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LIVE BY A CODE DAY
George Washington 1732
LIVE BY A CODE
Sometime before the age of 16 he wrote down his 110 Rules of Civility and he remained impressively consistent with these rules throughout his life.
Washington lived and worked with brilliant philosophers, thinkers, writers, orators and organizers, such as Franklin, Mason, John and Sam Adams, Jefferson, Patrick Henry, Hamilton, Madison, Dickinson, the Randolphs and the Lees, almost all of whom were far better educated than he. Yet at the three major junctions in the founding of the nation, the Revolution, the Constitutional Convention and the selection of the first President, for each position the leader chosen was George Washington. In his own day he was seen as the indispensable man, the American Moses, The Father of the Country.
*What is your code? What are some rules that you live by? Write them down and stick to them. Maybe not 110 of them, but how about a top 10? Also, surround yourself with brilliant people, but you be the indispensable one of the group.
Robert Wadlow 1918
Wadlow was a quiet and mild-mannered young man, which led to him be called a “gentle giant.” He enjoyed photography and playing guitar — until his hands grew too large to do either. A hyperactive pituitary gland fueled his extraordinary growth. Wadlow broke the record for world’s tallest man when he reached 8 feet, 4 inches in 1937.
*Appreciate the body that you have. Enjoy an activity today that you may not be able to in the future. I want to run a 5k on the treadmill today because I know that my knees aren’t going to hold up to run many more of them.
Ted Kennedy 1932
Edward M. Kennedy, who used his privileged life to give consistent, passionate voice to the underprivileged for nearly a half-century as a United States senator from Massachusetts. He was the only one of four fabled Kennedy brothers to reach late adulthood, and he was remembered for making the most of it.
*Regardless of your financial situation, you can always help the underprivileged.
*Go to the above website and experience what it would be like to be a U.S. Senator and experience democracy.
Steve Irwin 1962
Steve Irwin made me wish that all of us could live our lives as he did. I don’t mean wrestling crocodiles, although corporate America can feel like a jungle at times. What I mean is that we should all strive to do what we love and do it with passion.
*Strive to do what you love and do it with passion…even if it kills you.
James Blunt 1974
“Everyone goes, ‘Ah, he’s so romantic. I want ‘You’re Beautiful’ as my wedding song.’ These people are fucked up,” said Blunt, bluntly.
The singer said, “You get labeled with these things like, ‘Oh, James Blunt. Isn’t he just a soft romantic?’ Well, fuck that. No, I’m not. ‘You’re Beautiful’ is not this soft romantic fucking song. It’s about a guy who’s high as a fucking kite on drugs in the subway stalking someone else’s girlfriend when that guy is there in front of him, and he should be locked up or put in prison for being some kind of perv.”
*Listen to James Blunt today and do NOT label him just a soft romantic.
Drew Barrymore 1975 – Halibut Milanese
“I drink, I enjoy my life and get out of my own head,” she explained. “It’s not that I’m this militant person of clarity and presence but [cocaine] literally seems like my worst nightmare right now.”
*Watch Barrymore in Grey Gardens while enjoying her Halibut Milanese. No cocaine though.
SNUB – Khalil Mack
- Live by a code
- Appreciate your body
- Help the underprivileged
- Do what you love and with passion
- Listen to James Blunt
- Make Halibut Milanese