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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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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.

Oct 31, 2019

How do we react when an unwanted diagnosis appears? Or when adversity arises with a child, a loved one or for ourselves? How do we move forward with compassion, courage, love, respect, possibility, and certainty that the best remains in front of us?

Dr. April Jones holds many professional credentials. Yet it’s her personal journey that makes her an authority on transforming pain into purpose. Before her son's 2nd birthday, he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer... and April + her husband were faced with an agonizing, life-changing decision.

April's heartfelt journey + uplifting story is sure to help those seeking to turn struggle into strength!

SHOW NOTES

  • At 16 years old, April met future husband Billy. He offered encouragement when she wasn’t sure if she believed in herself + they had similar goals and sense of adventure to grow as a person outside of their small town
  • Embracing change: Billy and her married at 19 + unexpectedly became pregnant 3 months later.
  • “We can always learn from our feelings, even if we don’t like them. We control how we react to situations.”
  • Tyler’s cancer: Her oldest son was almost 2 years old when he was diagnosed with cancer.
  • February 2, 2004: April makes the life-changing decision to amputate Tyler’s leg, and cancer, to achieve full remission.
  • “Sometimes it takes losing everything we thought was important to us to find that we have everything we actually need. Sometimes we have to hit rock bottom before we will force ourselves to finally look up.”
  • Some of their greatest supporters were a couple named Todd + Dawn. After losing their son to cancer, they supported other families dealing with life-threatening childhood illnesses and became an inspiration to many families.
  • Little reminders were helpful + impactful:
    • Support through First Baptist Church in South Haven was a reminder that they weren’t alone in Tyler’s fight.
    • The support from the community celebrating Tyler’s life during his Make-a-Wish grant was life-changing.
  • Advice for others in a similar situation: Have hope. Allow yourself the freedom to feel what you feel + know that’s okay.
  • “Life is fleeting. Just like the good moments are fleeting, so are the bad.”
  • “At some point, what your current situation is, is going to be the story that inspires someone else or helps you relate to someone else so that they can listen to what you have to say.”
  • Tyler was 2018 Paralympic High School All American for Track and Field.
  • “How someone treats you says nothing at all about you and everything about them.”
  • “Whether you are proud of where you came from, ashamed of it or pretend it does not matter, you either let where you came from propel you forward or hold you back. But the good thing is this: you get to choose.”
  • Get a copy of Dr. April Jone's book No Mess, No Message here.

Are you or someone you know dealing expected diagnosis or illness? We’ve compiled to Live Inspired Podcast guests that are living inspired after cancer or other illness has affected their lives. Listen to the Cancer + Illness playlist here.

APRIL JONES' LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Shack by William Paul Young.

[William Paul Young was a guest on the Live Inspired Podcast! Listen to my conversation with him on ep. 19.]

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Imagine without analyzing.

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 first little diamond necklace on this delicate chain with a handwritten note from my grandmother that says “a little something special for someone special.”

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? If Jesus is not an option, Oprah.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? My friend Julia said, “what’s the worse that could happen? What are you worried that could be the worst outcome of this decision on each side? How would you deal with that situation if it happened?”

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Regardless of what happens, you’re 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? She sparkled.

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Oct 28, 2019

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

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

Today I share the story of someone choosing to be happy and striving to make every experience a gift for his clients. As you head into this week, I encourage you to embrace your responsibilities + to make the best of your day, your work and your life.

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Oct 24, 2019

How do you handle situations that feel like massive setbacks? How do you react when you’re told, “it can’t be done,” "you’re not good enough," or "you’re destined to be a failure?"

William Hung has received that harsh feedback many times. The most memorable was when he was laughed off the stage by American Idol judges for his rendition of Ricky Martin’s “She Bangs”.

Those that  laughed, judged + critiqued missed what was actually happening: the power of an individual believing in his dreams. 

Today's conversation is truly heart-warming. William shares about taking chances, the courage to fail forward, and rising above cynics to become a champion by choice and smiling every step of the way.

SHOW NOTES:

  • William’s mother was very supportive + encouraged him to do his best in a school. 
  • During high school, William excelled in math and science but struggled academically while studying civil engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • William won a talent show at UC Berkeley singing Ricky Martin’s "She Bangs", giving him the confidence to audition for American Idol days later.
  • Recalling the 2004 American Idol audition, William knew he wouldn’t advance to the next round because of Randy Jackson’s immediate reaction.
  • “I already gave my best. I have no regrets at all.”: William’s response after Simon Cowell’s comment, “You can’t sing. You can’t dance. What do you want me to say?”
  • The primary motivations for continuing with his singing career was not money but defending who he is and counteract others making things up about him.
  • William remembers watching other auditions from his season and seeing contestants getting so angry they’d throw water bottles. He understood that the judges were just playing their roles + doing their job and it was no reason to get upset.
  • During a UC Berkeley volleyball game, a record company presented William a $25,000 check to record a record album. It went on to hit #1 on the independent charts.
  • “It doesn’t matter if you have the most talent. It matters if you can bring happiness with your entertainment.”
  • “You are already unique. You are already special. Keep believing in that truth. Do not give up and you will succeed.”
  • “I’m infamous, and some people think, a joke. That doesn’t make me feel good because I am a genuine person. I don’t let it get to me because I am who I am.”
  • “It’s not what they say. It’s what you choose to hear.”
  • “Looking back on my American Idol experience, I realize Randy was smiling. Paula was smiling. Even Simon was smiling. I realize when people saw me, I freed them to smile.”
  • Today, William is a professional motivational speaker + hopes his audiences choose to be happy in their lives
  • “I don’t feel the need to justify my value.”
  • Watch William Hung’s American Idol audition here.
  • Listen to William Hung’s TEDx Talk here.
  • William Hung’s latest book Champion by Choice inspires others to choose to be happy by rising above the haters. Get a copy here.

