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A near-death experience

At 9 years old, John O'Leary nearly died in a fire. He experienced burns over 100% of his body and was not expected to live. Today, he is healthy, happy — and sharing his message of hope with millions of people across the globe.

Overcome with optimism

As we continue to live with the pandemic, it can be a challenge to stay positive. Many have suffered—physically, emotionally and financially in 2020, and it can feel like there's no end in sight. In this video, Penny Pennington and John O'Leary discuss how altering your perspective can help you overcome nearly any challenge you may face.

"To say that the last several months have left us collectively feeling challenged, anxious, maybe a little afraid, that's an understatement. Our normal lives have been disrupted and we've been left to wonder when normalcy, whatever that is in the future, is going to return. But our perspective, how we face those challenges, and how we choose to live into them is a choice. That mindset shapes how we deal with life's hardships, whatever storms come our way."


Penny Pennington, Managing Partner, Edward Jones

"When you see what's happening around you, how do you choose to see this stuff? … how might it change not only what you saw, but how you felt about it, what you think, what you pray, the actions you take and ultimately the results you make? It turns out that the future is not yet determined. One person can change the life of another. But when we do this at scale … I think we can change the world."


John O'Leary, International Podcast Host and #1 Best-selling Author

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