July 21

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Ernest Hemingway 1899

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Hemingway felt that “good times should be orchestrated and not left to the uncertainties of chance,” Hotchner writes, and he “planned fun as seriously as work, for he considered them of equal importance to Well-Being.”








Not only considered the best American novel to come out of World War I, A Farewell to Arms is the epitome of all things perfect about the Hemingway style.


*Plan your fun as seriously as work today. Start reading A Farewell to Arms.


Sara Sampaio 1991

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I wanted to build more muscle, so I went on a protein heavy diet for the 10 days leading up to the show — no sugar, no carbs and no dairy. It definitely worked because I felt how strong my body was after those 10 days. It wasn’t easy though! I love pizza, bread, pasta and candy, so cutting all of that out was very hard.”


*No sugar, carbs, or dairy today – this might interfere with your Hemingway type fun. If nothing else, focus on going protein heavy today.


Josh Hartnett 1978

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6 BELOW: Miracle on the Mountain is a wonderful movie based on the incredible true story of professional hockey player Eric LeMarque. He survives – physically and spiritually – after being stranded atop the High Sierra Nevada Mountains for eight days. He is forced to face his past and rediscovers his faith as he struggles to survive.


*Watch Miracle on the Mountain to rediscover your faith today.


Romeo Santos 1981

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Embrace biculturalism (speak English and Español también). Census numbers, Latino identity research studies, new website, channels and more continue to demonstrate there is power in embracing and understanding that being bicultural and bilingual is the trend that wins. Romeo has the advantage of coming from two powerful worlds: the street savvy of the Bronx with his strong heritage of Dominican culture and music. He is bicultural; he is bilingual and not shy to demonstrate it!


*If you haven’t pursued speaking another language, today is the day. Just think of how it would open up job opportunities for you and of course benefit your business going forward. Que pasa?


Robin Williams 1951 – watch Good Will Hunting

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Love is looking at imperfections with a passionate heart.

“Sean: My wife used to fart when she was nervous. She had all sorts of wonderful little idiosyncrasies. She used to fart in her sleep. I thought I’d share that with you. One night it was so loud it woke the dog up. She woke up and said, “Was that you?” I said “Yeah”, I didn’t have the heart to tell her.

Will: [laughing] So she woke herself up?

Sean: [laughing] But Will, she’s been dead for two years, and that’s the stuff I remember: wonderful stuff you know? Little things like that. Those are the things I miss the most.






*Robin Williams shares a birthday with Ernest Hemingway. Both men had their demons and each of them took their own life. Watch Good Will Hunting and learn from Robin Williams’ character.


Ali Landry 1973 – Layered Doritos Casserole

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She was the Miss USA champion in 1996. With spots that perhaps screamed sex more than Doritos, she quickly became very popular with a brand that is often marketed to young men. In fact, the second ad is almost a meta commentary on what they wanted Landry’s looks to do to Doritos’ target audience, with her setting off sprinklers just by eating. She was named one of People Magazine’s 50 most beautiful people of 1998.



*Celebrate a day of fun with no carbs, sugar, or dairy with this layered Doritos casserole, compliments of the original Doritos “it girl” Ali Landry

SNUB – Don Knotts

Review –

  • Plan your fun
  • Go protein heavy
  • Watch Miracle on the Mountain
  • Pursue speaking another language
  • Watch Good Will Hunting
  • Make layered Doritos casserole

July 20

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Sir Edmund Hillary 1919

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A self-described “average bloke,” Sir Edmund Hillary made one of the century’s landmark feats seem properly human and straightforward. His most famous quotation after summiting Mount Everest with Tenzing Norgay on May 29, 1953, isn’t anything pretentious or enigmatic but rather a simple aside to expedition mate George Lowe: “Well, George, we knocked the bastard off.”


*Is there something you’ve been putting off for way too long? Have a friend help you finish it today and then utter those famous words – “We knocked the bastard off.”