If you enjoyed hearing William Hung's story, you'll love my conversation with Lizzie Velasquez. Lizzie shares her positivity, her life's work at spreading kindness, and how she's standing up to bullies. Listen on ep. 71.

WILLIAM HUNG'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

  1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Tapping into Wealth by Margaret Lynch.
  2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? I still have that kid in 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? My wallet. I’m very practical!
  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? Ricky Martin. My first question would be, “What kind of impact do you want your music to make on others?”
  5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? The only way you can fail is if you give up.
  6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Find a true talent instead of randomly putting yourself out there on American Idol.
  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? Live your best life and have no regrets. 

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Oct 21, 2019

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

“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” – Julie Andrews

Life innately involves failures and missteps along the way. Today, I want to share 4 steps to help you successfully fail forward.

  1. Know what you want.
  2. Risk becoming more.
  3. Embrace the gifts of failure.
  4. Resiliently bounce back and step forward.

This week, enjoy the bumps, lessons, + clarity knowing along the way that the best is yet to come.

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Oct 17, 2019

Have you ever thought about how much your thoughts, beliefs, and emotions influence your days, health and ability to heal?

From years spent studying cutting edge science, ancient medicine, and spiritual practices, Kelly Noonan Gores has discovered that we have far more control over our well-being, health + life than we tend to believe. Her documentary Heal, streaming on Netflix, was so popular, it was recently turned into a book.

Today, Kelly joins us to share how to choose love over fear + gives concrete tips on how to make strides in your personal wellness journey.

SHOW NOTES:

  • The teachings of Bruce Lipton, Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, among others inspired Kelly to create the documentary and book Heal.
  • While dealing with depression in college, Kelly was given Marianne Willamson's book A Return to Love which guided her in finding a grounding force. 
  • Fear + love: Kelly sees fear every day but has spiritual practices to avoid being taken over by fear.
  • "You do not have to be a victim to your genes."
  • Epigenetics: Our DNA is a blueprint and our lifestyle choices are the triggers that turn on or off our genes. 
  • Chemical, emotional + physical stress has an incredible impact on our health.
  • Kelly reduces stress in her life by practicing meditation, earthing/grounding, and gratitude. 
  • Placebo Effect: when we have a belief or expectation that something is going to help us 50-75% is has a positive effect.
  • Grammy-winning singer John Legend performed All of Me at her wedding. 
  • Watch Kelly Noonan Gores' documentary Heal on Netflix.
  • Get Kelly Noonan Gores' book Heal: Discover Your Unlimited Potential and Awaken the Powerful Healer Within here.

If you enjoyed hearing about how your environment can have an effect on your health, you'll love my conversation with Dr. Kelli Harding. Kelli shares her groundbreaking research + the importance of treating others with kindness on ep. 180.

KELLY NOONAN GORES' LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? I was sassy + witty. I still have a quick wit but I've toned down the sass.

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 photo albums from the 1970s + 1980s.

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 I'd ask him, "please tell me everything. Can you tell me everything?"

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Remembering that the universe, or God, has your back.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Anything is possible and follow your heart. In every oak tree, there is an acorn.

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 took the leap, she was terrified on the way down, but she had a lot of fun along the way.

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Oct 14, 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 Christine. 

Christine asked: How should I deal with negativity at work?

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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Oct 10, 2019

The Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of nine-year-old Kim Phuc running away from her village, naked and severely burned is one of the most iconic images of all time. 

Today, we are joined by Kim to hear the story behind the photo. Taken just months before the US pulled out of the Vietnam War, the image captures the catastrophic effect the war was having on civilians.

Kim, also known as “Napalm girl,” shares what she has learned on her journey from tragedy to triumph and what it means for us.

