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Apr 22, 2019

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

We've had nearly 120 guests on the Live Inspired Podcast. As you know, at the end of the interview, each guest answers the Live Inspired 7 questions, with the first question being: What’s the best book you’ve ever read?

As we gear up to celebrate World Book Day, I want to share the most mentioned books by our guests.

  1. The Bible has been mentioned by 11 guests including my mentor Brian Buffini from ep. 1 and human rights activist Christine Caine from ep. 82.
  2. A Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Franklin has been mentioned by “expectation hangover” expert Christine Hassler from ep. 26 and author Matthew Emerzian from ep. 58. (It's my favorite book, too!)
  3. And we have a TIE for the third favorite book! 
    1. Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach has not only been mentioned by five guests but we had the author Richard Bach on ep. 54!
    2. My book ON FIRE has been mentioned by comedian Kathy Buckley from ep. 7, Sergeant Rocky Sickmann from ep. 16 and musician Matt Mattingly from ep. 66.

Get a copy of ON FIRE here with the coupon code PODCAST for 15% off. 

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Apr 18, 2019

We live, play and work at an ever-increasing pace, amidst a lot of noise – yelling, fear, anxiety, texting, streaming, email. In this environment, we long for hope and humanity, but often give more reactive responses than ever. 

Today, we identify how we can influence our daily moments to make them more inspired. Rand Stagen, Managing Director of Stagen Leadership Academy, joins us to share how to create a little space between key stimuli – think of your triggers: a colleague’s sarcasm, your spouse leaving dishes in the sink, morning traffic – and our responses to them.

Whether you're leading a large corporation, stuck in carpool traffic, or both: Today's conversation will give you tips and motivation to live a more inspired life – one intentional interaction at a time.

 SHOW NOTES:

  • Stagen Leadership Academy strives to link the soft side of leadership with the pragmatic side. 
  • Leaders get the organizations and the families they deserve: Leadership is oriented around a sense of identity + taking responsibility.
  • Power of transformation: organizations don't change, people do. If you want to transform a business, work on the leaders transforming themselves.
  • How to start taking responsibility:
    1. Be grateful for the people in our lives who allow us to reflect on the gaps or holes in yourself, instead of being annoyed.
    2. Notice when you're triggered, or emotionally grabbed, and take unconditional responsibility.
    3. Recognize the gifts around us as opposed to pointing fingers.
  • Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. 
  • Be the author of your own life story.
  • Most effective leaders have strong emotional awareness, both intrapersonal (self-awareness + self-management) and interpersonal (social awareness)
  • Read Daniel Goleman's Harvard Business Review article What Makes a Leader here.
  • Moods are contagious: The way you walk into a room will influence the room.
  • Take note of the feedback loop of the experiences in your life.
  • With awareness there is choice. Without awareness, there are only habits.

If you liked learning about how your mood can influence others, you'll love Live Inspired Podcast guest Jon Gordon, author of The Energy Bus, from ep. 13. Listen to Live Inspired Podcast ep. 49 with Dina Dwyer-Owens, co-chairwoman of The Dwyer Group, on someone who is leaning into conscious leadership.

RAND STAGEN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Scott Peck's The Road Less Traveled.

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? A photo album that has family photos that don't exist digitally.

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? Pope Francis to try to understand how he is managing such a complex + important time in his institution. I think his answer would be a combination of intellect and spirituality because he's operating in the context of a multigenerational time horizon. I'm in awe of how he's showing up and the courage he's exhibiting.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Scott Peck said life is difficult and it's a journey. The journey is about engaging with life + learning to relate to life. Life is a dance between being shaped and shaping life.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? All we have is right here, right now. Learn to be present, not worry about the future, and not be critical of the past.

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 cared.

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Apr 15, 2019

I had so much fun talking with my new friend + country music star Walker Hayes, that we stayed on the phone for two hours! We only had 45 minutes scheduled for his interview. That, my friends, has never happened before.

I couldn’t wait to share a little of the fun with you. So today, you get a preview!

Get the entire conversation on upcoming Live Inspired Podcast ep. 146.

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Apr 11, 2019

Almost 13 years ago, I read Judith Shulevitz's New York Times article Taking Back Sabbath and still today, it has a profound effect on me. As a society, we've put such an emphasis on work and being busy and this article reminds us of the importance of Sabbath, what “Sabbath” is and what it means in all of our lives – regardless of our faith background.

Today, our conversation with Judith will challenge you to build a pause into your week, nourish your community and remember that you are so much more than what you do.

SHOW NOTES

  • Judaism is an "orthopractic religion" (right living, not right belief) and the culture puts ritual, community + study above faith which is referred to as "practice."
  • Judith references Derek Thompson's Atlantic article about our society making a religion out of work or "work-ism". Read it here.
  • Depression + a sense that something was missing brought Judith back to practicing Judaism through the Sabbath.
  • Sabbath: a day of religious observance and abstinence from work. Simply a day when we don’t work – all of us – at the same time so we can spend intentional time and create community together to remind us we are more than what we do for a living.
    • The Sabbath is a central Jewish practice that later, over centuries, Christians took it over, moving it to Sundays for many reasons including it was a chance to differentiate Christians from Jews and Christ rose on a Sunday.
  • Read Judith Shulevitz's New York Times article Bring Back the Sabbath here.
  • Puritans + pilgrims came to America in quest of a perfect Sabbath and enacted the Blue laws, which were strict laws meant to maintain a calm atmosphere by closing civic institutions, allowing others to celebrate Sabbath.
  • For many reasons, the Sabbath practice has faded.
    • Fragmented time era: we no longer share a common schedule with others, leading to loneliness.
    • Push back by putting electronic devices away together and connect as a group.
    • Be conscious of the way we let commerce and capitalism colonize our time and isolate ourselves from others.
    • Stop to reflect + enjoy what you have.
  • The easiest way to take back the Sabbath: Have a meal together. Create a community with a tradition of breaking bread with others.
  • Judith is currently working on a book that will answer the question, "why is the most important work anyone can do (reproduce + raise the next generation of workers) not compensated?"
  • Get Judith Shulevitz book The Sabbath World here.

