May 8

Look at the * for today’s advice.



Harry S. Truman 1884

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Truman said, “All my life, whenever it comes to me to make a decision, I make it and forget about it. As President of the United States, you never have time to stop. You’ve got to keep going because there’s always a decision ahead of you that you’ve got to make, and you don’t want to look back. If you make a mistake in one of those decisions, correct it by another decision and go ahead. That’s all you can do.”

But if Truman’s middle name is just S, and does not stand for anything else, why does the Truman Library use a period after the S? The reason is simple: Harry Truman did.

*Make a decision right now and then forget about it. If it’s a mistake, correct it later by another decision. The buck stops with you! Give ‘em hell!


Olivia Culpo 1992

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Olivia’s diet emphasizes portion control. “I eat small, healthy meals every two to three hours, and stay away from liquid calories,” she said. “Juice is a killer. The sugar will go straight to your butt.”

*Eat small, healthy meals every two to three hours today. And NO juice


Phillis Wheatley 1753

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Although she was an African slave, Phillis Wheatley was one of the best-known poets in prenineteenth-century America. Educated and enslaved in the household of prominent Boston commercialist John Wheatley, lionized in New England and England, with presses in both places publishing her poems, and paraded before the new republic’s political leadership and the old empire’s aristocracy, Wheatley was the abolitionists’ illustrative testimony that blacks could be both artistic and intellectual. Her name was a household word among literate colonists and her achievements a catalyst for the fledgling antislavery movement.

*Think about what people may think of you and what your limits may be. Now come up with a way to break that label and change how people think of you.


Don Rickles 1926

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Respect your craft, contemporaries and competition.

*Respect what you do, your coworkers, and the competition.


Enrique Iglesias 1975

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Did you know? Iglesias, the son of famous singer Julio Iglesias, wanted to start his career on his own terms. Working in secret with his father’s publicist, Fernán Martínez, he recorded a demo with one Spanish song and two English songs as an unknown Guatemalan singer named Enrique Martínez, which landed him a record deal.

*Listen to the Grammy winning Enrique Iglesias. He could be your hero, baby.


Candace Nelson 1974 – peanut butter cupcakes

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Candace Nelson is the founder and pastry chef of Sprinkles Cupcakes, the world’s first cupcake bakery. Started in Beverly Hills in 2005, Candace’s sophisticated take on the classic American cupcake made Sprinkles an overnight bakery sensation.

*To reward yourself for eating small, healthy meals all day, enjoy one of these cupcakes tonight while listening to Enrique Iglesias. Take the rest of them to your coworkers tomorrow – even the ones you don’t like.

SNUB – Kemba Walker

Review –

  • Make a decision and forget about it
  • Eat small, healthy meals every 2-3 hours
  • Change how people feel about you
  • Respect your craft, coworkers, and competition
  • Listen to Enrique Iglesias
  • Make peanut butter cupcakes

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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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