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Oct 25, 2018

What makes someone superhuman? Is it their cape? Their blue tights? Their ability to fly, jump or leap? My guest today was curious about the subject and, instead of turning to Marvel, Superman or the X-Men franchise for answers, he searched the world to find the finest examples of individuals who personify the 11 'super-human' traits. Today he shares what his research means for us.

Grab your journal, your cape (put it on!) and get ready to soar into life with Rowan Hooper. 

SHOW NOTES:

  • "People who try lots of different things are more likely to find things they really like and are really good at."
  • Check out this recent article from chess grandmaster John Nun who Rowan shares innately understood math since age 4.
  • "IQ itself is quite stable throughout life, but it does not guarantee personal outcome. Lots of people who are incredibly successful do not have particularly high IQs."
  • Memory, on the other-hand, is something we can all improve with tricks and practice.
  • John and Rowan discuss the Marshmallow test check it out.
  • This video shares the story of Ellen McArthur, the British sailor, Rowan talked about her drive + her world record for fastest solo circumnavigation of globe.
  • What have you learned about focus, that we can apply as we try to sell more insurance + lead better lives? "It's about having a goal, something you want to do in the future or something you need to complete in the next hour. Either way, identifying the reason for doing it + keeping it clear in your mind. It doesn't have to be dramatic. Identifying a goal and finding steps towards it will help you achieve that goal."
  • "That moment her life changed + she chose to make something of it. She was empowered by this appalling thing that happened."
  • With longevity comes happiness. People I met over 100 had an incredible positivity, can-do attitude + innate happiness.
  • Get back up again and carried on. that is something we can all strive to do a bit more, not to get disheartened or knocked down. to carry on. they had a curiosity about life, that trait did seem to be spread across all the people I met in different ways.
  • Get a copy of Rowan Hooper's book SUPERHUMAN here

If you enjoyed thinking about what you can do to improve your business, life + impact through Rowan's insights: Check out episode #103 with Brené Brown to get tips on how to improve your leadership through vulnerability. Or, episode #98 with Radha Agrawal on how to improve your sense of community + feel more connected.

 ROWAN HOOPER'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Lonesome Dove, Larry McCurty. It's an American Western, the characters in it stay with you forever, just like Huckleberry Finn.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Intensity of focus + ability to become obsessively interested enough to delve in and find new things.

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 steal box with old travel journals and photos. The reason it is in a steal box is that if there ever is a fire, it can survive.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Charles Darwin. He was my hero growing up because he was an incredibly wise and passionate man who changed our world. The first question I'd ask: What do we do now about understanding the world? I'd try to update him and then ask his advice.

5. What is the best advice you've ever received? Do what you want to do. Don't force people to do things they don't want to do. Let them find their own way.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Don't drink so much! Just enjoy your youth. Feel it while you've got it.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? He was a nice guy, did a few cool things and inspired people with the stories he told of other people.

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Get a John's #1 National Best-selling book ON FIRE here (use code podcast at checkout for 15% off).

Oct 18, 2018

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

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

SHOW NOTES:

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

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

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

SCOTT HARRISON'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

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

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

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? My mom's book; the story of her life that she wrote and never published.

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

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

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

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? He fought to inspire greater generosity and compassion and helped bring clean water to everybody on the planet.

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

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Get a John's #1 National Best-selling book ON FIRE here (use code podcast at checkout for 15% off).

Oct 11, 2018

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

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

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

Show Notes:

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

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

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

BRENE BROWN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

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

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

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? Photos and the crosses I had made out of the my kids' baby cribs.

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

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

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

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? She contributed more than she criticized. 

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

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

Oct 4, 2018

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

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

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

SHOW NOTES:

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

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

JOE DELOSS LIVE INSPIRED 7 

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

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

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

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? I want mountains not beach! My wife, Lisa. Every meaningful conversation we have opens me up and gives me a different perspective. 

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

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

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? He was empathetic, saw and communicated the value that everybody has. 

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

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

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