January 21

Monday, January 21, 2019 – MLK DAY

Look to the * for today’s advice.


Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson 1824

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Adaptability in the Face of Change –

Battle fields are constantly changing, and General Jackson’s ability to adapt and make strategic choices under pressure differentiated him from other generals of the time. Your life is also constantly evolving, and change is necessary.


*Regardless of what you do for a living, it is rare that a day goes as planned. Embrace any changes today as a challenge, and hope that your own men don’t shoot you accidentally like Stonewall Jackson.


Jack Nicklaus 1940 – walk 18 holes

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Early in his career, when he beat Arnold Palmer for the US Open in 1962 at Oakmont, Nicklaus was made fun of because of his weight.  It was a distasteful way to talk about the man who set the Golden Bear standard in golf.  With 18 professional majors and two US Amateurs, his major record stands alone.  Nicklaus slimmed down significantly in the late 1970s and in the 1980s, but who is to say he didn’t play his best when heavy?


*Hopefully you made a tee time for today. Get out and walk 18 holes, even if you are a few pounds overweight.


Eliza Snow 1804

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Eliza R. Snow, one of Mormonism’s “founding mothers,” was gang-raped by eight Missourians during 19th-century tensions between LDS settlers and their Midwestern enemies.

“The rape was brutal, and so it made Eliza unable to have children,”

For Snow, polygamy was about “spiritual comfort following a savage crime that made her infertile, and a protective measure in the context of trauma and sexual violence that Mormon women experienced.”


In the talents with which God has blessed you, choose to be great.


*A great lesson in overcoming a horrendous experience and striving to be great with the talents that God has given you.


Paul Allen 1953

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Four decades after co-founding Microsoft, entrepreneur and philanthropist Paul G. Allen is still exploring the frontiers of technology and human knowledge, and acting to change the future.

Through his company Vulcan Inc., Paul is working to save endangered species, slow climate change, improve ocean health, share art, history and film, develop new technology, tackle epidemics, research how the human brain works and build sustainable communities. In all his endeavors, Mr. Allen constantly asks “What if…?” and pushes people to challenge conventional thinking, collaborate across disciplines and reimagine what’s possible.


But with interests that range from electric guitars to World War II aircraft, Allen takes expensive hobbies to a whole new level.


*The luxury of having Paul Allen money is that you can help change the future AND collect expensive hobbies. You may have to focus on just one of these. If you can do both, see which one makes you feel better.


Geena Davis 1956 – watch Thelma and Louise

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Thelma & Louise was originally advertised as a lighthearted female buddy pic (see the original trailer, which I initially mistook for a parody). It smuggled its politics in under the guise of two happy-go-lucky gals taking a road trip together; the trailer did not even hint at its darker core. But this was no romp—it was revolutionary, the first film in a long time to tell the truth about women’s lives. Not only did it star two women, but their friendship was the film’s central subject, the story was written by a woman, and those stars were, at the time, 35 and 45—well past their prime by Hollywood’s ever-narrowing standards of physical perfection. Though portrayed as sexually attractive, Davis and Sarandon had more to do than sit around looking pretty.



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Geena Davis admitted that she kept messing up her lines when auditioning with Pitt because he was so attractive. When Scott and the casting director were discussing who to cast, she reportedly jumped in: “The blond one. Duh!” Julie Strain was hired to play Davis’ body double in the movie, but Davis opted to shoot her sex scene with Pitt directly.


*I never knew that I would find so much interesting information on this movie. Take a few hours today and watch this landmark film. Also take today to plan a road trip in the future. Please don’t recreate the ending.


Detlef Schrempf 1963 – German Shrimp Salad

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Unlike most of us, Detlef Schrempf was able to earn millions of dollars a year as a professional basketball player. But the 6’10” German-American also knew that he would have to retire years before he was eligible for Social Security. After a 16-year career in the NBA, the three-time All-Star retired from playing in 2001 at the age of 38, having laid the groundwork for a successful retirement.

While still balling, he founded the Detlef Schrempf Foundation, a children’s charitable organization, along with his wife, Mari.  “We’re in our twenty-second year and we’ve raised more than $15 million,” says Schrempf, now 52, proudly. “We focused on what we truly believe is important, and that’s children. We started small with one golf tournament and auction and raised $40,000 the first year.”



*Enjoy this German shrimp salad in honor of the German Detlef Schrempf. Here is also another opportunity to donate to a great cause.

SNUB – Christian Dior 1905


  • Embrace any change as a challenge
  • Walk 18 holes of golf
  • Choose to be great
  • Help change the future
  • Watch Thelma and Louise
  • Make German shrimp salad

January 20

Get to the * for today’s advice.



Bill Maher 1956

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You’re a different person every decade, and every decade you have different needs and desires and values. In my fifties, what became important to me was comfort and acceptance. I wouldn’t have said those two things in my twenties.

There are certainly aspects of my life that I would like to take back, but you can’t. I’ve probably spent too much time saying, “Oh, God, I hate myself for doing this or that…” But we’re all in a state of evolution.


*Which decade are you in? Think about how your life has changed from 20s to 30s and so on. Realize that you are evolving and do not hate yourself for any of the mistakes that you have made. Look forward to continuing to evolve.

SIDE NOTE: Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th POTUS on this day in 2017 – much to the dismay of our birthday boy.


Buzz Aldrin 1930

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He suggests that his current fitness routines also involves some daily mind exercises while he is working out. Buzz even reads and studies while he is training, “You have to be organized more as you age to get it all in.” You can’t argue the man has written several books and is on an aggressive schedule.


*Be like Buzz Aldrin today and read while working out. You have been given several reading suggestions so far. Use one of those to read while on the elliptical or stationary bike. Working out the mind and body at the same time.


Harold Gray 1894

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While Annie and Warbucks are always trying to overcome adversity through self-help, they have to fend off a wide array of leftist villains (corrupt and communist union leaders, snooty professors, meddling social workers, and demagogic politicians preaching income redistribution). Annie, a prepubescent girl, is always trying to work for a living but is often hampered by odious child labor laws enforced by officious bureaucrats.

