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WEAR A COAT DAY
William Henry Harrison 1773
Lesson #3: Turn Lemons into Lemonade
William Henry Harrison, we hardly knew ye.
Harrison holds the inglorious distinction of having had the shortest presidential term, as he died of pneumonia after just 30 days in office. The pneumonia may or may not have been exacerbated by his Inaugural Address, the lengthiest ever and one delivered in freezing temperatures without the aid of a coat or a hat. Clocking in at almost two hours, the long-winded speech set a record that still stands. It was Harrison’s most noteworthy accomplishment in office.
*Actually turn lemons into lemonade today. Try it. Everyone told Harrison that he was too old to be president, so he wanted the world to see that he could handle that freezing day without a coat or hat. It cost him his life, but he showed them. On your way to the store to buy lemons… wear a coat.
Michael B. Jordan 1987
I hated it. You know, at first you feel like shit, you’re hurting. When things start getting a little easier, when you start lifting weight you never lifted before, when you start bench-pressing 225 pounds 10 times and it ain’t nothing, and then you start giving hugs to girls and they’re, like, feeling you up a little and you think, ‘What’s this?’—then it’s, ‘This is all right.’ So I learned to love it when I started seeing results.”
The sessions combine cardio and circuit training to melt fat off the abs while tightening them, and each muscle group is trained with volume for a maximum pump.
Jordan, who was named after his father, Michael A. Jordan, says his middle name is Bakari. It means “of noble promise” in Swahili.
*After this Michael B. Jordan workout, find someone to hug and see if they notice the results. Watch Creed for motivation. It looks like he is even more jacked for Creed 2.
John B. Cobb 1925
Born in 1925 to Methodist missionary parents in Japan, he self-identifies today as a liberal Protestant. John’s earliest memories were formed in an interfaith context. The primarily Buddhist culture he encountered, as well as a Canadian missionary school he attended in Kobe, had a profound impact on him. Japan’s culture and religion were substantially different from his own, but that never phased him. “Throughout my career, I have emphasized differences. I’m not one of those people who thinks that all religions are very similar. On the contrary, I think it’s wonderful that they are different. But difference doesn’t mean one is better than the other,”
A unifying theme of Cobb’s work is his emphasis on ecological interdependence—the idea that every part of the ecosystem is reliant on all the other parts. Cobb has argued that humanity’s most urgent task is to preserve the world on which it lives and depends, an idea which his primary influence Alfred North Whitehead describes as “”world-loyalty.”
“We have to think historically, because the controversy between science and religion grew out of a very specific kind of science and a very specific kind of religion … Many forms of religion are not in conflict with any form of science; and there are forms of religion that are in total conflict with science. Take Zen Buddhism, for example, among the most thorough-going of the Buddhist groups. Zen Buddhism is very different from science, but it is not in conflict with science. And it doesn’t get into any conflict with science in the way the Abrahamic religions do.”
*The more I research Cobb, the more I realize how “spot on” he is. Be glad that how different religions are, while realizing that one isn’t better than the other.
Bill Veeck 1914
Bill Veeck was not the first owner to realize that baseball was more than a sport to the players or a business to the owners. He believed that it was entertainment. Due to this he did more than other owners during his time to entertain the fan. The other owners belittled his promotions as travesties but eventually used his ideas and went beyond them.
*Think about what your business is going to be and the possibility that others may belittle you. But what can you do to make your business stand out and eventually have people copying your ideas.
Joe Pesci 1943 – watch Goodfellas
Thelma Schoonmaker (editor): The whole film was improvised, really. [laughs] Scorsese always tells them they have to begin a certain place and end a certain place, but what they want to do in between is okay. For example, when Pesci shoots Spider.
Imperioli: The only line in that scene that was actually scripted was the last one Spider says, which was “Go fuck yourself.”
*Ahh Goodfellas – one of my all-time favorites. Enjoy, because Ray Liotta’s birthday isn’t until December.
Charlie Day 1976 It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – Philly Cheesesteak
“You can not let a fear of failure or a fear of comparison or a fear of judgement stop you from doing the things that will make you great. You can not succeed without the risk of failure. You can not have a voice without the risk of criticism. You can not love without the risk of loss. You must take these risks.”
– excerpt from Charlie Day’s speech at Merrimack College’s commencement
*After watching Goodfellas, you may need some comic relief. Watch a few episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia while eating this Philly cheesesteak.
SNUB – Mia Farrow
- Turn lemons into lemonade
- Creed workout
- Celebrate different religions
- Have people copying your ideas
- Watch Goodfellas
- Eat a Philly Cheesesteak