Gisele Bundchen 1980

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Spiritual Athlete is a hybrid motivation and fitness program that’s concerned with reducing stress and promoting positive thinking over counting reps and sets.




On a scale of 1 to 10, how effective is your life? Are you happy, stressed, motivated, anxious, pumped, slumped? Start by considering how you’re really feeling from your toenails to your eyebrows. OK. Got a number?

Of course, you can imagine that 1 is a pretty miserable place to be — it is lack of motivation, fatigue, sadness, frustration and all of the things that we generally wish to avoid. And 10 … well. 10 is the absolute peak. It is energy, spontaneity, joy, love, passion, drive and productivity mashed into a ball of awesomeness (you’re the ball, by the way).

What if we told you that you could be a 10 all. the. time? That’s what Jill Payne calls #diming — her unique and undeniably effective brand of motivation and coaching to target body, focus and dialogue. Jill plucks individuals, teams and even corporations out of the low numbers and drives them to achieve and maintain optimal 10 states.

Be a Dime.


*Be like Gisele and learn through Jill Payne to be a 10 or a Dime.


Ray Allen 1975

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“I remember Spike calling and telling me that the part is mine, if I’m willing to commit. He told me about the process, and I said, ‘Hey … I can do it.’ How do you say no? It’s just something you don’t say no to.” On camera, Allen was Jesus.

He Got Game is the black man’s Hoosiers. A hoops movie about not just hoops but also family, faith and forgiveness.



*Watch Ray Allen in He Got Game and see how Jesus deals with family, faith, and forgiveness.


Billy Mays 1958

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Mays and Sullifan didn’t learn their craft in a boardroom or a business school. Mays grew up in a working-class town outside Pittsburgh. After a couple of years as a walk-on linebacker at West Virginia University, he returned home to play semipro ball and work with his dad’s waste-hauling business. Then one day in 1983 he hitched a ride to Atlantic City with a friend who was going to pitch at the famed boardwalk market, and Mays decided to give it a try himself. At first he didn’t know what he was doing, but he stayed with it and earned the respect of the veterans.


*Stay with it today and one day you will earn the respect of veterans in your field.


Carlos Santana 1947

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“Your wrinkles either show that you’re nasty, cranky, and senile, or that you’re always smiling.”

On a literal level this is why the wrinkle cream market is a bazillion dollar industry. But let’s go a little deeper. Life is what you make it, and oftentimes the outcome of a situation depends on how you interpret and react to it.


*Listen to Carlos Santana all day today. And smile while doing it.


Harley Morenstein 1985 – The Meatball Deathstar

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Ground up pork, beef, and veal are pounded into a bowl to create the massive meatball. They then fill it up with some vegetables (purely for aesthetic purposes, Harley explains), pancetta (Italian for “bacon”), and tortellini. The ball is completed, placed inside a circle of garlic bread, and topped with meat sauce.


*Listen to Carlos Santana while making this Meatball Deathstar and have some friends over to help eat it. Enjoy it while watching Star Wars or He Got Game.

SNUB – Sandra Oh

Review –

  • Knock the bastard off
  • Be a “10”
  • Watch He Got Game
  • Stay with it
  • Listen to Carlos Santana
  • Make a Meatball Deathstar

July 19

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Herbert Marcuse 1898

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Herbert Marcuse answers the question what is wrong with this society. The Solution to Society is Reversing Working Time and Free Time.

His ideal reader is the conscientious liberal, who is either happy in his liberalism, but shouldn’t be; or unhappy in it, but doesn’t quite know why.


Celebrity was an odd outcome for an author whose book so darkly captured our alienation. Yet he inspired, encouraged, and outraged with his unsettling blend of Hegel, Marx, and Freud, with his placement of the utopian beside the grimly realistic. Marcuse became fashionable because his complex message made sense.


*Are you happy with your political ideology? Are you happy with your work/life balance? Read up on Marcuse for possible answers.


Jon Jones 1987

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His greatest weakness, which is also his greatest strength, is that he can’t be anything other than what he is: ruthless, obsessive, narcissistic, and basically unconcerned with anything other than winning.


