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Live Inspired Podcast with John O'Leary

John O'Leary

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Oct 22, 2020

Hint Water’s CEO Kara Goldin (ep. 300) 

What would you do if you weren’t afraid? 

Kara Goldin left her Vice President job at AOL to launch Hint Water with one simple goal: Make water that tastes great. 

Finding herself overweight, with low energy + adult acne, Kara discovered her diet soda habit was the culprit. To entice herself to drink water in its place, she added “hints” of fruit flavor to plain water. This was the inspiration behind the fastest growing, #1 flavored water in America: Hint.

Today, Kara shares how she uses rejection as motivation, balances work with raising her four children and how “success” looks different for each of us. Get your favorite Hint Water ready because this conversation will have you racing forward with ferocious optimism!

SHOW NOTES:

KARA GOLDIN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Originals by Adam Grant.

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

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? At 13-years-old, my mom kept a journal of her experience during the Depression.

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? Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? While moving to New York, my dad asked me, "what's the worst that could happen?"

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? It's okay to not know what you ultimately want to 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? She pursued a life of purpose + passion, was a great parent + friend and enjoyed life.

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About our sponsor: Keeley Companies wholeheartedly believes that if you get the people right -the results will follow. They set themselves apart with a forward-thinking culture that empowers their people and fosters loyal partnerships. Keeley Companies are a proud sponsor, partner, and super fan of the Live Inspired Podcast. Learn more about Keeley Companies. 

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Pre-order your copy of IN AWE today to receive access to fun, interactive bonus features emailed to you in the lead-up to the book’s release! Visit ReadInAwe.com. 

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Did you enjoy today's episode? Share it with your friends! Then subscribe, rate + review on Apple Podcasts.

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

Oct 15, 2020

How A Grieving Mother Healed (Anna Whiston-Donaldson ep. 298) 

After the sudden death of her 12-year-old son Jack, Anna Whiston-Donaldson felt lonely, heavy with guilt and uncertain if she could ever be happy again.

Anna began to courageously share her family’s tragedy + the puzzling, unclear territory of grief in hopes of helping others, first through her blog and then her New York Times bestselling book Rare Bird and children’s book A Hug From Heaven. Writing has helped Anna find comfort + strength.   Today, Anna shares how to find hope within impossible circumstances, positive ways to cope with grief and support others navigating darkness. If you’re grieving a loss, or love someone who is, this conversation is for you.

SHOW NOTES:

  • After Jack's death, Anna was unable to find resources for her grieving daughter Margaret. This inspired Anna to write children's book A Hug From Heaven. 
  • While home from college, Anna's mother unexpectedly died from a brain hemorrhage and although she was the "heart of the home", her family was unsure how to process the grief.
  • "When you have community around you, willing to acknowledge your loss, that helps strengthen you."
  • Anna leaned into her faith as a way to be close to her mom.
  • Isaiah 43: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
  • "Life is full of "and". Sadness and joy."
  • Helping others who are grieving: The most important thing Anna + her family received after Jack's death was acknowledgment of their grief.
  • Fearing that Jack died alone, Anna met the paramedic that stayed with Jack until he was taken away from the scene, recalling the singing birds from the trees.
  • Luke 1:37: For nothing is impossible with God.
  • Against the odds, Anna unexpectedly finds out she's pregnant with a healthy boy named Andrew Luke.
  • Anna's advice to those who feel hopeless: I made a concerted effort to let myself feel, acknowledge + live with pain. While that was happening, gratitude found it's way in. Real joy + real hope are possible in every circumstance.
  • Get Anna Whiston-Donaldson's New York Times bestseller Rare Bird and her children's book A Hug From Heaven. 

ANNA WHISTON-DONALDSON'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving.

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

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? Nothing.

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 mom so I could acknowledge her as a wife + mom.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? My mom told me, "Don't be afriad to leave anyone at the alter," because she's know's I'm a people-pleaser.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Be more playful and don't take life so seriously. Relax.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? She loved + she didn't give up.

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About our sponsor: Keeley Companies wholeheartedly believes that if you get the people right -the results will follow. They set themselves apart with a forward-thinking culture that empowers their people and fosters loyal partnerships. Keeley Companies are a proud sponsor, partner, and super fan of the Live Inspired Podcast. Learn more about Keeley Companies. 

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Pre-order your copy of IN AWE today to receive access to fun, interactive bonus features emailed to you in the lead-up to the book’s release! Visit ReadInAwe.com. 

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Did you enjoy today's episode? Share it with your friends! Then subscribe, rate + review on Apple Podcasts.

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

Oct 12, 2020

Can You Give Belief, Encouragement + Love? (ep. 297) 

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

"Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me… I may not lead. Walk beside me… just be my friend.” - Albert Camus

Today I share the profound impact my friend Rusty Keeley had on my life.