If you were inspired by Judith's take on Sabbath, you'll love Live Inspired Podcast guests Mark Scharenbroich + Radha Agrwal. On ep. 40, Mark shared the importance of acknowledging, honoring, + connecting with those around us and Radha shared concrete ideas on how to combat the loneliness epidemic + build your community on ep. 98.

If you like this podcast, you will love Live Inspired IN STUDIO. It’s my membership community where like-minded friends join me via live webcast to live inspired together. Registration opens soon! Join the waitlist.

JUDITH SHULEVITZ LIVE INSPIRED 7 

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

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Take in the wisdom of our elders.

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? Books with photographs of my children.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Founders of Karaitism [Nehemia Gordon and Ḥakham Meir Rekhavi] or Martin Luther.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Before you make a major change in your life, ask yourself, "what would it be like every morning to do that thing? Would it feel good or would it feel bad?"

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Trust yourself. Stop doubting everything you do. Stop wishing you'd done everything differently and realize that everything happened for a reason and move 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? I set a good example for my children. 

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Apr 8, 2019

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

Today, we celebrate National Sibling's Day this Wednesday, April 10 by reaching out to your sibling (or chosen sibling!) to share your love + gratitude for them. 

Listen to Live Inspired Podcast ep. #88 to hear the heroic acts of my siblings that saved my life 30 years ago and three ways to enhance your adult sibling relationships.

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Apr 4, 2019

I've been so eager to bring Sparsh Shah onto the Live Inspired Podcast since I was first introduced to him in March 2017.  Fifteen-year-old Sparsh shares about being born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, or "Brittle Bone Disease", and how he hasn't let it define his life.

Sparsh, also known by his rapper name Purythem, went viral with his rendition of Eminem's Not Afraid and since sang the National Anthem at Madison Square Garden. He radiates positivity while owning his disability with awe-inspiring grace. 

Today's conversation is beaming with contagious optimism + resilience that will leave you inspired.

SHOW NOTES

  • Sparsh was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, also known as Brittle Bone Disease. 
  • Sparsh has suffered almost 130 fractures, including his skull.
  • "I've dissed my disability."
  • There is always a valley before the hill. Sometimes the deeper the valley, the higher the hill.
  • Ragarap: Sparsh began studying classical Indian + Western vocal music, blending aspects of each into his performances and creating his own sound he calls "ragarap".
  • Rapper Eminem became an inspiration to Sparsh because of his dedication to improving his skills + overcoming a troubled background.
  • Sparsh chose to sing Eminem's Not Afraid because of the uplighting lyrics that made him feel unstoppable; it ultimately became a viral hit viewed over 75 million times.  
  • Watch Sparsh Shah's TEDx Talk, where he speaks of turning the impossible to "I am possible", here.
  • "When one door closes, another opens. We often look so long, hard and regretfully at the closed door, we forget that there was a door open for us."
  • Why waste our life in the past when we can think about what to do now.
  • "The past is history, the future is a mystery. The present is the greatest gift we can receive." - Bil Keane
  • "Sometimes the storms interrupt our daily lives."
  • Follow Sparsh on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

If you enjoyed Sparsh's optimistic outlook of his disability, listen to Live Inspired Podcast ep. 7 with hearing-impaired comedian Kathy Buckley and Live Inspired Podcast ep. 63 with paralyzed barrel racer Amberly Snyder.

SPARSH SHAH'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Resilience and optimism. My dad said I had a smile that would light up anyone's face. 

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 MacBook.

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 ask him, "how and why is it that the life that is so imperfect, you made it perfect the way it is?" I've realized in life things are perfectly imperfect.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? No matter what happens in your life, don't give up on your passion. No matter how many bones you break, your voice will never break. You can do anything in life, you've come here for a reason.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? (Sparsh it not 20-years-old yet!)

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? Though I struggled, I refused to suffer. And because I refused to suffer, I conquered. 

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Apr 1, 2019

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

Today, I take pause to celebrate Doctor's Day and share the important role play in all our lives. With a special shout out to my childhood physician,  Dr. Tsifutis, who I recently got to have lunch with and thank in person.

I reference the three lessons I learned from my burn doctors that I still live by today. Hear about these and how they apply in your life on one of our most listened to episodes: Live Inspired Podcast ep. #117.

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Mar 28, 2019

The Kindness Diaries, streaming on Netflix, is a series that follows Leon Logothetis as he travels the world relying solely on the kindness of strangers, which he pays back in unexpected, inspiring ways.

Leon joins us to share how a once “lonely kid” grew up to be a successful stock broker and then, upon discovering his passion for human connection and kindness, has embarked on the adventure of a lifetime.

His new book, Go Be Kind, and this conversation will leave you ready to do exactly that. Join us to rekindle your belief in human kindness and its power to change the world… starting with your own.

SHOW NOTES

  • "We need at least one person to see us for who we truly are." For Leon, this was an after-school teacher Mrs. Mann. She changed his life profoundly.
  • Watching The Motorcycle Diaries sparked Leon's courage to quit his job and follow his dream.
  • First, Leon hitchhiked from Times Square to Hollywood Sign with just $5 a day, documented in The Amazing Adventures of a Nobody.
  • During Season 1 of The Kindness Diaries, a homeless man taught Leon two lessons:
    1. True wealth is not in our wallets but in our hearts.
    2. Kindness is free.
  • Kindness is a win-win. You win and the person you're being kind to wins.
  • Your presence + kindness are the greatest gifts you can ever give.
  • Until we are connected to our hearts, we are not living.
  • Leon is filming Season 3 of The Kindness Diaries where he travels from Scotland to Singapore relying solely on the kindness of strangers.
  • Leon Logothetis' latest book Go Be Kind is now available here.
  • Watch Leon Logothetis' series The Kindness Diaries now streaming on Netflix.
  • Learn more about Leon Logothetis on his website.

