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Live Inspired Podcast with John O'Leary

Expected to die, today he’s inspiring others to truly live. World-renowned inspirational speaker + national bestselling author John O’Leary wants to help you wake up from accidental living so you can do, be, achieve and impact more through your life. Every Monday, John shares a quick burst of inspiration to help start your week on fire. Every Thursday, John interviews an amazing guest on their story, successes, failures, lessons, and life to help you uncover tips to apply in yours.
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Now displaying: August, 2019
Aug 29, 2019

Today, we’ll discuss groundbreaking research that illustrates how love, friendship, environment and a sense of purpose have a greater impact on our health than the care we receive from our doctors. Astounding – and true!

Dr. Kelli Harding joins us to share about her new book The Rabbit Effect which makes a compelling case for treating others with kindness and living inspired (hey, your health depends on it!). Don’t miss this fun, warm and life-changing conversation.

SHOW NOTES:

  • As a child, Kelli loved science + helping others which led her to pursue medicine. 
  • During medical school, Kelli became intrigued with what was going on inside the body and the environment it was surround by and how that affected health.
  • The Rabbit Effect: Dr. Robert Nerem's experiment involving genetically similar rabbits fed the same high-fat diet inspired Kelli because the kindness + company of a lab researcher kept one group healthier.
  • Bella + Daisy: One paper, Bella is on death's door yet is functioning well when you meet her whereas Daisy is not thriving but it can't be explained with standard tests.
  • "Our social world is changing our biology."
  • The power of touch: A growing body of research shows that hugs and physical touch are protective towards illness.  
  • "A faithful friend is the medicine of life." - Ecclesiasticus proverb
  • Kelli shares how telomeres, the "caps" to our DNA, protect our DNA and interplay with our social environment. 
  • Find ways to boost your connection to your community and buffer how stress affects you to live a happier, healthier life.
  • Learn to recognize that stress isn't necessarily bad, it's how you respond to it.
  • Navigate stress by meditating, exercising, building meaningful connections, practicing kindness and having a sense of purpose.
  • "The goal isn't to live forever. It's to live well within the days that are given."
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences: The higher your ACE score increases your risk for diseases causing long-term health effects decades later.
  • Kelli emphasizes the important of Post Traumatic Growth and finding opportunities to grow from the experiences that happened to us.
  • "True health is hidden in the million tiny moments of everyday life."
  • "People are just a collection of tissue, of muscle, of ligament and of bone. Expect of course, they’re not."
  • Get Dr. Kelli Harding's The Rabbit Effect here.

If you enjoyed learning about Post Traumatic Growth, you'll love hearing from Live Inspired guest Michaela Haas. Michaela shares how her research can lead overcome trauma and lead to a deeper understanding of strength. Listen to Michaela Haas on ep. 4 here.

DR. KELLI HARDING'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Being Mortal by Atul Gawande and Travels with Charley in Search of America by John Steinbeck.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? I have to work on being silly. I have a good sense of humor but think I can lighten up a little more.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? Handwritten letters from my grandmother.

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 husband or my mother.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Institutions don't love you back so dedicate your time to things that are important but at the same time it's the people that are important.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? When you have the choice, show up. Work is important but think about your relationships and the important things in life.

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

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Aug 26, 2019

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

As the school year begins, I wanted to take a moment to celebrate a teacher taught me invaluable lessons on school and life.

Mrs. Cathy Collins showed me that regardless the subject we may teach, there is no finer foundation, no clearer lesson plan, and no more effective motivation than love.

If you have questions or want to share how the Live Inspired Podcast has impacted your life, send them to me and my team at podcast@johnolearyinspires.com. Can't wait to hear from you!

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Aug 22, 2019

Bethany Hamilton was just 13 years old when she became a household name after being attacked by a shark while surfing. She lost her arm and nearly her life, but just one month after the attack, returned to surfing.

