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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. ­­…

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    Do More Good with Bill McKendry (ep. 430)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2022 50:55

    Growing up with parents who were deaf, Bill McKendry has a unique perspective on communication and the power it holds.  In fact, it's what ignited his passion to be a voice and communicator for those who need help.  At the height of his successful 35-year career in advertising and marketing, Bill left a large advertising agency to launch non-profit DO MORE GOOD. Using his expertise from iconic brands including American Express and Target, Bill focuses on magnifying the missions of non-profits to multiply their impact.  Join us for a conversation about using challenges as a way to meet others with empathy, passion and do more good. SHOW NOTES: Do More Good helps to magnify the missions of non-profits and multiply their impact through marketing, communications and branding. Before learning to speak, Bill communicated through American Sign Language with his parents who were deaf since birth. Native to Michigan, Bill fell in love with Colorado at 14 years old and continues to maintain a connection to the area. Do More Good: In 1994, Bill drafted the plan for a world-changing advertising agency that would dedicate at least 50% of its profits to amplify the message of non-profits. If you're going to do good, do great. Pitching early client Mel Trotter Ministries, Bill recognized the power of "big brand campaigns" would have on agencies doing good. Bill shares the moving and memorable experience of meeting Mother Teresa.  Get a copy of Bill McKendry's book Do More Good here. If you enjoyed today's episode… Hear how Coach Kathy Bresnahan led a grieving high school volleyball team to a state championship. Anyone who has struggled to overcome a challenge in life will appreciate this story of strength and perseverance. Listen to ep. 89 now. BILL MCKENDRY'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 Q. What is the best book you've ever read? A. The Bible and Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. Q. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? A. Over-the-top optimism. Q. 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. My laptop. Q. 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?  A. Jesus or C.S. Lewis. Q. What is the best advice you've ever received?  A. "Never, never, never give up," by Winston Churchill. Q. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? A. I believe every part of my journey was important. I wish I could have gotten a lot more serious about doing more good earlier in my life. Q. 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. He was a man that was willing to do more good.

    35th Anniversary of the Fire (Monday Moment ep. 429)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2022 5:38

    "We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty." - Maya Angelou Birthdays, anniversaries and holidays are obvious dates to celebrate. Bake a cake, light the candles, sing a song, gather together, toast to life. But what do we do with the dates that remind us not of what we have, but of all we lost? How should we treat those anniversaries? For my family and me, one such date is January 17th. On that date 35 years ago, I was burned on 100% of my body. We all face fires in life; we all get burned. Ultimately whether our life story is an epic to celebrate or a tragedy to mourn has surprisingly little to do with the events within our lives and far more to do with the manner in which we respond to those events.

    Courage to Grieve with Mattie Jackson Selecman (ep. 428)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022 57:56

    Mattie Jackson Selecman dreamt of being an author, yet she never expected her first book Lemons On Friday would be about the tragic + unexpected loss of her beloved husband of 11 months. Daughter of country megastar Alan Jackson and New York Times bestselling author Denise Jackson, Mattie became a widow at 28 years old and was forced to navigate a future drastically different from the one she had planned. Relying on her faith, she embarked on a deeply personal journey through devastating loss and the difficult dance that followed. This conversation is a reminder that no heartbreak or loss is unredeemable and by confidently clinging to hope, we can truly heal. SHOW NOTES: Value of work + humility: Growing up in the quintessential country music family, Mattie is grateful for how her parents raised her and her siblings. In her book, It's All About Him, Mattie's mom Denise candidly shared her and Alan's marital struggles, giving Mattie the confidence to share her own difficult journey. Intrigued by the history, science and art of wine, Mattie spent six years owning a wine bar restaurant. "You are the sweetest and best thing that ever happened to me." Mattie describes her late-husband Ben as joyful, abundant and filled with momentum for each day. Eleven months into their marriage, Ben suffered a fatal traumatic brain injury while vacationing in Florida. Nearly a year later, Mattie surrendered, chose to trust God and did not need to understand the "why" of her loss. Advice to those with friends, families and others close to someone experiencing a devastating loss: It's less about what you do and more about being present. In the midst of being emotionally, mentally and physically exhausted, open-ended questions are overwhelming. Direct questions like “do you want to get lunch today or can I drop something off?” helped her manage to make even the simplest decisions. During difficult moments, such as baby showers, Mattie would recite Romans 12:15: Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Through researching heaven, Mattie found comfort in knowing where Ben was. Books that helped her were Randy Alcorn's Heaven and John Burke's Imagine Heaven. Approaching the two-year anniversary of Ben's death, Mattie wrote Racing the Dark, sung by her father, to fight the instinct to run away and find the courage to face challenges. "Grief is less about learning not to hurt. It's more about learning how you hurt and how to navigate it." Learn more about Mattie's give-back company NaSHEville, which helps women and children in need-specifically orphans, widows, and trafficked women, here. Get a copy of Mattie Jackson Selecman's Lemons On Friday here.  

    "John, Do you Want to Die?" (Monday Moment ep. 427)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2022 7:17

    When I was just nine-years-old laying on what was expected to be my deathbed after a house fire, my mother guided me with a question that changed the trajectory of my life: John, do you want to die? That day we made a commitment to faithfully, courageously and collectively fight on. We had no idea of what tomorrow might hold. All we knew was the fight was on.

    On a Wing and a Prayer (Kushal Choksi ep. 426)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2022 55:22

    After narrowly escaping the devastation of 9/11, Kushal Choksi recognized he had been so consumed in pursuing the “American dream” that he had forgotten to pursue his own. From being a Wall Street trader immersed in the material world, Kushal embarked on a quest to find answers to life's biggest questions. Today, hear Kushal share how he explored his doubts with spirituality, the peace he ultimately found and what it means for you. SHOW NOTES: Kushal grew up in a densely populated small town in India where he could drive a bike from one side to the other in 20 minutes. Beautiful balance: He admired his dad's razor-sharp intellect and refreshing happiness. For the first time since being in America, Kushal witnessed fear on 9/11. Ecclesiastes 12:8: “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Everything is meaningless!” While initially uncertain, Kushal began practicing SKY breathing with spiritual leader Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. SKY Breathing: Uses the natural rhythms in our breath to harmonize the different functions in our system including perception, cognition, intellect, physical and memory. “To move forward in life, one must use the mind. To move inward one must drop the mind.” – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar “Effort is the key in the relative. Effortlessness is the key to the absolute.” – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar “You need not be afraid of losing control because you had none to lose.” If you enjoyed today's episode… You'll love hearing from Jeanne Celestine Lakin. As a survivor of the Rwandan Genocide, Jeanne reminds us that we all have the power to choose forgiveness, leave a legacy of peace and move forward.  Listen to ep. 346 now.   KUSHAL CHOKSI'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 Q. What is the best book you've ever read? A. The Q. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? A. Being naturally free. Q. 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. My six-string guitar. Q. 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?  A. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Q. What is the best advice you've ever received?  A. Take life as a game. Enjoy the journey. Q. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? A. Enjoy the journey. Q. 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. He lived a very content and happy life. *** 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.

    When the Valet Lost my Car (Monday Moment ep. 425)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 6:39

    "Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out." - John Wooden   Life will happen, challenges will mount, headwind will blow, difficulties will arise and the year ahead will become far different than the one you currently imagine. And yet, the power of one reminds us that although we cannot always choose the path we walk in life, we are always free to choose the manner in which we walk it. The choice we make makes a mighty difference in our lives – and the lives of those we encounter. Today, this week and into the year ahead, choose to treat others with dignity and compassion. Soften your voice, smile more often, laugh more easily, seek to understand, unclench your fist, open your heart and recognize that this life – that indeed your life – is a profound gift.