*Try this “baddest motherfucker on earth” workout at your local MMA gym.


Stuart Scott 1965

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“Yes, he brought hip-hop into the conversation,” SportsCenter anchor Jay Harris said in Scott’s ESPN.com obituary. “But I would go further than that. He brought in the barber shop, the church, R&B, soul music. Soul, period.”


*Don’t be afraid to bring soul into a conversation today. Boo Yah!


Samuel Colt 1814

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Colt was an early adopter of assembly-line production.
More than a half-century before Henry Ford used assembly lines in his automobile factories, Colt employed them to produce his revolvers in his enormous Hartford armory beginning in the 1850s. Using interchangeable parts, Colt’s armory could turn out 150 weapons per day by 1856. The mass production allowed Colt to make his weapons more affordable to gun-buyers settling the West.


*What can you do to be ahead of the game? How can you make your product more affordable?


Benedict Cumberbatch 1976 – watch The Imitation Game

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Flashbacks in The Imitation Game shed light on Turing’s difficult childhood. “Alan was an awkward boy who had a stammer so we wanted to show what it was like for him to be this outsider at school,” Tyldum says. “When bullies put Alan in a box and buried him in the ground, he’s saved by Christopher Morcom (Jack Bannon) who’s also extremely smart and shares this interest in cryptology.” Tragedy ensues. “Alan had very deep feelings for Christopher and it’s almost like his life’s work became about trying to bring him back. Turing was obsessed with artificial life, artificial intelligence, questions about ‘Is there a soul?’ ‘Is there a mind?’ ‘Can we re-create consciousness?’ You could argue that all of that comes out of Turing’s sense of loss and unfulfilled love.”


*Watch Benedict Cumberbatch almost win an Oscar for The Imitation Game. This movie was already suggested to you but not as entertainment, so enjoy it for what it is today.


Howard Schultz 1953 – Starbucks Pumpkin Scones

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The Schultz Family Foundation
 Unlock America’s potential, one individual and one community at a time.



*Try making these Starbucks pumpkin scones, as summer is quickly coming to an end. Or just go to Starbucks and unwind with your favorite person and your favorite coffee drink.

SNUB – Lizzie Bordon

Review –

  • Are you happy with your work/life balance?
  • Baddest Motherfucker on Earth workout
  • Bring soul into the conversation today
  • Be ahead of the game
  • Watch The Imitation Game
  • Make Starbucks Pumpkin Scones

July 18

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John Glenn 1921

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He and his wife, Anna (he calls her Annie), divide their time between a house in a suburb of Washington and a condominium in Columbus. She was his childhood sweetheart, and their marriage has stood the test of almost 69 years of devotion in the turbulence of spaceflight and politics. From the time they came to public attention, each has seemed the other’s center of gravity.


*Let someone know that they are the center of your gravity today. If there is no one to tell this to, take today to find your center of gravity.


Vin Diesel 1967

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“When you’re doing long days on set, or you’ve got a day full of meetings, you want to feel good and engaged,” he says. “Eating well does that for me. I try to eat every few hours and make sure every meal has some protein and plenty of resourceful carbs.” If you want to be successful, eat before a big meeting so your brain and body have the high-quality, all-natural fuel they need to crunch deals.


*Eat every few hours today and at some point knock out this Vin Diesel workout.


Nelson Mandela 1918

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“Invictus” inspired Nelson Mandela to reject his despotic government’s claim to be the “captain” of his soul.  However, his well-documented and sincere commitment to Christ taught him the larger truth: we must keep our soul “unconquered” by all but Jesus.


*Keep your soul unconquered today. You are the captain of your soul.


Richard Branson 1950

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#1 Your Age Doesn’t Matter

Richard was just 16 years old when he had his first business success, a magazine called Student. By 22, he had founded Virgin Records.

Branson is proof that it’s never too early to start.

