Jan 15, 2021
Once expected to die young, John O’Leary now teaches others how to truly live. As an internationally acclaimed speaker, #1 national bestselling author of the book On Fire, and host of the Live Inspired Podcast, O’Leary empowers hundreds of thousands of people each year to live inspired. He shares his insights and inspiring message with emotional storytelling, unexpected humor, and authentic joy.
John “It’s not about how great I am, it’s about how great others are and what they teach us.”
Our calling is to use the adversity in front of us to become a far greater version of ourselves, not only for ourselves, but for those we are called to serve.
When we compare, compare yourself to who you were and to who you could become. And then when you listen to somebody else’s story, it’s not to compare, it's to empathize, learn from, and be better because of. You’ve got your own story, but what we have in all of our stories is hardship, and there is also evidence of overcoming and there is evidence of courage we didn’t even know we had.
We all have moments in our lives that are inflection points, points in time where everything is going fine and then….boom an explosion. What matters most isn’t what the inflection point is, it’s how you respond to those inflection points. Sometimes inflection points aren’t an explosion, sometimes they are like a whisper and you go...wow that is the moment that changed my life.” Inflection points are part of all of our lives, and sometimes we don’t even realize it in real time.
You are born, to a degree, with your emotional intelligence and grit and the good news is, for those of us who don’t think we have any…..we can discover more. But the other thing that he had was a strong faith, and when John’s mom said, take the hand of God, he didn’t feel like “Well….I hope he shows up.” John had faith that “if he got out of the boat and believed he could walk on water, indeed he can.” John never felt like he was by himself and that was so important to him. Also they had a goal, and the goal was homecoming. And they had no idea how long it would take at first. The real goal here is not how you overcome your pain? We all have it. We all have addictions, we all have struggle, we all have skeletons in the closet, we all have brokenness in relationships, we have adversity professionally and financially. Victor Frankl says, when you know your why, you can endure any how.