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Apr 29, 2019

Join me every Monday for a quick burst of inspiration on our “Monday Moments” segments.

Today, I share a story submitted by Grace M. of Naperville, IL, a listener + Live Inspired community member. 

Grace shared that some of her favorite Live Inspired Podcast guests include 5x New York Times bestselling author Brené Brown (ep. 103) and lawyer-turned-bestselling author Bob Goff (ep. 115).

If you have questions or want to share how the Live Inspired Podcast has impacted your life, send them to me and my team at podcast@johnolearyinspires.com.

If you like this podcast, you will love Live Inspired IN STUDIO. It’s my membership community where like-minded friends join me via live webcast to live inspired together. Registration opens soon! Join the waitlist.

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Apr 25, 2019

You know the beloved children's classic Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day? Today we talk with the amazing author, Judith Viorst!

Judith shares her warmth, wisdom + cheeky humor about what it’s like to write books across genres for more than six decades – and what it was like not getting published for her first three decades!

In honor of national poetry month, Judith will read an excerpt from her “decades series” most recent is her book Nearing Ninety: And Other Comedies of Late Life. Judith’s perspective on the joys + tribulations of life will remind you that laughter is truly the best medicine, at any age, to live an inspired life.

SHOW NOTES: 

  • As a young girl, Judith began writing as poetry felt like a natural second language to her. Her first piece was published in her 30s.
  • Say yes and we'll figure it out. Advice from her husband before being published for the first time.
  • The capacity for child-like wonder lives inside a lot of us, even as we get to be a middle-aged person. [click to tweet!]
  • Remaining playful is something you cultivate.
  • Judith's first children's book The Tenth Good Thing About Barney was inspired by a conversation with her young son about death. Get a copy of it here.
  • Her original publisher turned down Alexander and the Terrible Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day which has sold more than 4 million copies. Get a copy of it here.
  • Inspired by the characters in The Secret Garden, Judith creates characters that are "hard-likes": not easily likable but always redeemable by the end.
  • Judith shares her personal life through her writing, highlighting the ways people are more connected than they're different.
  • "When nobody reads this book, and nobody likes this book, please remind me of the joy I had writing it and how proud I am of it."– Judith to her husband when submitting the manuscript of Necessary Losses. This book went on to be on the New York Times bestseller list for almost two years. Get a copy of it here.
  • Judith's latest book, Nearing Ninety, is a collection of poetry from her "decades" series. These include Hard to be Hip Over ThirtyHow Did I Get to be FortyForever FiftySuddenly SixtyI’m Too Young to be Seventy, Unexpectedly Eighty.
  • Judith reads her favorite poem from Nearing Ninety "My Legacy". 
  • "To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring." - George Santayana

If today's episode inspired you to cultivate your childlike spirit, you'll love Live Inspired Podcast ep. 112 with artist, speaker + author Jason Kotecki and combat "adult-itis".

If you like this podcast, you will love Live Inspired IN STUDIO. It’s my membership community where like-minded friends join me via live webcast to live inspired together. Registration opens soon! Join the waitlist.

JUDITH VIORST'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann.

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

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? [She's been asking herself the same questions for 20 years and will call us when she has the answer!]

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 can't count my husband because he'd be my #1 date even after 60 years. I wouldn't mind seeing my mother and asking her all the questions I was too dumb to ask her when she was alive.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Listen to people's stories, don't gossip, enjoy their joys, sympathize with their sorrows and be trustworthy of their secrets.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Don't; be so dumb and self-absorbed. Open your eyes. Look around a little more and stop worrying about what your hair looks like.

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 line from Sunlight on the Garden by Louis Macneice: And grateful to have sat under thunder and rain with you. And grateful, too, for sunlight on the garden.

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Apr 22, 2019

Join me every Monday for a quick burst of inspiration on our "Monday Moments" segments. 

We've had nearly 120 guests on the Live Inspired Podcast. As you know, at the end of the interview, each guest answers the Live Inspired 7 questions, with the first question being: What’s the best book you’ve ever read?

As we gear up to celebrate World Book Day, I want to share the most mentioned books by our guests.

  1. The Bible has been mentioned by 11 guests including my mentor Brian Buffini from ep. 1 and human rights activist Christine Caine from ep. 82.
  2. A Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Franklin has been mentioned by “expectation hangover” expert Christine Hassler from ep. 26 and author Matthew Emerzian from ep. 58. (It's my favorite book, too!)
  3. And we have a TIE for the third favorite book! 
    1. Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach has not only been mentioned by five guests but we had the author Richard Bach on ep. 54!
    2. My book ON FIRE has been mentioned by comedian Kathy Buckley from ep. 7, Sergeant Rocky Sickmann from ep. 16 and musician Matt Mattingly from ep. 66.

