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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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Make Something Good Today (HGTV's Erin + Ben Napier) #116
Today, we've got a really fun treat for you! An awesome lesson on love and how to fill your home with it just in time for the holidays... from HGTV stars, Erin + Ben Napier.  Erin + Ben share about their new book, Make Something Good Today, and how this motto has transformed their lives. My friends, rehabbing isn't just meant for homes, but more importantly, for our hearts, lives and towns, too. SHOW NOTES: As I mentioned, today is the last day to place an order + receive it in time for Christmas! Head to the Live Inspired Shop + use code podcast for 15% off t-shirts, calendars + autographed copies of ON FIRE. Erin + Ben Napier are stars of the HGTV show Home Town Get Erin + Ben's book Making Something Good Today here You just need enough faith to take the first step. "If I could make my faith more real than my fear, I could do this." Take time to find one thing that is great in every day + it will make the things that are uncertain feel less scary. Renovating life - making something that seems bad, old, useless into something new, good and valuable again. The sense of wonder, that ability to hope for what was impossible, its inside of all of us. Always evolving; it's how we were created to be. Advice we can all borrow this holiday season. Need a gift idea?: Just be thoughtful enough to give your time + make something, it doesn't matter how big or small it is. Ben Napier about why they chose to do the show: "If we can be a beacon of hope for small town America, we'll do it." What would you say to a person who is struggling? It's all about being yourself. What worked somewhere else might not work for you. Look at who you are.  Enjoy hearing from a wife + husband? Check out Ep. #67 with Marc + Angel Chernoff who tackle everyday issues on their blog Hack Life here. ERIN + BEN NAPIER'S LIVE INSPIRED 7  1. What is the best book you’ve ever read?  Erin: Love in the time of Cholera. It's a love story that happens across decades. Beautifully written, colorful. I recommend to anybody.Ben: A Childhood by Harry Crews. 2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today?  Erin: I wish I made more art. I wish I did more with my hands.Ben: I was much more naive and trusting as a child, which is hard to have as an adult. 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?  Erin: The anniversary books from Ben. Ben: Probably the anniversary books for Erin.  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?  Erin: My grandfather who died. I wish I got to spend more time with him.Ben: Erin. 5. What is the best advice you've ever received?  Erin: My dad says "Sugar, every bucket has to sit on it's own bottom." Any huge decision, or goal: You have to do it for yourself. Its the only way to be proud of it and own it.Ben: Look at who you want to be in 5 years + only say yes to things that will take you there. 6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?  Erin: Your parents know everything. They were right.Ben: Try harder to get Erin. 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? Erin: She was afraid but she did it anyway. Ben: He loved everyone. *** 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 Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram + get his Monday Motivation email. 
Love Does (Bob Goff) Ep. #115
"Be remembered for your love." My friends, today we have as our guest Bob Goff, bestselling author of Love Does and Everybody, Always. Bob's books have sold millions of copies and after hearing our whimsical conversation - ripe with lessons on how to love everybody, always - you'll know why. My friend, you are in luck. You won't be able to listen to Bob and not live inspired. Join us. SHOW NOTES:  Get a copy of Bob's recent book Everybody Always here. Get a copy of Bob's classic book Love Does here. "Why are you doing what you are doing? If it is for the applause - join the circus." All the time you spend investing in your family is worth it. that's what you'll be remembered for. People think about open + closed doors. That God or fate closed the door. But I say, kick a couple down! If you have a dream to contribute, go do it. Don't take no for an answer. We're rivers not reservoirs. just let it flow. My greatest teachers weren't trying to teach me anything. Be remembered for your love. If you're doing things for applause, join the circus. Move it from the to do list. Take action. Learn more about Bob here.   BOB GOFF'S LIVE INSPIRED 7  1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Don Miller's A Million Miles and a Thousand Years and Scary Close. They are awfully good. 2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Childlike faith.  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? Artwork my kids made when they were young. 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? Mark Twain would be really interesting to talk to. I'd ask him questions about hope, confidence, purpose and meaning.  5. What is the best advice you've ever received? From my grandparent, that it's possible. you can actually do this. they were very poor by all standards, but rich in spirit. 6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Swing for the fences! Keep your eye on your own paper. Write your own music. 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?What if we weren't afraid any more.  *** 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 Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram + get his Monday Motivation email.
