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Oct 12, 2017

"I'd rather die on a mule in Mexico then on a bed at home."

Edie Littlefield Sundby had just mortgaged her home to start a new business when she received a diagnosis of stage 4 gallbladder cancer. After months of treatment, she decided she needed to take a walk to "pour out her overflowing emotions.”

She set out on the impossible: Walking the entire 1,600 miles of El Camino Real "Mission" trail from Mexico to California. Edie trekked - dodging drug smugglers, rattlesnakes, mountain lions and scorpions - and concluded with a new perspective that allowed her to see every new day as a bonus.

Walk for a moment with Edie and me to hear her amazing lessons on living life, even one with devastating challenges, inspired.

NOTES:

  • Look at every day as a bonus. Refuse to live a diminished life.
  • Get a copy of Edie's newly released book The Mission Walker 
  • What do you do when life throws a devastating challenge your way? When Edie was given a grim prognosis; she knew she had to do something extraordinary to continue living her best life.
  • Her long walk allowed her to turn to God and inward.
  • We all walk alone, together, in life.
  • We have to have meaning in life… a purpose.
  • One thing cancer teaches us is: Don’t Delay.
  • There is an Indiana Jones moment in every life, where you realize you can’t go back… you have to go forward.
  • Fear is not in the moment. Fear is in the mind.
  • What will be… will be. All is well. All is well, ALWAYS.
  • I’m uncertain when cancer will come back, but I have faith that when it does: All is well.
  • When you realize we're all dying, you can finally start living.
  • While alive, live. 

Edie Littlefield Sundby's Live Inspired 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Bible. Ecclesiastes to me helps with uncertainty. It reminds us while alive, live. 

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? I'd have a Baskin Robbins ice cream with whip cream on top. Money doesn't change how we'd live. I'd buy a camper van!

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? Not one thing. Nothing. Things are not what I hold in my heart. 

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 mother. I believe in angels, I believe in saints. I believe my mother was an angel and a saint.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? It is advice from my heart, Ecclesiastes, my mother..."While Alive Live."

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

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?When she was alive, she lived. 

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

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Oct 5, 2017

Every 6 minutes people check their phones.

Married adults spend more time online than with their spouse.

People spend 1 - 4 hours loafing on the internet during a work day.

Wow -- it's easy to see the problem! But today, we're talking about solutions so you can live inspired in this tech-centered world.

Curt Steinhorst shares hacks to better focus and communicate regardless of tech distractions and insights from his new book, Can I Have Your Attention?

SHOW NOTES:

  • Order Curt's new book Can I Have Your Attention? here.
  • Our most precious resource, our attention, is divided because our brains are wired to say, "What will make me feel good now [and everything is at our fingertips on our phones]. "
    • Set barriers to the access so you have reasonable time to be disconnected / focused on the important areas in life.
  • Did you know that when you're away from tech for 5 days, your empathy levels go up? Don't allow tech to push you away from intentional moments with people you love.
  • The "barriers" at our house: Hide phones when we walk in the door. Go on a family walk. When kids go to bed, my wife and I talk. Then, we watch TV and are free to pull our phones out.
  • Did you know 2/3 of us feel worse when we leave Facebook then when we got there? But there was the time we saw something we liked, so we're wired to go back.
  • Don't allow the world to dictate what gets your attention: Inboxes, Facebook, are you letting them drive you? Be realistic, intentional and proactive about the barriers you set.
  • How do you get on the same page about these barriers with those you live and work with? First, acknowledge we're drawn to it scientifically. Second, don't shame. Third, start with grace: You want to better connect; this allows that to be possible.
  • We use words to communicate, influence and shape the way other people behave. How do we make sure we do it for good
  • We are the product of the narratives we choose to pay attention to. To overcome anxiety when speaking, etc., I take back the narrative with one of these phrases:
    • My kids don't care. It's this feeling of "When I leave, my kid won't be impressed with how good or bad I did."
    • I can help them and they don't need me to be perfect. Shifting from its "about me" to "it's about them and they don't need me to be perfect".
  • I don't think every life stage is better, I think we just learn to enjoy the beauty where we are.
  • When you ask: "Who am I?" don't tie your validation to external achievements.
  • We need a little bit of discontent in our life to fuel performance.
  • Curt's mentor is Mark Thompson, author of Success Built to Last


CURT STEINHORST'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? John Steinbeck's East of Eden is about the complexity of life told through a fascinating story. It profoundly impacted the way I think and the way I see the world.

Blue Like Jazzoffers a way to think about life by being patient, honest and vulnerable with ourself without an expectation of becoming better.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? I would not doing anything different, but would take a vacation and hire more staff!

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 grandpa for our 12th birthday would carve an animal of your choice. My carved longhorn is my most valuable possession.

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? Elon Musk. I'm fascinated by his mind, business approach, way of dreaming big

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? What my kids need to learn is wisdom, not rules. You want your kids to be wise you don't want them to be obedient. A friend shared this with me.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Take a break, relax, it's going to be okay. She isn't that cool anyway...

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 gave his life and resources to help other people become more whole. 

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Sep 28, 2017

"Profits are the applause you get for taking care of your employees and customers."

Dina Dwyer-Owens learned this lesson early when she took her first job working at her father's car wash at age 13.

Years later, she took her lessons from the car wash and a leap of faith to drop out of college and join her dad at his new company: The Dwyer Group. She has never looked back. Today, Dina is co-chairwoman, has more than 3,000 franchisees across North America and appeared on the CBS hit Undercover Boss.

On Live Inspired Podcast Episode #49, learn how Dina runs her business by focusing on clients, employees and an clear core value system. Even better: Apply this 3-part focus in your life so you can live and work inspired.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Lessons Dina learned from working with her dad:
    1. Never be afraid to ask.
    2. Always be honest with people.
    3. "Have clear goals and go for them. He squeezed 100 years of life into his 60 years because of this."
  • To keep the special culture her dad created alive, they established, operationalized and gamified a code of values, so their employees got into it.
    • 90-day beep game: Employees "beeped" executives as they tried to maintain values. Employees loved it + said let’s make it this our code of values!
  • RICH CULTURE:
    • Respect
    • Integrity
    • Customer focus
    • Have fun in the process
  • "We must re-earn our positions every day in every way."
  • Surround yourself with people that are smarter than you + be okay with that.
  • Know when it's time to step out of a role and let someone else step in. Our new CEO has grown the company 100%.
  • Lessons from Undercover Boss:
    • She gained even more respect for her front-line employees, the work they do and the care they give her clients.
    • Just be you. Sometimes as we chase success, we pretend to be somebody we are not. People see right through it.
  • Faith is what gives me the confidence to do what I do every day.
  • Get a free Create Your Culture Workbook – to create clear values at work or at home - at www.DinaDwyerGroup.com.
  • Keep up the God work.
  • Order Dina's books: Values Inc.: How Incorporating Values into Business and Life Can Change the World and Live R.I.C.H.

DINA DWYER-OWEN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7  

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Bible – the more I read the more I need to read. Right now I am studying the gospel of Luke.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? I would contribute to organizations that my husband and I care about, and get my kids involved by finding organizations they care about, too. Dynamic Catholic is one that I am really passionate about because it is helping Catholics to make bigger impacts in their communities and neighborhoods.

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 father’s globe pendent because he wore it so proudly. To him, it represented his company’s original mission: Providing a world of specialty services.

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? Mother Teresa she would humble me and I need to be humbled sometimes. The first question I might ask her: What could I be doing better?

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Mother Teresa's quote, about how we worry about what others think about us… but do it anyway. I carry it in my purse.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Why don’t you do more to support mom around the house.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? I pray for this everyday: That Dina was a good and faithful servant.