But at 61, he’s also proof that being old is just a state of mind: Branson regularly kite surfs and attempts to break world records


*Your age doesn’t matter. Whether you are “too young” or “too old” to reach your financial dreams, if you think you are then you are.


Hunter S. Thompson 1937 – read Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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The Gonzo Foundation hosts political debates in conjunction with local Grassroots TV and after-school programs for area students. We contribute to University endowments to lighten the financial load of students going into the important profession of Journalism in a changing world. Although we are a small nonprofit, we are growing steadily with help from friends and those who loved the work of literature, journalism and the activism inspired by Hunter S. Thompson.


*Don’t watch the movie, but start reading the book today.


Kristen Bell 1980 – vegan stuffing

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And when she’s not making stuffing, you just might catch Bell making Shepard laugh. So who’s the bigger goofball?

“That’s a tough one,” she says. “His sharp wit is lightning fast, but my pratfalls are better – so I’d say it’s a tie.”


*Watch Forgetting Sarah Marshall while eating Kristen Bell’s vegan stuffing and drinking too much wine.

SNUB – James Brolin

Review –

  • Find your center of gravity
  • Vin Diesel workout
  • Keep your soul unconquered
  • Your age doesn’t matter
  • Start reading Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • Make vegan stuffing

July 17

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Donald Sutherland 1935

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I don’t get impressed. I admire. I love. But I do not get impressed. It’s a fault.



*Admire and love – but avoid being impressed today.


Carey Hart 1975 – mind > body

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MF: So it’s more mental than physical?

CH: Definitely. The reason its way more mental is because it’s amazing what your body can go through, how resilient [it] is, and how much you can heal especially if you take care of yourself. I’ve done some devastating things to my body and I’ve bounced back.


*Step 1: Get your workout gear on

Step 2: Drive to the gym

Step 3: work out.

It’s mind over matter.


Luke Bryan 1976

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Life Can Be What You Make It

Luke has had two siblings pass away unexpectedly. “Drink a Beer” took on a whole new meaning to me when I realized that. It’s amazing to me that such a lighthearted performer has been through so much – and can address it when he needs to but also live life without throwing a pity party for himself. I think that’s admirable and something we should all look to model.


*Live your life. No one wants to come to your pity party.


John Jacob Astor 1763

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While his lobbying of Congress continued, Astor briefly turned his attention away from the fur trade. In 1816, he purchased 10 tons of opium from the Ottoman Empire (modern-day Turkey) and shipped it to Canton, China, aboard one of his American Fur Company ships—despite China’s banning of the drug 17 years earlier. After turning a tidy profit on the illegal enterprise, Astor abruptly ended his involvement in 1819. Astor was the first American known to traffic the drug in China, but certainly not the last—several early American fortunes were built on the Chinese opium trade, including that of Warren Delano Jr., the grandfather of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.


*The moral here is to find a way to make ends meet until your main business takes off. Don’t sell drugs.


Jason Clarke 1969 – watch Chappaquiddick

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Jason Clarke takes us back in history to a moment that most Democrats would rather forget in Chappaquiddick, the story of the July 18, 1969 night that Ted Kennedy drove his car off the bridge, causing the drowning death of aspiring political strategist Mary Jo Kopechne


*I love the Kennedys – maybe because they are not perfect and have their flaws but they’ve always wanted what is best for the people. Watch Jason Clarke in Chappaquiddick to see one of their worst incidents.


David Hasselhoff 1952 – 6’4 daily routine

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At 6 feet 4 inches tall, the actor tips the scale at a trim 195 pounds.

For breakfast, Hasselhoff says, “I eat a lot of fruit in the morning. Watermelon, grapes, pineapple, and strawberries give me a lot of natural energy and the water my body needs.”

At 10 a.m., I’ll start eating vegetables for a mid-morning snack: carrot sticks, tomatoes, mushrooms, green and red peppers slices, and celery. For lunch, I’ll have pasta without sauce or grilled chicken and fish, never fried. Sometimes, I’ll have rice. The protein and the carbohydrates, gives me a lot of energy, so I can work the entire afternoon with no snacks at all.”