Today, 15 years later, Bethany is a professional surfer, contestant on Amazing Race, wife, mother and role model. Her amazing story has been shared in the award-winning biopic Soul Surfer and her new documentary Unstoppable. Today, Bethany shares her inspiring story with us firsthand.

If you ever face a challenge (and we all do, right?) this episode is for you – Bethany will show you how to overcome with faith and gratitude.

SHOW NOTES:

  • The up-close and personal documentary Unstoppable was released in July 2019 and covers Bethany’s incredible journey from a girl through becoming a woman, a resilient athlete and mom. Watch the trailer here.
  • Bethany and her husband Adam finished third in season 25 of CBS's reality television show Amazing Race and enjoyed tackling challenges together. 
  • Bethany's mom led her to explore her spirituality + faith. She attributes her positivity and resiliency after her attack to her faith in God.
  • "I know I'm going to surf again." Shortly after attack, a reporter asked Bethany if she'd ever surf again and her confidence + boldness inspired others.
  • As she matures, Bethany is learning to embrace her story and use it to inspire others.
  • Four weeks after the attack, Bethany rode a wave to shore, giving her hope + realization that she'd return to surfing. 
  • Friend of Bethany is a foundation produces events that inspires, shares stories hope, and responds with encouragement to traumatic amputees to give hope in a difficult time. Learn more here.
  • World Vision invited Bethany to Thailand a year and a half after the tsunami to inspire fisherman to return to the ocean, despite their fear.
  • Faith in God, spending time in the ocean, and being a mom + wife keep Bethany grounded and tethered to what matters. 
  • In Unstoppable, Bethany shares her journey and daunting accomplishment of surfing an infamous 65 foot, 30 mph+ wave nicknamed Jaws.
  • John 16:33: I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
    • Bethany refers to this verse to provide hope + peace to herself + others when going through a difficult time.
  • Bethany found the emotional aspect of her recovery more difficult than the physical and is thankful for her support system.
  • Bethany's book Body and Soul shares tips for young women to become the best versions of themselves. Get a copy here.

If hearing Bethany's story inspired you to live an unstoppable life, you'll love hearing Live Inspired Podcast guest Amberley Snyder. Amberley shares her struggles during recovering from an accident, her strong family bond, and turning tragedy into triumph. Listen to Amberley ep. 63. You'll also love hearing Live Inspired Podcast guest Chris Norton. Chris' story of sustaining an spinal cord injury and determination throughout his recovery will give you amazing insight to live more inspired today. Listen to Chris on ep. 43.

BETHANY HAMILTON'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Bible and Rules for a Knight by Ethan Hawke.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? I've become more of a realist and would love to have even more positivity.

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 surfboards.

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 husband or Jesus.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Be willing to try because you never know what you're able to accomplish.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Keep doing what you’re doing.

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? Always willing to try, put herself in uncomfortable situations to achieve her accomplishments and received the grace of God to keep going in a direction that she may have never planned herself. We can all live an unstoppable life.

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Aug 19, 2019

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

Today's question was submitted by Live Inspired community member Michael S. 

Michael S. asked: I am struggling to connect with my 16-year-old daughter. Any advice on a good book to read?

Beneath that snarky teenage attitude, remains your little girl, desperately seeking approval, figuring out who she is, what matters to her, how she best fits in and how she can push the boundaries as far as possible. 

Rather than providing a single book, I’d consider checking out any of the following ranging from very conservative to a bit more liberal, and from books for dads to one from a mother’s perspective:

If you have questions or want to share how the Live Inspired Podcast has impacted your life, send them to me and my team at podcast@johnolearyinspires.com. Can't wait to hear from you!

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Aug 15, 2019

I loved today's conversation.

Joe Koenig, President of World Wide Technology, shares how he grew it from a few million dollars and a couple dozen employees to several billion dollars and 6,000 leaders. Even more impactful, you'll hear the humility behind the mission and the love story of Joe and his wife Kim. They share about a cancer diagnosis, the journey that followed, and a love and faith that continues to guide their way.

