April 7

Look for the * for today’s advice.



Tony Dorsett 1954

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Dorsett once overslept and missed a Saturday walk-through session with his team.

“Coach Landry told me I wouldn’t start in the game the next day, and I probably wouldn’t have playing time,” said Dorsett.

“I learned the lesson of being accountable. Coach taught me that if you do the little things in life, you can make big things happen. I had won numerous awards, including the Heisman Trophy. And then I learned humility from Tom Landry. He taught me discipline. I think he helped bring me back down to earth.”



There are former NFL players who can barely walk on artificial hips and knees, whose hands are gnarled by arthritis, who have the range of motion of a department-store mannequin. Dorsett is lucky in that regard. The game didn’t rob him of his body.

But it did take his mind.



*Be accountable. The little things in life can make big things happen. Dorsett learned a lot from his playing days. Unfortunately, the game has cost him his mind. H2P


Russell Crowe 1964 – watch Gladiator

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His training program included long distance cycling, intense boxing workouts and fighting drills in addition to hitting the weights to pack on lean muscle mass. He also devoted one hour a day to get into fighting shape for his role in Gladiator.


*Pick one of the above to be a Gladiator – long distance cycling, intense boxing, or hit the weights. Watch the movie for motivation.


Billie Holiday 1915

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Do what you do with passion, heart, and individuality. So when it’s your turn to be in the spotlight, it’s all uniquely you!


*Show passion, heart, and individuality all day today.


Jackie Chan 1954

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Buffett refers to anyone who grew up wealthy as a “member of the lucky sperm club” and, like Jackie Chan, firmly believes that if his children work hard enough they can achieve great success the same way he did.



*Make your children work for everything.


Francis Ford Coppola 1939 – watch Patton

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Patton’s principles of command and management:

  • Say what you mean and mean what you say.
  • Always be alert to the source of trouble.
  • Select leaders for accomplishment and not for affection.
  • Every leader must have the authority to match his responsibility.

Patton’s principles for good health:

  • Brainpower comes from the lungs.
  • An active mind cannot exist in an inactive body.
  • There is no power in a bushel of blubber.
  • Make the mind command the body. Never let the body command the mind.
  • To gain strength, always go beyond exhaustion.

Patton’s principles for making decisions:

  • In the long run, it is what we do not say that will destroy us.
  • Talk with the troops.
  • Know what you know and know what you do not know.
  • Never make a decision too early or too late.

Patton’s principles for success:

  • Never fight a battle when nothing is gained by winning.
  • Success is how high you bounce from the bottom.
  • Always keep something in reserve.
  • Revenge belongs to God.





*Watch Patton and also research possibly visiting Francis Ford Coppola’s Winery.


John Oates 1948 – overnight oats

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*Enjoy these overnight oats in the morning and the John Oates Cocktail as a nightcap.

SNUB – James Garner

Review –

  • Be accountable
  • Gladiator workout
  • Show passion, heart, and individuality
  • Make your children work for everything
  • Watch Patton
  • Make overnight oats for the morning and a John Oates cocktail for a nightcap

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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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