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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.

Dec 30, 2019

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

The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.”– Melody Beattie

How can you ensure that 2020 is your best year yet? Follow these 4 simple tips:

  1. Take off the restrictor plate. 
  2. Do NOT be reasonable. 
  3. Connect your dreams with your purpose – so your dreams can become a reality.  
  4. Don’t set goals in a vacuum. 

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Dec 26, 2019

Today I’m excited to welcome someone who had a profound influence on me in my late twenties.

Patrick Lencioni is the New York Times bestselling author of 11 books, including The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, and has sold over 6 million copies around the world. He also launched The Table Group, which has pioneered the organizational health movement.

Pat is a polished author and speaker, but today we discuss topics he seldom shares: his childhood, his marriage, parenting. You’re going to hear some of the mistakes he’s made, the lessons he’s learned, and what it means for you.

You are going to leave today’s conversation with new insight and understanding of leadership, having courageous conversations, and life.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Pat founded The Table Group, a company dedicated to helping organizations get healthy and helping employees feel fulfilled in their work.
  • "Meetings are not the problem. Bad meetings are the problem."
  • Perfectionism: Growing up, Pat struggled with the constant worry of being perfect.
  • Pat's relationship with God has shown him love + acceptance regardless of his mistakes or successes.
  • Joel Mena was a friend that had a profound impact on Pat simply because he delighted in who Pat was. 
  • In The 3 Big Questions for a Frantic Family
    1. What makes your family unique?
    2. What are your family values?
    3. How does your family implement these values?
  • "You want to be loved and love."
  • "When your whole pursuit in life is importance and popularity, it leads to misery."
  • Cancel culture: not associating with someone because of differing beliefs or values.
  • Iron sharpens iron: Failing to hold someone accountable is ultimately an act of selfishness and cruelty.
  • "The key ingredient to building trust is not time, it's courage."
  • Meetings matter. One of the best ways to raise the level of healthy conflict on a team is by mining for conflict.
  • Get Patrick Lencioni's New York Times bestselling books here.

Pat + I chat about our mutual friend and past Live Inspired Podcast guest Matt Maher. Matt is an internationally acclaimed Christian singer and joined us to share about living a life of outwardly focused abundance. Listen to ep. 60 here.

PATRICK LENCIONI'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Be Healed by Bob Schuchts and Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas series.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? I was more determined, but I like who I am today better than I was then.

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? Pictures of 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? My wife. If it couldn't be my wife or kids, it'd be you and I'd call my wife and kids over. 

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? The purpose of marriage is to become holy, not happy.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Seek healing early in your life so you don't have to act on them.

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 imperfect but strove for humility and trusted Jesus.

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Dec 23, 2019

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

This time of year often creates stress and disappointment for so many. We're focused on the stuff -- parties, food, presents -- and missing out on the things that really matter.  The true joy, peace, and love that are often born in the least likely of places.

This Christmas week, I challenge you to take pause. Take time to celebrate the amazing gifts of your life. It’s the greatest gift you’ll ever open: that regardless of what you encounter today or face tomorrow, there is reason to rejoice, celebrate and sing out. [Tweet this.]

I wish each of you a healthy and happy holiday, a very merry Christmas and a joy-filled New Year. The best is yet to come.

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Dec 19, 2019

Jess Ekstrom, founder + CEO of Headbands of Hopes, has had a front-row seat in finding inspiration in frustration.

As Bernie Madoff's great-niece, Jess channeled the embarrassment of that highly-publicized scandal into the reason she's changing the world, one headband to a child fighting life-threatening illness at a time.

Today’s episode will warm your heart, spark motivation, and have you asking yourself, "what more can I do?"