If Harold Gray was well to the right on economic issues, he was surprisingly progressive on racial matters. During her pilgrim’s journey through the American heartland, Annie befriends people of all different backgrounds. The strip was often a celebration of melting pot America with Annie happily interacting with Italian-Americans, Jewish Americans, Chinese-Americans.


Even in the funny papers life is often far from funny. But Gray’s gospel is that in the long run you fare best by standing tall, and on your own feet.


*Try to find some middle ground. Like Harold Gray, if you are fiscally conservative, try to think more progressively on race issues and the reason why some demographics so desperately need financial assistance. If you are liberal when it comes to social programs, try to focus on how people could stand tall, on their own feet and get out of the vicious cycle of poverty.


Aristotle Onassis 1906

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Her devoted father called her “chryso mou,” or “my golden one.” And from the outside, Christina Onassis seemed to have a golden life.

Her father was shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, whose fortune reached the billions and whose yacht bore his daughter’s name. Her dolls wore Dior dresses. She grew up in homes in Paris, Antibes, and Skorpios, her father’s private Greek island.

Yet while Onassis, who was 37 when she died in 1988, was one of the world’s richest women, she may have also been among the most unhappy.


*Another tale of how money doesn’t bring happiness. By all means, treat your children “golden”, but don’t assume that will lead to their happiness.


Paul Stanley 1952 – listen to KISS

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Kiss were moments away from a show when they had to face the challenge of playing as a trio, as Paul Stanley suffered a potentially life-threatening health alert. But the incident gave the band yet another chance to prove to fans, in Gene Simmons’ words, “You work hard for your money, and we work hard for your money.”

“Listen up. This is important to us. You’re important to us. Paul’s heart was going at 200 beats a minute. They had to inject him. We were thinking of canceling the show because there was no way for Paul to do the show. He said, ‘Don’t let the fans down.’ Would you like to go home, or do you want us to try to play for you?”



*You work hard for your money – so does KISS. Let them play for you.


Rainn Wilson 1966 – Dwight’s Beet Salad with Honey Vinaigrette

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*Our birthday boy, Rainn Wilson could be your Entertainment with The Office. I also suggested following an uplifting handle on social media. He is the co-founder of SoulPancake and it is an excellent one. Regardless, enjoy this beet recipe in honor of Schrute Farms.

Dwight’s Beet Salad with Honey Vinaigrette Recipe

Bring this dish to a dinner party, along with extra wine glasses and a date. Especially if you weren’t invited.


SNUB – Stacey Dash 1967

Review –

  • Look forward to evolving
  • Read while working out
  • Find some middle ground
  • Don’t expect money to bring happiness
  • Listen to KISS
  • Make Dwight’s Beet Salad

January 19

Look to the * for today’s advice.

*note – make a tee time at your local golf course for 1/21



Robert E. Lee 1807

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Robert E. Lee on Leadership: Executive Lessons in Character, Courage and Vision, written by H.W. Crocker III. The book recapped the historical American Civil War. Organized in 11 short chapters, one of the biggest take-a-ways from the book could be found at the end of every chapter where he listed, “Lee’s Lessons.”

  • A leader seizes the opportunities of the day – carpe diem.


*Be like Robert E. Lee and seize the opportunities of today. That may include starting to read the above book on his leadership skills. Spoiler alert: He loses the war.


Shawn Johnson 1992 – SoulCycle

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Olympic gold medalist and newlywed Shawn Johnson may be best known for her gymnastic skills, but her current favorite workout is actually spinning.

“I love SoulCycle.”


*Hopefully your gym has spinning classes available. If not, seek out a gym that will give you a one-time free spin class or even better a SoulCycle class. This will be recommended several times this year.


Lysander Spooner 1808

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Spooner himself was a model for the good citizen, a man unencumbered by responsibilities to state or society. In some ways he was a representative man of the nineteenth century; his life was a remarkable series of careers: Deist, lawyer, bank clerk, western land speculator, businessman, abolitionist, inventor, legal writer, economist, and anarchist. He showed what an individual alone could do; he showed how an individualist should live.

In our time, both his example and his ideas concerning the absolute inadequacy of force and of government remain relevant. The liberation movements of our day are particularly concerned to end coercion and dominance—the dominance of one race over others, of men over women, of heterosexual over homosexual, of rich over poor, of old over young, of teacher over pupil, of the educated over the uneducated, of the ruler over the ruled. In place of these slave-master relationships there is a search for forms of cooperation among equals. In this search Spooner was a pioneer and a prophet.


*Be a model for the good citizen. Show how an individualist should live. Do your part to help end politics of the ruler over the ruled and the dominance of one race over others.


Edgar Allan Poe 1809

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Self-indulgent, vulgar, borderline insane—Edgar Allan Poe was the most influential American author of the 19th century


Facing a myriad of rejections early in his career, even after Poe was published (in 1839 with a volume of short stories, “Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque”) he initially received no money for his work. Despite the relative success of stories such as “The Gold Bug,” Poe was unable to make enough money to support his family. Whether attempting to start his own magazines or simply working at journals that ultimately failed, Poe’s revenue stream seem to have a life-long curse of bad luck. His beloved wife died in 1847, and two years later Poe was hospitalized and died in utter poverty under famously mysterious circumstances.



*Maybe the ultimate tale in not being recognized in his time. Make sure that you are being compensated for your brilliance. However, read The Gold Bug to get some perspective on money.


Janis Joplin 1943

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At the close of 1962, Alpha Phi Omega sponsored its traditional Ugliest Man on Campus contest as part of a charity drive. Each fraternity paid $5 to nominate one of its own, who would then dress up in a mask and ragged attire with artificial blood and parade around in hopes that people would spend a dime to vote for him as Ugliest Man. Though no one seems to know how it began, apparently a write-in campaign developed to elect Janis Joplin as the Ugliest Man on Campus. And although she did not win, as is popularly believed, it seems that she did receive votes.