Hasselhoff has practiced what Europeans have been doing for centuries and that is, taking a nap, often called “the power nap,” right after lunch.

“I also drink about 5 quarts of bottled water every day. It cleanses the skin and makes a big difference in my complexion. Dinner is usually more chicken or fish and rice with lots of vegetables. I seldom eat red meat. I never have desserts…. sometimes a couple of cookies. I also stay away from alcohol, heavy sauces, butter, oils, fried foods, and sugar. I never feel deprived in any way. I can eat as much as I want and I won’t gain weight.”

BONUS: Angela Merkel 1954 – Yes Hasselhoff shares a birthday with the chancellor of Germany – the country that adores him like a God.

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Merkel’s favorite food is said to be green cabbage and Mettwurst — or minced pork sausage. She was elected “Cabbage Queen” in Oldenburg in 2001.


*Follow “The Hof’s” daily eating routine and use Angela Merkel’s cabbage for some of his daily vegetable intake.

SNUB – Derrick Henry

Review –

  • Don’t get impressed
  • It’s more mental than physical
  • Life can be what you make it
  • Make ends meet until your business pays off
  • Watch Chappaquiddick
  • Hasselhoff’s daily meal plan

July 16

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Jimmy Johnson 1943

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“Take an assistant coach. I’m looking for someone intelligent, who will work his ass off and is truly passionate about the game. I’m not concerned with how much he knows. If he has those three qualities, he’ll learn what he needs to know.


*You are either intelligent or you’re not, but anyone can be truly passionate and work his ass off.


Carli Lloyd 1982

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“I don’t belong to any gym; everything I do is body-weight related.  I’ll do thing like burpees and mountain climbers, and push-ups and sit-ups.”


*Burpees, mountain climbers, push-ups, and sit-ups today. Play soccer too.


Ida B. Wells 1862

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Our American Christians are too busy saving the souls of white Christians from burning in hell-fire to save the lives of black ones from present burning in fires kindled by white Christians.


*Research Christianity in America. Learn from history so you know that it hasn’t been perfect.


Orville Redenbacher 1907

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Redenbacher wasn’t sure that the $13,000 fee the agency had charged was money well spent. “I drove back to Indiana wryly thinking we had paid $13,000 for someone to come up with the same name my mother had come up with when I was born,”


*Don’t waste money on things you can figure out for yourself.


Will Ferrell 1967 – watch Anchorman

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“Ohh, it’s the deep burn. Oh, it’s so deep. Oh, I can barely lift my right arm ’cause I did so many. I don’t know if you heard me counting. I did over a thousand.”

When working out, push yourself to the limit. Feel the burn and remember, nothing impresses people more than doing over a thousand curls.

Life Lessons From Ron Burgundy

*Watch Anchorman and be ready to quote it the rest of the day. Get a deep burn and buy yourself a new suit too.

CROSSOVER – Food – a big burrito, a whole wheel of cheese, delicious fondue, ribs, brown bag lunch, pancake breakfast, scotch


Barry Sanders 1968 – chocolate chip shortbread cookies

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NFL Records

  • 10 Consecutive Seasons with 1K+ Yards Rushing
  • 14 Consecutive Games of 100+ Yards
  • Most Seasons 1K+ Yards Rushing – 10 (Tied)



*Enjoy these chocolate chip shortbread cookies compliments of one of the greatest running backs in NFL history.

Milk would be a good choice.

SNUB – Ginger Rogers

Review –

  • Be truly passionate and work your ass off
  • Burpees, mountain climbers, sit-ups, and push-ups
  • Research Christianity in America
  • Don’t waste money on things you can do yourself
  • Watch Anchorman
  • Make chocolate chip shortbread cookies

July 15

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Arianna Huffington 1950

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I call sleep deprivation “the new smoking.” Unfortunately, the comparison is apt, both in terms of the dangers and our attitude. Everywhere you turn, sleep deprivation is glamorized and celebrated, from “You snooze, you lose” to highly burned-out people boasting, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” The combination of a deeply misguided definition of what it means to be successful in today’s world—that it can come only through burnout and stress—along with the distractions and temptations of a 24/7 wired world, has imperiled our sleep as never before.