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Sep 21, 2017

"It was out of abject failure that I learned to speak."

My friends, today we get to hang out with a legendary speaker. Mark Sanborn has spoken around the world 2,500+ times, authored the wildly popular Fred Factor and just released The Potential Principle

Mark will share his story about being a boy in 4H Club who failed at presenting a 5-minute speech... and how he transformed that failure into a successful speaking career.

As Mark says: "We enjoy our successes but learn more from our setbacks." Join us and get read to transform challenges into an inspired life.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Nobody can prevent you from choosing to be extraordinary.
  • It was out of abject failure that I learned to speak. I bombed so badly giving a 5-minute speech in grade school it made me want to learn to write and deliver a winning speech. 
  • When someone says it doesn't matter, usually they're just minimizing disappointment. 
  • We enjoy our successes but learn a lot more from our setbacks.
  • Look for the pain in your life; often there's an opportunity there. 
  • Lock in greatness, fame is fickle. Greatness is about contribution and that is where you have control.
  • If you blame your failures on others, you can't own your successes. Leaders take responsibility but give credit.
  • Managers try to be heroes. Leaders try to make heroes.
  • Often you become extraordinary inspite of not because of. In the face of a challenge, that's when people become great.
  • We are responsible for living in a way that shows others what we we truly believe.
  • Integrity is the distance between what you think and do.
  • Your beliefs, values and purpose manifest in your work.
  • Couple your actions with intentions; too often we say something but don't do anything about it.
  • Narrow the gap between what you know you should do and what you actually do.
  • Leadership test: Is anything/one better because of you?
  • We all know how good we've become. None of us know how good we can be. Try to achieve a little more of your potential so you don't miss the great opportunity of life.
  • The Potential Principle, Mark's new book, share a process to help you go from where you are to where you want to be

MARK SANBORN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Bible is the underpinning of my worldview. The River Why, is one of the greatest works of fiction. It really impacted me.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? Meet with my financial planner and make sure my family's needs are met so they can get by, but not so much they don't have to do anything. Invest the rest in institutions that will outlive me.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? A handful of books and our computer 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? The Apostle Paul who called himself the chief of the sinners, but was also one of the greatest influencers of the Christian faith. I can relate to a really flawed guy who is doing his best.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? A congressman told me at a young age that anytime you give a speech, people always want to be entertained. I've replaced "entertain" with engage.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Lighten up. I can be a pretty intense dude. Be serious about what you do, but don't take yourself to serious.

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? If you want to be successful do whatever you do a little better than anyone else who did it by working a little bit harder than any one else did. 

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

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Sep 14, 2017

So many of us are experts at identifying what is wrong in the world, aren't we?

What sets today's guest apart is that he didn't just identify what was wrong in his industry, he created a solution to the problem... and built a business around it.

I am so inspired by Daniel Silverstein, who you'll know as "Zero Waste Daniel" after our conversation today.

I'm thrilled to share with you, during New York Fashion Week and fashion "season" around the world, a man who is adding an inspired twist to the industry.

SHOW NOTES: 

  • Every piece of clothing made in a factory (which is most of the clothing we wear) had to be cut out of a sheet of fabric. The leftovers scraps end up in landfills. I created Zero Waste Daniel to use these scraps + create articles that are less wasteful.
  • I was a very active kid, with ADD and a wild imagination. My family recognized this and helped me channel it.

  • I had a lot of interests and mannerisms that set me apart from my peers in rural Pennsylvania. Incredible mother figures encouraged me as I tried to make sense of why I was drawn to design and a little different from everyone else.

  • I interned with fashion giants Carolina Herrera and Carmen Mark Valvo. Then I got my first job designing sweaters for a big catalog company. As I learned about the cost we pay as companies and as consumers for fabric that gets thrown away: I realized it was a broken system resulting in catastrophic waste; 14 million tons in the US annually.

  • It's both a volume issue: Where do we put all of this waste? and an issue of opportunity: We are reaping finite resources from the earth and not using all of them.

  • There comes a point in your life when you have to decide to do things for yourself.

  • My zero-waste vision came in 2010. I tried many iterations until 2017 when, finally, I created a business model that worked. Zero Waste Daniel Make / Shop in Brooklyn:
    • Pick out the discarded fabric scraps you like + then watch my team make your shirt on the spot. This also helps you understand why a shirt is $50.

  • Combat consumerism: Focus on need v. want. If you want something, ask yourself: How do I it at low impact?

  • The Zero Waste Blog Daniel references: Trash is for Tossers

  • There are many new designers and large designers coming to us now to help them cut their waste, too. There's a chance to reach everyone and inspire change: If it comes from consumers up and business downs, we'll all meet in the middle eventually.

  • Whether or not you're into fashion, everyone wears clothes so it pertains to you.
  •  Always do your best. It isn't the same every single day. But if you just try your best, you have nothing to regret.

  • It doesn't matter what industry you're in, every industry has problems. Ask yourself WHY NOT ME - why can't I make the needed change. The day I asked WHY NOT ME, my whole life changed.

DANIEL SILVERSTIEN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? My mom gave me The Big Book of Small Business and I keep it on my bedside table.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? I would invest in businesses that want to make change.

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? One of my grandmother's paintings. At 60, she survived breast cancer and had her "Why not me?" moment. She learned to paint and has created 100s of pieces now in houses across the country.

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? Cristobal Balenciaga an amazing designer interested in crafting new shapes and thinking outside the human form. 

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? The harder you work the luckier you get.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? 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? He was a kind honest and genuine person who always did his best. 

*** 

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

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Sep 7, 2017

Today is a special episode of the Live Inspired podcast in light of September being Suicide Prevention Month 2017.

Dennis Gillan joins us to share his story on a topic that affects us all: Mental health. He's committed his life to reducing the number of completed suicides and removing the stigma around mental health after losing his own two brothers to suicide.

Today's episode will help us break down the stigma around mental health and better care for ourselves, those we love and those who are in the wake of suicide already. Don’t miss this powerful episode.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Talk saves lives. If you're dealing with mental health issues, diagnosed or not, know that it's okay to talk about it.
  • 9 out of 10 people who die from suicide have a mental illness.
  • Dennis was away at college when his older brother Mark died by suicide. "I came home for the funeral but didn't even stay a week. As a family we just kept going as if things were normal. I didn't see a counselor - I started drinking a lot."
  • "When suicide happens, it's like everyone sitting around the table and a grenade goes off and someone is not there when the smoke clears and everyone asks: "What happened!?"
    • Every 13 minutes someone commits suicide, every 14 minutes there are people asking "What happened?"
  • 11 years later, Dennis's younger brother Matt died by suicide. 
  • People often feel like they don't know what to say or do after a suicide: Just show up. It's called the ministry of presence. 
  • I was reminded of how good people are when I was low. Someone anonymously mowed my lawn and it made such a difference; reminded me someone cared + took a burden off.
  • After my second brother died from suicide, I gave up alcohol.
    • I did it one day at a time + with the help of a counselor.
    • I have fallen in love with sobriety. I used to think I'd be missing out. Now, my only regret is I didn't do it sooner.
    • Surround yourself with positive people. Men need men - I meet with a group every week. They give me hope/social connection which was important because when I got depressed I wanted to withdraw.
  • How to get ahead of suicide:
    • Talk about mental health. 90% of completed suicides are by people with mental health issues; we need to be as comfortable talking about mental health as a broken leg.
    • 20% seek treatment. If you're not feeling well mentally, see somebody. It doesn't take all your problems away, but will stack them up neater + help you cope.
    • It's okay to say 'I'm not okay.' 
    • "Be real. Life isn't all skittles + unicorns. We know this."
    • Watch the video where Dennis talks about the last night he drank.
  • "I hid it for a long time. When I started talking about my brothers and their deaths, I was amazed at the deeper relationships I have with people + how we relate to this topic."
  • "When we share our joy its a double joy when we share our sorrow its have a sorrow." - Swedish proverb
  • After sitting on my hands for 18 years, my healing accelerated the minute I started getting real, being open.
  • Check out these tips from National Association of Mental Illness to Take Charge of your Mental Health + Support a Loved One’s Mental Health.
  • Join the conversation on social media using #SuicidePrevention and #StigmaFree

DENNIS GILLAN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Mans Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl. The Bible which I'm reading with my men's group.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? I want to take my winnebago and talk about mental health and suicide prevention for free to anyone who will listen.