*If you do smoke weed, today is the day to partake as you listen to the counter culture icon Janis Joplin.


Paula Deen 1947 – South Georgia Caviar

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Television chef, cookbook author and restaurateur Paula Deen is being dropped by the Food Network and investigated by the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s organization, following her acknowledged use of a racial slur in the past.



*On Paula Deen’s birthday, enjoy her South Georgia Caviar in honor of Robert E. Lee’s birthday.

BONUS BIRTHDAY: Dolly Parton 1946

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Country singer Dolly Parton has discarded “Dixie” from the name of a popular dinner show, “Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede,” due to cultural concerns.

From now on, the attraction will simply be known as Dolly Parton’s Stampede.


Some times the birthdays just go together. Proof that 365DOLF is my destiny.

SNUB – Katey Sagal 1954

Review –

  • Seize your opportunities
  • SoulCycle
  • Be a model for the good citizen
  • Be compensated for your brilliance
  • Listen to Janis Joplin
  • Make South Georgia caviar

January 18

The * provides today’s advice.



Jason Segel 1980

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Cut yourself some slack.

He’ll try anything, but Segel said he’s only embarrassed when he’s “unprepared.”

“You know what I learned as I got older? To give myself a break,” he said. “As long as I’m trying as hard as I can … you’re going to mess up and you’re not going to be perfect. It’s OK. … Everything’s OK.”



*Cut yourself some slack today. Everything’s OK. Be prepared and if you need a good laugh, watch the birthday boy Jason Segel in Forgetting Sarah Marshall


Dave Bautista 1969

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He holds the record for the longest reign as World Heavyweight Champion at 282 days, and has also won the World Tag Team Championship three times (twice with Ric Flair and once with John Cena)


Batista does not care about his carbohydrates or calorie intake due to his highly intensive training. He follows a low fat high protein diet and avoids bread.



*Avoid bread today – see if you can go the entire day without eating any. Have a Monster Energy drink and then try his workout. And if you want some sci-fi action watch the birthday boy Dave Bautista in Guardians of the Galaxy


Daniel Webster 1782

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As an orator, Webster had no equal among his American contemporaries. With the magic of the spoken word he moved judges and juries, visitors and colleagues in Congress, and vast audiences gathered for special occasions. His great occasional addresses, commemorating such historic events as the landing of the Pilgrims and the Battle of Bunker Hill, gave dramatic expression to his nationalism and conservatism. He reached the height of his eloquence in his reply to the nullificationist Robert Y. Hayne, a reply that concluded with the words ‘Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseparable!’


One time, it is told, he was asked what he regarded as the greatest thought that ever occupied his mind. He replied: “The sense of my individual responsibility to God.”


*Think about what your individual responsibility to God is. When times get tough, use this as your mantra: “God and I, now and forever, one and inseparable.”


Ted DiBiase 1954

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Claiming “Everybody has a price,” The Million Dollar Man was a villainous character fans loved to hate.


*If there exists a person who has lived his life to the fullest and reached a state of contentment then perhaps he has reached a conclusion that there is nothing more to gain. He has no need to gain more. He may want to leave this life with a legacy as someone who gives, not someone who takes. Such a person cannot be bought. Become this person.


Kevin Costner 1955 – watch Dances with Wolves

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This is a story about a civil war lieutenant who learns to co-exist with a Native American tribe. But the real inspiring story is the one that propelled the author to write. He believed in himself and his talents, and when everyone else told him he wasn’t going to cut it, he still believed anyway. He was washing dishes in a Chinese restaurant. Most people would lose hope by that point. But Michael Blake knew he was destined for something better and looked beyond his current situation and created a better world for himself (and an Oscar for his old friend, Kevin, too). Persistence, work-ethic, and a brilliant story; now that’s a lesson we all can learn from.



Over the course of six months in wide release, Dances with Wolves took in $184 million domestically, rocketing it past Young GunsSilverado, and other Westerns to become the highest grossing film in the genre. Twenty-five years later, it’s still at the top of the chart, just ahead of 2010’s True Grit. Interestingly, in all its weeks in theaters, Dances With Wolves never topped the box office charts.


*As an American History teacher, I suggest that an entire course could be taught with nothing but Kevin Costner movies. Watch his shining jewel today and know that you are destined for something better in life.


Julius Peppers 1980 – stuffed bell peppers

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Just as the descriptors “monster” or “freak” have often been used for the 6’ 7″, 295-pound nine-time Pro Bowler, so too have “quiet” and “guarded.” This is how a guy can wreck the NFL for nearly two decades, and still fly under the radar everywhere but on the scouting report. Peppers has at least seven sacks in 15 of his 16 seasons; he’s the most feared pass rusher this century. And yet there’s a good chance you’ve never heard the guy say a word.


*Enjoy these stuffed bell peppers in honor of the most feared pass rusher this century, Julius Peppers.

Wash them down with a Million Dollar Cocktail in honor of Ted DiBiase’s birthday.


Louis Eppinger, a German-born bartender known for creating the Bamboo cocktail at the Yokohama Grand Hotel in the late 1800s. Eppinger is also credited with devising the recipe for the Million Dollar Cocktail, a frothy blend of gin, sweet vermouth, pineapple and egg white that Kaiho says is still considered a classic among bartenders in Tokyo. This is Kaiho’s take on the drink, featuring genever and Cherry Heering.

1½ oz. Bols Genever
½ oz. Cherry Heering
2 oz. pineapple juice
Egg white (pasteurized if you like)
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: cocktail
Garnish: pineapple leaf


SNUB – Cary Grant 1904

Review –

  • Cut yourself some slack
  • Bautista workout
  • Individual responsibility to God
  • Be a giver not a taker
  • Watch Dances with Wolves
  • Make stuffed bell Peppers

January 17

Follow the * for today’s advice.



Benjamin Franklin 1706

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The key to Franklin’s success was his drive to constantly improve himself and accomplish his ambitions. In 1726, at the age of 20, Ben Franklin set his loftiest goal: the attainment of moral perfection.