He was encouragement when I needed a lift. Sage advice when I needed wisdom. A connector when I needed a new opportunity, a pat on the back when I needed approval and frequently a kick in the pants when I needed to take action, be brave and grow. In other words, over the past 15 years, Rusty has been my friend.

In the marketplace we all find ourselves in today, we long for friends. In the divisive, negative, and isolating world we find ourselves in, we desire authentic relationship. With the stress we’re experiencing as we try to manage the complexities of our lives, we are starved for genuine friendship.

With 61% of us feeling as if we had no one to really share our hearts and truth with before the pandemic, can you think of a better time to step forward and be that kind of friend for someone else than now?

It will change their world.

P.S. As our brand has grown in influence in the marketplace, we’ve been approached by many organizations interested in sponsoring our work. While we appreciated the support and interest, we were looking for  a partner with a uniquely mission heart… Well, it should come as little surprise that we chose Keeley as the first sponsor of our Live Inspired Podcast. We can continue to do our great work because of their support. Learn more about what Keeley Co. does and why Keeley’ns love their work here. Listen to the Podcast here or anywhere you stream your podcasts.

P.P.S. Yes! I mentioned virtual coaching above. Learn more about what we’ve created, the impact we’re witnessing and how it might elevate your organization here.

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My new book IN AWE is now available... and became an instant bestseller! Learn how to rediscover your childlike sense of wonder to unleash inspiration, meaning and joy. Visit ReadInAwe.com today! 

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Did you enjoy this episode? Subscribe, rate & review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. 

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

Oct 8, 2020

People First, Success will Follow (Rusty Keeley ep. 296) 

In my late twenties, I did not believe in myself.

Before I realized I had a story worth sharing – or in the truth that we all have a story worth sharing – my longtime friend, Rusty Keeley, believed enough to invest in having me speak to his company. He was my first client.

That inflection point launched my speaking career. He then directly and indirectly introduced me to more than 100 speaking clients. He wanted nothing out of these introductions other than to see a life-giving story spread into a marketplace.

Subsequently, he’s challenged me as a friend and board member to dramatically grow as a speaker and business owner, not for my own self interest, but to better the lives of others. 

It’s no surprise, then, that Rusty, CEO of Keeley Companies which does $500 million in revenue, describes his job as: “I get to make sure there is food on the table for the families of 1,800 Keeley’ns. I take that very seriously.”

It’s his people-first mentality that has both grown his company’s bottom line 100x during his tenure + that has built the unmatchable culture that keep “Keeley’ns” thriving. It’s also why we chose to partner with Keeley Co. as our first ever sponsor of the Live Inspired Podcast. 

Today, I'm grateful to share with you Rusty's generous heart, caring spirit + business intel that will inspire you to choose significance over success.

SHOW NOTES:

RUSTY KEELEY'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

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

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

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

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 Julie, my mom Jacqueline and Jan Torrisi-Mokwa.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? "Fail often, fail fast, fail forward," or "It's hard to beat someone that never gives up" by Babe Ruth.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Don't take yourself too seriously, enjoy the moments and lighten up.

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? Leave the world a better place. Make a difference in someone's life.

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About our sponsor: Keeley Companies wholeheartedly believes that if you get the people right -the results will follow. They set themselves apart with a forward-thinking culture that empowers their people and fosters loyal partnerships. Keeley Companies are a proud sponsor, partner, and super fan of the Live Inspired Podcast. Learn more about Keeley Companies. 

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Pre-order your copy of IN AWE today to receive access to fun, interactive bonus features emailed to you in the lead-up to the book’s release! Visit ReadInAwe.com. 

***

Did you enjoy today's episode? Share it with your friends! Then subscribe, rate + review on Apple Podcasts.

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

Oct 1, 2020

Are You Settling for “Less Than”? (Greg Holder ep. 294) 

Twenty years ago, Greg Holder left corporate America because of an unyielding ache to make a difference. Since then, Greg has been lead pastor of The Crossing, non-denominational church, passionately calling tens of thousands of people from a diverse spiritual backgrounds to consider what it means to follow Jesus in today's world.

Today, Greg shares how many slowly, over-time begin to lead less satisfying, less fulfilling, less hopeful lives and how to break that cycle.   This conversation will remind you that your life has significance and you have the potential to change the world through your life’s impact.

SHOW NOTES:

GREG HOLDER'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? A Failure of Nerve by Edwin Friedman and the Bible.

[John asked Greg what book of the Bible he recommends for listeners. If you’re looking to get familiar with the voice of Jesus, Greg recommends Matthew, Mark, Luke or John of the New Testament, or the Book of Philippians.]

