Life in Traffic

“What you plant now, you will harvest later.” – Og Mandino

Being alive is awesome.

It’s also a HUGE responsibility.

This week a cemetery taught me something about LIFE.

I was stuck in traffic next to a cemetery.

It got me thinking.

How many of the hundreds of people buried there died with:

It is easy to take life for granted.

It’s hard to live up to your full potential.

Creating your best work is a constant challenge.

There are moments I catch myself doing just enough to get by.

I know I could be doing better.

So I started to ask myself this question:

“Am I doing everything I can?”

The question answers itself.

I get an uneasy feeling when I’m not.

New ideas flash in my mind as soon as I ask this question.

I discovered when I put in just a little extra effort, I can create significant momentum towards my goals.

This momentum creates opportunity.  Creating opportunity puts our futures in their best possible place.

Oprah Winfrey wrote, “Doing your best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.”

It’s time to start putting our next moment in it’s best place.

“Am I doing everything I can?”


  • I can have more patience with my kids at the end of the night.


  • I can better prepare for each individual customer interaction.

Jiu Jitsu

  • I can focus on the fundamentals of Jiu Jitsu to advance my skill level.


  • I can show more empathy & gratitude.

How about you?

The next time you are stuck in traffic, let it be a reminder to become the best version of you…while you still have the chance.

We owe it to ourselves.  We owe it to those who relies on us.

Nothing less than our best will do.

Just doing enough to get by is AVERAGE.

Creating the best version of yourself is REMARKABLE.

– Joe Ciccarone

Life in Traffic

Life in Traffic

About Joe Ciccarone

Host of the “Built Not Born” podcast, Blogger ( & BJJ Black Belt. "Escape Average, Be Remarkable."
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