June 30

Look for the * for today’s advice.



Alain Finkielkraut 1949

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French thinker Finkielkraut draws on the universal values of the French Enlightenment to argue that every citizen in a democratic society has an obligation to become fluent in the dominant language and culture.


*If you’re not yet, become fluent in your country’s dominant language and culture. Assimilation. If you’ve already mastered the home language and culture, start learning another country’s today.


Michael Phelps 1985

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“That’s the reason why suicide rates are going up — people are afraid to talk and open up,” said Phelps.

Today, by sharing his experience he has the chance to reach people and save lives — “and that’s way more powerful,” he said.

“Those moments and those feelings and those emotions for me are light years better than winning the Olympic gold medal,” said Phelps.

“I am extremely thankful that I did not take my life.”


In terms of his diet, it has been reported that Phelps eats 12,000 calories a day, around 4,000 calories per meal. For breakfast, Phelps eats three fried-egg sandwiches with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fried onions, and mayonnaise. Then he drinks two cups of coffee and then consumes a five-egg omelet, a bowl of grits, three slices of French toast with powdered sugar and three chocolate-chip pancakes. For lunch, Phelps eats a pound of pasta and two large ham and cheese sandwiches on white bread with mayo. He then drinks about 1,000 calories worth of energy drinks. For dinner, Phelps eats another pound of pasta and a full pizza followed by another 1,000 calories of energy drinks.


*Try to eat 12,000 calories and then try to burn them all off by swimming. *Don’t swim on a full stomach.


Lena Horne 1917

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If she could have swallowed her pride, Lena Horne could have had an easy life. Born into a middle-class African-American family in New York in 1917, she was beautiful, talented and ambitious. Until the very end, she never once softened her firm stance against racism or missed an opportunity to advance the cause she believed in.



*Don’t swallow your pride. Stand up for what is right. Listen to some Lena Horne to soothe your soul.


Mike Tyson 1966

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A lot of people assume that Muhammad Ali was my favorite boxer. But I have to say it was Roberto Duran. I always looked at Ali as being handsome and articulate. And I was short and ugly and I had a speech impediment. When I saw Duran fight, he was just a street guy. He’d say stuff to his opponents like, “Suck my fucking dick, you motherfucker. Next time you’re going to the fucking morgue.” After he beat Sugar Ray Leonard in that first fight, he went over to where Wilfred Benitez was sitting and he said, “Fuck you. You don’t have the heart or the balls to fight me.”


It Starts With Your Mindset

You may not have the skill at the moment to succeed with your goals, but as long as you have the right mindset, eventually you will develop the level of skill needed to achieve that success.


*Your mindset should be – I am going to develop the level of skill needed to achieve success at what I am most passionate about.


Vincent D’Onofrio 1959 – watch Full Metal Jacket

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In addition to the weight gain, D’Onofrio also shaved his head for the role, and was surprised by how much it affected him. ”It changed my life,” D’Onofrio told The New York Times in 1987. ”Women didn’t look at me; most of the time I was looking at their backs as they were running away. People used to say things to me twice, because they thought I was stupid.” To this day, it’s the most weight any actor has ever gained for a movie role.



*This is my favorite movie of all time – enjoy.


David Alan Grier 1956 – prosciutto sandwich

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Where are you traveling next?

I may be going to Italy in a week. I’ve been there before, but I may be going again to hang out.

There’s a work trip and then there’s a chill-out trip. If it’s a chill-out trip, I’m going to Hawaii. I’ll go to the Grand Wailea, chill and restore the battery.

Wherever I go, it must have great food. Cuisine is the first thing I ask about when I get off the plane. Where do we eat?




*Make David Alan Grier’s prosciutto sandwich and enjoy it while watching him in old episodes of In Living Color.

SNUB – Fantasia

Review –

  • Become fluent in a language and culture
  • Eat 12,000 calories and swim it all off
  • Stand up for what is right
  • Develop the level of skill needed to achieve success
  • Watch Full Metal Jacket
  • Make a prosciutto sandwich

June 29

Make sure to look for the * for today’s advice.



Richard Lewis 1947

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“My marriage is so great, and having a real relationship that I trust and love … I do worry about not having it anymore, however that happens, and it freaks me out,” Lewis says. “That’s just where it’s at for me. I got married at 57, but you can’t look back and you don’t want to look in the future — because there is no future. This is the future for me now … I treat every day way more importantly than I used to.”


*Treat every day way more importantly than you used to. Treat today more importantly than yesterday.