Get a copy of ON FIRE here with the coupon code PODCAST for 15% off. 

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Apr 18, 2019

We live, play and work at an ever-increasing pace, amidst a lot of noise – yelling, fear, anxiety, texting, streaming, email. In this environment, we long for hope and humanity, but often give more reactive responses than ever. 

Today, we identify how we can influence our daily moments to make them more inspired. Rand Stagen, Managing Director of Stagen Leadership Academy, joins us to share how to create a little space between key stimuli – think of your triggers: a colleague’s sarcasm, your spouse leaving dishes in the sink, morning traffic – and our responses to them.

Whether you're leading a large corporation, stuck in carpool traffic, or both: Today's conversation will give you tips and motivation to live a more inspired life – one intentional interaction at a time.

 SHOW NOTES:

  • Stagen Leadership Academy strives to link the soft side of leadership with the pragmatic side. 
  • Leaders get the organizations and the families they deserve: Leadership is oriented around a sense of identity + taking responsibility.
  • Power of transformation: organizations don't change, people do. If you want to transform a business, work on the leaders transforming themselves.
  • How to start taking responsibility:
    1. Be grateful for the people in our lives who allow us to reflect on the gaps or holes in yourself, instead of being annoyed.
    2. Notice when you're triggered, or emotionally grabbed, and take unconditional responsibility.
    3. Recognize the gifts around us as opposed to pointing fingers.
  • Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. 
  • Be the author of your own life story.
  • Most effective leaders have strong emotional awareness, both intrapersonal (self-awareness + self-management) and interpersonal (social awareness)
  • Read Daniel Goleman's Harvard Business Review article What Makes a Leader here.
  • Moods are contagious: The way you walk into a room will influence the room.
  • Take note of the feedback loop of the experiences in your life.
  • With awareness there is choice. Without awareness, there are only habits.

If you liked learning about how your mood can influence others, you'll love Live Inspired Podcast guest Jon Gordon, author of The Energy Bus, from ep. 13. Listen to Live Inspired Podcast ep. 49 with Dina Dwyer-Owens, co-chairwoman of The Dwyer Group, on someone who is leaning into conscious leadership.

RAND STAGEN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Scott Peck's The Road Less Traveled.

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

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 photo album that has family photos that don't exist digitally.

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? Pope Francis to try to understand how he is managing such a complex + important time in his institution. I think his answer would be a combination of intellect and spirituality because he's operating in the context of a multigenerational time horizon. I'm in awe of how he's showing up and the courage he's exhibiting.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Scott Peck said life is difficult and it's a journey. The journey is about engaging with life + learning to relate to life. Life is a dance between being shaped and shaping life.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? All we have is right here, right now. Learn to be present, not worry about the future, and not be critical of the past.

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 cared.

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Apr 15, 2019

I had so much fun talking with my new friend + country music star Walker Hayes, that we stayed on the phone for two hours! We only had 45 minutes scheduled for his interview. That, my friends, has never happened before.

I couldn’t wait to share a little of the fun with you. So today, you get a preview!

Get the entire conversation on upcoming Live Inspired Podcast ep. 146.

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Apr 11, 2019

Almost 13 years ago, I read Judith Shulevitz's New York Times article Taking Back Sabbath and still today, it has a profound effect on me. As a society, we've put such an emphasis on work and being busy and this article reminds us of the importance of Sabbath, what “Sabbath” is and what it means in all of our lives – regardless of our faith background.

Today, our conversation with Judith will challenge you to build a pause into your week, nourish your community and remember that you are so much more than what you do.

SHOW NOTES

  • Judaism is an "orthopractic religion" (right living, not right belief) and the culture puts ritual, community + study above faith which is referred to as "practice."
  • Judith references Derek Thompson's Atlantic article about our society making a religion out of work or "work-ism". Read it here.
  • Depression + a sense that something was missing brought Judith back to practicing Judaism through the Sabbath.
  • Sabbath: a day of religious observance and abstinence from work. Simply a day when we don’t work – all of us – at the same time so we can spend intentional time and create community together to remind us we are more than what we do for a living.
    • The Sabbath is a central Jewish practice that later, over centuries, Christians took it over, moving it to Sundays for many reasons including it was a chance to differentiate Christians from Jews and Christ rose on a Sunday.
  • Read Judith Shulevitz's New York Times article Bring Back the Sabbath here.
  • Puritans + pilgrims came to America in quest of a perfect Sabbath and enacted the Blue laws, which were strict laws meant to maintain a calm atmosphere by closing civic institutions, allowing others to celebrate Sabbath.
  • For many reasons, the Sabbath practice has faded.
    • Fragmented time era: we no longer share a common schedule with others, leading to loneliness.
    • Push back by putting electronic devices away together and connect as a group.
    • Be conscious of the way we let commerce and capitalism colonize our time and isolate ourselves from others.
    • Stop to reflect + enjoy what you have.
  • The easiest way to take back the Sabbath: Have a meal together. Create a community with a tradition of breaking bread with others.
  • Judith is currently working on a book that will answer the question, "why is the most important work anyone can do (reproduce + raise the next generation of workers) not compensated?"
  • Get Judith Shulevitz book The Sabbath World here.