    Top 10 Episodes of 2021 (ep. 424)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021 38:27

    In 2021, we've encountered challenges, experienced cheerfulness and witnessed change, together. As we celebrate over four million downloads, I'm incredibly grateful for our Live Inspired community. Whether subscribing to the show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or another listening platform, sharing episodes with friends + family or engaging with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn, this milestone would have been reached without you. Today, join me as I recap the most downloaded episodes of the last year. From Netflix co-founder Marc Randolph to New York Times bestselling author Mel Robbins, today's episode is the best way to close out the year and start 2022 off right. SHOW NOTES: Peter Montoya, an apolitical unification expert, shares practical strategies to unify our divided society on ep. 376. Marc Randolph, the co-founder of Netflix, shares stories about starting the iconic brand and his unconventional idea of success on ep. 388. Howard Behar, retired president at Starbucks, shares his tips on how to be a servant leader + why leading with values is the best recipe for success on ep. 378. Ben Nemtin of MTV's The Buried Life acts on the question "what do you want to do before you die?" and the practical steps you can implement today to build and accomplish your list on ep. 336. Matt Miller, coach at Live Inspired, reminds us how to set attainable goals and make the next year meaningful on ep. 324. Doug Lindsay shares his journey in developing the treatment to a mysterious, debilitating illness that impacted his family on ep. 322. Mel Robbins, New York Times bestselling author, shares her proven + empowering techniques to overcome negative mental repercussions of the COVID-19 global pandemic on ep. 372. Jonathan Pitts shares about the loss of his wife Wynter and finding peace, strength + hope in keeping her legacy alive on ep. 328. Dr. Tim Jordan shares practical advice to build closer relationships based on trust and understanding with our children on ep. 330. Sebastian Maniscalco, known as “the hottest comic in America” by New York Times shares how perseverance and hustle have been the key ingredients to attaining success, the challenges that come with it and where he finds inspiration on ep. 344. Hear more of our most downloaded episodes of 2021 here and our most downloaded episodes of all time here.

    Did You Win? (Monday Moment ep. 423)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 6:39

    "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." - Helen Keller What can a basketball team in southwest Texas teach us about real victory? It turns out real victory isn't merely about what we can do for ourselves and get for our team, but ultimately what we can invest into others and achieve together. Watch the video of Coronado High School's Marcus Mitchell here.

    What Would You Save? ep. 422

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 42:21

    "To be content with little is hard; to be content with much, impossible." - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach In the midst of this holiday season, what better time to take pause and celebrate the amazing blessings already present in our lives. For the past five years, every podcast guest has been asked a series of rapid-fire questions known as the Live Inspired 7. The third question is: 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? Join me as I share what I would retrieve. Plus, I share some of the most remarkable responses that remind us that real joy, real peace and real love are seldom wrapped and almost never found under the tree. SHOW NOTES: What would you go back in and save? These past Live Inspired Podcast guests share the important reminder that real joy, peace and love are seldom wrapped and found under the tree. Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Lauren Daigle from ep. 248. Bestselling author and post-traumatic growth expert Michaela Haas from ep. 4. Former Navy fighter pilot and POW Charlie Plumb. Hear our entire conversation here. Congressional Gold Medal Recipient Carlotta Wells LaNier from ep. 56. Apollo 13 Spacecraft Commander Captain Jim Lovell from ep. 90. Entrepreneur, executive headhunter, nonprofit developer Laura Gassner-Ottig from ep. 152.  Author + law reform advocate Jeanne Bishop from ep. 246. Most common responses: Photos, Bible (including Kansas City Royals manager Mike Matheny), computer, journals, guitars... and nothing. Unexpected answers: Legendary entertainer John Tesh would go in for his 9-foot grand piano. Rebekah Gregory, a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing would save her waterproof prosthetic leg Ariel because nothing sets my soul more on fire than being at the beach. Well-known standup comic Sebastian Maniscalco, goes back in for cheese since his wife and kids are out safely! Bestselling author of The Shack, William Paul Young would retrieve a first edition George McDonnell Unspoken Sermons book. Amy Wolff, the mastermind behind a life-saving global movement, would save a carved piece of wood from her late brother. Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr would retrieve a letter he wrote to himself after his consecutive inning streak ended in September 1987.  Seth Godin, 20-time bestselling author, would fetch a canoe paddle he carved for his wife in 1979.

    Do Not Be Afraid (Monday Moment ep. 421)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 4:13

    "We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when [adults] are afraid of the light." - Plato Many people send out Christmas cards this time of year. These cards typically feature pictures of smiling kids, happy couples, cute dogs, new homes. Many cards include images of beautiful Christmas trees, Santa leaving gifts, Snoopy driving sleighs, or nativity scenes. But several years ago, it was a seemingly bland card, with a seemingly odd message, that most deeply moved me. On a plain blue card weren't pictures, images, families or snowflakes, but four words.

    The Singing Irish Priest Fr. Ray Kelly (ep. 420)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 48:41

    Fr. Ray Kelly, affectionally known as the singing Irish priest from Britain's Got Talent, became a worldwide sensation. The video of him singing a touching rendition of "Hallelujah" went viral with more than 80 million views. With an astonishing ability to connect with others through his remarkable singing, Fr. Ray joins us to share his fascinating journey from parish priest to Britain's Got Talent fame. Today's episode is an early Christmas blessing that's sure to delight. SHOW NOTES: Moving from civil service, Fr. Ray became called to priesthood, becoming an ordained priest at 36 years old. Understand the power of Christmas. Say "no" to overconsumption + commercialism and "yes" to helping others. After recently losing his beloved dog Buddy, the song "I'll Be Home for Christmas" takes on even more of emotional meaning. Watch Fr. Ray Kelly sing his rendition of "Hallelujah" for newlyweds Chris and Leah here. Learn more about Fr. Ray Kelly here. If you enjoyed today's episode, you'll love our Musicians playlist. Hear lessons (and music!) from legendary performers including Lauren Daigle and Walker Hayes. Listen to the Musicians playlist now. FR RAY KELLY'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 Q. What is the best book you've ever read? A. Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela. Q. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? A. Confidence. Q. 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. The platinum disc of my debut album Where I Belong. Q. 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?  A. I'd want to have my sister back with me again. Q. What is the best advice you've ever received?  A. I've been inspired by my parents' hard work and their parenting. Q. 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. My heart is in my songs.

    You Gotta Figure it Out (Monday Moment ep. 419)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 5:30

    In what aspect of your life do you “gotta figure that out?” Today, choose to stop blaming others for perceived slights or injustices, and begin embracing your role in making things better. Choose to vulnerably share with a friend what is going on and your need for help going forward. And choose to chart a new path, dream boldly and live intentionally to ensure far better days remain ahead.

    What if the Best Thing Hasn't Happened Yet? (ep. 418)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 65:31

    What if the best thing that's going to happen in your life hasn't happened yet?  Antonio Neves, author of the bestselling book Stop Living on Autopilot, is an award-winning journalist and success coach known for asking tough questions. Today's conversation is the perfect antidote to beat burnout and combat complacency. Prepare to leave reignited to boldly take action to live a life of happiness + fulfillment. SHOW NOTES: Professional question-asker: Growing up in a small, blue-collar Michigan town, Antonio faced challenges that motivated him to be more interested in others' stories than sharing his own. How would you introduce yourself to others if you couldn't reference your career? Just because you're good at something doesn't mean you're supposed to be doing it. While a successful sales rep, Antonio dreamt of working in the entertainment industry. With just a thousand dollars, he moved to New York City to work multiple jobs before getting his break years later with television network Nickelodeon. When moments of opportunity show up, you have to be ready. Setbacks are opportunities for comebacks. The pauses we don't orchestrate, if we allow, can catapult us in a new direction. No blue checkmark can verify who we are. That happens by God the day we are born. When you say you don't fit in, have you considered maybe you're not supposed to fit in? "Being non-traditional was my edge." Hoping vs. expecting: Have a mindset of expectation, not of privilege. If you've done the necessary work, you deserve to be somewhere.  No one who has accomplished anything of significance did it alone. During a period of struggle, Antiono recommitted to his life and sought community, took action on his ideas, focused on what's important and found opportunities to grow. Use some of Antiono's coaching strategies. Ask yourself: What role did I play in this? What goals have I achieved over the last 30 days? Attack the day with more joy. Your happiness hurts no one. The best thing that happened to you hasn't happened yet. "No one can, or will, care more about your life than you care about your life. So it's time to start acting like it." "You know man, it's just water." "If your life was a movie and the movie was halfway over, what would the lead character be doing right now to turn things around?” Get a copy of Antonio Neves' book Stop Living on Autopilot here. If you enjoyed this episode... You'll love hearing from legendary multi-faceted entertainer John Tesh. It will inspire you to move forward despite any setback you may receive in life + buy into the truth that the best of your journey remains in front of you. Listen to John Tesh on ep. 244 now. ANTONIO NEVES' LIVE INSPIRED 7 Q. What is the best book you've ever read? A. The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks. Q. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? A. Attack the day with more joy. Q. 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. A classic, early 80's family photo. Q. 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?  A. My dad. Q. What is the best advice you've ever received?  A. "If you're going to foul them, foul them," meaning if you're going to do something, do it 100%. Q. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?  A. Your happiness hurts no one. Q. 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. The best thing to happen to you hasn't happened yet.

