(Please note: Some of the content in this interview may be inappropriate for young listeners. Please use your own discretion.)
Mike O’Leary is an author, business man, and a self-made millionaire. I recently sat down with him and asked him to share his thoughts about living a good life, becoming wealthy, and preserving America’s greatness. As you’ll discover in the interview, he’s done a lot of interesting things in 89 years. I thank him for sharing what he’s learned with us.
- Mike was born in Omaha, Nebraska.
- His mother was a Christian and his father was an Atheist.
- As a young boy, he made the decision to allow himself to learn and work hard in life.
- He promised his mother that he’d live a good life, and that’s just what he’s done.
- When he was very young, his mother had to leave him with his grandparents in Colorado, just north of Denver.
- He lived with his grandparents on their ranch for six years.
- At age seven he went to live with his father, where he stayed until he was fourteen.
- His father was a card-carrying communist, and frequently preached Karl Marx’s philosophy.
- His father encouraged boxing and fitness from a young age.
- He and his brother Pat O’Leary were both boxing champions.
- The two fought in matches all over the U.S, including exhibition bouts in Washington D.C.
- A side project of Mike’s is to start a sport called tag boxing (a.k.a. civilized boxing). Much like tag football, the object of the sport would be to develop skill and agility, while looking for openings in your opponents defenses. But there would be no heavy hitting, just light tagging.
- Mike’s father defined love as, “ignorant, weak, narrow-minded, and over-emotional.
- In contrast, Mike defines hate in the same way his father defined love.
- Mike defines love as, “spiritual and sacred.”
Important quotes from the interview:
- “I believe light is life, and dark is death.”
- “Everything in life is a cycle. It comes and goes. Women have their cycle, and men have theirs.”
- “We have a positive and negative [within us as human beings].”
- “We live in a jungle, and to survive in a jungle, you’ve got to be fit. It’s survival of the fittest.” Quoting what his father used to preach to he and his brother.
- “Learning comes from losing, and if you don’t lose once in a while you’re not going to learn much. [Regarding boxing]
- “What you project reflects. It’s called Karma.”
One Sentence Summary:
Quote of the Week:
There were so many great quotes to pull from this interview. Two that stand out however, are:
You’ve got to learn to control the [negative]. If you don’t, it’ll destroy you.” ~ Mike O’Leary
Learn to buy and sell, and you can own the world.” ~ Mike O’Leary, (recalling the advice a wise old Jewish man gave him as a boy).
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