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Live Inspired Podcast with John O'Leary

Live Inspired Podcast with John O'Leary is a top #20 on iTunes, biz! Join #1 National Bestselling Author of ON FIRE & Inspirational Speaker John O'Leary and wake up from accidental living so you can do, be, achieve and impact more through your life. More simply said, so you can: Live Inspired. ­­Each episode features an amazing guest who will share his/her story, successes, failures, lessons and life to help you uncover tips to apply in yours. Subscribe now so you can join John on a new episode every Thursday! Until then: Today is your day. Live Inspired.
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Dec 8, 2016

Today's guest is a comedian, author, speaker, huge over-comer and a new, dear friend of mine.

She has been through more challenges and misadventures than most, but exemplifies more grace, forgiveness, courage and perseverance than anyone I have ever met.

You've likely never heard of her but after our time together, I am certain you will never forget her! Kathy Buckley will share her story in such a way that you will be ready to live more inspired than ever before!

My favorite takeaways from our time together:

  • Nobody is in this world with nothing to give. We all have something to give.
  • You can learn more about someone by being fully present with them than by listening to the words they are speaking (she's learned this truth through her lifelong hearing loss).
  • Appreciate who you are and forget about being defined by others.

These truths were also shared in her book, If You Could See What I Hear. I loved this book and absolutely devoured it.

  • Order Kathy's book If You Could See What I Hear here.
  • Check out Kathy on the comedy stage here

The LIVE INSPIRED 7 segment is a series of 7 questions, shared "rapid fire" and answered boldly (without prep!) by our guests. My hope is to leave you reflecting on our guest's answers and YOUR answers... and excited to apply ideas from today's show to help you live an inspired life. 

Kathy Buckley's Live Inspired 7

1. What is the best book you ever read?

Your book! ON FIRE: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do?

I don't need much. My needs are covered and my wants are few, so to me money is to provide for others. I volunteer with deaf and hard-of-hearing children through a theater program. I would expand this program to help give a better understanding to more communities.  

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?

Everybody is out of my house? An item. I'm not attached to anything! I guess my insurance paperwork. 

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. I would ask him how could he was so committed. How could he have had that faith. Faith is a powerful thing to bless yourself with and I just have such admiration for him. He was there for those who were less fortunate. 

5. What is the best advice you've ever received?

My uncle: fear knocked upon my door, faith answered it and no one was there.

Which means fear and anxiety are human created, but when you have faith: you can trust and believe that all good things are there for you to receive.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20?

I'm sorry I didn't love you like I should have loved you. I probably would just put my arms around her and let her know she was loved. 

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?

Kathy loved unconditionally, anyone who crossed her path.

 

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If you enjoyed today's episode, subscribe, rate and review this podcast on iTunes and anywhere you get your podcasts! You'll be the first to know when a new episode is available AND you will help me spread the word about our LIVE INSPIRED Movement. 

I can't wait to see you here next Thursday! Until then, remember: Today is your day. Live Inspired.

Nov 17, 2016

No matter what you are going through, you will get through it.

I met today’s guest, German-born, bestselling author, journalist and teacher of resilience Michaela Haas, earlier this year when she interviewed me for her column in the “New York Times of Germany.”

Michaela wanted to share about my book ON FIRE because in her writing and research, she focuses on the topic of Post Traumatic Growth. I was so enamored with this topic that I immediately got a copy of her book Bouncing Forward and invited her to be on this podcast!

Through the pages of her book and my time interviewing her, I met some of my new, favorite heroes; each of whom are amazing examples of Living Inspired.

Michaela will give you so much to think about today! Most importantly:

  • No matter what you’re going through, her research shows, you WILL get through it. But you have to work for it. You have to reach out. You have to speak out. And you have to make space to confront your pain.
  • Learn more about the fascinating Coco Schumann here.
  • If you've not read it, order Michaela's favorite book by Maya Angelou Why the Cage Bird Sings here.
  • Order Michaela's book Bouncing Forward here.

The LIVE INSPIRED 7 segment is a series of 7 questions, shared "rapid fire" and answered boldly (without prep!) by our guests. My hope is to leave you reflecting on our guest's answers and YOUR answers... and excited to apply ideas from today's show to help you live an inspired life. 

Michaela Haas' Live Inspired 7

1. What is the best book you ever read?

Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do?

First, I would mourn him. Second, I am a rescuer so I would donate most of the money to good causes that rescue people (suicide prevention, trauma prevention) and some to rescue animals.

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 sister-in-law lost her 3-year-old daughter. We have a recording of her voice that says "you're my best friend" it's in a little cube with her picture. I would definitely grab that cube.

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?

Buddha. I am a Buddhist and no one really knows what his true words were because no one wrote them down during his lifetime. So to have an opportunity to actually speak with him, that would be wonderful!

5. What is the best advice you've ever received?

Let go. Easily said though very hard to do. But when I hold onto injustice or loss - I repeat this to myself because there is really no other choice anyway.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20?

