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Apr 20, 2017

"Enough was never enough."

Christine Hassler was an over achiever. Each time she'd reach a milestone - she'd hurry off to the next big goal... never taking time to pause, recoup or celebrate. Early in her career, she was a high level producer in Hollywood... and completely unhappy.

Today, she realizes that she was keeping busy and "achieving" in order to not have to truly feel her feelings. To get this sense of clarity, Christine had to have a mighty fall... Embrace the lessons from that fall and then build her new, fulfilling life.

You are going to love the concrete insights and how-to's from Christine Hassler, bestselling author, podcaster, life coach and counselor.

SHOW NOTES

  • Choose new thoughts and habits. Use discipline to transform education and awareness into integration in your life. Just having the information is psychological entertainment.
  • Numbing out is easier. When you gossip and watch reality TV you can just be entertained. If you listen, engage with content that makes you feel: You have to process your feelings.
  • We either control and resist life or we move with it. [Tweet this.]
  • 20 something / 20 everything her book for 20-something women thinking: Who am I? What do I want & how do I get it?
  • It's important for us to own and have compassion for our journeys.
  • Don't chase a feeling, chase a result.
  • Without being inspired, enough is never enough.
  • Control, achievement, plan. That's what I did; because I thought it would keep me safe. As long as I was doing I didn't have to feel or process what was really driving me.
  • I got so much validation for all of my hard. That was my identity. But the problem was enough was never enough.
  • A lot of us get stuck in the why: Why did this happen to me? Don't get stuck in the analysis. A better question is: What am I learning?
  • "Humans learn through contact. When we go through hard times, it gives us more compassion for others."
  • What ultimately led her over-achieving nature and suicidal moment at age 26 was the limiting beliefs she'd bought into as little girl.
  • How do you stay in "flow"?
    • Breath of fire for 3 minutes when I wake up. Short fast breath through my nose and into my lower body. This calms my very active mind.
    • Mediate for 10 minutes and journaling, clearing out thoughts and anxiety.
    • Make a to-do list for me and one for what I'd like God to help with. 
    • Exercise every day. Yoga or the gym.
    • Turn off devices at least one hour before bed. Write things that happened that day I'm grateful for. 
    • Increase your awareness. You have choice. You are not a victim of your life.
  • Inspiration pulls us forward.
  • When you are going through a hard time, remember: It's not going to last forever. It's happening for you not to you. This could be the biggest catalyst in your life. 
  • When you have a big disappointment: Leverage the amazing lessons and healing opportunities that come forward in major transitions in you life.
  • John joined Christine on her podcast: Over it & On with it on. Listen here.


CHRISTINE HASSLER'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl: "Between stimulus and response is our choice & that choice is our freedom."

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do? Create a think tank to innovate through some of our major issues - education, poverty, 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? The panda bear my Dad gave me the day I was born. It so reminds me of him, unconditional love and that innocence. it's still part of me, part of all of us.

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 the first question I'd ask: "What's the truth?" 

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? After my divorce a friend told me: "Don't be a victim or just rush through it. Be in the mess and explore.Dig deep."

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Don't be so hard on yourself, we think we need to be hard on ourselves to get what we want and keep up with the Jones's. We think if we beat ourselves up first, it won't hurt as bad when someone else tries to.

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 so grateful.

***

Live Inspired – IN STUDIO: For the first time ever, John is launching IN STUDIO – a LIVE, virtual monthly experience. Registration opens in April for a limited time. Learn more: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/In-Studio

If you enjoyed today’s episode: Subscribe (automatically get new episodes), rate & review (help spread the word!) this podcast anywhere you get your podcasts.

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

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Apr 13, 2017

Don't miss my big, time-sensitive announcement in this episode! 

"Time allows you to seek wisdom and understand what you've gone through so you can help other people with what you've learned."

From homeless to bestselling author. From small-town Alabama to on-stage in front of thousands. From hating 6th grade football to working with the last nine college football national championship teams:

My guest today has spent his lifetime gathering unbelievable observations and insights many of us would miss - and then - packaging them up to share with the world.

Andy Andrews has written 20 books with more than 3 million copies in circulation. I am one of Andy's biggest fans and he is one of the most pure-hearted people I've met. Let me introduce to you our newest Live Inspired friend, Andy Andrews.

SHOW NOTES

  • His 8th grade teacher has been one of the most influential people in his life. THANK YOU to all of our teachers in the Live Inspired community. YOU make a huge difference!
  • Andy's worked on mental toughness and strategic thinking with the the last 9 college football national championship teams.
  • "Quitting is a habit. Theres no penalty for quitting today, everyone just says 'you tried!' But when you persist without exception, there's something in you that figures out a way, something lasting." [Tweet this.]
  • "It's about what you're becoming. You're finding a way where there doesn't seem to be one."
  • Andy's first New York Times bestselling book The Travelers Gift was turned down by 50 publishers before it was picked up by one. Today, it's in 40 languages and one million copies have sold.
  • We can't fix other people, we have to fix ourselves. 

  • How did you get out of being homeless? There's the answer I'd have told you when I got out, the one I'd have told you 10 years later and the one I'd tell you now. Time allows you to seek wisdom and understand what you've gone through so you can help other people with what you've learned.
  • A guy named Jones came up to me under my pier and encouraged me to read biographies. I hated them at first, but then I started seeing a pattern emerging. After 60 books, I realized there were 7 things all the people had, but they'd only harnessed 2 or 3. I started thinking, what happens to someone who harnesses all 7? I used those principles to get myself out from under the pier.
  • One principle is "responsibility" which is typically thought of in extremes. "Until these people accept responsibility..." - or - "Its not their fault!" But, responsibility is about hope and control. Hope for a greater future that they can control. [Tweet this.]
    • If you blame your mom, economy, neighbor, spouse - there's not hope because there is no control.
    • If you own that you made choices to get yourself to a place that you DON'T like, isn't it great news that you can then make decisions to get you to a place you DO like?
  • Andy's newest book The Little Things: "No matter if you create a masterpiece or disaster it's made 1 decision, 1 tiny brush stroke at a time."
    • I was helping to double and triple my clients businesses, but I realized the little things I'd figured out that I was putting in place for them, I had never written down. Now it's all in this book.
  • If you want incredible results, understand it will not happen doing what you've been doing or what "the industry does." I help people compete at a level the competition doesn't know there is a game going on.
  • Everyone competes the same way and because they do: It's easy to find little things that make a big difference. It comes from looking in the other direction. [Tweet this.]
  • Customer satisfaction is the lowest bar you can possibly hit and stay in business. Anything less than that, you're in trouble.
  • The greatest advertisement you can have is word of month. It trumps everything.
  • Everyone competes with price and product. That doesn't work. I don’t care what industry you are in, the product is you.

ANDY ANDREWS'S INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Greatest Salesman, Og Mandino

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do? I would buy timber land. I would be very quiet about it because I know right now I might be mentally and emotionally able to handle that, but most people are not. I'd use the timber land to be self sustaining and help people; be valuable to charitable organizations.

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 mamma's bible. Her notes are in there and her underlines. Since my mom died so long ago, there are so many things I'd ask today if I could. Today I can go through her bible and get a good idea of her thinking.

One note she wrote, "God does not have to heal me to prove to me who He is. I am fine."

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? Winston Churchill. 

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? I continue to unpack this one, from 35 years ago. The Noticer, that book tells the story of old man Jones, the man who befriended Andy when he was homeless under the pier. "Most people live their entire lives and never understand: You can't believe everything you think."

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Be patient. God is under no obligation to tell you what he is doing in your life. Though you may be angry and not understand, or wish He did things differently or think He's left you, if you just remember what has happened, if you look behind you, you will see His hand on your shoulder every step of the way. Calm down.

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 great father, husband and friend, he followed his heart and provided value for his fellow man.

***

Live Inspired – IN STUDIO: For the first time ever, John is launching IN STUDIO – a LIVE, virtual monthly experience. Registration opens in April for a limited time. Learn more: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/In-Studio

If you enjoyed today’s episode: Subscribe (automatically get new episodes), rate & review (help spread the word!) this podcast anywhere you get your podcasts.

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

Live Inspired with John everyday on FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedInPinterest and get his Monday Motivation email: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/Monday-Morning

 

Apr 6, 2017

"I don't want you to be a been brother: a would-a-been, could-a-been or should-a-been. Focus, be well-rounded and give your effort at all times."

Chris Hogan received this advice from his Mom. He was bless to grow up with seven or eight parental figures - from uncles and grandparents to teachers and coaches - in a small town in Kentucky.

These role models helped him to dream big and never rest on his laurels. Today, Chris is a husband, father, bestselling author, radio and podcast host, expert on retirement and personal finance and part of the Dave Ramsey speaker team.

Today, Chris shares simple, life-changing financial tips and nuggets of wisdom gleaned from mentors throughout his life.

