2018 MRC Keynote Speaker: John O'Leary

My name is John O’Leary, and I’ve lived through worse than most can imagine. At age nine, a fire exploded and burned 100% of my body. Given a one-percent chance to live, I fought extraordinary odds.

I spent five months in the hospital, underwent dozens of surgeries, lost all of my fingers to amputation and had to relearn to walk, write, and feed myself. I endured, persevered, and survived – largely because others emerged, served and inspired.

I now live to share the life-giving lessons from my story in hope that I can Spark! the extraordinary possibility of your story.

I share these lessons as a tribute to those who leapt into the flames to save me. Who worked tirelessly to restore me. Who pushed me to write though I no longer had fingers. Who held me close when the days were dark and the nights scary. I share these lessons as an invitation for you to choose to wake up to the fullness of your life, to embrace the amazing gift of each moment, and to celebrate the joy of your inspired life!

As I share these lessons, sparks will leap.

Sparks that can renew you with hope, purpose, perspective, faith and love. Sparks that remind you that one person, one action, one word, does indeed make a difference. Sparks that liberate you from excuses, destructive cynicism, limiting beliefs, broken relationships, and lousy results. And sparks that, when united, ignite us together toward an extraordinary future!

What I know for certain is this: You can’t always choose the path you walk in life, but you can always choose the manner in which you walk.

Today is your day. Live inspired.

Together, we’ll stay On Fire.

Learn more about John here.


                        

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