SIV #067: John O’Leary – Live Inspired

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John O’Leary might be my favorite guest to ever appear on the Success Is Voluntary Podcast. No offense to the previous 66 guests.

I have been to somewhere between 50 and 75 large, national sales/leadership conferences in my career. Invariably the organizers bring in a keynote speaker to inspire the audience. Some of them crush it and others have been ok, but for some reason miss the mark for me personally. 

In January of 2017, I heard today’s guest John O’Leary speak. I have never heard a speaker that I have taken away as much hope and excitement for life as I did that day. During his talk I literally lost it 2 times and walked away incredibly inspired. His message is still impacting my life.

When John O’Leary was 9 years old, he suffered burns over 100% of his body and was expected to die. He is now an inspirational speaker and author, teaching more than 50,000 people around the world each year how to live inspired

I love you and there’s nothing you can do about it!

John O’Leary

Not only has his book On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life become a national best seller, his podcast Live Inspired is in the top 20 podcasts on iTunes.

His message of hope and the ability for everyone, including you and me, to be overcomers was something I desperately needed at the time. I hope this podcast blesses you and impacts you in ways you are still remembering years from now.

I’d encourage you to listen to the entire podcast as John and I are doing something really cool for the first 5 people that email me.

If this podcast doesn’t inspire you, I give up. I say it every week, SERIOUSLY get out your pen and note pad. OK, enough build up! Please let me introduce you to my new friend John O’Leary.


Things John And I Talked About

  • John’s message is not about John. It’s about the people who showed up in his life.
  • Everyone has a story. Just not the one we tell the world.
  • John didn’t tell his story for 28 years.
  • We must embrace the past and learn from it.
  • At age 9, he was burned on 100% of his body and 83% were 3rd-degree burns.
  • Your whole world can literally change in the blink of an eye.
  • Read Jack Buck and the Kid.
  • The importance of “ordinary” people in your life.
  • Nurse Roy “Boy! Listen to me. You are going to walk again so you might as well get used to it.”

You are part of something important. Act like it!

  • You oftentimes have no idea of the impact you are making in someone’s life
  • How you ask the following questions makes all the difference in your life.
    • Why me?
    • Who cares?
    • What more can I do?
  • If your business plan works, will you have the life you actually want?
  • Make sure your ladder is against the right wall.
  • If your eyes are open for greatness, it’s EVERYWHERE!
  • There is a 1 in 400-trillion chance that you even exist.

I choose to thrive because: God demands it, my family deserves it, and the world is starved for it.

  • History has always pointed upward and to the right.
  • Seek justice, love mercy, walk humbly with God.
  • The best of your life points back to the worst of my life.
  • The best things are still ahead.
  • Ask the 3 questions above, every day as part of your morning ritual.

John’s Billboard: STOP!


Books John And I Talked About

As always: Click on the covers below to learn more or purchase through Amazon


Where To Connect With John

John’s Website/Podcast: http://johnolearyinspires.com/

Amazon Author’s Page: CLICK HERE

Facebook: JohnOLearyRisingAbove

Instagram: @JohnO’Leary.Inspires

LinkedIn: CLICK HERE


Next Week

Join me next week when we have podcast sensation, and business thought leader, John Lee Dumas on the SIV podcast.

Until then, I wish you great SUCCESS! I’ve heard it’s VOLUNTARY

    Tim has spent the last 22 years in the VB sales world. During that time he has recruited and trained over 2,000 agents to get people to do what they should, but wouldn't do if we didn't come along. In addition to his leadership rolls at the two largest VB carriers on the planet, Tim has worked with outside organizations through consulting and sales coaching. His energetic and humorous key note addresses have also inspired and electrified audiences throughout the United States. Currently Tim is also working on his first book "Success Is Voluntary."

    Tim and the lovely Dizzy D reside in Peoria, Arizona. They have been married for 29 years and are the proud parent of two gorgeous grown young women, Brittny 27 and Victoria 25.

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