Leaving 2017 Inspired

Joe Ciccarone
Dec 26, 2017 · 3 min read

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

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Below are the PEOPLE, BOOKS, & PLACES that inspired me in 2017:


Ryan Holiday is my favorite author. Holiday’s writing draws modern day wisdom from ancient philosophy. His latest book, Perennial Seller shows how to create perennial success by basing your work on timeless principles. His other book, The Daily Stoic , is the book I give to others the most.

Seth Godin has the greatest blog on the planet. He has published a daily blog post for over a decade without fail. His blog is the first thing I read each morning. Godin challenges people to stop hiding and leap. He is known for asking, “Would they miss you if you were gone?” The answer is up to you.

Jocko Willink spent 20+ years leading & training Navy SEALS. His Jocko Podcast is a weekly wave of leadership & life lessons. Jocko tells stories from military history, modern day business, & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Willink inspires you to rise up when others fade away.

Tom Petty is the person from 2017 who I never met, but will miss. Petty, who died this year at 66, has been part of the soundtrack of my life since high school. His concerts were the best. Petty’s, I Won’t Back Down” inspired me through tough times. RIP Tom. Your music made many “Feel A Whole Lot better.”


Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done was my favorite book of 2017. Jon Acuff breaks down why starting is not the problem; finishing is. Acuff writes about simple tactics to overcoming obstacles that keep us from finishing. One of my favorite quotes from the book, “Starting is fun, but the future belongs to finishers.”

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck was my surprise book of 2017. I had no expectations, but found myself completely engaged and not wanting it to end. This book informs and entertains. The first chapter drops more “F” Bombs than the bar scene in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas. The F*cking premise of the book is that our time & energy are limited. They are the greatest resources we have. We need to figure out who & what are most deserving of them and “not give a F*ck about everything else.”

Tools of Titans by Tim Feriss is a true gift. Imagine having access to billionaires and world class performers like Brene Brown, Peter Theil, General Stanley McChrystal and Malcolm Gladwell. Then imagine having them share their best habits, routines, and tactics. Thanks to Feriss, we now do. You can open this book to any page and get inspired.

Principles by Ray Dalio. Ray Dalio is a self-made billionaire and a legend in the financial world. Bill Gates and Tony Robbins go to Dalio for advice and council. This book is filled with ideas and principles that lead to success in business and life.


Our family’s most “Magical” week of 2017 happened in Disney World. We took our first family trip to the Magic Kingdom. Mickey did not disappoint. I was skeptical going in. Impressed on the way out.

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Happy holidays.

Wish you a REMARKABLE 2018!

– Joe Ciccarone


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