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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: September, 2019
Sep 30, 2019

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

Today, I welcome back productivity expert, author + speaker Tonya Dalton. Tonya's work provides actionable strategies to help discover your purpose, clarify your priorities, simplify your life, and achieve true harmony by embracing the ‘unbalance’ that is inherent in our lives. This energetic conversation will help start your week on fire! 

Get Tonya Dalton's latest book The Joy of Missing Out here.

Tonya first joined us on Live Inspired Podcast ep. 106 to empower ourselves through productivity and shared three ways to do less + produce more. Listen to Tonya's episode here.

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Sep 26, 2019

Student loan and credit card debt are at epidemic levels. It's weighing us down and stealing our freedom. 

Today, Anthony ONeal shares how to get through college debt-free and debunks most of our misbeliefs around finance and success. If you or your loved one need help thinking through smart decision-making around money – you don’t want to miss Anthony’s incredible story. From college drop-out and $35,000 in debt to living 100% debt-free, Anthony’s written the playbook and today, he shares it with you.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Anthony's latest book Debt-Free Degree teaches parents how to get their kids into + through college 100% debt-free. Get a copy here
  • Growing up in a strict conservative family, Anthony focused on going to school + church and was not taught about finance, building wealth or manage + control money.
  • Free pizza + t-shirt: Anthony maxed out his credit card within 13 hours, First day in college, Anthony signed up for a credit card for free pizza and t-shirt.
  • In his first year of college, Anthony racked up $15,000 in credit card debt. After being kicked out of college + losing his work-study job Anthony was up to $35,000 in credit card debt.
  • Over 70% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. Read a Forbes article here.
  • At 19 years old, Anthony was living out of his car.
  • After months of living in a car, his father brought him back into their house. Anthony's father gave him 6 months to budget + work on getting debt-free from the principals of Dave Ramsey.
  • "When the mind plays tricks on me, I remember where I was, where I do not want to go and how I’m helping people."
  • Tough love + train up: Allow your child to fall in your presence, then you don't pick them up but you show them how to get up.
  • Say no to student loans: The average student will graduate with $30,000 worth of debt, paying nearly 15% of their take-home-pay back to student loans and living paycheck to paycheck.
  • Step toward financial freedom:
    • Choose an affordable school.
    • Choose an in-state school.
    • Drive to school, rather than live on campus.
    • Purchase recycled textbooks.
    • Apply for grants + scholarships.
  • "It's not about where you go [to college] but about who you become."
  • "The choices you make today determine the caliber of your future."
  • Follow Anthony on Instagram @anthonyoneal.
  • Tune into my conversation with Dave Ramsey on Live Inspired Podcast ep. 6.

If you enjoyed learning about how to earn financial independence, you'll love my conversation with Rachel Cruze. Rachel gives a clear path to help you win, gain control and lower stress around personal finances. Listen to Rachel on Live Inspired Podcast ep. 83.

ANTHONY ONEAL'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Smiling and being a people person.

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 Bible my mother gave men when I preached my first sermon.

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? Martin Luther King, Jr. and I’d ask, “what made you want to become the man you became?”

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Stop downloading what the world wants you to do and download what God wants you to do.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Leave that girl alone.

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? Anthony ONeal loved people and he wanted to help everyone become debt-free and build wealth. 

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Sep 23, 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 MacKenzie. 

MacKenzie asked: What's the biggest mistake you've ever made?

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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Sep 19, 2019

Are you sick of hearing about the “divisive” time we live in? Me too!

Tarek Mounib shares how to foster sincere dialogue and better understand people with viewpoints different than your own. Tarek’ tips were learned on his journey with an unlikely group of US travelers to the Middle East. He captured this experience in his film Free Trip to Egypt to help people see the power sincere listening and simple human connection have in overcoming “divisive” worldviews.

Today's conversation will not only inspire you but give you the tools to become part of the solution.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Tarek is focused on working on meaningful projects that bring people together + influence humanity in a positive way.
  • Tarek's love of arts came from his mom while his love of science + logic came from his dad.
  • At nine years old, a teacher emanated kindness and empathy towards Tarek, leaving a lasting impact on his life.
  • Instead of unity, Tarek believes that September 11 created a false division and was not addressing the true enemy of fear. 
  • His film Free Trip to Egypt was inspired by questioning if there something we can together to impact the world in kindness instead of the negative acts.
  • After announcing the project on the internet, Tarek received unexpected criticism and skepticism. Tarek humanized the conversations when speaking with others respectfully face-to-face.
  • "[Free Trip to Egypt] showed me there are very few bigoted people in America and that's what renewed my faith in humanity."
  • "As long as I am not reacting out of fear, I have access to people"
  • Break down the fear: Tarek hoped to bring people to Egypt that were afraid of Egyptians, Muslims or the Middle East yet were courageous enough to make the step.
  • What will happen when opposites come together? Tarek paired Americans with Egyptians from different backgrounds and watched the dynamics, connections + journeys that unfolded. 
  • "Human connection is more powerful than any difference we might have."
  • A shift in perspective: Each participant had a powerful, transformative change. 
  • #PledgeToListen: A pledge to not demonize anyone who holds certain opinions, views or beliefs, but instead will try to understand their reasons and their arguments and express your own views in return. Take the pledge here.
  • Find a Free Trip to Egypt screening near you, or host one in your community, here.

If you enjoyed hearing how human connection can change the world, you'll love my conversation with Leon Logothetis. Leon travels the world relying solely on the kindness of strangers, which he pays back in unexpected, inspiring ways. Listen to Leon on Live Inspired Podcast ep. 136.

TAREK MOUNIB'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Prayer of Quintessential.

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

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? My guitar and I’d play “Let it Be” by The Beatles.

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 grandfather.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Be true to your heart.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? You're good the way you are.