Today, hear how they have transcended the big diagnosis and how they're choosing to lead their lives to serve others.

SHOW NOTES:

  • The gift of grit: Kim moved nine times before high school giving her the skills to not feel scared or intimidated walking into new situations later in life.
  • When Joe started at World Wide Technology, a technology solution provider, in 1993 when it was a young, start-up with 15 employees and $8 million in revenue. By 2018, it's grown to over 6,000 employees and over $11 billion in revenue. 
  • THE PATH: The core values at WWT are Trust, Humility, Embrace change, Passion, Attitude, Teamwork, and Honesty.
  • Employees at WWT are empowered to fuel their passions through Day of Caring initiatives and other resources.
  • "Plan + attack" mode: The initial cancer diagnosis required multiple surgeries and the removal of 50-60% of Joe's tongue. After learning it spread to his lymph nodes, Joe required a heavy dose of radiation resulting in a painful path to recovery.
  • Prior to the diagnosis, Kim embarked on a pilgrimage to Medjugorje, giving her armor to sustain what was to come.
  • No one fights alone: Building a support system of people that had gone through a similar situation helped guide, push and challenge them.
  • Unconditional love: The process taught them the depth and meaning of their vows and hope it serves their children in their future committed relationships.
  • Joe hopes to show their children how to deal with situations in a positive way, how you can impact others, build empathy + character and how to be a multiplier of love for others.

If today's episode reminded you that the best days remain in front of us, you'll love Live Inspired Podcast guest Michele Cushatt. Michele shares her story of trauma, how hope got her through her struggles and how it will help you through yours on ep. 132.

KIM AND JOE KOENIG'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

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

Kim: The Rent Collector by Cameron Wright.

Joe: Halftime by Bob Buford and Multipliers by Liz Wiseman.

(Founding partner of Halftime Institue Lloyd Reeb was on Live Inspired Podcast ep. 170. He's continuing Bob's mission to help others ensure their next season in life is defined by joy, impact, and balance. Listen to ep. 170 here.)

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

Kim: Being open-minded.

Joe: Adventure and short memory.

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? 

Kim: My grandma, my dad’s mom. She lived for 27 years without her husband. I'd want to learn how she was so resilient and strong to live a great long life after he passed.

Joe: My mom and dad. I'd ask him about pain was he going through from 12 years and how did he deal with it. I'd ask my mom the truth for how she dealt with all the pain, suffering and death in her life.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? 

Kim: My wedding ring.

Joe: My family photos and videos.

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

Kim: If you are consumed by worry and let worrying take over, you’re going to miss the joy.

Joe: Jim Kavanaugh telling me to come work for WWT; Be interested, not interesting.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? 

Kim: Trust yourself. You’ll end up and get where you’re needing to be by making good choices.

Joe: You’re going to have great successes and many failures. Great times and some real, real tough times. Buckle up and enjoy the ride.

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? 

Kim: Well done by a good and faithful servant.

Joe: He was a true multiplier of others.

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Aug 12, 2019

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

"Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day." - Henri Nouwen

Tune in to hear how my son Henry recently reminded me of the importance of this quote. 

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Aug 8, 2019

Keah Brown, the journalist behind the viral #DisabledandCute, exudes pride, confidence, and humor – but that’s not always been the case. 

Through years of introspect, Keah has learned to celebrate her cerebral palsy and strives to bring awareness to the struggles and triumphs of persons with disabilities. Her new book The Pretty One explores her journey to self-love and what it means for you.

This candid conversation explores how to better accept, love, and empower ourselves and each other.

