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Jul 15, 2019

Join me every Monday for a quick burst of inspiration on our Live Inspired Podcast Monday Moments segment.

What do you want to do today? Recently, my wife reminded me of the power to look at every task as an opportunity.

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Jul 11, 2019

For over a decade, Amy Roloff has welcomed millions of viewers to her sprawling 100-acre Oregon farm on TLC’s hit reality television show Little People, Big World.

Today, Amy shares about growing up with achondroplasia dwarfism, how she learned to accept + love herself and how she’s embracing her “second act” after raising four children.

This genuine and heartfelt conversation is for you if you want to hear about honoring your own version of perfection.

SHOW NOTES

  • Amy refused to go to school in fear that others would ridicule her for her dwarfism. Her dad recognized that others may be inconsiderate of her differences but reminded her she had the power to accept + embrace her differences.
  • In first grade, Amy refused to engage with a boy that was taunting her and leading her to believe she wasn’t good enough.
  • Amy's positive outlook is contagious: “I can get through this day because tomorrow may be different.”
  • Motherhood encouraged Amy to release her inhibitions. Amy's has four children: twins Jeremy + Zach, Molly and Jacob. Zach has the same type of dwarfism as Amy.
  • Little People, Big World:
    • Amy was hesitant to partake in reality television fearing it would make her vulnerable to public scrutiny.
    • She chose to embrace the platform to reveal how relatable her family is, despite their differences.
  • Watch TLC’s Little People Big World here
  • Get Amy Roloff’s new book A Little Me here.

Thank you to our Live Inspired community member + friend Jeff B. for recommending Amy Roloff as a guest for the Live Inspired Podcast. Share your guest recommendations with us at podcast@johnolearyinspires.com.

If you enjoyed today's episode, you'll love hearing how Live Inspired Podcast guest Lizzie Velasquez embraced her differences + is inspiring kindness across the globe. Listen to ep. 71 here.

AMY ROLOFF'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? A Little Me by Amy Roloff.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? I tried different things. Now that my kids are adults, I am getting better at saying "yes" to different 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? Whatever photo albums I could get. Those are priceless.

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? One of the disciples, maybe even Paul, and learn to embrace disagreements with others.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Find something within yourself that allows you to believe in yourself, instead of looking to others for acceptance. 

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Why did you waste so much time worrying about what other people thought? You missed out on a lot. 

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? Amy lived an honest, real, compassionate and loving life.

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Jul 8, 2019

Join me every Monday for a quick burst of inspiration on our Live Inspired Podcast Monday Moments segment.

Today I welcome back Chris Norton to remind us that life's lowest moments can be the source of our greatest blessings. This conversation will give you hope + inspiration to help start your week on fire! 

Get Chris Norton's book The Seven Longest Yards here.

Chris first shared his journey on Live Inspired Podcast ep. 43. Listen here.

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Jul 4, 2019

More than 1,700 people have jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge with the aim of taking their own life. Today's guest is one of the 25 known survivors. 

Kevin Hines suffers from bipolar disorder with psychotic features. At 19, he was suffering silently and it resulted in his attempt to take his own life.

Today, Kevin shares about “brain pain” or mental illness and his story of hope, faith, + thriving in spite of it. One of the most prominent suicide awareness and prevention activists, Kevin’s message of striving to live “mentally well” is an urgent one you must hear.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Kevin has built a close support network called his "personal protectors" aimed to keep him thriving and that will not let him fail or fall alone.
  • Kevin finds to be a privilege to be able to defeat his mental illness, which he refers to as brain pain, daily.
  • "My goal is to go around the world and help other people thrive, just as I am, even inside the pain." - Kevin on the importance of sharing his survival story.
  • September 25, 2000: Kevin took a bus ride to the Golden Gate Bridge with the intention to end his life.
  • After 40 minutes of walking the 1-mile suspension bridge, Kevin made the 4-second, 220 feet leap into the San Francisco Bay, immediately regretting his decision.
  • "We are all in pain. You can let pain defeat you or you can let it build you."
  • Kevin reminds those affected by suicide that they did not die because of you. They died of unrelenting, immeasurable lethal emotion pain that had nothing to do with them.
  • Suicide has a ripple effect:
    • Positive: the ability to reach people of despair and bring them back to safety through hard work
    • Negative: after you lose someone you love, you feel so guilty you attempt or die by your own hands.
  • Move beyond the negative ripple effect:
    • Grieve together without blame or guilt.
    • Bring others together that love that person as much as you do to celebrate them.
    • Talking about the good times gives solace.
  • "We can never move on from suicide. We can move forward through the pain and find hope if we just work hard enough."
  • "Have faith in yourself to augment your destiny. Often times all people need is time to become rational + someone to support them."
  • “I’ve had a major transformation, but it’s ongoing.”