SHOW NOTES: 

  • Information that gets applied in your life time and again becomes wisdom.
  • Above all else I realize my time spent with my boys is to help them become productive young men in society. Time spent talking about what and how they are thinking so I can share my experiences and they can see that Dad is not perfect, but perfectly capable of improving.
  • Dreaming big is necessary but the work you have to put in if you're serious will lead you closer (or on the doorstep) of that opportunity.
  • Be open to opportunities. What seems like a detour is actually the new bigger journey connecting you to the end goal.
  • Grab the opportunity and avoid the chances. Chances are 50/50. When pursued, an opportunity will lead you somewhere better. - Chris's Grandma
  • Failure is when you don't accomplish a goal and you stop. Not succeeding is when you gave 100% but didn't reach the goal. With maturity and wisdom you realize in pursuit of it, you improved, moved down the path.
  • Understanding my example speaks louder than my words makes me stay very aware.
  • Chris moved from banking to consumer finance when he realized: "Those account numbers had names; those names had faces; the faces had families."
  • It's hard to tell how people are doing with money. They can be dressed head to toe in Prada but not have two nickels to rub together.
  • If you are 17 or 77: We all need money to provide for our family.
  • If you don't have a plan for your money, someone else will. It's 80% effort and 20% knowledge. It's a matter of learning these 3 basic skills:

    1. Understand and tap into what it is you would ultimately like to accomplish. What are your high definition dreams: Write a check to your college? Build a park? Support your grandparents.
    2. Triple A: Assess. Acknowledge. Activate. Assess current financial situation. What's working? What isn't? Acknowledge that it can be better! Activate. How can we do this? Do it.
    3. Get out of debt and you give yourself a raise. Debt is a thief. When you get a credit card, interest is a penalty. When you save or invest - the interest you earn is a reward or bonus. You don't have to ask for a raise or work harder, just focus on getting out of debt.
  • Budgeting is crucial. Tell your money where to go, don't wonder where its been spent.
  • Don't make excuses, make progress. Regardless of where you are, one step forward is called progress.
  • Learn more at ChrisHogan360.com

CHRIS HOGAN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peel. I got this from my coach sophomore year of college. He said read it and apply it.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do? I'd find a way to give a large majority away to create and pass on his legacy. It doesn't change what I do day to day. I'd understand it was a blessing and I'd never want to waste 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? The quilt my grandma made me and my grandpa's cane. They are reminders to me that where I come from is not an accident and where I am going is not an accident either.

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? Dr. Martin Luther King. I'd want to find out what in this man caused him to go against the norm and stay so focused despite such persecution and learn about his heart and mission.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? My defensive coordinating coach Ernie horning - "Don't make excuses make plays."

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Slow down! I was in such a rush to arrive that I may have overlooked the process and relationships. Slow down, there is wisdom in waiting. Because if you 're not prepared to get to the next step, you won't maximize the opportunity you'll squander it.

Practical way to catch our breath and slow down: Kids and friends ultimately will remember how you made them feel. Even in the midst of being busy, be intentional. Carve out the time to sit down and carve out your sons and daughters. So often we think people want something from us. Let's be the people that give something. Let's give. 

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? Grab opportunity. Maximize opportunities and share opportunities. 

***

Live Inspired – IN STUDIO: For the first time ever, John is launching IN STUDIO – a LIVE, virtual monthly experience. Registration opens in April for a limited time. Learn more: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/In-Studio

If you enjoyed today’s episode: Subscribe (automatically get new episodes), rate & review (help spread the word!) this podcast anywhere you get your podcasts.

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

Live Inspired with John everyday on FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedInPinterest and get his Monday Motivation email: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/Monday-Morning

Mar 30, 2017

Today's guest is going to give you 90s nostalgia in the best way.

He sold 2 million records.

Played the David Letterman and Tonight Show.

Friends, today's guest is Brian Vander Ark, lead singer of the band Verve Pipe, who produced 90s hits Freshmen and Photograph.

Brian is still playing today with the band and as a solo artist.

From small town Michigan to opening for KISS in sold-out arenas: Brian shares simple yet profound lessons on life... and even a little live music, too!

SHOW NOTES: 

  • Having been in the army, Brian is "more patriotic. I'm one of the more patriotic artists. I can't help but get chills when I hear the national anthem at a stadium."
  • Brian's big break: When Willy Nelson asked him to play at Farm Aid. He went from playing for 20 people at the Holiday Inn lounge to 20,000.
  • 8 years ago he started writing kids music as well. Listen to I'm Not Sleeping in (Cuz It's Saturday) here.
  • On his creative process:
    • "I listen to what's going on in the world, my world and beyond. Something will jump out and I'll think that's a great story. I'll write a song about it."
    • "I look through notebooks for phrases and stories I've jotted down. I keep a journal - I have to."
    • "Half of what I write is crap! Even when you develop your process, half of what you create will not be good."
  • Imagine playing for 20,000 people, roaring in anticipation of hearing hear Kiss. And then they have to sit through us for 30 minutes?! It was tough, but once I faced that experience [30 days in a row] I never feared another crowd.
  • When Verve Pipe's Freshmen knocked U2 off the #1 spot, they "felt like kings on top of the world... Set up for a great long fall!"
  • The ego thing happens to you without you knowing it. Today, I look back at my ego then and think "Who was that guy? That is not me."
  • Did you get sick of playing freshman in 1996 and 1997? "No. How can you get sick of bringing joy to people?  
  • What did you learn from your second album that fell flat? You realize you're human, make mistakes and have to rely on yourself. You can't point your finger at someone else.
    • Then I sold my over-priced stuff, bought an RV and drove around town playing in coffee shops. I sold 10,000 copies of my next album on my own with no label. I realized this is what my left was meant to be.
  • It's about the process and your life, the artistic process. It's not just about the commerce, its about enjoying what you do and finding a way to do it and live your life and be creative.

BRIAN VANDER ARK'S LIVE INSPIRED. 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Best book - Steinbeck, The Winter of our Discontent. I identify with the main character. I've read it 25 times!

Best song -  God Only Knows by the Beach Boys. I'm not a huge beach boys fans but that has to be the most beautifully crafted song ever written.  

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do? Immediately put it in a safe place. I would call my brother who is an accountant. I'd take my kids and wife to Europe. Save most of it. Had millions at a long age and lost them too - it's a boring, easy answer, but true.

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? Lawrence Carol a painting by him. He painted us a picture and it's specific to my family and painted it for us. It hangs in our living room. 

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? No one inspires me or interests me as much as my wife. It's cheesy but true. 

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Best advice comes from my wife: Do it for the process. If you don't enjoy it, then don't do it.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Remember to enjoy it and have a good time. And remember what it felt like. Don't worry about what is next... so worried that I was going to fail.

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 terrific addition to the creatives in the world. It's important to me to have a legacy, to leave a catalog of art I'm proud of and people can appreciate for years. His contribution to t e art world was important.

***

Live Inspired – IN STUDIO: For the first time ever, John is launching IN STUDIO – a LIVE, virtual monthly experience for his Live Inspired community. Registration opens in April for a limited time. Learn more: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/In-Studio

If you enjoyed today’s episode: Subscribe (automatically get new episodes), rate & review (help spread the word!) this podcast anywhere you get your podcasts.

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

Live Inspired with John everyday on FacebookTwitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest and get his Monday Motivation email: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/Monday-Morning

Mar 23, 2017

Your journey is limitless and your life is profound.

The guests on our show are ordinary people doing extraordinary things on purpose. On this episode, we'll celebrate the best insights from each guest AND how it has impacted the inspired lives we're living. 

After just two seasons, we've got 250,000 downloads. Which means more lives are  being touched and more people are living inspired with us. Thanks for being part of the this Live Inspired movement and for sharing it with your friends.  

Make sure you're subscribed for Season 3 (starts next week)! We'll be announcing exciting news about the Live Inspired community that you won't want to miss. Also, get inspiration and updates from me via email: JohnOLearyInspires.com/email

Show notes:

  • Hear my full Jack Buck story here (at 32:30).
  • See the MLB Hall of Fame crystal baseball Jack gave me here.
  • Jinny Ditzler (author, Your Best Year Yet) "Live your best life by answering these 10 questions; begin by looking back at where you've been."
  • Jon Gordon (author of The Energy Bus) "Stay positive. Too often we give it away: To bad weather, traffic, crabby coworkers. Feed yourself so you can feed others."
  • Meg Meeker, MD (parenting expert, author, pediatrician) “Parents are so much more worried today. They so desperately want to be ‘good parents’ that they’re exhausting important energy on stuff that doesn’t matter.”
  • Mike Matheny (head coach, St. Louis Cardinals) "Discipline, toughness, enthusiasm and selflessness. If you have these, you've maximized what you can control." Mike's story reminds us "Leadership is caught not taught."
  • Rocky Sickmann (veteran, former POW) "Freedom is not free." Rocky is an epic reminder of the sacrifices made by men and women in the military AND: We tend to focus on the big things, but its the little things that give us the most joy.
  • Dale Partridge (author & entrepreneur) "Sometimes a company can grow faster than people. Prioritize what actually matters... and act with honor. We need more people who can say 'follow my example.'"
  • Jill Blashack Strahan (founder, Tastefully Simple and author) "If you don't have motors in your life, the anchors are going to pull you down and drown you. Be around positive people that pull you up and plant positivity, not fear."
  • Wm. Paul Young (author of THE SHACK; movie debuted in March) "When you have fear you either control or you trust. Choose trust." 
  • Travis Thomas (author, coach and Yes And! founder) Travis gave us a concrete tool to  get unstuck in life and relationship. Do not miss it!
  • Kim Scott (podcaster; past exec, Google; book Radical Candor published in March) Kim debunks the popular phrase "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all" and taught us to serve others and achieve goals, through radical candor: Speaking honestly from a place of love.