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? Photo album of my kids.

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? Matt and Mark, it's what we should be doing if it weren't for the way things turned out. That is the ultimate dream. Matt, Mark and me sitting, looking at the ocean.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? A friend of mine who heard you speak and said, I just heard John O'Leary speak, you gotta check him out. He said you were the real deal and you are.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? I'd tell myself go home and be with Mark, be a better brother and quit drinking. I went through some of my life in a blur and I needed to be focused; if I was focused maybe I could have helped those guys. 

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 really tried to be a good guy.

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

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Aug 31, 2017

What are your qualities that people are most attracted to? What makes you intrinsically you?

Sally Hogshead, author of Fascinate: How to Make Your Brand Impossible to Resistwas in a car accident as a girl. The resulting damage to her face left her feeling that her "smile had turned into a grimace." As an extrovert who connected through her smile, this left her insecure and unsure how to connect with others.

Sally has come a long way in the 30 years since the accident, but it's still at the heart of the work she does: "Its a gift to get to share with other people what their best gifts are so that no one feels insecure."

Sally shares her expertise with major brands and teams like Nike, Ikea and Target. Today, she shares with us so we can identify our best qualities (and those of our business) so we  can better connect with others and live inspired.

SHOW NOTES

  • Aspire to be the best YOU; not compared to others.
  • When you put time into your natural gifts (v. spending time improving weaknesses), you make extraordinary leaps.
  • You don't have to be perfect at everything, but know that you are extraordinary at something
  • We're taught it's good to be the smart or funny one, but theres not a one-size fits all. There are lots of way to succeed.
  • High performers identify and focus on delivering in their strength and turn it into a specialty.
  • Brilliance comes in many forms.
  • When we don't know ourselves at our best, we aren't able to reach our full potential.
  • You'll never succeed by being quiet or playing small.
  • Check out Sally's blog post about her dad here.
  • Most of us don't talk about the bad stuff. But its healthy to realize that scars aren't the end of it; are often the best of it.
  • Tool to overcome a challenging time: Ask yourself "Why is this the best thing could happen?" Ex: If your child doesn't make the play - "Now thers more time to pursue a different passion and your can always prep more next time."
  • Being in a job/relationship/scenario you don't like isn't your fault, but you have to work to find options to change it.
  • You can't plan out the whole thing. There is some risk in all success.
  • The universe provides we don't know what the journey is while we're in the middle of it.
  • It's so important to tell the people we love that we love them; tell them how significant they are.
  • Take Sally's Fascination Assessment to find out how other people see you at your best + to become more of who you are. Use code: liveinspired
  • Call out when people are at their best and then help them focus on doing more of that: Be themselves on purpose.
  • It's easy to get to a place of self judgement if you don't have a bigger vision that is more important than the insecurity you see in the mirror.

SALLY HOGSHEAD'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Jonathan Living Seagull, by Richard Bach. It made me feel that all things are possible

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? I wouldn't quit working - it far transcends money for me.

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 printed marriage proposal from my husband framed in my bedroom.

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 like talking with you!

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? You don't have to change who you are, you just have to become more of who you are.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Floss more. Joy and passion and spontaneity are good, but so is thoughtfully planning for the future.

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? The greatest difference that you can make is to become more of yourself.

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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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Aug 17, 2017

"Take a breath and focus on what is important right now. Don't get too far ahead and miss what you need to do now."

This advice comes from Chris Norton. You've likely "met" him through the viral video of him walking across the stage at his graduation.

Why was this so meaningful?

Chris was paralyzed while playing NCAA football. Accomplishing this walk became his biggest goal. His walk, story and determination will give you amazing insight to live more inspired today.

SHOW NOTES:

  • "I didn't think anything could ever happen to me. I thought: 'That's for stories in the paper.'"
  • Stop take a breath and focus on what is important right now. Don't get too far ahead and miss what you need to do now.
  • I was given 3% chance to ever regain feeling or movement below my neck. I let the odds go in one ear and out the other.
  • There were 2 ways to react: Accept it + feel sorry for myself. -OR- Decide to overcome it. I chose the latter.
    • "What can I do today to get better." The first day I nodded my head all day; it was all I could do. One day at a time. Inches of recovery add up over time.
  • Having a positive environment was so important. My Jack Buck was Georgia. When she said, "You are going to beat this." I cried. I just needed to hear that
  • My first day back at Luther College Was very intimidating because I wasn't the same person anymore. I was no longer independent or an athlete.
  • As life changes you change. Sometimes its best to just accept something different. Just because you accept something different doesn't make it worse.
  • People can see my challenges and they are willing to help, but I encourage people to approach everyone that way. Mine are physical and you so you can see them, but everyone has struggles. Meet them where they are too.
  • I set a goal to walk at my graduation. I didn't know how I'd get there, but sharing the goal with people made me accountable. Then I figured out my daily goals to get there.
  • Our outcome is a sum of our choices and responses.
  • Decide to take control of simple things that can be easier to overlook, attitude, effort, purpose.
  • Still trains 3 hours a day. His new goal is to walk Emily down the aisle on their wedding day spring 2018.
  • Watch Chris walk across the stage at graduation on his video that went viral here.
  • Get Chris's book The Power of Faith when Tragedy Strikes.

CHRIS NORTON'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Four Hour Work Week, by Timothy Ferriss has really helped me with time management.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? Invest it to grow it and give back and also grow his foundation and support the foster care system, Emily's passion.

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 laptop, our photos and documents are on it.  

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? Lebron James, I am a huge fan. I'd love to know his why, his determination, and passion. I want to know what drives him. I admire his success and what he's accomplished.  

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? My dad taught me at a young age if you don't like where you are at, than do something about it. If you want the result, put in the work.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Be hopeful. be patient. I'm a better person because of this injury, when I was 20 I was restless and I wasn't sure that would happen.

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 a difference. I want to leave the world a better place than it was when I entered it.

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Aug 10, 2017

"Our job on this planet is to perpetuate love."

Today's guest is the host of ESPN's Sports Science show, has won 6-emmies and wrote the New York Times bestseller The Perfection Point.

John Brenkus realized early in his college career that he wanted to be in the entertainment industry. With this as his singular focus - and without any connections in the field - he took a personal oath to learn the ins and outs of of producing entertainment himself... and just started. In his parents' basement.

"I had to have persistence, stubbornness d+ belief to stick around when I was just scraping by. I was just scraping by for a long time."

He had success partnering with the Discovery Channel which led to FOX Sports, National Geographic and others. Today, more than ten years later: He is still doing what he loves. 

Producing shows that are positive, entertain and educate.

Today we get to take a lesson on living inspired from a man who works hard to share positive stories in the media AND has gleaned what it takes to make his professional dreams come true.

