134: Rediscover Your Childlike Wonder with John O’Leary

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Today’s guest is John O’Leary. John is an inspirational speaker, blogger, and podcaster, as well as the author of On Fire, a national bestseller. At the age of nine, John survived a fire that burned 100% of his body and left him with a one-percent chance to live. He fought extraordinary odds, won, and now lives his life driven to help others live more inspired lives.

In his new book, In Awe: Rediscover Your Childlike Wonder to Unleash Inspiration, Meaning, and Joy, he invites us to return to the joy of navigating life like a child by reconnecting with the five senses children innately possess.

I first saw John speak in 2019. He gave one of the most impactful, inspirational, and meaningful presentations I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been looking forward to having him on the podcast ever since.

Today, he joins me for a conversation about why his childhood experience is one of triumph and not tragedy — and what we can all do right now to shift our mindset, embrace positivity, and stay open-minded as we age.

In this podcast interview, you’ll learn:

  • Why we have to experience adversity to rediscover what actually matters – and how you can safely share this message with your children.
  • How to stop being ruled by fear – and why it’s hard for John to be ruled by negativity, even after losing 94% of his future revenue on March 10th.
  • The difference between meaning and purpose in life – and how our search for these things evolves over lifetimes.
  • How John walks his clients through the processes of evaluating what really matters in their lives, breaking bad habits, and making meaningful change.
  • What we can do right now to shift our mindset, embrace positivity, and stay open-minded as we age.

Inspiring Quotes

  • “Meaning is the willingness to pull back, breathe, and look at what you’ve got, and give thanks for it.” – John O’Leary
  • “What your purpose and meaning are currently, ought to be radically different in a few years than what it is right now.” – John O’Leary

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