Our conversation with John O’Leary couldn’t have happened at a more appropriate time. His philosophy of humility, love, and gratitude which we speak about in today’s recap contains many lessons to apply in business but also in a personal capacity during this time where the world has reached a sudden halt.


We talk about John’s experiences with people that helped him and how he pays this forward by treating everybody with kindness, no matter their position in society, and how this fits into his immensely positive worldview but has also played a central role in his success. Tune in for some much-needed inspiration and make sure you catch the full length too.





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Key Points From This Episode:


  • The secret to John’s success: that he practices love and gratitude.


  • How valuable John’s message to always love people is at this time.


  • The significance of John’s ability to win the hearts of even small children.


  • Never thinking a job is too small for you or below you as a good leader.


  • Learning the value of each and every job from the situation the crisis has caused.


  • How John had no choice but to succeed because of having to support his family.


  • Setting your fee structure and remembering the value of working for free at first.


  • Being reminded of how much of a miracle life is, and finding gratitude 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

John’s career is built on gratitude and love. His secret is not some business process.” — @roryvaden [0:02:25]

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“It doesn’t matter if you’re the CEO, the business owner, the entrepreneur, you are also the trash taker, the cleaner, the window washer. A servant’s heart and a true leader never rises above that.” — @aj_vaden [0:04:32]

It doesn’t matter if you’re the #CEO, the #businessowner, the #entrepreneur, you are also the #trash taker, the #cleaner, the #windowwasher. A #servantsheart and a true #leader never rises above that. — @aj_vaden @JOLearyInspires… Click To Tweet


“Don’t be so arrogant to think that you should get paid in year one of building your brand.” — @aj_vaden [0:09:18]

Don’t be so arrogant to think that you should get paid in year one of building your #brand. — @aj_vaden @JOLearyInspires #personalbrand #influentialpersonalbrand #speaker #keynote #podcast http://brandbuildersgroup.com/blog Click To Tweet


“Choose to be grateful, choose to consciously be thankful for the things you do have versus unconsciously complaining about the things that you don’t, or being entitled in thinking you’re above facing the challenges that are in front of you.” — @roryvaden [0:18:09]

Choose to be #grateful choose to consciously be #thankful for the things you do have versus unconsciously #complaining about the things that you don’t, or being #entitled in thinking you’re above facing the #challenges that are in… Click To Tweet


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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.

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.

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 in May 2020.


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/

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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