Nicole Scherzinger 1978 – 5 moves to firm arms and abs

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International recording artist and television presenter on the X Factor in Great Britain, Nicole Scherzinger, was announced as a Special Olympics Global Ambassador to support the movement and promote A Very Special Christmas music. Special Olympics Great Britain athletes, Sophie Dalgish, Tom Hawkins and Robbie Cahill, sat alongside the former Pussycat Doll.


Follow this plan for a month and your body will get top billing too!


*You don’t need to follow this plan for a month (unless you want to). Just follow it today for firm arms and abs.


Kawhi Leonard 1991

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If there is a lesson in all this, it’s that the reason the kid from Moreno Valley opens his fifth NBA season on Wednesday night with a $94,343,130 contract is because he doesn’t act like he has a $94,343,130 contract. He finally got rid of the silver Chevy Malibu that he had at San Diego State and took with him to San Antonio … and replaced it with his first car, a ’97 Chevy Tahoe that was sitting in his grandmother’s driveway and he had fixed up.


*Don’t act like the amount of money that you are making. Be humble. What you have available to you is enough.


Micky Arison 1949

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In the most general terms, Micky Arison could be the archetypical Florida man: He worked for and eventually took over his dad’s business, he likes boats, and he enjoys basketball. What makes Arison, age 65, different is that his dad’s business was Carnival Cruise Lines, he’s a majority partner in the Miami Heat NBA franchise, and his net worth makes him, once again, the richest person in Florida



*Get involved in what you like. Make money off the things that interest you and make you happiest. Pass it down to your kids one day. Plan a cruise today.


Gary Busey 1944 watch The Buddy Holly Story

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In December 1988, he almost died from a near fatal motorcycle accident which left him comatose for three months. After regaining consciousness, and with the help of his family he re-learned how to eat, walk and talk. Immediately after his recovery he began working again, with his first film being the cult classic Point Break, a testament to his tenacity, passion, and love of his craft. After his head injury he met at the White House with Bill Clinton, with whom he helped create language for the “Traumatic Brain Injury Act “. This significant act was instrumental in passing the Helmet Law in California.



*Yes, Gary Busey was nominated for an Oscar, and it was this movie- check it out.


Marcus Wareing 1970 – rare ribeye, chips, and Caesar salad

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I’m usually tasting food on and off all day, so I often get home at night without having had anything resembling a proper meal. My idea of a solo treat then is a few Jaffa cakes (OK, half a packet) and a strong cup of tea. In summer, I’m also very partial to sliced super-ripe tomatoes on buttered sourdough toast and topped with good olive oil, salt and pepper. If I were to pick my favourite meal for one, though, it would have to be steak and chips.

Choose whichever cut you like – rump, sirloin, fillet, onglet – but for me it has to be ribeye, cooked rare. Life’s too short to make chips for one, so use decent oven chips instead – I like Marks & Spencer’s hand-cut ones; or, if you’ve got a good one nearby, pop down the chippy for a takeaway portion. A Caesar salad is essential, too, as far as I’m concerned. Serves one.


*Enjoy this steak and chips meal while watching The Buddy Holly Story.

SNUB – Stokely Carmichael

Review –

  • Treat today more importantly than yesterday
  • Nicole Scherzinger plan
  • Don’t act like the amount of money you make
  • Make money off the things that interest you
  • Watch The Buddy Holly Story
  • Make ribeye, chips, and Caesar salad

June 28

Look to the * for today’s advice.



Elon Musk 1971

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It was just a friendly little argument about the fate of humanity. Demis Hassabis, a leading creator of advanced artificial intelligence, was chatting with Elon Musk, a leading doomsayer, about the perils of artificial intelligence.

They are two of the most consequential and intriguing men in Silicon Valley who don’t live there. Hassabis, a co-founder of the mysterious London laboratory DeepMind, had come to Musk’s SpaceX rocket factory, outside Los Angeles, a few years ago. They were in the canteen, talking, as a massive rocket part traversed overhead. Musk explained that his ultimate goal at SpaceX was the most important project in the world: interplanetary colonization.

Hassabis replied that, in fact, he was working on the most important project in the world: developing artificial super-intelligence. Musk countered that this was one reason we needed to colonize Mars—so that we’ll have a bolt-hole if A.I. goes rogue and turns on humanity. Amused, Hassabis said that A.I. would simply follow humans to Mars.






Take Risks Before Life Gets In The Way


*I’m 46 and recently married (again). We don’t have kids and now is the time for me to strike before life gets in the way. What’s your story?


John Elway 1960 –stair climber

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Elway, 56, the greatest player in Broncos history, doesn’t take to losing. His competitive spirit knows no bounds.