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

Live Inspired Podcast guest Dese'Rae Stage created a movement to capture portraits and stories of suicide attempt survivors and in doing so – change the conversation, culture, and resources around suicide prevention, awareness, and support. Listen to ep. 156 here.

KEVIN HINES' LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Rock Says by Dwayne Johnson

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Expressing my vulnerability more.

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? The cross that was gifted to my mother-in-law and then my wife.

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? A young Jesus and tell him "thank you".

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Mom: Kind, compassionate, loving caring, empathetic and non-judgemental to every person I came in contact with no matter their behavior toward me. Dad: Hard work, because nothing good came without it.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? You got this on lockdown. Keep moving forward

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? Kevin Hines suffered the pain. In spite of the pain, despite the pain, to thrive today so he could have the ability to just try to help other people. 

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Jul 1, 2019

Join me every Monday for a quick burst of inspiration on our Live Inspired Podcast Monday Moments segment.

The Fourth of July likely rekindles memories in each of us from backyard barbeques, fireworks and funnel cakes. In a reflective mood this morning, I’d like to share one of my most memorable experiences from this day. 

Who are you grateful for today and why? Don’t miss an opportunity to let your loved ones know that you are grateful for them and love them.

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Jun 27, 2019

Molly Fletcher negotiated over $500 million in contracts + represented 100s of professional sports biggest stars before changing careers to have an even bigger impact on the lives of more people.

Molly’s passion to better serve and love others will absolutely inspire you. Her energy, business acumen, relationship brilliance + unwavering optimism will propel you to live your life more ON FIRE today than ever before.

I can’t wait to introduce you to my newest friend, entrepreneur, speaker and author, Molly Fletcher.

SHOW NOTES

  • "I lived in this apartment complex for free for nine years. It became the model I used when recruiting athletes"
  • "Say yes, lean in and outwork everyone around me": Working at Super Bowl Host committee office created an opportunity to create connections with sports leaders in Atlanta.
  • Grew her client list by over-delivering to her athletes, connecting authentically with prospects, and serving them in a way that was different than others.
  • At one time, Molly represented nearly 300 athletes + coaches in various sports.
  • "Everyone else is taken. I'm going to be me and see if being myself works."
  • "Reframe those moments as gifts. As gifts that you're different, as an opportunity to serve whomever you serve in a way that is different than those you 'compete' with."
  • In her 20 years of sports management, Molly learned from her athletes to:
    • Embrace speedbumps and lean into the hiccups.
    • Relationships matter most in business.
  • "I don't want to go to my grave knowing I negotiated a billion dollar contract. I want to go to my grave knowing that I changed lives in a positive way."
  • Thread every decision through your purpose. Clarity creates the platform in which to know what to say yes to and no to. The byproduct becomes the ability to live your purpose and living a life consistent with our values.
  • Create structure or systems and the discipline to live by them to help manage your life.
  • "My mission in life to inspire lead and connect with courage and optimize."
  • When speaking, Molly's gives her audience the tools to leave the room a better person through a 5-step process to shift behavior in the absence of crisis. 
  • Learn more about Molly Fletcher on her website.

Molly Fletcher started her career as one of the first female sports agents. Tune into the sports personalities and athletes I've welcomed to the Live Inspired Podcast here!  

MOLLY FLETCHER'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? The unharnessed, belly-laughing, go-for-it attitude.

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? Pictures and photo albums.

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 parents, sitting in northern Michigan

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? My mom told me, "you can have it all but you just can't have it all at once."

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Keep leaning in; keep leaning in fearless; go for it; 'no' is just another form of feedback.

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?  That she led and inspired others with courage and optimism. 

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Jun 24, 2019

Join me every Monday for a quick burst of inspiration on our Live Inspired Podcast Monday Moments segment.

Today, I reminisce on my false-summit during a trip the Maroon Bells in Colorado. My friends, I encourage us to remind ourselves that it's not always about reaching the summit but enjoying the journey to it.

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Jun 20, 2019

Most people know today's guest as the award-winning actor in ABC's The Good Doctor or from his nine years on CSI: NY. But Hill Harper is also a four-time New York Times bestselling author + trailblazing humanitarian focusing on financial literacy and mentorship.

Hear Hill share seldom-told stories about his selfless passion for empowering underprivileged youth, his friendship with Barack Obama and the legacy he hopes to leave behind. Today's inspiring, down-to-earth conversation is for you if you would like to hear what is right in the world, and get ideas for how you can make it even better.