250,000 have chosen to wake up and live inspired with us through the Live Inspired Podcast. Wow! Season 2 - 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 3 - is going to be just as good. 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.

Mar 16, 2017

"Most of us don't know how to have real honest conversation. Culturally today there's a lot of yelling and finger pointing. Radical candor creates a bridge to connect the two sides."

Kim Scott, who literally wrote the book on radical candor (released this week!), will ROCK the way you communicate with colleagues, loved ones, neighbors and everyone in between.

Whether working at her own start up or at Apple or Facebook, Kim has spent her career disproving the old saying "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all." Kim believes that - when coming from a place of love and humanity -honesty is the only policy.

Stay-at-home moms, CEOs, educators, everyone: Radical candor is going to help you make a bigger impact.

Here are my main takeaways:

  • The most important thing is to stop looking up. There's nothing more damaging to intimacy than hierarchy.
  • We often get so focused on what we have to accomplish we forget the person standing in front of us is a human being. (Don't look at your boss as a tyrant to be toppled, but as a human to engage with.)
  • Every person you disagree with deserves common human decency. (Remember not to let go of humanity as you enter political conversations.)
  • Don't set aside who you are in order to accomplish something. Bring who you really are first. Stay centered, give yourself the time to be your best.
  • Love is not all you need. You need to be willing to challenge directly. When you challenge someone, you must expect to be challenged in return.
  • In practicing radical candor, your goal should be to show that you care about this human being and owning your truth.
  • When we challenge each other, we help each other find the best answer and be our best selves.
  • We can fix our mistakes. But if we don't know that we have mistakes, we can't fix them.
  • It's so important to have conversations and honor the opinions of the people we disagree with. We get to such divided places because we're afraid of having these conversations.
  • You can't have a real conversation over email or social media.
  • Quit insulting and focus on ways to work together to get the best answer.
  • You learn the most from people who believe things that you don't. 
  • Get Kim's new book Radical Candor here.
  • Listen to Kim's Radical Candor Podcast here.

 

KIM SCOTT'S LIVE INSPIRED. 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Middlemarch, by George Eliot, offers a great inquiry into human consciousness and a warm view of humanity.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do? I would seek to give it away. I have been really lucky in my life.

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 journal from my childhood, age 12 until 18. Its so interesting how the promises you make to yourself as a kid guide you for the rest of your 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? I love talking to my kids. They always say the most interesting things.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Someone told me there are two ways to be rich: You have to adjust your income to your desires or adjust your desires to your income.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Relax. It's all gonna work out better than you imagine! I have watched things that I thought were disasters turn out well. Through experience you relax; being 20 is hard. There are so many unknowns and you try to control 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? Radical candor helped to restore civil discourse in American politics.

***

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Mar 9, 2017

What does improvisation bring to business and life? The idea that we are not competing. We are in agreement, working together, have each others' back and building a relationship. 

Travis Thomas is an author, speaker, coach, improviser and expert at applying the cornerstone of improv - "YES AND!" - to succeed in life and business.

Today, you'll learn how improvisation has shaped Travis's life and how it will shape yours. Don't miss this fun, intensly meaningful conversation. You will leave with a concrete tool that will  help you to live inspired like never before.

My Main Takeaways:

  • Being nervous means you care. As an improviser, we don't think "oh no" instead, we reframe it from nervous energy to excited energy.
  • "You cannot progress until you say yes." The bedrock of improvisation, whether you are on a stage or the "stage of life" is Yes and... YES is acceptance (not trying to control because you can't change the facts).
  • In improvisation, you have an understanding that no matter what the other person says, you are accepting it (YES!). The 'AND' is where you build off of the accepted truth to get to the next level.
  • Why work from an "improv" framework? "The understanding in improv is that at no point are we competing or trying to sabotage. We are in agreement, working together, have each others' back, and creating a relationship." Imagine doing life and business in a world like THAT.
  • Un-programming the "no but" response. It makes us fall into a victim mindset. When you hear it, let it be a red flag. Replace it with "yes and!"
  • Be aware of BCE: Blaming, complaining or making excuses. When you catch your self BCE-ing, take ownership and ask yourself, "How would I respond if I was on purpose/my best/in the "yes and" mindset?"
  • If you're stuck: Go back to your beliefs because they create your perspective; and your perspective informs your actions and behavior. Read a great a book that will challenge your belief about yourself and the world to raise your expectation and mental model.
  • We influence through our interactions. Every interaction we either bless or hinder. Bless with love, forgiveness, compassion. It will positively impact.
  • The members of teams and cultures based on improv have  people who feel safe, trusted and respected ("psychological safety"). These are the teams that thrive and have life-forming collaboration, because there is so much trust you don't have to worry.
  • There are no mistakes. This is a key improv principle. Imagine a business or a relationship where there were no mistakes? What could you do?
  • It's not about figuring it out. It's about saying 'yes and' now because the momentum comes from accepting it right away and taking action.
  • Leap and the net will appear. Improv is like this African proverb; trust and know the outcome will be good even if we don't know what it is.
  • Get a copy of Travis's book Three Words for Getting Unstuck: Live Yes And!
  • I was a guest on Travis' Live Yes And! podcast. Check it out here
  • Care less about what people think about you and care more about what is purposeful to you.

 

TRAVIS THOMAS'S LIVE INSPIRED. 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do? The first annual Yes! Fest. I want to help inspire to put on an event that are youth oriented, because everyone tells me they wish they had this when they were a teen.

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 collection of letters that my wife and friends have written me and a book that, when I was the assistant coach at Principia College, my players each wrote a page about the impact I had on them.

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. "Hey Jesus, look where we are? Is this what you meant? What is your one suggestion to get on the path that you know we should be on."

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? It is also the hardest advice for me to take. Care less about what people think about you and care more about what is purposeful to you.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Don't care what people think. Don't worry about the outcome. You know what you're passionate about. You know whats in your heart. Don't be rational. Don't be realistic.  

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 never stopped growing and he tried to do his best everyday.

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Mar 2, 2017

"Just because you work through your stuff and you own it doesn't mean the evidence of it disappears." - William Paul Young

William Paul Young's childhood broke him. As a husband and father, he hit rock bottom and began a journey to reconstruct the life he was meant to lead.

Young shared this process in his book The Shack, written as a gift for his children to better understand his experience. He printed copies at his local printer to give them in 2005. To date, 22 million have sold... and The Shack Movie is premiering in theaters around the world today!

Paul shares how to move past trauma, embrace consequence and stay within the grace of one day. This is one of the most epic interviews I’ve been a part of. Don’t miss it.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • "Good creative works open up space for people to hear for themselves, what matters to them."
  • How could this "little book" so deeply with so many around the world? Paul attributes it to "timing - where we are in human history. The Shack has given people a language to have a conversation about God that is much more authentic."  For me, I believe this books allows people permission to cry, grieve, be angry and realize it is okay. It's a part of life and we are not alone.

  • "When you have fear you either control or you trust. Choose trust."

  • Paul feels there is one major mistake in the book. He did not include the idea that "just because you work through your stuff and you own it and deal with it doesn't mean the evidence of it disappears."
  • "Guilt is 'I've done something wrong.' Shame is 'am something wrong - something at the core of my being is wrong.' Shame can leave us feeling like we've got no where to go."
  • "Choices matter. Consequences are not punishment, but rather they exist  because learning to live with the consequences and own what we've done, that becomes the fire that burns away all the 'crap.'"
  • "Religious people believe in hell but spiritual people have been there."
  • "When you hit the bottom, you stop pointing fingers. You deal with it and own what you did."
  • "Stay living inside the grace of one day. It has the greatest place of healing for me inside the entire journey."

 

(WILLIAM) PAUL YOUNG'S LIVE INSPIRED. 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Greek New Testament. The Little Prince. Unspoken Sermons.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do? I would ask the Holy Spirit and stay living inside the grace of one day; it has been one of the greatest places of healing for me inside this entire journey. 

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? First edition George McDonnell Unspoken Sermons 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? The Holy Spirit or Jesus. The first question I would ask, "Am I right in hoping that one day every single human being without the violation of their will be fully restored to relationship with you?"

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Learn to laugh at yourself. Don't take yourself so seriously. Live inside the grace of the day.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Go see a therapist. You're dragging a big corpse of history, come out of the shadows. The sooner the better.

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? You finally became a child.

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Feb 23, 2017

If you don't have motors in your life and you do have anchors, the anchors are going to pull you down and drown you. Be around positive people that pull you up and plant positivity, not fear.

