Live Inspired Podcast with John O'Leary

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Mar 23, 2017

Your journey is limitless and your life is profound.

The guests on our show are ordinary people doing extraordinary things on purpose. On this episode, we'll celebrate the best insights from each guest AND how it has impacted the inspired lives we're living. 

After just two seasons, we've got 250,000 downloads. Which means more lives are  being touched and more people are living inspired with us. Thanks for being part of the this Live Inspired movement and for sharing it with your friends.  

Make sure you're subscribed for Season 3 (starts next week)! We'll be announcing exciting news about the Live Inspired community that you won't want to miss. Also, get inspiration and updates from me via email:

Show notes:

  • Hear my full Jack Buck story here (at 32:30).
  • See the MLB Hall of Fame crystal baseball Jack gave me here.
  • Jinny Ditzler (author, Your Best Year Yet) "Live your best life by answering these 10 questions; begin by looking back at where you've been."
  • Jon Gordon (author of The Energy Bus) "Stay positive. Too often we give it away: To bad weather, traffic, crabby coworkers. Feed yourself so you can feed others."
  • Meg Meeker, MD (parenting expert, author, pediatrician) “Parents are so much more worried today. They so desperately want to be ‘good parents’ that they’re exhausting important energy on stuff that doesn’t matter.”
  • Mike Matheny (head coach, St. Louis Cardinals) "Discipline, toughness, enthusiasm and selflessness. If you have these, you've maximized what you can control." Mike's story reminds us "Leadership is caught not taught."
  • Rocky Sickmann (veteran, former POW) "Freedom is not free." Rocky is an epic reminder of the sacrifices made by men and women in the military AND: We tend to focus on the big things, but its the little things that give us the most joy.
  • Dale Partridge (author & entrepreneur) "Sometimes a company can grow faster than people. Prioritize what actually matters... and act with honor. We need more people who can say 'follow my example.'"
  • Jill Blashack Strahan (founder, Tastefully Simple and author) "If you don't have motors in your life, the anchors are going to pull you down and drown you. Be around positive people that pull you up and plant positivity, not fear."
  • Wm. Paul Young (author of THE SHACK; movie debuted in March) "When you have fear you either control or you trust. Choose trust." 
  • Travis Thomas (author, coach and Yes And! founder) Travis gave us a concrete tool to  get unstuck in life and relationship. Do not miss it!
  • Kim Scott (podcaster; past exec, Google; book Radical Candor published in March) Kim debunks the popular phrase "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all" and taught us to serve others and achieve goals, through radical candor: Speaking honestly from a place of love.

250,000 have chosen to wake up and live inspired with us through the Live Inspired Podcast. Wow! Season 2 - was it good for you?

It was awesome for me! It was a blast to have these men and women in studio. Sharing with us their lives, lessons and mistakes what it meant for them and more importantly: What it means for each of us in our inspired lives.

Season 3 - is going to be just as good. make sure you are subscribed and ready for the first episode next week! 

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Thanks for being here. Thanks for being part of the movement to live inspired and touch lives along the way.

Mar 2, 2017

"Just because you work through your stuff and you own it doesn't mean the evidence of it disappears." - William Paul Young

William Paul Young's childhood broke him. As a husband and father, he hit rock bottom and began a journey to reconstruct the life he was meant to lead.

Young shared this process in his book The Shack, written as a gift for his children to better understand his experience. He printed copies at his local printer to give them in 2005. To date, 22 million have sold... and The Shack Movie is premiering in theaters around the world today!

Paul shares how to move past trauma, embrace consequence and stay within the grace of one day. This is one of the most epic interviews I’ve been a part of. Don’t miss it.


Key Takeaways:

  • "Good creative works open up space for people to hear for themselves, what matters to them."
  • How could this "little book" so deeply with so many around the world? Paul attributes it to "timing - where we are in human history. The Shack has given people a language to have a conversation about God that is much more authentic."  For me, I believe this books allows people permission to cry, grieve, be angry and realize it is okay. It's a part of life and we are not alone.

  • "When you have fear you either control or you trust. Choose trust."

  • Paul feels there is one major mistake in the book. He did not include the idea that "just because you work through your stuff and you own it and deal with it doesn't mean the evidence of it disappears."
  • "Guilt is 'I've done something wrong.' Shame is 'am something wrong - something at the core of my being is wrong.' Shame can leave us feeling like we've got no where to go."
  • "Choices matter. Consequences are not punishment, but rather they exist  because learning to live with the consequences and own what we've done, that becomes the fire that burns away all the 'crap.'"
  • "Religious people believe in hell but spiritual people have been there."
  • "When you hit the bottom, you stop pointing fingers. You deal with it and own what you did."
  • "Stay living inside the grace of one day. It has the greatest place of healing for me inside the entire journey."



1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Greek New Testament. The Little Prince. Unspoken Sermons.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do? I would ask the Holy Spirit and stay living inside the grace of one day; it has been one of the greatest places of healing for me inside this entire journey. 

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? First edition George McDonnell Unspoken Sermons 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? The Holy Spirit or Jesus. The first question I would ask, "Am I right in hoping that one day every single human being without the violation of their will be fully restored to relationship with you?"

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Learn to laugh at yourself. Don't take yourself so seriously. Live inside the grace of the day.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Go see a therapist. You're dragging a big corpse of history, come out of the shadows. The sooner the better.

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? You finally became a child.


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