SHOW NOTES:

  • No matter what you hear, consider the source.
  • Whatever it is you want to do in life, learn how to do it yourself. This will help you learn what you love and what you are good at. This will help you understand what you can do yourself and who you need to hire.
  • The journey everyone takes, the timeframe, is different for everybody. It took us a decade to get our footing.
  • We had to have persistence, stubbornness and belief to stick around when we were just scraping by. We were just scraping by for a long time.
  • What motivates me and always has is spreading positive energy. I don't want to only entertain but to educate too. Sports Science is an incredibly positive show.
  • Now we are moving into putting this same energy into a new podcast, The Brink of Midnight which focuses on the moments in life where everything changes. 
  • In life, our "outer ring" is unstable. Look for intangible things that fill your outer ring + make you complete.
  • Our job here on the planet is to perpetuate love.
  • Prayer doesn't change God; it changes you.

JOHN BREANKUS' LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Great Gatsby is my favorite fiction about a man who has everything except the one thing he wants. My favorite nonfiction is  Under the Banner of Heaven. It gives you a good look at how religions evolve. 

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

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 prayer book my mother gave me when I was 7-year-old for my first holy communion. It travels with me everywhere I go that I put on my night stand no matter if I'm at home or traveling.

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'd want one person on each side! Thomas Jefferson, how in the world did you guys have the vision that the country would be what it has become. Pope John Paul II, to talk about how he spread the message of love for all.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Stephen Soderberg telling me: Do everything yourself. That really sunk in for me. To learn, you gotta figure it out somehow. Learn the whole process.  

From my wife: Take three breaths look at the positive side. Although you are upset, look at all the things you have to be grateful for an realize the thing that is making you upset at this moment is going to dwindle.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? I was rash and bold. I was unprepared for really respecting who really know what they are doing. Be willing to give up control on something because you know you are putting it in good hands. I am so much better at delegating now. 

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? Good is a word you use when something is not great and he strived to be great.

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Aug 3, 2017

Born on a farm in Oklahoma, the first 15 years of Leah's life allowed her quiet space to and hope and dream about what life could be.

When her family moved when she was 15, Leah found herself scrambling to fit in and willing to bend and conform to societal pressures to ensure she did. This ultimately led her to have the prestigious role of "America's Next Top Model."

Until one day - she couldn't do it any more. Tune in to hear what finally broke Leah Darrow of her willingness to maintain an unhappy status quo and break free into the life she was meant to lead. 

SHOW NOTES:

  • Often we mistakenly find our identity and worth in other people. A lot of problems arise when we don't see the value of who we are regardless of who is holding our hand.
  • After making a mistake in her adolescence, she didn't think she was worthy of forgiveness so she lived her life out of fear. This way, she didn't have to change, she could just live out comfortably.
  • As a model I was living in a world where only the exterior mattered. But then after a shoot, so much photoshopping had to happen for our photos to be acceptable... it wasn't even real. 
  • I had an out of body experience during a photoshoot the reignited my heart. I heard the words: "I made you for more." I wanted to believe it more than anything in the world that I was more than a picture or a paycheck. I wanted the feeling I had when I was 10, aware that there was something amazing I was called to do. That reignited in my heart and it was my last day of modeling.
  • I had nothing I wanted. The God I believe and culture I believe in, I had made it nothing. There is something true about believing you are called to do something good and that we are all connected. I wanted to live as if I was.
  • Seeing my picture in Times Square and on the side of taxi cabs made me feel chained to something. Like I had to keep up, I have to be better, skinnier than that... and I need to be better than the next girl that gets her picture up, too.
  • Life is so much more about contribution than competition. If I am not contributing to make this world better than what am I doing? Competition, "who is the better person" -- that is a world I don't want to be a part of anymore.
  • Get off social media. Unplug for a bit to figure out what is going on. Why do we feel the need to be connected yet feel so lonely? There's a problem there. Who you are following on social media: Are they breathing life into your life or strangling it by bringing out a spirit of anger, bitterness or jealousy?
  • People are going to talk. If you do everything right and if you do everything wrong: They will walk. So you may as well live your life the way you know is right and good and true.
  • Get Leah's book The Other Side of Beauty

  • Write a list of every good thing you can do - no matter how small or big. Reflect on it. Remind yourself that you are more than what you look like, what you see.
  • The exterior is nothing. The beauty of the face only gets you so far, but the beauty of the soul that will take you all the way to the end.
  • When I left modeling / made huge life change, these were the questions I was asking myself:
    • What do I like?
    • What are my dreams?
    • Who am I?
    • How am I connected to this world in a bigger sense
  • Unplugging allowed me to reboot and know who I am and Whose I am.
  • Know that God is calling you some place greater. No matter what you've done in life. No matter your  screw ups, shame or guilt - life can get better. It involves choices and being uncomfortable, but that is a good thing.
    • When you are uncomfortable you are pushing yourself towards a better version of yourself. It makes you, your friends and the WORLD better. If you refuse to do it, you are refusing to make the world better.
  • I start every day with a prayer of gratitude.

LEAH DARROW'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Soul of the Apostolate, about how our interior life effects our exterior life. It focuses on prayer, gratitude and working on our own wounds.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. Finish this project I am working on with Haiti 180, building a medical clinic in Haiti.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. The crucifix above my bed. We held onto it as we said our wedding vows 5 years ago.

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 grandpa, a man of few words. Incredibly wise, prayerful and kind. And every advice he ever gave me was right and correct. And he knew me. He always looked you in the eyes. And he knew who he was, his limitations and just being around someone so authentic and kind brings out the best in anyone.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Trust your gut. I was a knew mom, pregnant about to deliver my first child. I asked for advice and my friend told me not to take any, she said to trust your gut.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? It get's better but you are going to have be brave and you are going to have to choose things that require you to change. But it will get better. Never forget, God made you brave and strong, Leah.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? I believe in hope. Hope has a name and a face, I believe it is Jesus Christ. Wherever your hope lies, just as long as you have it, don't give it up. Hope can change lives. Hope can change the world.

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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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Jul 20, 2017

"How you respond to adversity determines the story you write."

Life came at Ben hard and fast. When he was 6 months old, his divorcee mom was diagnosed with a rare disease and given only a few years to live.

The above quote is one Ben gleaned from his mother’s journal*, which he received 10 years after she passed. The time capsule of her positive attitude preserved in the journal swept Ben away. Today, he shares her worldview as a performance coach, speaker and author.

You're going to love Ben’s story, heart + concrete tools to build the business and life you want. Don’t miss it.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Life is tough but we have it in us to keep fighting.
  • Black boxes: We all have these places where we tuck away things we aren’t ready to deal with. (For me, that was my mom’s journal.) The stuff that takes you deep and makes you ask: Is it time for me to go there?
  • Don’t wait too long to take on the stuff that hurts. Real challenges show real character. Have courage and surround yourself with people who help give you that courage. That’s when you’ll find a deeper level of inner success.
  • Everybody has a story and everyone is writing their story. My goal with clients is to help him/her connect on a deeper level to what he/she is capable of achieving.
  • Right where you are, right now, in your life: It is part of your story. It’s likely not the end; just a chapter.
  • Learn and grow where you are. The life you want, you can get if you:
    1. Have a strong vision.
    2. Believe in that vision.
    3. Are willing to put the work in every day.
  • Why am I trying to control something I can’t control? When I asked this question, it helped me move on in my professional path.
  • Think about where you want to go, personally and professionally. Write it on paper “I am: a marathon runner” and believe in it. “I am at this level in sales.” Once you understand where you’re going, that’s how you build a prize fighter day.
  • Make every day a “prize fighter day.” What does this mean? Take your goal and break it down into what you need to do today to ensure you eventually meet your goal. If you spend your day this way, you’re having a prize fighter day.
  • Darren Hardy, The Compound Affect
  • Create habits that are sustainable longterm.
  • A successful mindset is one where we focus on solutions rather than the problem.
  • Focusing on solutions rather than problems = the power to reframe.
  • Identify what you can do that is positive and keep your mind on that.
  • How you choose to respond to adversity determines the story you write.
  • Ben’s purpose statement: to educate, empower and inspire individuals to uncover their passions and desires to seek a greater vision for themselves.
  • If you don’t know why you’re doing something, identify the purpose because it’s what is going to get you back up.
  • @ContinuedFight on twitter and Instagram

*Ben’s mom’s journal:

 

BEN NEWMAN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Discover your Destiny, Robin Sharma. If you’re looking to find your purpose, this is a great fable format that will do it for you.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. Donate to Barnes Jewish Hospital in honor of my mother. We donate a lot for my mom, so I’d want my wife to get to pick some places to donate to her passions, too. I would definitely fly on a private jet because it is hard to be on the road and miss family time. To catch 30 – 40 more nights at home? I would do it!