Elway, who majored in economics at Stanford, amassed a fortune with his business ventures outside of football, including selling his six car dealerships to AutoNation for $82.5 million in 1997. He has four upscale restaurants in Colorado that bear his name. He adheres to the same philosophy he did as a player.

“To be great, you’ve got to be good for a long time,” he said. “That’s what great is. That’s always been our philosophy in the car business or the restaurant business. The brand may get them there. It gets us a shot. But it’s how we handle them when they walk through those doors.


“I just wish I had that 25-year-old body,” Elway says. So he engages daily in the endless task of remaining fit. Today’s masochism involved abs work, the monotony of a stair-climb machine, and a final charge on the stationary bike


*Do some ab work, get on that stair climber and stationary bike at the gym today.


Pat Morita 1932

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Actor best known as “Mr. Miyagi” in The Karate Kid (1984) and three sequels. Noriyuki “Pat” Morita (1932–2005) was born in Isleton, California, the son of Issei farm workers. Struck by spinal tuberculosis at age two, Morita spent much of his childhood in a body cast in a sanitarium, where a priest gave him the western name “Patrick.” A series of surgeries restored his ability to walk when he was eleven just in time for him to join his family in American concentration camps at Gila River and Tule Lake.


The point of my final project became this: even though my father may have shared some semblance of celebrity or recognition, he, too, will be forgotten. He, too, will fade in the memory of the public.


*Realize that you too will fade in the memory of most people. Live your life knowing this.


Rob Dyrdek 1974

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“Skateboarding has given me everything I have and created who I am. I understood from an entertainment side, that no one had ever approached the biggest athletic alternative to organized sports as sports entertainment.  No one took the approach of building an entertainment product. That has made the difference in why we are so successful,”


*Take what you love doing the most and create something that no one has ever done with it. This is 365DOLF for me.


Mel Brooks 1926 – watch The Producers

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It still holds true: If you can make people laugh at Hitler or tyrants in general, “then you’ve won the day,” he added.


*Watch Mel Brooks win an Oscar in The Producers.

Blazing Saddles may the better choice though.


Kathy Bates 1948 – coconut cream pie

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In the book, Annie chops off one of Paul’s feet with an axe. George Roy Hill—director of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance KidThe Sting, and Slap Shot—agreed to direct Misery, then quickly changed his mind once he realized he couldn’t handle the lopping scene, which Goldman insisted be left in. This led Reiner to just direct it himself. It also may have influenced him to change the script for Annie to “just” break Paul’s ankles. Goldman later admitted Reiner was right.


Bates was initially disappointed that the axe scene was changed to the sledgehammer.





*Enjoy Kathy Bates’ coconut cream pie while watching her win an Oscar in Misery. Wash it down with Elon Musk Tequila – Teslaquila. If you drink too much, have your car drive you home.

Next time you find yourself at a party in Silicon Valley, in the throes of a thoroughly dull conversation about self-driving cars, feel free to mention Teslaquila — a delightful new social lubricant from the very expensive brain of Elon Musk.


SNUB – John Cusack

Review –

  • Take risks before life gets in the way
  • Stair climber workout
  • You will fade in the memory of most people
  • Create from what you love the most
  • Watch The Producers
  • Make coconut cream pie

June 27

Look for the * for today’s advice.



Ross Perot 1930

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He had a straight-talking style. Neither Democrat nor Republican, he disparaged the intelligence of all elites and leaders. His favorite putdown, delivered with a West Texas drawl, was: “Not too smart.” He would get “under the hood” and fix the country, he vowed. The wag who quipped “He’s a self-made man who worships his creator” could have had Perot in mind.



  1. Ross Perot (pronounced Puh-roe), outspoken 60-year-old Texas entrepreneur, is only 5 foot 6 inches tall. In the state known for super big, his net worth, estimated by Forbes Magazine at over $3 billion, represents a fortune vaster than anyone else’s. Perot, a supersalesman, made his first billion (at least on paper) before the age of forty. One might suspect this to be the reason why people look up to him with respect, awe and wonder. However, as with others who have reached fantasy only levels of success, money ceases to be an appropriate yardstick for measuring the myth of Perot.


*Get under the hood of your life today and fix you.


Tobey Maguire 1975

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Tobey Maguire grew up on food stamps and struggled with drink and drugs in his teens. Yet, driven by the need to make money, The Great Gatsby star always knew he was going to succeed





*Take 2-4 hours to complete this Spiderman workout. Know that you are going to succeed.


Helen Keller 1880

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Helen Keller’s long and productive life of triumphant accomplishment in the face of all odds, and her tireless philanthropic efforts to improve the lives of the less fortunate throughout the world. Keller derived her lifelong spiritual inspiration from the writings of the visionary sage and philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg.


