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Feb 28, 2019

Gary Sinise is an award-winning actor – most notably is his Oscar-nominated role of Lieutenant Dan in Forrest Gump. This role reshaped the trajectory of Gary’s life; not because of the acclaim for the film, but because it ignited a relentless drive in him to champion veterans’ sacrifices and ensure they’re never forgotten.

Gary’s philanthropy has made him a beloved to countless and earned him prestigious awards including: Presidential Citizens Medal, Honorary Battalion Chief by New York City Fire Department, George Catlett Marshall Medal by US Army and Honorary Marine.

Today, Gary joins us as part of his media tour for his book: Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service. It’s already a New York Times best seller and after hearing our conversation… you’ll understand why.

Join us to for one of America’s favorite, heart-led leaders. You’ll get lessons on gratitude, service, celebrate America’s defenders, veterans, first responders and so much more.

SHOW NOTES:

  • His role as a gang member in his high school's production of West Side Story initiated his passion for acting.
  • Steppenwolf Theatre Company was formed with his three friends in 1974, subsequently becoming the nation's premiere ensemble theatre.
  • Of Mice and Men: Gary directed + starred in Of Mice and Men, fulfilling a life-long dream leading to his opportunity to audition for Forrest Gump.
  • Forrest GumpGary had a deep affection to veterans his entire life and felt compelled to play Lieutenant Dan in Forrest Gump.
    • The scene with Lieutenant Dan shouting on top of the shrimp boat is pivotal because he's fighting his demons, overcoming guilt and PTSD from war, eventually allowing him to make peace. Making peace is something the Gary Sinise Foundation strives for all veterans.
  • Turning point: The commitment to serve and honor veterans began before Forrest Gump. September 11th was an inflection point deepened that devotion.
  • The Gary Sinise Foundation supports those who sacrifice on our behalf including active duty, veterans, first responders + their families. Learn more here.
  • Get Gary Sinise’s New York Times bestselling book Grateful American.
  • I shared my essay on my dear friend and former US Navy SEAL Scott Wirtz. Read it here.

Listen to more Life Inspired Podcast episodes celebrating veterans with Rocky Sickmann from ep. #16 and Jim Lovell from ep. #90.

LIVE INSPIRED 7

To shine light on veterans, Gary asked me to share responses to the  Live Inspired 7 from past guests who served our country. Enjoy Captain Charlie Plumb, Vietnam Navy veteran and Prison Of War, from ep. # 31 and Jake Harriman, Marine veteran, from ep. #114 answers.

Charlie Plumb's Live Inspired 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Bible, chapter of Job. Unbroken, it epitomizes your philosophy and mine on winning through adversity.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do?Bolder Crest supports vets with PTSD to expand their reach bc they’re doing a lot of good for veterans.

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 tin cup with holes in it that I brought back from the prison camp. I keep that cup just to remind me of the challenges I face and the value of the challenge.

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. She endured so much while I was over there, but never placed blame. I never heard her say a bad word about anyone. The longer I live, the more I appreciate her approach to forgiveness. I’d love to talk to her about how to forgive the unforgivable.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? A coach told me it wasn’t the things around me that would change my life, it’s the choices you make about the things around you. You can choose to be a loser or a winner or choose to give away that choice.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Believe in a purpose as the highest priority.

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 servant.

Jake Harriman Live Inspired 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Bible.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Dreaming! I could dream big. I tried to do crazy stuff as a kid. We made a potion out of crayons and dirt to make me fly. Then, I put on a cape and jumped into cow manure!

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 medallion that I carried in combat. It says: [Joshua 1:9] “Be strong, courageous and remember that the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” It sealed my faith + gave me courage. I gave it to the love of my life when we got engaged. When she has to go into dark places, I wanted her to have the same medallion with her.

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’d ask: How in the world did you get through that time? And hold everything together with a nation that was literally pulling itself a part? I think he’d say “Find commonality – there are threads and values that run through all of us. Get back to those basics.” I think that is what he did and succeeded.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Never say you can’t do something, you have to believe in yourself and those who love you.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? It’s going to be dark. You are going to have a lot of really horrific moments that you didn’t even know were possible. But in those moments, know that there is light coming. There is truth and love in people in this world. There is more light and hope than darkness. Never forget 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? He learned to love and learned to leave by serving others.

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

Live Inspired with John daily on FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedInPinterest, Instagram+ get his Monday Motivation email.

 

Feb 25, 2019

Every Monday moving forward, join me for a quick burst of inspiration during Monday Moments. Each week, I'll cover a different topic that will spark you to live more inspired.

I am honored to be joined by my dear friend Dennis Gillan to discuss a topic that desperately needs to be revisited: suicide prevention. 

Today, we will break down the stigma around mental health and how to better care for ourselves + others who are struggling or suffering with suicide. Take this powerful episode as reminder that the best is yet to come.

SHOW NOTES

  • I share a poem written by 10-year boy titled I Am the Piece That Never Fits
  • Dennis Gillan lost two brothers to suicide. Listen to his story on ep. #46 of the Live Inspired Podcast.
  • Comic Adam Cayton-Holland shares about losing his sister to suicide on ep. #99 of the Live Inspired Podcast.

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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Feb 21, 2019

SoulPancake is an entertainment company with a mission to make the world a better place. How? By creating content that explores meaningful topics with integrity, heart + humor.