I discovered Leon and his amazing story after I enjoyed his series streaming on Netflix. If you enjoyed hearing the story behind the series, check out Bill Courtney (ep. 28) from Undefeated, 2012 Oscar winner for Best Documentary and Jim Lovell (ep. 90) from Apollo 13.

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LEON LOGOTHETIS' LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Drama of the Gifted Child by Alice Miller.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? I am a child. Many of us lose our inner kid and I haven't. 

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 passport.

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? Nelson Mandela and I'd ask, "How did you spend 27 years in prison and be kind to the people who put you in there?" I think his answer would be, "Love is the only way".

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? "Never, never, never give up" from Winston Churchill.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Keep going. It's all 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? He came, he saw, and he loved.

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Mar 25, 2019

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

Today, my friends, we are stepping into spring! Nature is blossoming in front of us; offering a reminder that the best in life is yet to come. Today, let’s celebrate the three life lessons my beautiful magnolia tree offers. I promise, they will get you ready to launch into spring + beyond.

Three lessons from magnolia trees:

  1. Life is seasonal.
  2. Loss is painful and leads to opportunities for growth.
  3. Life happens quickly.

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Mar 21, 2019

“You can’t imagine your life without it, but you desperately want to let it go.”

This is addiction as defined by today’s guest, Fr. Tom Hoar, President + CEO of Enders Island Retreat Center, a treatment facility that helps addicted adults. More than seven million Americans struggle with some form of addiction.

Today, Fr. Tom debunks an often-taboo topic by sharing stories of redemption and healing – including his own. Don’t miss this critical conversation or the life-changing intent behind Fr. Tom’s poignant question "have you had enough?”

SHOW NOTES

  • Fr. Tom references Jean Valjean's story in Les Miserables and how it reminds us that the best days remain in front of us.
  • We live in a society where we are too ready to judge others and write them off instead of allowing them to show us who they really are.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.: Be known for the content of your character.
  • According to Cigna's Loneliness Index, almost half of Americans feel isolated or lonely, and those struggling with addiction or any mental challenge often feel alone in the room of a hundred people.
  • To combat addiction, we need a healthy sense of self. 
    • We've filled our lives with noise + stuff, but it's not the noise + stuff that gives us meaning.
    • We've taken God and the sense of the sacred out of our society; causing a loss of inner self-awareness and contentment. 
    • Genesis 1:26: Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.
  • After Fr. Tom stopped drinking, he felt empty until being introduced to Alcoholic Anonymous. 
    • Alcoholic Anonymous meetings offer a sense of authenticity + genuineness where people are sharing their story of experience, strength and hope.
    • Addiction is a disease that has physical, emotional and spiritual components. 
  • Allow people to grow, develop + learn. Accept them for who they are today
  • Fr. Tom’s poignant question "have you had enough?": Are you ready to really let go of the way you've been living, thinking and really allow God's grace to bring you down a new path, a path of healing and hope?
  • Read a Boston Globe article about Fr. Tom Hoar here.
  • Learn more about Alcoholics Anonymous here.

Thank you to my dear friend, Live Inspired community member Mary B. for recommending Fr. Tom Hoar! If you have questions or feedback, you can always send them to me and my team at podcast@johnolearyinspires.com.

If you enjoyed today's episode, Live Inspired Podcast guests Teri Griege share her story of overcoming addition on ep. 2 and Fr. Jim Martin on discovering our best life on ep. 57.

FR. TOM HOAR'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Gospel of Matthew. It challenges us not to live minimally but to strive for the life of virtue.

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? A pair of rosary beads my aunt Helen gave me on the day of my ordination. It represents my relationship with God through true prayer and 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, of course. I'd ask, "Didn't your dad do a great job with this view?"

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Don't drink and go to meetings.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? There is nothing to be afraid of.

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 saw people in pain and tried to bring them a message of healing and hope.

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Mar 18, 2019

Join me every Monday for a quick burst of inspiration during Monday Moments. Each week, I’ll cover a different topic that will spark you to live more inspired.

Today, I share a sneak peek from upcoming Live Inspired Podcast guest Fr. Tom Hoar and, his poignant question "have you had enough" + what asking it could mean in your life. 

Thank you to my dear friend, Live Inspired community member Mary B. for recommending Fr. Tom Hoar! If you have questions or feedback, you can always send them to me and my team at podcast@johnolearyinspires.com.

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Mar 14, 2019

Michele Cushatt is a self-proclaimed expert of trauma, pain and the deep need for human connection. As a three-time cancer survivor, mother of six, author and speaker, Michele's warmth, strength and transparency will remind you that you're not alone.

Michele shares her story, how hope got her through her struggles and how it will help you through yours. Today, you'll be reminded that your best days remain in front of you to live a more inspired life. 

SHOW NOTES:

  • Fear + worry give a false sense of control. Acknowledge the reality but don't ruminate.
  • Learn to laugh + gravitate towards other who do, too.
  • How do we show up for loved ones with cancer (or other big things)
    1. Show support + be willing to do it wrong.
    2. Be willing to carry a measure of pain yourself.
  • Hope gives meaning to life: We need to know there is meaning on the other side of pain and these challenges are not going to be wasted.
  • The worst thing that can happen doesn't need to be the end of your life.
  • If we are victims to our circumstances, we don't have a hand free to lend to anyone else. We're too busy trying to save ourselves.
  • How to heal after trauma:
    1. Make a list and grieve.
    2. Acknowledge what you lost + what opportunities you have as a direct result of your loss.
    3. Healing is not done in isolation. Get emotional health and wholeness with help from a counselor, pastor or someone in that space. Find people who would want you to step in and do live with them.
    4. Hope is critical. Michele reminds herself daily that no matter what happens today, it can only get better from here.
  • Live with compassion rather than constant disappointment.
  • To overcome trauma, Michele suggested the book Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk and Dr.  Daniel J. Siegel work.
  • Get Michele Cushatt's book Undone here.
  • Get Michele Cushatt's book I Am here.