    How to Live Well (Monday Moment ep. 417)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 6:05

    Sometimes individuals with whom we think we have the least in common become our greatest teachers and dearest friends. Join me as I share Rudyard Kipling's poem "If" and what it can teach us about facing adversity.

    Soul-Stirring Wisdom for Modern Times (Kute Blackson ep. 416)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 59:30

    As a transformational teacher, Kute Blackson's mission is simple: To awaken and inspire people across the planet to access inner freedom, live authentically and fulfill their true life's purpose. Kute's multicultural upbringing spanning four continents offers a unique foundation in his approach to breaking down barriers and unlocking an individual's true gifts and greatness. Modeling courage and resilience, hear Kute share his fresh look at spiritual awareness, practical ideas and soul-stirring wisdom that will ignite the heart and inspire courageous action. SHOW NOTES: "Being aware that you're going to die opens up the fierce urgency to really live." Kute describes a miracle as a shift in our attention and the willingness to see the magic in ordinary moments. Integrating the sacred and mundane: While his father was always on a path of his own mission, Kute is hopeful that future generations will have a better opportunity to balance the sacred and mundane moments of life. Afraid to lose what love + connection he received from his dad, Kute spent many years living forth the plan his dad set ahead of him instead of finding his true passion. Do I want to die holding back? Kute shares how a near-death experience in India allowed him to make peace with death. "It's not about what happens when we die. It's about how are we going to live this moment right now." In a moment of anxiety... take pause to recognize where your attention is directed, reframe the situation, focus on the present and break down actions into small, simple steps. Instead of overriding the feelings of exhaustion, listen to your bodies and discover ways to rest in order to feel rejuvenated. To combat isolation + loneliness, Kute encourages being intentional in cultivating community and connect with our true spirit. "You can be alone and not feel lonely. I've found when I feel lonely, I'm disconnected with myself." "Life itself is ultimately a process of surrender." Get a copy of Kute Blackson's book The Magic of Surrender here. KUTE BLACKSON'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 Q. What is the best book you've ever read? A. I Am That by Nisargadatta Maharaj. Q. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? A. I was a very fun-loving kid. Q. 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. My three passports: UK, US and Ghanaian. Q. 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?  A. My mother. Q. What is the best advice you've ever received?  A. God is in control. Q. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?  A. Take more risks. Be bold. Q. 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. He loved fully and fulfilled his soul's purpose.

    What are you "joyfully awaiting"? (Monday Moment ep. 415)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 6:46

    Anticipation of pleasure is a pleasure in itself.” - Sylvia Townsend Warner Entering into this advent season we look forward to the joy of the holidays, the gift of Christmas and the promise of a New Year by sharing a reminder of the power of joyful awaiting. Today, join me as I share a short excerpt from my instant #1 national bestselling book IN AWE.

    Three Tips to Unify this Thanksgiving (ep. 414)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 17:08

    “History teaches us that unity is strength, and cautions us to submerge and overcome our differences in the quest for common goals.” -Haile Selassie While the tradition of Thanksgiving began around 1621, it wasn't declared a national holiday for another 242 years. And why is this significant? In 1863, Abraham Lincoln was President in the middle of the Civil War, a chaotic crisis with profound divisiveness and great uncertainty of our nation. It was then he declared a day to pause and give thanks for the many blessings in our lives that we share. In a season where it's easy to further build the walls that divide us, tune in to hear three simple tips that will allow us to focus on the things that unify, bind and heal. SHOW NOTES: Read Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation here. Three ways to build connections: Own the conversation from the start. And I'm not suggesting to get the first word in, be more adamant, and set the stage for winning the debate. Instead, start conversations by speaking (or silently if you prefer!) these words: “I love you. And, no, there is nothing you can do about it.” Actively listen as if they are the only person. Busy with the unimportant, we lessen our ability to connect in positive ways with our children (negatively affecting their self-esteem), with our partners (negatively affecting intimacy and connectivity), and with ourselves (negatively affecting our sense of who we are and what actually matters). Be passionately curious as if their opinion actually matters... because it does! Ask elucidating questions if you need clarifying information or perspective from another point of view. This allows for the opportunity to elaborate, be heard, educate and perhaps even persuade another. Far from dividing, it actually serves as an awesome opportunity to unite. If you enjoyed today's episode, you'll love learning the longstanding tradition Live Inspired community member Rona's family does before their Thanksgiving meal. Listen to ep. 206 here.

    How Shall We Live? (Monday Moment ep. 413)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 7:07

    Death is the destiny of everyone, and the living must take this to heart. - Ecclesiastes Today, join me in celebrating those we've lost by living passionately alive. Knowing that tomorrow is not promised, let's actively, vibrantly, faithfully and joyfully live this day. And let's keep those enduring heartache both in our prayers and memorialize them through the manner in which we lead our lives.

    Beauty in Brokenness with Bonnie Gray (ep. 412)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 63:10

    We all have stories, and yet frequently, they're not the ones we share with the world. After being burned on 100% of my body, spending five and a half months in the hospital and losing my fingers to amputation, my dream was not to stand out, but to disappear and be ordinary. Bonnie Gray spent 39 years hiding her story, too. Growing up as the Chinese American daughter of a mail-order bride and a busboy in San Francisco's Chinatown, Bonnie's childhood was far from idyllic. Join us as Bonnie shares the journey that led to understanding her own identity and what it means to be loved. Today's episode is a reminder that in boldly owning, embracing and celebrating our stories, we are gifted the chance to live authentically and breathe life and possibility into others. SHOW NOTES Bonnie's mother was sent from Hong Kong to America to marry a man 10 years older and serve the family. An unintentional vow: After Bonnie's father left, she made an unintentional vow to not ask about things she cannot change and stay quiet unless she&s able to add peace and joy. Without support from her parents, other mentors in Bonnie's life helped shine a light on her full potential, provide support and guide her forward. l'm here for you. After being assaulted, Bonnie's former youth counselor gave her comfort + security. All of us have a defining moment where something happened that we did not plan. We long for love. Were tempted to hide our brokenness. I carried that until I realized that sharing my story is going to draw others closer. Amidst life difficulties, Bonnie's place of safety was her journal because using words was the key to unlocking her heart. Her future husband Eric captured her heart with a month-long series of emails. Bonnie shares an excerpt from Sweet Like Jasmine depicting a toxic conversation she had with her mother. Learn more about Bonnie on her website here. Get a copy of Bonnie Gray's book Sweet Like Jasmine here. If you enjoyed today's episode, you'll love Brian Walsh. At 17 years old, Brian found himself clinging to life after being caught in a burning building. His hard-won resilience + tenacity will shift your perspective and help you see how you, too, can overcome the obstacles in your life today. Listen to Brian Walsh on ep. 272. BONNIE GRAY'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 Q. What is the best book you've ever read? A. The Color of Water by James McBride. Q. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? A. My artistic self. Q. 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. My journals. Q. 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?  A. Jesus. Q. What is the best advice you've ever received?  A. Whenever I feel lost, I try to embrace that I'm right where I need to be. Q. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?  A. Choose your path now. Don't edit yourself. You cannot live someone else's story. Q. 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. You are beloved.