SHOW NOTES:

  • During her adolescence, others began calling attention to Keah's disability, leading her to believe it as negative.
  • Keah has reformed a friendship with her non-disabled twin sister Leah after a season of resentment in high school. 
  • Keah put the view of her self in the hands of others.
  • "Insecurity is often the catalyst that sparks the most judgment."
  • Every day, Keah would remind herself four things that she loved about herself allowing her to accept + love herself.
  • #DisabledAndCute: To celebrate her self-love, Keah posted 4 photos she loved of herself on Twitter that led to a viral campaign.
  • Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson personally requested Keah to write her Marie Claire cover story. Read the article here.
  • "When you treat having a child with disabilities as the worst possibility in the world of having a child, that means you treat all of us adult with disabilities that we are the worst outcome."
  • Keah sees strength as beyond physical assertions and includes survival + vulnerability.
  • Get Keah Brown's The Pretty One here.

If you enjoyed today's episode, you'll love hearing from Live Inspired Podcast guests Ben + Amy Wright, owners of Bitty & Beau’s Coffee which proudly employing people with disabilities. Listen to Ben + Amy on ep. 85 here.

KEAH BROWN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory.

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

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 of my grandma.

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? Oprah Winfrey and ask “what it means to have an impact and influence on millions of people around the world?”

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Keep going even when it feels like there is no point to it. Push through the fear and exhaustion to make sure you’re doing the things that you love and that matter to you.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Girl, you’re going to look back on this time and laugh fondly at yourself. You think you have everything figured out. Relax and don’t be so hard on yourself.

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? Keah Brown changed the world but first, she had to change herself by choosing love in the face of kinds of things.

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Aug 5, 2019

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

Today's question was submitted by Live Inspired community member Simon. 

Simon asked: How would you describe success?

Tune in to hear my answer.

If you have questions or want to share how the Live Inspired Podcast has impacted your life, send them to me and my team at podcast@johnolearyinspires.com. Can't wait to hear from you!

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Aug 1, 2019

Greg Matthews has spent most of his life serving our nation. Looking at any one of his very long list of accomplishments would equate to more significance and impact than many of us could hope to amass in a lifetime. And yet, Greg never felt it was enough. He was incredibly driven… for all the wrong reasons.

Until a gruesome, nearly fatal encounter with a grizzly bear gave him an unexpected encounter with God and an inflection point that completely changed his life.

Greg joins us to share how past hurts can be healed and today can be more impactful and joy-filled than you ever thought possible.

SHOW NOTES:

  • For over 27 years Greg is protecting and serving, currently as Anti-Terrorism Officer for Army Corps of Engineers.
  • Greg recalls a vivid + emotional memory of loading boxes into his father’s car. This shattered his foundation, leading him to believe he was unworthy and unlovable.
  • Greg shares horrific stories from the search of his NYFD Rescue 5 friend Andre Fletcher at Ground Zero after 9/11.
  • Every year, Greg’s dad would take him + his two brothers on a yearly hunting trip, instilling the love of the outdoors in them.
  • September 22, 2015: On a 10-day big game hunt in 14-miles in backcountry Alaska with his brother, Greg was attacked by a 650-pound grizzly bear causing severe trauma + bleeding.
  • Greg credits a multitude of physical and spiritual miracles, including the courage of his brother to confront the bear.
  • “There is purpose, fulfillment, and joy by pressing into your pain.”
  • Get Greg Matthew’s book Wild Awakening: How a Raging Grizzly Healed My Wounded Heart here.
  • Learn more about Greg Matthews on his website Chase What Matters here.

Greg mentions the importance of Live Inspired Podcast guest William Paul Young's book The Shack. Tune into ep. 19 as Paul shares how to move past trauma, embrace faults and stay within the grace of one day.

GREG MATTHEWS' LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Bible and The Shack by William Paul Young. We've welcomed William Paul Young as a Live Inspired Podcast guest. Listen to ep. 19 as William shares

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Sharing my wonderful heart.

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 family.

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 Christ to thank him for knitting me together and saving a broken-hearted little boy.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Don't sweat the small stuff, and Tim McGraw's song "Live Like You Were Dying."

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Your father in heaven loves you. Your dad loves you. It’s okay to love Greg. There is stuff that’s loveable within 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? Greg Matthews did everything he could to be the father and husband that Jesus Christ created him to be.

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