If you were inspired by Judith's take on Sabbath, you'll love Live Inspired Podcast guests Mark Scharenbroich + Radha Agrwal. On ep. 40, Mark shared the importance of acknowledging, honoring, + connecting with those around us and Radha shared concrete ideas on how to combat the loneliness epidemic + build your community on ep. 98.

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JUDITH SHULEVITZ 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? Take in the wisdom of our elders.

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? Books with photographs of my children.

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? Founders of Karaitism [Nehemia Gordon and Ḥakham Meir Rekhavi] or Martin Luther.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Before you make a major change in your life, ask yourself, "what would it be like every morning to do that thing? Would it feel good or would it feel bad?"

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Trust yourself. Stop doubting everything you do. Stop wishing you'd done everything differently and realize that everything happened for a reason and move 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? I set a good example for my children. 

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Apr 8, 2019

Join me every Monday for a quick burst of inspiration on our "Monday Moments" segments. 

Today, we celebrate National Sibling's Day this Wednesday, April 10 by reaching out to your sibling (or chosen sibling!) to share your love + gratitude for them. 

Listen to Live Inspired Podcast ep. #88 to hear the heroic acts of my siblings that saved my life 30 years ago and three ways to enhance your adult sibling relationships.

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Apr 4, 2019

I've been so eager to bring Sparsh Shah onto the Live Inspired Podcast since I was first introduced to him in March 2017.  Fifteen-year-old Sparsh shares about being born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, or "Brittle Bone Disease", and how he hasn't let it define his life.

Sparsh, also known by his rapper name Purythem, went viral with his rendition of Eminem's Not Afraid and since sang the National Anthem at Madison Square Garden. He radiates positivity while owning his disability with awe-inspiring grace. 

Today's conversation is beaming with contagious optimism + resilience that will leave you inspired.

SHOW NOTES

  • Sparsh was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, also known as Brittle Bone Disease. 
  • Sparsh has suffered almost 130 fractures, including his skull.
  • "I've dissed my disability."
  • There is always a valley before the hill. Sometimes the deeper the valley, the higher the hill.
  • Ragarap: Sparsh began studying classical Indian + Western vocal music, blending aspects of each into his performances and creating his own sound he calls "ragarap".
  • Rapper Eminem became an inspiration to Sparsh because of his dedication to improving his skills + overcoming a troubled background.
  • Sparsh chose to sing Eminem's Not Afraid because of the uplighting lyrics that made him feel unstoppable; it ultimately became a viral hit viewed over 75 million times.  
  • Watch Sparsh Shah's TEDx Talk, where he speaks of turning the impossible to "I am possible", here.
  • "When one door closes, another opens. We often look so long, hard and regretfully at the closed door, we forget that there was a door open for us."
  • Why waste our life in the past when we can think about what to do now.
  • "The past is history, the future is a mystery. The present is the greatest gift we can receive." - Bil Keane
  • "Sometimes the storms interrupt our daily lives."
  • Follow Sparsh on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

If you enjoyed Sparsh's optimistic outlook of his disability, listen to Live Inspired Podcast ep. 7 with hearing-impaired comedian Kathy Buckley and Live Inspired Podcast ep. 63 with paralyzed barrel racer Amberly Snyder.

SPARSH SHAH'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Resilience and optimism. My dad said I had a smile that would light up anyone's face. 

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 MacBook.

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 I would ask him, "how and why is it that the life that is so imperfect, you made it perfect the way it is?" I've realized in life things are perfectly imperfect.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? No matter what happens in your life, don't give up on your passion. No matter how many bones you break, your voice will never break. You can do anything in life, you've come here for a reason.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? (Sparsh it not 20-years-old yet!)

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? Though I struggled, I refused to suffer. And because I refused to suffer, I conquered. 

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Apr 1, 2019

Join me every Monday for a quick burst of inspiration on our "Monday Moments" segments. 

Today, I take pause to celebrate Doctor's Day and share the important role play in all our lives. With a special shout out to my childhood physician,  Dr. Tsifutis, who I recently got to have lunch with and thank in person.

I reference the three lessons I learned from my burn doctors that I still live by today. Hear about these and how they apply in your life on one of our most listened to episodes: Live Inspired Podcast ep. #117.

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