October 31

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Christopher Columbus 1451

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Always see opportunities that others don’t

Life has so much to offer, but your success depends on how you see life. For Christopher Columbus, he chooses to see every opportunity where others did not. The Europeans have traveled to China and India through a safe route. However, time came when the Ottoman Turks have invaded and ruled over the land, placing difficulties for travel. In this case, a new way to reach the places has to be discovered. Before, the populace have believed that there was only one way to reach China and India, but Christopher Columbus was wise enough to use the westerly route, rather than passing through the tip of South Africa. The westerly route was indeed shorter and easier to use for travel.


Columbus’ Men Used Native People as Dog Food

In the early years of Columbus’ conquests there were butcher shops throughout the Caribbean where Native bodies were sold as dog food. There was also a practice known as the montería infernal, the infernal chase, or manhunt, in which Natives were hunted by war-dogs.

These dogs—who also wore armor and had been fed human flesh, were a fierce match for the Natives. Live babies were also fed to these war dogs as sport, sometimes in front of horrified parents.


*You have choices today. You can take the path of least resistance or blaze your own trail. Lay out all of the possibilities and choose what is most beneficial, even if it rocks the boat. Hopefully your choice doesn’t involve feeding people to war dogs though. Columbus would make a historic Halloween costume.


Vanilla Ice 1967

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Vanilla Ice has partnered with Zumba Fitness to create a new workout routine, set to a remix of “Ice, Ice Baby” that was created specifically for Zumba purposes and premiered on Billboard.com. Mr. Ice himself even helped with the choreography!



*Try it! It’s less than four minutes long, but you’ll break a sweat. And I’m willing to bet you’ll smile while doing it (how can you not when you’re doing ’90s dance moves?). Vanilla Ice would make a fresh Halloween costume.


Michael Landon 1936

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In the sixth episode of the season, Pa recites a short poem during the eulogy for Julie Sanderson which Michael penned himself. Later, Melissa Gilbert read the very same words at her fictional father’s own funeral:

“Remember me with smiles and laughter for that’s the way I’ll remember you all. If you can only remember me with tears, then don’t remember me at all.”


*If you are missing someone who has passed, take today to remember them with smiles and laughter. Remember the good times that you had and the way they used to make you smile. Michael Landon from Little House on the Prairie would make a wholesome Halloween costume.


Nick Saban 1951

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Is Saban actually worth the unprecedented paycheck? On a recent episode of 60 Minutes, Alabama chancellor Robert Witt called Saban the best financial investment in the school’s history.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama coach Nick Saban has received a new eight-year deal worth at least $74 million.

*Remember the goal of “being valuable”.  Being valuable is more important than being successful, and Nick Saban is both. Nick Saban would be a winning Halloween costume.


John Candy 1950 – watch Uncle Buck – and yes John CANDY was born on Halloween

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Jennifer Candy, the daughter of John Candy, told the Canadian Press that she always describes her father as being closest to his character in Uncle Buck. He wasn’t too far off to the characters he played — to the relief of many of his fans — but Buck is the one that stuck the closest to home. Candy was a fan of tough love but also liked to have fun, with Jennifer Candy citing the example that he liked to prank call his friends in silly voices.



*Watch Uncle Buck and then dress like him for Halloween. Make prank calls to your friends from a burner phone.


You can make Buck’s huge pancakes.

But you’ll need a pretty big mixing bowl. A chef estimated that you’d need 300g of plain flour, 200g of caster sugar, 450ml of milk, 9 medium free range eggs, 100g of melted unsalted butter, and 15g of vegetable oil to make the stack of gigantic pancakes that Buck makes Miles for his birthday.



Juliette Gordon Low 1860 – delightful caramel bars

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In 1912, Juliette “Daisy” Low gathered 18 girls from her cousin Nina Pape’s school in her hometown to share exciting plans for a new outdoors and educational club for girls. From that first troop of 18 Savannah girls, Daisy’s club grew quickly to become Girl Scouts of the USA, an organization that today serves millions of girls all over the United States and abroad.


Delightful Caramel Bars

Recipe by Stephanie Salmento

Taking home the grand prize in the competition, 15-year-old Girl Scout Stephanie Salmento crafted this deliciously gooey dessert by layering coconut Samoas and buttery shortbread Trefoils with caramels and semi-sweet chocolate.