SHOW NOTES:

  • For every headband sold, Headbands of Hope donates one to a child with cancer. Since launching in 2012, they’ve donated over a half-million headbands to every children’s hospital in America and 15 countries!
  • Front row seat to watching ambition: Jess’s mother + father inspired her in business + life.
  • Make the ask: Jess’s grandfather reminds her it’s okay to throw out the plan and ask for what you want. 
  • Entrepreneur at heart: Jess got her start in business by selling American Girl Dolls on eBay.
  • "We can’t always control what happens but we can control the meaning we give to it + how we respond."
  • The Bernie Madoff investment scandal personally affected Jess + her family, yet it taught her incredible lessons.
  • "Optimism is not about staying in your happy place. Sometimes it’s about sitting in the dark, absorbing it, and then fully coming to an understanding of what you can do about it."
  • Inspiration from frustration. Hard times give us a choice. They can be an excuse to do less or the reason to do more.
  • “Failure will always feel better than regret”
  • “I’m not living a life. I’m building a legacy.”
  • "Every expert was once a beginner."
  • Stay connected with Jess Ekstrom on her websiteInstagram or through Headbands of Hope.
  • Get Jess Ekstrom's latest book Chasing the Bright Side here.

Jess + I chat about my friend and past Live Inspired Podcast guest Travis Thomas. On ep. 20, Travis shares how living "yes, and..." has shaped his life + how it can shape yours. Listen to our conversation on ep. 20.

JESS EKSTROM'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

  1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? That Will Never Work by Marc Randolph
  2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Having no shame.
  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 photograph of my family from a photo booth when I was a kid. It's on my refrigerator. 
  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? Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx.
  5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Say yes and figure it out.
  6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Just because you hear crickets doesn’t mean no one is listening. Keep putting your truth out there, keep going after what you believe in, and eventually, people will find 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? The girl who went for it.

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Dec 16, 2019

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

It's easy to get so overwhelmed by what is on our agenda that we forget to enjoy any of it, especially during this time of year. Today I share 4 things I do to keep myself and my family present during this holiday season:

  1. Make a list each. Each morning, I make a list of the three most important things I need to do. Make a list of what’s most important for you; then be bold enough to do it.
  1. Set an alarm. One feature, perhaps surprisingly, I use with great effectiveness is the alarm. When it goes off, it is my reminder to refocus on what actually matters. I have it set to go off at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Regardless of what I am doing, I step away for 60 seconds of quiet reflection; quiet time helps me to be thankful for what matters. This allows me to step back into “work” with renewed focus.
  1. Forget your phone on purpose. When I get home at the end of a trip or at the end of the day, I put my phone on silent. This allows me to engage with the people that matter most. Instead of responding to every beep, tweet, and ring, I am able to savor every laugh, smile and moment.
  1. Stop being so serious! I remind myself that the world will not fall apart if I don’t accomplish the task at hand. I take a moment to remember that my family’s lives, my travel, my work, my problems are not the only ones that matter. This gives me perspective to realize I am just one person in more than 7 billion on earth… this doesn’t just take the pressure off, but it also drives me to strive to make a greater difference for all.

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Dec 12, 2019

Colonel Carlyle Smith “Smitty” Harris spent 2,871 days (that’s nearly 8 years!) as Vietnam POW. At the same time, his beautiful bride Louise was courageously raising three young children while becoming an advocate and role model.

Today, Smitty + Louise take us on a 60-year journey that’s packed with love, but also the horrors of a North Vietnam prison and how a forgotten military code changed everything.

If you’re looking for a story of forgiveness from a decorated war hero or a romantic love story filled with drive, sacrifice and compassion, you’re going to love today’s episode.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Smitty + Louise have been married for over 60 years.
  • On April 4, 1965, Smitty became the sixth POW captured in North Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
  • For nearly 8 years, Smitty and hundreds of other American POWs, including John McCain and George “Bud” Day, suffered torture, solitary confinement and abuse at the infamous Hoa Lo prison, nicknamed the “Hanoi Hilton.”
  • Louise returned to America to raise her three young children and went on to become an advocate + role model for the other wives of the POWs.
  • Smitty lost about 20% of his body weight, bringing him to about 90 pounds.
  • Miracles presented themselves: Smitty and his fellow POWs learned that their faith was stronger, their resistance to the enemy would continue and strength to continue.
  • Tap code is a way to communicate letter-by-letter using taps or knocks using this chart below, and gave them strength and unity, even allowing them to have weekly church service.
  •  Tap code
  • Smitty's tin drinking cup is in the Smithsonian Institute.
  • "Hi Jane, it's Tarzan." The first words that Smitty spoke to Louise after his time as a POW, proving their love hadn't missed a beat.
  • "You will never be tested beyond your power to endure."
  • Get a copy of Smitty Harris' Tap Code here.