Jill Blashack Strahan shared this when reflecting on how she found significance and success as Founder & CEO of Tastefully Simple, despite experiencing tragic loss when her spouse and two brothers died much too early in life. 

As a speaker, Jill often asks her audiences to "Think back to a time when you have been filled with fear. Did you get through it? Do you believe you are stronger because of it?"

She continues by sharing her personal story as a mirror: "I tell them, I've been there. I made it through. You can make it through too."

You are going to love hearing from my dear friend, client & author. From simple joys growing up on a dairy farm in Minnesota to the wisdom her grandmother continues to share today through books she recommended decades ago: Jill's story will remind you that you were put on this earth to shine.

My Main Takeaways: 

  • What Jill learned from falling in love with an alcoholic and joining the Al-Anon community: Let go go of behavior with love. We love the person, hate the behavior. These ideas were key in shaping my life.
  • The Serenity Prayer helped Jill to not be reactive and stay centered during the hardest times in her life.
  • Jill's wild success ($14k annually to $100+ million in 8 years) is tied in part to her objective: "To help people become more of who they are."
  • Fear is about what we're thinking. Thoughts control emotions. Emotions control actions. Don't get caught up in fear.
  • We say 'why me' when bad things happen, but why not say 'why not me'? What makes me so special?
  • If you don't have motors in your life and you have anchors, they are going to pull you down and drown you. Be around positive people that pull you up and plant positivity, not fear.
  • Whatever is given to you is meant to be a gift in some way, it's not a way to hurt you or pull you down or destroy you.
  • Fear is a gatekeeper to strength always. 
  • Business is about ebb and flow and finding the "new right answer." I have learned so much in the last two years, we changed our paradigm, from home tasting parties to one-to-one & online channels. 
  • Order your copy of Jill's book Simply Shine here.
  • Learn more about having Jill speak here.
  • Setting goals & creating a game plan is critically important. Jill never made more than $14,000 a year and was working out of her shed when she launched Tastefully Simple. Within 5 years, her business was worth $11.8 million. Her SMART goal had been $11 million in 5 years
  • Life is a learning process. "We learned as we went along and reserved the right to get smarter and build trust with people. We promised we would deliver something excellent, but acknowledged we may stumble along the way to getting it right. The team approach was huge. It took the pressure off of people as they joined us - we didn't have to be perfect." 

 

JILL BLASHACK STRAHAN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach was significant for me. Today We Are Rich by Tim Sanders was another that was very timely for me.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do? I would give a lot that money away. Tastefully Simple has financially afforded me much in life. I would definitely want to build a park in little Villard, MN.

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 photos that I don't have digitally. Especially so that my son Zach would have them, memories of his dad.

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? It would be my Grandma Aida who gave me the books I mentioned. She was very well read and very understated. She was not one who espoused her intelligence, but I would love to know more about her perspective on life and our family dynamics.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Always go least to most, if you give too much and take away people lose trust. When in doubt do without.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? I would make sure that I knew the Maryann Williamson quote about worthiness and I would make sure that I knew that I am worthy and that God expects me to shine. That's one of the best things that shifted my thinking in my mid 30s. We are here to shine, not to feel unworthy.

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 helped people shine and become more of who they are. 

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Feb 16, 2017

When bad things happen, Dale Partridge no longer questions them. Instead, he thinks: "What will I learn from this moment?"

After numerous pivots, failures and unmanageable businesses growth early in his career, Dale began "to hold less tight to things. I'm more open-handed because of these moments."  

At one point his business was so successful, he couldn't grow fast enough to sustain it. On the outside he was successful and everyone was cheering him on. On the inside, he and his wife were experiencing panic attacks and a failing marriage. They knew they needed a change. 

He was asked to step down - and he now sees it is the best thing that could have happened. He and his wife moved from city life in California to a farm in Oregon. They've healed their marriage, grown their family and Dale has re-established a thriving, sustainable business.

You will get so much from the vulnerability with which Dales shares about his personal, professional and faith walk. My main take aways:

  • Sometimes, a company can grow faster than people can.
  • You can tell someone's priorities by how they spend their time and money.
  • 'Normal' & 'common' aren't the same. It's common to: Work 60 hours, have mediocre marriages and relationships with kids & eventually get a divorce because of these things. But it's not normal.
  • Act with honor. We need more people who can say "follow my example."
  • We look at division as a bad thing. Bringing people back to the truth is never bad.
  • We're all leaders at some level. It's okay to not be a massive leader, to be a follower and embrace who you were made to be.
  • Respect doesn't come from the job you have or the money you make it comes from the family and the life you build.
  • Don't be so concerned with a house, a dream, that career. Focus on health, getting out of debt & building relationships that matter.
  • On your deathbed, you'll think 'I wish I'd spent more time with my wife, had more kids, went on another vacation, not about work or money.'
  • Whatever you are doing, wherever you are, remember time & relationship are what matter. Invest where you are going to get your best return.
  • Sometimes it takes making money to realize you don't need it. Once your basic needs are met, money doesn't increase happiness. 
  • When we learn that maturity and growth are totally backwards, everything starts to make sense.
  • Embarrassment is an incredible teacher.
  • Stop talking & start listening: The fastest way to connect & show respect.
  • Fix your thinking and you can fix anything.
  • Learn more about Dale, his books, Startup Camp on his website.
  • Follow Dale on TwitterFacebook.
  • Listen to John's interview on Dale's Startup Camp Podcast here.

DALE PARTRIDGE'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Biographies about John Adams and David McCullough. I love biographies, they teach so much more than books about a topic. 

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do? There are charities we love, so some money would go there. Real estate seems to be the smartest decision (for investment). It buys you time. Then, as the opportunities roll in through life, you'll be able to say yes.

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? I'm super nostaligic. I'd grab photos. I really value memory. 

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? John Adam. William Wilberforce. Abe Lincoln. I've read these folks biographies; they are people who paid a price for leadership.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? From a placard my grandmother had. I have it on a mantel at my house now. Never get too busy making a living that you forget to make a life. 

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Be slow to speak and quick to listen.

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 think wrong you'll never live strong.

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Feb 9, 2017

Love of country was one of the most important tenants in Sergeant Rocky Sickmann's house the he was growing up. His father and brother were both in the army and Rocky joined the Marines.

In October of 1979, Rocky was a guard at the US Embassy in Tehran, Iran. A few weeks later, he was taken hostage. He was held for the next 444 days.

Rocky recounts the day he was taken hostage, gives unbelievable, historical context from his first-person experience and most importantly: Shares how faith, hope and simple, joy-filled memories are what got him through his darkest days.

Key Takeaways:  

  • Freedom is not free. Rocky is an epic reminder of the sacrifices made by men and women in the military.
  • CHOOSING to be a victor, not a victim, is critical. When Rocky realized his health was deteriorating, he chose to not let the situation get the best of him. In doing so: He recommitted to eating despite having no appetite & doing push ups and pacing in his dark room.
  • Everything you do has a consequence for someone else.
  • A tip to survive an emotionally challenging time: Relive simple childhood memories - or pick a different joyful time in your life if your childhood wasn't idyllic. Rocky spent time in his dark room, tied to a chair reliving: baseball games, sleigh rides and "watching" his mother make him pancakes.
  • "The Man is still up there. Faith is what kept me going. I had never prayed so hard in my life. I even asked God for a sign and he gave me one! He gives them to me all the time now, too."
  • Rocky shares what it was like to finally land at Stewart Air Force Base in New York and see Jill, who today is his wife of 35 years, and parents again for the first time. See photos from Rocky's homecoming here.

  • Rocky is an ambassador for Folds of Honor which provides scholarships to the families of fallen and disabled veterans.
  • Iranian Hostage, a Personal Diary is Rocky's book sharing his experience
  • "Put your heart, mind, soul and prayers towards it and you can survive. You have to make up your mind to not let them get the best of you."
  • "You walk, talk and dress different in the military than you do when you're a civilian. That is why the VFW, American Legions and other organizations are so helpful [when you're making the transition and beyond]."
  • What's your encouragement for those of us with struggles today? "Everybody has a bad time, use that. Survive it; you can survive anything." 

SERGEANT ROCKY SICKMANN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

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

Your book, ON FIRE.

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

Folds of Honor, which provides scholarships to the families of fallen and disabled 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?

My wedding album.

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?

President Carter.

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

Be prepared for an exciting journey.

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

Never forget where you came from.

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?

Rocky Sickmann, Iranian hostage, 444 days of captivity. God bless America.

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Feb 2, 2017

Discipline, toughness, enthusiasm and selflessness. If you combine these things, you have maximized what you can control in becoming a pro baseball player.

Mike Matheny, manager and head coach of the St. Louis Cardinals, husband and father, observed this truth after playing for 17 years and coaching for five.

On today's show, he shares what it's like to win a World Series, fall in love and how having a "consistent and God-honoring" father shaped him into the man he is today. 

The highlight of his career? "Making it there. That first day...and just thinking about the millions of kids playing youth sports and hoping to one day defy the odds. I was told as a teen to change my dream because making the big leagues was less likely than winning the lottery. But that encouraged me. I figured, somebody had to make it, why not me?"