SHOW NOTES

  • "It’s our responsibility to make the world a better place."
  • Hill shares about his friendship with Barack Obama and a seldom-told story about when Hill took him to a prison to play basketball with inmates when they were classmates at Harvard Law School.
  • Hill shares an exclusive story on his passion for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Find your local BBBS office here.
  • Learn more about Hill's Manifest Your Destiny Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering underserved youth through mentorship, scholarship and grant programs here.
  • Learn more about Experian Boost here.
  • Get Hill Harper's New York Times bestseller The Wealth Cure: Putting Money in Its Place here.

Hill Harper starred alongside award-winning actor, philanthropist and past Live Inspired Podcast guest Gary Sinise. As one of America’s favorite, heart-led leaders, Gary shares lessons on gratitude, service, celebrating America’s defenders, veterans, first responders and so much more. Listen to Gary Sinise on ep. 128 here.

We've welcomed other New York Times bestselling authors like Brené Brown and Judith Viorst onto the Live Inspire Podcast. Listen to all of those episodes here!

HILL HARPER'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Fearlessness. When I was a kid, they'd say, "he'll do anything."

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 poetry book from when I was a kid.

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 chop it up. I'd ask, "why do we allow children to suffer?"

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Every idea or impulse you have, act on it. Don't sit on 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? Dedicated his life to impact and legacy in a positive way.

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Jun 17, 2019

Join me every Monday for a quick burst of inspiration on our Live Inspired Podcast Monday Moments segment.

Today I welcome back New York Times bestselling author Andy Andrews to share the inspiration behind his latest book The Bottom of the Pool, why it took him 20 years to write this book and more. This energetic conversation will help start your week on fire! 

Get Andy Andrew's latest book The Bottom of Pool here.

Andy shared his incredible life story and his journey from homelessness to a bestselling author on Live Inspired Podcast ep. 25. Listen here.

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Jun 13, 2019

The plight of the refugee is both timely and timeless.

Often when covered in the news, headlines focus on the sheer number of refugees in the Middle East, North Africa, Central America… The number is so vast, it can be hard to relate to and even dehumanizing.

Today, you’ll hear the story of one little boy. First, how his life was interrupted and shattered as he was displaced from his home. Then, how his hope drove him and his decedents to an inspired life. This episode is for you if you could stand to better understand the plight of individual refugees or if you could use inspiration to reach beyond your current circumstance to something higher.

SHOW NOTES

  • "Like most first-generation immigrants from war-torn, impoverished countries, my father overcame great struggles when coming to the United States."
  • Sometimes obstacles are incredible opportunities.
  • It took a long time for Bassam to recognize the hero in his father because he was so humble and didn't share his story.
  • United Nations Resolution 181 created Isreal, carving out land to place displaced Jewish people after World War II. Learn more here.
  • The most memorable story his father shares is watching the destruction of his town of Lydda through a blitzkrieg-style attack.
  • Days later, his family was marched out at gunpoint for 20+ miles, barefoot with only the belongings they were able to carry.
  • Bassam's father remembers his father taking the key to their home promising they'd return. They never returned but the key represented what they lost.
  • How did your father imagine a world better than the one that currently exists? Partially from his life in his former town, partially from his readings but really a belief deep inside.
  • Bassam's grandfather + father disagreed for decades. His grandfather, a realist, wasn't trying to take away a dream but was trying to provide for his family + a realistic future for his oldest son.
  • Ripple Effect: Bassam's grandfather didn't understand the ripple effect of putting positive thoughts in those around you.
    • You're not stuck. You can do anything you image
    • How you act and what you do affects everyone around you.
  • Bassam's father worked hard to beat the odds, earning the top score on the high school exit exam in the Kingdom of Jordan and a scholarship to the American University of Beruit to study Medicine.
  • You can't measure the heart inside oneself.
  • After immigrating to the United States, Bassam's father became a proud citizen of "the country that gave him a chance."
  • Before his death, his grandfather finally told his father he was proud of him.
  • "Live the world through their eyes. Everyone should be understood in their circumstances."
  • Without hope, you don't go anywhere. You have to have hope and a belief. Aspire to aim higher.
  • Get Dr. Bassam Hadi's book about the life of his father The Road to Nablus here.

 

DR. BASSAM HADI'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.

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 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? Jesus and I'd ask, "could you please tell me what would unite the three major religions?" He may respond, "does it matter what or who I am? Love another, worship the Lord, and do good."

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Always try to see the world through the other person's eyes.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? You're not as great of a person as you think you are and you're going to need a lot of help along the way.

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? Redemption.

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Jun 10, 2019

Join me every Monday for a quick burst of inspiration on our Live Inspired Podcast Monday Moments segment.