    What Should We Do with Our Gifts? (Monday Moment ep. 411)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 7:50

    “The wise do not lay up their own treasures. The more they give to others, the more they have for themselves.” — Lao Tzu My friends, what should we do with the gifts we've received? How should we use our treasures? What do we do with all the trophies we collect? For three decades, I've stored a bunch of them on a shelf in my house. Maybe it's time to stop laying up our treasures. Maybe the truly rich are aware that the more they give to others, the more they have for themselves.

    A Veteran's Story of Courage, Combat + Recovery (ep. 410)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 58:50

    One of my favorite groups to partner with each year is FOCUS Marines Foundation. FOCUS does an amazing job providing coping skills, relationship guidance, goal creation and career advancement to wounded veterans struggling with physical ailments, PTSD, traumatic brain injuries and various other challenges.   Among the remarkable servants I've met through this organization is retired Marine Gunnery Sergeant Nick Popaditch. Wounded in action, Nick was struck in the head by an enemy rocket-propelled grenade (RPG), resulting in numerous shrapnel wounds to the head and neck which left him legally blind and partially deaf in his right ear. In honor of Veteran's Day, Nick joins us to share his inspirational story of courage, combat and recovery. SHOW NOTES: Nick Popaditch earned numerous military awards including a Silver Star and Purple Heart. "If you don't quit on us, we will never quit on you." The power of inertia: The greatest difficulty always arises in the beginning. As a drill sergeant, Nick learned that everything was trained in the antithesis. Courage was trained by fear, honor by unfair treatment and commitment by failing. April 9, 2003: An AP photographer captures a striking image seen around the world of Nick smoking a victory cigar in his tank with the haunting statue of Saddam Hussein hovering in the background, immortalizing him forever as "The Cigar Marine." April 6, 2004: During the battle for Fallujah, Nick suffers grievous head wounds that leave him legally blind and partially deaf. Nick and his wife April would sign every letter during his multiple deployments with Romans 1:11: For I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith. Learn more about FOCUS Marines Foundation here. Get a copy of Nick Popaditch's book Once a Marine here. If you enjoyed this episode, Hear from award-winning actor Gary Sinise. As one of America's favorite, heart-led leaders Gary shares lessons on gratitude, service, and how his role in Forrest Gump as Lt. Dan led him to celebrate America's defenders, veterans, and first responders. Listen to Gary Sinise on ep. 128. GYSGT NICK POPADITCH'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 Q. What is the best book you've ever read? A. It Doesn't Take a Hero by General Norman Schwarzkopf. Q. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? A. Be positively motivated just because. Q. 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. My drill instructor hat called a Campaign Cover. Q. 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?  A. Avigdor Kahalani, an Israeli battalion commander, who saved the entire country of Israel in the Valley of Tears. Q. What is the best advice you've ever received?  A. My father told me to treat people with respect and hold them accountable. Q. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?  A. I wouldn't change a thing. Every mistake made me who I am now. Q. 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. I'd like it to say, "the world was a better place because I was here."

    Five Phrases to Avoid Using (Monday Moment ep. 409)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 6:44

    “Out of difference can come the reinforcement of two important values. One is tolerance and the other is awareness that people who disagree over the things they hold dear really can live together in love and respect.” - Fred Rogers Arguments and disagreements are part of all relationships. But the negativity so often echoed during them doesn't have to be. On today's Monday Moment, join me as I share five comments we'd all be far better never muttering. A divided nation might benefit from this reminder today. But the citizens must first recognize it begins not in DC, but in their personal relationships.

    Happiness Expert Shawn Achor (ep. 408)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 38:47

    Acclaimed happiness expert Shawn Achor reminds us that it's in the darkest times that we need optimism, gratitude and social connection the most. After 12 years of earning dozens of distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University, Shawn became a New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage and Big Potential, delivered a TEDx with over 19 million views and has worked with over 30 Fortune 100 companies. As we celebrate a season of thankfulness, today's conversation will give you the tools to approach today, tomorrow and every day going forward with gratitude, optimism and happiness. SHOW NOTES: Expectations affect gratitude: Quickly, Shawn recognized that many of his peers' expectations were met in attending Harvard and didn't experience the same level of gratitude because his acceptance was not expected. Rather than embracing the gift of the moment, we often are too focused on looking forward.  While doing research on Harvard, Shawn saw that success wasn't yielding happiness because your brain adjusts to what the goal is. Does success = happiness? If people become happier, raise their gratitude for the present, deepen social networks or raise their levels of optimism, then success rates rise dramatically. “Happiness during good times is more of a luxury item. When things get difficult, happiness has an even more beneficial effect.” “In the darkest times is when we need optimism, gratitude and social connection the most.” “Happiness is not irrational optimism.” “Optimism allows your brain to be the most adaptive possible when the negative occurs.” Rational optimism: starts with a realistic assessment of the present but maintains the belief that eventually my behavior will matter if linked to the right people. While teaching and researching happiness, Shawn courageously shared he was battling depression. While battling depression, Shawn learned that the majority of our happiness is interconnected with each other. In his book Big Potential, Shawn shares groundbreaking University of Virginia research on how our very perception of reality is transformed by the presence of others. If someone who is genetically predisposed to pessimism can make small tweaks to their day, they can experience impactful change. Three practical tips to increase optimism, happiness and social connectivity:  Each day, practice scanning for 3 new things that happened in the last 24 hours that you're grateful for. When anything positive happens, jot it down on a piece of paper, throw them in a bowl and read back through them at a later date. Take a few minutes to send a positive message, email or text to someone which will create a ripple effect and a reciprocal loop. “Happiness is not the belief that we don't need to change; it is the realization that we can.” Get Shawn Achor's New York Times bestselling books Big Potential, The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness. SHAWN ACHOR'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 1. What is the best book you've ever read? The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis. 2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Confidence. 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 broken guitar that I love. 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. He's been the biggest influence in my life and who I've modeled my career after. 5. What is the best advice you've ever received?  My mentor Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar said, “You're never as great as you think you are and you're never as bad as you think you are.” 6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Make friends. If you want friends, you have to be a friend. Don't let loneliness and insecurities stop you from feeling socially connected. 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 made other people feel understood and that happiness was actually possible.

    What Does James Bond Teach Us About Living? (Monday Moment ep. 407)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 4:25

    After finishing dinner last Sunday, the boys asked if we could all see a movie. They knew their grandpa wanted to see the new James Bond movie and asked if we could take him to it. And so, for the first time since February of 2020, we visited a movie theater. The last 20 months have reminded all of us of the unpredictability and fragility of life. If we've been living intentionally, though, they've also served as a powerful reminder that although we can't always choose the path we walk in life, we are absolutely free to choose the manner in which we walk it.

    Finding Joy in Your Authentic Self with Amanda Gore (ep. 406)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 42:57

    Amanda Gore is a global teacher of joy and one of only four Australians inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame. As one of the most admired speakers, Amanda's action-packed presentations are rooted in science-based tools to equip others to better handle change and create deep, lasting relationships with customers, colleagues and families. Today Amanda joins us for a thought-provoking conversation about addressing our core fears, discovering who we are at our essence and her own personal journey in embracing stillness to better understand her authentic self. SHOW NOTES: At the start of Covid, Amanda credits the work of Dr. David Martin that led her to dive deeply into her essence. Learn more about Dr. Martin's work here. Core fears: I'm not good enough or I'm not worth loving. I'm unsafe in some way. Fear of separation. “As a toddler, I told myself I was responsible for my mother's happiness.” True north question: Am I being the person I want to be in this moment? “We teach best what we need to learn.” As Amanda is focusing on the small steps to feel all ranges of emotion, she's learning the value in stillness. Sparkly bits: How is our nonverbal communication being perceived by those around us. From Tom Kenyon's The Great Human Potential, Amanda asks herself: What is it that I, as a being, am learning from this experience? I'm not driving myself to achieve. I'm opening my heart and now choosing to dive deeply into who I really am. Get a copy of Amanda Gore's book Joy is an Inside Job here. AMANDA GORE'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 Q. What is the best book you've ever read? A. Lizards Eat Butterflies by David Martin. Q. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? A. Kindness. Q. 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. They're just things. Maybe photos or books but it's the feeling of sanctuary of my home I'd miss. Q. 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?  A. Dr. David Martin Q. What is the best advice you've ever received?  A. What, as a being, am I learning from this experience? Am I being the person I want to be in this moment? Q. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?  A. Learn how to return to your core essence of love + connection and enjoy the great range of experiences. Q. 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. She tried really hard and learned a lot.