*Make these delightful caramel bars to give out to trick or treaters. Or make it for yourself and give out Girl Scout cookies to the trick or treaters. Dressing up as a Girl Scout would be a noble costume.

SNUB – Peter Jackson – maybe a Lord of the Rings costume?

Review –

  • See opportunities that others don’t
  • Vanilla Ice  Zumba workout
  • Remember someone with smiles and laughter
  • Be valuable
  • Watch Uncle Buck
  • Make delightful caramel bars


October 30

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John Adams 1735

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Don’t stop learning.

“The more Adams thought about the future of his country, the more convinced he became that it rested on education.


Inspired by the French Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences, Adams founded the American Academy to promote the ideals that he had previously articulated in the Massachusetts Constitution: to provide education and to “cherish” the interests of the arts, sciences, commerce, trade and natural history.




*Good advice for a country. Good advice for you – don’t stop learning. Watch the John Adams series from HBO or read the book that it’s based on. Take today to write a love letter to your wife.


Marcus Mariota 1993

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HOW: Select a weight with which you can perform Dumbbell Curls for 10 reps. Complete 10 reps and reduce the weight by 5 or 10 pounds. Perform another 10 reps, lower the weight again and perform another set.

WHY: Curls for the girls, bro! Also, this “Run the Rack” finisher provides a nice muscle pump at the end of a training session, and it’s an easy way to add some lean muscle mass.


*Curls for the girls, bro! – complete Marcus Mariota’s dumbbell curls workout and finish with his “Run the Rack” workout. Aloha.


Otis Williams 1941

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My feet have been held to the fire to be able to live through that, see it firsthand, and being moved to tears because we used to walk into restaurants in parts of the south after performing Motown Revue shows there and being told, “We don’t serve n*ggers.” And us being smart, we said to them, “We don’t eat ‘em.”




*Listen to Otis Williams and the Temptations today. It’s good for your soul.


Ivanka Trump 1981

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Prepare for your parents’ future

Another biggie. Depending on your family’s situation, your parents’ retirement and/or care is something you might need to handle along with your other financial responsibilities. Regardless of your personal situation, make sure you are communicating with your parents to understand the realities they face. Are they on track for retirement? Do they have a will and/or beneficiary? Who else in your family (you, your siblings, etc.) has access to their financial accounts and/or information? Ensuring an open dialogue will prevent you from running into blind spots.


Some ideas:

  • Ask family members to commit to helping out on a regular schedule. This could be with caregiving or, if they’re not able to handle the personal care, chores, errands, finances, or insurance claims.
  • Enroll your senior in an adult day program– socialization and care for them, much-needed rest for you
  • Hire in-home caregiving help
  • Find a volunteer senior companion program in your area
  • Use a respite care service
  • Automate as many errands as you can – anything that helps you save time and energy is worthwhile.


*Talk to your parents today about their financial situation. Retirement? A will? Who will have access to their finances? Keep the dialogue open and honest. Try to picture Ivanka having this discussion with her dad.


Henry Winkler 1945 – watch Happy Days

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“So, I’m a nervous guy. How would you direct me to be cool?”

Winkler’s demeanor changes a little. Earnestness washes over him.

“Okay, let me tell you. Honest to God, cool is not outside you. If you’re asking me a real question, I will tell you: being authentic, just being who you are, is cool. It is magnetic. There is nothing, there is no motion, there is no way to be, there’s no hairstyle, there’s no clothing. And because you are who you are, everything looks great. And that’s true.”

Holy shit, I think. I’m getting real-life advice from the Fonz! Eyyyy! 


*Learn from the Fonz by watching Happy Days today.


Grace Slick 1939 – The White Rabbit

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Eating this dish will make you taste rabbit in a whole new way. You will realize, perhaps for the first time that rabbit does not in fact taste like chicken, although it looks like it. Rabbit tastes like rabbit. And this, you will see, is a good thing.


Say hello to Grace Slick. Lover to Morrison. Friend of Joplin. Arrested more times than Lemmy. Took more drugs than Winehouse. Mouth like a trucker


Slick herself has always maintained that White Rabbit was aimed at hypocritical parents and their habit of reading drug-laced stories to children at their most impressionable age.

