June 17

Look for the * for today’s advice.



William Kaye Estes 1919

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His pioneering methods of quantitative modeling and an insistence on rigor and precision established the standard for modern psychological science.


A quiet, reserved scholar who often waited what seemed like an eternity before answering a question, Bill nevertheless became an effective editor of three of psychology’s premier journals


*When asked a question today, wait before answering. Think it through.


Venus Williams 1980

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My daily routine, all my life, has been all about workouts. I wake up, go play tennis for a few hours, then I go to the gym, and I do a few muscle groups. I do cardio, ride the bike, run, and do plyometrics or a field workout where I’m just sprinting on the field, or interval training, so there’s a lot of different options.


*Play tennis for two hours, then go to the gym and lift. Then pick between the bike, running, or plyometrics.


Amari Cooper 1994

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“As far as my personal growth, my faith has been tested many times,” Cooper said. “I’ve faced adversity a lot, but I remain faithful. So if you remain faithful, and you don’t quit, I believe that the Lord will bless you in all things. That’s how my faith system works.”


*How does your faith system work? Not sure? Amari Cooper may be young, but he’s got a good one. Remain faithful and believe that the Lord will bless you in all things.


Kendrick Lamar 1987

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Don’t walk — or dream of walking — someone else’s financial path.



*Walk your own financial path. Seek out help, but it’s your money and your path. Listen to Kendrick Lamar for motivation.


Barry Manilow 1943

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CROSSOVER: Money – So Manilow hired someone to take care of his finances. What he didn’t do, however, was think carefully about hiring the right person.

“I hired the wrong guy,” says Manilow to CNBC. “From ‘Mandy’ all the way through to ‘Copacabana,’ I didn’t see anything. And I didn’t know it until my manager, Garry Kief, came along and said, ‘You know, you have only got $11,000 in the bank.’


*Listen to Barry Manilow while checking up on your money today.


Ruth Graves Wakefield 1903 – Tollhouse chocolate chip cookies

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In 1930, Wakefield was mixing a batch of cookies for her roadside inn guests when she discovered that she was out of baker’s chocolate. She substituted broken pieces of Nestle’s semi-sweet chocolate, expecting it to melt and absorb into the dough to create chocolate cookies. That didn’t happen, but the surprising result helped to make Ruth Wakefield one of the 20th century’s most famous women inventors. When she removed the pan from the oven, Wakefield realized that she had accidentally invented “chocolate chip cookies.”



*Eat some Tollhouse chocolate chip cookies right out of the oven, or before they go in – your choice.

SNUB – Greg Kinnear

Review –

  • Wait…before answering
  • Play tennis
  • Remain faithful
  • Walk your own financial path
  • Listen to Barry Manilow
  • Make Tollhouse Cookies

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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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