In order to accomplish his goal, Franklin developed and committed himself to a personal improvement program that consisted of living 13 virtues. The 13 virtues were:

  1. “TEMPERANCE. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.”
  2. “SILENCE. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.”
  3. “ORDER. Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.”
  4. “RESOLUTION. Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.”
  5. “FRUGALITY. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.”
  6. “INDUSTRY. Lose no time; be always employ’d in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.”
  7. “SINCERITY. Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.”
  8. “JUSTICE. Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.”
  9. “MODERATION. Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.”
  10. “CLEANLINESS. Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths, or habitation.”
  11. “TRANQUILLITY. Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.”
  12. “CHASTITY. Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.”
  13. “HUMILITY. Imitate Jesus and Socrates.”

Franklin would especially focus on one virtue each week by placing that virtue at the top that week’s chart and including a “short precept” to explain its meaning. Thus, after 13 weeks he had moved through all 13 virtues and would then start the process over again.


*Instead of 13 weeks, try this just today. Keep track throughout the day and see if you can attain moral perfection (in the eyes of the boozing and womanizing Benjamin Franklin.) If you like it, go ahead and try it for the next 13 weeks.


Dwyane Wade 1982

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The Wade’s World Foundation provides support to community-based organizations that promote education, health and social skills for children in at-risk situations. Dwyane was inspired to start the foundation because he wanted to give back to underserved communities and support issues of purpose. “I can’t just let basketball define who I am and what I am supposed to become,” said Wade. “Like my mother always tells me, ‘My life is bigger than basketball.’”

Work on the following skills in all directions for specified duration. Maintain high intensity throughout.

  • One-Dribble Pull-Up Shots
    • Two-Dribble Pull-Up Shots
    • Change-of-Direction Dribbling
    • Free Throws
    • Full-Court Dribbling
    • Drives to the Hoop

Duration: 45-60 minutes


Preparation Leads to Domination


*Hopefully the gym you belong to has a basketball court. If not, maybe the local high school or YMCA is your best bet to prepare for domination on the court like NBA superstar Dwyane Wade. Practice his skill work and show off those skills in a game of pick up.


Muhammed Ali 1942

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We have one life; it soon will be past; what we do for God is all that will last.

You and I have been created for a divine purpose. Have you discovered what yours is?

This is not a question about religion, but rather about a responsibility we have as humans while planted here on planet earth.

Find your purpose. Fulfill your purpose. Nothing worse than getting to the end of your life not fulfilling your calling and applying your potential.



What would you like people to think about you when you are gone?




The mission of the Muhammad Ali Center is to preserve and share the legacy and ideals of Muhammad Ali, to promote respect, hope, and understanding, and to inspire adults and children everywhere to be as great as they can be.

The Ali Center is a cultural Center that promotes the six core principles of Muhammad Ali (Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality) to achieve personal and global greatness, and provides programming and events around these principles.

Your donation to the Muhammad Ali Center – whether $20 or $20,000 – makes an impact.

Your gift will support…

  • Educational and community outreach programs
  • Museum operations
  • Temporary exhibits
  • Mission-based efforts

Make a gift today and join others who see the importance of preserving and sharing the legacy of Muhammad Ali.


*An overload of soulful inspiration from Muhammad Ali. Pick what you like best to help inspire you today. As for me, this is my favorite – “This is not a question about religion, but rather about a responsibility we have as humans while planted here on planet earth.”


Jim Carrey 1962

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“I hope everybody could get rich and famous and will have everything they ever dreamed of, so they will know that it’s not the answer.” – Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey means that everyone chases money, wealth, success and fame, thinking it will bring them happiness.  Once they attain it, the person sits there and thinks “That’s it?  That’s what all the hype was about?  I don’t feel happy.  I don’t feel fulfilled.  I don’t feel anything.”


*Investing in people as opposed to trying to impress people will leave a lasting effect through eternity whereas fame and money will be quickly fleeting.


James Earl Jones 1931 – watch The Great White Hope

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The Great White Hope was shot on the 20th Century-Fox lot, using the sets which had recently been created for Hello, Dolly! (1968), and at various locations in Globe, Arizona and Barcelona, Spain. Jones remembered filming in Barcelona in his autobiography, Voices Chosen, “In Barcelona there was the tension of the Franco regime, and Marty Ritt could not be comfortable in Spain, even though the Spanish people themselves were wonderful. It seemed as if they had democratized themselves on a spiritual and human level in spite of Franco and the fascist regime, and there was great prosperity as long as the labor movements stayed in line. […] I took photographs on the set. There were throngs of extras. Spanish soldiers were given ties, jackets, and straw hats, and marched in by the regiment for crowd scenes. On my birthday that January 1970, five thousand people sang “Happy Birthday” to me in Spanish in the Barcelona stadium. ”



*Of course you could watch James Earl Jones as Darth Vader, but instead watch him almost win an Oscar in The Great White Hope.


Michelle Obama 1964 – Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

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Former first lady Michelle Obama might find some of the latest actions by the Trump administration pretty difficult to stomach.

On Monday newly minted Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced a rollback of school lunch standards championed by the former first lady, declaring at a Virginia school that the administration would “Make School Meals Great Again.”


Mrs. Obama says that this is Sasha and Malia’s favorite.


*Make the First Cauliflower Mac and Cheese and enjoy it while watching The Great White Hope. Yes you can.

What a day! I believe this to be the best day of 365DOLF.

SNUB – Betty White 1922

Review –

  • Strive for moral perfection
  • D-Wade skills
  • Follow Ali’s recipe for life
  • Invest in people
  • Watch The Great White Hope
  • Make cauliflower mac and cheese

January 16

Remember to look for the * for today’s advice.



Susan Sontag 1933

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Your personal happiness matters, but shouldn’t be your sole focus in life.

Happiness, she seems to believe, is secondary to being a caring and motivated citizen. When a person focuses on making the world a better place, happiness can be achieved as easily, if not more easily, than when happiness is a main focus.

Notable quote: “You’ll notice that I haven’t talked about love. Or about happiness. I’ve talked about becoming — or remaining — the person who can be happy, a lot of the time, without thinking that being happy is what it’s all about. It’s not.”