    A Loving, Open-Minded Conversation (Monday Moment ep. 405)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 4:50

    “Conversation means being able to disagree and still continue the discussion."  ― Dwight MacDonald Is it possible that rather than avoiding discussions around faith and spirituality, we might actually benefit from choosing to listen, prod, ask, debate, disagree and have healthy, constructive and mutually enriching conversations together?

    Lauren Daigle: 2x Grammy-Winning Singer-Songwriter (ep. 404)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 72:13

    Lauren Daigle is the fastest-selling new artist in the Contemporary Christian genre of the last decade. Critically acclaimed for her unique, soulful + soaring vocals, the singer-songwriter is sincere, down-to-earth and has unwavering faith.  Today, the 2-time Grammy Award winner shares how her Louisiana-roots cultivated her appreciation for music, the uplifting inspiration behind her lyrics, and how rediscovering her childlike wonder helped her find greater joy in life. Lauren also shares how she previously embraced a period of stillness amidst a whirlwind of success, how it propelled her forward into her next fruitful season + what it could mean for you during the COVID-19 pandemic. SHOW NOTES: "We're on the precipice of something extraordinary. If the whole world is still and experiencing a level of silence, great things come on the other side of those experiences." “I need to learn to love change because it is inevitable.” Lauren grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana surrounded by a  culture of music, passion + creativity. Music was a formative way of learning, a way of life + a way to come out of hard, dark times. As a teenager, Lauren was homebound because of the immunocompromising virus cytomegalovirus and music became a way to stay motivated and out of depression.  "Being still showed me the future." "My life experiences allow a texture, tone or an emotion to come out in my voice." After high school, Lauren helped build a church on a mission trip to Brazil. While there, she saw how religion can separate others + learned to see people for who they are versus what they believe in. "There are so many things in life that make us more alike than different." Before becoming an award-winning singer, Lauren wanted to pursue a career in doing pro-bono law for human trafficking victims.   "If you're in a place in life where you have dreams, things you're hoping or longing for and they don't seem to be in close proximity, surround yourself with as much influence as you can while being diligent and persistent in the work before you." Lauren shares the meaning behind some of the lyrics to "This Girl", "Look Up Child" and "You Say". December 25, 2017: After working herself into exhaustion, and many would say at the height of her career, Lauren took close to a year off of work to "be still". Lauren relates that period to pulling back a slingshot before being propelled forward + fruitful in the next season of her life. As her world tour is on pause because of the coronavirus, Lauren again plans to get lost in the stillness to let her mind, heart + spirit be refreshed + revived. Learn more about Lauren Daigle here. LAUREN DAIGLE'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 1. What is the best book you've ever read? Love Does by Bob Goff. [Listen to Bob Goff on Live Inspired Podcast ep. 115!] 2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Climb trees better and get lost in wonder more frequently. 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 first thought once all people that matter to me are safe, I don't care. Let's roast marshmallows. My second thought is a $100 bill my grandfather gave me as he was passing away + giving the advice "you better know who you, whose you are and where you are." My third thought is a letterbox filled with letters from my childhood until now. 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 because I miss him. Also, Quincy Jones to learn + engulf myself in stories of his career and his personal pains + hardships. 5. What is the best advice you've ever received? Bob Goff told me to always remember who my 8-year-old self is. 6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Steady the course, stay focused, keep moving forward and when you think you've lost yourself, God will always direct you back to who you are. 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? Lauren Daigle was a woman who loved well, loved rich and loved deep.  *** 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.

    The Difference between “I Have To” and “I Want To” (Monday Moment ep. 403)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 4:45

    “We do not have to love. We choose to love.”  ― M. Scott Peck There is a significant gap between living from a place where we feel obligated to perform and living with a mindset that views service as an opportunity. Today, I share how I was reminded of this through the simple action and words of my wife. 

    How to Take Charge During Adverse Times (Lt. Col. Waldo Waldman ep. 402)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 49:21

    Lt. Col. (ret.) Waldo Waldman is a Hall of Fame leadership speaker and New York Times bestselling author of Never Fly Solo. After overcoming his massive claustrophobia and fear of heights, Waldo became a highly experienced and decorated combat veteran, with over 2,650 flight hours and 65 real-world combat missions. Today, Waldo shares tools and techniques to overcome obstacles, break performance barriers, and take charge during times of change. This episode will leave you ready to recommit yourself to excellence, to diligently prepare for every mission and collaborate with others through trust, mutual support, and courage. SHOW NOTES: Courage-monger: champion for those who want to take action in their lives when feeling debilitated by fear, doubt and uncertainty. Even terrified of heights and small spaces, Waldo knew he wanted to fly planes after visiting his dad at work as an airplane mechanic. Passion has to be greater than fear. Make your friends your mentors and your mentors your friends. Instead of being fearful of those that are better than him, Waldo chooses to befriend them and model after them. In spite of his fear of heights and claustrophobia, Waldo became Instructor Pilot of the Year out of 308 others. Responsibility trumps passion. When faced with adversity, distract yourself from yourself by focusing on the win and those who are depending on you. Ask with honor. Take with honor. "You can't coach the uncommitted." "Your comfort zone is your danger zone." LT. COL. WALDO WALDMAN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 Q. What is the best book you've ever read? A. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. Q. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? A. Sense of silliness. Q. 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. My harddrive . Q. 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? A. My twin brother Q. What is the best advice you've ever received? A. Be careful with who you spend time with. Q. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? A. You're on the right path. It's okay to take the road less traveled and face your fears. Q. 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. He gave people wings to fly.  

    Embrace the Unknown (Monday Moment ep. 401)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 5:45

    “Forecasting is very difficult, especially when it involves the future.” - Yogi Berra Research shows that 94% of news stories are negative. Twenty-four hours a day our friends in the media proclaim the end is near, the other side is out to get us, and if our agenda doesn't advance, the best days are behind us. In the midst of all these challenges, how do we move forward? Join me to hear how you can view your life through a different, healthier, more accurate lens. It will inspire you to spend far less time worrying about the negativity others proclaim and far more time actually leading a life that positively matters.

    Career Expert Ken Coleman: Find a Job of Purpose (ep. 400)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 62:42

    According to a recent Monster.com survey, 95% of workers are thinking about quitting their jobs. Coined as "the Great Resignation", millions of Americans are searching for more happiness, fulfillment and flexibility after facing burnout and lack of growth opportunities. Ken Coleman, bestselling author of From Paycheck to Purpose and career expert, shares how to discover meaningful work and practical steps to make it a reality. If you or someone you know is looking to go from a day job to a dream job, this episode is for you. SHOW NOTES: Get clear with what you were born to do by aligning your talent, passion and mission. Develop a purpose statement. It provides clarity, confidence and courage to be what you were meant to be.  "When we find opportunities to serve others, we are making investments with no idea of the return. Look for opportunities to pour into the lives of others." Seven stages to discovering and doing work that gives you both a great income and big impact: Get clear  Get qualified  Get connected Get started  Get promoted  Get your dream job Give yourself away to work like no one else Get a copy of Ken Coleman's From Paycheck to Purpose here and The Proximity Principle here.

    4 Traits Joy-Filled People Have in Common (Monday Moment ep. 399)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 5:30

    The key to real happiness, true contentment, and a continual state of joy has nothing to do with getting more. It's the moment-by-moment choice to be grateful for what we have, selfless in what we do, connected with why we're here, and focused on becoming the best version of ourselves.   What we should strive for is not happiness, but an enduring state of joy. Joy is a condition that isn't dependent on things going our way. It's not reliant on getting what we want. Joy is the ability to be lit up each day despite the challenges, despite the setbacks, despite the struggle. And it's a choice. So how can we achieve a state of joy? Tune in to hear the four things the most joy-filled people I know have in common.

