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What if the Best Thing Hasn’t Happened Yet? (Antonio Neves ep. 418)

Antonio Neves

Antonio Neves joins John O’Leary on the Live Inspired Podcast to encourage us to boldly take action to live a life of happiness + fulfillment.

What if the best thing that’s going to happen in your life hasn’t happened yet?

Antonio Neves, author of the bestselling book Stop Living on Autopilot, is an award-winning journalist and success coach known for asking tough questions.

Today’s conversation is the perfect antidote to beat burnout and combat complacency. Prepare to leave reignited to boldly take action and live a life of happiness + fulfillment.


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  • Professional question-asker: Growing up in a small, blue-collar Michigan town, Antonio faced challenges that motivated him to be more interested in others’ stories than sharing his own.
  • How would you introduce yourself to others if you couldn’t reference your career?
  • Just because you’re good at something doesn’t mean you’re supposed to be doing it. While a successful sales rep, Antonio dreamt of working in the entertainment industry. With just a thousand dollars, he moved to New York City to work multiple jobs before getting his break years later with television network Nickelodeon.
  • When moments of opportunity show up, you have to be ready.
  • Setbacks are opportunities for comebacks. The pauses we don’t orchestrate, if we allow, can catapult us in a new direction.
  • No blue checkmark can verify who we are. That happens by God the day we are born.
  • When you say you don’t fit in, have you considered maybe you’re not supposed to fit in?
  • “Being non-traditional was my edge.”
  • Hoping vs. expecting: Have a mindset of expectation, not of privilege. If you’ve done the necessary work, you deserve to be somewhere.
  • No one who has accomplished anything of significance did it alone. During a period of struggle, Antiono recommitted to his life and sought community, took action on his ideas, focused on what’s important and found opportunities to grow.
  • Use some of Antiono’s coaching strategies. Ask yourself:
    • What role did I play in this?
    • What goals have I achieved over the last 30 days?
  • Attack the day with more joy.
  • Your happiness hurts no one.
  • The best thing that happened to you hasn’t happened yet.
  • “No one can, or will, care more about your life than you care about your life. So it’s time to start acting like it.”
  • “You know man, it’s just water.”
  • “If your life was a movie and the movie was halfway over, what would the lead character be doing right now to turn things around?”
  • Get a copy of Antonio Neves’ book Stop Living on Autopilot here.

If you enjoyed this episode… You’ll love hearing from legendary multi-faceted entertainer John Tesh. It will inspire you to move forward despite any setback you may receive in life + buy into the truth that the best of your journey remains in front of you. Listen to John Tesh on ep. 244 now.


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  1. Q. What is the best book you’ve ever read?
    A. The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks.
  2. Q. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today?
    A. Attack the day with more joy.
  3. Q. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be?
    A. A classic, early 80's family photo.Antonio Neves' family photo
  4. Q. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? 
    A. My dad.
  5. Q. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? 
    A. "If you're going to foul them, foul them," meaning if you're going to do something, do it 100%.
  6. Q. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? 
    A. Your happiness hurts no one.
  7. Q. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? 
    A. The best thing to happen to you hasn't happened yet.