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Take the Gold

“Within every obstacle is an opportunity to improve our condition.” — Ryan Holiday

New Year’s Eve 2020 was like that frat party in college where the kegs kicked and the police showed up at the same time.

Everyone wanted out.

And we dashed to the exits at midnight full speed.

Good riddance.

2020 did an amazing job smashing most of our plans.

But we survived.

Now it’s time to turn the page.

Before we drag 2020 out to the curb with our dead Christmas tree, we need to do one thing.

TAKE THE GOLD with us.

There’s a saying from Ben Franklin, who was no stranger to challenging years, “The things which hurt, instruct.”


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The 2020 Book List

“Here’s to those who inspire us and don’t even know it.” — Anonymous

2020 was the kind of year that sent you to the wine store or the book store.

Sometimes both on the same day.

It was a year of milestones.

It was a year we had to think differently.

Our homes became our offices.

Outside became the new gym.

We all had to ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES.

One of the silver linings of the pandemic was the opportunity to read and listen to some incredible books.

Each year I share the very best of what I came across.

You can check out the best of lists I shared in 2019, 2018, 2017, & 2016.


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Greenlights

“Eliminate who we are not first, then we will find ourselves where we need to be.” — Matthew McConaughey, Greenlights

Welcome to The Vibe!

The blog that shovels the driveway after hitting the “publish” button.

Each week we share ONE IDEA that helps you live a better life.

This week’s topic is FOCUS.

And why doing less gives us the GREENLIGHT to become more.

The Vibe: Greenlights

Do fewer things better.

Walk away from the unessential.

Go all in on what matters most.

Doing this will lead you to what Academy Award winner and now best-selling author Matthew McConaughey calls a GREENLIGHT.

In his memoir, GREENLIGHTS, McConaughey tells funny and candid stories that led him from a blue-collar family in Texas to one of the most famous people in Hollywood. …


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Burn the Boats

“Without commitment, nothing happens.” — T.D. Jakes

Welcome to The Vibe!

The blog that is already standing in line for the vaccine.

Each week we share ONE IDEA that can help you live a better life.

This week’s topic is COMMITMENT.

And why sometimes we have to go ALL IN.

The Vibe: Burn the Boats

In 1519, the explorer Herman Cortes sailed from Cuba to Mexico.

Cortes was looking to get himself and his native Spain rich by looting the “new world”.

But Cortes had one little problem.

His crew was nowhere near COMMITTED to this mission as he was.

They were far from home.

The conditions were bad. …


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Ruck & Roll

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” — John Muir

Welcome to The Vibe!

The blog that tells you it wants to get together over the holidays then ghosts you until January.

Each week we discuss one IDEA to help you live a better life.

This week’s topic is RUCK & ROLL.

And why sometimes NATURE is the best medicine.

The Vibe: Ruck & Roll

Everyone is done with this pandemic.

But this pandemic doesn’t seem to be done with us.

2020 has been a STREET FIGHT.

A global pandemic.

A contentious election.

Virtual school.

And to top it all…


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50 Lessons on the Way to 50

“If a man looks at the world at fifty the same way he looked at it when he was twenty and hasn’t changed, he wasted thirty years of his life.” — Muhammad Ali

Welcome to The Vibe!

The blog that believes age is a MINDSET.

Each week we discuss an IDEA that helps you live a better life.

This week’s topic is 50 Lessons on the Path to 50.

But let’s keep this “turning 50” thing between us.

Deal?

The Vibe: 50 Lessons on the Path to 50

Here are 50 Lessons on the Path to 50.

Some of these are lessons that have stuck with me since childhood.

Others were realized only after MISTAKES and FAILURES.


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Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad

“Now don’t be sad, cause two out of three ain’t bad.” — Meatloaf, Bat Out of Hell

Welcome to The Vibe!

The blog that believes the kids should be back in school while still not letting anyone inside their home.

Each week we discuss ONE IDEA that will help you live a better life.

This week’s topic is your FIRST DOG.

And why sometimes “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad.”

The Vibe: Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad

We adopted our first dog.

She’s was an 85 pound lab rescue.

The experiment lasted 68 hours.

The dog went back with the foster, ready to be adopted again.

Never Say Never

Rewind 10 years back. …


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A Long Strange Trip

“What a long strange trip it’s been.” — Jerry Garcia

Welcome to The Vibe!

The blog that refuses to get a haircut until this whole quarantine thing is over.

Each week we discuss ONE IDEA that will help you live a better life.

This week’s topic is A LONG STRANGE TRIP.

The Vibe: A Long Strange Trip

Last week I was standing in the produce aisle.

I looked up and saw a man quickly walk into the market.

He was wearing a camouflage jacket, camouflage baseball hat, gloves and a black bandana pulled up over his face.

My first thought was “active shooter”.

I was ready to dive behind the avocado table. …


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Find Your Beach

“Life takes you down many paths, but my favorite one leads to the beach.” — Anonymous

Welcome to The Vibe!

The blog that tries to make this quarantine more bearable in 500 words or less.

Each week we discuss ONE IDEA that will help you live a better life.

This week’s topic is how to FIND YOUR BEACH in the middle of a plague.

Good vibes only…

The Vibe: Find Your Beach

It’s starting to feel like we’re stuck in the middle of an endless snow day.

But we can’t play with our friends because the snow is contagious.

Spring Break felt more like 1918 than 2020. …


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“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” — Marcus Aurelius

Welcome to The Vibe!

The only weekly blog that doesn’t binge on Netflix.

Each week we discuss ONE IDEA that will help you live a better life.

This week’s topic is how to THINK LIKE A ROMAN EMPEROR.

And how ANCIENT WISDOM can help us live a modern life.

Did someone say TOGA???

The Vibe: Think Like a Roman Emperor

The disease was rumored to have started in Asia.

It spread to every part of the world.

The virus wreaked havoc.

Travel was shut down.

Sporting events and parties were put on hold. …

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Joe Ciccarone

Meditations on Life. www.SalesVibe.Blog

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