On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life

On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life

John O'Leary

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 1501117726

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

In the bestselling tradition of Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly and Nick Vujicic’s Life Without Limits comes a rousing 7-step plan for living a life on fire, filled with hope and possibility—from an inspirational speaker who survived a near-fatal fire at the age of nine and now runs a successful business inspiring people all around the world.

When John O’Leary was nine years old, he was almost killed in a devastating house fire. With burns on one hundred percent of his body, O’Leary mustered an almost unimaginable amount of inner strength just to survive the ordeal. The insights he gained through this experience and the heroes who stepped into his life to help him through the journey—his family, the medical staff, and total strangers—changed his life. Now he is committed to living life to the fullest and inspiring others to do the same.

An incredible and emotionally honest account of triumph over tragedy, On Fire contains O’Leary’s reflections on being that little boy, the life-giving choices made then, and the resulting lessons he learned. O’Leary very clearly shares that without the right people providing the right guidance, at the right time, he never would have made it through those five months in the hospital, let alone the years that followed as he struggled to regain mobility, embrace his story, and ignite clarity of his life’s purpose.

On Fire encourages us to seize the power to choose our path and transform our lives from mundane to extraordinary. Once we stop thinking solely on the big moments in our lives, we can begin to focus on those smaller opportunities that tend to pass us by. These are the events—the inflection points in our lives—that can determine how we feel about life now, where we are headed in the future, and how many lives we can impact along the way. We can’t always choose the path we walk, but we can choose how we walk it. Empowering, inspiring, remarkably honest, and heartfelt, O’Leary’s strength and incredible spirit shine through on every page.



















me your story.” Um, well, I grew up here in St. Louis. I work as a real estate developer— He interrupted me. “No, John. Do you know what your story is?” I paused, still confused as to what he was after. Okay, I’ll go further back. I’m one of six kids, my parents met in high school and are still married— This time he interrupted me by getting up from his chair, walking over to a cabinet, and paging through the files. I stopped talking and crossed my arms in frustration. Finally he found

They lived it every day. Once back home, though, some struggle without the tight fellowship and compelling purpose. Without a mission they can become completely unmoored. There’s nothing like a new mission to remind us of what’s worth fighting for. I’ve experienced it transform the lives of these brave marines. And I experienced it radically change my brother’s life, too. As a seventeen-year-old boy, Jim was a typical teenager, focused on himself. He was likely concerned about what kind of

They cast a mighty, daring vision. They believed before I did. These two men taught me something transformative. They showed me the power of looking up. LEARNING TO FLY I love coming home from work. A few weeks ago, pulling into my driveway, I was greeted at my car by three of my kids, Jack, Patrick, and Grace. I gave out hugs, played a quick game of tag, then went inside to find Henry and my wife. Beth was getting dinner ready. We kissed hello, talked a bit about our days and about the

through your life? This is a question that can’t be fully answered if you’re looking down at your feet. This is your inflection point. Anxiety and fear will keep you stagnant. What if I fail? What if I am too old? What if I never walk again? In looking down, all you see is your shoes, the dirt; all you feel is discouragement, struggle. But you can choose instead to look up, stretch, and breathe life and possibility into every moment. This is your day. Put your cape back on. Remember the

words Jesus spoke in the Garden of Gethsemane centered around staying awake. This choice to be fully awake is just as important as all the other lessons included in this book. In fact, none of the seven choices matter if you haven’t fully opened your eyes. None of the choices are even visible unless you actively seek the moment-by-moment inflection points, knowing that this instant, right now, is the most important in your life. Every day holds the potential of a miracle. Every moment, the

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