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RETIRE WHILE YOU’RE YOUNG DAY
Andrew Luck 1989
Best-selling sportswriter John Feinstein, over his 40-year career, has asked countless athletes the same question: What’re you gonna do when you’re done?
Typical answers: coach, talk sports on TV or radio, scout, etc. But Andrew Luck’s answer was anything but typical. In fact, Feinstein, in a piece for the Washington Post, said he’d never heard an answer like Luck’s before. Or since.
‘Honestly, I think I could be very happy teaching high school history.’
*As I was completing 365DOLF, Luck shockingly announced his retirement from the NFL at the age of 29. He could not take the pain anymore. With millions in the bank, teaching high school history could be fun. It’s not as much fun with hundreds in the bank.
The mission of the Andrew Luck Book Club is to build a team of readers of all levels.
*Join Andrew Luck’s book club today. Think of starting your own (with 365DOLF suggested books) with friends and loved ones.
Jesse Owens 1913
At the Berlin 1936 Olympics, Hitler planned to show the world that the Aryan people were the dominant race, Jesse Owens proved him wrong and sealed his place in Olympic history by becoming the most successful athlete of the 1936 Games. Owens also became the first American to win four track and field gold medals at a single Olympics (100m, 200m, 4x100m relay and long jump), a record that stood unbroken for 48 years.
Riley started a rigorous training program for Owens in special morning sessions before school. Within a year, Owens was running the 100-yard dash in eleven seconds and in 1928 he set two world records for his age group in the high jump, at six feet, and the long jump, at twenty-two feet, eleven and three-quarters inches. Under Riley’s instruction to run as though the track were on fire, Owens also improved his times on the track.
*Run as many 100 yard dashes as you can before work or school this morning.
Barry White 1944
He established a formula where catchy pop/soul melodies were blended with sweeping arrangements and his husky growl. The style quickly moved to self-parody and the sexual content of the lyrics grew.
Barry White’s Music of Love
Often scorned by critics, the great soul singer was a musical prodigy whose romantic songs helped to create a new mode of modern masculinity
*Listen to Barry White and chill with that someone special. It’s good for the soul.
Paul Walker 1973
The Heart and Soul of Reach Out WorldWide
“Paul wasn’t someone who would write a check and put his name on an organization; he was the heart and soul of Reach Out WorldWide. Paul was the first one in and the last one out, he led by example and his hard work and dedication inspired everyone who had the privilege of working with him.
Having a will is only the start. A revocable living trust is the best estate planning tool for most people. Walker’s will left all of his assets to a trust he created, which means the probate process will be much simpler and less onerous than it could have been.
A revocable living trust allows you to provide for the distribution of your property after your death. When you set up a trust, you help your heirs and family avoid the probate courts, which must review and authorize any will. “Revocable” means that you can change the trust at any time, or cancel it altogether. Creating a trust is a straightforward matter of preparing and signing a document, which contains certain provisions and conforms to the law.
*Take today to make a revocable living trust. This was very wise of Paul Walker who died much too young.
Emmy Rossum 1986 – watch The Phantom of the Opera
I got mono once when I was 18 or 19 and I had to go on a press tour for Phantom of the Opera. I ate garlic every single day — a whole head of roasted garlic. I love it, but I’m sure it was not pleasant for those around me because it starts to come out of your skin.
Be careful how you treat those who are different.
Say what you will about the Phantom, but the movie makes it obvious that he wasn’t exactly born evil. It was the rejection & torture he faced from his own mother & clan that serve to mold him into the beast he eventually becomes.
*If you want something lighter, watch Emmy Rossum in Shameless. But her role in Phantom of the Opera is much better. Lay off the garlic.
Yao Ming 1980 – order Chinese food
Yao was a cultural and physical phenomenon with the personality to balance the demands of playing in a foreign land on the biggest stage while bridging the social, economic, and political landscapes of two very different worlds.
Ewing, Mutombo and Yao order coconut curry prawn, General Tso’s chicken, fried rice with shrimp, Mongolian beef, garlic basil prawn, Szechuan prawn and white rice.
In November 2011, global humanitarian, recently retired NBA star and future Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Yao Ming announced the establishment of his new Napa Valley winery: Yao Family Wines. His dream of creating a classic Napa Valley winery that would become a legacy for future generations of his family became a reality.
*Call up your favorite local Chinese restaurant and make the exact same order. Invite two of your best and biggest friends to come join the feast. Wash it down with Yao wine.
SNUB – Jennifer Hudson
- Join the Andrew Luck Book Club
- Run 100-yard dashes before work
- Listen to Barry White
- Make a revocable living trust
- Watch The Phantom of the Opera
- Order a lot of Chinese food