If today's story inspired you, you'll love our Military + First Responders Playlist. This specially curated list includes Capitan Charlie Plumb. Listen to the Military + First Responders Playlist here.

SMITTY + LOUISE HARRIS' LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Louise: The Bible, and  Losing Cooper by J.J. Jasper.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Smitty: I've always been inquisitive, optimistic and a risk-taker, but I also had a deep abiding love of God and I still have that today.

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? Louise: Letter from Smitty and the three pastel portraits of our children.

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? Smitty: Louise, and I talk with her every day and enjoy doing so.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Louise: "You will never be tested beyond your power to endure."

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Smitty: Make the same decisions you made because you'll have a blessed and wonderful 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? Louise: I am profoundly grateful for every single day. I have been truly blessed. Smitty: I am the most fortunate man I know. My health is good, my attitude towards life and God is good.

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Live Inspired with John daily on FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedInPinterest, Instagram + get his Monday Motivation email.

Dec 9, 2019

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

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

CB asked: My brother and I were best friends growing up. Now it’s been years since we’ve even spoken. Any suggestions on reconnecting when it’s been so long?

Tune in to hear my answer. Then, listen to Live Inspired Podcast ep. 88 where I share the heroic acts of my siblings did that saved my life.

Have you successfully reconnected with a family member or friend after months or years of not talking?

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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Dec 5, 2019

What is the hard-to-define, touchy-feely idea of empathy and why is it so important?
 
Business expert Michael Brenner joins us to share how empathy, kindness + self-reflection can save us both professionally and personally.
 
You will leave today’s conversation understanding how being kind, cool + being yourself is the best path to happiness + success.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Is society meaner? A recent University of Michigan study shows a 40 point drop in empathy in the last 20 years.
  • Michael's parents were ultimate examples of empathy and it teaches him to be the same way with his kids.
  • Of his 53 jobs, Michael shares about being let go from one, only to be hired back weeks later. 
  • Bullseye: What's in it for the customer or person we are serving?
  • "Bureaucracy kills good ideas."
  • Break down the walls that divide us by using Michael's Pushback method: Who is this for? What is the impact it's going to create for them? How do we measure it?
  • "Behind every bad idea is an executive that asked for it."
  • "The customer is not always right, but they should always be heard."
  • "Be kind. Be cool. Be you."
  • Microsoft is focusing on a cultural shift to demonstrate more empathy, and it's leading to more innovation.
  • Jørgen Vig Knudstorp turned the fate of Lego around by focusing on the mission rather than profits.
  • "Do you champion your employee's ideas?"
  • Pivot from being the victim: Develop a personal mission statement by asking who are you serving, where is your passion, and how can you measure that result?
  • "We have a choice."
  • Check out the Mean People Suck Companion Guide here, which includes my favorite: the Bullseye organizational chart.
  • Get a copy of Michael Brenner's Mean People Suck here.

Did today's episode inspire you? 

  • Listen to Liz Fosslien shares the importance of embracing our emotions, and simple tips to be the best versions of ourselves at work and in life. Listen to ep. 122 here.
  • Hear Andre Norman share his journey from juvie to jail to Harvard and how choosing empathy led him to find forgiveness. Listen to ep. 95 here.

MICHAEL BRENNER'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Fear. There is a lot to learn from the things we're afraid of.

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 picture of my wife and I walking down the aisle on our wedding day.

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. I'm completely inspired by the environment he grew up in, the person he became and the fight that he led with such compassion and empathy. What allowed him to turn what must have been rage into such an effective form of change?

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? A piece of paper from my dad's workbench that said, "quityerbellyachin'"

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? 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? Focusing on others is the counterintuitive secret to success.

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Dec 2, 2019

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

Today, I share some very exciting news around my new book In Awe, the inspiration behind its mission and even an exclusive excerpt. In Awe hits bookshelves in May 2020, but I want to give Live Inspired Podcast listeners the first opportunity to pre-order a copy.

Visit ReadInAwe.com to order a copy of In Awe and gain access to bonus features like the In Awe Playbook. This 20-page, full-color Playbookwill introduce you to the basic concepts of the book, show you how you can begin to apply them in your life and give you something tangible to enjoy (or gift!) in time for the holidays.

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