“Never let your current situation, whatever circumstances you’re going through, be a mountain that you can’t climb.”

Today I share the story + inspiring words of 17-year-old Tupac Mosley out of Memphis, Tennessee. While grieving the loss of his father, Tupac was named valedictorian while homeless, earning $3M in scholarships.

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Jun 6, 2019

1.3 million Americans attempted to take their own life in 2016. 45,000+ of those lives were lost. [2019 CDC Report.]

Nine years ago, if you’d searched for a community of suicide-attempt survivors, you couldn’t have found one. Our guest Dese'Rae Stage knows because she looked and, when her search came up empty, decided to do something about it.

Dese’Rae is a photographer, two-time suicide survivor, just shy of having a Ph.D. in suicidology and psychology and the founder of Live Through This. She created this movement to capture portraits and stories of suicide attempt survivors and in doing so – change the conversation, culture, and resources around suicide prevention, awareness, and support.

In a season where suicide is on the rise (it's predicted that by 2020, someone will take their own life every 20 seconds), Dese’Rae is doing something about it. Join our important conversation. 

SHOW NOTES:

  • Dese'Rae pursued psychology, with an emphasis on suicide research, all the way through to a Ph.D. program before realizing she did not have faculty support on her topic. “Suicide was still too taboo, even for advanced programs,” Dese'Rae says.
  • "As a culture, we are now more open to doing research on suicide and including people who have been personally affected by the loss of a loved one or from personal experience." Dese'Rae shares. 
  • Why is suicide on the rise? There are numerous answers + Dese'Rae calls out that mental illness is often the most widely discussed, but it’s important to note that the CDC reports between 1999-2016, 54% of the people who took their lives in the United States did not have a known mental health diagnosis. 
    • Other life events that are filled with pain, confusion, and hopelessness that could take people to the path of suicide: breakups, job loss, legal or financial issues.
  • Dese'Rae found her value in a desperate moment.
  • She's constantly making that choice to live.
  • "The last few years have been about affirming her choice to live." Dese’Rae on what it’s like to live with chronic suicidal thoughts.
  • Media focuses on those who have died by suicide instead of the people who have lived to tell the tale afterward.
  • Live Through This: series of portraits and true stories of 186 suicide attempt survivors across the United States started as a personal photography project that turned into so much more.
    • "I picked up my camera as a coping skill and it later became my career"
    • She makes portraits of people in the world where they tried to take themselves out of.
    • Used as a teaching tool for researchers + clinicians 
  • Are you or someone you know struggling? Here are tips that Dese’Rae shared:
    • Distract yourself: play with your dog, watch a movie, etc.
    • Develop a WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan)
    • Then, once you're beyond that critical point of panic, you can evaluate your needs.
    • If you're emotionally available, willing, ready: Reach out to someone you know is struggling.
  • Asking for help: We all struggle asking for help. Those who are suicidal or depressed are likely feeling ashamed and struggle even more at asking for help.
  • We can all relate: We are all so different but we struggle with the same stuff -- pain and suffering. There is power in sharing our vulnerability.

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

Live Inspired Podcast guest Dennis Gillan shares the loss of two brothers to suicide. Listen to his story on ep. #46. Listen to comic Adam Cayton-Holland as he shares about losing his sister to suicide on Live Inspired Podcast ep. #99.

DESE'RAE STAGE'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? The persistence to seek out the things I am curious about.

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? It would have to do with photos.

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. She's my favorite human being and we teach each other a lot. The older you get, the more complicated life gets and you don't get to have those moments as much as you used to. I would always welcome more time just talking to her.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Just keep going and trust your gut.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Your life is going to be a lot more interesting that you could have ever hoped for.

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 did good stuff. 

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Jun 3, 2019

Join me every Monday for a quick burst of inspiration on our Live Inspired Podcast Monday Moments segment.

Today I share the story of Laila Anderson, an 11-year-old St. Louis Blues fan. Since developing a friendship with her favorite Blues player, defenseman Colton Parayko, Laila has become an inspirational figure for the hockey team and fans alike.

With Laila's encouraging words, this once-last place team has come back to compete for the Stanley Cup.

Does Laila and Colton Parayko's story sound familiar? Listen to Live Inspired Podcast ep. 11 when I share about my St. Louis Blues hero from my childhood, Gino Cavallini. Listen to ep. 11 here.

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Photo credit: KPLR 11

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May 30, 2019

Officer Mike Flamion was a nine-year law enforcement veteran when a routine traffic stop changed the trajectory of his life forever.

Through their unwavering love, hope and spirit, Mike and his wife Sarah share how they've embraced a new normal + find joy and adventure in every day.