    Max Lucado: Courage for Today and Hope for Tomorrow (ep. 398)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 50:45

    Max Lucado is a pastor, speaker, and New York Times bestselling author. He's captivated the hearts of millions with his poetic storytelling and homespun humor. Join us as Max shares a timely message of hope and encouragement for a society still reeling from racial divides, political strife and a global pandemic. SHOW NOTES: As a teenager + young adult, Max was on a prodigal path. For decades, Max didn't share about the sexual abuse he experienced as a child because he felt healed shortly after the incident, assured his perpetrator would face God. According to Cigna, 61% of Americans felt lonely in 2019. Another 64% feel as if they have no one with whom they can share their truth.  Thirty-seven percent of US adults struggled with anxiety in the past week and 59.8% of young people 18-25 struggled with anxiety in the past seven days, according to CDC. Why is anxiety at an all-time high? We're leading fast-paced lifestyles, have access to more information than ever before and are less connected to a higher power. Unmet expectations drive unhappiness. Two out of three Americans identify as being unhappy (Harris Poll). "A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd." "To call yourself a child of God is one thing. To be called a child of God by those who watch your life is another thing altogether." If you enjoyed hearing from Max Lucado, tune into our New York Times bestselling authors playlist. Hear from Mel Robins, Bob Costas, Mitch Albom, Patrick Lencioni and more here. MAX LUCADO'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 Q. What is the best book you've ever read? A. The Bible and William Barclay's Commentary. Q. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? A. Play well. Q. 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. My Bible from 2000. Q. 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? A. My father and many characters from the Bible. Q. What is the best advice you've ever received? A. Life is short. Time is fleeting fast. Q. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? A. Trust God's great grace. Q. 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. Life is short and then it's past. Only what's done for Christ will last.

    What Makes Us Human (Monday Moment ep. 397)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 8:31

    When fires ignite, cancers attack, or tragedies strike, we lean into our community for support, prayers and love. But often when the invisible challenges of depression, bipolar disorder, or mental illness arise, we feel we've got to quietly shoulder the weight alone. September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. And because my family, the families of my co-workers, and the families of innumerable friends have been directly impacted by both mental health challenges and suicide, we wanted to bring to light what too often remains castigated to the dark. Listen to Dennis Gillan's story on Live Inspired Podcast ep. 46 here. If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

    Lead a Team of Any Size (Mike Kai ep. 396)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 39:35

    Mike Kai is a pastor, leadership expert and host of the Pound for Pound Leader podcast. From humble + challenging beginnings, Mike learned firsthand that in order to lead a team, cultivating a healthy culture is key. Whether you're leading a small family or large company, today's conversation will help you practice excellence (not perfection!), move forward with intention and build sustainable change in order to leave a lasting legacy. Join us to learn real-life examples and practical principles that will inspire you to grow in any season of life and be reminded that the best of our days remain ahead. SHOW NOTES: The only astronaut from Hawaii, Ellison Onizuka, inspired Mike to pursue his dream to be a fighter pilot. Mike's kuleana: After learning he was becoming a young father, Mike abandoned his dream to provide for his family, losing sight of his purpose.  How Mike grew during a turbulent season: Discovered a relationship with God, cultivating self-worth and pursued a purpose, read dozens of books including Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino, and Tough Times Never Last but Tough People Do by Robert Schuller. Believe in hope. Mike's pain turned into anger as he developed homicidal + suicidal thoughts. Mike's advice from 28 years of marriage: Forgive quickly and freely, fight for unity and continue to date one another. To lead a team of any size, Mike builds like Soloman and sees like Sheba. Build better to finish better. Excellence is an accelerator, elevator, separator, and income generator. "Sometimes excellence gets a bad rap because people think it's another word for perfection, but it's not. Excellence is doing the very best you can with what you've been given."  Learn more about Mike Kai, including his Pound for Pound Leadership Podcast here. Get a copy of Mike Kai's book It Doesn't Just Happen here. If you enjoyed this episode... You'll love my conversation with Seth Godin. As a 20-time bestselling author, distinguished speaker and shares brilliant insights on life, success, failure, and the “audacity to settle for anything less than remarkable”. Listen to the ep. 356 Seth Godin now. MIKE KAI'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 Q. What is the best book you've ever read? A. The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino. Q. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? A. Curiosity. Q. 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. As many photo albums as I can. Q. 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? A. Coach John Wooden and Reverend Titus Cohen who pastored in Hawaii from 1840s-1870s and ask how the revival happen. Q. What is the best advice you've ever received? A. My pastor told me, "Don't buy the brand new car. Pay cash for everything. Save your money for a house." Q. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? A. Don't be so emotional and be run by your feelings. Q. 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. Whoever he was with, wherever he was, he loved people to the fullest.

    The Real Gift is Found in the Ordinary (Monday Moment ep. 395)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 5:48

    Thebest and most meaningful aspects of our lives are discovered in the seemingly ordinary experiences, tender moments of grace, and ordinary human interactions with others throughout the day. Today, I share the story of a young girl I met at a burn camp, and the reminder I shared that the beauty of scars, the resiliency they possess, and ultimately, that she is being prepared for something bigger and better than she can currently fathom. As you prepare to sprint into your day, land the mighty projects, race the kids out the door, or successfully check off that long to-do list, don't miss the fact that the real gift of this day isn't found in getting through it. The best of this day will be realized in slowing down long enough to savor the experiences, conversations, and moments that actually matter throughout it.

    Prioritize Things That Matter with Christy Wright (ep. 394)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 57:41

    Ever feel over-scheduled, over-committed and over-tired in today's world? That we do so much, yet somehow, feel we're not doing enough? Christy Wright, bestselling author of Take Back Your Time and host of The Christy Wright Show, is an expert in cultivating balance, ditching distractions and prioritizing what actually matters. If you or someone you know is seeking a guilt-free tool to cut out what doesn't matter, prioritize the things that do and take back your time and your life, this episode is for you. SHOW NOTES: "Making it" because of struggle: Growing up, how Christy's mom launched a small bakery business was pivotal in teaching character, integrity, persistence and work ethic her formative years. Before becoming a speaker full-time with Ramsey, Christy said "yes" before knowing how and stepped in for Rachel Cruz while she was a project manager. "Some of the most incredible career opportunities are not positions that are posted but problems that are solved." - Sheryl Sandburg "If you wait until you have success to commit, you'll have neither. You have to commit before you have success." - Seth Godin What if "balance" isn't so much what you do but something you create + become in your life? Life balance is not doing everything for an equal amount of time. It's about doing the right things at the right times. Start doing what matters, stop doing what doesn't matter in today's season. "If we are not careful we will spend our entire lives checking boxes and never stopping to ask ourselves if those boxes represent anything actually worth doing." Create an ideal schedule. Take your current calendar and a blank calendar: Move over the things you have to do. Move over the things you want to do. Add whatever is missing. "We judge others by everything they do and we judge ourselves by everything we don't do." Listen to past Live Inspired Podcast guests + fellow Ramsey personalities Dave Ramsey, Rachel Cruz and Anthony ONeal. Get a copy of Christy Wright's Take Back Your Time here. CHRISTY WRIGHT'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 Q. What is the best book you've ever read? A. The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer. Q. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? A. Innocence. Q. 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. Pictures. Q. 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? A. Maya Angelou Q. What is the best advice you've ever received? A. People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Q. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? A. You're going to get married. Stop freaking out. Q. 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. 1 Thessalonians 5:24 The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.

    Irreplaceable (Monday Moment ep. 393)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 7:32

    The most important aspect of any work is seeing how it serves the larger community. Join me as I share about a cherished, irreplaceable colleague and the reminder that leaders impact most by showing others they matter. And today, my friends, I remind you of the fact that you, too, are absolutely irreplaceable. Your work matters, your dreams matter, your prayers matter, your words matter, your actions matter. Your life most certainly matters. You are irreplaceable. And in a marketplace that sometimes forgets it, act like it.

