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Susan O’Leary Interviews John O’Leary (ep. 500)

Susan O'Leary

To celebrate 500 Live Inspired Podcast episodes, Susan O’Leary interviews John O’Leary.

It’s been five years, 11 months and four days since the Live Inspired Podcast launched and 499 episodes later, I’m in awe that the Live Inspired movement has grown to hundreds of thousands of weekly listeners from all 50 states and more than 115 countries across the world.

It’s been an honor to have you alongside me as I had some of the most life-giving and life-changing conversations with luminaries and thought-leaders including New York Times bestselling authors, Hall of Fame athletes, Grammy-winning recording artists and literally a man who traveled to the moon TWICE!

When deciding how to celebrate this special occasion, my team and I had some pretty grandiose ideas yet nothing seemed as meaningful and full circle as handing the microphone over to the person who was there when it all got started.

Join me as Susan O’Leary, my mom and our very first guest, takes the reins to interview me with unexpected and hard-hitting questions, including for the first time ever — the Live Inspired 7.

Whether you’re brand new or helped build the community from the ground up, this episode is for you.

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Hear where it all got started!  On the first ever Live Inspired Podcast, Susan O’Leary shares falling in love with Denny and how the fire changed their family forever. It’s a conversation of resilience, faith, courage, redemption, family, love and life. Listen to ep. 000 now.


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  1. Q. What is the best book you’ve ever read?
    A. Overwhelming Odds by Susan and Denny O'Leary and The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen.
  2. Q. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do?
    A. Cure for Parkinson’s, support children who have experienced trauma.
  3. Q. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today?
    A. The willingness and desire to be heard when it mattered.
  4. 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. Originally it was the crystal baseball from Jack Buck, yet it’s changed over time to a journal I wrote in every day for a year about Beth.
  5. 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. Martin Luther King Jr. and St. Paul.
  6. Q. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
    A. This too shall pass.
  7. Q. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?
    A. The best is yet to come.
  8. 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. Seek justice, love mercy, walk humbly with God.