How to Selflessly Serve #114
Wars cannot be won only on the battlefield. Jake Harriman realized this truth while completing 4 tours as a Marine. During his service in the Middle East, Africa + Asia, he saw how extreme poverty caused desperation which directly fueled the growth of terrorist groups. After completing his service, Jake started NURU International to address the extreme poverty in war-torn countries -- and in doing so, combat terrorist groups. Jake has been honored as the Unsung Hero of Compassion by the Dali Lama, the White House Champion of Change + named one of the top 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs by Goldman Sachs. Today, Jake joins us to share his passion for serving, entrepreneurial brilliance + genuine heart. Jake gives new depth to the idea of "living inspired." Join us.  SHOW NOTES: Learn more about Jake's work with NURU International here. "It's not fair that the GPS coordinates of someones birth place dictates what choices they have in this world." - Jake Harriman The humble leader will always be able to persevere. When the cause is just and right, there is no turning back. What is one way we can each choose to move towards unity in our country? Build a bridge to meet others where they are. Listen. Find someone who has the exact opposite political views that you do. Sit down with them. Have a cup of coffee. Listen and get to know them. Don't wait until they pause so you can make your point. Sometimes you are going to fail. Pick yourself up + get back in the fight. There is strength that comes from failure.  JAKE HARRIMAN'S 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. *** 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 Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram + get his Monday Motivation email. Get a John's #1 National Best-selling book ON FIRE here (use code podcast at checkout for 15% off).
Combat 'Adult-itis' (Jason Kotecki) #112
Today Jason Kotecki, artist, speaker + author, is here to help us combat what he calls adult-itis, or being stressed out, boring and no fun.  Jason will help us rekindle our childlike spirit. Join us to harness the magic of being a kid + see the benefits it could have in your work and life. SHOW NOTES: "Enthusiasm is important because it gives you the energy to start + overcome early failures." Growing up, it's so important to have people who believe in you. Notice something good about him + tell him about it. Every once in a while, we need someone to tell us what we are good at.  It's amazing what you can learn + how quickly when you try  something new you are interested in. Get a tinker project. You don't need a reason, sometimes your heart has a reason to do something that your head doesn't yet understand. Do something that sounds fun; let it naturally rekindle some of your curiosity and playfulness. Tinkering - work on something in an unskilled or experimental manner. As adults we're too afraid of looking silly. Be willing to experiment and not put pressure on the out come. Just because you fail doesn't make you a failure, it makes you human. that is how you grow. Give yourself permission to try little things + see where they go. To make a difference you don't have to be superhuman, you just need to be brave + courageous 20 seconds at a time. As adults, we don't want to look foolish or silly and it really limits our potential. How can we breath joyful vibrancy into our lives when we are feeling beat down? Think back to something you did as a kid, that you loved. Buy a pack of baseball cards, go into an old candy shop with $10, watch Scooby Doo - whatever. There is a lot of magic in looking back at something that gave you joy. You're meant for something amazing. Go after that. Jason talks about the importance of creating white space. On Ep. #69, Juliette Funt discussed this topic in greater depth. Check it out here. JASON KOTECKI'S LIVE INSPIRED 7  1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Path I read it and wrote my mission statement from it in college and still use it today. 2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? I was an off-the-charts dreamer when I was a kid; always imaginative. I'm more cynical now, from the bumps and bruises. 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? One or two paintings, my originals that mean something 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? My wife. She is my best friend. We could talk about nothing we could talk about anything. If I was stranded somewhere, or looking at something beautiful, I would just want to be there with her. 5. What is the best advice you've ever received? Be yourself, everyone else is taken. - Oscar Wilde 6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Don't worry so much. It's going to be different than you think, but it's going to be even better. Stay persistent and keep working. 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? Don't settle for the life you have been told to live, create the one you were made for.  *** 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 Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram + get his Monday Motivation email. Get a John's #1 National Best-selling book ON FIRE here (use code podcast at checkout for 15% off).