    Bob Costas - Legendary Broadcaster (ep. 392)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 72:58

    Bob Costas has earned 29 Emmy awards - more than any other sports broadcaster. He is also the only person to have won in news, sports and entertainment. So, what do Bob and I have in common? Bob was mentored by my dear friend, Jack Buck. Don't miss this heartfelt conversation as Bob reflects on his humble beginnings + his most iconic interviews and memorable moments from 25 years of covering the greatest events of our time. Watch the interview on Facebook or YouTube. If you enjoyed hearing from my hometown friend... You'll love our St. Louis playlist featuring iconic change agents, sports legends and entrepreneurs from the Gateway to the West.  Listen to the St. Louis playlist now. BOB COSTAS' LIVE INSPIRED 7 Q. What is the best book you've ever read? A. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. Q. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? A. A sense of wonder. Q. 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. Q. 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? A. Jackie Robinson. Q. What is the best advice you've ever received? A. Professionally, be yourself. Q. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? A. Your youth is not as short as you think it is. You're still a young man when you're 50. Q. 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. He paid it forward.

    The 5 Gifts of Silence (Monday Moment ep. 391)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2021 9:54

    Recently, I was nearing the end of hectic week of speaking events and it was obvious I was getting sick with a sinus infection. What began as a raspy voice when I started the speech turned into a whisper by the end of it. By the time I got home that evening, my voice was completely gone. What started as a sinus infection, manifested into a double ear infection, lead to swollen, irritated throat and eventually total laryngitis. Today, I share the five lessons I learned from losing my voice.

    Alison Levine: History-Making Polar Explorer + Mountaineer (ep. 390)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 69:00

    Alison Levine knows what it's like to survive in the world's toughest environments. She served as team captain of the first American Women's Everest Expedition, scaled the "Seven Summits," and skied to the North and South Poles. Join us to hear Alison recount her history-making expeditions, the lessons in leadership they've taught her and how you can achieve more than you ever thought possible. SHOW NOTES: “Technique and ability alone do not get you to the top—it is the willpower that is the most important. This willpower you cannot buy with money or be given by others—it rises from your heart.” “We can't control the environment; all we can control is the way we react to it.” Adventure Grand Slam: Alison served as team captain of the first American Women's Everest Expedition, climbed the highest peak on each continent and skied to both the North and South Poles—a feat known as the Adventure Grand Slam, which only twenty people in the world have achieved. Alison is the first American to complete a 600-mile traverse from west Antarctica to the South Pole following the route of legendary explorer Reinhold Messner. Get a copy of Alison Levin's New York Times bestselling book On the Edge here. ALISON LEVINE'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 Q. What is the best book you've ever read? A. Span of Control by Carey Lohrenz. Q. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? A. Be more extroverted. Q. 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. My photo albums, especially those not digital.   Q. 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? A. Pasang Lama Sherpa, the first female to scale Mt. Everest. Q. What is the best advice you've ever received? A. What you say doesn't matter as much as how the person interprets it. Q. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? A. Be more compassionate to yourself. Q. 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. She loved dogs. She encouraged others to try.  

    Can One Person Make a Difference? (Monday Moment ep. 389)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 9:21

    After yet another catastrophe devastating our neighbors in Haiti, I wanted to share with you the amazing work being done by an organization striving to make a difference there. Today, I share a story was shared with me by last week's Live Inspired Podcast guest Tim Brand, Founder of Many Hands for Haiti. They are making a profound, positive impact during a time when need is so overwhelming. It's a message that will remind you of the ripple effect of your life. Even when you don't see it. Learn more about Tim Brand + the life-changing work his organization is doing in Haiti on Live Inspired Podcast ep. 388 here.

    Many Hands for Haiti Founder Tim Brand (ep. 388)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 50:18

    Headlines often leave us feeling overwhelmed and like we can't make a positive impact. Today's guest reminds us that we can absolutely make a transformative impact through love in action. Tim Brand founded Many Hands for Haiti after a life-changing mission trip to the small, tropical country. A decade later, they've served 7.5 million meals, educated 1,200 children, constructed 990 safe homes... and so much more. His strategy focuses on six key elements in order to bring about lasting change: education leadership development agronomy (soil management and crop production) safe homes medical assistance economic development Don't miss this conversation. It will inspire you to join me in supporting this organization that is caring for our neighbors after yet another devastating earthquake again this month. SHOW NOTES If you didn't grow up with a strong foundation, are you going to be that for your family and those in your community? At 18 years old, Tim planned his first mission trip to Haiti after being inspired by his dad. There he felt unconditional love, grace and forgiveness and learned to let God guide him. Reverse Offering: With $100 offered by his church in 2004, Tim raised $15,000 to build a school in Haiti. After an infliction point, Tim quit his corporate job, made numerous sacrifices and wrote a $10,000 check to build a school, freeing him of his chains of processions. Whatever talents you have, you are called to multiply them. Sometimes you have to let go to receive. "Transform together through love and action." "We hold that dream until they can hold that dream for themselves." Love in Action: Jerry + his grandmother are proof that by strengthening familial + community bonds, long-term sustainable change is happening. To learn more about Many Hands for Haiti and offer your support, click here. TIM BRAND'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 What is the best book you've ever read? Outside the Bible, Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? A dreamer. 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. 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? Paul the Apostle. What is the best advice you've ever received? Never burn a relationship. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? You don't always have to experience something to learn. Forgive yourself. It's been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? Fully surrendered to dream God dreams to serve the world.

    You Don't Need to Be a Kid to Have Fun (Monday Moments ep. 387)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 3:43

    “When he worked, he really worked. But when he played, he really, really PLAYED!”― Dr. Seuss My friends, doesn't it seem children have more fun than adults? They smile far more often, skip more frequently, laugh a bit louder and enjoy life a lot more.  Today, I share how my daughter reminded me how fun travel can be and how good life still is during our annual tradition.

    Innocence Pioneer Jim McCloskey (ep. 386)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 48:53

    Jim McCloskey founded Centurion Ministries, the first organization devoted to exonerating wrongfully convicted prisoners serving life sentences or sentenced to death. Jim has helped free 65 innocent people. Today, Jim shares how his path was first one of destruction, followed by redemption and only then was he able to begin his amazing, life-giving work. Tune in for Jim's awe-inspiring reflections on the emotional responses from his clients. In hearing his telling of the laborious process of re-investigating cases, you will be reminded of the value of hope and sacrifice. Don't miss my conversation with this dedicated advocate for justice. SHOW NOTES: The National Registry of Exonerations tracks over 2,800 cases of individuals who were wrongly convicted of crimes, based on new evidence. Centurion Ministries has taken on over 80 cases, freeing 66 people.  Collectively, these individuals have served 1,488 years in prison. When Jim's mother contracted polio in 1947, his father modeled the importance of responding to adversity with love, loyalty and devotion. Six hours a week, Jim would visit inmates at New Jersey's Trenton State Prison as a requirement for seminary. Do you believe I'm innocent? With no legal or investigative training, Jim worked for three years to free Jorge de los Santos from prison after presenting new evidence. Learn more about Centurion Ministries here. Get a copy of Jim McCloskey's When Truth Is All You Have here. JIM MCCLOSKEY'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 What is the best book you've ever read? We Were Soldiers Once... and Young by Lt. Gen. Harold Moore. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Courage to stand against the group. 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 Bible. 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. What is the best advice you've ever received? My dad told us to always be honest and always be prepared. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Be your own man. It's been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? Micah 6:8 What the Lord requires from you: to do justice, embrace faithful love, and walk humbly with your God.

    Thank You, Mrs. Collins (Monday Moment ep. 385)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 5:46

    As the school year begins, I wanted to take a moment to celebrate a teacher taught me invaluable lessons on school and life. Mrs. Cathy Collins showed me that regardless the subject we may teach, there is no finer foundation, no clearer lesson plan, and no more effective motivation than love.

