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Live Inspired Podcast with John O'Leary is a top #20 on iTunes, biz!

Join #1 National Bestselling Author of ON FIRE & Inspirational Speaker John O'Leary and wake up from accidental living so you can do, be, achieve and impact more through your life. More simply said, so you can: Live Inspired. ­­

Each episode features an amazing guest who will share his/her story, successes, failures, lessons and life to help you uncover tips to apply in yours. Subscribe now so you can join John on a new episode every Thursday! Until then: Today is your day. Live Inspired.
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S4 | Ep. 44: Season 4 Highlights
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference." - Robert Frost   I love this quote from Robert Frost. Each of our guests from Season 4, though very different from each other (from co-founder of eHarmony to a super model and ESPN host to my personal business coach), chose the path less travelled... and it "truly made all the difference."   On episode 44, I'm sharing with you my favorite take aways from each Season 4 guest. You'll not only get a rapid-fire inspirational download, but also see which episodes speak to you most so you can revisit them.   Here we go! 10 amazing guests and my favorite takeaway from each:   SHOW NOTES: Les Parrott, co-creator of eHarmony, psychologist, professor, author, husband and father: "The most important thing you can do for your relationship is what you do for yourself." This episode is for you if: You're ready to improve your relationships or long for a stronger relationship at home or in the mirror.  Edie Varley, the business coach who I began working with 10 years ago when I transitioned from real estate + construction into speaking + writing:"Busy is not productive. Your to-do list is not the most important thing. The list that you actually honor is." This episode is for you if: You need to recalibrate what is truly important in life, relationships and business. Koran Bolden, speaker, author + voice in urban education and arts: "If you are patient you'll move past most obstacles. If you are simply patient..." This episode is for you if: You could use an example of how to pivot from extreme challenge, grief or trauma into your most inspired life.  Amy Brown, co-host of the nationally syndicated Bobby Bones Show and host of Love What Matters Podcast: "There's always good that can come from bad." This episode is for you if: You could use a shining example of finding blessings in all of life's experiences. Nurse Roy, the man who taught me how to walk again after my childhood fire (a story I used to share from the stage but don't often get the chance to today. "Today we're going to talk about the power of one. One individual. One action. One impact." This episode is for you if: You want to see clearly the impact you are having in the lives of others every day. Ben Newman, performance coach, speaker and author:"How you respond to adversity determines the story you write." This episode is for you if: You want concrete tools to build the business and life you want. Mark Sharenbroich, bestselling author of Nice Bike, leadership guru and longtime speaker: "The right moment to tell someone they've had an impact on your life is right now." This episode is for you if: You could use a reminder on how to connect effectively with people AND the importance of doing it. Leah Darrow, from America's Next Top Model to Role Model: "Life is so much more about contribution than competition." This episode is for you if: You want to see what it looks like to break free from the status quo and into the life you're meant to lead.  John Brenkus, host of ESPN's Sports Science show, 6-time Emmy winner, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfection Point: "I had to have persistence, stubbornness + belief to stick around when I was scraping by... I was scraping by for a long time." This episode is for you if: You want to hear what it takes to make your professional + personal dreams come true. Chris Norton, after being paralyzed while playing NCAA football, the video of his graduation walk went viral: "As life changes you change. Sometimes it's best to accept something different... different doesn't make it worse." This story is for you if: You need an example of what committing to a goal can do for your life. Ten months ago I invited my mom to talk with me in a radio studio about how she lived inspired through our fire and beyond... that's how this podcast began. There wasn't a grandiose plan, but there was a clear vision: To connect as a community and live a bit more inspired each week. 500,000 + downloads later, top 20 business on iTunes & Inc. Magazine... and the rest is history. Thanks for being part of it. Instead of following the predictable, well-traveled path of the majority: Let's commit to traveling the road less traveled. One of faithfulness, courage, resilience, hope, possibility, and lit by the truth that the best is yet to come. *** If you enjoyed today’s episode: Subscribe (automatically get new episodes), rate & review (help spread the word!) this podcast. I can’t wait to see you here next Thursday for the start of Season 5! Today is your day. Live Inspired. Live Inspired with John every day on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest and get his Monday Motivation email: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/Monday-Morning 
Author Your Life Story (ep. 142)
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: Be grateful for the people in our lives who allow us to reflect on the gaps or holes in yourself, instead of being annoyed. Notice when you're triggered, or emotionally grabbed, and take unconditional responsibility. 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. *** Did you enjoy today's episode? Subscribe, rate + review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts! Live Inspired with John daily on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram + get his Monday Motivation email.
Take Back Sabbath (Judith Shulevitz #140)
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.  *** Did you enjoy today's episode? Subscribe, rate + review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts! Live Inspired with John daily on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram + get his Monday Motivation email.
Turning Impossible to "I Am Possible" (Sparsh Shah ep. #138)
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.  *** Did you enjoy today's episode? Subscribe, rate + review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts! Live Inspired with John daily on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram + get his Monday Motivation email.  
Go Be Kind (Leon Logothetis of The Kindness Diaries #136)
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: True wealth is not in our wallets but in our hearts. 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. 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. 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. *** Did you enjoy today's episode? Subscribe, rate + review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts! Live Inspired with John daily on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram + get his Monday Motivation email.
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ashanMe2

😍

Feb 25th
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Glory Dey

Very profound inspirational episode. Personally, I too lost a dear adopted family member to suicide many years back. She was like a sister to us. I still feel her loss. It takes a lot of faith and spiritual wisdom to understand why these things happen. Society needs to deal with these issues in a compassionate manner. Thanks for sharing this episode. God bless!

Feb 25th
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Alexandra Horstman

Great words! Hard to listen to, but a simple yet amazing science proven tool available for everyone. Thanks John and Mel!

Feb 6th
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Mike Beta

Great podcast!!!

Jan 16th
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Robin Cortright

when you know your why you can endure anything

Dec 20th
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