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Aug 24, 2017
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference." - Robert Frost
 
I love this quote from Robert Frost. Each of our guests from Season 4, though very different from each other (from co-founder of eHarmony to a super model and ESPN host to my personal business coach), chose the path less travelled... and it "truly made all the difference."
 
On episode 44, I'm sharing with you my favorite take aways from each Season 4 guest. You'll not only get a rapid-fire inspirational download, but also see which episodes speak to you most so you can revisit them.
 
Here we go! 10 amazing guests and my favorite takeaway from each:
 
SHOW NOTES:
  • Les Parrottco-creator of eHarmony, psychologist, professor, author, husband and father: "The most important thing you can do for your relationship is what you do for yourself."
    • This episode is for you if: You're ready to improve your relationships or long for a stronger relationship at home or in the mirror. 
  • Edie Varleythe business coach who I began working with 10 years ago when I transitioned from real estate + construction into speaking + writing:"Busy is not productive. Your to-do list is not the most important thing. The list that you actually honor is."
    • This episode is for you if: You need to recalibrate what is truly important in life, relationships and business.

  • Koran Boldenspeaker, author + voice in urban education and arts: "If you are patient you'll move past most obstacles. If you are simply patient..."
    • This episode is for you if: You could use an example of how to pivot from extreme challenge, grief or trauma into your most inspired life. 

  • Amy Brown, co-host of the nationally syndicated Bobby Bones Show and host of Love What Matters Podcast: "There's always good that can come from bad."
    • This episode is for you if: You could use a shining example of finding blessings in all of life's experiences.

  • Nurse Roy, the man who taught me how to walk again after my childhood fire (a story I used to share from the stage but don't often get the chance to today. "Today we're going to talk about the power of one. One individual. One action. One impact."
    • This episode is for you if: You want to see clearly the impact you are having in the lives of others every day.

  • Ben Newman, performance coach, speaker and author:"How you respond to adversity determines the story you write."
    • This episode is for you if: You want concrete tools to build the business and life you want.

  • Mark Sharenbroichbestselling author of Nice Bike, leadership guru and longtime speaker: "The right moment to tell someone they've had an impact on your life is right now."
    • This episode is for you if: You could use a reminder on how to connect effectively with people AND the importance of doing it.

  • Leah Darrowfrom America's Next Top Model to Role Model: "Life is so much more about contribution than competition."
    • This episode is for you if: You want to see what it looks like to break free from the status quo and into the life you're meant to lead. 
  • John Brenkushost of ESPN's Sports Science show, 6-time Emmy winner, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfection Point: "I had to have persistence, stubbornness + belief to stick around when I was scraping by... I was scraping by for a long time."
    • This episode is for you if: You want to hear what it takes to make your professional + personal dreams come true.
  • Chris Norton, after being paralyzed while playing NCAA football, the video of his graduation walk went viral: "As life changes you change. Sometimes it's best to accept something different... different doesn't make it worse."
    • This story is for you if: You need an example of what committing to a goal can do for your life.

Ten months ago I invited my mom to talk with me in a radio studio about how she lived inspired through our fire and beyond... that's how this podcast began. There wasn't a grandiose plan, but there was a clear vision: To connect as a community and live a bit more inspired each week.

500,000 + downloads later, top 20 business on iTunes & Inc. Magazine... and the rest is history. Thanks for being part of it.

Instead of following the predictable, well-traveled path of the majority: Let's commit to traveling the road less traveled. One of faithfulness, courage, resilience, hope, possibility, and lit by the truth that the best is yet to come.

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I can’t wait to see you here next Thursday for the start of Season 5! Today is your day. Live Inspired.

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

Jul 27, 2017

"You must be present to win. To win in your relationships at work and at home - you must be present."

Bestselling author of Nice Bike, phenomenal leadership guru and longtime speaker, Mark Scharenbroich is going to school us on how to connect more effectively with people AND: remind us the importance of doing it.

SHOW NOTES:

  • My shop teacher, Leroy, had a big influence on me. One day he asked how I was doing. I said fine. He said, did you think that through? Fine? Is that the kind of life you want to live? He said ask me how I'm doing. I'm GREAT. Great is something to strive for. That's the direction I'm going. 
  • God gave each of us a gift. It's our job to discover it and use it for good.
  • On not so good days I still say "I'm great" and in my head I add "ful" - grateful.
  • If you see something say something. When people go out of their way to help, say something; thank them. 
  • The right moment to tell someone they've had an impact on your life is right now. 
  • Acknowledge, honor, connect. Acknowledge means be fully present. Honor means create rich experiences for others both large and small. Connect means make it personal.
  • You must be present to win. To win with friends, family or coworkers: The people in front of you have to be more important than someone on a screen far away.
  • Giving just a little more than you take is honoring other people.
  • Treat each night like its your first and each day likes its your last.
  • If you're waiting for the perfect day or moment, it's not coming. As long as you are here, be grateful, take time out, embrace those around you, see their value, be interested in whats happening. That's engagement and having an impact. 
  • Order Mark's book NICE BIKE.