Today's conversation will show you that in the midst of the storm, you can choose to dance.

SHOW NOTES:

  • July 8, 2016: While making a traffic stop, Mike was shot from behind leaving him paralyzed.
  • Mike miraculously survived thanks to the quick thinking of others immediately after the incident. 
  • There weren't any lonely nights: Prayer, family, friends and the support from law enforcement gave the Flamions comfort.
  • Gary Sinise Foundation:
    • St. Louis businessman Jim Shubert is on the Board of Directors at the Gary Sinise Foundation. After Jim's wife learned of the incident, he jumped at the chance to help the Flamions.
    • In 2017, the Gary Sinise Foundation built the Flamions a state-of-the-art smart home that provides Mike some independence.
    • On Live Inspired Podcast ep. 128, Gary Sinise shares about his support for those who sacrifice on our behalf. Listen to ep. 128 here.
  • Physically, Mike still suffers from nerve pain and emotionally it bothers him to rely so much on Sarah, but he has hopes that one day he will be able to dance with Sarah again.
  • Although things have changed, what attracted them to each other hasn't: their personalities and sense of humor are still intact.
  • The Flamions continue to live life to the fullest by sharing their story to remind other's in similar situations that just because you were hurt, doesn't mean you have to stop doing things (they just returned from a trip to Florida!).
    • Sarah feels they owe it those who supported to know how thankful they are. It's their support and those foundations have made their lives easier and they want them to know about how thankful they are.
  • Backstoppers: an organization that provides needed financial assistance to the spouses and dependent children of all first responders who lose their lives or suffer a catastrophic injury in the line of duty in 18 counties in Missouri and Illinois. To learn more or donate, visit their website.
  • What's the best thing that has come out of the "upside down" moment?
    • Sarah: We were moving into a dark time for law enforcement. After this happened, and the community showed such great support, it showed the officers they were appreciated. 
    • Mike: Pushed me to see how mentally strong I was to deal with it. It made me realize that I can still go on.

Live Inspired Podcast guest Janine Shepard was an Olympic-bound skier before her life-altering accident. Like Mike, Janine too has found a deeper purpose and learned to embrace new possibilities. Meet Janine + hear her story on ep. 53.

Live Inspired Podcast guest Christine Caine is a survivor of both sexual abuse and cancer. At 32, she found out she was adopted. She shares how she let go of her history to step into her destiny. Listen to Christine on ep. 82.

OFFICER MIKE AND SARAH FLAMION'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Sarah: Since Mike's injury Why Forgive by Johann Christoph Arnold.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Sarah: In general, faith and trust come easy to kids. Mike: As a kid, it was easy to hold someone close to you. When you work in law enforcement it's hard to break that barrier. 

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? Mike: Engagement picture or the cross we bought on vacation.

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? Mike: A military member that has passed away and tell them how much I appreciate what they've done.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Sarah: My cousin Shelly, shared a lot of marriage and relationship advice like the importance of communication and how loving each other will get us through life's tough times. 

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Mike: Have fun. Enjoy life because things change.

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? Sarah: They kept pushing forward. Mike: Look at us now. We're still having fun.

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May 27, 2019

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

Today, in honor of Memorial Day, I share a story I seldom share that continues to have a powerful effect on my life today.

For America by Jack Buck

 Since this nation was founded under God,
More than 200 years ago,
We’ve been the bastion of freedom,
The light which keeps the free world aglow.

We do not covet the possessions of others,
We are blessed with the bounty we share.
We have rushed to help other nations,
Anything... Anytime...Anywhere.

War is just not our nature.
We won’t start, but we will end the fight.
If we are involved,
We shall be resolved,
To protect what we know is right.

We’ve been challenged by a cowardly foe,
Who strikes and then hides from our view.
With one voice, we say there’s no choice today,
There is only one thing to do.

Everyone is saying the same thing,
And praying that we end these senseless moments we are living.
As our fathers did before, we shall win this unwanted war.
As our children will enjoy the future we’ll be giving.

Listen to past Live Inspired Podcast guests and military veterans Sergeant Rocky Sickmann from ep. 18, Capitan Charlie Plumb from
ep. 31, Capitan Jim Lovell from ep. 90 and Marine Jake Harriman from ep. 114.

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. Can't wait to hear from you!

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May 23, 2019

Have you ever felt stuck? That you’re “just” a teacher, dad, stay-at-home mom, accountant… That there’s more for you to achieve? Or are you achieving what you set out for, but still don’t feel fulfilled? My guest today reminds us that your definition of success needs to change with you and with time… + will give you tips on how to get “unstuck” today.

