John O'Leary

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

Expected to die, John now teaches others how to truly live. John was a curious nine-year-old boy. Playing with fire and gasoline, he created a massive explosion in his garage and was burned on 100% of his body. Given less than 1% chance of survival, John is proof of the power of the human spirit. His unlikely recovery meant a journey of pain and loss that could have easily been insurmountable.

He spent five months in the hospital, underwent dozens of surgeries, lost all of his fingers to amputation and had to relearn to walk, write, and feed himself. He endured, persevered, and survived – largely because others emerged, served and inspired. He now lives to share the life-giving lessons from his story in hope that he can Spark! the extraordinary possibility of your story.

He shares these lessons as a tribute to those who leapt into the flames to save him. Who worked tirelessly to restore him. Who pushed him to write though he no longer had fingers. He shares 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!

Through emotional storytelling and great humor, John reveals a brighter vision for what is possible in life and business. John is highly sought after because he delivers a “genuine and authentic” message that is truly unmatched.

If you’re seeking an opening keynote speaker to kick off your event with high energy, emotion, and purpose or a dramatic closing speaker so that “every attendee is motivated to put their day’s learning into action” – John O’Leary is your answer!

Speaking Topics

How One Attitude, One action, And One Person Can Change the World
John will use his fire story as a backdrop to inspire you to see the abundant possibility within your professional and personal challenges.

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