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. My mom’s journal.

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. I would just hold her hand and hug her and I’d be crying so hard I couldn’t speak.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? It’s not how long you live it’s how you choose to live your life. Advice from my mom.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Never settle; emotionally and in relationships especially.

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? Leave your legacy.

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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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Jul 6, 2017

"There's always good that can come from the bad."

Cohost of the nationally syndicated Bobby Bones Show and host of Love What Matters Podcast: Amy Brown is a ray of sunshine as she shares vulnerably with us about her life. From her father walking out on her family to her mother dying of cancer: Amy is a shining example of finding blessings in all of life's experiences.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Her dad leaving was a devastating experience that ultimately transformed her life in a positive way.
  • "There's always good that can come from the bad."
  • "My mom was an example of hard work while still making time for me and my sister. Every morning before work, she and her friends gathered at our house and prayed for us. That's a really cool memory for me."
  • "Sometimes you have to be patient to see the blessings that will come from a bad experience."
  • "My mom never spoke ill of my dad. That was so important."
  • As a radio host, when Amy's mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, her audience knew and was interested in the journey.
    • They started #PimpinJoy movement to celebrate how they all live with joy; her mom's motto was "I'm going to choose joy."
      • When her mom was diagnosed for the 3rd time, she said: 'Lord, I won't pray for you to take it away, use it for good.'
  • Walker Hayes wrote Joy Like Judy. Check out the video here.
  • You can get #PimpingJoy gear here - a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the St. Judes or City of Hope.  
  • Listen to Amy's Love What Matters Podcast here.

AMY BROWN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Interrupted and Seven both by Jen HatMaker. They changed my perspective on life in general. Sometimes as Christians we can get too legalistic on things and be too much about what we are against instead of what we are FOR. Her books helped me dig a little deeper and have my faith interrupted. If you feel like you are just going through the motions, read these books to get a way to love the world better.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do? Build a new orphanage in Haiti.

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 computer. 

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? Robin Roberts. I've always been inspired by her as a female in broadcasting and her journey with cancer and breaking barriers for black women. My kids are Haitian, they are black, so I want them to have role models like her.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Choose joy. From my mom. I've learned the difference between happiness and joy in the last few years and how to choose it. Be joyful but also live in and recgonize the hard times so you don't miss the opportunity to learn and grow from them.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? It's okay that he dumped you. Don't let yourself be defined by something else. Work on yourself. Don't worry about what everyone else wants or needs you to be. 

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? Choose joy. Have hope.

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Jun 29, 2017

"If you're patient, you'll move past obstacles."

Today I am honored to share with you a man who has profoundly inspired me.

Koran Bolden is a speaker, author + voice in urban education and arts. He committed to breaking the cycle of growing up in a fatherless home. He overcame the grief of losing his brother to gun violence. His smile can be felt in every word he speaks... and he is about to give you an amazing analogy so you can pivot into your most inspired life. My friends, Koran Bolden:

SHOW NOTES:

  • I lost my brother to gun violence. After, it was hard to focus because I lost my father figure and I didn't know how to grieve.
  • "I can't change your past, but if you're open to change I can show you how to be successful in life," Koran's counselor, Martha Christmas
  • If you're patient enough with yourself, you can move past your obstacles.
  • Order Koran's book: Rock, Paper, Scissors
  • Rock, Paper, Scissors: 3 step analogy to pivot in life
    • Rock - Believe
    • Paper - Set goals on paper
    • Scissors - Cut away distractions in your life
    • I started off with paper. Through writing music I was able to express how I wanted my life to become and as I spoke those words, they began to manifest / my life changed over time.
  • Mentors: You're not planting a rose garden, you're planting an apple tree. It will have years of fruit. At the beginning there are no branches: Envision the fruit to come; don't cut down the tree.
  • "The journey" of life builds character, resilience and preparation that you'll need in the next block of life.
  • "I wish someone had the vision to tell me what I could be instead of telling me repeatedly what I was not."
  • Mentors: Remember to build a relationship before you give information.
  • Mentors: Ask questions even if you aren't interested in the answers. People tell kids what to do; but you make them feel like they have a voice/that it matters. If you don't, you will have a disconnected kid looking down at a phone.
  • Even if you quit, as long as you still have breath in your life you have an opportunity to go back and fix things.

KORAN BOLDEN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Bible, it has transformed my life in every way. Think and Grow Rich, Napolean Hill.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do? Take care of my immediate family. Start my own school with an emphasis on life choices and financial literacy.

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 high school diploma. Even if you quit, as long as you still have breath in your life, you still have an opportunity to go back and fix things. 

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? Barrack Obama.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Be patient. It's hard in the microwave generation but the tortoise and the hare is still true.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Dream big and walk along side people who dream big right along with you.

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? Resilient, radiant, relevant.

 

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Jun 22, 2017

"Busy isn't productive. Your 'to do list' isn't most important. The list of commitments you actually honor is."

Today I get to introduce you to the business coach who I began working with 10 years ago when I transitioned from real estate + construction into speaking + writing.

Edie Varley has an undeniable energy that will absolutely captivate you. Get ready to recalibrate what is truly important in your life, relationships and business from my business coach and friend.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Be your best; not the best, your best. Because with that mindset, you are improving.
  • You never have to apologize at your best. It means you've prepared, planned and executed.
  • Live up to the fullness of your promise.
  • Busy isn't productive. It isn't the 'to do' list that is important. It's the list of commitments that you actually honor.
  • The root of all conflict is unmet expectations. Rarely do we ask, "What do you expect in this relationship?" But we should, so we can agree to it.
  • Whats so horrible about your mind being changed?
  • When you love yourself, you can love others where they are.
  • If I could offer a prescription: Be quiet. Listen. Focus on the good.
  • Look for the good and report it repeatedly. Repetition is the father of knowledge. Ask: What is the best thing that happened to you today?  
  • There is no energy in "Have to" use "Want to." Ex. I want to pick my kids up, turn off the radio, get off the phone, listen.
  • People share a lot when they feel safe. Be present, quiet to allow this.
  • Do I leave people more energized or ill-will and a broken spirit?
  • What is the metric for a relationship? Love is the cornerstone. It's a verb. It's what we do for others. That then leads to the emotion.
  • When you love yourself, you're able to love others in the season they're in. You accept no responsibility for their choices. THAT is a freedom.
  • Where are you going in such a hurry?
  • Are you living in purpose?
  • Is your measurement your neighbor?
  • If you don't like the life you have chosen and are living: Do the hardest thing in the world and change.
  • In golf you have a bad shot and you replay it again to learn what went wrong. It's the same when something goes wrong in a relationship; it allows you to take control and not be a pawn on someone else's gameboard.
  • What is your behavior looking like?
  • What are your words? Words create worlds.

