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Aug 15, 2019

I loved today's conversation.

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

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

SHOW NOTES:

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

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

KIM AND JOE KOENIG'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

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

Kim: The Rent Collector by Cameron Wright.

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

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

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

Kim: Being open-minded.

Joe: Adventure and short memory.

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

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

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

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

Kim: My wedding ring.

Joe: My family photos and videos.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kim: Well done by a good and faithful servant.

Joe: He was a true multiplier of others.

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Aug 12, 2019

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

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

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

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Aug 8, 2019

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

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

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

SHOW NOTES:

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

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

KEAH BROWN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

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

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

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

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Oprah Winfrey and ask “what it means to have an impact and influence on millions of people around the world?”

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

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

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? Keah Brown changed the world but first, she had to change herself by choosing love in the face of kinds of things.

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Aug 5, 2019

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

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

Simon asked: How would you describe success?

Tune in to hear my answer.

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

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Aug 1, 2019

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

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

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

SHOW NOTES:

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

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

GREG MATTHEWS' LIVE INSPIRED 7

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

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

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

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Jesus Christ to thank him for knitting me together and saving a broken-hearted little boy.

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

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Your father in heaven loves you. Your dad loves you. It’s okay to love Greg. There is stuff that’s loveable within you.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? Greg Matthews did everything he could to be the father and husband that Jesus Christ created him to be.

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Jul 29, 2019

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

Are you wealthy? I asked a friend this question several years ago as we sat in his large, beautiful kitchen surrounded by lavish furnishings. Turns out, he'd over-spent during the good times and was behind on his house payments.

He went on to say, “It’s not our home and it’s just a matter of time before we are asked to leave it. I've got nothing."

After listening, asking a few questions, giving him a hug and telling him I was sorry, it was time to shift gears. I asked him four questions I once used in a leadership discussion about real wealth, true success and proper perspective.

  1. Answer the question: Are you wealthy?
  2. Make a list of everything that truly matters to you.
  3. Circle every item on that list you still have (or could earn, enjoy, experience again).
  4. Finally, answer this question: So, are you wealthy?

We too frequently confuse status or square footage or retirement accounts as wealth. This question doesn’t ignore the benefit of saving for tomorrow or building a substantial nest egg, but it does remind us the real measure of wealth sometimes means realizing how valuable your life remains even if you lost all your money.

My friend, these questions aren’t intended to trivialize the intense struggles that come with financial stress. Far from it! Instead, they are meant to free us to own those struggles and the hope that in spite of the things we’ve lost, so much of what we value remains… And that the best is yet to come.

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Jul 25, 2019

Are you discontent even though everyone around you thinks you “have it all?”

Lloyd Reeb, founding partner of Halftime Institute, is on a mission to help you ensure your next season in life is defined by joy, impact, and balance.

Today, Lloyd will remind us of the importance of not just doing what is valuable, but doing what is priceless. Regardless of your age or what you can bring to the marketplace, Lloyd will encourage you to get clear, get free and get going.

SHOW NOTES:

  • How can your second-half be even more impactful, fun and joyful than the first half was?
  • At 14-years-old, Lloyd's father helped him purchased a few acres of land, charging interest which taught him values.
  • “What do I need to do to pass down the values of generosity, honesty, and hard work before passing the monies down.”
  • A successful building developer inadvertently taught him the importance of significance beyond success.
  • The exposure to what was happening around the world inspired Lloyd to serve or give back to others.
  • Lloyd was introduced to Bob Buford, author of best-selling book Halftime. Because they naturally bracketed the movement of people wanting to renew themselves at mid-life, they created The Halftime Institute.
  • “Sloppy busy”: Your calendar is full but you have a nagging lack of focus and leverage that you had in your career.
  • Resist the temptation to start working on the solution and take the time to think through your core strengths.
  • Gallup's Strengths Finder 2.0 played an important role in their children being heard. Get a copy or each other's strengths like I did with my family.
  • Halftime is a remedy, not a strategy: Think about who you are and then the work you’ve been given.
  • Don’t just jump in and get “sloppy busy.” Take time to reflect on who you are and the best place you can give back. Ask yourself:
    • When was I at my best?
    • What was the most painful experience in my life and what did I learn from it? Very often our pain from the past calls out a path for our future.
    • Think about who you are and not the work.
  • Valuable vs. priceless: On one side of the paper, write a list of all the valuable things your life. On the other side, write the priceless things. What are you doing to protect the valuable versus priceless things?
  • The Halftime Institute: University for the second half of life, a place where people blessed with success, begin to explore how to make the second half even richer + fulfilling than the first half.
  • Have a healthy mid-life renewal: Get clear, get free, get going.
  • Intentionality: Lloyd strives to help other leaders be more intentional in not only how they give their time away but also building a world-class family. 