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

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Sep 16, 2019

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

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ― Leo Buscaglia

Today, I invite you to view others, challenges, and meltdowns through the lens of compassion. When others put their heads down and step away, be encouraged instead to lift yours and step forward. Realize not only the profound magnitude of generosity but the truth that you can be its epicenter.

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Sep 12, 2019

“There are no quick wins in business or life – it takes years to become an overnight success."

This quote from entrepreneur Richard Branson is a great reminder of the value of hard work and the importance of not comparing ourselves to others’ supposed “overnight” success.

Today’s guest’s story reiterates this truth. Jake McEntire dedicated 14 years to writing his script for Run the Race. He finally saw it become a feature film produced by Tim Tebow earlier this year. Today, Jake joins us to shine a light on how to uncover what we are called to do in life and how to steadfastly pursuit it.

SHOW NOTES:

  • As a child, Jake fell in love with the art of storytelling, inspiring him to move hearts as movies did for his family.
  • All for one, one for all: Jake's father encouraged a close bond between Jake and his five siblings.
  • Growing up in a small, north Texas town allowed Jake to experience a variety of clubs + sports, including football and acting.
  • After tearing his ACL, Jake played Randle in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, inspiring him to focus on acting.
  • Jake taught himself screenwriting, using the scripts from Shawshank Redemption and Sling Blade as guides.
  • Run after God. As long as you have him, you have everything you need not matter what happens to you.  
  • Professional sports star Tim Tebow and his brother Robby Tebow became Executive Producers of Run the Race after reading the script.
  • Run the Race is available on DVD and digital download. Get it here.

If you enjoyed today's episode, you'll love hearing my conversation with John Smith. John shares his miraculous story of fall into an icy lake. If you’re struggling to make sense of your suffering, have lost your personal faith or have stopped believing in miracles, this episode is for you. Listen to John on Live Inspired ep. 168 here.

JAKE MCENTIRE'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Bible and The Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Being overly optimistic, enthusiastic and zealous.

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? Old computer that has pictures that aren't backed up yet.

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? Billy Graham and the first question would be, “did you ever dream your life would turn out the way it did? Tell me how it happened, why God did it and what is your secret to being obedient.”

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? You can’t make deals with God. Put everything at the foot of the cross, even the simple stuff.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Just relax. Enjoy the day that God has made.

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?  This guy ran after God + his dreams as hard as he could, and encourage everyone to do the same. 

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Sep 9, 2019

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

“You may not control all of the events that happened to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” – Maya Angelou

Today, I share the story of Marguerite Ann Johnson, better known as Maya Angelou. Maya endured horrific adversity as a child before finding her voice which has been heard all over the world.

We have all endured our own challenges and there is no doubt we will face more. When the next challenge arises, remember this: “you may not control all of the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

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Sep 5, 2019

What is your boulder? The obstacle blocking you from becoming the best version of yourself?

Joe De Sena is the founder + CEO of Spartan Race, the global leader in obstacle course racing. He has a vision of empowering over 100 million people to change their life for the better through camaraderie and competition.

Today's conversation will encourage you to conquer life's obstacles and push past your comfort zone to achieve more than you thought possible.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Spartan has engaged hundreds of thousands of people through 275 events in 42 countries.
  • Most people need a partner to hold you accountable to be the best version of yourself.
  • Game changers in Joe's youth:
    • After hours of unsuccessfully trying to move a boulder for his dad, Joe told him that he'd find someone that could.
    • While purchasing a car, Joe's mom reminded him that he could buy a fancy car if he worked for it.
  • With the encouragement + guidance of his neighbor, Joe started a pool cleaning business that grew to 700 customers.
  • After fighting his way into Cornell University, a friend introduced him to a mentor that led him to a career on Wall Street.
  • Full circle: Joe sold his finance business to purchase an organic farm in Vermont. 
  • Finding the physical aspect of the farming inspiring, Joe began inviting his former Wall Street colleagues to the farm for challenging races up the mountains.
  • Why name it Spartan? It's simple yet hard. You’re going to sweat but there's a reward at the end with your comrades.
  • “Whether you think you can, or you think you can't -- you're right." - Henry Ford
  • You better do some burpees: Burpees are the most efficient way to promote movement + circulation in the body.
  • Joe encourages others to sign up for something hard, where you need to be held accountable and have others join in order to make healthier habits.
  • When you do something hard, it feels rewarding.
  • Do the work. Get to a point where you enjoy the work.
  • Leo is Joe's 40-pound kettlebell that he carries with him every day.
  • Happiness is wanting what you have. One way to want what you have is to throw a few obstacles in front of yourself every day.
  • Joe hopes to get Spartan in the Olympics and reverse health + wellness trend with children.
  • Bond by doing tough things together. Joe suggests couples do 100 miles before a marriage certificate and 200 miles before they can get a divorce.
  • For tips to make long-term impactful change, consider Change or Die by Alan Deutschman.
  • Get 20% off your Spartan Race registration with promo code LIVEINSPIRED

If you enjoyed today's episode, you'll love hearing my conversation with Koran Bolden. Koran shares how he overcame losing his brother to gun violence and a 3-step analogy to pivot in life. Listen to Koran on Live Inspired ep. 36 here.

JOE DE SENA'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

  1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand.
  2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Relaxed 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? 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? Ernest Shackleton.
  5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Happiness is wanting what you have.
  6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Patience. 
  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? Here’s a man who worked hard, tried hard

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Sep 2, 2019

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

"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly" ― Bobby Kennedy

Today, I share a story of the heroic acts of a young man after a passenger ship collided with another vessel on Lake Michigan in September 1860. Let this serve as a reminder that with every day, and every interaction, provides the opportunity to make a difference. by daring greatly to do your best.

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