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Welcome to the Spark! 1-Week Challenge!

I’m thrilled that you’ve taken the challenge to Live Inspired.

Often after I share my story at events like the one you attended, I am asked: “What do I do next?” Or, if you recall from our time together, in the words of my hero Jack Buck, “What more can I do?”

In response I designed Spark! 1-Week Challenge. Spark! is a week of daily inspirational activities chosen to challenge you to ask this question in SEVEN DIFFERENT WAYS and help you create the habit of living an inspired life – for this week and beyond.

You’ll receive your challenge via a video message in an email from me each morning for a week.

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Welcome Video

Here’s an example of what your videos will be like – and a warm welcome from yours truly!

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What to Expect & Today’s Challenge:

Over the next week and beyond, your life will change. So will the lives of everyone you touch through your work, life and love.

This is your first chance: Share the life-changing Spark! Challenge!

Invite as many friends and family members as possible to take the challenge too. Here’s the sign-up page link – send it in an email, post it on Facebook – whatever works best for you. Thanks for sharing the Spark! Challenge and for inviting others to Live Inspired, too.

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  • Carolyn Klaus

    John, I was truly blessed Monday when I heard your story and saw, in person, your enthusiasm for life! I have lived with a few challenges myself. When my second child was born, it was obvious right from the start that he had significant delays in his development. At the age of 3 we were told that he was mentally retarded (the acceptable terminology in the 1960s), that the doctors could find no cause for the delays, that it most likely was a mistake, perhaps he was “roughed up” during the birthing process. Over the next 8 years we were assured by doctors we consulted that we shouldn’t be concerned about having another child, that there was no reason to think it would happen again. On April 1st, 1969, our third child was born, and at age 1 we were told that she, too, was suffering significant delays. And at that time I realized I was pregnant again. Over the years I found myself drawn closer and closer to God because I needed someone to lean on and lead me through the maze of finding appropriate programs for them, and for myself, learning how to deal with unusual behaviors and the reactions of strangers to my children. In 2003, my husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. I greeted his diagnosis as just one more challenge in my life. I have asked myself many times over the last 56 years why this happened to me — you know — why me? I have always felt that there was a reason, that there was something else God wanted me to do. I still struggle with that question and am hopeful that with your inspiration, perhaps the answer will finally become obvious. I am happy to be able to look back on my life, on the blessings of 4 wonderful lchildren, 2 of them married and with children of their own. And I am particularly happy that I was somehow able to stay strong and find comfort and peace of mind in my relationship with God, for I am sure he has been leading me through these experiences and, as promised, has stayed faithfully at my side.

    • John O'Leary

      Carolyn, thank you for the beautiful, vulnerable share and for ALL you do each day to serve your family. I hope you are enjoying your Spark! Challenge week and that it is giving you a new perspective on the gift of each day. Stay ON FIRE for life — and be sure to connect on social media for daily inspiration, Carolyn. J

  • Anke Kirchner

    Amazing and inspiring! Glad to be part of this 🙂

  • Kevin Nieman

    Thanks John! Your story and how you have embraced your life is a true inspiration. I had an uncle that was 19 when he went to France during WWII. It was two months before the end of the war. One month in, he was shot in the head by a sniper and he lived the rest of his life paralyzed on the right side of his body. He never complained, found a way to do everything he could formerly do (writing, dressing, eating, tying shoes, playing golf, etc.) with the one arm and one leg. On his death bed, he was cheering the nursing staff up. Next to my dad, he was my hero. You remind me of him. God bless you.

    • John O'Leary

      Kevin, honored to be compared to your hero — he sounds like quite an amazing guy. Thanks for sharing, for taking the Spark! Challenge and for ALL you do. Stay ON FIRE! J

  • Gina

    I am ready! I am an elementary administrator who has a LipSense business. The product is AmaZinG and I am so passionate about opportunities but was unsure how to get out there and do it! I now have courage to do so. I want to share the why me with others!!

  • Jim Patti

    Wow, can’t wait

  • Jules ulery

    I so inspired by you I accepted your Challenge

  • April Crout

    I enjoyed hearing your story and Challenge Accepted!

  • Susan

    Thank you for sharing your story with all of us….it has helped me to begin to live my life “inspired”. Listening to you has changed me…..your story and how you and your family persevered through this tragedy and how you grew into the man you are today was uplifting to say the least….Again, thank you for changing my life. I look forward to Podcast and can promise you – I WILL live my life “inspired”…..

  • Cara

    Thank you for sharing your story with others, John! I know you have inspired so many, and it’s amazing!

  • Brian

    Thank you for sharing your journey through fire and showing us how to turn the questions around, not a victim but a victory. Looking forward to seeing what you have in the videos this week.

  • Jud Crary

    Thanks you for sharing your story.

  • Brenda Clayton

    Thank you John for sharing your story with others! My family also have been through a life of struggles and have come through praising God and living life to the fullest! Both of my children were born with cystic fibrosis. We were told they would not live to go to Kindergarden. They have both had double lung transplants and are married, living in StLouis! David is 43 and Brandi is 39! I would love to learn how to help others with our story as well! I was at the MBA Conference last week and was blessed by your gift to share! God Bless!

  • Theresa Hanson

    So excited for this challenge John! I thoroughly enjoyed seeing you at the 2016 AmericInn Convention!

  • Sandy Gattasso

    I haven’t been the same since I saw you in person last week and listened to your message. I’m so excited about this 7 day challenge….bring it on….and thank you John!

  • Mike

    Let’s do this! Thanks for sharing your story and inspiring western New Yorkers last weekend!

  • BettyJo Santiago

    Thank you for sharing your story. I’m truly inspired and hope this help my little girl who’s a burn survivor

  • Amy Kuykendall

    Thank your sharing your story! You inspire me!

  • Laurie

    Thank you for sharing your story but more importantly your spirit and zest for a purpose filled life. I’m inspired!

  • Ruth Edmonds

    Excited about the Spark challenge to live an inspired life. Thank you, John O’Leary!

    • John O'Leary

      Thanks for taking the Spark! Challenge and for ALL you do, Ruth! J

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