MARK SCHARENBROICH'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? D Day, Steven Ambrose. It inspired me more than anything else and taught me what true leadership is.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. Franciscan Sisters of the Holy Spirit. Create a really cool fishing experience for me and my wife. Then impact some lives; act as an anonymous guardian angel stepping in to give money. 

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. Winning log book - been fishing with the same guys for 40 years. I've logged each trip in that book. 

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Abraham Lincoln, I love his heart, mind, courage, self doubt, wisdom. 

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Never forget a friend and never let a friend forget you, friends are an investment you have to make. Invest in those around you and don't take it for granted.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Have more confidence. Believe that your core convictions are true and you can count on them. Take more risks then you think you are capable. To thine own heart be true. 

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 taught us how to live the greatest days of our lives so far.

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I can’t wait to see you here next Thursday! Today is your day. Live Inspired.

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

 

Jul 13, 2017

"Today we're going to talk about the power of one. One individual. One action. One impact."

The truth that one person can absolutely change the word is one I learned from my burn team when I was in the hospital. Today I am going to share one example of this truth. After being burned on 100% of my body, I wasn't expected to survive much less walk. But, Roy taught me to do exactly that; walk and SO much more.

On today's episode, I  share the story of Nurse Roy; a story I used to share from the stage but don't often get the chance to today. It's amazing and I am certain it will help you to see even more clearly the impact you are having in the lives of others everyday.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Forget fear, let's talk about love. Love is the starting point.
  • Realize that your life matters.
  • "When you know your why, you can endure any how." From Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  • Instead of listening in fear, tune in with love.
  • If you do your job, no matter what it is, with purpose and passion: You'll do something bigger than yourself; touch more lives than you could ever know.
  • What wires are holding you down today? Who helped you get released from wires holding you down in the past? Have you let him / her know?
  • Who are you walking with today? 
  • Your best days are in front of you.
  • In spite of difficulty, you have incredible opportunities in front of you.
  • See John's surprise reunion with nurse roy here. (Photo below.)

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I can’t wait to see you here next Thursday! Today is your day. Live Inspired.

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

 

Mar 16, 2017

"Most of us don't know how to have real honest conversation. Culturally today there's a lot of yelling and finger pointing. Radical candor creates a bridge to connect the two sides."

Kim Scott, who literally wrote the book on radical candor (released this week!), will ROCK the way you communicate with colleagues, loved ones, neighbors and everyone in between.

Whether working at her own start up or at Apple or Facebook, Kim has spent her career disproving the old saying "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all." Kim believes that - when coming from a place of love and humanity -honesty is the only policy.

Stay-at-home moms, CEOs, educators, everyone: Radical candor is going to help you make a bigger impact.

Here are my main takeaways:

  • The most important thing is to stop looking up. There's nothing more damaging to intimacy than hierarchy.
  • We often get so focused on what we have to accomplish we forget the person standing in front of us is a human being. (Don't look at your boss as a tyrant to be toppled, but as a human to engage with.)
  • Every person you disagree with deserves common human decency. (Remember not to let go of humanity as you enter political conversations.)
  • Don't set aside who you are in order to accomplish something. Bring who you really are first. Stay centered, give yourself the time to be your best.
  • Love is not all you need. You need to be willing to challenge directly. When you challenge someone, you must expect to be challenged in return.
  • In practicing radical candor, your goal should be to show that you care about this human being and owning your truth.
  • When we challenge each other, we help each other find the best answer and be our best selves.
  • We can fix our mistakes. But if we don't know that we have mistakes, we can't fix them.
  • It's so important to have conversations and honor the opinions of the people we disagree with. We get to such divided places because we're afraid of having these conversations.
  • You can't have a real conversation over email or social media.
  • Quit insulting and focus on ways to work together to get the best answer.
  • You learn the most from people who believe things that you don't. 
  • Get Kim's new book Radical Candor here.
  • Listen to Kim's Radical Candor Podcast here.

 

KIM SCOTT'S LIVE INSPIRED. 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Middlemarch, by George Eliot, offers a great inquiry into human consciousness and a warm view of humanity.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do? I would seek to give it away. I have been really lucky in my life.

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 journal from my childhood, age 12 until 18. Its so interesting how the promises you make to yourself as a kid guide you for the rest of your life.

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 love talking to my kids. They always say the most interesting things.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Someone told me there are two ways to be rich: You have to adjust your income to your desires or adjust your desires to your income.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Relax. It's all gonna work out better than you imagine! I have watched things that I thought were disasters turn out well. Through experience you relax; being 20 is hard. There are so many unknowns and you try to control everything.

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? Radical candor helped to restore civil discourse in American politics.

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I can’t wait to see you here next Thursday! Today is your day. Live Inspired.

Live Inspired with John everyday on Facebook & Twitter and get his Monday Motivation email: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/Monday-Morning

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