Laura Gassner Otting is the author of Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path and Live Your Best Life. Our conversation will free you to see the endless possibilities within your life + give you tips to uncover them. Entrepreneur, executive headhunter, nonprofit developer + past White House appointee, Laura shares energetic insights from her experience that will help you redefine success + live inspired.

SHOW NOTES

  • What does success mean for you
    • We feel the need to justify our decisions because we are limited by other's definition of success.
    • Figure out what success means for you + lean into that with everything you have.
  • We judge our life bloopers by looking at everyone's highlight reels on social media.
  • Limitless: when you're at your very best; when everything that you've been called upon is solving the problem at hand; when you're in alignment.
  • Confidence is harmony: what you do matches who you are.
  • Work/Life Alignment: you can be the person that you are in all parts of your life.
  • Your definition of success must change along with you + with time.
  • Learn your definition of success with Laura's Limitless Life Assessment.
  • Four areas of confidence make you feel limitless:
    1. Calling
    2. Connection
    3. Contribution
    4. Control
  • Connection: is your daily work leading you to your calling? Do you have sightlines as to why the work you're doing matters? 
  • If your work is not matching your calling, ask yourself, "what needs to happen?"
  • If you don't have sightlines to your calling, find ways to gain a deeper connection.
  • Lean in:  Do everything you possibly can to be successful. More importantly, realize you can redefine success.
  • Create space to define what success means for you by prioritizing your need for calling, connection, contribution, and control at every stage of life.
  • Embrace "sidequests". 
    • Small things that are not on the route to your main quest prepare you for your main quest.
    • Builds confidence through competence.
  • Laura shares how Joshua Mantz, Iraqi military serviceman, achieved limitlessness because he let go of other's expectations for him to become the person he was born to be. Listen to his TEDx here.
  • Failure is not the finale. Failure is the fulcrum.
  • Get Laura Gassner Otting's book Limitless here.

If you enjoyed this episode, check out my conversation with Rory Vaden from Live Inspired Podcast ep. 5 where he shares that success "is something you figure out along the way" and reminds us to focus on progress instead of perfection. Listen to ep. 5 here.

You'll also like Amy Jo Martin from Live Inspired Podcast ep. 97 where she shares on what can happen when we stop asking for permission and choose significance over "success". Listen to ep. 97 here.

LAURA GASSNER OTTING'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? I talked to strangers more often. I was more extroverted.

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 husband writes me a letter every year on our anniversary. They are a chronical of our 23 years together.

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 children's future selves, the people that they've become after I'm long dead. I want to know how the story turns out.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? "You're just not that important." I was working hard to be all things to all people and not actually being present for anybody. You're not that important to everything. Figure out where you are that important and double down there instead.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Write your plans in pencil, because even if you think you know yourself (and you don't!), the world around you is going to change, be flexible. 

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? My life was better because she was part of it. 

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May 20, 2019

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

Today's question was submitted by Live Inspired community member Dave from Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Dave asked: What are your summer plans with your family?

Tune in for my answer + an opportunity to reflect on how to make your summer inspired. 

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May 16, 2019

Jeremy Cowart is the most influential photographer on the internet by Huffington Post. His photographs of Sting, the Obamas and Taylor Swift are fantastic, but what’s truly remarkable is how he’s using his photography for social good through programs like Help-Portrait and Voices of Reconciliations. 

As a speaker + author, Jeremey shares his journey from “normal, quiet kid” to internet fame by “exploring the intersection of creativity and empathy” through photography. He has spoken for the United Nations, TEDx and today – for us.

 Jeremy is a creative entrepreneur making real, sustainable change. If you’d like to be reminded of the power one person has to change the world, don’t miss this conversation.

SHOW NOTES

  • "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" - Philippians 4:13 was a running theme in his life, taught by his parents.
  • Stay curious + jump into fear: Take safe risks. Jeremy shares that he took advantage of an opportunity to get a now-iconic portrait of Sting.
  • In addition to photographing celebrities, Jeremy's philanthropic projects include:
    • Help-Portrait: a global movement to give, not take, pictures of people who otherwise couldn’t afford photography, a chance to capture a moment, a memory + a whole lot more.
    • Voices of Haiti: After hearing endless media reports on the "devastation", Jeremy's photo essay wanted to capture individual people + their stories from the 2010 earthquake.
    • Voices of Reconciliation: project showing survivors + perpetrators of genocide who have reconciled and are living life together peacefully in the same community.
    • The Poza Project: Through art therapy, rescued child soldiers and children orphaned by war share the pain of their past + dreams of their future.
    • The Purpose Hotel: a 250-hotel to be built in Nashville, TN where everything from soap to internet fees are connected to a cause or non-profit, allowing guests to "change the world in your sleep".
  • In addition to needing humanitarian organization, Jeremy shares that we need new, creative ideas to rebuild after a disaster. 
  • Leave a legacy of knowledge. Learn more about Jeremy's See University here.
  • Ideas lead to ideas: If you're too afraid to pursue your first idea, you might be prohibiting a lifetime of ideas.
  • Get Jeremy's latest book I'm Possible: Jumping into Fear and Discovering a Life of Purpose here.