If you enjoyed hearing how Lloyd is moving from success to significance, you'll love hearing Live Inspired Podcast guest Jill Blashack Strahan share how she created a successful business during a tragic season in her life on ep. 18. You'll also love hearing Live Inspired Podcast guest + graffiti artist Erik Wahl share how the dot-com bust in 2000 led him to reevaluate his life on ep. 80.

LLOYD REEB'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Bible and Ordering Your Private World by Gordon McDonald.

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

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 seven “Book of Days”. Every day, I keep an artifact of someone’s life that I’ve affected, touched or helped.

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? Historian David McCullough.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? My mom taught me it’s better to give than to get.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Marry Linda Walker. She's taught me relentless forgiveness.

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? 100x: I’d like to take what I’ve been given and invest it so it produces 100 times that blessing or impact in other people’s lives.

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Jul 22, 2019

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

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

Carol asked: What keeps you grounded?

Tune in to learn how these four phrases keep me grounded:

  • I love you, and there is nothing you can do about it.
  • Thank you.
  • This too shall pass.
  • Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.

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

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Jul 18, 2019

When I walk on stage to give a keynote, I'm often introduced "expected to die, now teaching others to truly live, John O’Leary.”

Today, I welcome 19-year-old John Smith who just 5 years ago fell into an icy lake, spent 15 minutes trapped below the ice and did not take a breath for over an hour. He was declared dead; yet he is alive and fully recovered today. His miraculous story was recently featured in the major film Breakthrough and today he shares it with us.

If you’re struggling to make sense of your suffering, have lost your personal faith or have stopped believing in miracles, this episode is for you.

SHOW NOTES:

  • John was adopted at 5 months old from Mixco, Guatemala.
  • January 19, 2015: John + two friends are playing on a lake when the ice broke. One self-rescued, the other was rescued by emergency personnel. With his life flashing before his eyes, John realized he was going to die.
  • Firefighter Tommy Shine heard a voice, directing him exactly to John's location, pulling him up after being underwater for 15 minutes.
  • The world-renowned doctors spent over an hour doing everything medically + scientifically possible to bring him back to life.
  • John's mother came to pray over his body, the atmosphere + physical temperate in the room the changed. The moment she began to pray, every apparatus on him turned on.
  • Sixteen days later, John left the hospital with no lingering medical issues.
  • With miracles, there are a lot of skeptics but there is science to back up this miracle.
  • DeVon Franklin, the producer of Breakthrough, encouraged John to "stay humble and stay hungry."
  • "God doesn’t call the equipped. He equips the called."
  • "By the time die, how many people can I influence to take to heaven with me?" - John's pastor Jason Noble inspires him to share his story to inspire others.
  • John's miracle has called him to study becoming a pastor at North Central University this fall.
  • Follow John on Instagram at @JohnASmith25.
  • Breakthrough is now available on DVD and digital download. Get it here.
  • Get a copy of Joyce Smith's book Breakthrough here.

John Smith mentions watching a video about my story. Watch it here.

If you enjoyed today's episode, you'll love Live Inspired Podcast guest Dr. Eben Alexander. Hear how his near-death experience changed his understanding of science, the world we live in today, the life beyond it and what it means in your inspired life. Listen to ep. 123 here.

 

JOHN SMITH'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

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

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? That loving, caring spirit for each other.

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? Picture of me and my dad from the St. Louis Zoo that signifies our love for each other. My mom has a picture book from my adoption.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? My parents. They’ve sacrificed so much for me and deserve to see that beautiful beach just like I do.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? DeVon Franklin, producer of Breakthrough: Stay humble. Stay hungry. Remember who you are, where you come from and where you want to go.

