?
  • When you love yourself, you can love others where they are.
  • If I could offer a prescription: Be quiet. Listen. Focus on the good.
  • Look for the good and report it repeatedly. Repetition is the father of knowledge. Ask: What is the best thing that happened to you today?  
  • There is no energy in "Have to" use "Want to." Ex. I want to pick my kids up, turn off the radio, get off the phone, listen.
  • People share a lot when they feel safe. Be present, quiet to allow this.
  • Do I leave people more energized or ill-will and a broken spirit?
  • What is the metric for a relationship? Love is the cornerstone. It's a verb. It's what we do for others. That then leads to the emotion.
  • When you love yourself, you're able to love others in the season they're in. You accept no responsibility for their choices. THAT is a freedom.
  • Where are you going in such a hurry?
  • Are you living in purpose?
  • Is your measurement your neighbor?
  • If you don't like the life you have chosen and are living: Do the hardest thing in the world and change.
  • In golf you have a bad shot and you replay it again to learn what went wrong. It's the same when something goes wrong in a relationship; it allows you to take control and not be a pawn on someone else's gameboard.
  • What is your behavior looking like?
  • What are your words? Words create worlds.

EDIE VARLEY'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Anatomy of the Spirit, Dr. Caroline Myss, PhD.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do? Find some legitimate homes for it, my means are met. 

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? Nothing. They are things, they've brought me joy, but if they go up in smoke, that's okay.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? I'd like to meet Jesus and see how he's seeing that view.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Be at your best. You're expected to live up to the fullness of the promise God has for you.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Strap on, you'r going to have the ride of a lifetime.

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 am blessed.

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

 

Jun 15, 2017

"The most important thing you'll do for your relationships is what you do for yourself."

Our guest today is a co-creator of eHarmony, psychologist, professor, author, husband and father, Les Parrott. When I shared a stage with Les at the Dave Ramsey SMART Conference, I was blown away by his wisdom. 

He's shared his expertise with Oprah, Barbara Walters and Tom Brokaw... and today he will share it with us. My friends, are you ready to improve your relationships with these amazing insights on sustaining life-long love? Here we go!

SHOW NOTES:

  • Fight Night - the event Les and Leslie (his wife) host where couples talk about their conflict and how to leverage it to bring them closer together.
  • Saving Your Marriage before It Starts is their most popular book.
  • We aren't entitled and don't always get what we feel we deserve - so we must learn how to adjust to the things beyond our control.
  • Have you faced marriage myths with honesty? Ex: This person should make me whole. We're set up for heartache; nobody can complete us.
  • The most important thing you'll do for your relationships is what you do for yourself. 
  • If you try to bulid intimacy with someone before you have done the work of getting whole on your own, your relationship will become an attempt to complete yourself.
  • Your relationships can only be as healthy as you are. A few things you can do to become a little more whole:
    • Embrace your significance. Can feel deep down that you have a purpose on this planet?
    • Unswerving authenticity. Are you following your path regardless of what anyone says?
    • Self-giving love. Realizing others needs are different than yours. 
  • There are three kinds of fights:
    • Bad fights - tear us apart / rip away the fabric of our relationships
    • Dumb fights - have no purpose / are silly
    • Good fights - bring us closer together
  • Don't avoid conflict, turn the fight into a good fight. You make them "bad" or "good" by the choices you make / context within the fight.
  • Empathy is the single skill that will change your relationship the most. Conflicts dissipate when you see conflict from their side and they see it from yours. Try to accurately see the world from their perspective.
  • Empathy has two components, your head and heart. Sympathize with your heart, analyze with your head. We typically do one  well, recognize which one you struggle with and make yourself do it, too. 
  • Take Les's Deep Love Assessment: Partners answer a series of questions separately and instantly get a private, custom road map for lifelong love.

LES PARROTT'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Either Emotional Intelligence, by Daniel Goleman or Learned Optimism by Martin Seligman.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do? I'd establish, on college campuses, centers for healthy relationships to give education to a whole new generation. We'd see divorce rate drop dramatically - and when you lower the divorce rate, it positively impacts rates of education, wealth, etc.

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.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? My wife Leslie, she loves the beach. I love that she loves the beach and we've had some of our greatest talks there.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Master the capacity to adjust to things beyond your control. Life is unfair. 

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Relax. Slow down a bit. It's going to be okay.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? A man who loved his family with all his heart.

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

Jun 8, 2017

You can control and resist life or you can dive in.

Let's take the wise words from season 3 guest Christine Hassler and: DIVE IN together. It's our day to LIVE INSPIRED!

