My name is John O’Leary, and I’ve lived through worse than most can imagine. At age nine, a fire exploded and burned 100% of my body. Given a one-percent chance to live, I fought extraordinary odds.
I spent five months in the hospital, underwent dozens of surgeries, lost all of my fingers to amputation and had to relearn to walk, write, and feed myself. I endured, persevered, and survived – largely because others emerged, served and inspired. I now live to share the life-giving lessons from my story in hope that I can Spark! the extraordinary possibility of your story.
I share these lessons as a tribute to those who leapt into the flames to save me. Who worked tirelessly to restore me. Who pushed me to write though I no longer had fingers. Who held me close when the days were dark and the nights scary. I share these lessons as an invitation for you to choose to wake up to the fullness of your life, to embrace the amazing gift of each moment, and to celebrate the joy of your inspired life!
As I share these lessons, sparks will leap.
Sparks that can renew you with hope, purpose, perspective, faith and love. Sparks that remind you that one person, one action, one word, does indeed make a difference. Sparks that liberate you from excuses, destructive cynicism, limiting beliefs, broken relationships, and lousy results. And sparks that, when united, ignite us together toward an extraordinary future!
What I know for certain is this: You can’t always choose the path you walk in life, but you can always choose the manner in which you walk.
Today is your day. Live inspired.
Together, we’ll stay On Fire.
John will send you his Monday Morning Motivation newsletter to start your week inspired and give you the latest updates.
Expected to die, John O’Leary now teaches others how to truly live. John’s journey overcoming his fire had mostly been kept private. Then, in 2007, his parents’ showcased the story in their book, Overwhelming Odds, which they wrote as a thank you to the family and friends who supported them. This book resulted in organizations around the world requesting to hear first-hand how John defied the odds. They originally had 200 copies printed; subsequently 70,000 copies have sold.
To meet the growing requests and recognizing his calling to be an agent of inspirational living and overcoming adversity, John began professionally speaking in 2008. Since then, John has shared his message with more than 500,000 people in 48 states, 11 countries and at 1,300 events for clients including LEGO, Southwest Airlines, Microsoft, Pepsi, St. Louis Cardinals and more.