The Swedenborg Foundation is your connection to spiritual resources―including books, webcasts, and social media communities―based on Emanuel Swedenborg’s explorations of the afterlife 


*Be like Helen Keller and be spiritually inspired by Emanuel Swedenborg.


Vera Wang 1949

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“I try to not get ahead of myself,” she says. “Sometimes you are influenced by the people around you and they’re pushing you and it’s hard to make every decision a right decision. But I try to have my feet on the ground. It’s been a trip of passion and respect for the client and respect for how relevant you have to keep the brand in a changing world.”


*Don’t get ahead of yourself. Keep your feet on the ground. Be passionate and respect how relevant you have to remain in your business.


JJ Abrams 1966 – watch Westworld

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We all have a narrative

On the Show, Narrative is what they program into each AI Robot.  Basically what is there occupation, personality, what do they do every day?  It is just there current story of what they do day in and day out.

Are you finding yourself stuck at doing the same job? Want change?  Well change your narrative.  Let it be something who you are


*Watch JJ Abrams’ Westworld for the motivation to change your narrative.


Bob Keeshan 1927 – Raspberry Chicken and a Captain Kangaroo

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Keeshan’s grandson, Britton, became the youngest person to climb the Seven Summits at age 22 by scaling Mount Everest in 2004, just four months after his grandfather died. Britton brought along a photo of the television icon and buried it at the summit.





*Enjoy Captain Kangaroo’s raspberry chicken, and drink it down with a Captain Kangaroo cocktail, while watching a few episodes of it and Westworld.

SNUB – Khloe Kardashian

Review –

  • Get under the hood of your life
  • Spiderman workout
  • Be spiritually inspired
  • Respect how relevant you have to remain in your business
  • Watch Westworld
  • Make raspberry chicken and a Captain Kangaroo 

June 26

The * reveals today’s advice.



Abner Doubleday 1819

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Baseball brings out our best at throwing, catching, running, sliding, leaping, batting, playing as a team, and displaying our skills at offense and defense. All of which requires extreme concentration every step of the way. Baseball does exactly what Doubleday intended it to—keep us on our toes while striving to do our best. Even if we’re in bleacher seats, we are aroused, paying attention, and on our toes nonetheless.


*Stay on your toes today. Watch some baseball. Pay attention to the game.


Ariana Grande 1993 – chase your dog

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Ariana Grande’s Mind Is Blown When Mark Hamill Praises Her On Twitter

“I can’t breathe,” the 25-year-old singer said after being complimented by Luke Skywalker himself.



Being someone who values a well-rounded healthy lifestyle, she frequently hikes to the Hollywood sign, enjoys chasing after her little pup and practices daily meditation.



*Value a well-rounded healthy lifestyle. Chase your dog and meditate today. Don’t have a dog? – look to adopt one right now.


Dakota Meyer 1988

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Over the course of a six-hour firefight, without regard for his own personal safety, Sgt. Meyer repeatedly braved enemy fire in eastern Afghanistan to find and save fellow members of his embedded training team.


*After reading this about Dakota Meyer, do you think that you can risk helping someone out today?


Derek Jeter 1974

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Think and act like a champion. Don’t worry about anyone else’s money or life decisions—stay focused on your game and your goals.


Retired baseball legend Derek Jeter has listed his castle-style mansion in Greenwood Lake, N.Y., for sale for $14.75 million. The four-acre property, about 50 miles north of New York City, consists of two parcels, one of which had the house where Jeter’s grandfather was raised.


*Don’t worry about other people’s money. Stay focused on your money goals today – and maybe one day you will own a castle style mansion.


Chris O’Donnell 1970 – watch Scent of a Woman

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“Marry the right person,” says O’Donnell of his marriage advice. “I was very lucky. We work at it all the time and have good communication.

“Somebody told us before we got married, ‘Don’t go to bed angry with each other,’ it’s a little thing but it means a lot. If something is bothering you talk it out.”



I see two general circumstances in which one might ethically lie to an authority figure.

  1. You think the offense is small and victimless.
  2. You think the justice system is unjust.


*Watch Chris O’Donnell almost win a Golden Globe alongside Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman. Hoooaaww.


Nick Offerman 1970 – grilled meat

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I have been asked to update this internet website with any new thoughts I may have about grilling. I have no new thoughts because grilling is timeless and how I feel about it has never changed. Sometimes it takes a long period of trying before you succeed at something and sometimes you get a touchdown on the first play. We got that touchdown. Since mankind first set meat atop fire, it has been perfect. I am not one for extreme displays of emotion, but I truly enjoy grilling.