EDIE VARLEY'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Anatomy of the Spirit, Dr. Caroline Myss, PhD.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do? Find some legitimate homes for it, my means are met. 

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? Nothing. They are things, they've brought me joy, but if they go up in smoke, that's okay.

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'd like to meet Jesus and see how he's seeing that view.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Be at your best. You're expected to live up to the fullness of the promise God has for you.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Strap on, you'r going to have the ride of a lifetime.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? I am blessed.

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Jun 15, 2017

"The most important thing you'll do for your relationships is what you do for yourself."

Our guest today is a co-creator of eHarmony, psychologist, professor, author, husband and father, Les Parrott. When I shared a stage with Les at the Dave Ramsey SMART Conference, I was blown away by his wisdom. 

He's shared his expertise with Oprah, Barbara Walters and Tom Brokaw... and today he will share it with us. My friends, are you ready to improve your relationships with these amazing insights on sustaining life-long love? Here we go!

SHOW NOTES:

  • Fight Night - the event Les and Leslie (his wife) host where couples talk about their conflict and how to leverage it to bring them closer together.
  • Saving Your Marriage before It Starts is their most popular book.
  • We aren't entitled and don't always get what we feel we deserve - so we must learn how to adjust to the things beyond our control.
  • Have you faced marriage myths with honesty? Ex: This person should make me whole. We're set up for heartache; nobody can complete us.
  • The most important thing you'll do for your relationships is what you do for yourself. 
  • If you try to bulid intimacy with someone before you have done the work of getting whole on your own, your relationship will become an attempt to complete yourself.
  • Your relationships can only be as healthy as you are. A few things you can do to become a little more whole:
    • Embrace your significance. Can feel deep down that you have a purpose on this planet?
    • Unswerving authenticity. Are you following your path regardless of what anyone says?
    • Self-giving love. Realizing others needs are different than yours. 
  • There are three kinds of fights:
    • Bad fights - tear us apart / rip away the fabric of our relationships
    • Dumb fights - have no purpose / are silly
    • Good fights - bring us closer together
  • Don't avoid conflict, turn the fight into a good fight. You make them "bad" or "good" by the choices you make / context within the fight.
  • Empathy is the single skill that will change your relationship the most. Conflicts dissipate when you see conflict from their side and they see it from yours. Try to accurately see the world from their perspective.
  • Empathy has two components, your head and heart. Sympathize with your heart, analyze with your head. We typically do one  well, recognize which one you struggle with and make yourself do it, too. 
  • Take Les's Deep Love Assessment: Partners answer a series of questions separately and instantly get a private, custom road map for lifelong love.

LES PARROTT'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Either Emotional Intelligence, by Daniel Goleman or Learned Optimism by Martin Seligman.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do? I'd establish, on college campuses, centers for healthy relationships to give education to a whole new generation. We'd see divorce rate drop dramatically - and when you lower the divorce rate, it positively impacts rates of education, wealth, etc.

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 laptop.

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 Leslie, she loves the beach. I love that she loves the beach and we've had some of our greatest talks there.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Master the capacity to adjust to things beyond your control. Life is unfair. 

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Relax. Slow down a bit. It's 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? A man who loved his family with all his heart.

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Jun 8, 2017

You can control and resist life or you can dive in.

Let's take the wise words from season 3 guest Christine Hassler and: DIVE IN together. It's our day to LIVE INSPIRED!

The guests on our show are ordinary people doing extraordinary things on purpose. On this episode, we'll celebrate the best insights from each Season 3 guest AND how it will impact the inspired life you're living. 

After just 3 seasons, we've got 400,000 downloads! Which means more lives are  being touched and more people are living inspired with us. Thanks for being part of this Live Inspired movement and for sharing it with your friends.  

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SHOW NOTES:

Brian Vander Ark, lead singer of The Verve Pipe: When asked if he gets sick of playing his 90s hit song The Freshman, he responded: "How can you get sick of playing a song that brings SO much joy to so many people?"

Chris Hogan, author, radio and podcast host, expert on retirement and personal finance and a Dave Ramsey team speaker: "Failure is when you don't accomplish a goal and stop. Realize that in pursuit of your goal, you improve. Even if you don't reach ultimate success you become a better version of yourself in striving for it."

Andy Andrews, from homeless to bestselling author of the Traveller's Gift: "Quitting is a habit and there's no penalty for quitting today. But when you persist without exception, there's something in that; you figure out a way; the next best thing and its lasting."

Christine Hassler, author, podcaster, life coach and counselor: "You can control and resist life or you can dive in." In a time of "information overload" Christine's interview will share how to leverage + apply new information to change old habits.

Janine Shepherd, Australian National Championship Skier, huge overcomer, speaker and author: "The gift of rock bottom is that there is no where to hide. It shows you not who you are, but who you are not."

Bill Courtney, coach whose story was told in the epic Oscar-Winning Documentary UNDEFEATED, "Every day is an opportunity to get it right."

Laila Alifitness & wellness guru, author, undefeated 4-time boxing champion, Dancing with the Stars and Chopped star and daughter of Muhammad Ali: "Being a powerhouse doesn’t mean you don’t make mistakes or have moments of weakness. We all face those things, but it’s about having the courage to keep going."

Lolly Daskal, business coach and author: Lolly shared how growing up in small, Yiddish-speaking community in New York City helped her to realize we must "lead from within." Don't miss Lolly's 2 simple tools to overcome self doubt or what is often called "imposter syndrome." 

Captain Charlie Plumbformer Navy fighter pilot, POW, speaker and author: We shared this interview just in time for Memorial Day and it has been one of our most popular episodes to date. Don't miss Charlie's lessons on on purpose, love and sacrifice. 

Jack Buck, my hero, Hall of Fame Announcer, my most popular story that I share on stage at speaking events is the story of how Jack Buck change my life through asking the simple question: "What more can I do?" and then taking action. In this episode, I share that story so you can hear it -- again for some of you and for the first time for others. Enjoy!

400,000 have chosen to wake up and live inspired with us through the Live Inspired Podcast. Wow! Season 3 - 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 4 - is going to be even better. 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. If you ever have questions or ideas - please share them at info@johnolearinspires.com.

 

Jun 1, 2017

"What more can I do?"

This epic question is the one I learned from the example of Hall of Fame Announcer Jack Buck. When our paths crossed, we were strangers. I had just been burned on 100% of my body and the doctors had given me less than 1% chance to survive. 

On today's episode, I  share what has become my most requested story to share when I'm speaking at events. It's the story of an unlikely friendship. Hall of Fame Announcer and The "Voice of the Cardinals" Jack Buck absolutely changed my life and hearing it just might change yours.

Can't wait to share the story with you again, or for some of you: For the very first time. Enjoy!

SHOW NOTES:

  • Think back to a time when you were experiencing a hardship: What might have changed if your hero walked in to help you? Is there someone you know going through a hardship you could step in and be a hero for today?
  • Crying is a sign of great strength. 
  • When someone is truly smiling, you can see it in their eyes.
  • Leadership is about meeting people where they are; meeting them in their "why." 
  • Motivation is an inside job.
  • Jack believed in me first; I followed. Who do you believe in today? How are you letting him/her know?
  • Love changes us. When we show up as love for others, we change them.
  • Ask yourself: "What more can I do?" And then pause to actually answer it.
  • What is one thing you can do today to change the world from negativity, exclusion, fear and anxiety to one of inclusivity, hope, faithfulness and love?

