May 10

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Pat Summerall 1930

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A lifetime of booze—exacerbated by large quantities of over-the-counter painkillers that he had taken for nagging back and knee injuries incurred during his pro-football days—had wreaked havoc on the walls of his stomach. If he continued to drink, his doctor told him, he wouldn’t last another year.,,20114574,00.html

*I drink a lot. I probably have a problem. It’s a choice I’ve made. If it kills me, oh well. I think that life is better with booze. I love my friends and we all drink too much together. I love my wife and we have more fun when we drink. A longer life without booze is not something I inspire to pursue, but this is just me. This is a decision that is very personal.


Missy Franklin 1995

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In preparation for Rio, Franklin’s six-day-a-week workout schedule consists of about five hours of training, split into three sessions per day, before she tapers down in the days before the competition. (Franklin also adds 90 minutes of hot yoga twice a week because “in the water you can’t feel yourself sweat so I love doing something when I can really feel myself sweating and getting everything out,” she says.)

*Swimming and hot yoga is your workout for today.


Lauren Potter 1990

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As a girl who has accomplished things that many didn’t think were possible, I know that people can be wrong when they judge someone else just because they are different. We are all different. And that isn’t bad, it’s just, well, different!

*If you judge people, stop. Right now. Don’t do it anymore, starting today.


James Gordon Bennett, Jr. 1841

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The son of a fabulously wealthy newspaper magnate, Bennett makes the trust fund kids of today look positively tame by comparison. From epic yacht races and colorful journalism to naked carriage rides and public urination, the man did it all. It’s no wonder that “Gordon Bennett!” became a British slang exclamation of shock and awe.

*Become so rich that your name will become slang for something. Once you become so rich, what will your name become slang for? Take a naked carriage ride.


Bono 1960

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Communicate an inspiring vision and live it

Not only Bono, but the whole U2 band wants to improve the world. They are trying to achieve this goal through their music and influence. This humane characteristic of the whole band is what makes them stand out, Bono calls them “the spark”. They make songs that send messages which they consider important to promote.

*Listen to U2 and be inspired to improve the world.


Kenan Thompson 1978 – good burger

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If you were to watch Good Burger in whole or in part today, it would doubtless lead to the same reaction: How the hell did this get made? The answer, as you can read in an oral history—because of course there is one—is kind of boring: It cost almost nothing to make, and no one really cared enough to say no.

*Listen to U2 while making this Good Burger and then watch the movie that inspired it.

*Wash it down with Bono’s favorite Guinness.

When the Spotted Pig opened its doors in New York City’s West Village in 2004, co-owner Ken Friedman made one big mistake: He put Beamish on tap instead of Guinness.

“It was Bono who said to me, ‘Are you f%^&ing nuts?!’ ” recalls the restaurateur. “I said to him, ‘Well, I thought we’d be a little alternative.’ And he was like, ‘Not when it comes to Guinness. You’ve gotta have Guinness.’ ”

*You’ve got to have Guinness to wash down the Good Burger

SNUB – Fred Astaire

Review –

  • Drink too much or not – it’s your choice
  • Swimming and hot yoga
  • Don’t judge people
  • Become so rich that your name becomes slang for something
  • Listen to U2
  • Make a Good Burger 

May 9

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Howard Carter 1874

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Perhaps, the power of a curse is in the mind of the person who believes in it. Howard Carter, the man who actually opened the tomb, never believed in the curse and lived to a reasonably old age of 64 before dying of entirely natural causes.

*The power of anything is in your mind. Don’t believe the hype. Don’t buy in to what others are saying or thinking today. Believe in yourself and your focus.


Prince Fielder 1984

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One of the more unique aspects of Fielder’s workout is an exercise in which he swings a metal rod like a baseball bat into a punching bag over and over.

*This one may be tough to do. If you can’t find available punching bags to swing metal rods at, try one of these workouts instead.


John Brown 1800

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“We cannot come to a common definition of the meaning of John Brown,” says Dennis Frye, the park’s chief historian. “His soul goes marching on inside every American.”

*Imagine being so passionate about something that you would gladly give not only your life, but the lives of your sons as well. This passion from John Brown would cost him his life and a song about his body would go on to be a rallying cry for the Union. Who will your soul go marching on inside of?


JM Barrie 1860

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“It is not in doing what you like, but in liking what you do that is the secret of happiness.”