6. What advice would you give your 14-year-old self? Remain strong in your faith. It may look bad now, but it will get better. Forgive your birth mom and the weight of the world will be off your shoulders.

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? John Smith impacted the world for Christ.

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Jul 15, 2019

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

What do you want to do today? Recently, my wife reminded me of the power to look at every task as an opportunity.

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Jul 11, 2019

For over a decade, Amy Roloff has welcomed millions of viewers to her sprawling 100-acre Oregon farm on TLC’s hit reality television show Little People, Big World.

Today, Amy shares about growing up with achondroplasia dwarfism, how she learned to accept + love herself and how she’s embracing her “second act” after raising four children.

This genuine and heartfelt conversation is for you if you want to hear about honoring your own version of perfection.

SHOW NOTES

  • Amy refused to go to school in fear that others would ridicule her for her dwarfism. Her dad recognized that others may be inconsiderate of her differences but reminded her she had the power to accept + embrace her differences.
  • In first grade, Amy refused to engage with a boy that was taunting her and leading her to believe she wasn’t good enough.
  • Amy's positive outlook is contagious: “I can get through this day because tomorrow may be different.”
  • Motherhood encouraged Amy to release her inhibitions. Amy's has four children: twins Jeremy + Zach, Molly and Jacob. Zach has the same type of dwarfism as Amy.
  • Little People, Big World:
    • Amy was hesitant to partake in reality television fearing it would make her vulnerable to public scrutiny.
    • She chose to embrace the platform to reveal how relatable her family is, despite their differences.
  • Watch TLC’s Little People Big World here
  • Get Amy Roloff’s new book A Little Me here.

Thank you to our Live Inspired community member + friend Jeff B. for recommending Amy Roloff as a guest for the Live Inspired Podcast. Share your guest recommendations with us at podcast@johnolearyinspires.com.

If you enjoyed today's episode, you'll love hearing how Live Inspired Podcast guest Lizzie Velasquez embraced her differences + is inspiring kindness across the globe. Listen to ep. 71 here.

AMY ROLOFF'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? A Little Me by Amy Roloff.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? I tried different things. Now that my kids are adults, I am getting better at saying "yes" to different things.

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? Whatever photo albums I could get. Those are 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? One of the disciples, maybe even Paul, and learn to embrace disagreements with others.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Find something within yourself that allows you to believe in yourself, instead of looking to others for acceptance. 

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Why did you waste so much time worrying about what other people thought? You missed out on a lot. 

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? Amy lived an honest, real, compassionate and loving life.

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Jul 8, 2019

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

Today I welcome back Chris Norton to remind us that life's lowest moments can be the source of our greatest blessings. This conversation will give you hope + inspiration to help start your week on fire! 

Get Chris Norton's book The Seven Longest Yards here.

Chris first shared his journey on Live Inspired Podcast ep. 43. Listen here.

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Jul 4, 2019

More than 1,700 people have jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge with the aim of taking their own life. Today's guest is one of the 25 known survivors. 

Kevin Hines suffers from bipolar disorder with psychotic features. At 19, he was suffering silently and it resulted in his attempt to take his own life.

Today, Kevin shares about “brain pain” or mental illness and his story of hope, faith, + thriving in spite of it. One of the most prominent suicide awareness and prevention activists, Kevin’s message of striving to live “mentally well” is an urgent one you must hear.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Kevin has built a close support network called his "personal protectors" aimed to keep him thriving and that will not let him fail or fall alone.
  • Kevin finds to be a privilege to be able to defeat his mental illness, which he refers to as brain pain, daily.
  • "My goal is to go around the world and help other people thrive, just as I am, even inside the pain." - Kevin on the importance of sharing his survival story.
  • September 25, 2000: Kevin took a bus ride to the Golden Gate Bridge with the intention to end his life.
  • After 40 minutes of walking the 1-mile suspension bridge, Kevin made the 4-second, 220 feet leap into the San Francisco Bay, immediately regretting his decision.
  • "We are all in pain. You can let pain defeat you or you can let it build you."
  • Kevin reminds those affected by suicide that they did not die because of you. They died of unrelenting, immeasurable lethal emotion pain that had nothing to do with them.
  • Suicide has a ripple effect:
    • Positive: the ability to reach people of despair and bring them back to safety through hard work
    • Negative: after you lose someone you love, you feel so guilty you attempt or die by your own hands.
  • Move beyond the negative ripple effect:
    • Grieve together without blame or guilt.
    • Bring others together that love that person as much as you do to celebrate them.
    • Talking about the good times gives solace.
  • "We can never move on from suicide. We can move forward through the pain and find hope if we just work hard enough."
  • "Have faith in yourself to augment your destiny. Often times all people need is time to become rational + someone to support them."
  • “I’ve had a major transformation, but it’s ongoing.”

