Opening General Session with John O’Leary
The Power of One: How One Attitude, One Action and One Person Can Change the World
Expected to die, John O’Leary now teaches others how to truly live.
O’Leary 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. However, far from being an example of someone who simply endured tragedy, O’Leary is a luminous example of thriving through adversity.
Surprisingly, this “survivor” story isn’t focused on O’Leary — rather, it is a celebration of heroes who intimately served him and his family. From a dedicated Hall of Fame sports announcer to a visionary burn nurse (and countless others), every individual involved in this 1987 fire teaches us this truth: one person can make a profound difference in the lives of others.
With emotional storytelling and unexpected humor, O’Leary reminds us of the significance of daily attitudes, the power of gratitude, and the impact of serving others with courage. He will reawaken you to realize the gift of today and the possibility of tomorrow.
John O’Leary is the author of the #1 bestselling book ON FIRE – The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life. He will be signing books after his presentation.
FWCC Ballroom AB