*Grill meat and enjoy. Maybe watch some Parks and Rec too.Wash it down with Ron Swanson’s favorite Lagavulin Scotch Whisky.

Here are just a few of his thoughts on alcohol – a love that rivals bacon and woodworking for the mustached hero.

“Never been hungover. After I’ve had too much whiskey, I cook myself a large flank steak, pan-fried in salted butter. I eat that, put on a pair of wet socks and go to sleep.”

“There is no wrong way to consume alcohol.”

“That’s Swanson family mash liquor made from the finest corn ever grown on American soil. It’s only legal use is to strip varnish off of speedboats.”

“All my life I’ve avoided Europe, and it’s multitudes of terribleness, but it turns out, much to my surprise, there is actually one place in Europe that is worth seeing. These tiny islands off the coast of Scotland, where God’s chosen elixirs are distilled, barrelled, and prepared for consumption. This is worth the trip.”

“Nectar of the Gods.” (on his beloved Lagavulin Scotch Whisky)

“I’m more of a whiskey man.”

Ann: “How many drinks of alcohol do you consume a week?
Ron: “One”
Ann: “That’s it? One drink?
Ron: “One shelf.”

“Clear alcohols are for rich women on diets.”

“There will be alcohol there, so I will go as well.”

God bless you, Swanson. You beautiful, beautiful man.


SNUB – Aubrey Plaza – yes, April Ludgate and Ron Swanson share a birthday.

Review –

  • Stay on your toes
  • Chase your dog and meditate
  • Risk helping someone out
  • Don’t worry about other people’s money
  • Watch Scent of a Woman
  • Grill meat and drink Scotch

June 25

Look for the * for today’s advice.



Sonia Sotomayor 1954

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She has one of the most influential positions in the country, but as a girl who did not grow up privileged, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor credits her incredible journey to one thing.

“The key to success in my life, it’s the secret that I want to share with kids and how I became successful. I’m here as a Supreme Court Justice only because of books,” said Sotomayor.



“The work you do best is the work you love.”



*Take it from a “rags to riches” Supreme Court justice. If you don’t love what you are doing, it’s time to seek out the work that you love. If you’re all caught up with your reading, start reading My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor today.


Lauren Bush 1984 – IntenSati

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On her travels around the world as a World Food Programme (WFP) Honorary Spokesperson, Lauren Bush Lauren witnessed the effects of hunger firsthand. In places like Cambodia, Chad and Guatemala, she saw a program making a dent in child malnutrition: school meals. When a child is given a free, nutritious school lunch, it can break the cycle of poverty she was born into and empower her to change her own life.

Lauren founded FEED in 2007 with the simple idea of creating products that would engage people in the fight against hunger in a tangible way. Every one of our products has a number stamped on it that signifies the amount of meals or micronutrient packets provided with its purchase. Ten years later, we’ve built a movement connecting our customers to the cause, one bag at a time.


The workout I’m currently obsessed with: IntenSati, a feel-good workout that combines an amazing cardio, dance-like workout with affirmations.



*Seek out a place or website to try IntenSati for your body and think of donating to FEED for your soul.


Dikembe Mutombo 1966

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Giving back has always been a trademark of Mutombo ever since he entered the NBA in 1991. As a former spokesman for CARE, the international relief agency, Mutombo visited the Somali refugee camps in Northern Kenya in 1993 and traveled with NBA Commissioner David Stern and Georgetown colleagues Patrick Ewing and Alonzo Mourning to Cape Town and Johannesburg.


We strive to accomplish our goals through an emphasis on primary health care and disease prevention, the promotion of health policy, health research and increased access to health care education for the people of the Congo.


*Think of donating to one of the truly good guys of the NBA and his charity – dmf.org.


George Orwell 1903

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Animal Farm might not sound like an interesting book, but reading it will give you a good idea of what can go wrong in any organization, from a Fortune 500 company on down.



*Read Animal Farm and learn what can go wrong with your business.


George Michael 1963

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The funny thing is, he says, everything that has happened to him in recent years has made him feel more normal. When he was regarded as pop’s Mr Perfect, he felt a fraud – knowing that so many people were envious, left him uneasy. And, somehow, being a flawed hero, or even antihero, makes life easier to cope with.

“People want to see me as tragic with all the cottaging and drug-taking… those things are not what most people aspire to, and I think it removes people’s envy to see your weaknesses.” He stops. “I don’t even see them as weaknesses any more. It’s just who I am.”


Nobody can make you happy but yourself.

“Be good to yourself ’cause nobody else has the power to make you happy.” ~ George Michael



*Listen to the “flawed hero” George Michael all day. He was one of the best.