“In all those children’s stories, you take some kind of chemical and have a great adventure,” she told writer Mark Paytress. “Alice In Wonderland is blatant. Eat me! She gets literally high, too big for the room. Drink me! The caterpillar is sitting on a psychedelic mushroom smoking opium!”

She also argued that the song was about the importance of education: ‘Feed your head,’ the rousing climax to White Rabbit, was intended as a call to liberate brains as much as the senses.


*Enjoy making The White Rabbit while listening to Grace Slick – lead singer of Jefferson Airplane.

Feed your head.

SNUB – Devin Booker

Review –

  • Don’t stop learning
  • Dumbbell curls workout
  • Listen to The Temptations
  • Prepare for your parents’ future
  • Watch Happy Days
  • Make White Rabbit

October 29

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Frans de Waal 1948

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Dr. Frans B. M. de Waal is a biologist and primatologist known for his work on the behavior and social intelligence of primates. His first book, Chimpanzee Politics (1982), compared the schmoozing and scheming of chimpanzees involved in power struggles with that of human politicians.


Frans de Waal demonstrates that animals–and humans–are “preprogrammed to reach out.” He has found that chimpanzees care for mates that are wounded by leopards, elephants offer “reassuring rumbles” to youngsters in distress, and dolphins support sick companions near the water’s surface to prevent them from drowning. From day one humans have innate sensitivities to faces, bodies, and voices; we’ve been designed to feel for one another.


*Remember that you have been designed to feel for one another. Reach out to someone today that you know could use some help or at least a kind word.


Gabrielle Union 1972

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Union has given a special message to her fans. She has said that everybody should try to jog whenever one gets some spare time. She advises to begin at level 5 for a minute and then drop it to 3. The next step is to bring your heart rate back down and then attempt for 5.2. Repeat the same going down process and aim for 5.5. In her opinion, six rounds of jogs, walks or sprint/walks can really make a difference. All you need to do is to practice them consistently and never give up.


*Complete Gabrielle Union’s 6 rounds of jogs today. It helps if you are married to a future NBA Hall of Famer.


Bob Ross 1942

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Don’t fear mistakes; they are part of growing up.

“We don’t make mistakes. We just have happy accidents.” – Bob Ross

Ross taught us to always look on the bright side, even when we’ve messed up. What is a mistake but another lesson to learn? Everything has its silver lining.


*Forgive yourself today. Any recent mistakes were just happy accidents and another opportunity to learn.

Use Bob Ross’s website and paint a picture today – with happy little clouds.


Galen Weston 1940

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Weston concluded his speech by sharing some words of wisdom with the graduates: “Success is actually moving from failure to failure without any loss of enthusiasm. As you head out into your life, take what you have learned from this great university, be brave and never lose your enthusiasm.”


*Has your business idea failed? Is it failing as we speak? Move from failure to failure and be brave without any loss of enthusiasm.


Richard Dreyfuss 1947 – watch The Goodbye Girl

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The wind is taken out of Dreyfuss’ sails when he opens in a production of Richard III, which has been sabotaged by the director (Paul Benjamin), who insists that Dreyfuss portrays Richard as a hip-swinging homosexual. The play closes after one performance, and the once-overconfident Dreyfuss goes on a self-pitying drunken binge. Touched by his vulnerability, Mason begins falling in love with Dreyfuss despite her lousy track record with men. Richard Dreyfuss became the youngest ever “Best Actor” Oscar winner as a result of his performance.


*Watch Richard Dreyfuss become the youngest ever “Best Actor” Oscar winner in The Goodbye Girl

We’re going to need a bigger boat.


Dan Castellaneta 1957 – D’ohnuts

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The voice of Homer Simpson is strictly a vegan and doesn’t drink alcohol.

Practices tai-chi.

At first for the voice of Homer Simpson, Dan tried to imitate Walter Matthau, but he had trouble with certain emotional registers and intonations with the voice, so he slightly changed the present voice of Homer beginning at the beginning of the second season of The Simpsons.

His voice characterization of Krusty the Clown on The Simpsons was based on Chicago television legend Bob Bell who portrayed WGN-TV’s Bozo from 1960-1984.

In 2002, his trademark phrase “d’oh” from The Simpsons was considered valid, and added to the Oxford English Dictionary.




*Enjoy these Homer Simpson D’ohnuts and maybe a Duff beer.