The Susan Sontag Foundation relies on donations from many generous individuals and organizations. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to support the Foundation’s activities. Checks or money orders should be made payable to the Susan Sontag Foundation and mailed to the following address:

Susan Sontag Foundation
76 Franklin Street, #3
New York, NY 10013

*Don’t focus on love or happiness. Instead, focus on becoming a person who can be happy, a lot of the time, without thinking that being happy is what it’s all about. Start by trying to make the world a better place.


Albert Pujols 1980

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The future Hall of Famer enters his 17th major league season with 591 career home runs, five years remaining on one of the richest contracts in baseball history and one very simple approach to doing his job.

The quiet that surrounds his greatness indeed is partly of his own making. Pujols attacks his job with the ethic and grim fastidious of a coal miner.

Albert begins every workout with 30 minutes of cardio on the elliptical machine as a general warm-up. He finishes each day with 10-15 minutes of full-body stretching.


*Pick any workout but start it with 30 minutes on the elliptical machine and end it with a 10-15 minute stretch. Get to the batting cages and try hitting 500 home-runs.


Dian Fossey 1932

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Dian Fossey was a passionate woman and that passion helped to save the mountain gorilla species. She once said, “When you realize the value of all life you dwell less on past and concentrate more on the conservation of the future.”


Adopt a gorilla today!

Just like our gorilla protection teams, you can help save gorillas every single day. Symbolic gorilla adoptions have a meaningful and immediate impact in the lives of the planet’s last wild gorillas. You can ensure gorillas are protected all day, every day by adopting a new family member today!


*We are still in January and you have already been given a lot of opportunities to donate time and money to charitable causes. Pick one that you like or one that strikes a chord with you and donate as much as you can. Unless you’re stinking rich, then donate to them all.  No money? Find a charity in 365DOLF that provides ways to donate time and energy. Like Dian Fossey suggests, concentrate on the conservation of the future.


Lin-Manuel Miranda 1980

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Lin-Manuel Miranda knows something about money.

The New York Times reported in June 2016 that the 37-year-old creator of the hit Broadway musical ‘Hamilton’ was positioned to make more than $6 million that year alone, thanks to his multiple roles (author, actor, rights-holder) in the production.

Growing up, I was always cautious about spending. In fact, I was so nervous about incurring debt that I didn’t open my first credit card until age 28, after my first show had opened on Broadway. As a result, even though I had enough money in the bank, I didn’t have sufficient credit history to purchase my first apartment. My father had to help me buy it by co-signing the mortgage.

Miranda’s story perfectly illustrates one of the greatest challenges of good credit: You never think about it until you need it. And if you never think about it, you probably don’t have it.


*Shop around get the best credit card with rewards. Use that credit card for everyday purchases and pay it off every month. Do NOT just pay the minimum and let it add up. This is easier said than done and I wish someone would have given me this advice about 25 years ago.


Aaliyah 1979

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Brooklyn-born Aaliyah Dana Haughton started voice lessons shortly after she learned to talk. Determined to be a star, she signed a contract with Jive Records at the age of 12 and came to popular acclaim in 1994. On her way home from a music video shoot in 2001, a plane crash killed Aaliyah and eight members of her film crew. She was 22 years old at the time of her death.



*Remember that age ain’t nothing but a number as you listen to Aaliyah – may she R.I.P.


Andre Michelin 1853 – Tortelli with Parmesan, lavender, nutmeg, and almond

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If you’ve ever had the privilege of eating at a Michelin-starred restaurant, you’ve probably stared in awe at the chef’s perfect compositions of colors, flavors and shapes plated in front of you with the visual inventiveness of a modernist painter.



*Make the above recipe and for at least one day, you can be a 3 star Michelin chef.

SNUB – Kate Moss 1974

Review –

  • Become a person who can be happy
  • Elliptical, stretching, and batting cages
  • Adopt a gorilla
  • Pay off your credit cards every month
  • Listen to Aaliyah
  • Become a 3-star Michelin chef

January 15

Seek the * and you will find answers.



Martin Luther King, Jr. 1929

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When Faced With Setbacks, Will You Stop or Move Forward?

Dr. King was arrested upwards of 20 times, his home bombed, and he was subject to a near constant stream of harassment and violence. Despite this, he used every setback and threat as an opportunity to reflect and act.

In 1963, following racially-motivated church bombings in the city, Dr. King shifted his focus on Birmingham. Leading demonstrations that resulted in police brutality against the non-violent protesters, King quickly realized that he’d be arrested in an attempt to break the movement. Conceding to arrest, and after one horrible evening in solitary confinement, he spent the nine days of his imprisonment crafting the “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”

Instead of wallowing in the unjust arrest, or being frightened into giving up his cause, Dr. King’s 20-page response became a populist battle cry against injustice. Turning on phrases like “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” and “One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws,” Dr. King parlayed his own personal setback into a greater motivator for an entire social cause. What’s even more exceptional is how he continued to move forward, despite having to do so against a constant tide of opposition.


*Are you hitting a wall with 365DOLF? Two weeks into the new year and you may be over it. Try to remember why you started “Living Famously” in the first place. Today is a great reminder to persevere. To keep moving forward. It’s easy to quit on January 15, but think how you’ll feel on December 15. Continue down that road to becoming a better person.


Drew Brees 1979

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Drew Brees is the 2009 Super Bowl MVP-winning quarterback for the New Orleans Saints.

As much pride as Brees takes in his on-field performance, he takes even more pride in his community service endeavors. Drew and his wife, Brittany, established the Brees Dream Foundation in 2003 and since then have contributed and/or committed almost $25,000,000 to help improve the quality of life for cancer patients and provide care, education and opportunities for children and families in need. Brees has also proudly participated in five USO trips to Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany, Turkey, Djibouti, Dubai, Okinawa, and Guantanamo Bay.