Injuries resulting from concussions throughout his career as a catcher abruptly ended his career, but Mike saw it as an opportunity to spend more time with his kids and make real estate investments. When the market crashed, he nearly lost everything. His family moved in with his in laws and at that time, he observed his kids enjoying the time there as much as they had when they lived in their "palace of a place." He realized: There is more to life than stuff. 

Mike shares what it takes to make it into "the bigs" and make it as a leader, father, dad, son and husband. The takeaways from this episode are epic; don't miss them!  

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • God continues to work on the hearts of people.
  • Leadership is caught better than it's taught. If people see selflessness, they will be selfless.
  • If you want a winning culture at home or on the field, try to make people around you better.
  • Mike wasted part of his time in the big leagues fearing it would end. Now, he tells players "be grateful for those who got you here, but don't deny yourself the pleasure of enjoying being here because it is special."
  • You don't know how you will handle losing everything until you do. To have peace with that is one of the greatest gifts you can have.
  • As a new coach, he realized he was in a more volatile position then ever, but he had peace. "I was able to hold the position with a loose hand, if I'm meant to be here I'm not going to waste my time with the worry."
  • How much does the negativity people throw at you bother you? It stings but I get back to these questions: What's my job? Am I doing it the right way? Doing what I said I'd do? Treating people right?
  • What advice would you offer to better manage business / life? Faith is the foundation for everything I do. It comes down to leaving a legacy. You want to be able to look back and see you made an impact on peoples' lives and took advantage of opportunities you were given.

 

MIKE MATHENY'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

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

Good to Great by Jim collins. Main takeaway: Anytime you settle for good you cut your potential short.

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

Take care of some family and I'd love to think I could give almost all of it away.

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 stack of 5 bibles for my kids. Over the course of 18 months, I'd read the Bible and journal -- to share what I was going through at that point in my life. When I finished one bible, I'd start the next for my next kid.

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?

Coach John Wooden; he has served as a mentor to me and we never had the pleasure of meeting.

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

I'm stealing it from Wooden: How you define success, take a good honest look at yourself, the talent that you have, effort the you put in and the pursuit of perfection while realizing perfection is not attainable. 

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

Stay away from real estate! To thine own self be true. Find out who you are and what you believe and don't let anybody talk you out of it.

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?

Ferocious gentleman.

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Jan 26, 2017

“Parents are so much more worried today then they were 35 years ago. They so desperately want to be ‘good parents’ that they’re exhausting important energy on stuff that doesn’t matter.”

This is a quote from today’s guest, Meg Meeker, MD. Meg is a pediatrician, author, parent, wife, grandmother and business owner. Her goal is to diffuse fear-based parenting. 

I shared the stage with Meg at the Dave Ramsey SMART Conference and fell in love with her message around her book Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters

I selfishly invited her on the show to grow as a father myself and help you in your journey as a parent, too. Meg’s insights are great for parents, but relate to all of us as aunts, uncles, sons and daughters, too.

Subscribe & listen on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or my website.

MY MAIN TAKEAWAYS:

  • 3 Ways to Shift from Fear-Based Parenting

    1. Shift your perspective of yourself in your kids eyes. If a child is with you, he doesn’t want anything other than knowing that you like being with him. Stop worrying about what he’s eating for dinner and just focus on him.
    2. Make an exhaustive list of ALL the things you worry about with your kids. Then tell yourself “Let go of all of it! Today I’m just going to communicate that I like being with him.” Then do it again the next day. Watch, your whole relationship will change.
    3. Schedule your child less. Everyone says their life is too busy, but who makes it so? Are you willing to surrender time with your child for them to be in an activity that they’ll only be involved in for a few years? A child’s character is developed when he’s face to face with mom and dad. That time is important. Also, the remedy for your child acting out is MORE time with you. It all goes back to: Don’t schedule them so much.
  • A tip about getting to 35 years of marriage? We refused to quit. Once we determined that we were that committed, then you could just wait “it” out.
  • No matter our age, we all struggle with self-esteem. Hearing positive feedback from our parents as adults is still comforting.
  • Make parenting simpler: Love your kids and do the best you can. Letting your young kids know you want their company is important. We think kids need other kids and peers. They don’t. They need you.
  • Real joy comes from time spent at home working through life with your family. Life in a family unit is messy, working through the messiness together is how the joy comes.
  • Don’t assume that just because your peers are doing something, that it has to be so. Set the bar higher for your child. They can have a better life than they currently do (in regards to technology, etc.). Two ways to do this:
  • Find two times a month to schedule yourself to stay home and spend time as a family. The first week might be terrible, but by the fourth one, it will be great.
  • Declare one hour in the evening as electronic free. Kids are feeling ignored because parents are on cell phones. Parents are having a hard time because kids aren’t paying attention due to their relationship with technology. Pick one hour each evening (or 3 nights wkly to start) with no tech. For this to work, everyone in your house must follow the rule. 
  • One piece of advice for fathers to “be heroes”? Recognize you already have the cape (because your kid has put it on you!). You don’t need to get a bigger house or get a pool in the backyard. You just need to maintain. Shift your perspective, you are already a hero in your kids life. (Note: this is what your kid is looking for in a hero, and it’s well within your grasp, be: available, engaged, have his back, and protect him.)

MEG MEEKER, MD’S LIVE INSPIRED 7

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

Celebration of the Disciplines by Richard Foster. My main takeaway was to simplify and focus on the important stuff.

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

I would give 99% of it away to World Vision and The Medical Institute for Sexual Health. My needs are met, I don’t need more. Having too much would just complicate my life.

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?

I would grab a photo of my parents; they are no longer alive and I don’t trust my memory to keep a clear picture.

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. I would love to talk to Jesus, have him clear up some unanswered questions I have about pain in the world. I would also want to tell him thank you.

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

Reduce your expectations. They are what cause us misery. the more we can accept what is and who people are and love people for who people are today, the freer we really are to to live and to love.

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

Keep focused on God’s plan for your life, not YOUR plan for you life because you are self-centered.

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 him well. First God. Second, my husband. If after I die this can be said, then my life has been good.

***

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Jan 19, 2017

Stay positive. Feed yourself so you can feed others. These are the key messages of Jon Gordon, author of bestselling book The Energy Bus and today's guest. 

Jon and I met a few months back when we shared a stage at a client event. I've always loved the transformative fable he shares in The Energy Bus (about what happens when you change your mindset when entering "the bus of life" each day) and was excited to hear more about the man behind the story. Today, you're invited to hear this discussion! 

Jon shares "stories even his closest friends haven't heard!" Many about the little known challenges leading up to his best-selling book career (the book was rejected 30 times before it was published; it had little reception for the first 5 years).

Jon's story is about being positive and feeding yourself so you can feed others. Here are a few of my favorite takeaways: 

  • "Sometimes you have to lose a goal to find your destiny." - Gordon
  • "There is one song and we are part of the symphony." - Gordon
  • "We are positive not because life is easy. We must be positive because life is hard." - Gordon
    • Negative thoughts will always come in; you don’t have to believe them. Your faith must be greater than you fear.
  • You must overcome negativity to become a successful leader.
  • The "bus" story came to me during a walk of prayer and gratitude.
  • People CAN become more positive! No one wants to be negative, we blame circumstances and that breeds more negativity. Realizing this gave me the concept for the Energy Bus and the idea that you have to be the driver of your own bus. You have to empower yourself.
  • "Don’t allow life to define you. Define your life." - Gordon [Tweet this.]
  • Why did Jon succeed? Faith and grit.
  • A few ideas from Jon to become more positive:
    • Feed the positive, not the negative.
    • Learn to talk to yourself; not to listen to yourself.
    • Research shows you can’t be grateful and stressed at the same time. Spend timing each day being grateful: Gratitude journaling, take a gratitude walk, etc.
  • "The media is the bible for the fearful." - Gordon
  • "We create our world not from the outside in but from the inside out." - Gordon
  • Enroll in Jon Gordon’s Positive University for free in January 2017. 

Jon Gordon's Live Inspired 7 

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

All the Places to Go. My main takeaway is that life is an open door; God puts doors in front of you.

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

Invest in others continue to pour into Positive University and more for nonprofits I love: Homes for Hope in Mexico and FCA, the Dream Center in LA.

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 and my grandparents’ pictures that sit on my desk. Pictures of my parents who both passed away.

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.

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

Dr. James Guild's advice, talk to yourself instead of listen to yourself.

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

Don’t stress so much. Enjoy the ride. The message in my books Training Camp and The Energy Bus.

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?

Positive.

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

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Jan 12, 2017

Almost a decade ago my life changed when I read Jinny Ditzler's book Your Best Year Yet.

At the time I was struggling in my real estate development business and had not yet cracked into my speaking business. I read this book on the front side of a new year on the recommendation of a dear friend.

Rather than quickly flip through, I read it like it was a workbook. Pen in hand, I took notes, answered her 10-Questions and in doing so created a one-page plan to attack that year. 