JOHN O'LEARY'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

Since we didn't have a guest to answer the "live inspired 7" this episode, I thought I'd share my answers to this set of questions! You can read my answers on my Parade Magazine article here.

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May 25, 2017

"We found ourselves in parachutes floating down over enemy territory."

Charlie Plumb spent his impoverished yet idyllic childhood in Kansas "kicking cans and playing in the light of the moon.” When it was time for college, he won a scholarship and hopped on a Greyhound bus to the military academy in Annapolis.

After graduating from the Naval Academy, he immediately married his high school sweet heart and went onto flight training. In 1963 he was in Vietnam and on his 75th mission, his plane was shot down.

Charlie says what got him through captivity was his "why" or his purpose -- coming home safely to his bride. Years later when he finally got off enemy soil and called her, she shared that she had filed for divorce and was engaged to another man.

Charlie was never bitter. He didn't regret not knowing that his wife had moved on. "I thought, how can I be unhappy? I’ve just been released from prison. 24/7 I didn’t know if I’d be alive [and today I'm free] you can’t rain on my parade."

Charlie's spirit captivated John and Charlie is one of the reasons John so vulnerably shares his story today.

In honor of Memorial Day, it is our honor to share the story of Charlie Plumb, an American Hero. He will inspire you to never take your freedom or life for granted. 

SHOW NOTES:

  • Charlie learned about forgiveness from his mom and discipline from his dad. Both were qualities he needed to survive the prison camps. 
  • Critical to suriving:
    1. Keeping your sense of humor
    2. Finding a way to communicate with each other. "The importance of the communication wasn't the thought we were passing around it was the validation of another human being.
    3. Having faith that there was a purpose to this [being shot down].
    4. Remembering you have a choice. The first few months I was bitter. But I realized I was killing myself by not knowing my purpose. I figured if their was a why, I’d find a way to so survive.
  • Those there longest (POWs) came back with a lower rate of PTSD because great leadership unified us under a mission statement: Return with honor. (Listen here to past podcast guest, Michaela Haas, expert on Post Traumatic Growth.)
  • What was your why/purpose? My bride. I planned our next 20 years on how I’d make it up to her. People ask if I wish I'd known she was going to divorce me. No, planning 20 birthdays, anniversaries, etc. is what got me through.
  • Therapists told me: You gotta get bitter! The longer you wait the more difficult it will be and you’ll have a mental break down. My thought process: How can I be unhappy? I’ve just been released from prison. 24/7 I didn’t know if I’d be alive - you can’t rain on my parade.
  • I ran into the man who packed my parachute. He said. "I’m not the only parachute packer in your life. Your parents, big sister, little brother, preacher, coaches, they are the ones who allowed you safe descent and passage through those 6.5 years." Who packs your parachute? Whose are you packing?
  • Advice for anyone in-prisoned: Look at the value of challenge. Adversity is a horrible thing to waste.
  • Don’t blame other people for your problems, because away goes your opportunity to be better bc of the problem you’re facing. 
  • Get Charlie's book I'm No Hero here.
  • Learn more about Charlie at www.CharliePlumb.com 

  CHARLIE PLUMB'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

 1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Bible, chapter of Job. Unbroken, it epitomizes your philosophy and mine on winning through adversity.

 2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do? Bolder Crest supports vets with PTSD to expand their reach bc they’re doing a lot of good for veterans.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? A tin cup with holes in it that I brought back from the prison camp. I keep that cup just to remind me of the challenges I face and the value of the challenge.

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 mother. She endured so much while I was over there, but never placed blame. I never heard her say a bad word about anyone. The longer I live, the more I appreciate her approach to forgiveness. I'd love to talk to her about how to forgive the unforgivable.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? A coach told me it wasn’t the things around me that would change my life, it’s the choices you make about the things around you. You can choose to be a loser or a winner or choose to give away that choice.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Believe in a purpose as the highest priority.

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 was a servant.

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May 18, 2017

"I grew up in New York, in a small place..."

Lolly Daskal grew up in Brooklyn, NY. One of the biggest most metropolitan cities in the world, and yet to Lolly "it felt like a very small place." Her life existed within a few city blocks and her community only spoke Yiddish, German and Hungarian. Her family was very religious and she was expected to be married and begin having children by 16.

Lolly grew up very inquisitive, which was not supported in an environment where you were expected to just keep things "they way they are." When she first moved out of the community, she discovered the power of books and believed for the first time: "Wow!" I can ask any question, do anything, be anyone!"

For the first time - her world felt expansive. While she felt she no longer had a home, she found "sometimes you have to get lost to be found."

Lolly has been an insatiable student of books, the world and human behavior since. Today, she is a highly-sought business coach and author and her mission is to teach others how to "lead from within."

SHOW NOTES:

  • Lolly has read a book a day for 20+ years.
  • Self discovery isn't easy. You feel like you're on a wheel and you're not sure you are ever going to get out; if it is ever going to get better.
  • "A game changer for me was reading what Joseph Campbell wrote: 'In your abyss lies your treasures.' We have ideas of what we want to be, but life doesn't unfold that way. If I can remember this quote, than I am okay."
  • Her book The Leadership Gap was published this month and shares her rethink system, or 7 leadership archetypes that she's used with 1,000+ clients.
    • Example: "R" is for rebel; someone who wants to make an impact in the world, but they need confidence to do it. The gap is when you don't have confidence. How do you get confidence? You identify your capabilities and competencies. You get to choose, are you going to be a rebel and choose confidence or imposter and feel inadequate/undeserving?
  • We all have self doubt because we measure ourselves by everyone else and end up feeling less worthy. Negative internal dialogue is very prominent.
  • Ways to overcome imposter syndrome (aka feeling undeserving):
    1. At night, think about all the things you did well that day. This will help even out negative messages + change your inner dialogue.
    2. Ask yourself: What did I do today that I can do even better tomorrow? Don't measure against someone else, measure against yourself
  • www.LollyDaskal.com 

     

LOLLY DASKAL'S INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Man's Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl. She rereads it every year on her birthday. Keeps her grounded in what's important.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do? Get every single homeless person off the street.

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? 100s of pictures from when my kids were younger.

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?Victor Frankl, Joseph Campbell, 

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? "When you are no longer able to change the situation, you will always be challenge to change yourself." - Frankl | It will teach you be flexible to change and challenge yourself, to find something with in you that can be different. Continuously grow, learn, change and stay agile.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Let go of perfect.

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? Lolly saw greatness in everyone she met. 

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May 11, 2017

"We need to stop judging each other and thinking we know, because you would never know my story unless I told you."

Laila Ali is a fitness & wellness guru, podcaster, author, undefeated 4-time boxing champion, has appeared on Dancing with the Stars and Chopped and is the daughter of Muhammad Ali.

Today she shares vulnerably the path to all that she has accomplished in her 39 years - and WOW is it a lot! Laila is one of the most focused, driven and loyal people I've met and you are going to love her story.