Here are 12 tips I recommend for better sleep:

1. Create a bedroom environment that’s dark, quiet, and cool (between 60 and 67 degrees).

2. Turn off electronic devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime.

3. Don’t charge your phone next to your bed. Even better: Gently escort all devices completely out of your room.

4. Stop drinking caffeine after 2 p.m.

5. Use your bed for sleep and sex only—no work!

6. Keep pets off the bed (sorry, Mr. Snuffles).

7. Take a hot bath with Epsom salts in the evening to help calm your mind and body.

8. Wear pajamas, nightdresses, or even a special T-shirt—it’ll send a sleep-friendly message to your body. If you wore it to the gym, don’t wear it to bed.

9. Do some light stretching, deep breathing, yoga, or meditation to help your body and your mind transition to sleep.

10. Choose a real book or an e-reader that does not emit blue light, if you like to read in bed. And make sure it’s not work-related: novels, poetry, philosophy—anything but work.

11. Sip camomile or lavender tea to ease yourself into sleep mode.

12. Write down a list of what you’re grateful for before bed. It’s a great way to make sure your blessings get the closing scene of the night.

*Start following these 12 secrets to your best sleep tonight.


Jesse Ventura 1951 – 20 sets of rows

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One of my most memorable workouts occurred around 1982. I was working out at Manion’s gym in Bridgeville, when in walks Jesse Ventura. He was wrestling that night and was working back. I was just starting my back workout with the long pulley row. Jesse asked to work in with me. We got into a little contest and ended up doing about 20 sets of the rows. Needless to say that was all we did for back. He was a lot of fun to be around, after the rows he showered and left. Never did find out if he won that night or not


*Compete with someone – doing 20 sets of rows.


Frances Cabrini 1850

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In writing to her fellow nuns regarding her strength, she said, “My good daughters, how prayer enlivens everything! He who prays with faith has fervor, and fervor is the fire of prayer… Pray always with Jesus, always remembering that a soul united with Jesus can do anything.”


*Pray with faith and unite your soul with Jesus today.


Rembrandt 1606

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Money and love are the themes. Here is a man who lived in a middle-class way – whose greatest dream was to have a nice house and family. He never served a court or joined the army, or did any of the heroic things other artists did. He was happy painting for money. Whatever is mortal of the young Rembrandt is here – the struggle for fame, the moment of success when he buys his big house on the Breestraat, today a museum, in a move that fatally overstretched him.


*Enjoy what you do and don’t live beyond your means.


Forest Whitaker 1961 – watch The Last King of Scotland

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The late African dictator Idi Amin was never content with being called simply the president of Uganda. At news conferences, he favored more fanciful titles like Conqueror of the British Empire. One name Amin gave himself, the Last King of Scotland, now serves as the title for a fact-based movie thriller.




*Watch Forest Whitaker win an Oscar in The Last King of Scotland.


Gabriel Iglesias 1976 – breakfast brisket

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Favorite place in San Antonio?
Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant. It’s mainly a breakfast spot. They got breakfast tacos, they got eggs and chorizo, beans and cheese. The flavor that’s behind it is amazing. They have these barbacoa tacos that [are] really good with cheese. Umm, I’m making myself more hungry now.

And they’ll bring you a plate of just brisket—slices of brisket—almost like an appetizer for the table. Like, amazing. Who brings that for breakfast?



*Make some breakfast tacos and breakfast brisket this morning.

SNUB – Damian Lillard

Review –

  • Get your best sleep
  • 20 sets of rows
  • Pray with faith and unite your soul
  • Don’t live beyond your means
  • Watch The Last King of Scotland
  • Make breakfast brisket