Thank you Live Inspired Podcast listener + community member Jennifer K. for recommending Michele Cushatt! Have someone you want to hear on the show? Email me at podcast@johnolearyinspires.com.

We've welcome other guests onto the Live Inspired Podcast that have overcome cancer diagnoses and are living inspired. Listen to author Christine Cain on ep. 82, Olympic figure skater Scott Hamilton on ep. 68 and author Edie Little Sundby on ep. 51.

 

MICHELE CUSHATT'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering by Timothy Keller and  The Inner Voice of Love by Henri Nouwen.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? I was very playful and full of imagination. I've lost some innocence and natural playfulness and I miss that. I'm trying to rediscover play, joy and laughter.

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. I used my Bible through the darkest days of my life. I wrote all the ugly, hard questions in there and have become part of my journey. It's evidence of the grace that got me through.

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 love to pick the  brain of Henri Nouwen and all he experienced. The other would be my dad. He died of terminal pancreatic cancer eight weeks before my third diagnosis. I would love to hear him share how all the different pieces of his hard life came together.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? You're not failing, you're learning. I was frustrated that I allowed my emotional triggers to get the best of me. It's changed how I talk to myself and how I approach all my children and to teach them that they're going to make mistakes.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Sister, you're in for a long road. It's going to be harder than you can possibly imagine. It's going to take you to a point where you're not sure you're going to want to live. But I promise you, if you hang in there and keep making the choice to wake up and live you're going to be so glad that you did.

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 never stopped believing that love would win.

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Mar 11, 2019

Every Monday moving forward, join me for a quick burst of inspiration during Monday Moments. Each week, I'll cover a different topic that will spark you to live more inspired.

This week, I answer questions submitted from three Live Inspired community members. Tune in to hear my answers!

Lisa K. asked: Have you interviewed anyone that has left you speechless? You’ve had so many amazing guests. Which has been your favorite, and why? And who are some of your “dream” guests?

Chris F. asked: Do you have a dog? You seem like a person who one of my best friend's, my dog, would love! What lessons could dogs teach humans?

Alison J. asked: I don't have a lot of free time. What are some small things I can do day-to-day to help others?

Lisa K. shared her favorite Live Inspired Podcast was ep. #87 with guest Mel Robbins. Listen here.

Chris F. mentioned his favorite Live Inspired Podcast guests have been Ozzie Smith from ep. # 28 and Coach Bill Courtney from ep. 53.

Alison J. enjoys Live Inspired Podcast episodes that feature guests who've changed the course of their life and are helping others do the same, like Scott Harrison with charity:water from ep. #104 and Jill Blashack Strahan of Tastefully Simple from ep. #18.

If you ever have questions or feedback, you can always send them to me and my team at podcast@johnolearyinspires.com.

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Mar 7, 2019

During his eleven years as a business leader at Build-A-Bear Workshop, Manley Feinberg implemented solutions inspired by his extreme outdoor adventures in the Himalayas, Uzbekistan and El Capitan in Yosemite.

Today, Manley shares compelling tales from the trails that led to lessons in leadership that will help you overcome your challenges and live more inspired.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Courage is contagious, a lesson Manley learned early from his mom and lives by today.
  • Get On Belay! A belay is a tool used in climbing to protect each climber. Tips to be a great belayer on the mountain or a leader climbing mountains in life:
    1. Be present + encouraging.
    2. Don't give too much slack (don't avoid important, uncomfortable conversations).
    3. Don't hold the rope back (don't micromanage / hold someone back).
    4. Lock the rope off (immediately recognize / engage others).
  • Failing does not mean falling: If you're pushing yourself, you're going to fall occasionally.
  • Make meaningful, intentional connections. Ask: 
    1. Who do I need on belay (who do I need support from)?
    2. Who needs me on belay(who needs support from me)?
  • Overcome a fear: Write down a plan to get an objective lens.
  • Stop chasing behaviors and start challenging beliefs. 
  • Build momentum towards your goal by celebrating successes no matter how small. 
  • Get Manley Feinberg's book Reaching Your Next Summit: 9 Vertical Lessons for Leading with Impact  and his Momentum Planner and Journal.

Did you enjoy hearing Manley rock out LIVE? You'll love hearing Jonathon Cain of JOURNEY perform on episode #100 here.

 

MANLEY FEINBERG'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Jonathon Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach, Untethered Soul by Michael Singer, The War of Art by Sun Tzu and The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch.

[Listen to Richard Bach on ep. #54 of the Live Inspired Podcast.]

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? My endless, boundless energy level.

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 couple of guitars my mother bought me when she 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? My mother. It's been 18 years since we've had a physical conversation and we have a lot to catch up on. I miss most her unwavering, relentless enthusiasm and  encouragement, commitment and love. 

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? My mother always told me I could do anything I wanted to do, and believed in me. She always reminded me I have an amazing purpose in this world.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Don't worry about what people think. I'd tell my 46-year-old self the same thing.

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? Manley was an amazing father, husband and friend to everyone he met with no exceptions, loved them and they knew it.

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Mar 4, 2019

Every Monday moving forward, join me for a quick burst of inspiration during Monday Moments. Each week, I'll cover a different topic that will spark you to live more inspired.

Today, I share a story submitted by Mike F. of Alton, Illinois, one of our Live Inspired community members. Mike has done something truly amazing by applying the Live Inspired 7 – the questions we ask every guest at the end of our Live Inspired Podcast episodes – to his own life... You’ll love the result.

Ask your loved ones the Live Inspired 7:

  1. What is the best book you’ve ever read?
  2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do?
  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?
  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?
  5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? 
  6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20?
  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? 