I had great success and this year, I decided to walk through the same process with my team. We did so back in December and it was fantastic! So much so that we asked: How do we share this amazing, simple 10-Step process with the Live Inspired community?

Friends, today, I am thrilled to have Jinny on the show, literally walking each of us through this life-changing plan step by step. Can you believe that? We are lucky!

I am so touched that I get to share the gift of Jinny coaching us through how to make 2017 our best year yet.

Jinny will remind us of the "indestructible goodness and immense possibility" within each of us. This podcast will set you up with a one-page plan to make 2017 your best year yet. Here we go!

"This will give you a clear way to "cut your way out of the fog" through concrete commitments."

Here are my key takeaways:

  • The premise of Jinny's book Best Year Yet: You have the answers to achieve your success and well being.

  • Through the book, you'll answer 10 questions that will result in you outlining how you'll achieve your success this year

    • Questions:
      1. What did I accomplish last year?
      2. What were my biggest disappointments last year?
      3. What did I learn? (Uncover a motto for the new year, turning negatives to positives: Be grateful. Not 'Don't be ungrateful.')
      4. How did I limit myself? How can I stop? What's getting in the way? What are your limiting beliefs?
      5. What are your values?
      6. What roles do I play (no more than 8)?
      7. What role is my major focus in the new year?
      8. What are my (specific, measurable) goals for each of my roles?
      9. What are my top 10 goals?
      10. How can I achieve my plan (my top 10 goals)?
  • This will not be HARD. You just need to have discipline. 
  • Set monthly goals. Keep score to make sure you are moving the needle.
  • Get a life coach or an accountability partner to hold you accountable and talk about the progress you are making on your plan. 
  • Prefer to take the 'Best Year Yet' Course? Sign up here.
  • Order Jinny's Best Year Yet book here

Jinny Ditzler's Live Inspired 7 

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

 The Tibetan Book of Living & Dying.

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

I'd take care of myself and my family where we don't feel fully cared for. Then I'd find people up to good and invest in them.

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?

Mom. She's not with us anymore, but she was an angel. 

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

Where there is a will there is a way.

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

Relax. 

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 cared deeply about others and committed her life to showing them how to use the best that's in them.

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I can't wait to see you here next Thursday! Until then, remember: Today is your day. Live Inspired.

Live Inspired with John everyday on Facebook & Twitter and get his Monday Motivation email: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/Monday-Morning 

Jan 5, 2017

Let's move our focus from the cold winter to where the sun is shining: Spring!

One of my favorite parts of spring is March Madness. I love sports, I love baseball and I love the race to the final game (especially when the underdog wins). 

Most importantly, after the final game, I love when they play the Luther Vandross song, One Shining Moment, while showing the highlights of the best plays from the entire tournament. They tie it all together and today, I am going to do something similar for you. 

On today's episode, I'll recap each of my guests from Season 1 and my main takeaway from each. So many great tips on living inspired. Here we go!

  • Susan O'Leary [my mom, author, speaker, mother, Christian leader] Mom  helped me kick off the season talking about life, the fire that change everything and her insights on resilience, faith, family and redemption.
     
  • Brian Buffini [business owner, speaker & author] He shared the question his grandfather asked when reviewing work for the family painting business: "Can you put your name on it?" If the answer wasn't yes it had to be fixed. That tangible work ethic is the foundation of Brian's success today.
  • Teri Griege [author, ironman athlete, cancer survivor] Addiction and cancer threatened her life; grace, endurance and hope gave it back. Teri will remind you what is TRULY possible when you stop making excuses.
  • Joe Buck [World Series sports announcer, son of my hero Jack, author] Had his his first interview about his new book Lucky Bastard with us! He shared about being the son of my hero, the greatest gift he received from his daughter which offered us all a reminder that: Perspective truly matters.
  • Michaela Haas [author, journalist, fellow sojourner] Her book Bouncing Forward was my favorite this year covering a life-changing topic: "Post traumatic growth."
  • Rory Vaden [bestselling author and self-discipline expert] "Discipline becomes dormant in the absence of a dream; so DREAM BIG." And SO MANY amazing nuggets like this one.
  • Dave Ramsey [bestselling author, nationally syndicated radio host] You do not want to miss this opportunity to hear Dave on the other side of the microphone! He shares amazing humility, humor and financial tips.
  • Kathy Buckley [author, speaker, comedian, overcomer] She is a model for keeping joy, humor, determination and passion for people through life's tribulations. As a deaf comedian, she has garnered special tools she shares with us to improve our own relationships and lives.
  • Don Yaeger [9 time bestselling author; journalist] Wrote 25 books, many nonfiction about some of the biggest names in sports history. Don shares the biggest lessons he learned from these legendary people. 

  • Rachel Macy Stafford [NYT Bestselling author and founder of Hands Free Mama] Shares beautiful lessons about setting aside daily distractions so that you can have your best life today. She asks us a poignant question: How will you redefine your success for yourself this year?
  • Tom Ziglar [Son of Zig, bestselling author, podcaster, CEO of Ziglar Inc.] Tom will walk you through the "zombie cure" or sleep walking through life.

Today's guest is former St. Louis Blues Hockey hero, Gino Cavallini. You'll love hearing the live reunion from my ON FIRE book launch party. [Watch the video.]

I am so honored to have had the opportunity to introduce you to these amazing people; true examples of living inspired. Season 2 starts next Thursday and you are going to love the guests we have lined up! Make sure to subscribe, rate & review wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for being part of the Live Inspired community and please keep inviting your friends to join us - we continue to climb the charts (top 20 on iTunes Business!) and touching lives.

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Dec 29, 2016

"You can have everything in life you want, as long as you just help enough other people get what they want."

This is one of the most popular quotes from legendary speaker, Zig Ziglar and it is absolutely modeled through his son Tom's life today. 

Tom Ziglar has influenced 250 million lives through his work. On today's show, Tom will  share about growing up with Zig as his father and how his dad walked the talk he shared with the world. 

Tom shares about falling in love with sales, defines what "sales" really means and early failures he endured as a young president of his father's company.

These were my main takeaways from our time together: 

  • "Did you do everything you could? If yes, then you can sleep good tonight." 
  • Zig didn't begin speaking until his late 30s; it's never too late to start a new path.
  • The best advice Zig gave Tom (after he felt he was unfairly treated): "The only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you."
  • Tom defines sales as: Listening and helping people solve their problems
  • "Truth doesn't go out of style. There isn't much 'new' under the sun; we just forget what we once knew to be true." - John O'Leary
  • Zombie Effect: showing up at work barely on time, doing minimal work, never offering his/her opinion. (The academic word is disengaged.) Gallup study shows 60% of employees are disengaged. Imagine a 10-seater bike with only 3 people pedaling. This is a life issue; not just a business issue.
    • The cause: They have no dreams.
      • The solution: Dream! Then everything you do each day is helping you get closer to it.
        • Help your employees dream; show them you care. 
  • Get Zig & Tom's book Born to Win: "You must plan to win. Prepare to win."
  • Live to Win webinar answers this question: "What's the fastest way to success?" By helping you replace bad habits with good one. Changing one a week for 52 weeks.
  • Check out Ziglar Podcast Episode #405 where I was interviewed

Tom Ziglar's Live Inspired 7

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

The Lord of the Rings

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

Thank God for someone who lived a good, long life.

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?

Dad's bible. He underlined it. in fact, I have a lot of his underlined books. That is just priceless.

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?

Dad.

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

"You are what you are and where you are because of what's gone into your mind. And you can change what you are and where you are by what goes into your mind." This is my favorite quote from dad.

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

There's a lot of tempting answers! Don't start that business! It might be a Dave Ramsey thought - Pay cash for everything! I'd get more financially in-tune early on.

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 lived pure and simple by putting the right things into his mind. 

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I can't wait to see you here next Thursday! Until then, remember: Today is your day. Live Inspired.

Dec 22, 2016

Today’s guest will help you to stop managing life and start LIVING it.

She is a bestselling author, blogger, mom, leader of the hands free revolution and my dear friend: Rachel Macy Stafford.

Every conversation I’ve had with Rachel is one of the most authentic conversations I’ve ever had - and today’s episode is no different. You'll see yourself in Rachel’s struggles, triumphs and story and you’ll be inspired by her tools to live life to the fullest.

We're nearing the end of Live Inspired Podcast Season 1 and I absolutely saved Rachel to be one of the last for a reason. Today’s conversation is going to be an inflection point for you! My favorite takeaways from our time together:

  • Stop managing life and start LIVING it.
  • Set "distraction free" time every day.
  • "Only love today."
  • Hands Free Living - [n.] leaving your phone and schedule to just be. Letting go of control and unrealistic standards.
  • Redefine what success is for YOU. What do you want to measure success by TODAY?
  • When we see each others' scars we love each other more.
  • Pre-order Rachel's new book (hits shelves March 2017) Only Love Today.
  • Connect with Rachel & The Hands Free Revolution on Facebook.

The LIVE INSPIRED 7 segment is a series of 7 questions, shared “rapid fire” and answered boldly (without prep!) by our guests. My hope is to leave you reflecting on our guest’s answers and YOUR answers… and excited to apply ideas from today’s show to help you live an inspired life.

