At age nine, after a fire burned 100% of his body, John O’Leary was given a 1% chance to live. John chose life. During his physical recovery, John was inspired by the people who were rooting for him to rise above the hardships and to live life to its fullest. His parents, classmates, and even a total stranger believed in his ability to overcome the tragedy. So he did. John embraced who he truly was and chose to be a victor.
Today, John is a husband, father, author, podcast host, and a keynote speaker. Through his organization, Rising Above, John inspires others to embrace all the possibilities life has to offer and to live life ‘On Fire’.
[3:05] What ‘bring your whole self to work’ means to John.
[4:24] The significance of January 17, 1987.
[10:26] How the legendary Jack Buck transformed John’s life forever.
[20:26] Heroes seldom wear capes.
[23:00] John has been overwhelmed by the love he has received during his charmed life.
[26:20] Choosing to be the victor over the victim.
[30:17] Effective leaders have purpose, vision, and humility.
[33:09] Where John finds sources of inspiration.
“You can go through life as a victim or a victor. It’s your choice.” @jolearyInspiresClick to tweet
“My mother said ‘John they may have taken your fingers but they haven’t taken your life. So, stop acting like it.’” @jolearyInspiresClick to tweet