Listen to last week's Monday Moments with Dennis Gillan on ep. #127 on the Live Inspired Podcast.

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Feb 28, 2019

Gary Sinise is an award-winning actor – most notably is his Oscar-nominated role of Lieutenant Dan in Forrest Gump. This role reshaped the trajectory of Gary’s life; not because of the acclaim for the film, but because it ignited a relentless drive in him to champion veterans’ sacrifices and ensure they’re never forgotten.

Gary’s philanthropy has made him a beloved to countless and earned him prestigious awards including: Presidential Citizens Medal, Honorary Battalion Chief by New York City Fire Department, George Catlett Marshall Medal by US Army and Honorary Marine.

Today, Gary joins us as part of his media tour for his book: Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service. It’s already a New York Times best seller and after hearing our conversation… you’ll understand why.

Join us to for one of America’s favorite, heart-led leaders. You’ll get lessons on gratitude, service, celebrate America’s defenders, veterans, first responders and so much more.

SHOW NOTES:

  • His role as a gang member in his high school's production of West Side Story initiated his passion for acting.
  • Steppenwolf Theatre Company was formed with his three friends in 1974, subsequently becoming the nation's premiere ensemble theatre.
  • Of Mice and Men: Gary directed + starred in Of Mice and Men, fulfilling a life-long dream leading to his opportunity to audition for Forrest Gump.
  • Forrest GumpGary had a deep affection to veterans his entire life and felt compelled to play Lieutenant Dan in Forrest Gump.
    • The scene with Lieutenant Dan shouting on top of the shrimp boat is pivotal because he's fighting his demons, overcoming guilt and PTSD from war, eventually allowing him to make peace. Making peace is something the Gary Sinise Foundation strives for all veterans.
  • Turning point: The commitment to serve and honor veterans began before Forrest Gump. September 11th was an inflection point deepened that devotion.
  • The Gary Sinise Foundation supports those who sacrifice on our behalf including active duty, veterans, first responders + their families. Learn more here.
  • Get Gary Sinise’s New York Times bestselling book Grateful American.
  • I shared my essay on my dear friend and former US Navy SEAL Scott Wirtz. Read it here.

Listen to more Life Inspired Podcast episodes celebrating veterans with Rocky Sickmann from ep. #16 and Jim Lovell from ep. #90.

LIVE INSPIRED 7

To shine light on veterans, Gary asked me to share responses to the  Live Inspired 7 from past guests who served our country. Enjoy Captain Charlie Plumb, Vietnam Navy veteran and Prison Of War, from ep. # 31 and Jake Harriman, Marine veteran, from ep. #114 answers.

Charlie Plumb's Live Inspired 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Bible, chapter of Job. Unbroken, it epitomizes your philosophy and mine on winning through adversity.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do?Bolder Crest supports vets with PTSD to expand their reach bc they’re doing a lot of good for 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? A tin cup with holes in it that I brought back from the prison camp. I keep that cup just to remind me of the challenges I face and the value of the challenge.

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 mother. She endured so much while I was over there, but never placed blame. I never heard her say a bad word about anyone. The longer I live, the more I appreciate her approach to forgiveness. I’d love to talk to her about how to forgive the unforgivable.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? A coach told me it wasn’t the things around me that would change my life, it’s the choices you make about the things around you. You can choose to be a loser or a winner or choose to give away that choice.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Believe in a purpose as the highest priority.

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 servant.

Jake Harriman Live Inspired 7

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

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Dreaming! I could dream big. I tried to do crazy stuff as a kid. We made a potion out of crayons and dirt to make me fly. Then, I put on a cape and jumped into cow manure!

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 medallion that I carried in combat. It says: [Joshua 1:9] “Be strong, courageous and remember that the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” It sealed my faith + gave me courage. I gave it to the love of my life when we got engaged. When she has to go into dark places, I wanted her to have the same medallion with her.

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. I’d ask: How in the world did you get through that time? And hold everything together with a nation that was literally pulling itself a part? I think he’d say “Find commonality – there are threads and values that run through all of us. Get back to those basics.” I think that is what he did and succeeded.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Never say you can’t do something, you have to believe in yourself and those who love you.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? It’s going to be dark. You are going to have a lot of really horrific moments that you didn’t even know were possible. But in those moments, know that there is light coming. There is truth and love in people in this world. There is more light and hope than darkness. Never forget that.

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 learned to love and learned to leave by serving others.

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Feb 25, 2019

Every Monday moving forward, join me for a quick burst of inspiration during Monday Moments. Each week, I'll cover a different topic that will spark you to live more inspired.

I am honored to be joined by my dear friend Dennis Gillan to discuss a topic that desperately needs to be revisited: suicide prevention. 

Today, we will break down the stigma around mental health and how to better care for ourselves + others who are struggling or suffering with suicide. Take this powerful episode as reminder that the best is yet to come.

SHOW NOTES

  • I share a poem written by 10-year boy titled I Am the Piece That Never Fits
  • Dennis Gillan lost two brothers to suicide. Listen to his story on ep. #46 of the Live Inspired Podcast.
  • Comic Adam Cayton-Holland shares about losing his sister to suicide on ep. #99 of the Live Inspired Podcast.

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

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Feb 21, 2019

SoulPancake is an entertainment company with a mission to make the world a better place. How? By creating content that explores meaningful topics with integrity, heart + humor.

You've likely seen some of their viral hits (that have amassed nearly one billion views!) like Kid PresidentTell My Story + My Last Days

Shabnam Mogharabi, co-founder, shares the best tips she's discovered while curating the signature SoulPancake content for 10 years.