*This is harder than it sounds but I think it may be the best advice in all of 365DOLF. I hate my job, but find it so hard to quit (only 6 years to retirement… blah blah blah) I want to like what I do so I can have true happiness, but I need a push.


Billy Joel 1949

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He taught me the importance of taking life day by day.

Slow down you crazy child, you’re so ambitious for a juvenile.

“Vienna” (1977)

“Vienna” taught me that you have so much living to look forward to in a world that teaches you the brevity of life. I learned to take life day by day in the present rather than living in the future.

*Listen to “The Piano Man” as you are taking life day by day.


Rosario Dawson 1979 – coconut rice with pork chops

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These days, Rosario lets her body call the shots. “Whether it craves fresh vegetables or foie gras, nothing makes me feel better than having something I really enjoy,” she says. Rosario eats three to five meals a day, depending on her schedule—most made from scratch at home. “I’m great at salads because I love chopping things up,” she says, “but I also enjoy making dishes like lasagna and coconut rice with pork chops.” And when she wants a glass of wine or dessert, no problem. “The stress you put yourself through for having a treat is probably a thousand times worse for you than the sugar you just had.”

*Eat 3 to 5 meals today. Have fresh vegetables, foie gras, a salad, lasagna, and make this coconut rice with pork chops. If you want a glass of wine or dessert, no problem. Maybe have a Peter Pan Float – in honor of JM Barrie’s birthday.

Peter Pan Float

With a base of Key Lime soft-serve ice cream, this colorful float is poured over with Sprite for the lemon-lime lovers out there, and topped with a red chocolate feather in tribute to Peter Pan.

SNUB – Candice Bergen

Review –

  • Don’t believe the hype
  • Prince Fielder workout
  • Who will your soul go marching on in?
  • Like what you do
  • Listen to Billy Joel
  • Make coconut rice with pork chops

May 8

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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

May 7

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Eva Peron 1919

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Appearances Matter

Evita took this principle completely to heart. She knew that she represented the idea of the poor country girl becoming a star, so she made sure she dressed the part. When she first became Argentina’s First Lady, she wore wild, dramatic outfits to “put on a show.” Later in her career, she adopted Paris designer fashion and wore more practical, but still very elegant, outfits. She was one of the first women in Argentina to sometimes wear pants instead of a skirt. By doing so, she promoted the message that women are equal to men and can do whatever men did. This was a very radical concept in the 1930’s!

Did Evita die as the result of sinister brain surgery? One neuroscientist believes so

Spend money on key pieces

Jaye suggests that men spend the most money on shoes, belts and a watch because that’s what most people pay attention to. “Men in particular always take notice of other men’s watches in the boardroom,” she says.

Women, on the other hand, should invest in quality shoes and a nice handbag.

She adds that these smaller items can really pull a look together and can be worn for years because they are less based on fashion trends.

*Remember that appearance does matter. Take this to heart today and tighten up your wardrobe so you are dressing for success and sending the right message to those who see you.


Alex Smith 1984

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Smith’s wife Elizabeth recently tweeted a couple of pictures of Smith’s workouts while in Hawaii. They don’t look like much fun. In one, Smith is carrying a large rock while walking on the bottom of the ocean.

*Have a bottom of the ocean workout like Alex Smith. Bottom of the pool is ok too.


Tim Russert 1950

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Many things will be written about the greatness of this brilliant journalist in the days ahead, and many people knew him far better than I. But I hope amid all the political and journalistic wisdom, people will remember that Tim Russert was a man raised and steeped in faith — a faith that focused on service, a faith that is confident in God’s plan, and a faith dedicated to the love of peace and the work of justice.

*Have a faith that focuses on service, a faith that is confident in God’s plan, and a faith dedicated to the love of peace and the work of justice


Johnny Unitas 1933

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After the Steelers cut Unitas, things must have looked pretty grim for him. He had a wife and children, and he needed to make some cash to support them. Unitas took construction and steel work jobs around Pittsburgh to make ends meet while also playing QB for a local semipro team, the Bloomfield Rams. The Rams were quite literally a sandlot team; they had to sprinkle oil or water on the field to keep it from getting too dusty since there was no grass. For the whopping paycheck of $3 per game

*It’s hard to believe this tale about one of the greatest players in NFL history. This could be you – things might be looking pretty grim for you right now. You may have to work at a job that one day you will laugh at. Keep pushing and striving for your dreams and you may end up in the Hall of Fame.