Rachel Macy Stafford's Live Inspired 7

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

Life is a Verb. I would not be a writer today if I had not read it. She inspired me to take a leap of faith and put myself out there.

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

My kids and I have been involved with Compassion International. I would like to do even more! Go over and visit them...sponsor 100's of kids!

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 friend gave me a framed watercolor sign that her daughters' friend made for me because she said I was a "soul changer." I've never had such a beautiful compliment. I would run in and grab that!

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 would choose my Grandma Madonna. I really miss her. She and I spent so much time playing cards, watching game shows and she would write me letters. We had a really special connection. I would just love to sit and spend some time with her today.

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

Don't focus on numbers. Focus on lives touched.

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

Don't believe that there is pressure coming at you from other people. That pressure is coming from you. It is not necessary. You can surrender. Just love and live.

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 was love. She sounded like love. She looked like love. She spread love. And all that love made all the difference in the world.

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I can't wait to see you here next Thursday! Until then, remember: Today is your day. Live Inspired.

 

Dec 15, 2016

Today we have on our show Pulitzer Nominated author of 25 books Don Yaeger.

From Walter Payton - one of the most prolific running backs in the history of the NFL - who wanted his book to NOT be about football, but about leaving a legacy as an organ donor…

To John Wooden, who many consider the greatest coach of all time as he led the UCLA Men’s basketball team to 10 national championships in 12 years.

You are going to hear amazing examples of individuals living inspired through Don’s LIBRARY of books he’s written and subsequently, friends he’s made. He'll also share about the lessons he’s learned as a business owner, son of a preacher, husband and father.

My Key Takeaways: 

  • You'll never out perform your inner circle. Surround yourself with excellence and that's what you'll become.
  • "Make it your goal to have every person be better for having spent time with you."
  • Be present because tomorrow is promised to no one.
  • Write your spouse a love letter often - because you can.
  • In relationships we often look for things that drive us crazy. Instead, look for things you LOVE. It will change the way you relate to each other.
  • Order Don's book, the biography of "the best coach of all time" John Wooden, A Game Plan for Life
  • Get a free chapter from Don's newest book Great Teams: 16 Things High Performing Organizations Do Differently

The LIVE INSPIRED 7 segment is a series of 7 questions, shared “rapid fire” and answered boldly (without prep!) by our guests. My hope is to leave you reflecting on our guest’s answers and YOUR answers… and excited to apply ideas from today’s show to help you live an inspired life.

Don Yaeger's Live Inspired 7 

1. What is the best book you ever read?

I don't read much fiction, but Nicholas Sparks wrote The Notebook and I've read it over and over again. My mom suffered from Alzheimer's. He is such a gifted wordsmith.

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

I wouldn't stop working that's for sure. I'm on the national board for Make-A-Wish, so I'd help grant lots of wishes.

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?

It's a picture of my wife and I from our wedding day; the outside part of the frame was signed by all of our wedding guests.

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?

One more conversation with John Wood. I just loved being in his presence. The last time I saw him I said "Every time I leave you I feel like a better man than when I arrived." "John looked me and said: Don, I hope you make that your standard."

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

If you want to be better, always improve you inner circle.

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

Slow down. I wanted everything way too fast for way too long.

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 inspired many by telling the stories of others.

***

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I can't wait to see you here next Thursday! Until then, remember: Today is your day. Live Inspired.

Dec 8, 2016

Today's guest is a comedian, author, speaker, huge over-comer and a new, dear friend of mine.

She has been through more challenges and misadventures than most, but exemplifies more grace, forgiveness, courage and perseverance than anyone I have ever met.

You've likely never heard of her but after our time together, I am certain you will never forget her! Kathy Buckley will share her story in such a way that you will be ready to live more inspired than ever before!

My favorite takeaways from our time together:

  • Nobody is in this world with nothing to give. We all have something to give.
  • You can learn more about someone by being fully present with them than by listening to the words they are speaking (she's learned this truth through her lifelong hearing loss).
  • Appreciate who you are and forget about being defined by others.

These truths were also shared in her book, If You Could See What I Hear. I loved this book and absolutely devoured it.

  • Order Kathy's book If You Could See What I Hear here.
  • Check out Kathy on the comedy stage here

The LIVE INSPIRED 7 segment is a series of 7 questions, shared "rapid fire" and answered boldly (without prep!) by our guests. My hope is to leave you reflecting on our guest's answers and YOUR answers... and excited to apply ideas from today's show to help you live an inspired life. 

Kathy Buckley's Live Inspired 7

1. What is the best book you ever read?

Your book! ON FIRE: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life.

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

I don't need much. My needs are covered and my wants are few, so to me money is to provide for others. I volunteer with deaf and hard-of-hearing children through a theater program. I would expand this program to help give a better understanding to more communities.  

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?

Everybody is out of my house? An item. I'm not attached to anything! I guess my insurance paperwork. 

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. I would ask him how could he was so committed. How could he have had that faith. Faith is a powerful thing to bless yourself with and I just have such admiration for him. He was there for those who were less fortunate. 

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

My uncle: fear knocked upon my door, faith answered it and no one was there.

Which means fear and anxiety are human created, but when you have faith: you can trust and believe that all good things are there for you to receive.

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

I'm sorry I didn't love you like I should have loved you. I probably would just put my arms around her and let her know she was loved. 

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?

Kathy loved unconditionally, anyone who crossed her path.

 

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I can't wait to see you here next Thursday! Until then, remember: Today is your day. Live Inspired.

Dec 1, 2016

Today’s guest started his first business at 12 years old after asking his dad for money for an icee. His dad responded, "You don’t need money, you need a job!" He promptly started mowing lawns and has been a business owner since.

This one-time lawn-mower is now a nationally syndicated radio shows host, #1 national bestselling author, personal finance guru and my friend, Dave Ramsey.

Dave's show is aired on 578 stations, is the third largest talk radio show in the nation and enjoys nearly 13 million listeners a week. But, Dave's life hasn’t always been so bright.

Today, Dave will share about what it was like building his first real estate business at 18, making $250k by 26 and going bankrupt at 28. He’ll share how his failures led in part to his successes in faith, marriage and gratitude today.

You don't want to miss the amazing, simple insights from Dave on how to better manage your money, life and business. Most of all: Dave is so used to being on the other side of the microphone, you are going to love hearing from him as my guest.

Here are my key takeaways: 

  • The difference between failing and experimenting: in failing you quit. When experimenting you keep moving until you figure it out.
  • When you pay for something, you pay more attention to it and you appreciate it more. How many free books have you read?
  • There are 3 things you can do with money: enjoy it, give it, invest it.
  • Assess the psychological income for what you are doing (how is this helping people?) when you focus on this, you'll never work another day in your life because you’ll enjoy the work you do.
  • Order Dave's #1 New York Time's bestseller Total Money Makeover.
  • Tune into Dave's Radio Show episode when he interviewed John.

The LIVE INSPIRED 7 segment is a series of 7 questions, shared “rapid fire” and answered boldly (without prep!) by our guests. My hope is to leave you reflecting on our guest’s answers and YOUR answers… and excited to apply ideas from today’s show to help you live an inspired life.

Dave Ramsey's Live Inspired 7 

1. What is the best book you ever read?

I'm a veracious reader. Here's the first that come to mind: Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud. Way back when I was a teenager Daddy made me read How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale CarnegieI’ve read everything from Jim Collins, Malcolm Gladwell, Ziglar. I look for authors that are good thinkers.

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

There are only three things you can do with money. Enjoy it. Give it. Invest it. I would do some of each.

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?

I have my grandmother’s grandfather’s bible from 1878 he was a Methodist preacher. The notes in it are classic.

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?

This week it would be Winston Churchill. His perseverance was amazing and he was a great speaker. There may be a cigar involved when we’re on the bench!

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

The first pastor that led me to God taught me: Love people.

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

You are not nearly as important as you think you are! If you are going to be successful it is going to be a whole lot harder than you thought it was.

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 better than he deserved.


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I can't wait to see you here next Thursday! Until then, remember: Today is your day. Live Inspired.

Nov 24, 2016

"Discipline becomes dormant in the absence of a dream. So dream big."

This quote is from today’s guest, Rory Vaden.

Rory is an expert and a coach on self-discipline. He’s written books about it, built his business around it but most amazingly – has built a life inspired by it.

Today he is a bestselling author, soon to be father, one-time impoverished young man who began making his financial way as a college student during his summers learning how to do what he has coined as “take the stairs.”

This episode will inspire you to set goals, dream big and hold yourself accountable. You'll have actionable takeaways to begin living your life more inspired today than ever before. Don't miss it!

Here are a few key takeaways: 

  • Take the stairs - do the important work that needs to get done today so that you will be ahead in life tomorrow... most people live in an "escalator mentality" of doing what is easiest, fastest.
  • Success is messy! It's something you figure out how to do along the way. Free yourself from perfection and instead just focus on making progress.
  • It's hard to be nervous when your heart is on service.
  • Success is never owned, it's only rented and it's due every day.
  • Order a copy of Rory's books: Take the Stairs and Procrastinate on Purpose 
  • Tune into Rory's Action Catalyst Podcast Ep. 135 where he interviews John.
  • Get my Monday Motivation newsletter each week here.