SHOW NOTES

  • It doesn’t matter what you do, just try to be of service to the world.
  • Take it offline: Use relationships formed online to initiate offline experiences in order to build deeper connections. 
  • Be present: The internet makes us feel more connected but, we're forgetting to actually show up in a real way for others outside of social media.
  • Counteract negativity by embracing joy:
    1. Build a practice: Shift your brain to reinforce positive reactions.
    2. Express gratitude: Regularly expressing gratitude for others, without any strings attached, has a profound impact on our own happiness.
    3. Be vulnerable: Vulnerably builds deep, meaningful relationships and creating a critical a sense of belonging, ultimately combating loneliness.
  • Build deep relationships to create your community:
    1. Give non-romantic + romantic relationships a similar level of care + attention.
    2. Make a consistent habit of connecting with others.
      • Create simple touch-points to build relationships (ex: texting emojis once a week)
      • Make mental notes that can trigger you to touch-base with others
  • SoulPancake's co-creator actor Rainn Wilson,  and Shabnam built SoulPancake as a positive space to counteract the negative news cycle.
  • My main takeaways:
    • Social media is changing the way we show up for others.  It can elevate, but should not, replace our interactions with others.
    • Break down walls that divide us: Shabnam's father hosts a weekly open house of worship to build community and unity across religions.
  • Watch SoulPancake's viral hits like Kid President, Tell My Story, My Last Days and others on YouTube.
  • I wrote a Monday Motivation essay about Susan sitting shiva with her friend. Read it here.
  • For more ways to create belonging through building a community, listen to our guest Radha Agrawal on ep. #98 of the Live Inspired Podcast.

SHABNAM MOGHARABI'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I read it once a year.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Playful and imaginative nature. I try to bring it into the culture of SoulPancake.

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 great grandmother’s ring. It's passed to the oldest woman in every generation and represents family, tradition and togetherness and bridges generations.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? My grandfather. I didn’t have as many deep conversations as I wish I had. He grew up with seven siblings, five of which died before they were adults. I’d ask him about him growing up as one of the two surviving children.

5. What is the best advice you've ever received? Professionally: hire people that are smarter than you. Personally, self-care is important. If you’re not full, it’s hard to care for others.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Don’t take things so seriously. There is a very long life ahead of 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? Aristotle said, "a person cannot truly determine if they’ve had a happy life until their end of the live". I have a very long life left to live. I don’t feel like to committing to one sentence yet.

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Feb 14, 2019

In honor of Valentine's Day I went deep into the vault -- we're over 100 episodes deep now! -- to feature one of our resident love experts Les Parrott. He'll give us practical tips to love (and live!) more inspired. This episode originally aired in June 2017.

Les is a co-creator of the match-making software behind eHarmony, psychologist, professor, author, husband, and father. He’s shared his expertise with Oprah, Barbara Walters, and Tom Brokaw and today he shares it with us. 

Are you ready to improve, maintain and ignite all of your relationships to live more inspired?

SHOW NOTES:

  • Fight Night – the event Les and Leslie (his wife) host where couples talk about their conflict and how to leverage it to bring them closer together.
  • Saving Your Marriage before It Starts is their most popular book.
  • We aren’t entitled and don’t always get what we feel we deserve – so we must learn how to adjust to the things beyond our control.
  • Have you faced marriage myths with honesty? Ex: This person should make me whole. We’re set up for heartache; nobody can complete us.
  • The most important thing you’ll do for your relationships is what you do for yourself.
  • If you try to build intimacy with someone before you have done the work of getting whole on your own, your relationship will become an attempt to complete yourself.
  • Your relationships can only be as healthy as you are. A few things you can do to become a little more whole:
    • Embrace your significance. Can feel deep down that you have a purpose on this planet?
    • Unswerving authenticity. Are you following your path regardless of what anyone says?
    • Self-giving love. Realizing others needs are different than yours.
  • There are three kinds of fights:
    • Bad fights – tear us apart / rip away the fabric of our relationships
    • Dumb fights – have no purpose / are silly
    • Good fights – bring us closer together
  • Don’t avoid conflict, turn the fight into a good fight. You make them “bad” or “good” by the choices you make / context within the fight.
  • Empathy is a single skill that will change your relationship the most. Conflicts dissipate when you see the conflict from their side and they see it from yours. Try to accurately see the world from their perspective.
  • Empathy has two components, your head, and heart. Sympathize with your heart, analyze with your head. We typically do one well, recognize which one you struggle with and make yourself do it, too.
  • Take Les’s Deep Love Assessment: Partners answer a series of questions separately and instantly get a private, custom roadmap for lifelong love.

LES PARROTT’S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Either Emotional Intelligence, by Daniel Goleman or Learned Optimism by Martin Seligman.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do? I’d establish, on college campuses, centers for healthy relationships to give education to a whole new generation. We’d see divorce rate drop dramatically – and when you lower the divorce rate, it positively impacts rates of education, wealth, 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? 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? My wife Leslie, she loves the beach. I love that she loves the beach and we’ve had some of our greatest talks there.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Master the capacity to adjust to things beyond your control. Life is unfair. 

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Relax. Slow down a bit. It’s going to be okay.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? A man who loved his family with all his heart.

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Feb 7, 2019
Are you ready to celebrate Valentine's Day right this year?
 
This holiday is about so much more than Hallmark cards and boxes of heart-shaped chocolates. It's about the power of love - all love not just romantic love - in our lives.
 
I'll share two love letters I've written, the life-changing impact they've had and challenge you to write one, too. [The winner of the challenge will get a $100 gift card to take their loved-one to their favorite restaurant.] Today's episode will leave you ready to live (and love!) inspired on Valentine's Day... and everyday.
 
Will you accept the #LoveLetterChallenge?  