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Live Inspired Podcast guest Dese'Rae Stage created a movement to capture portraits and stories of suicide attempt survivors and in doing so – change the conversation, culture, and resources around suicide prevention, awareness, and support. Listen to ep. 156 here.

KEVIN HINES' LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Rock Says by Dwayne Johnson

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

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? The cross that was gifted to my mother-in-law and then my wife.

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? A young Jesus and tell him "thank you".

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Mom: Kind, compassionate, loving caring, empathetic and non-judgemental to every person I came in contact with no matter their behavior toward me. Dad: Hard work, because nothing good came without it.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? You got this on lockdown. Keep moving forward

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? Kevin Hines suffered the pain. In spite of the pain, despite the pain, to thrive today so he could have the ability to just try to help other people. 

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Jul 1, 2019

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

The Fourth of July likely rekindles memories in each of us from backyard barbeques, fireworks and funnel cakes. In a reflective mood this morning, I’d like to share one of my most memorable experiences from this day. 

Who are you grateful for today and why? Don’t miss an opportunity to let your loved ones know that you are grateful for them and love them.

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Jun 27, 2019

Molly Fletcher negotiated over $500 million in contracts + represented 100s of professional sports biggest stars before changing careers to have an even bigger impact on the lives of more people.

Molly’s passion to better serve and love others will absolutely inspire you. Her energy, business acumen, relationship brilliance + unwavering optimism will propel you to live your life more ON FIRE today than ever before.

I can’t wait to introduce you to my newest friend, entrepreneur, speaker and author, Molly Fletcher.

SHOW NOTES

  • "I lived in this apartment complex for free for nine years. It became the model I used when recruiting athletes"
  • "Say yes, lean in and outwork everyone around me": Working at Super Bowl Host committee office created an opportunity to create connections with sports leaders in Atlanta.
  • Grew her client list by over-delivering to her athletes, connecting authentically with prospects, and serving them in a way that was different than others.
  • At one time, Molly represented nearly 300 athletes + coaches in various sports.
  • "Everyone else is taken. I'm going to be me and see if being myself works."
  • "Reframe those moments as gifts. As gifts that you're different, as an opportunity to serve whomever you serve in a way that is different than those you 'compete' with."
  • In her 20 years of sports management, Molly learned from her athletes to:
    • Embrace speedbumps and lean into the hiccups.
    • Relationships matter most in business.
  • "I don't want to go to my grave knowing I negotiated a billion dollar contract. I want to go to my grave knowing that I changed lives in a positive way."
  • Thread every decision through your purpose. Clarity creates the platform in which to know what to say yes to and no to. The byproduct becomes the ability to live your purpose and living a life consistent with our values.
  • Create structure or systems and the discipline to live by them to help manage your life.
  • "My mission in life to inspire lead and connect with courage and optimize."
  • When speaking, Molly's gives her audience the tools to leave the room a better person through a 5-step process to shift behavior in the absence of crisis. 
  • Learn more about Molly Fletcher on her website.

Molly Fletcher started her career as one of the first female sports agents. Tune into the sports personalities and athletes I've welcomed to the Live Inspired Podcast here!  

MOLLY FLETCHER'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

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

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? The unharnessed, belly-laughing, go-for-it attitude.

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 and photo albums.

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

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? My mom told me, "you can have it all but you just can't have it all at once."

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Keep leaning in; keep leaning in fearless; go for it; 'no' is just another form of feedback.

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?  That she led and inspired others with courage and optimism. 

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Jun 24, 2019

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

Today, I reminisce on my false-summit during a trip the Maroon Bells in Colorado. My friends, I encourage us to remind ourselves that it's not always about reaching the summit but enjoying the journey to it.