The LIVE INSPIRED 7 segment is a series of 7 questions, shared “rapid fire” and answered boldly (without prep!) by our guests. My hope is to leave you reflecting on our guest’s answers and YOUR answers… and excited to apply ideas from today’s show to help you live an inspired life.

Rory Vaden's Live Inspired 7 

1. What is the best book you ever read?

How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie. My main takeaway was have empathy for others and be selfless in your communication.

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

I would use it to start charities and invest in businesses that generate outcomes. I'm always looking to multiply by spending time and money on things today that will produce results tomorrow.

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?

I don't think there's anything. I wouldn't go back in.

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 would love to ask. What was it like? How did you do it - so elegantly transform hatred?

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

It's hard to be nervous when your heart's on service.

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

Stay the course. You always get paid for how hard you work! All the work you don't feel paid for or respected for right now - it will pay off. Stay the course.

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 guy who helped people take the stairs and believed that the right way was a different way and it paid off, and they could do it.


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I can't wait to see you here next Thursday! Until then, remember: Today is your day. Live Inspired.

Nov 17, 2016

No matter what you are going through, you will get through it.

I met today’s guest, German-born, bestselling author, journalist and teacher of resilience Michaela Haas, earlier this year when she interviewed me for her column in the “New York Times of Germany.”

Michaela wanted to share about my book ON FIRE because in her writing and research, she focuses on the topic of Post Traumatic Growth. I was so enamored with this topic that I immediately got a copy of her book Bouncing Forward and invited her to be on this podcast!

Through the pages of her book and my time interviewing her, I met some of my new, favorite heroes; each of whom are amazing examples of Living Inspired.

Michaela will give you so much to think about today! Most importantly:

  • No matter what you’re going through, her research shows, you WILL get through it. But you have to work for it. You have to reach out. You have to speak out. And you have to make space to confront your pain.
  • Learn more about the fascinating Coco Schumann here.
  • If you've not read it, order Michaela's favorite book by Maya Angelou Why the Cage Bird Sings here.
  • Order Michaela's book Bouncing Forward here.

The LIVE INSPIRED 7 segment is a series of 7 questions, shared "rapid fire" and answered boldly (without prep!) by our guests. My hope is to leave you reflecting on our guest's answers and YOUR answers... and excited to apply ideas from today's show to help you live an inspired life. 

Michaela Haas' Live Inspired 7

1. What is the best book you ever read?

Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.

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

First, I would mourn him. Second, I am a rescuer so I would donate most of the money to good causes that rescue people (suicide prevention, trauma prevention) and some to rescue animals.

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 sister-in-law lost her 3-year-old daughter. We have a recording of her voice that says "you're my best friend" it's in a little cube with her picture. I would definitely grab that cube.

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?

Buddha. I am a Buddhist and no one really knows what his true words were because no one wrote them down during his lifetime. So to have an opportunity to actually speak with him, that would be wonderful!

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

Let go. Easily said though very hard to do. But when I hold onto injustice or loss - I repeat this to myself because there is really no other choice anyway.

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

Appreciate life. I had so many worries then - but I had it all! I was healthy. Following my dreams and pursuing my career and travelling the world. I wish that instead of having my mind full of worry, that I would have been more grateful and present.

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?

Love. Light. She made a difference.

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If you enjoyed today's episode, subscribe, rate and review this podcast on iTunes and anywhere you get your podcasts! You'll be the first to know when a new episode is available AND you will help me spread the word about our LIVE INSPIRED Movement. 

I can't wait to see you here next Thursday! Until then, remember: Today is your day. Live Inspired.

Nov 10, 2016

January 18th, 2017 will be the 30th anniversary of a very important day for me.

I'd been laying in a hospital bed for a full day after being burned on 100% of my body. I couldn't move. My eyes were swollen shut. Into that darkness came my very special hero, the voice of the St. Louis Cardinals Cardinals, Jack Buck.

He was told I'd die. But yet he came back day after day to encourage me to live. Then, he held "John O'Leary Day" at the Ballpark at Busch stadium to help me celebrate life. Next, he taught me to write again by giving me 60 very special gifts. And the story keeps going...

To do justice to Jack's story and legacy I have a very special guest joining me on our show. Today, we're joined by Emmy-award-winning announcer, father, husband, leader, author and Jack Buck's son: Joe Buck.

Joe will share about his life, his dad and things he can't share on air. From being bullied as a kid to dreaming about how to improve dialogue between inner cities and police enforcement, Joe doesn't hold anything back. 

I'm honored to be the first to interview Joe about his new book Lucky Bastard. Join me on Facebook to see how you can win a copy - I bought 60 to share with you!

Do not miss this episode! Here are a few of my key takeaways:

  • We all have a past. We all have insecurities. We can all learn from each other's experiences. We have much more in common than we think.
  • When life hands us lemonade, it is important to stay grateful.
  • Sometimes it's best not to fill the silence with words, but to listen and absorb the energy in the room.

The LIVE INSPIRED 7 segment is a series of 7 questions, shared “rapid fire” and answered boldly (without prep!) by our guests. My hope is to leave you reflecting on our guest’s answers and YOUR answers… and excited to apply ideas from today’s show to help you live an inspired life.

Joe Buck's Live Inspired 7 

1. What is the best book you ever read?

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. I only allowed myself to read one page a day because I didn't want it to end. That's how beautiful the writing was.

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

Come up with a way to open the dialogue between law enforcement and inner cities. Without law enforcement we're lost... I don't know what it is like to live in the inner city or mistrust law force. It must be an awful feeling. So educating... talking... that is where I'd put my 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. What would it be?

Nothing. There is not one thing. I learned that the hard way with my Mom's house fire. Is there a picture or letter that I have to have? If it's that important to me, I have it in my mind. I would be upset if we lost the painting of my two daughters. But I can picture it in my mind, I don't have to hold it. As long as everyone can get out, let it burn.

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 love go back and know my Dad as a contemporary. I'd love to see him in his 40's. I didn't really know him in his 40's. I'd like to see him in his 30's; what he was like in WW2 if you were on an airplane coming back from war before he was "Jack Buck." I have a feeling we'd be best friends... I'd also like to tell him "thank you."

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

From my Dad. He taught me that there's nothing you can say that is more impactful than a loud crowd. So if the Cubs win the world series, shut up and let the stadium shake and let people hear that. Also the golden rule, when no one is watching: treat people the way you want to be treated.

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

It's going to be a hell of a ride. Keep doing what you are doing. Be confident in who you are. When you grow up a fat kid, getting made fun of - that stuff never really goes away. I'm not the most confident person in the world -- but you are going to have a great life. Enjoy it while you're going through it.

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 great father, a good family person, cared more about others than himself and didn't take himself to seriously.

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If you enjoyed today's episode, subscribe, rate and review this podcast on iTunes and anywhere you get your podcasts! You'll be the first to know when a new episode is available AND you will help grow our LIVE INSPIRED Movement. 

I can't wait to see you here next Thursday! Until then, remember: Today is your day. Live Inspired.

Nov 3, 2016

Addiction and cancer threatened her life, but grace and endurance gave it back to her.

In a world where the media frequently loves to buy, sell, trade and speak in fear, Teri Griege realizes and honors that the human spirit is powered by hope and starved for inspiration.

She has made it her life's work to be a pillar of hope and she has already done so by being: an iron man, author, triathlete, cancer survivor and sober for more than 20 years.

From our time with Teri, you will be reminded that life is full of good people. Appearances are deceiving. Belief in self matters. Odds are over rated. "God winks" exist.

  • God wink - [n.] a phrase Teri coined meaning, inspired moments in which God aligns your life in ways you could never imagine.
  • Get your copy of Teri's book Powered by Hope here.
  • See Teri's inspiring journey to Ironman Hawaii on this video.
  • Check out Teri's nonprofit Powered by Hope.

The LIVE INSPIRED 7 segment is a series of 7 questions, shared "rapid fire" and answered boldly (without prep!) by our guests. My hope is to leave you reflecting on our guest's answers and YOUR answers... and excited to apply ideas from today's show to help you live an inspired life. 

Teri Griege's Live Inspired 7

1. What is the best book you ever read?

Your book! John O’Leary’s book: ON FIRE: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life 

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

I would take care of my family and give it to my charity - Powered by Hope; and so many other charities. I never want to say no! There are so many people doing good out there. 

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?

Grandma Ida. She was the most giving, strong, kind individual. She died at 102. She died six months short of living in three centuries. Amazing woman.

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

Take it one day at a time. 

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

Everything is 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 left the world a better place.

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If you enjoyed today's episode, subscribe, rate and review this podcast on iTunes and anywhere you get your podcasts! You'll be the first to know when a new episode is available AND you will help me spread the word about our LIVE INSPIRED Movement. 

I can't wait to see you here next Thursday! Until then, remember: Today is your day. Live Inspired.

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