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Live Inspired Podcast: How to Choose Significance v. Success #110

Rich DonnellyRich Donnelly shares tips from his new book The Chicken Runs at Midnight on choosing significance v. success

Rich Donnelly spent three decades as a major league baseball coach. This was his dream since he was a little boy. In attaining this dream, he set everything else in life aside, including his marriage and children.

Today, Rich Donnelly shares how the news of his daughter’s terminal disease shook him out of his detrimental focus on success and how he’s been driven to lead a life of significance since. Ever wonder if people can change? My friends, this episode is for you.

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  • Get your copy of Rich Donnelly’s new book The Chicken Runs at Midnight here.
  • Don’t be average. You were put on earth to inspire and help people.
  • Thank God I had cancer. It strengthened me.
  • My son gave his life to save a strangers life. I lost a son but I gained a grandson, the woman is naming her son after Michael.
  • I’ve had a lot of storms in my life, but I’ve also had a lot of sunshiny days. The storms taught me to not waste the sunshine.
  • The average age is 80, so I hope I’ve got about 3,000 days left. I don’t waste a day; try to do something good everyday.
  • What is your encouragement to people going through a storm? It’s not going to happen over night. It’s going to be a step by step, hour by hour, process. Go out and do the best you can. If you’re fortunate enough to have a family, a wife, kids: Be good to one another.” – Rich Donnelly
  • “We are on a super highway and we are flying right past our family and friends. Stop and take time to notice, care, speak.”
  • Thank people by passing on their goodness to someone else.
  • Don’t put value on material things. They’re just temporary wins.

Did you enjoy hearing about major league baseball? Check out episode 53 with one of my heroes, 13-time MLB Gold-glove-winning shortstop for the St. Louis Cardinals Ozzie Smith.


1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Compound Effect, Darren Hardy. My main takeaway: Where you are heading right now will continue to snow ball through your entire life. If you don’t like the trajectory of the life in which you are heading, change it right now.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Owning your power, appreciating it and not being afraid to use it.

3. 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?  I’m not going back in. I don’t care. I don’t need of it. None of it matters.

4. 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? John O’Leary 2.0. Let’s do it!

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? When someone loves you enough to tell you you are messing up so you can come out stronger on the other side.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? You are more capable than you have any clue.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? And she’s still laughing.


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