Anthony Bourdain 1956 – Korean Army Stew

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Like SPAM? You’re going to love this recipe. Bourdain sourced this one from the other side of the globe. “This is known as Korean army stew, created, according to legend, from scrounged army PX canned goods during wartime,” he wrote. “It’s the ultimate dorm food. Just looking at the ingredients might make it sound like a horror, but it very quickly comes together and becomes delicious. It captures the essence of great cooking over the last few centuries: improvisational, born of war and hardship, nostalgic, sentimental, and transformative.”



“Everything important I ever learned, I learned as dishwasher and as a cook: you show up on time, you stay organized, you clean up after yourself, you think about the people you work with, you respect the people you work with. You do the best you can.”


The final episode of “Parts Unknown” revisited Anthony Bourdain’s heroin days as a struggling chef in the Lower East Side.

Airing five months after the television host’s suicide, the travel and food show bowed out with what was ultimately a fittingly unglamorous final meal — hard boiled eggs in a friend’s apartment.


*Enjoy this Korean stew and make sure you do the best you can while cleaning up after yourself. If you do go to a friend’s apartment – say no to the hard boiled eggs.

SNUB – Lele Pons

Review –

  • Do what you love
  • IntenSati
  • Donate to dmf.org
  • Read Animal Farm
  • Listen to George Michael
  • Make Korean Army Stew

June 24

Search for the * for today’s advice.



Robert Reich 1946

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It’s often thought that Democrats care about fairness and not economic growth, while Republicans care about growth even at the cost of some fairness.

Rubbish. Growth and fairness aren’t opposites.


*I received free lunch in school, and now I teach kids that have the same struggles. I tend to hate both sides. I think that they are all frauds, but I tend to lean to the side that helps people. Think about your political party and if they lead to economic growth and fairness or neither. Take today to listen to the other side. If you normally watch MSNBC, watch FOXNEWS and vice versa.


Lionel Messi 1987 – juggle oranges

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Messi was picked up by Barça after they saw a video of him juggling some fruit. “He made 113 juggles with an orange,”

*Play a game of soccer or just simply juggle oranges with your knees, feet, and head 113 times.


Mindy Kaling 1979

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Love yourself, because you are perfect just the way you are!


“It’s not that I’m into myself,” she said. “It’s that I don’t hate myself. In my career, a lot of people have a problem with being around women who don’t hate themselves. Never hate yourself.”


*Love yourself today because you are perfect just the way you are. Try to only be around people that appreciate your self-confidence.


Chuck Taylor 1901

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“He’s an American character in the sense that we talk about people reinventing themselves. You can’t say what he did. He didn’t win a Nobel Prize. He’s not a great mathematician. He’s not Johann Sebastian Bach. But his brilliance was in being an American and just an entrepreneur, and it’s great.”


*Reinvent yourself. Show your brilliance as an American and an entrepreneur. Taylor’s simple shoe is still a “must have” for most young people today. And for those who are trying to look younger than they actually are.


Minka Kelly 1980 – watch The Butler

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“Before Friday Night Lights, I had so many different jobs—I worked at a check-cashing company, like Check ‘n Go, and at a doctor’s office in Beverly Hills,” Kelly told InStyle when we caught up with her at the Dove Chocolate Cocoa Farmers Market in Santa Monica earlier this month. “And then for four years, up until I started on FNL, I was a scrub nurse at California Hospital. And honestly, that was the most exciting job I’ve ever had! I was good at it too.”





*Enjoy Minka Kelly as Jackie Kennedy in The Butler. If you know a nurse, thank them today.


Tommy Lister 1958 – The Deebo Sandwich

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Even when he isn’t making a movie, Tiny Lister usually plays the bad guy. As a paid spokesperson for Monster Energy Drink, Lister works corporate events on weekends, and when he’s on the clock, he appears as Deebo, his signature character from the Friday franchise. Deebo is Lister’s Hamlet, his Sherlock Holmes, his artistic avatar. “It’s always that character,” he says of the neighborhood bully who first terrorized Ice Cube and Chris Tucker in the original 1995 comedy. “That’s what they pay to see.”



*Enjoy “Tiny” Lister as Deebo in Friday while eating the Deebo Sandwich.

SNUB – Mo’ne Davis

Review –

  • Listen to the other side of politics
  • Juggle oranges
  • Love yourself
  • Reinvent yourself
  • Watch The Butler
  • Make The Deebo sandwich



June 23

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Alan Turing 1912

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Just as Sir Isaac Newton used mathematics to push back the bounds of our understanding of the movements of the planets and other heavenly bodies, Alan Turing was already making the mathematics to take us into the strangely embodied, and even more strangely disembodied, informational world we live in today. He seeks to map out mathematically the wilds where logic meets information. And The Imitation Game movie is the machine which bears us to the meaning intrinsic to, yet beyond, the mundanities of historical incident.