Appreciate life. I had so many worries then - but I had it all! I was healthy. Following my dreams and pursuing my career and travelling the world. I wish that instead of having my mind full of worry, that I would have been more grateful and present.

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?

Love. Light. She made a difference.

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If you enjoyed today's episode, subscribe, rate and review this podcast on iTunes and anywhere you get your podcasts! You'll be the first to know when a new episode is available AND you will help me spread the word about our LIVE INSPIRED Movement. 

I can't wait to see you here next Thursday! Until then, remember: Today is your day. Live Inspired.

Nov 3, 2016

Addiction and cancer threatened her life, but grace and endurance gave it back to her.

In a world where the media frequently loves to buy, sell, trade and speak in fear, Teri Griege realizes and honors that the human spirit is powered by hope and starved for inspiration.

She has made it her life's work to be a pillar of hope and she has already done so by being: an iron man, author, triathlete, cancer survivor and sober for more than 20 years.

From our time with Teri, you will be reminded that life is full of good people. Appearances are deceiving. Belief in self matters. Odds are over rated. "God winks" exist.

  • God wink - [n.] a phrase Teri coined meaning, inspired moments in which God aligns your life in ways you could never imagine.
  • Get your copy of Teri's book Powered by Hope here.
  • See Teri's inspiring journey to Ironman Hawaii on this video.
  • Check out Teri's nonprofit Powered by Hope.

The LIVE INSPIRED 7 segment is a series of 7 questions, shared "rapid fire" and answered boldly (without prep!) by our guests. My hope is to leave you reflecting on our guest's answers and YOUR answers... and excited to apply ideas from today's show to help you live an inspired life. 

Teri Griege's Live Inspired 7

1. What is the best book you ever read?

Your book! John O’Leary’s book: ON FIRE: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life 

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do?

I would take care of my family and give it to my charity - Powered by Hope; and so many other charities. I never want to say no! There are so many people doing good out there. 

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 bible. 

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?

Grandma Ida. She was the most giving, strong, kind individual. She died at 102. She died six months short of living in three centuries. Amazing woman.

5. What is the best advice you've ever received?

Take it one day at a time. 

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20?

Everything is 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?

She left the world a better place.

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If you enjoyed today's episode, subscribe, rate and review this podcast on iTunes and anywhere you get your podcasts! You'll be the first to know when a new episode is available AND you will help me spread the word about our LIVE INSPIRED Movement. 

I can't wait to see you here next Thursday! Until then, remember: Today is your day. Live Inspired.

Oct 18, 2016

My mom has taught me more about resilience, faith, courage, redemption, family, love and life than ANYONE else in the world. I am so honored to have her as my guest on this very special, preview episode of the LIVE INSPIRED Podcast!

If you've ever heard me speak, you've heard a lot about the impact my mom has had on my life. But for those of you who've not heard me speak, here is just one example. My mom and dad's unauthorized biography of my life, Overwhelming Odds, is what encouraged me to accept, own and celebrate my scars and my story. 

As if that wasn't enough! The initial 200 copies they printed to share with friends and family has resulted in my becoming a professional speaker nearly 10 years ago and the subsequent sale of more than 60,000 copies...

To close each interview in a special way, I created the LIVE INSPIRED 7 segment. This is a series of 7 questions, shared "rapid fire" and answered boldly (without prep!) by our guests. My hope is to leave you reflecting on our guest's answers and YOUR answers... and excited to apply ideas from today's show to help you live an inspired life. 

Susan O'Leary's Live Inspired 7

 

1. What is the best book you ever read?

What She Knew - Gilly Macmillan
Left Neglected - Lisa Genova
The Help -Kathryn Stocket 

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do?

I would give large amounts to my kids...and family and friends who could really use the help. I'd get something really going with Parkinson's Disease Research. And I would go on a river boat cruise in Europe.

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 bible. Being a bible teacher for the last 18 years, I know that is where our true stories lie. 

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?

Martin Luther King.

5. What is the best advice you've ever received?

My mom used to always tell me, "Put on your lipstick and you can go anywhere!" It has helped me through life. I'll keep this one lighthearted!

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20?

With relationships, work at letting any hurt feelings or harsh words go. Put them behind you and just keep going. 

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 came, through blessings, to know the Lord and love Him and she tried her best to pass that love on to her family and friends.

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If you enjoyed today's episode, subscribe, rate and review this podcast on iTunes and anywhere you get your podcasts! You'll be the first to know when a new episode is available AND you will help me spread the word about our LIVE INSPIRED Movement. 

I can't wait to see you here next Thursday! Until then, remember: Today is your day. Live Inspired.

Oct 17, 2016

I created this episode to introduce myself to you. Share a bit about how and why I started the Live Inspired Movement -- and why you are meant to be a part of it!

I also created it to share a bit about what you can expect through the Live Inspired Podcast: 

  • A new episode released every Thursday
  • One special guest each week will join me and share about his/her story, successes, challenges, LIFE so that we can learn from each other on how to better live ours

If you ever have any questions or feedback, email me and my team at info@JohnOLearyInspires.com.

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