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Jun 20, 2019

Most people know today's guest as the award-winning actor in ABC's The Good Doctor or from his nine years on CSI: NY. But Hill Harper is also a four-time New York Times bestselling author + trailblazing humanitarian focusing on financial literacy and mentorship.

Hear Hill share seldom-told stories about his selfless passion for empowering underprivileged youth, his friendship with Barack Obama and the legacy he hopes to leave behind. Today's inspiring, down-to-earth conversation is for you if you would like to hear what is right in the world, and get ideas for how you can make it even better.

SHOW NOTES

  • "It’s our responsibility to make the world a better place."
  • Hill shares about his friendship with Barack Obama and a seldom-told story about when Hill took him to a prison to play basketball with inmates when they were classmates at Harvard Law School.
  • Hill shares an exclusive story on his passion for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Find your local BBBS office here.
  • Learn more about Hill's Manifest Your Destiny Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering underserved youth through mentorship, scholarship and grant programs here.
  • Learn more about Experian Boost here.
  • Get Hill Harper's New York Times bestseller The Wealth Cure: Putting Money in Its Place here.

Hill Harper starred alongside award-winning actor, philanthropist and past Live Inspired Podcast guest Gary Sinise. As one of America’s favorite, heart-led leaders, Gary shares lessons on gratitude, service, celebrating America’s defenders, veterans, first responders and so much more. Listen to Gary Sinise on ep. 128 here.

We've welcomed other New York Times bestselling authors like Brené Brown and Judith Viorst onto the Live Inspire Podcast. Listen to all of those episodes here!

HILL HARPER'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Fearlessness. When I was a kid, they'd say, "he'll do anything."

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 poetry book from when I was a 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? Jesus and I would chop it up. I'd ask, "why do we allow children to suffer?"

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Every idea or impulse you have, act on it. Don't sit on 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? Dedicated his life to impact and legacy in a positive way.

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Jun 17, 2019

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

Today I welcome back New York Times bestselling author Andy Andrews to share the inspiration behind his latest book The Bottom of the Pool, why it took him 20 years to write this book and more. This energetic conversation will help start your week on fire! 

Get Andy Andrew's latest book The Bottom of Pool here.

Andy shared his incredible life story and his journey from homelessness to a bestselling author on Live Inspired Podcast ep. 25. Listen here.

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Jun 13, 2019

The plight of the refugee is both timely and timeless.

Often when covered in the news, headlines focus on the sheer number of refugees in the Middle East, North Africa, Central America… The number is so vast, it can be hard to relate to and even dehumanizing.

Today, you’ll hear the story of one little boy. First, how his life was interrupted and shattered as he was displaced from his home. Then, how his hope drove him and his decedents to an inspired life. This episode is for you if you could stand to better understand the plight of individual refugees or if you could use inspiration to reach beyond your current circumstance to something higher.

SHOW NOTES

  • "Like most first-generation immigrants from war-torn, impoverished countries, my father overcame great struggles when coming to the United States."
  • Sometimes obstacles are incredible opportunities.
  • It took a long time for Bassam to recognize the hero in his father because he was so humble and didn't share his story.
  • United Nations Resolution 181 created Isreal, carving out land to place displaced Jewish people after World War II. Learn more here.
  • The most memorable story his father shares is watching the destruction of his town of Lydda through a blitzkrieg-style attack.
  • Days later, his family was marched out at gunpoint for 20+ miles, barefoot with only the belongings they were able to carry.
  • Bassam's father remembers his father taking the key to their home promising they'd return. They never returned but the key represented what they lost.
  • How did your father imagine a world better than the one that currently exists? Partially from his life in his former town, partially from his readings but really a belief deep inside.
  • Bassam's grandfather + father disagreed for decades. His grandfather, a realist, wasn't trying to take away a dream but was trying to provide for his family + a realistic future for his oldest son.
  • Ripple Effect: Bassam's grandfather didn't understand the ripple effect of putting positive thoughts in those around you.
    • You're not stuck. You can do anything you image
    • How you act and what you do affects everyone around you.
  • Bassam's father worked hard to beat the odds, earning the top score on the high school exit exam in the Kingdom of Jordan and a scholarship to the American University of Beruit to study Medicine.
  • You can't measure the heart inside oneself.
  • After immigrating to the United States, Bassam's father became a proud citizen of "the country that gave him a chance."
  • Before his death, his grandfather finally told his father he was proud of him.
  • "Live the world through their eyes. Everyone should be understood in their circumstances."
  • Without hope, you don't go anywhere. You have to have hope and a belief. Aspire to aim higher.
  • Get Dr. Bassam Hadi's book about the life of his father The Road to Nablus here.