To make a donation, please send check or money order to:

Huntington National Bank
Brees Dream Foundation L-3450 (EA2WID)
7 Easton Oval
Columbus, OH 43219


Train with a purpose. If you have a goal in mind that you’re working toward, you’ll look forward to working out. Ask yourself, “What’s my goal? What am I working toward?”  If you’re working out just to work out, you’ll start to dread it.


*Write down your fitness goals. What is your main goal? What are you working toward? Keep this in a place near your workout shoes. Every day that you skip a workout, make a contribution to the Brees Dream Foundation.


William Bickerton 1815

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A person is saved through faith and belief, repentance, water baptism and good works. One’s salvation can be lost by disobeying the commandments of Jesus.

There are at least 20 different religious bodies in the U.S. which have adopted the name:  “The Church of Jesus Christ.

After hearing the preaching of the Law of Abraham (doctrine of polygamy), he left that group as well. For many years he held meetings, baptized people, and healed them. Then, he felt called by God to found a new group to “…promote ‘the true doctrine of Christ,’ that is, Joseph Smith’s version.

They believe that the true church was restored by Joseph Smith when he established the Church of Jesus Christ in 1830. Most believe that they are the only true Christian church; they regard the other restorationist denominations — and particularly other wings of Christianity — to be in error.


*Hopefully you don’t believe that your religion is the only true one. Keep an open heart and an open mind as you continue to satisfy your soul. Regardless of your religion, keep the faith and believe.


Pierre S. du Pont 1870

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Pierre Samuel du Pont was an organizational and financial genius, who not only grew his family business to towering heights, but is also one of the most important individuals in the history of General Motors.


His father, who had broken away from the family business of producing gunpowder for use in ammunition, was an important figure in the early production of dynamite. Pierre du Pont was fourteen years old when his father died in an explosion. Afterward he took over responsibility for the family, leading several of his brothers to refer to him as “Dad.”


*Always be ready to step up. If your boss died in an explosion (does the thought of this make you smile?), would you be next in line? Would you be ready to lead the company or your department?


Pitbull 1981

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You can hit a home run without playing baseball.

Pitbull doesn’t play baseball, but he’s hit a home run “everywhere, everywhere.” This is either referring to succeeding and accomplishing your goals or having sexual intercourse in a lot of places. Either is fine.



*Listen to “Mr. Worldwide” who took on the name Pitbull, because like the dog, he’s too dumb to lose. Be like Pit-bull. Use his music as motivation to succeeding and accomplishing your goals and/or having sex in a lot of places.


Regina King 1971 – fried garbanzo beans

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The last new thing I tried was: Fried garbanzo beans. Surprise surprise!!! They were delish. I was staying at the Four Seasons in Carlsbad and they had it in place of soybeans at the lobby bar. I’ve never seen fried garbanzo beans at any of the other Four Seasons or anywhere else, for that matter. LOL!


Tidwell takes a massive hit in the endzone which knocks him unconscious. This leads to Jerry calling Tidwell’s wife Marcee, played by Regina King, in order to keep a line of communication open and make sure that she stays calm. Only she’s not calm. She’s in hysterics because her husband may be seriously hurt. The line that puts Gyllenhaal over the edge comes here where King says, “You don’t understand. This family doesn’t work without him.”


*Remember that your family doesn’t work without you as you eat these fried garbanzo beans.

Wash them down with one of the following…

Happy Birthday to Mr. Worldwide! I hope all of you will be having a drink to celebrate our fave Cubanito’s special day. Try one of these guiltless (they’re all 150 calories or less!) Voli cocktails to get your fiesta going. Enjoy!

1 ½ oz Voli Lite
2 oz Club Soda
2 Lime Wedges
Serve over ice, squeeze limes and stir
approx. 74 calories

1 ½ Voli Mango Coconut
3 Lime Wedges
Mango Chunks
1 pack Stevia Sweetener
6 Mint Leaves
Top with Soda Water
approx. 85 calories

1 ½ Voli Orange Vanilla
2 oz Lemonade
½ oz Agave Nectar
½ oz Pineapple Juice
Serve on the rocks and garnish with an orange twist
approx. 144 calories


SNUB – Dove Cameron 1996

Review –

  • Don’t give up
  • Write down your fitness goals
  • Keep an open heart and an open mind
  • Be ready to be the boss
  • Listen to Pitbull
  • Eat fried garbanzo beans

January 14

Seek out the * for today’s advice.



Albert Schweitzer 1875

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The mere mention of the name Schweitzer instantly conjured up images of selflessness, heroism and the very model of a modern, humane physician.


In addition to living a life of compassion and service, Schweitzer was known for his philosophy of the “Reverence for Life,” which he considered to be his greatest contribution to mankind.

*From a practical standpoint, few, if any, of us may feel capable of leaving our current reality to travel halfway around the world and commit ourselves to our work and people in a way similar to Schweitzer. Try to find solace in commitment towards helping humankind. Find true fulfillment in your life’s work.


LL Cool J 1968 – chest workout

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Sets: 4 Reps: 10-12 Rest: 1 min


Sets: 4 Reps: 10-12 Rest: 1 min

FLAT BENCH PRESS (in power rack)

Sets: 3 Reps: 8-10 Rest: 1 min


Sets: 4 Reps: To Failure


*Besides his lips, the rapper and actor LL Cool J is best known for his massive chest. Do his chest workout today while listening to “I’m Gonna Knock You Out!”


Andy Rooney 1919

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…I wish I could have told my Mom I loved her one more time before she passed away.


*Andy Rooney was famous for his practical advice and observations on 60 Minutes. Tell your mother that you love her right now. If possible, in person – but by phone will do.  If your mother has passed away, visit her grave site today and tell her that you love her one more time.


Jason Bateman 1969 – watch Horrible Bosses

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Jason Bateman’s character – Nick Hendricks 
I get to work before the sun comes up, and I leave long after it’s gone down. I haven’t had sex in 6 months with someone other than myself. And the only thing in my refrigerator is an old lime. Could be a kiwi, no way to tell.