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 1840

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is widely considered the most popular Russian composer in history. His work includes the The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker.

*Relax, unwind, and listen to Tchaikovsky today.


Gary Cooper 1901 – Buttermilk griddle cakes

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Cooper judged people on their character, not their politics. There’s a lesson there for all of us.

*Listen to Tchaikovsky while making and eating these Gary Cooper griddle cakes

SNUB – Earl Thomas

Review –

  • Appearance matters
  • Underwater workout
  • Have a faith that is confident in God’s plan
  • Keep pushing and striving for your dreams
  • Listen to Tchaikovsky
  • Make Gary Cooper Griddle Cakes

May 6

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Sigmund Freud 1856

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“We are what we are because we have been what we have been”

Our past conditions us much more than we think. In fact, if we want to understand why we are at some point in our lives, we will be forced to look back, scrutinizing our past experiences and decisions. However, once we are aware of this influence, we can get rid of it and trace the life we ​​want. Our past is there, but we are not chained to the destiny.

*You are not chained to your past. It is not your future. Get rid of your past and start tracing the life that you want today.


Chris Paul 1985

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If you want to live a healthy lifestyle, it really takes planning—and I mean we plan everything else in our life, so you have to plan your food. If not, when you get hungry you’re just gonna stop at the fast food joint.

*Plan your healthy lifestyle. Meal prep for the entire week.


Rubin Carter 1937

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“Rubin, my Christian name, comes from the Book of Genesis, chapter 29, verse 32, of the Holy Scriptures. Other than both of us being black, that’s about the only thing the Bible and I ever had in common.

*Watch the movie The Hurricane and see why Carter feels this way.


Willie Mays 1931

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Mays had to finance his retirement by hiring on (at a $100,000 salary) as a “greeter” at a gambling casino

*How will you have to finance your retirement? Hopefully with proper planning, you won’t have to finance your retirement at all – just enjoy it.


George Clooney 1961 – watch Syriana

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“Syriana”’s confusing complexity is ironic, because its message is simple.  In “Traffic,” Gaghan showed us how complex the drug problem is, and how it’s driven by American demand.  Here, he attempts to do the same thing, hammering the point that as long as America is greedy for oil, corruption will abound.

*Watch George Clooney win an Oscar in Syriana.


Bob Seger 1945 – The Bob Seger pulled pork sandwich

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The Bob Seger

Our pulled pork that is sauteed in our memphis sauce and topped with our homemade slaw. there’s no ramblin’ gamblin’ about this sandwich, it’s one of a kind

*Listen to Bob Seger while making The Bob Seger pulled pork sandwich. It will move your soul.

SNUB – Naomi Scott

Review –

  • Get rid of your past
  • Plan your healthy lifestyle
  • Watch The Hurricane
  • Plan for retirement
  • Watch Syriana
  • Make The Bob Seger pulled pork sandwich

May 5

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Karl Marx 1818

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To put it nicely, Karl Marx did not like Capitalism. He believed it was exploitive, self-destructive and a “dictatorship of the bourgeoisie”, which would eventually be overthrown because of the inevitable internal conflicts between classes.

*Like it or not, you live in a capitalist nation. You can complain about it or become a capitalist yourself, make money, and create jobs.


John L. Leal 1858 – Drink water

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I think that promoting a water treatment process that saves millions of lives qualifies Leal to be known as a Hero of Public Health.

*Drink at least 8 glasses of water today, and every day going forward. (Ignore if in Mexico for Cinco De Mayo)


Brian Williams 1959

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When confronted with a copy of a document which he could not deny signing, Brian Williams of NBC Nightly News broke down in tears and admitted he had sold his eternal soul to White House political strategist Karl Rove.

*I loved watching NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams every weeknight at 6:30. It was heartbreaking to learn that he had sold his eternal soul and would lose his job as a result. NOTHING is worth selling your soul for.


John Stetson 1830

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His aim “to do good work at fair prices” as well as his taking good care of his employees, their families and the factory neighborhood non-employees, separated this man form the usual manufacturers of the time.

*“Do good work at fair prices” is a pretty good business model. Take care of your employees and their families too. Wear a Stetson hat on this day, every year.