SHOW NOTES

How to Accept the Love Letter Challenge:

1. Identify someone in your life that inspires you + write him/her a love letter. It can be your partner, spouse, child,  parent, loved one, neighbor, colleague, friend, coach, anyone!
2. Take a picture (of you and your loved one, you holding a pen about to write, of your letter, whatever you choose).
3. Post + tag me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and with #LoveLetterChallenge.
4. Enter by 11:59 PM CST on Sunday, 2/10 to be entered to win $100 gift card to a restaurant of your choice to take your loved one to.*

  • Every day in 2017, I (secretly) wrote my wife a love letter in a leather-bound journal, presenting it to her on Christmas.
  • Jack Buck changed my life, but I never really said thank you. After his death, I wrote a love letter to him and shared it with his wife and son, with hope + reassurance that Jack felt it too.
    • Joe Buck, Jack's son, was on ep. #3 of the podcast.
    • I shared my story + Jack Buck on ep. #32 of the podcast.
    • The MLB Network produced a video on my unlikely friendship with Jack Buck. Check it out here.
  • I mention the love I have for my mom Susan O'Leary. Listen to her on preview ep. #0 of the podcast.

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* No purchase necessary. Legal residents of USA. Contest begins 2/7/19 and ends 2/10/19. Full rules here.

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Jan 31, 2019

The book Proof of Heaven ignited a conversation around the globe about how heaven can be scientifically proven by examining near-death-experiences (NDE). It shared the NDE of the author, neurosurgeon Eben Alexander, MD, and it soared to the top of the New York Times bestsellers list.

Today we are joined by Dr. Alexander to discuss his NDE, how it changed his understanding of science, the world we live in today, the life beyond it and what it means in your inspired life.

 SHOW NOTES

  • Dr. Alexander was agnostic + studied neuroscience until falling into coma from meningitis, leading to a NDE, which he should not have survived. This incident completely changed his world view. 
  • Today, he shares what NDE can teach us about consciousness and researches how elements of science and spirituality intersect.
  • Learn more about 2 NED cases Dr. Alexander mentioned:
    • Anita Moorjani wrote Dying to Be Me after being treated for advanced lymphoma in February 2006. 
    • Dr. Mary C. Neal, orthopedic surgeon, wrote To Heaven and Back after her lengthy time submerged underwater.
  • Get Dr. Alexander’s #1 New York Times Bestseller Proof of Heaven.
  • Get Dr. Alexander’s most recent book Living in a Mindful Universe.
  • Get Dr. Alexander’s book The Map of Heaven.  
  • Dr. Alexander shares his story of being adopted as being "chosen" by his parents. Figure skating champion + Live Inspired Podcast guest Scott Hamilton, shared the same perspective. Listen to the discussion on episode 68

DR. EBEN ALEXANDER'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Beyond Physicalism: Toward Reconciliation of Science and Spirituality by Edward F. Kelly.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Curiosity. Through much of my academic career, curiosity was drilled out of me and the last 10 years have been a strong reawakening of an extraordinary, unbridled sense of 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? My dad's pocket Bible that was with him during World War Two because it got him through so much and is a rich source of connection to me.

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? Albert Einstein. 

5. What is the best advice you've ever received? My son, Eben Alexander IV, encouraged me to write down everything I remember about my near-death experience before reading anyone else's experience. 

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?  Love yourself. The best way to manifest that is to show love for other beings. Love, compassion, forgiveness, acceptance and mercy are the greatest gifts we can give ourselves and others. 

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 made progress. I awakened. 

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Jan 24, 2019

Embracing your emotions at work is the key to being more fulfilled, genuine + professional.

Liz Fosslien, co-author + illustrator of the just-released book No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work,  joins us to share how to recognize, understand + channel emotions to be the best versions of ourselves.

This light-hearted conversation will help you value and feel your emotions so you can live + work more inspired.

SHOW NOTES: 

  • Suppressing emotions is not sustainable. Processing your emotions will allow you to feel better.
  • Currently we (1) seek jobs we're passionate about + (2) our work is literally in our hands (via phone) 24/7. Therefore, our self worth is tied more closely to the work we do. Combat the stress + burnout that come from caring about work "too much" by intentionally striking a balance between work and home + feeling your feelings.

Tips to Embrace Your Emotions:

  • Engage in what's happening in the moment to ignite happiness. A wandering mind leads to obsessively thinking (read: stress, anxiety). Check out the research on this that Liz mentioned here + here
  • How to interact with 3 difficult types of people at work:
    1. Jerks (mean, uses vulnerability against you): Have empathy / a conversation with them.
    2. Dissenters (always points out problem, never has solution)Ask, "What could you have done differently?" or "What can you do to improve the situation?"
    3. Slackers (not doing the job their supposed to do): You can not offer a criticism without offering a solution.
  • Receive feedback better. Specifically:
    1. Create an emotion flak-jacket. Remind yourself: "I need this to improve. He/she shared this because they value me and my success."
    2. Create a Smile File: Receive a note that makes you feel good? Save it to this file. The next time you receive critic, this file will remind you of your strengths, too.
    3. Resist "us v. them" + embrace "we." People are different. Explore those differences with curiosity.
  • Stimulate belonging: Create a space where people feel  welcomed + wanted.
  • Counter sadness by expressing gratitude. We often paint a more depressing picture of the world than what is true. 
  • Get Liz's new book No Hard Feelinghere.
  • Learn more about Liz + her work on her website.
  • Liz mentioned the video the MLB Network created about my unlikely friendship with Jack Buck. Check it out here.

LIZ FOSSLIEN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Catch-22 by Joseph Heller.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Staying a little weird. We morph into professionals or parents (+ feel like we have to set examples). It's important to love the life you're living.

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 book my partner made featuring photographs of our lives.

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? Haruki Murakami who wrote What I Talk About When I Talk About Running.

5. What is the best advice you've ever received? When I left the traditional corporate world, "One of the worst things we do is have the courage to step out and go on our own path but still judge ourselves on someone else's rubric. It's a beautiful thing to want something that originates from yourself."

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Just chill out! It's okay. You can be weird the right people will love you for it. Be smart. Be curious. Be kind.

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 me feel better.

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Jan 17, 2019

True or false: The world is worse than ever before.

FALSE.

My friends, today’s guest shares hard facts as to why this is the best time in human history. He’ll expose which elements of your life are making you feel otherwise. Most importantly, he'll share the value of recapturing a true, positive perspective + what it could mean for your relationships, business, life + world.