EVERYONE HAS A TOLERANCE LIMIT AT THEIR PLACE OF WORK— We were taught in school to choose jobs we love or have a passion for, but we know that’s not always true.  Why else is it called work?  All of us have varying levels of tolerance and acceptance for the things we don’t like about our jobs, no matter the profession.  We let things we don’t like go, because we value our job.  Yet, every person, even if he or she truly does love their job, has boundaries and limits to what they will do and not do for their job or the supervisor.


*Write down what your boundaries and limits are for your current or future job. Write down what you are willing to do and not do for your job or your supervisor. Now you know when it is time to quit and become the boss yourself. Watch Horrible Bosses for motivation.


Dave Grohl 1969 – listen to Foo Fighters

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When asked what he does with all his cash during an interview with The Red Bulletin, Grohl said, “It goes straight into my bank account, where it turns all moldy and smelly.”

The musician’s overall mindset about money was formed at a young age when his mother, a public school teacher, had a stroke while filing her taxes.

“I remember coming back to the house that night, alone with my sister and looking at the piece of paper she was writing to the IRS on as she started to have her stroke,” he told The Guardian in 2014. “And it left this indelible mark on me that was ‘Money will kill you’, that people spend their lives dying inside because of money.”


*Today is a mashup of Money, Entertainment, and Food. Good advice from all 3, while watching Horrible Bosses and/or listening to Foo Fighters


Benedict Arnold 1741 – Eggs Benedict Arnold

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Live Below Your Means. His whole life Arnold fought to be wealthy, so that he and his family wouldn’t return to that awful place when his father left him, his mother and sister abandoned emotionally and financially.

Set limits. Set boundaries. Say no. Set a budget with an Excel spreadsheet and track every expense, down to every vanilla latte purchased. Trust me, this works. If Arnold hadn’t been in so much debt, he may have thought twice about selling the Americans out. And then, the British delayed his payment and he didn’t get everything he was owed! Oh, the wicked irony!



*What a day to focus on your money! – While enjoying this delicious Eggs Benedict Arnold.

SNUB – Carl Weathers 1948

Review –

  • Find true fulfillment in your life’s work
  • LL chest workout
  • Tell your mom that you love her
  • Set your work limits
  • Listen to Foo Fighters
  • Eat Eggs Benedict Arnold

January 13

Search for the * for today’s advice.



Orlando Bloom 1977

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I was an angry child at times. I was frustrated with the learning disability. It makes you feel stupid; you just don’t feel smart. Somewhere in me I knew that I was smart, I knew I wasn’t thick, but I was just really struggling with spelling and writing, and it was holding me back.


Orlando Bloom is famous for his roles in “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “The Lord of the Rings,” among others, but not many people are aware that he came of age with dyslexia.

Bloom has certainly demonstrated that one can have dyslexia and be very successful. He is quick to note, however, that not only did he receive an early diagnosis and the support of his family, but also he found his passion, acting, which enabled him to succeed while putting his mind to work in a different way. Too many dyslexic children aren’t nearly as lucky.


*Regardless of your disadvantages, find your passion and let it put your mind to work in a different way.


Liam Hemsworth 1990

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The Liam Hemsworth workout for “The Hunger Games” included working out with ex-Navy SEAL Logan Hood. These workouts included flipping tires in the parking lot, and slamming baseball bats against body bags. Although this sounds unconventional, it got Liam Hemsworth in shape.


*This workout could be a logistics issue.  Part of the challenge of this workout is to find a place where you can flip tires in a parking lot and slam baseball bats against body bags. Try to get in good with a local high school coach, who may be able to help out with this and future workouts. Ask an employee at your gym for advice on how you can achieve this Hunger Games/Navy SEAL workout.


Horatio Alger 1832

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As one of the nation’s largest need-based privately-funded college scholarship providers, the Horatio Alger Association assists high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles to pursue their dreams through higher education. While many scholarship programs primarily recognize academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger Scholarship Program awards students who have exhibited determination, integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as critical financial need.


Horatio Alger Award

Lifetime membership in the Horatio Alger Association is conferred on 10 to 12 individuals each year with the presentation of the Horatio Alger Award.  The Award symbolizes the Association’s values, including personal initiative and perseverance, leadership and commitment to excellence, belief in the free-enterprise system and the importance of higher education, community service, and the vision and determination to achieve a better future.

Horatio Alger Jr. was the biggest American media star of his day. Though nineteenth-century best-seller lists were impressionistic—and the sale of 10,000 volumes was deemed a publishing triumph in those days—readers bought at least 200 million copies of his books, placing him in the Stephen King category.

The classic Alger plot seldom varied: a youth of humble origins makes his way in the city by virtue of grit and toil. Luck usually plays its part, but to Alger, fortune was something to be enticed and manipulated. He would have agreed with Hector Berlioz’s observation: “One must have the talent for luck.” And, naturally, the pluck to go along with it. With these assets a boy could compete with any other youth, even one born with money and a good name.


*Take today to work on enticing and manipulating good fortune. Attain the talent for luck and the pluck to go along with it. Maybe it comes from personal initiative and perseverance, leadership and commitment to excellence, and the vision and determination to achieve a better future. Start your journey from “Rags to Riches.” – just like Horatio Alger.


Michael Bond 1926

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He wasn’t sure that the book would find a publisher, let alone become a best seller. To date, Mr. Bond has written 15 collections of Paddington stories, and the books have sold more than 35 million copies worldwide and been translated into 30 languages.


Writers are at their best when they are writing from what they are: Michael was charming and sweet and gentle – just like Paddington.


*This can apply to your focus on money. Be what you are. Hopefully you are charming and sweet and gentle. Use those skills to make your money. And again, do not give up. I’m not sure if 365DOLF will find a publisher or become a best seller, but I keep typing.


Julia Louis-Dreyfus 1961 – watch VEEP

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays a tyrannical boss, Vice President Selina Meyer, on the HBO comedy Veep. She rants and raves at the smallest mistakes, constantly changes her mind, and demands unquestioning loyalty from her employees.

In fact, it’s pretty much a guide of what not to do. Of course, she is in a difficult position. Her job is incredibly stressful, and as a woman in politics, she has to constantly fight to be heard.

