Proof of Resilience and Love, with Mary Curran Hackett

Mary Curran Hackett is today a popular author of several novels and a highly sought after international ghostwriter. Her story to reach this point is inspiring and brave as she has risen up from a low point after surviving a rape over 20 years ago. This tragedy propelled her in many directions but it was these challenges that shaped many of her strengths today. In much of her writing and speaking engagements including this interview with Matt, she shares the wisdom from her journey and the foundation she now has. Many have benefited via her articles, blogs, and essays which have been featured in magazines, on the radio, anthologies, and on national television. She has now edited hundreds of books and ghostwritten over twenty published books for some of the world’s leading executives, entrepreneurs, doctors, artists, celebrities, and religious leaders. Her novels include such hits as, Proof of Heaven (2011), Proof of Angels (2014), The Capital One Story (2020), and The Sephora Story (2020). Mary previously taught writing and literature for University of Cincinnati. Mary is also helping several clients write their own books, while still managing to find time to work on her own memoir and next novel. She is married to Greg Hackett and the proud mother of two children. To learn more about Mary, visit here here website – If you wish to see the video version of this interview, it can be viewed here –

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Playing Golf With Cancer, One Day and One Hole at a Time, with Brian Morris

Brian Morris is a loving husband and father of 5 and the head golf pro at Ocean View Golf Course in Bermuda. He grew up around golf and always hoped for a chance to play in a PGA event. However in 2019, the 54 year old was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer. He is today being treated regularly for his esophageal and stomach cancer. But supporting this treatment plan is his incredible spirit and positive approach which is helping him battle like crazy to keep beating the odds. His family and friends have been the beneficiaries of his brave battle. He got to celebrate with them all in October 2021 when a sponsor’s exemption allowed him to make his PGA Tour debut at the Bermuda Championship. It was a dream come true and truly a reward for his approach to how he lives every day. Enjoy this heart-warming interview and learn more about all the people Brian is inspiring.

A Man of Character On and Off the Field, with Luke Kuechly

Luke Kuechly is considered to be one of the best NFL linebackers of all-time. He played 8 seasons with the Carolina Paranthers, beginning in 2012 when he led the league in tackles and won the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award. In 2013, he became the youngest ever to win the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award and began a streak of 6 straight Pro Bowl selections. Luke’s lists of awards piled up more each year including winning the NFL Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award Winner in 2017 before retiring from the NFL in 2019. His athleticism, vision and feel for the game made every one of his teams better going back to his high school days at St. Xavier in Cincinnati where he helped his 2007 team go 15-0 and take the #1 ranking in the country. He then attended Boston College where he set a school record for tackles (2nd in NCAA) and was a 2 time All-American. Since retiring, Luke is focusing on his family and is enjoying his time hunting and fishing. In this interview, Matt and Luke discuss some of his career highlights and the roots of his character formation growing up in Cincinnati.

Happy Thanksgiving 2021

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

Teaching, Leading and Feeling Gratitude From the Playing Field to the Boardroom, with John Sabatalo.

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.