John O'Leary: How To Truly Live

John O'Leary: How To Truly Live


After suffering burns on 100% of his body as a child, John O’Leary had to make the choice in that moment whether he wanted to live or die. Empowered by the love of his mother to fight for his life, decades later he is still with us and is much more than merely alive. Due to his childhood accident, John claims this allowed him to live life to the fullest and thus gave him the power to wake others up to reach their true potential.

John is a gifted speaker who presents to an average 120 groups each year. His company, Rising Above LLC, spreads his message of being awake in your life and realizing your goals in whatever form they come. Audience members have said that John delivers a life-changing day, one that few will forget.

Best-selling author of the book, On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life, John tells his story wherever it is possible. He reminds audiences and readers of the importance of every single day, how gratitude has power, and the courageous act of serving others.

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President of Rising Above LLC

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In 1987, John O’Leary was a curious nine-year-old boy. Playing with fire and gasoline, John created a massive explosion in his home and was burned on 100% of his body. He was given 1% chance to live. This epic story of survival was first showcased in his parents’ book, Overwhelming Odds, in 2006. Originally printing 200 copies for friends and family, his parents have sold 60,000+ copies, most in back-of-room sales at John’s speaking events. It was this book that first invited John to embrace his miraculous recovery and share it with the world. Consistently described as “the best speaker we’ve ever had,” John receives nearly 100% of his engagements from referrals. His schedule is a testament to the power of his message and who he is as an individual. His emotional story-telling, unexpected humor and authenticity make each of his presentations truly transformational.