 

DR. BASSAM HADI'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.

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

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? Jesus and I'd ask, "could you please tell me what would unite the three major religions?" He may respond, "does it matter what or who I am? Love another, worship the Lord, and do good."

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Always try to see the world through the other person's eyes.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? You're not as great of a person as you think you are and you're going to need a lot of help along the way.

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? Redemption.

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Jun 10, 2019

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

“Never let your current situation, whatever circumstances you’re going through, be a mountain that you can’t climb.”

Today I share the story + inspiring words of 17-year-old Tupac Mosley out of Memphis, Tennessee. While grieving the loss of his father, Tupac was named valedictorian while homeless, earning $3M in scholarships.

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Jun 6, 2019

1.3 million Americans attempted to take their own life in 2016. 45,000+ of those lives were lost. [2019 CDC Report.]

Nine years ago, if you’d searched for a community of suicide-attempt survivors, you couldn’t have found one. Our guest Dese'Rae Stage knows because she looked and, when her search came up empty, decided to do something about it.

Dese’Rae is a photographer, two-time suicide survivor, just shy of having a Ph.D. in suicidology and psychology and the founder of Live Through This. She created this movement to capture portraits and stories of suicide attempt survivors and in doing so – change the conversation, culture, and resources around suicide prevention, awareness, and support.

In a season where suicide is on the rise (it's predicted that by 2020, someone will take their own life every 20 seconds), Dese’Rae is doing something about it. Join our important conversation. 

SHOW NOTES:

  • Dese'Rae pursued psychology, with an emphasis on suicide research, all the way through to a Ph.D. program before realizing she did not have faculty support on her topic. “Suicide was still too taboo, even for advanced programs,” Dese'Rae says.
  • "As a culture, we are now more open to doing research on suicide and including people who have been personally affected by the loss of a loved one or from personal experience." Dese'Rae shares. 
  • Why is suicide on the rise? There are numerous answers + Dese'Rae calls out that mental illness is often the most widely discussed, but it’s important to note that the CDC reports between 1999-2016, 54% of the people who took their lives in the United States did not have a known mental health diagnosis. 
    • Other life events that are filled with pain, confusion, and hopelessness that could take people to the path of suicide: breakups, job loss, legal or financial issues.
  • Dese'Rae found her value in a desperate moment.
  • She's constantly making that choice to live.
  • "The last few years have been about affirming her choice to live." Dese’Rae on what it’s like to live with chronic suicidal thoughts.
  • Media focuses on those who have died by suicide instead of the people who have lived to tell the tale afterward.
  • Live Through This: series of portraits and true stories of 186 suicide attempt survivors across the United States started as a personal photography project that turned into so much more.
    • "I picked up my camera as a coping skill and it later became my career"
    • She makes portraits of people in the world where they tried to take themselves out of.
    • Used as a teaching tool for researchers + clinicians 
  • Are you or someone you know struggling? Here are tips that Dese’Rae shared:
    • Distract yourself: play with your dog, watch a movie, etc.
    • Develop a WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan)
    • Then, once you're beyond that critical point of panic, you can evaluate your needs.
    • If you're emotionally available, willing, ready: Reach out to someone you know is struggling.
  • Asking for help: We all struggle asking for help. Those who are suicidal or depressed are likely feeling ashamed and struggle even more at asking for help.
  • We can all relate: We are all so different but we struggle with the same stuff -- pain and suffering. There is power in sharing our vulnerability.

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Live Inspired Podcast guest Dennis Gillan shares the loss of two brothers to suicide. Listen to his story on ep. #46. Listen to comic Adam Cayton-Holland as he shares about losing his sister to suicide on Live Inspired Podcast ep. #99.

DESE'RAE STAGE'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? The persistence to seek out the things I am curious about.