The guests on our show are ordinary people doing extraordinary things on purpose. On this episode, we'll celebrate the best insights from each Season 3 guest AND how it will impact the inspired life you're living. 

After just 3 seasons, we've got 400,000 downloads! Which means more lives are  being touched and more people are living inspired with us. Thanks for being part of this Live Inspired movement and for sharing it with your friends.  

Subscribe for Season 4 wherever you get your podcasts! Also, get inspiration and updates from me via email: JohnOLearyInspires.com/mondaymotivation

SHOW NOTES:

Brian Vander Ark, lead singer of The Verve Pipe: When asked if he gets sick of playing his 90s hit song The Freshman, he responded: "How can you get sick of playing a song that brings SO much joy to so many people?"

Chris Hogan, author, radio and podcast host, expert on retirement and personal finance and a Dave Ramsey team speaker: "Failure is when you don't accomplish a goal and stop. Realize that in pursuit of your goal, you improve. Even if you don't reach ultimate success you become a better version of yourself in striving for it."

Andy Andrews, from homeless to bestselling author of the Traveller's Gift: "Quitting is a habit and there's no penalty for quitting today. But when you persist without exception, there's something in that; you figure out a way; the next best thing and its lasting."

Christine Hassler, author, podcaster, life coach and counselor: "You can control and resist life or you can dive in." In a time of "information overload" Christine's interview will share how to leverage + apply new information to change old habits.

Janine Shepherd, Australian National Championship Skier, huge overcomer, speaker and author: "The gift of rock bottom is that there is no where to hide. It shows you not who you are, but who you are not."

Bill Courtney, coach whose story was told in the epic Oscar-Winning Documentary UNDEFEATED, "Every day is an opportunity to get it right."

Laila Alifitness & wellness guru, author, undefeated 4-time boxing champion, Dancing with the Stars and Chopped star and daughter of Muhammad Ali: "Being a powerhouse doesn’t mean you don’t make mistakes or have moments of weakness. We all face those things, but it’s about having the courage to keep going."

Lolly Daskal, business coach and author: Lolly shared how growing up in small, Yiddish-speaking community in New York City helped her to realize we must "lead from within." Don't miss Lolly's 2 simple tools to overcome self doubt or what is often called "imposter syndrome." 

Captain Charlie Plumbformer Navy fighter pilot, POW, speaker and author: We shared this interview just in time for Memorial Day and it has been one of our most popular episodes to date. Don't miss Charlie's lessons on on purpose, love and sacrifice. 

Jack Buck, my hero, Hall of Fame Announcer, my most popular story that I share on stage at speaking events is the story of how Jack Buck change my life through asking the simple question: "What more can I do?" and then taking action. In this episode, I share that story so you can hear it -- again for some of you and for the first time for others. Enjoy!

400,000 have chosen to wake up and live inspired with us through the Live Inspired Podcast. Wow! Season 3 - 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 4 - is going to be even better. Make sure you are subscribed and ready for the first episode next week! 

Get my inspiration in your inbox at: JohnOLearyInspires.com/Monday-morning

Thanks for being here. Thanks for being part of the movement to live inspired and touch lives along the way. If you ever have questions or ideas - please share them at info@johnolearinspires.com.

 

Jun 1, 2017

"What more can I do?"

This epic question is the one I learned from the example of Hall of Fame Announcer Jack Buck. When our paths crossed, we were strangers. I had just been burned on 100% of my body and the doctors had given me less than 1% chance to survive. 

On today's episode, I  share what has become my most requested story to share when I'm speaking at events. It's the story of an unlikely friendship. Hall of Fame Announcer and The "Voice of the Cardinals" Jack Buck absolutely changed my life and hearing it just might change yours.

Can't wait to share the story with you again, or for some of you: For the very first time. Enjoy!

SHOW NOTES:

  • Think back to a time when you were experiencing a hardship: What might have changed if your hero walked in to help you? Is there someone you know going through a hardship you could step in and be a hero for today?
  • Crying is a sign of great strength. 
  • When someone is truly smiling, you can see it in their eyes.
  • Leadership is about meeting people where they are; meeting them in their "why." 
  • Motivation is an inside job.
  • Jack believed in me first; I followed. Who do you believe in today? How are you letting him/her know?
  • Love changes us. When we show up as love for others, we change them.
  • Ask yourself: "What more can I do?" And then pause to actually answer it.
  • What is one thing you can do today to change the world from negativity, exclusion, fear and anxiety to one of inclusivity, hope, faithfulness and love?

JOHN O'LEARY'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

Since we didn't have a guest to answer the "live inspired 7" this episode, I thought I'd share my answers to this set of questions! You can read my answers on my Parade Magazine article here.

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

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