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2016 Inspire Awards: People, Books, & Places

Below are the people, books & places that inspired me in 2016: People Jocko Willink has the greatest podcast on the planet. Willink spent 20+ years leading & training Navy SEALS.  Jocko Podcast is a weekly wave of leadership & life … Continue reading

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Bloody Elbows, Steep Cliffs, & Passing the Test

  “Will you succeed?  Yes!  You will indeed!  98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed. Kid, you’ll move mountains.” – Dr Seuss I looked out over the valley. Nothing but mountains stretched out to the horizon. I reached for the tree branch. … Continue reading

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Obstacles, Hashtags, & What I Learned…

“What stands in the way becomes the way.” – Marcus Aurelius My grandmom had a saying each time I complained about something. She would hear me out. Then she would look at me and say, “It’s what you make of it.” … Continue reading

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3 Words for 2016

“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.” – Benjamin Franklin The past few years I have chosen 3 words to help guide my choices in the coming … Continue reading

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Leaving 2015 Inspired: Books, People, & Places

Below are the books, people, & places that inspired me in 2015: Books The Power of Now gives new meaning to “living in the moment”. Eckhart Tolle reveals the benefits of focusing your energy on the present moment. Tolle writes, “The … Continue reading

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The Grind

“It is often the small victories that define the big moments.” – Chris Burkmenn My 4 day oxycontin experiment was over. I was a week out of ACL surgery. My surgeon cleared me to drive. After a few attempts, I … Continue reading

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Body, Mind, & Believing

“Believing is half the cure.” – Toba Beta It was 3 days after ACL surgery. I’m on crutches, limping down my driveway. My neighbor yelled at me. “No way you’re still 100% Italian.  Zero chance that guy was a paisan.” … Continue reading

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