Gregg Easterbrook is the New York Times Bestselling author of the book It’s Better Than It Looks: Reasons for Optimism in an Age of Fear.  Today, he reminds us that it’s great day and the best is truly yet to come.

SHOW NOTES

  • The United States is in its best condition it’s ever been: Pollution, discrimination, rate of heart disease + cancer are trending down. Life expectancy, education, living standards, middle class income, human freedom are trending up.
  • Globally, we are better off: Global malnutrition and extreme poverty are at the lowest levels in history. Twenty five years ago, 40% of the global population was malnourished. Twenty five years ago, global extreme poverty was 40% v. 10% today.
  • So why do we feel like things are worse today?
    1. Social media exaggerates the negative and buries the positive.
    2. The physical proximity (and frequency) of social media to our faces enhances its psychological impact.
    3. Negative news sells, distorting its pervasiveness and our reality.
    4. We allow personal anecdotes to sway our overall outlook.
  • Optimists think problems can be fixed. Pessimists thinks we are doomed. Being optimistic is a choice that we make. Our country was built on optimists.
  • It’s easy to feel bitter—it’s the path of least resistance. Being an optimist is hard but rewarding.
  • The trend of civilization is forever upward, we should be hopeful because the best is yet to come.
  • Get Gregg Easterbrook's book It’s Better Than It Looks: Reasons for Optimism in an Age of Fear.
  • Get Gregg Easterbrook's book Beside Still Water: Searching for Meaning in an Age of Doubt.
  • Check out Gregg’s weekly “Tuesday Morning Quarter Back” column that he’s written for 17 years, here.

GREGG EASTERBROOK LIVE INSPIRED 7

  1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Willa Cather’s My Antonia 
  2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Besides being slender? More outgoing.
  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 flash drive with my next book which grows out of Beside Still Water.
  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, the greatest moral philosopher of the sapiens and the first question would be, “is there hope?”.
  5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? I view myself as an artist, not a journalist. “Listen to your muse.” A muse often tells you things you wish you didn’t hear. Follow your muse wherever she leads you.
  6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? If you want to make a lot of money as a writer, chose one genre and stick to 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 debonair.

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Jan 10, 2019

Today we discuss a topic that many families are dealing with quietly, quietly...

72,000 Americans died from drug overdose last year. That’s a two-fold increase in a decade.

I’m sure you’ve heard similar stats like this in the news, along with headlines including words such as “opioid crisis” + “heroine epidemic.”

Today, my friend Steve Grant joins us to share his story, how this epidemic has deeply touched his life + what it means for you on your journey to live inspired.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Learn more about Chris + Kelly's Hope here.
  • Read the original essay I wrote when I first met Steve here.
  • The original essay was part of our Monday Motivation. Sign up to receive Monday Motivation each week in your inbox here.
  • "An issues so many families are dealing with quietly, quietly..."
  • "I have grief, but I don't have guilt. I did everything I could. If I could re-do something, I'd send him to a 12 - 16 month rehab program. He needed to be rewired."
  • What tips would Steve give to parents?
    • When friends come: No back packs upstairs + doors open
    • It's important for kids to have some after-school activities
    • Always call if they are staying somewhere
    • Take the liquor out of your house
    • "Most important, keep open lines of communication, you have to be willing to talk about sensitive issues. Always have an interest in where your kids are, what they are doing and who they are doing it with."

Enjoy thinking about a current topic through an inspired lens?Check out episode 73 with Sue Klebold, mother of Columbine High School shooter Dylan Klebold + mental health advocate. Listen to Sue's inspired take on what we can do in the wake of growing gun violence here.

 STEVE GRANT'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? John Grisham's book, A Time to Kill.

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

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 photo with my sons that is very important to him.

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? Mickey Mantle. I'd ask about how he was so talented + ended up being an alcoholic / abusing his body so much. I think his answer would be about a lot of things we talked about today. Something controlled him that he couldn't gain control over.

5. What is the best advice you've ever received? It's not always as it seems.

6. What would you tell your 20-year-old self? Try harder in everything that you do. 

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 did everything he could to help young adults and adolescents who struggle with addiction, substance abuse and mental illness.

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If you enjoyed today’s episode: Subscribe, rate & review on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts. See you here next Thursday!

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

Jan 3, 2019

Today's episode is about you. Specifically, how to make sure 2019 is absolutely your best year yet.

I'll give you a peek at the exercise (created by Jinny Ditzler) I complete every year to ensure I have my best possible year. Since starting this process 10+ years ago, I've:

  • Become more inspired + stayed focused on living inspired
  • Improved my spiritual health + focused on my marriage
  • Built a speaking business
  • Written ON FIRE, which became a #1 national bestseller + has been translated into 12 languages
  • Launched the Live Inspired Podcast, of which you are a part!
  • Grown top line revenue + bottom line profitability for my organization

My friends, these are just a few of the goals I set and then achieved thanks to this process.

Join me to get clear on what you want to achieve personally and professionally in 2019 + set yourself up to make this your best year yet.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Goals must not just be set, but lived into every day.
  • Have you identified what worked (and did NOT work) last year? 
  • Your best is within reach!
  • Join me IN STUDIO* to create a blueprint for your best 2019 here.

*Live Inspired IN STUDIO with John O'Leary is a membership community where like-minded friends 'come together' online monthly + leave feeling better, encouraged, energized, calm, focused, capable + supported.

Next week IN STUDIO, we're creating blueprints to make 2019 our Best Year Yet. Registration is open for a very limited time. Register today so you can join us and make 2019 Your Best Year yet here.

Questions about IN STUDIO? Email shannon@johnolearyinspires.com

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Next week on the Podcast, my guest will be my old friend Steve Grant. Check out his amazing story here.

Get Jinny Ditzler's book Your Best Year Yet here.

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