If Jeremy's humanitarian efforts inspired you, you'll enjoy Live Inspired Podcast guest and charity: water founder Scott Harrison on ep. 104. Get ideas on how to serve others with Live Inspired guest Tom Logan and the Marion Medical Mission on ep. 96.

JEREMY COWART'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.

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

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 hard drive. My life's work is on my hard drive. I don't want to lose all the things I've created in the last few decades.

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? Outside of Jesus himself. A lot of artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Billy Graham, Bono, and Pablo Picasso.  

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? A friend of mine told me I should quit my job and work for myself. Then two years later he said I should buy a camera and start shooting. In addition to my dad and Philippians 4:13.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Don't be afraid. You got to go for it. You've got a lot of ideas and a lot of creativity. Just believe in yourself. Even if you fail, you're still going to learn.

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 made the world just a little bit better.

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May 13, 2019

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

Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn't know you had, and dealing with fears you didn't know existed. - Linda Wooten

My mother has played such an important role in my life. The greatest examples of leadership and love are from her. Today, I share how she so generously loved to me, my siblings, my father and so many more.

I mentioned my mother was the first guest on the Live Inspired Podcast. Listen to our conversation on ep. 000 here.

On Thursday, award-winning photographer, artist and entrepreneur Jeremy Cowart joins us to share how he's using his influence to change lives across the world.

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. Can't wait to hear from you!

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May 9, 2019

What drives happiness? Actually, what is happiness?

It sounds so vague, like “puppy dogs and rainbows,” doesn’t it? Well, today, we're going to define it, get our hands wrapped around how you measure it + see what the key drivers for happiness really are.

Our guest Meik Wiking is the founder + CEO of The Happiness Research Institute, is improving the quality of life across the globe and has consulted with the Danish government and the city of Goyang in South Korea among others to increase key drivers of happiness in their countries. 

When Meik realized his native Denmark is routinely ranked the highest in the United Nations Happiness Report, it sent him on a mission to unlock what drives (and what prohibits) human happiness.

Meik’s insights are fascinating and will give you practical steps to live a happier, more inspired life today.

 

SHOW NOTES

  • The Happiness Research Institute is taking a scientific approach to answer these questions:
    1. How do you measure happiness?
    2. Why are some people happier than others?
    3. How can we improve the quality of life?
  • Happiness often feels vague and soft. The institute breaks happiness down into two components: Overall life satisfaction + immediate satisfaction.
  • Capture happiness: By following large groups of people over time, they see how life events impact emotions and happiness.
  • The Happiness Research Institute has served cities, governments + organizations globally, impacting their policies + infrastructures, allowing their citizens to flourish. 
  •  Meik refers to Denmark as the "least unhappy country": 
    • Since "genetics" plays a small role in someone's level of happiness,  the main explanation is the Nordic way of life.
    • Policies + infrastructure are in place in Scandinavian countries to reduce causes of unhappiness: unemployment, lack of access to healthcare, paid university-level education.
  • Meik's book The Little Book Hygge details the Danish national culture of art of creating a nice atmosphere: 
  • Hygge is the idea of feeling relaxed, at peace, a sense of togetherness and enjoying simple pleasures. It's a key success parameter when socializing in Denmark.
    • Light a candle: Meik shares a fascinating story of a Canadian family making the simple environmental change of eating dinner in candlelight that led to a longer, more enjoyable experience for the entire family. 
  • Happiness-suicide paradox: It's more difficult to be unhappy in happy country.
    • Why? Our satisfaction is impacted by how we see others (and social comparison).
    • Increasing wealth does not correlate with increased happiness because we increase our expectations, creating a new benchmark for happiness.
  • The Little Book of Lykke is Meik's global treasure hunt for happiness, covering 6 topics: togetherness, money, health, freedom, trust, and kindness. Hear more about each of these in our Live Inspired IN STUDIO membership community*.

If you enjoyed hearing practical tips to be happier in your work + life, listen to Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project & The Four Tendencies on ep. 64 and Liz Fosslien, co-author + illustrator of the just-released book No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work on ep. 122 of the Live Inspired Podcast.