Adele 1988

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In a 377-word letter about the Hello singer – published in Time magazine – Hollywood A-lister Jennifer Lawrence revealed that as well as being a fantastic mother, and all round global icon, Adele is still as down to earth as ever.

*Hello. Listen to Adele all day.


James Beard 1903 – tacos al pastor

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The James Beard Foundation offers current culinary students the opportunity to work side by side with some of the best culinary minds in the world through our Kitchen Volunteer Program.

*Become one of the best culinary minds in the world and make these tacos on Cinco De Mayo from the one and only James Beard.

SNUB – Chris Brown

Review –

  • Be a capitalist
  • Drink 8 glasses of water
  • Don’t sell your soul
  • Do good work at fair prices
  • Listen to Adele
  • Make tacos al pastor


May 4

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Horace Mann 1796

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Mann’s commitment to the Common School sprang from his belief that political stability and social harmony depended on education: a basic level of literacy and the inculcation of common public ideals. He declared, “Without undervaluing any other human agency, it may be safely affirmed that the Common School…may become the most effective and benignant of all forces of civilization.”

*I teach high school U.S. History, so I am around public education all of the time. Inquire about volunteering with a local public school. It will be an eye-opening and rewarding experience – but mostly eye-opening. If you haven’t done so yet, start saving to send your kids to private school.


Rory McIlroy 1989

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It was a sportsman’s workout filled with specific moves to help build stability, strength, flexibility and speed. It may have only lasted around 35 minutes in total but the intensity was enough to make even Rory breathe a little harder.

*Build stability, strength, flexibility, and speed with this workout in just 35 minutes. This workout will get you breathing harder and ready to play like Rory. (Or as my mom calls him – Roy)


Keith Haring 1958

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His paintings and sculptures became very expensive. He wanted everyone to be able to buy his work, so he opened a new store called the Pop Shop to sell his art on posters, buttons, T-shirts, and games.

He also worked with children in schools to paint large murals with them, and he made paintings and sculptures for schools and hospitals in many places.

*Buy a Haring t-shirt and wear it proudly on this day, knowing that the money went to helping kids.


Erin Andrews 1978

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She’ll have to pay the lawyers. It is virtually certain that Andrews’ lawyers took the case on contingency, which means they’ll be paid a percentage of the settlement.

At least she won’t have to pay taxes: The good news for Andrews is that personal injury court verdicts are typically tax free.

ESPN reporter Erin Andrews was awarded $55 million in her lawsuit against the owners of the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University and a hotel guest who used a hacksaw to tamper with her room’s peephole and record a naked video of her.

This case is a shocking wake-up call to employers to solidify your workplace expectations and culture, develop a robust complaint and investigation process, and shore up your codes of conduct and harassment policies.

*With fame, comes opportunities to be exploited. With owning a business, comes opportunities to be sued for something that one of your employees or customers have done. Solidify your workplace expectations and culture before even opening.


Audrey Hepburn 1929 – watch Roman Holiday

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Gregory Peck already had 18 films and four Oscar nominations under his belt when he was paired with Audrey Hepburn, a newcomer who’d had small roles in a handful of movies but nothing substantial. Given his status, it’s no surprise Peck’s contract called for solo top billing in the credits. But shortly after shooting began, Peck called his agent and said Hepburn’s name should appear with his above the title. The agent: “You can’t do that.” Peck: “Oh, yes I can. And if I don’t, I’m going to make a fool out of myself, because this girl is going to win the Oscar in her very first performance.” So maybe he was being pragmatic more than generous, but still. Stand-up guy, that Peck (and a bit of a prophet, too).

*Watch Audrey Hepburn win an Oscar in Roman Holiday.


Lance Bass 1979 – pan fried largemouth bass

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It’s Friday night and you just got paid: What food item are you splurging on?
It’s definitely got to be seafood. I love crab legs and any kind of sushi. Fresh tuna is one of my favorites. And if you put truffle on anything, it makes it fancy.

*Listen to some N’Sync while making this pan fried largemouth Lance Bass. Put truffle on it to make it fancy. Enjoy it while watching Roman Holiday.

SNUB – Kimora Lee Simmons

Review –

  • Volunteer at your local public school
  • Rory McIlroy workout
  • Buy a Keith Haring t-shirt
  • Solidify your workplace expectations
  • Watch Roman Holiday
  • Make pan-fried largemouth Lance bass