The story of Inspyr

The story of how Inspyr came to be a company is one that I’m glad to be able to tell because my past has NOT determined my future. Your past does not have to equal your future either, so please believe that anyone can change.

When you start drinking at an early age and become someone you are ashamed of, it’s a tough pill to swallow.  That was me 17 years ago.  Drinking all the time and not making good decisions was how I ran my life for almost 22 years.  When I was drunk I would think to myself, “What my life would be like if I was not addicted to alcohol?”  Addiction for me was such a powerful demon, it had no boundaries of right or wrong.  It was selfishness at its finest.

Fast forward to Feb 8th 2000, the year it came to an end and my new life arrived on the scene. In a blink of an eye my addiction was taken away from me. It came as a warm feeling of relief and I can remember thinking to myself at that moment, “What will my new life be like?”

Knowing that I had to make up for lost time, I wanted to give back in some way or form. How was I going to make a difference in peoples lives that needed a change or help them to stay the empowering course they were on?  Not an easy task to say the least but it did finally come to me in the summer of 2013.

On a quick get away with my wife to Virginia Beach, we came upon a vulgar scene printed on a shirt in the window of a retail store. At least 10 young kids and teens were looking at the same picture my wife and I were looking at in the window. I turned to my wife and said why don’t we put an entrepreneurial message on apparel? I said imagine these kids learning at a young age about being successful and spreading that message to others.

I've taken the lessons I've learned from the motivation I've needed, to develop a brand of "gear" to help others. We want you to express your own inspiration in an effort to effect those around you. Inspyr strives to provide you empowering messages on quality products while developing a community of people who continue to inspire us and each other.  We call them the "Inspyr Tribe"

 John Cawley, Founder of Inspyr

Make a difference, not just for yourself but for others who see your empowering message.

1. Believe in Yourself

Believing in you is the foundation of life.  Believing that you are worth every effort you put forth can only lead to your happiness and the happiness of those around you.

2. Earn Your Happiness

Being happy and staying happy takes daily effort, being miserable is easy.  If you are not living a happy life, then make the necessary changes.  Only you can change you.

3. Time Given

We have all been given an undetermined amount of time on earth. Use that time as your motivation in life to make a difference.

4. Leave a Legacy

What do you want people to remember you by? The person that gave life their best shot or the person that didn’t?

5. Stay Healthy

Be the person you’ve wanted to become or maintain the healthy lifestyle you’ve worked so hard to accomplish.  Self-empowerment lives in all of us. Show others the way.

6. Lead

Your life comes with a start over button each morning, on Mondays, and the change of seasons.  If you’re not leading the life you believe you should be, then the people watching you are not either.  Lead by example and you will have done your job.

7. Be Compassionate

Treating one another with decency, respect and compassion will come back to you ten fold, give it a try.

8. Never Give Up

Why would you?  Life sometimes will not treat you fair or just, but giving up on yourself, a loved one or a friend will only bring you regret. Never give up or give in, leave the legacy you want to leave.

9. Inspyr Others

The greatest gift that you can give to someone is the gift of inspiration. It can come in many forms or gestures but you never know the difference it can make at any given time.

10. Teach the Last Nine

We believe that we all have a moral obligation that when we get to the top of the mountain of success, we are obligated to teach others how we got there.  

We each get one shot at life, and if we live with this awareness we will choose to live the best lives we can.  Every day offers another opportunity to be the best we can be in big and little ways.  Little things can be powerful reminders to summon inner strength.  Mental strength can be the difference between succeeding and failing. Every day is an opportunity to make a difference in someones life. The power of positivity is contagious and powerful.


Through our line of inspiring gear, we challenge you to Find YOUR message.