SHOW NOTES

  • Growing up, the Vietnam War seemed far away from Kim’s carefree + joyful life in the village of Trảng Bàng.
  • June 8, 1972: Kim watched as the planes flew overhead, dropping napalm bombs. Instantly, her clothes burned off + her left arm caught fire. She knew she’d no longer be “normal” and be viewed differently.
  • As they were running from their burning village, a solider gave Kim water to drink + poured water over her skin.
  • Three days after the bombing, her parents found her in the morgue of the hospital.
  • Uncle Ut: Nick Ut is the photographer that captured the iconic photo + took Kim her to a nearby hospital.
  • Kim spent 14 months in the hospital receiving 17 surgical procedures.
  • The compassion and readiness of the doctors and nurses that treated Kim inspired her.
  • While in medical school, the Vietnamese government arranged for journalists around the world to interview her which interrupted her studies leading her to have to drop out.
  • The Girl in the Picture: While in the hospital, Kim was unaware the photograph existed. When she finally saw it, she was embarrassed that someone took her photo, naked and in agony.
    • Later in life, the picture evoked emotion, motivating Kim to help children that are suffering.
    • Finding peace: Kim has now learned to accept the picture + use it to promote peace.
  • At 19 years old, Kim dealt with hatred, bitterness, pain, loss, negativity + hopelessness which was harder than dealing with the physical pain caused by napalm.
  • Seeking purpose: Kim's physical suffering motivated her to find a purpose in religion.
  • "Forgiveness made me free from hatred. I still have many scars on my body and severe pain most days but my heart is cleansed."
  • "Naplam is very powerful but faith, forgiveness, and love are much more powerful. We would not have war at all if everyone could learn to live with true love, hope + forgiveness."
  • "And if that little girl in the picture can find love, hope, and forgiveness. Then ask yourself, can you?"

If you enjoyed hearing about Kim Phuc's story, you'll love my conversation with Carlotta Walls LaNier. As the youngest member of the "Little Rock Nine", Carlotta shares about her historic role in school integration + how she's been an inspirational leader for so many. Listen to Carlotta on ep. 56.

Thank you to our Live Inspired community member + friend Marianne K. for recommending Kim Phuc as a guest for the Live Inspired Podcast. Share your guest recommendations with us at podcast@johnolearyinspires.com.

KIM PHUC'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

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

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

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 Bible.

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 Lord.

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

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? You love everything, but when you have God’s love you will have everything.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? We cannot change history, but with love, we can heal the future. 

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Oct 7, 2019

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

"Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music" - Angela Monet

The more we experience events, the easier it is to take them for granted. Today, I invite you to look more closely at the joy + beauty in each day.

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Oct 3, 2019

I am honored to welcome one of the most successful gospel singers of all time, Mrs. Erica Campbell, onto the show. Her achievements, voice, sense of self and faith are profound. Yet it’s her story, first finding her angelic voice at the age of five at church in an impoverished California neighborhood, that will blow you away.

Erica is part of the hit group Mary Mary, solo artist, wife, mother, Christian and as of very recently, author. In our conversation, Erica radiates positivity, hope + optimism – and it’s infectious. You can’t listen to this episode and not live inspired.

SHOW NOTES

  • Falling in love with Jesus allowed her to understand the importance + meaning of the word “love”.
  • Tough love: Erica's father prepared her for the harshness of the entertainment industry.
  • Erica was just six-years-old when her brother Andre Lovell Adkin, who had Downs syndrome, passed away.
  • Erica began singing around 12 years old in church + with a group called The Young Annonited but stopped singing after forgetting the words at a big event.
  • Mary Mary: After filling in for her sister's absent singing partner, Erica + Tina began singing together as Mary, Mary and earned four Grammys.
  • "There are some things that have been said about me that are harsh. But when they said it, I didn’t lose my gift, my ability to sing."
  • "Everyone can’t be #1. If I’m #5, I am going to cheer on #1 because I know my time is coming."
  • Erica is proud to have her daughter Christa in featured on Grammy-winning track Help.
  • Erica’s book More than Pretty was inspired by her inner-journey of finding herself.
  • "You have to learn to find your own confidence."
  • Erica met her now-husband Warryn Campbell when he was working at Death Row records with rappers Snoop Dogg and Tupac.
  • "If you don’t have confidence in private, you will not have power in public."
  • Get a copy of Erica Campbell's book More than Pretty here.

If Erica's positivity and optimism inspired you, you'll love hearing from Journey's Jonathan Cain. Jonathan shares about his life, his inspiration behind the song Don’t Stop Believin’ and so much more. Listen to Jonathan on Live Inspired Podcast ep. 100.

ERICA CAMPBELL'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? God is Able by Priscilla Shirer.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? I think I still have it! It’s the ability to be optimistic.

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 picture books 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? My daddy and I would tell him, “I was listening,” and that his words hit my heart and I’m doing my best to carry out everything that he taught me.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? My mother said, “you can live anything down.”

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Erica, you are going to be amazing. Just don’t quit. Don’t let self-esteem take you down. Don’t make poor body image make you hide in the dark. Don’t think that there is always somebody better than you. Stay focused. Don’t take people personally. Don’t hold grudges. Forgive easy and quickly. Love fiercely.

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 loved God and she loved people.

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