You may recall from my 2020 Thanksgiving note the video I shared of Nick Vujicic. I first learned of Nick a few years ago and was simply inspired by how full he is living his life. Nick was born without any legs and arms. He is the father of four children and lets nothing get in the way of the goals he has for his family.
My close friends, know that John O’Leary has changed my life. John was burned from head to toe at 9 years old. His book “On Fire” is what did it for me. I had the opportunity meet John this past summer and he is motivated to help others find the fire within themselves. His most recent book is equally powerful, “In Awe.”
The ironic part about these two is they came together on The Live Inspired Podcast with John O’Leary. I have included the podcast link below.
As we near two years living in the pandemic, I encourage you to take time over the Thanksgiving Holiday and reflect on what two or three things you are grateful for that would not have happened had it not been for the Pandemic.
My goal with this year’s Thanksgiving note is to ignite energy into you such that you have simply an amazing Thanksgiving Holiday with your family.
We wish you continued health, safety, and success!
Live Inspired Podcast with John O’Leary- Guest, Nick Vujicic
Nick Vujicic, You Tube Video shared in 2020
John Sabatalo is a man full of charisma and kindness who cares deeply about others. Early on he was called to be a coach and those characteristics helped him succeed on the field and in the boardroom for many years and for many teams. He is currently the President of Planes Companies in Cincinnati, Ohio where since 1991 he has helped grow the business into one of the premiere moving, warehousing, transportation, and logistics firms. The Cincinnati Enquirer consistently rates them as one of the top places to work and John will tell you it is because everyone is treated the same, as a trusted family member. In addition to Planes, John is the President of Global Workplace Solutions, a company that delivers global project management and workplace services to corporations, healthcare and lab facilities, hospitality companies, governmental agencies, and educational institutions. His prior coaching experiences still drive how he manages and motivates his teams. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts, he moved to Cincinnati to coach at the University of Cincinnati as a graduate assistant before going to St. Xavier High School for 6 years (’80-86) as the Offensive Coordinator before being named the school’s youngest athletic director. From 1986-1991, he was the head coach of Lakota High School where in his 4th season, he was named the Ohio Division 1 Coach of the Year. In this interview, John will talk candidly about the many lessons learned stepping into new roles, overcoming adversity, and how gratitude is a big part of his day. His infectious energy and passion for life spill into everything he does including being a dedicated husband to his wife Lynn and a loving father to his 2 boys, Brian and Stephen.
Blake Haxton is a world-class athlete, winner of a silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics Games in the sprint canoe. He graduated from Ohio State University with a finance degree in 2013 and a law degree in 2016 and now works for Diamond Hill Capital Management as a Research Analyst. Impressive achievements but even more impressive that this all occurred after contracting necrotizing fasciitis (more commonly known as the flesh-eating disease) and losing both of his legs during his senior year of high school. Blake is an inspiration to many. His personality, attitude, perseverance and kind nature draws people to him, many of which help support his long list of goals. This story is one that will give anyone perspective of what really matters in life and how to be grateful for something as simple as the presence of a friend or a family member in the room or by your side. For more about Blake including links to videos and articles detailing his journey, go to his web site, blakehaxton.com.
Dr. Joseph Maroon’s is a world-renowned neurosurgeon at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. His biography and lists of achievement are truly remarkable as a neurosurgeon, scientist, Ironman athlete, consultant, author, and advocate on healthy living and nutrition. Yet despite all this amazing accomplishments, Dr. Maroon has often felt he was an underdog battling his smaller height and weight, coming from a small town, and losing his father at an early age. At age 41, he battled depression as his found himself too focused on his career. After reading, I Dare Youby William H. Danforth, Dr. Maroon began to better balance good health, his sense of spirituality, his work and his relationships. This insightful interview details his amazing journey after age 40 and how so many have benefited from his lessons and his work. For more on Dr. Maroon, you can check out his website josephmaroon.com or one of his 5 books, his most recent being Square One: A Simple Guide to a Balanced Life .
Neal Tew is a proud father of fours kids living in Cincinnati, Ohio. Over the years, his brilliance and talent has helped him create many new ventures in his life including his own financial planning firm, a new boutique marketing firm called Brandstrength, a ground breaking youth squash association, and he is now the author of a new book titled, The Gospel Life: Three Years in a Monastery. On this episode, Matt discusses Neal’s faith and his longing to explore his spirituality which led him down many interesting paths including his studies of comparative religion at Harvard and the years he spent at a Catholic Monastery detailed in the book. This discussion is fascinating and full of many wonderful observations and lessons that will spark something for anyone who listens. Information about Neal’s recent book and his efforts to promote the wisdom of the monks can be found on his website: nealtew.com. You can also learn more about Neal and his marketing business at https://www.linkedin.com/in/nealtew/