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 would have to do with photos.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? My wife. She's my favorite human being and we teach each other a lot. The older you get, the more complicated life gets and you don't get to have those moments as much as you used to. I would always welcome more time just talking to her.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Just keep going and trust your gut.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Your life is going to be a lot more interesting that you could have ever hoped for.

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 did good stuff. 

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Jun 3, 2019

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

Today I share the story of Laila Anderson, an 11-year-old St. Louis Blues fan. Since developing a friendship with her favorite Blues player, defenseman Colton Parayko, Laila has become an inspirational figure for the hockey team and fans alike.

With Laila's encouraging words, this once-last place team has come back to compete for the Stanley Cup.

Does Laila and Colton Parayko's story sound familiar? Listen to Live Inspired Podcast ep. 11 when I share about my St. Louis Blues hero from my childhood, Gino Cavallini. Listen to ep. 11 here.

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May 30, 2019

Officer Mike Flamion was a nine-year law enforcement veteran when a routine traffic stop changed the trajectory of his life forever.

Through their unwavering love, hope and spirit, Mike and his wife Sarah share how they've embraced a new normal + find joy and adventure in every day.

Today's conversation will show you that in the midst of the storm, you can choose to dance.

SHOW NOTES:

  • July 8, 2016: While making a traffic stop, Mike was shot from behind leaving him paralyzed.
  • Mike miraculously survived thanks to the quick thinking of others immediately after the incident. 
  • There weren't any lonely nights: Prayer, family, friends and the support from law enforcement gave the Flamions comfort.
  • Gary Sinise Foundation:
    • St. Louis businessman Jim Shubert is on the Board of Directors at the Gary Sinise Foundation. After Jim's wife learned of the incident, he jumped at the chance to help the Flamions.
    • In 2017, the Gary Sinise Foundation built the Flamions a state-of-the-art smart home that provides Mike some independence.
    • On Live Inspired Podcast ep. 128, Gary Sinise shares about his support for those who sacrifice on our behalf. Listen to ep. 128 here.
  • Physically, Mike still suffers from nerve pain and emotionally it bothers him to rely so much on Sarah, but he has hopes that one day he will be able to dance with Sarah again.
  • Although things have changed, what attracted them to each other hasn't: their personalities and sense of humor are still intact.
  • The Flamions continue to live life to the fullest by sharing their story to remind other's in similar situations that just because you were hurt, doesn't mean you have to stop doing things (they just returned from a trip to Florida!).
    • Sarah feels they owe it those who supported to know how thankful they are. It's their support and those foundations have made their lives easier and they want them to know about how thankful they are.
  • Backstoppers: an organization that provides needed financial assistance to the spouses and dependent children of all first responders who lose their lives or suffer a catastrophic injury in the line of duty in 18 counties in Missouri and Illinois. To learn more or donate, visit their website.
  • What's the best thing that has come out of the "upside down" moment?
    • Sarah: We were moving into a dark time for law enforcement. After this happened, and the community showed such great support, it showed the officers they were appreciated. 
    • Mike: Pushed me to see how mentally strong I was to deal with it. It made me realize that I can still go on.

Live Inspired Podcast guest Janine Shepard was an Olympic-bound skier before her life-altering accident. Like Mike, Janine too has found a deeper purpose and learned to embrace new possibilities. Meet Janine + hear her story on ep. 53.

Live Inspired Podcast guest Christine Caine is a survivor of both sexual abuse and cancer. At 32, she found out she was adopted. She shares how she let go of her history to step into her destiny. Listen to Christine on ep. 82.

OFFICER MIKE AND SARAH FLAMION'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Sarah: Since Mike's injury Why Forgive by Johann Christoph Arnold.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Sarah: In general, faith and trust come easy to kids. Mike: As a kid, it was easy to hold someone close to you. When you work in law enforcement it's hard to break that barrier. 

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? Mike: Engagement picture or the cross we bought on vacation.

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? Mike: A military member that has passed away and tell them how much I appreciate what they've done.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Sarah: My cousin Shelly, shared a lot of marriage and relationship advice like the importance of communication and how loving each other will get us through life's tough times. 

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Mike: Have fun. Enjoy life because things change.

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? Sarah: They kept pushing forward. Mike: Look at us now. We're still having fun.