*Watch The Imitation Game to see how Alan Turing uses mathematics to take us into the informational world we live in today.


Wilma Rudolph 1940

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Despite being told as a child she would never walk again, Wilma Rudolph relentlessly pursued her dreams becoming an international track and field star. At the height of her career, “the fastest woman in the world” used her platform to shed light on social issues.


“My doctors told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother.”


*Take a walk with your mother and let her know how much you appreciate her support.


LaDainian Tomlinson 1979

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Tomlinson kept his speech to 26 minutes, but I could have listened to him for twice as long. That’s how inspiring the message was from the former running back, who not only revealed the depth of his heart but also challenged America to develop a unified soul.

He segued into his closing theme by sharing his family’s roots, traced back to his great-great-great grandfather, George Tomlinson, who came to America on a slave ship 170 years ago from West Africa. Tomlinson reminded fellow Americans that unless they are Native Americans, their ancestors came here from somewhere else.


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*Yes, if you are an American, then you owe it to someone who came to this country (willing or unwilling). Take today to research your heritage and find out how you became an American.


Jason Mraz 1977

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Mraz wants to garden more, surf more, have a kid, put some of the money he’s saved from selling 4.5 million albums nationwide toward a good cause. So he’s started a campaign with his manager: “#RetiredAt40.”


*What do you want to do more of, instead of working? Start your own campaign to retire early. Mine is #retiredat55. Listen to Jason Mraz for motivation.


Joel Edgerton 1974 – watch Loving

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WHERE IS THE DANGER IN TWO PEOPLE THAT LOVE EACH OTHER BEING MARRIED?— Traits and cardinal aspects aside, the overbearing societal rules hovering over the right and privilege of marriage cloud the picture.  Unfair prejudices have tried to govern the love that constitutes and creates those unions.  When you look at a brief list of the civil benefits of marriage allowed by the law, one should ask where is the harm in granting those items to two people regardless of race or other orientation, especially if they love each other and wish to raise a family.  Those that oppress such forget that route of the American Dream.  Progress has been made in the courts, but society has a long way to go for full acceptance.


*Watch Joel Edgerton almost win a Golden Globe in the historical movie Loving. Watch it with someone you love – hopefully you can legally marry this person, if you haven’t already.


Randy Jackson 1956 – gumbo

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The star’s weight peaked at 350 pounds in the early 2000s, but his struggle with obesity began long before then. As a child in Louisiana in the 1960s, he grew up eating delicious yet fatty foods like sausage and grits and bread pudding. But everything changed during his early days at American Idol, when he got a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes from his doctor. When Jackson got the news about his health, it was a big wakeup call for him to begin his weight loss journey. And what a journey it was!



*Enjoy this gumbo, dawg.

SNUB – Selma Blair

Review –

  • Watch The Imitation Game
  • Take a walk with your mom
  • Research your heritage
  • Start a campaign to retire early
  • Watch Loving
  • Make gumbo, dawg

June 22

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Dan Brown 1964

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I was raised Episcopalian, and I was very religious as a kid. Then, in eighth or ninth grade, I studied astronomy, cosmology, and the origins of the universe. I remember saying to a minister, “I don’t get it. I read a book that said there was an explosion known as the Big Bang, but here it says God created heaven and Earth and the animals in seven days. Which is right?” Unfortunately, the response I got was, “Nice boys don’t ask that question.” A light went off, and I said, “The Bible doesn’t make sense. Science makes much more sense to me.” And I just gravitated away from religion.


*Science or religion is a choice you may have to make. Unless you want to be a good boy and not ask hard questions.


Pete Maravich 1947

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This is a great stationary ball handling series that improves your feel for the ball while improving…

  • Hand-Eye Coordination
  • Hand Quickness
  • Rhythm
  • Hand, Wrist, and Finger Strength


*Work on these ball handling drills to be like Pistol Pete today.


Kurt Warner 1971

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When former quarterback Kurt Warner became an overnight sensation for the St. Louis Rams in the late 1990s, he rubbed a few people the wrong way for his outspoken Christian faith. He says he learned the hard way that he should’ve been more sparing with his religious rhetoric, and that he should’ve simply let his actions do most of the talking.


*Let your actions do the talking when it comes to your faith.


Richard Drew 1899

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“3M” comes from “Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing,” but those three M’s might better stand for Mistake = Magic = Money.


