July 30

Look for the * for today’s advice.



Henry Ford 1863

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“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.”

Thinking is how you prepare, it’s the hard work, it’s where you figure out the little nuances and “make ready” your plans.  Ford said, “Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.”  Are you ready?  Are you thinking?


*Think today. Spend an hour deep in thought. No phone. No TV. No distractions. Make ready your plans because getting ready is the secret to success.


Terry Crews 1968

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The results of Crews’ workout weren’t lost on his Expendables 3 co-stars, Arnold Schwarzenegger (yes, they share a birthday) and Sylvester Stallone, who complimented his arm development. “I told everybody I knew,” says Crews. “I’m still working out today on that motivation alone.”



*Knockout this Terry Crews workout and be ready to receive compliments on your arms. Watch The Expendables for motivation. Crews and Arnold share a birthday today.


Laurence Fishburne 1961

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“In every doctrine and every dogma and every spiritualism, in every religion there are some basic spiritual truths,” he elaborates. “All these things are road maps for human being to use to try to live better lives, to try to make themselves better people. I am familiar with those concepts because I spend a lot of time reading shit, that’s all. I’m making it up as I go, I’m trying to do the best I can to be the best human being I can.”



*Do the best you can today to be the best human being you can be. Watch Boyz N The Hood to get more advice from Laurence Fishburne.


Arnold Schwarzenegger 1947

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Don’t Listen to Nay-Sayers

It’s easy to think of all of the possible negative scenarios. Arnold gives an example in his book about buying his first rental property. A friend of his couldn’t understand how he had the guts to buy the rental property. His friend didn’t want to take any risk in his life.




*Take advice from the Terminator and take a risk by investing in a rental property.


Hilary Swank 1974 – watch Boys Don’t Cry

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Expectations of what it is to be a ‘real man,’ within today’s society, causes the stigmatization of others who do not conform to these socially constructed standards. Terms such as ‘wimp,’ ‘fag,’ ‘sissy,’ and ‘pussy’ is assigned to those who do not ‘measure up’ to expectations of the masculine identity


*Watch Hilary Swank win an Oscar as a boy that doesn’t cry… sort of.


Alton Brown 1962 – sour cream cheesecake

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National Cheesecake Day is observed annually on July 30th.  Cheesecake is a delicious dessert that is loved by millions around the country.  It is a sweet dessert that is a mixture of soft fresh cheese, cream cheese or cottage cheese, eggs and sugar on a crust made from crushed graham crackers, crushed cookies, pastry or sponge cake.


*On National Cheesecake day, enjoy Alton Brown’s sour cream cheesecake.



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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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