* Hear more on Meik's global treasure hunt for happiness by joining IN STUDIO, my membership community where like-minded friends join me via live webcast to live inspired together. I'll share his practical tips + proven real-life examples from The Little Book of Lykke. Registration is open now for less than 48 hours. Register today!

MEIK WIKING'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Factualness by Hans Rosling.

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

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 photo albums.

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 mom. died at 49 nice things to say to her.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? John Helliwell,  Editor of World Happiness Report in reference to the work we do: Let the data shape the signs but let the story spread the signs.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? It's all going to be fine.

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? Just happy. 

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May 6, 2019

We've been producing these Live Inspired Podcast Monday Moment segments for two months. I hope they're giving you a quick burst of inspiration to start your week ON FIRE.

Today I share a preview of this Thursday's guest Meik Wiking, founder + CEO of The Happiness Research Institute. Meik’s native Denmark routinely ranks highest in United Nations Happiness Report, inspiring his six-year journey to discover what drives human happiness + how to increase it around the globe.

On Thursday, Meik joins us to share how the Danes embrace what they call 'hygge' and what practical steps you can take to live a happier + more inspired life.

The conversation is one of my favorite to date, so I invited Miek back to join me 5/20 for an exclusive webcast for Live Inspired IN STUDIO, my membership community where like-minded friends join me via live webcast to live inspired together.

Registration for IN STUDIO is opening soon! Join the waitlist now.

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May 2, 2019

Singer-songwriter Walker Hayes shares his unlikely path to the top of the Country Music Billboard Charts. You’ll hear the stories behind the songs on his latest album, boom., like platinum-hit You Broke Up with Me about losing a record deal and Craig, which is a tribute to a life-changing friendship.

More exceptional than hearing “behind the scenes” stories of big Nashville country music are the raw conversations Walker and I have in between – about life, loss, love, sobriety, failing and trying again.

Many say Walker broke into the mainstream by sounding different than anyone else; our conversation is a reminder that to live inspired, we must be ourselves. If you could use a reminder that the path to "success" isn’t always easy, but is always worth it – this episode is for you.

SHOW NOTES

  • "It hasn't always made sense. I've had a lot of arguments with my dreams."
  • The song Craig was Walker's personal "thank you" note to a dear friend who selflessly gave and inspired him to do things like that for others.
    • While attending church, Walker met Craig and immediately felt accepted.
    • After losing a record deal, Craig lent Walker their minivan to safely transport his six children, teaching Walker the important lesson of accepting help.
  • Walker wrote platinum hit You Broke Up With Me, which can be interpreted many ways, about losing a record deal.
  • One of Walker's big breaks was when Bobby Bones Show, a nationally syndicated radio show, played his song Beer in the Fridge, a song Walker wrote as a pep talk to himself sober.
  • On his wife Laney, Walker says her steady is as rock solid as his whimsical. How she loved him through his alcoholism helped him address his fear of facing his struggles sober.
  • The morning of the CMT Awards, his first performance on an award show on public television, Laney went into labor with their seventh child. Oakleigh Klover Hayes died after Laney's uterus ruptured, resulting in internal hemorrhaging
  • Finding beauty in the pain: Tragedy strengthened Walker and Laney's relationship as they learned to communicate how they grieve differently.
  • Oakleigh inspires Walker's purpose of making a difference for others.
  • Get Walker Hayes' latest album boom. here.
  • Walker Hayes wrote Joy Like Judy for the mother of past Live Inspired Podcast guest Amy Brown from ep. 37. Amy is the co-host of The Bobby Bones Show and a shining example of finding blessings in all of life’s experiences. Listen to ep. 37 here.
  • During the Live Inspired 7, Walker shares he'd love to sit on a bench, overlooking the ocean with his dad. On Live Inspired Podcast's Monday Moments ep. 129 a listener shared how applied the Live Inspired 7 to his own life.

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.

WALKER HAYES' LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins and A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? I was a little more carefree growing up. Age + responsibilities have tapered that. I need to remind myself that you live on this earth once, leave it different + better. We can do that by taking ourselves less seriously.

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? I picked up a piece of scrap metal from my first date with Laney, bending it into a ring. She still has that ring. She wore it all through college. 

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? There is still time but my dad. I'd put aside all the fear, pride and messing around to just talk to him for a little while.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? My father told me, "the way the actually judge a man is how he helps someone that cannot help him in return." That's who Craig and Laney have been for me. 

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? One, don't drink. Two, I would tell my 20-year-old self the same thing I'd tell my 38-year-old self... It's going to be okay. I'd hug him and tell him you're going to be alright. 

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 loved her. He loved. I have the desire to leave every person I talk to feeling better, better than I found them. 

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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.

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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".

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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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