How to Choose Significance over Success (Ep. #110)
Rich Donnelly spent three decades as a major league baseball coach. This was his dream since he was a little boy. In attaining this dream, he set everything else in life aside, including his marriage and children. Today, Rich shares how the news of his daughter's terminal disease shook him out of his detrimental focus on success and how he's been driven to lead a life of significance since. Ever wonder if people can change? My friends, this episode is for you. SHOW NOTES: Get your copy of Rich Donnelly's new book The Chicken Runs at Midnight here. Don't be average. You were put on earth to inspire and help people. Thank God I had cancer. It strengthened me. My son gave his life to save a strangers life. I lost a son but I gained a grandson, the woman is naming her son after Michael. I've had a lot of storms in my life, but I've also had a lot of sunshiny days. The storms taught me to not waste the sunshine. The average age is 80, so I hope I've got about 3,000 days left. I don't waste a day; try to do something good everyday. What is your encouragement to people going through a storm? It's not going to happen over night. It's going to be a step by step, hour by hour, process. Go out and do the best you can. If you're fortunate enough to have a family, a wife, kids: Be good to one another." "We are on a super highway and we are flying right past our family and friends. Stop and take time to notice, care, speak." Thank people by passing on their goodness to someone else. Don't put value on material things. They're just temporary wins. Did you enjoy hearing about major league baseball? Check out episode 53 with one of my heroes, 13-time MLB Gold-glove-winning shortstop for the St. Louis Cardinals Ozzie Smith. RICH DONNELLY'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? I Am Third. Reminds us to put the Lord first, fellow man second and self third. 2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Passion for what I 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? I don't put a whole lot of value on material things. They are just temporary wins. 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. What was it like for you growing up? During your teen years, did you think you were a big shot?  5. What is the best advice you've ever received? My dad told me if you don't want to get hit by the train, stay off the tracks. Seems simple, but I sat in the middle of the tracks!  6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? You got a heck of a life ahead of you and you better know how to handle this. Stay out of trouble. How? Stay away from people who are in trouble and places that are always causing trouble. 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 became a good person. *** 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 Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram + get his Monday Motivation email. Get a John's #1 National Best-selling book ON FIRE here (use code podcast at checkout for 15% off).  
4 Ways to Find Your Happy with Klyn Elsbury #108
Klyn Elsbury has Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic condition that nearly claimed her life 5 years ago. Today, Klyn is living her "second chance." Her close call with mortality has made her ever present to the gift in each moment + given her a unique ability to unearth happiness in every moment. Join me and Klyn (live! we recorded this together on the road) as she walks you through four ways to find your happy right now. SHOW NOTES It's always going to be different and tough. Get over it. I know I can control the moment and how I feel about the moment. I've come to terms with my disease and when you come to terms with it, then you can focus on what you can do in the moment. I decided if this is the end I am at least going to go out fighting. Your reminder of the miracle of life is the moment you wake up each morning. Make of it what you want. What can you control in the moment? What can you do? Find the power in that. 4 Ways to Find Your Happy Now: Perceived control: Choose your thoughts + situations just like you choose the clothes out of your closet every morning. Perceived progress: Set your goal and actually do something about it everyday. Don't wait for one day because one day never comes, okay? Connectedness: Stop connecting to WiFi. Start connecting to each other.  Vision or meaning: You've got your goals. Now, bring it to a bigger purpose. There are different types of happy: Pleasure - getting flowers Passion - when you are in "your flow" Purpose - bigger cause Chase your purpose. Everything else will follow. Seeking your purpose? Don't just reflect ACT. MOVE. DO.  Did you enjoy hearing John talk to a guest in person? Check out episode 1 with Brian Buffini. Or, episode 89 with Coach Kath Bresnahan.  KLYN ELSBURY'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Compound Effect, Darin Hardy. My main takeaway: Where you are heading right now will continue to snow ball through your entire life. If you don't like the trajectory of the life in which you are heading, change it right now. 2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Owning your power, appreciating it and not being afraid to use it. 3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be?  I'm not going back in. I don't care. I don't need of it. None of it matters. 4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? John O'Leary 2.0. Let's do it! 5. What is the best advice you've ever received? When someone loves you enough to tell you you are messing up so you can come out stronger on the other side.  6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? You are more capable than you have any clue. 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? And she's still laughing. *** 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 Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram + get his Monday Motivation email. Get a John's #1 National Best-selling book ON FIRE here (use code podcast at checkout for 15% off).
[AskJohn] How do you turn your attitude around when nothing is going right? Ep. 107
Each Monday during November, I am going to do a special short, Q&A episode. During this season of gratitude, I thought it would be a fun way to say THANK YOU. To answer your questions and to shine a spotlight on YOU, our wonderful Live Inspired Community members and friends. Today's question was submitted through the 100 Episode Survey we did a few weeks back. Thanks to everyone who participated! If you have ever have questions or feedback, you can always send them to me and my team at info @ johnolearyinspires.com. Today you'll meet our dear friend Amy. I think you'll love hearing her story + her question.  SHOW NOTES: I quickly mentioned Jack Buck... my hero! If you've never heard the story of our friendship, check out episode #32 here. I mentioned my How To Write Your Ignition Statement video as a resource to create a solution to today's question in your own life. Here's a link to get it. Use code podcast for 15% off. I mentioned my 3 favorite questions to reshape your thinking from a VICTIM of circumstance to a VICTOR in life. Get my wristbands with these questions on them here. Use code podcast for 15% off. *** If you enjoyed today’s episode: Subscribe, rate & review on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts. See you here next Thursday (and Monday during November!)! Live Inspired with John daily on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram + get his Monday Motivation email. Get a John's #1 National Best-selling book ON FIRE here (use code podcast at checkout for 15% off).
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