Nevertheless, a manager who goes into work every day and does the opposite of Selina would be doing a good job. Here’s what we can learn from Meyer’s (hilarious) mistakes:

Mentally Unstable

Possessing a calm, even demeanor is a good quality for a leader. Selina Meyer is all over the place. One second she’s demanding praise from everyone around her, and the next moment she’s cursing everyone she knows and demanding their blood.


*Watch as many episodes of VEEP as you can. Yes you can!


Patrick Dempsey 1966 – anchovy pizza

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Okay, I have to ask: In the movie Loverboy you played a pizza delivery guy who gives more than just pizza when women order “extra anchovies.” Ever had an anchovy pizza sent to you?
No, but pizza delivery guys tell me it’s happened to them.

You mean middle-aged women called up and asked for extra anchovies but really just wanted to sleep with them?
Yeah. Only in Los Angeles.



*Order an anchovy pizza and enjoy it while watching VEEP.

SNUB – Salmon P. Chase

Review –

  • Embrace your passion
  • Hunger Games workout
  • Entice good fortune
  • Be what you are
  • Watch VEEP
  • Anchovy pizza


January 12

Follow the * for today’s advice.



Jack London 1876

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Jack London was a prolific writer; over the period from 1899 until his death in 1916, he wrote 50 books and over 1,000 articles. Though he was made most famous by his stories of the Klondike, he wrote on subjects ranging from boxing to romance, from survival in the Arctic to labour strife in Australia. He led a harsh, erratic life; born illegitimate, raised as a poor “work beast”, constantly questing after every adventure and all the knowledge the world might offer, he died young as a result. The fact that his gift for writing was ever realized came to be used as an example of “The American Dream”



*You are never a victim and that despite your emotional ups and downs as external and internal factors impact you, you control your life rather than having your life control you. Your function is to live, not exist. Start reading The Call of the Wild


Joe Frazier 1944

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JOE FRAZIER is a country boy who lived by the old country adage that: “when you go to the big party, you dance with the one who brung ya.” In Frazier’s case it was a left hook. But to classify Frazier as merely a “left hooker” would be like saying Marilyn Monroe was a blonde.

First thing, he suggests you get into decent shape before going to the gym by doing Push Ups, Sit Ups, and Jogging every day.


*You’ve already discovered a local boxing gym. So, make sure that you are in decent shape before a strenuous boxing workout. Start today with 3 sets of 10 push-ups and sit-ups, then jog around your neighborhood.


Swami Vivekananda 1863

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Swami Vivekananda accomplished another important task of his mission on earth. He founded on 1 May 1897 a unique type of organization known as Ramakrishna Mission, in which monks and lay people would jointly undertake propagation of Practical Vedanta, and various forms of social service, such as running hospitals, schools, colleges, hostels, rural development centres etc, and conducting massive relief and rehabilitation work for victims of earthquakes, cyclones and other calamities, in different parts of India and other countries.

Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission are twin organizations which form the core of a worldwide spiritual movement (known as Ramakrishna Movement or Vedanta Movement), which aims at the harmony of religions, harmony of the East and the West, harmony of the ancient and the modern, spiritual fulfillment, all-round development of human faculties, social equality, and peace for all humanity, without any distinctions of creed, caste, race or nationality.


The proposed Centre, christened “Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Centre for Human Excellence and Social Sciences”, will be a humble attempt to actualize the great vision of Swami Vivekananda by creating the machinery by which the excellences inherent in a human being, the Perfection and Divinity already present in man, become fully manifest and flow out as a torrent for the welfare of the world.


*Service to men is service to God. Let the poor, the illiterate, the ignorant, the afflicted be your God. Know that service to these alone is the highest religion and send a donation to Ramakrishna Mission.


Jeff Bezos 1964

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Think big 

Amazon was started in 1994 as an online books retailer. But books were only chosen because Bezos could see they were a relatively easy way into online retailing. They come in standard sizes, you don’t need to try them on, they fit easily into parcels, and there was plenty of space to compete on choice and price. But its ambitions always went way beyond that. As it moved into CDs, DVDs, and then just about everything, it became clear that Bezos wanted Amazon to be the biggest retailer in the world. He was thinking big right from the beginning – and working out the best starting place to get to his ultimate destination.


*If you haven’t done so yet, become a member of Amazon Prime so you can have food, books, and movies delivered to you ASAP.

**Whatever your vision is for making money (hopefully starting your own business), find the relatively easy way in with a bigger vision in mind. You are reading this as a blog, but eventually you’ll be able to use the 365DOLF website, read it as a book with a journal, download it as an app, and listen to it on satellite radio. Think Big!


Howard Stern 1954 – Watch Private Parts

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Stay true to your vision. Howard is above all a student of his industry. He learned the “rules,” studied the players, and realized he would never compete by fitting in. Instead he created a new form of radio and stayed his course through multiple firings and millions of dollars in fines. Howard didn’t think outside the box. He created a new box. If your business is like every other business you will only achieve similar results at best.


*Realize that Howard Stern has achieved popularity beyond his wildest dreams while doing exactly what he has wanted to do since he was 9 years old. Unfortunately, he often speaks of how unhappy he is. Old expressions are old for a reason – money can’t buy happiness. Watch the movie Private Parts to see how he created a new box for shock jocks. What can you create a new box for? – And be happy doing it.



Kirstie Alley 1951 – tortilla soup

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After years of harmful yo-yo dieting, Kirstie Alley has finally lost the weight and is sharing her secret recipes for staying skinny and satisfied. Make this delicious, low-calorie tortilla soup for lunch and you won’t be tempted to overeat in the afternoon.


*Enjoy this tortilla soup while watching Private Parts. “Fart Man” will make you want to continue eating healthy.

SNUB – Zayne Malik 1993

Review –

  • Live – don’t just exist
  • Push-ups, sit-ups, jogging
  • Service to men is service to God
  • Think big
  • Watch Private Parts
  • Eat tortilla soup