February 13

Look for the * for today’s advice.



Mike Krzyzewski 1947

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The all-time winningest coach in NCAA history has many life lessons to offer, but this one tops them all.

“Never underestimate the immense power of your imagination.”



His motivation is entirely personal and relatively unchanged from his days as a kid in the Chicago playgrounds — if you’re going to play a game, you choose up sides, and if you choose up sides, you’re going to try to win.



*If you don’t think your goals are a little crazy, you aren’t thinking big enough. Without allowing your mind to imagine something great is possible, the chances of it happening are slim to none. Instead of going to work every day to check off a task list, start thinking about what more is possible in your current role. What else could you do or come up with that could change the course of your career or company?


Henry Rollins 1961

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Balanced workout

I believe that the definition of definition is reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself.


*Be better than your parents. Be better than your friends. Be yourself today and crush Rollins’s balanced workout


Father William S. Bowdern 1897

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After 28 days, an exhausted Father Bowdern tried once again to exorcise Richard and drive out the Devil. But this time was to be different. As Richard struggled to say the Lord’s Prayer, a new force seized his body and helped him utter the words needed to expel Satan. Richard was free at last.



William Peter Blatty’s novel is based on the real-life 1949 exorcism of a young boy, known by the pseudonym Roland Doe. The story became national news, and caught the interest of Blatty, who was a student at Georgetown University at the time (hence the change in location).


*In spite of the tragedy that ensues in the movie, the power of God is superior to the power of the devil. It is not a battle of equals. No matter how horrific, the victor is God. Remember this. Hopefully you’re not possessed but we all have demons to conquer. God will win…if you let him. Let God win today.


Randy Moss 1977 – “Straight cash homey”

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The league fined him ten thousand dollars. Asked later by a reporter if he’d written a check to the league, Moss replied that rich people don’t write checks. How would he pay then? “Straight cash, homey,” he said.


*Only use cash today. If need be, go to the ATM and get out X amount of money for the day and only use it. I know that I am too loose with my debit card, but more disciplined with cash.


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Mena Suvari 1979 – watch American Beauty




Eventually, he comes to the point of having the teenage girl of his dreams half naked on the couch with no one around, and he suddenly snaps back into caring father mode when he sees how fragile this girl is. Instantly, he comes to his senses, matures, puts clothes back on her and begins to act like a loving dad. Seeing her physical beauty wasn’t the trick. Seeing her innocence was. He comes to his senses once he sees the beauty of her innocence.


*Remember that the beauty of innocence is much better than physical beauty as you watch American Beauty.


Jerry Springer 1944 – mashed potato meatloaf

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Don’t Give Up on Love

Based on what I’ve seen from watching the show, love can endure all sorts of relationship disasters.



*While eating Jerry’s mashed potato meatloaf, watch an episode of his show. It will instantly make you feel better about yourself.

SNUB – Peter Gabriel

Review –

  • Don’t underestimate your imagination
  • “Be Better” workout
  • Let God win
  • Use straight cash
  • Watch American Beauty
  • Make Jerry’s Mashed Potato Meatloaf

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Travis Jones

I was born in Northwestern Pennsylvania and lived in a trailer park. I was raised by very conservative and religious (Wesleyan Methodist) parents. By some miracle I graduated college and moved to Florida. I have been a public school teacher since 1995. I have 7 years until I can retire. I was married in 1999 and divorced in 2001. I remarried in 2017 to Kate - 21 years my junior. Some of my life experiences as a 46-year-old, white American male, will come through in my writing, but the majority of this daily journey will be dedicated to improving myself, and hopefully you as well.

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