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May 27, 2019

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

Today, in honor of Memorial Day, I share a story I seldom share that continues to have a powerful effect on my life today.

For America by Jack Buck

 Since this nation was founded under God,
More than 200 years ago,
We’ve been the bastion of freedom,
The light which keeps the free world aglow.

We do not covet the possessions of others,
We are blessed with the bounty we share.
We have rushed to help other nations,
Anything... Anytime...Anywhere.

War is just not our nature.
We won’t start, but we will end the fight.
If we are involved,
We shall be resolved,
To protect what we know is right.

We’ve been challenged by a cowardly foe,
Who strikes and then hides from our view.
With one voice, we say there’s no choice today,
There is only one thing to do.

Everyone is saying the same thing,
And praying that we end these senseless moments we are living.
As our fathers did before, we shall win this unwanted war.
As our children will enjoy the future we’ll be giving.

Listen to past Live Inspired Podcast guests and military veterans Sergeant Rocky Sickmann from ep. 18, Capitan Charlie Plumb from
ep. 31, Capitan Jim Lovell from ep. 90 and Marine Jake Harriman from ep. 114.

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

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May 23, 2019

Have you ever felt stuck? That you’re “just” a teacher, dad, stay-at-home mom, accountant… That there’s more for you to achieve? Or are you achieving what you set out for, but still don’t feel fulfilled? My guest today reminds us that your definition of success needs to change with you and with time… + will give you tips on how to get “unstuck” today.

Laura Gassner Otting is the author of Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path and Live Your Best Life. Our conversation will free you to see the endless possibilities within your life + give you tips to uncover them. Entrepreneur, executive headhunter, nonprofit developer + past White House appointee, Laura shares energetic insights from her experience that will help you redefine success + live inspired.

SHOW NOTES

  • What does success mean for you
    • We feel the need to justify our decisions because we are limited by other's definition of success.
    • Figure out what success means for you + lean into that with everything you have.
  • We judge our life bloopers by looking at everyone's highlight reels on social media.
  • Limitless: when you're at your very best; when everything that you've been called upon is solving the problem at hand; when you're in alignment.
  • Confidence is harmony: what you do matches who you are.
  • Work/Life Alignment: you can be the person that you are in all parts of your life.
  • Your definition of success must change along with you + with time.
  • Learn your definition of success with Laura's Limitless Life Assessment.
  • Four areas of confidence make you feel limitless:
    1. Calling
    2. Connection
    3. Contribution
    4. Control
  • Connection: is your daily work leading you to your calling? Do you have sightlines as to why the work you're doing matters? 
  • If your work is not matching your calling, ask yourself, "what needs to happen?"
  • If you don't have sightlines to your calling, find ways to gain a deeper connection.
  • Lean in:  Do everything you possibly can to be successful. More importantly, realize you can redefine success.
  • Create space to define what success means for you by prioritizing your need for calling, connection, contribution, and control at every stage of life.
  • Embrace "sidequests". 
    • Small things that are not on the route to your main quest prepare you for your main quest.
    • Builds confidence through competence.
  • Laura shares how Joshua Mantz, Iraqi military serviceman, achieved limitlessness because he let go of other's expectations for him to become the person he was born to be. Listen to his TEDx here.
  • Failure is not the finale. Failure is the fulcrum.
  • Get Laura Gassner Otting's book Limitless here.

If you enjoyed this episode, check out my conversation with Rory Vaden from Live Inspired Podcast ep. 5 where he shares that success "is something you figure out along the way" and reminds us to focus on progress instead of perfection. Listen to ep. 5 here.

You'll also like Amy Jo Martin from Live Inspired Podcast ep. 97 where she shares on what can happen when we stop asking for permission and choose significance over "success". Listen to ep. 97 here.

LAURA GASSNER OTTING'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? I talked to strangers more often. I was more extroverted.

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 husband writes me a letter every year on our anniversary. They are a chronical of our 23 years together.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? My children's future selves, the people that they've become after I'm long dead. I want to know how the story turns out.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? "You're just not that important." I was working hard to be all things to all people and not actually being present for anybody. You're not that important to everything. Figure out where you are that important and double down there instead.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Write your plans in pencil, because even if you think you know yourself (and you don't!), the world around you is going to change, be flexible. 

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? My life was better because she was part of it. 

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