You've likely seen some of their viral hits (that have amassed nearly one billion views!) like Kid PresidentTell My Story + My Last Days

Shabnam Mogharabi, co-founder, shares the best tips she's discovered while curating the signature SoulPancake content for 10 years.

SHOW NOTES

  • It doesn’t matter what you do, just try to be of service to the world.
  • Take it offline: Use relationships formed online to initiate offline experiences in order to build deeper connections. 
  • Be present: The internet makes us feel more connected but, we're forgetting to actually show up in a real way for others outside of social media.
  • Counteract negativity by embracing joy:
    1. Build a practice: Shift your brain to reinforce positive reactions.
    2. Express gratitude: Regularly expressing gratitude for others, without any strings attached, has a profound impact on our own happiness.
    3. Be vulnerable: Vulnerably builds deep, meaningful relationships and creating a critical a sense of belonging, ultimately combating loneliness.
  • Build deep relationships to create your community:
    1. Give non-romantic + romantic relationships a similar level of care + attention.
    2. Make a consistent habit of connecting with others.
      • Create simple touch-points to build relationships (ex: texting emojis once a week)
      • Make mental notes that can trigger you to touch-base with others
  • SoulPancake's co-creator actor Rainn Wilson,  and Shabnam built SoulPancake as a positive space to counteract the negative news cycle.
  • My main takeaways:
    • Social media is changing the way we show up for others.  It can elevate, but should not, replace our interactions with others.
    • Break down walls that divide us: Shabnam's father hosts a weekly open house of worship to build community and unity across religions.
  • Watch SoulPancake's viral hits like Kid President, Tell My Story, My Last Days and others on YouTube.
  • I wrote a Monday Motivation essay about Susan sitting shiva with her friend. Read it here.
  • For more ways to create belonging through building a community, listen to our guest Radha Agrawal on ep. #98 of the Live Inspired Podcast.

SHABNAM MOGHARABI'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I read it once a year.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Playful and imaginative nature. I try to bring it into the culture of SoulPancake.

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 great grandmother’s ring. It's passed to the oldest woman in every generation and represents family, tradition and togetherness and bridges generations.

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 grandfather. I didn’t have as many deep conversations as I wish I had. He grew up with seven siblings, five of which died before they were adults. I’d ask him about him growing up as one of the two surviving children.

5. What is the best advice you've ever received? Professionally: hire people that are smarter than you. Personally, self-care is important. If you’re not full, it’s hard to care for others.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Don’t take things so seriously. There is a very long life ahead of 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? Aristotle said, "a person cannot truly determine if they’ve had a happy life until their end of the live". I have a very long life left to live. I don’t feel like to committing to one sentence yet.

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

Live Inspired with John daily on FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedInPinterest, Instagram + get his Monday Motivation email.

 

Feb 14, 2019

In honor of Valentine's Day I went deep into the vault -- we're over 100 episodes deep now! -- to feature one of our resident love experts Les Parrott. He'll give us practical tips to love (and live!) more inspired. This episode originally aired in June 2017.

Les is a co-creator of the match-making software behind eHarmony, psychologist, professor, author, husband, and father. He’s shared his expertise with Oprah, Barbara Walters, and Tom Brokaw and today he shares it with us. 

Are you ready to improve, maintain and ignite all of your relationships to live more inspired?

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 build 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 a single skill that will change your relationship the most. Conflicts dissipate when you see the 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 roadmap 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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If you enjoyed today’s episode: Subscribe, rate & review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. See you here next Thursday!

Live Inspired with John daily on FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedInPinterest, Instagram + get his Monday Motivation email. 

 

Feb 7, 2019
Are you ready to celebrate Valentine's Day right this year?
 
This holiday is about so much more than Hallmark cards and boxes of heart-shaped chocolates. It's about the power of love - all love not just romantic love - in our lives.
 
I'll share two love letters I've written, the life-changing impact they've had and challenge you to write one, too. [The winner of the challenge will get a $100 gift card to take their loved-one to their favorite restaurant.] Today's episode will leave you ready to live (and love!) inspired on Valentine's Day... and everyday.
 
Will you accept the #LoveLetterChallenge?  

SHOW NOTES

How to Accept the Love Letter Challenge:

1. Identify someone in your life that inspires you + write him/her a love letter. It can be your partner, spouse, child,  parent, loved one, neighbor, colleague, friend, coach, anyone!
2. Take a picture (of you and your loved one, you holding a pen about to write, of your letter, whatever you choose).
3. Post + tag me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and with #LoveLetterChallenge.
4. Enter by 11:59 PM CST on Sunday, 2/10 to be entered to win $100 gift card to a restaurant of your choice to take your loved one to.*

  • Every day in 2017, I (secretly) wrote my wife a love letter in a leather-bound journal, presenting it to her on Christmas.
  • Jack Buck changed my life, but I never really said thank you. After his death, I wrote a love letter to him and shared it with his wife and son, with hope + reassurance that Jack felt it too.
    • Joe Buck, Jack's son, was on ep. #3 of the podcast.
    • I shared my story + Jack Buck on ep. #32 of the podcast.
    • The MLB Network produced a video on my unlikely friendship with Jack Buck. Check it out here.
  • I mention the love I have for my mom Susan O'Leary. Listen to her on preview ep. #0 of the podcast.

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* No purchase necessary. Legal residents of USA. Contest begins 2/7/19 and ends 2/10/19. Full rules here.

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

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