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John O’Leary

See Your Past Challenges Optimistically: The Key To Growing Forward

Adversity shapes all of us. How it does so is completely connected to how positively we look back on the adverse moments of our past.

I was reminded of that at a recent speech I had the chance to deliver for California Pizza Kitchen. One of the best parts of traveling the country as a speaker is being able to hear other great speakers share their stories. It’s a key part of my own personal growth and one of best opportunities for me to learn the habits of talented storytellers and be inspired. At that event, I heard John O’Leary talk about his experiences and how it shaped his outlook on life.

By all accounts, O’Leary shouldn’t be here. When he was nine, O’Leary suffered burns across 100 percent of his body in an accident. The doctors did not expect him to survive the night after he was burned.

Now, almost thirty years later, O’Leary has overcome challenges that would have defeated many of us. Despite having lost his fingers, he learned how to write and even play the piano. Today, O’Leary is married and the father of four children. Just as important, O’Leary knows he has a story that he must tell.

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“Why not you?”—The Immeasurable Heart of Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson

“Why not you?”

These simple words were spoken to Russell Wilson by his father, Harrison, and they would change his life.

Years before his Super Bowl championship with the Seattle Seahawks, Wilson was a high-school senior and multi-sport athlete, torn between a baseball career and football dreams. The Baltimore Orioles had drafted him straight out of high school with a guarantee of a million dollar contract. Deep down, however, Wilson desired to play professional football one day, but there was one issue that every coach and scout had raised: At a little under six feet, he was undersized. It was the same old song he had heard since playing youth football.

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New Year’s Resolutions Are Made to Be Broken… So Break the Mold!

If you’re anything like me, by now you’ve probably put off your New Year’s resolution at least once, haven’t you?

Let’s face it. Resolutions often dissolve as quickly as they are developed. Research has shown that for many of us, nothing really changes after New Year’s Day. According to Forbes Magazine, only 8% of people actually keep their resolutions. This uncomfortable truth begs the question: Why do so many of us fail at our New Year’s resolutions?

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Fighting is Winning: In Memory of Stuart Scott

ESPN commentator and journalist Stuart Scott was a true example of a life lived Greatly.

He had a warrior’s spirit, epitomized class and courage, and had an unshakable will to live. On Sunday, January 4, the sports world was saddened with the news that Scott—one of the most recognizable and beloved sportscasters of our time— had lost his battle to cancer. It pained me deeply to know that one of my favorite individuals in sports was gone, but I’ll never forget the legacy that Scott left us.

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Don Yaeger is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), longtime Associate Editor for Sports Illustrated, 11-time New York Times best-selling author, leadership expert and executive coach.

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