We learn our biggest lessons during our hardest times and it is important to remember and be grateful for this as we embrace our trials by fire. Today on the show we discuss gratitude, humility, and life lessons with John O’Leary who went from getting third-degree burns on 80% of his body after a gas tank explosion accident at age nine to becoming one of the busiest professional speakers in the world. John is the best selling author of On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life, and has spoken to millions of people in over 2000 events across 50 states. John attempts to ‘live in yes,’ and he tells the story of how this attitude led him from his first few years of unpaid speaking gigs to arriving where he is today.

 

Failure has a huge place in learning life’s lessons, and John tells a beautiful story about his grandfather which acts as a reminder that we should not only not forget, but actively practice gratitude for the things we learn in our toughest moments. John cares about everybody he meets, and he tells some inspiring stories about the value of each human life, and how so many of his gigs have come through referrals from people that nobody sees as being important.

 

We then move into the topic of the crisis, and John shares how grateful he is for the time he can spend with his family, for the workers on the front lines, and for the opportunity he is getting to make a pivot and help the world through our biggest trial yet.

 

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Key Points From This Episode:

 

  • John’s childhood accident which left him scarred but also fueled his speaking career.

 

  • Moving from being afraid of metaphorical fire to harnessing it.

 

  • Going from speaking to girl scouts to professional speaking by saying yes.

 

  • Hiring and taking a HELOC to build a business because John had to support his family.

 

  • The value of speaking unpaid at first and all the opportunities that can come from that.

 

  • What defines success: big breaks or showing up at work each day?

 

  • The changing landscape of speaking businesses: building a database and social media work.

 

  • Commander Jim Lovell and getting past the desire to give up after failures.

 

  • Chauffeur referrals, John’s will to serve, and the role it plays in driving his career forward.

 

  • Coming to terms with COVID by recognizing the miracle of your birth.

 

  • Recognizing the value of menial labor like grocery store workers in the crisis.

 

  • The value of hard times for learning lessons; John’s story about his grandad.

 

  • A reminder not to forget the lessons we are being taught by COVID.

 

  • How John is pivoting into what he can become using technology in the crisis.

 

and so much more!

 

See Also: Everything You Need to Know to Make Brilliant Online Courses with D’Arcy Benincosa

 

Tweetable Moments

“You learn about fire as something to stay away from when you’re a kid but as you get older you gotta figure out how do you harness fire.” —=@JOLearyInspires 

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How do you go from being repulsed by something or being driven by fear to being inspired and motivated to do something bigger in your life? And that’s every one of your listeners. That’s what they’re striving to do in their own words.  @JOLearyInspires

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“In life, when an opportunity knocks, I have always said yes, whatever that thing is. Even if it’s my friend asking me to help them move on a weekend, I just try to live in yes.” — @JOLearyInspires 

In life, when an opportunity knocks, I have always said yes, whatever that thing is. Even if it’s my friend asking me to help them move on a weekend, I just try to live in yes. — @JOLearyInspires #personalbrand… Click To Tweet

“It has been a wild whirlwind of just saying yes to the next audience in front of you.” — @JOLearyInspires 

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You are a gift. You are a miracle. You need to act like it. And once you can act like it, you can also recognize the dignity of those around you. -- @JOLearyInspires

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Now we have this beautiful opportunity to become so much more significant and life-giving than what we would’ve. -- @JOLearyInspires

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About John O’Leary

In 1987, John O’Leary was a curious nine-year-old boy. Playing with fire and gasoline, John created a massive explosion in his home and was burned on 100% of his body. He was given less than a 1% chance to live.

 

This epic story of survival was first showcased in his parents’ book, Overwhelming Odds, in 2006. Originally printing 200 copies for friends and family, his parents have sold 60,000+ copies. It was this book that first invited John to embrace his miraculous recovery and share it with the world.

 

John inspires 50,000+ people at 100+ events each year. He speaks to companies and organizations across industries, such as: sales, healthcare, safety, marketing, finance, faith, education and insurance.

 

Consistently described as “the best speaker we’ve ever had,” John receives nearly 100% of his engagements from referrals. His schedule is a testament to the power of his message and who he is as an individual. His emotional story-telling, unexpected humor, and authenticity make each of his presentations truly transformational.

 

John’s first book ON FIRE: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life was an instant #1 National Bestseller; 200,000+ copies have sold and it has been translated into 12 languages. John’s Live Inspired Podcast is top-rated on Apple Podcast and has more than 2,000,000 downloads.

 

His second book IN AWE: Rediscover Your Childlike Wonder to Unleash Inspiration, Meaning and Joy will be published by Penguin Random House in May 2020.

 

John considers his greatest success to be his marriage to his wife Beth, their four children and his relationships with friends and family.

 

 

Links Mentioned:

John O’Leary — http://johnolearyinspires.com/

Read In Awe — http://johnolearyinspires.com/in-awe-book/

On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Lifehttps://amzn.to/2L3Z3o8

In Awehttps://amzn.to/2za8hg2

The Live Inspired Podcast — http://johnolearyinspires.com/live-inspired-podcast/

Jon Gordon — https://www.jongordon.com/

Brené Brown — https://brenebrown.com/

Apollo 13 — https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112384/

Tom Hanks — https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000158/

Commander Jim Lovell — https://www.space.com/20320-astronaut-jim-lovell-apollo-13-biography.html

Brand Builders Group Consultation Call — freecall.brandbuildersgroup.com

Take The Stairs https://amzn.to/2ZAJNUS

 

 

 

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Connect With Rory

Rory Vaden | The Brand Builders Group | Branding ServicesRory Vaden is the New York Times bestselling author of Take the Stairs. His insights have been featured in the Wall St. Journal, Forbes, CNN, Entrepreneur, Inc, and several other major media outlets. As a world-renowned speaker, his TEDx talk has been viewed over 2 million times. He is the Co-Founder of Brand Builders Group and the host of the Influential Personal Brand podcast. Visit RoryVaden.com for more.

 

 

Connect with AJ

Aj Vaden Keynote Speaker for The Brand Builders GroupAJ is a million-dollar consultant and international speaker. Over the last decade, she has built and managed multiple 7 figure businesses and is currently the CEO of Brand Builders Group where she uses her expertise and unique talents to both streamline back end operations as well as creatively engineer the company’s front-facing personal brands.

 

 

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