    Discover Joy in the Ordinary with Ingrid Fetell Lee (ep. 384)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 51:11

    Design expert Ingrid Fetell Lee has spent over a decade researching the relationship between happiness + our surroundings. She's worked with iconic brands such as Target and Kate Spade and her wildly popular TED Talk has been viewed more than 17 million times. Today's conversation will empower you to be more intentional on what joy means to you and dedicating yourself to finding more joy in life and at work. Join us to hear Ingrid's actionable tips to find joy all around you and to be reminded of the impact joy has on your health, resilience and well-being. SHOW NOTES: By nurturing her creative spirit, Ingrid credits her Nana as the reason she became inquisitive of the power within the physical world. “We think of joy as this light, fluffy, airy thing but joy is so integral to what it means to be a healthy, fulfilled human.” Moments of joy have a positive effect on physical health, productivity, creativity and resilience. What is joy? An intense momentary experience of positive emotion. When happiness is pinned to life's milestones it can feel vague and amorphous yet designing more moments of joy in every day can be life-changing.   Aesthetics of Joy: Identifiable sensory qualities that have a distinct + universal connection to joy. For example, color is a suggestion of energy, ripeness + nourishment. A Japanese nursing home redesigned by the architect Emmanuelle Moureaux features an inviting common room with colorful balls hanging from the ceiling and bright springy green chairs. Since the redesign, families of residents spend more time visiting with their loved ones than before. Create repeatable moments of joy: Paint your front door with your favorite bold color, bring nature indoors with plants, wallpaper the inside of a closet or drawer with a bright pattern for a surprise burst of joy. Research shows numerous benefits to having moments of joy in our every day, including: A sense of trust, intimacy and connection when shared with others Better decision-making after considering more scenarios Increase of productivity by up to 12% “The thing about joy, in order to feel it fully, we must embrace our sadness too.” “Burnout often has as much boredom in it as it does exhaustion.” “The blossoming of the tree. The rising of the sun. The flow of the tides. These reoccurring events remind us of times circular nature and create an underlying cadence of joy that we can rely on.” Start your day with joy: Ingrid shares 10 ways to start your day with joy including reading a poem immediately after waking up and fixing a joyful breakfast. Learn the others here. Joy-spotting: Tuning your senses to joyful things in the world around you will help you reconnect + rediscover joy.

    Joys of Lifelong Learning with Tom Vanderbilt (ep. 382)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021 43:36

    Tom Vanderbilt, New York Times bestselling author of Traffic, is known for writing about the mundane to the obscure, shedding light on surprising patterns of human behavior. Through his extensive research + first-hand experience, Tom shares the remarkable benefits of pursuing new skills and hobbies, the pressure-free approach we had as children and its transformative impact on our lives. Whether you're 17 or 70, today's conversation will inspire you to take the next right step in unlocking the joys that come with starting something new. SHOW NOTES: While at University of Wisconsin – Madison, Tom dropped out of the journalism department finding working at the school newspaper was the best way to learn the craft of journalism and allowing time to study other intriguing subjects. Tom's work focuses on insightful research of everyday life such as design, technology, science, and culture and how things really work. New York Times bestseller Traffic is an eye-opening investigation at human behavior while driving. Get a copy here. Compliancy effect: There is a simple mantra you can carry about you in traffic: When a situation feels dangerous to you, it's probably more safe than you know; when a situation feels safe, that is precisely when you should feel on guard. Most crashes, after all, happen on dry roads, on clear, sunny days, to sober drivers. While writing Beginners, Tom visited the Infant Action Lab at New York University to see the pressure-free approach children have to learning. In his quest to learn new skills, Tom broaden his social circle and found inspiration from others in his community Falling in love with learning: Studies show that couples learning new skills together can reenergize a relationship. The only limit apart from your own body is your own imagination. We often interrupt people at the beginner stage, forgetting that talent can take time.

    12x Olympic Medalist: Swimmer Dara Torres (ep. 380)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2021 39:41

    Dara Torres made  history as the first American swimmer to compete in five Olympic Games and again as the oldest swimmer to win an Olympic medal at age 41 in 2008.   Today, Dara shares the "heart-racing, thrilling" feeling of earning her first medal in 1984, what it felt like to defy expectations with two comebacks and how she balanced her career while being a mother.   With the 2020 Olympics in full swing, this conversation  continues the celebration of inspiring moments in global sports. SHOW NOTES: Before becoming a 12-time Olympic medalist, Dara recognized her love for swimming at a YMCA competition at 12 years old. Caught up in excitement of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, her first, Dara recalls how rival Jill Sterkel helped her refocus after swimming poorly during qualifying. Heart-racing, thrilling, adrenaline-filled for days: Dara shares the indescribable feeling of winning her first gold in 1984 and her appreciation of her 2008 silver. At University of Florida, Dara earned 28 All-American swimming honors – the maximum possible in a college career – yet she sees that time as a dark period in her life. Her underrated battled with bulimia: After five years, Dara sought help and set small, daily goals to overcome the disease. After three Olympics + four medals, Dara left the sport for seven years before making her first comeback at 33 at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Eight years later, now 41 and a mom, Dara returns for her second comeback at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Earning three silver medals, she became the oldest U.S. Olympic swimmer in history, the first American swimmer to appear in five Olympic Games and the oldest swimmer to win a medal in Olympic history. There is no “I” in team: Dara shares her gratitude for those who played a role in her accomplishments. DARA TORRES' LIVE INSPIRED 7 What is the best book you've ever read? The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. – Eleanor Roosevelt What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Treating everyone equal. 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? Something that represents my family, like a photo album. 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? Jesse Owens to learn how he overcame adversity. What is the best advice you've ever received? Treat everyone equal. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Don't worry what other people think of you. It's been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? Always on the go. Longevity in the sport.

    Influence Change for Good Today (Monday Moments ep. 379)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2021 6:12

    Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far reaching effects that change the world. - Dalai Lama You won't believe the impact the sweet, simple gift these Starbucks baristas gave had on their customer. This is beautiful reminder that you matter and your actions and words shape the lives of those around you. Don't underestimate that doing little things well greatly elevates the lives of those around you. *** This story was shared with me by my friend Howard Behar, retired president of Starbucks. He saw Starbucks grow from a couple dozen stores to more than 15,000 around the world. How did he do it? By reminding his team they were in the People business serving coffee. Click here to hear my conversation with Howard on ep. 378.

    Starbucks' Howard Behar on Leading with Purpose (ep. 378)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2021 61:49

    Howard Behar, retired president of Starbucks, joined the company when they had 28 stores and grew that number to over 15,000 during his tenure. A successful leader, speaker, author and mentor, Howard is best known for his generosity and integrity. Hear how Howard influenced the growth of Starbucks, his tips on how to be a servant leader + why leading with values is the best recipe for success. Rewatch the livestream on Facebook or YouTube SHOW NOTES: At  15 years old, Howard's father left his family in Bulgaria to immigrant to Seattle where he saved his money from pushing carts in Pike Place Market to open a small grocery store. Not everything we do in life do you need to be paid for. By not charging a struggling family for strawberries, Howard's father taught him a valuable lesson that influenced how Howard began his work at Starbucks. Dreaming of the benefits he'd offer employees if he owned a company, Howard noticed how in sync they were with Howard Schultz, recognized as the modern-day founder of Starbucks. Be one of the most well-known and respected organizations in the world known for nurturing + inspiring the human spirit. While a young professor at Stanford, Jim Collins joined to develop Starbucks iconic mission statement.  Howard Behar's 6 Ps: Purpose, Passion, Persistence, Patience, Performance and People “The person who sweeps the floor should pick the broom.“ “The enemy of life …. is indifference.” Get a copy of Howard Behar's bestselling books It's Not About the Coffee and The Magic Cup. Did you know the Live Inspired Podcast has nearly 5 million (!!!) downloads? Tune into the most downloaded episodes in 2021 featuring the inspiring stories of comic Sebastian Maniscalco, Netflix co-founder Marc Randolph, ABC New's Paula Faris and more here! HOWARD BEHAR'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 What is the best book you've ever read? The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Be less serious. 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 photographs. 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? Desmond Tutu. What is the best advice you've ever received? You're capable. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Figure out who you are early. 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 set out to nature + inspire the human spirit and guess what he did.

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