SHOW NOTES  

  • What was it like to grow up the daughter of Muhammad Ali? "That's all I knew! My Dad loved a crowd. There was always a lot of excitement and people. My home was like a public place growing up."
  • My mom taught me how to be consistent through her example. Everyday I saw her working out and eating a plant-based diet.
  • My dad taught me through his 'champion within.' When he got Parkinson's, he was an example of how to live your life with a positive mind and do things you want to do despite illness. It's all about what you have in your mind. He didn't let it stop him mentally.
  • When Muhammad Ali saw his daughter fight, it made him realize it is a women's sport too.
  • "My confidence was off the charts for boxing. It came from my preparation. I got into the ring with every cell in my body knowing 'I am going to win.'"
  • Get her book Reach "I wrote it for girls... to tell them you were put on earth to do a special thing. Be a power house. Don't be embarrassed or hide."
  • Learn how to be you and do not let others define you. I don't care what level you're at economically or in education, people are always concerned about what others think. We sometimes make decisions based on that. Stop doing that and do what's in your heart. You only have one life to live.
  • "We need to stop judging each other and stop thinking we know, because you would never know my story unless I told it to you."
  • You have to make a decision right now to go forward or backward. 
  • Things happen in our lives to teach us lessons and get bigger and stronger. Accept it and move on.
  • The more you separate yourself from the people in your life causing you trouble, the better you are going to do.
  • Being a powerhouse doesn't mean you don't make mistakes or have moments when you feel weak. We are all going to face those things, but it's about having the courage to keep going. Everyone has it within them, that's the only difference between myself and others. It's a matter of tapping into your self confidence. You just have to believe for yourself.

LAILA ALI'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Five Love Languages was so helpful in my marriage and relationships in general to realize people share love differently.

 2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do? Invest into public school systems. I don't like how kids in certain areas don't get a good education.

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 because it has all of my photos and important documents.

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 father. By the time I had things to talk with him about, he had Parkinson's and couldn't really talk. I'd want to talk with him about parenting and what things in life he would have changed and done differently. I would want to hear from his mouth, was he proud of me? My dad always told people he was proud / liked to make people feel good. I would ask him if he was really proud of me.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? When people show you who they are, believe them the first time. If you have good discernment and intuition and someone shows you something in a relationship, friendship, business relationship - and you see something is off... They are showing their character. Those little red flags are there. You gotta listen. 

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Take the time when you're traveling and fighting, take time to enjoy it and take it all in. Don't be so focused and uptight. I missed out on being young and enjoying life. I went to do my business and left. Now I have kids and can't travel as much.

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? Takes great pride in being loyal, authentic, hardworking and caring about others. Those are the things that are really important to me and it's important that others see these qualities too. 

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May 4, 2017

"Coaching is a vocation to reach men who need to be reached."

His Dad left when he was 4. His Mom's 4th husband shot at him when he was 17. Bill Courtney didn't have male role models at home, but he found them on the field and in the classroom.

Today, Bill is a business owner, husband and father who believes: Giving back isn't something nice to do. It is a responsibility. 

Bill chose to coach football in an impoverished North Memphis High School for a team that had won 4 games in 10 years. Through the tenants of love, consistency and self-assurance, he turned the team - and many lives - around.

This story won the Oscar for Best Documentary in 2011 for UNDEFEATED. I recently watched this movie with my wife and we were both so moved I knew I needed to get Bill on the show to share his story with you. Here we go!

SHOW NOTES:

  • Growing up, I tried to figure out what was wrong with me "since my father didn't want me." It manifested into me doing things to prove I was worthy.
  • In Undefeated, you see all of these fatherless kids and the destructive behaviors they had, I totally get it. I identify far more with them than you'd think. I look like a white, wealthy business owner.
  • North Memphis was a bustling blue-collar town. In 1968, Martin Luther King was shot 5 miles south. Memphis fell apart; big companies and industries left. Today, your on your 3rd generation of loss and hopelessness.
  • An 18-year-old man from North Memphis is 3 xs more likely to be dead or incarcerate by 21 than in college.
  • These kids had suffered so much. All they were looking for was some consistency from somebody. It was a great opportunity to give them their basic needs: Love, self-assurance and consistency. 
  • During Bill's tenure: 19 players turned to 75; 35 of their 36 seniors in the last two seasons went to college; they had a strong winning record.
  • "We stayed consistent on the tenants that matter in a meaningful life. Even those with the biggest challenges found success with this consistent focus."
  • You have to love despite not 'because of' and you have to hold them accountable. Then you start seeing changes.
  • Watch the Undefeated trailer.
  • Read Bill's book Against the Grain
  • Undefeated is not about wins and losses, its about not being defeated by your circumstances.
  • Every single day is an opportunity. We all have struggles. But everyday the sun comes up is an opportunity to get it right.
  • Character is not about how you handle your successes, its about how you handle your failures.
  • Look in the mirror and say: I have a chance tomorrow to make it better. The only thing you can control are the remaining days of your life. It' the only thing that matters.
  • Seize the opportunity. You get it every day.
  • Motive matters. Don't be a fraud.
  • Accolades, money and trophies are not a proper foundation. Service, leadership, character, selflessness, commitment that's a proper foundation. When you have it, you can handle all the the blessings that come your way.
  • www.Coach bill Courtney.com

 

BILL COURTNEY'S LIVE INSIPRED 7

 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Bible.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do? I would pay off all the debt in my business and home. I'd create a trust for my kids so they'd have a good start but still have to work. Donate the rest to worthy causes.

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 wedding ring.

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? Christ. I would have him explain a couple things. I would talk about Romans 8 and 9. I would talk about how come so much science and so much theology agree and then so much of it also disagrees. I would ask him to explain why the social ills we are facing today are in such contrast to so many of the natural feelings we have as human beings.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Don't tell people what they want to hear, tell them the truth, tell them what you are going to do and do it.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? don't try so hard to prove yourself to other people.

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? Through the grace He's shown me, I've done my best to offer grace to others. 

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Apr 27, 2017

"Sometimes we hold onto the life we think we're supposed to have. But in letting go, we get new possibilities."

Janine Shepherd grew up an athlete in rural Australia. At 24, she was training for her first Olympics. On a 5-hour training ride, she was hit by a truck. 

Janine was left with a broken neck and back, massive internal bleeding and blood pressure at 40 over nothing. Janine Shepherd was not expected to survive.

Miraculously, 10 days later, the internal bleeding stopped. She was in the hospital for six months. When she came home, she was paralyzed from the waste down, wrapped in a plaster body cast and attached to a catheter. She was told she'd never be able to do any of the things she did before.

Janine decided "Maybe I can't do the things I did before, but I am going to do something extraordinary!"

You don't want to miss what Janine has done in the 20+ years since her accident. Join us on this amazing interview.

SHOW NOTES:

  • A one time Olympic-destined skier, Janine has found deeper purpose in "hills" - "The magic happens on the other side of the hill. You don't have to like hills, but you have to learn to love them; to understanding the value in challenge."
  • The gift of rock bottom is that there is no where to hide. It doesn't show you who you are; it shows you who are not.
  • I let go of all of my Olympic dreams and, in that moment, I realized the only way to heal comes not from running from an experience but living through it.
  • Sometimes we hold onto the life we think we are supposed to have. But in letting go we get new possibilities.
  • The day she decided to become a pilot, she was still covered in a body cast. It was her dream and it changed her life; it gave her a reason to get out of bed.
  • She learned to manage her chronic pain through focus and acceptance.
  • I am not my body. This was the most important thing I've learned.
  • Get her book Defiant: "Say yes to life regardless of your challenges, that's defiance."
  • Hear her TED talk here.

JANINE SHEPHERD'S INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Man's Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl. "We want to know that our life counts and has meaning. There's no meaning of life, there's only meaning in life and we create that meaning by how we live."

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do? I would love to find a cure for spinal cord injury. 

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? Nothing. Nothing in that house really counts. They are just things.

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 Buddha. I would ask: "How do we get people to remember that it's all about love, tolerance and acceptance?"

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? When my daughter was learning to ride a pony, her riding instructor said to me: "Hasten slowly." What it means to me is slow down, be deliberate, savor the experience.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Hasten slowly. What you think is important now, when you get older you'll realize it wasn't.

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? Janine embraced her defiant human spirit. 

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