*Learn from your mistakes to come up with magic, which will lead to the money. Put it on a sticky note.


Cyndi Lauper 1953

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Find something that inspires you and go after it.

Cyndi Lauper decided after 25 years as one of the most bad ass rocker chicks in the business  to write a Broadway musical starring drag queens.  She is a longtime advocate for equality and instead of sitting around talking about how important it is to embrace everyone, she wrote a musical that put an often discriminated against group of people center stage.  What happens if we all take the chance to pursue something we’re passionate about.  What if we combine what we’re really good at with what pisses us off?  If your Cyndi Lauper, you create Kinky Boots but what will you create? Isn’t it time you found out?


*Girls just wanna have fun and so should you. Learn from and listen to Cyndi Lauper.


Meryl Streep 1949 – Julia’s Tomato Bruschetta

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#10 Julie & Julia (2009; nominated for Best Actress, lost to Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side)
Sight unseen, it was easy to dismiss Julie & Julia as just another Streep stunt, the revered chameleon taking on the accent and demeanor of beloved celebrity chef Julia Child. But although she nails Child’s adorable, slightly wobbly essence, Streep goes far deeper than that, finding the pathos in a quiet revolutionary who faced a good amount of sexism both in her professional and personal life by daring to be a working woman in the 1950s. Especially compared to the underwhelming “Julie” half of director Nora Ephron’s comedy-drama — the usually great Amy Adams is stuck playing a mopey modern gal — Streep’s moving performance was a reminder of how easy it is to take what she does for granted.

  1. Sophie’s Choice(1982; won Best Actress)
    So this is the Streep performance that made everyone realize — at the age of 33 — that we were dealing with an all-timer.





*Of course Meryl Streep could be the ENTERTAINMENT section, but she did play an icon of FOOD in Julia Child. Watch Julie and Julia and enjoy Julia’s Tomato Bruschetta

SNUB – Erin Brokovich

Review –

  • Science or religion?
  • Ball handling drills
  • Let your actions do the talking
  • Learn from your mistakes to come up with magic
  • Listen to Cyndi Lauper
  • Watch Julie and Julia

June 21

Look for the * for today’s advice.



Jean-Paul Sartre 1905

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Sartre and De Beauvoir applied their principle of freedom, above all, to their own partnership, a magnificently successful one that lasted half a century from its beginning in 1929 to Sartre’s death in 1980. They wanted to share their lives but didn’t want to accept conventional limitations, so they agreed to remain primary partners while indulging in polyamory with others.


*Don’t accept conventional limitations today.


Jane Russell 1921

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Jane Russell had a lauded hourglass figure. She reportedly hated diets and never counted calories, only opting to cut alcoholic drinks if she ever needed to give up anything. To slim down, she practiced enjoyable routines such as hula hooping, archery, swimming, tennis, skiing, golf and dancing.


*No booze today and pick one of the following enjoyable routines – hula hooping, archery, swimming, tennis, skiing, golf, or dancing.


Edward Snowden 1983

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Much more important for any lover of freedom, however, is the manner in which he went about his defiance. He acted peacefully, openly, with total dedication to principle. He took responsibility for speaking the truth. He did it with a clean conscience. He has been willing to face the consequences for his actions.



*Act peacefully, openly, and with total dedication to principle today. Speak the truth and have a clean conscience. Watch Snowden for inspiration.


Pierre Omidyar 1967

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“Inspiration is much more effective than delegation,” says the eBay founder


*Inspire others with your work ethic. Show them how it should be done, instead of just telling them to get it done.


Chris Pratt 1979 – watch Jurassic World

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“Don’t be a turd. If you are strong, be a protector. If you are smart, be a humble influencer. Strength and intelligence can be weapons, so do not wield them against the weak. That makes you a bully. Be bigger than that.”


CROSSOVER – Soul – “Learn to pray. It’s easy, and it is so good for your soul.”

*Watch Jurassic World, pray, and don’t be turd today.


Prince William 1982 – cottage pie

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According to former royal chef Darren McGrady, this cottage pie is Prince William’s all-time favorite entrée.


In his speech, William, who is expecting his third child with the Duchess, recalled visiting a homeless shelter with his mother when he was young. At the time, Diana explained to her son why the people he met there mattered and “why no society can be healthy unless we take other people seriously.”


*Enjoy Prince William’s favorite cottage pie (it may lead to hair loss) while watching Jurassic World.

SNUB – Juliette Lewis

Review –

  • Don’t accept conventional limitations
  • Hula Hoop
  • Speak the truth and have a clear conscience
  • Inspire others with your work ethic
  • Watch Jurassic World
  • Make a cottage pie