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Be less self-conscious + be freer.

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? Two journals I kept from my daughters first year away at college.

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? C.S. Lewis  and I'd ask him to tell me about his writing process.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Lean into the gifts you have and stop trying to be someone you’re not.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Trust Him sooner. Jump into the story with both feet

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 followed Jesus fully and loved his friends with all his heart.

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About our sponsor: Keeley Companies wholeheartedly believes that if you get the people right -the results will follow. They set themselves apart with a forward-thinking culture that empowers their people and fosters loyal partnerships. Keeley Companies are a proud sponsor, partner, and super fan of the Live Inspired Podcast. Learn more about Keeley Companies. 

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Pre-order your copy of IN AWE today to receive access to fun, interactive bonus features emailed to you in the lead-up to the book’s release! Visit ReadInAwe.com. 

***

Did you enjoy today's episode? Share it with your friends! Then subscribe, rate + review on Apple Podcasts.

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

Sep 28, 2020

Can You Learn to Love What You Once Feared? (Monday Moment ep. 293) 

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

I’ve interviewed and met some of the most remarkable recording artists in the world. I’ve never met an artist with a heart as beautiful as Eric Genuis' nor heard a song as beautiful as the one he composed for his daughter Anastasia. While waiting for her to recover from one of her early surgeries, he opened his journal and wrote his commitment, prayer, promise, lyrics – a song he could serenade his little girl with as she recovered.

Watch Eric perform Here I Am.

Hear more about Anastasia + Eric Genuis on Live Inspired Podcast ep. 290.

Eric and Anastasia’s story reminds us we can absolutely learn to love what we once feared. We can find peace where we once felt sadness. We can find magnificent beauty in what we once viewed as imperfect.

In that awakening, not only can we transform into a far better, more accepting, human being,  but we’ll empower others to do the same in their lives, too.

In a season of so much anger, perhaps we should begin sowing seeds of love.

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My new book IN AWE is now available... and became an instant bestseller! Learn how to rediscover your childlike sense of wonder to unleash inspiration, meaning and joy. Visit ReadInAwe.com today! 

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Did you enjoy this episode? Subscribe, rate & review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. 

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

Sep 24, 2020

Country Star Sara Evans: Born to Fly (ep. 292) 

Sara Evans is a fan-favorite, multi-platinum country artist with hits like Born to Fly and Suds in the Bucket spanning decades.

Today, Sara shares about her simple, idyllic childhood on her family’s tobacco farm, a tragic accident that grew her faith and a look behind-the-scenes at the inspiration for her new book and her most iconic songs. Her genuine and resilient spirit will leave you inspired.

SHOW NOTES:

SARA EVANS' LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? East of Eden by John Steinbeck.

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

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 cellphone because it's my connection to 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? My Granny.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? My mom was the perfect example of hardworking.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Be more careful with your heart.

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? There is nothing greater in the world, and nothing more true, than the love a mother has for her children.

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About our sponsor: Keeley Companies wholeheartedly believes that if you get the people right -the results will follow. They set themselves apart with a forward-thinking culture that empowers their people and fosters loyal partnerships. Keeley Companies are a proud sponsor, partner, and super fan of the Live Inspired Podcast. Learn more about Keeley Companies. 

***

Pre-order your copy of IN AWE today to receive access to fun, interactive bonus features emailed to you in the lead-up to the book’s release! Visit ReadInAwe.com. 

***

Did you enjoy today's episode? Share it with your friends! Then subscribe, rate + review on Apple Podcasts.

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

 

Sep 21, 2020

Life Isn't Perfect... and That's Okay (Monday Moment ep. 291) 

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

My friend, many of us today find ourselves in a less than ideal reality. It’s true. But that doesn’t concern me – I’ve endured far worse.

What does concern me is that we are beginning to risk losing the brilliant, galvanizing power of a collective hope in tomorrow.

We’re overlooking our greatest strengths, namely personal accountability, collective diversity and ferocious optimism.

We’ve been distracted by trying to attain “beautiful, normal, successful and desirable” for so long that many of us were exhausted trying to attain these unrealistic standards before the epic untethering of 2020. And now that the world is changing, we feel like we just might be toppled by it.

My friend, the good news is we’ve got the remedy from that transformational wisdom my mom uncovered decades ago: It is our great opportunity to rewrite the script.

Imperfection isn’t something that we must hide, fear, or feel repulsed and divided by. To the contrary, when our flaws are genuinely embraced and authentically shared they can humanize, connect and inspire.

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My new book IN AWE is now available... and became an instant bestseller! Learn how to rediscover your childlike sense of wonder to unleash inspiration, meaning and joy. Visit ReadInAwe.com today! 

***

Did you enjoy this episode? Subscribe, rate & review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. 

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