SNUB – Winona Ryder

Review –

  • Reach out to someone
  • Rounds of jogging
  • Don’t fear mistakes
  • Move from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm
  • Watch The Goodbye Girl
  • Make D’ohnuts

October 28

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Jonas Salk 1914

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On April 12, 1955, the results were announced: the vaccine was safe and effective. In the two years before the vaccine was widely available, the average number of polio cases in the U.S. was more than 45,000. By 1962, that number had dropped to 910. Hailed as a miracle worker, Salk never patented the vaccine or earned any money from his discovery, preferring it be distributed as widely as possible.

Salk spent his last years searching for a vaccine against AIDS. He died on June 23, 1995 at the age of 80 in La Jolla, California. His life’s philosophy is memorialized at the Institute with his now famous quote: “Hope lies in dreams, in imagination and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.”


*Over the past 10 months you have come up with a dream. Hope lies in that dream. Have the imagination and the courage to make that dream into reality. When your dream does come true, share it with the world.


Caitlyn Jenner 1949

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Not only has the 65-year-old replaced meat with soy products, but she has also been eating smaller portions.


*Replace meat with soy for a meal today. Eat smaller portions throughout the day. Change is sometimes necessary.


Tempeh Fajitas

Tempeh Fajitas Recipe
Tempeh works great as replacement for beef or chicken in fajitas because it’s firm enough to slice into strips and marinate. In this recipe, it’s grilled along with the veggies, adding even more flavor to the dish.



Charlie Daniels 1936

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Now you play a pretty good fiddle, boy, but give the Devil his due.
I’ll bet a fiddle of gold against your soul ’cause I think I’m better than you


The Everyday Wisdom of Charlie Daniels

Beloved American icon and Grammy Award–winning musician Charlie Daniels shares wit, wisdom, and life lessons he has learned from traveling and playing across the country. Through 100 readings with Bible verses and clever, pithy “Let’s All Make the Day Count” statements, Charlie will inspire you with his positive attitude, timeless wisdom, and powerful spirit. 


*Listen to the Charlie Daniels Band’s “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” for a cautionary tale about selling your soul to the devil. Look into getting his book – Let’s All Make the Day Count for daily inspiration.


Bill Gates 1955

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Learn to Say ‘No’

No matter how ambitious you are, there are still only 24 hours in a day. And often, the difference between the successful and unsuccessful is how those hours are invested.


*Time is money. Invest in your 24 hours every day, by learning to say “no” to things that aren’t going to help you achieve your financial goals.



Global Citizen is an initiative to recruit tens of millions of people to learn about global issues and take action to end extreme poverty. Everyone—from ordinary citizens to governments, businesses, and charities—has a role to play. Unlock your power


*Unlock your power as a global citizen today and help Bill and Melinda Gates end extreme poverty.


Joaquin Phoenix 1974 – watch Walk the Line

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Joaquin Almost Didn’t Sing

Much hype was made of how Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon performed all the songs themselves, but the actor admitted after the film was released that he wasn’t certain that was the way to go until one week before shooting.



*Wear all black as you watch Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash in Walk the Line.


Julia Roberts 1967 – peach crisp

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Here’s Julia Robert’s recipe for Fresh Peach Crisp. It’s from “Newman’s Own Cookbook” by Paul Newman and A.E. Hotchner.

As you’ll see, the recipe is shockingly butter-heavy, and the Scotch whiskey is an interesting touch.





*Enjoy Julia’s peach crisp as you watch her win an Oscar as Erin Brokovich (she did not win an Oscar in Pretty Woman, but it makes for a better date movie). Then watch Joaquin Phoenix almost win an oscar as Johnny Cash in Walk the Line.

Some big birthdays today with a lot of CROSSOVER opportunities. Remember that each day is set up for you, but you can always adjust and adapt as you see fit.

SNUB – Frank Ocean

Review –

  • Dare to make your dreams become reality
  • Replace meat with soy
  • Don’t sell your soul to the devil
  • Invest in your 24 hours
  • Watch Walk the Line
  • Make Julia’s peach crisp

October 27

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Theodore Roosevelt 1858

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Lessons From TR

  1. Set goals to overcome weaknesses. Don’t let your weaknesses hold you back from success. Sit down today and make a list of the weaknesses that you have. It could be procrastination, a bad habit, or shyness. Make it a goal to overcome that weakness and set out an attack plan to overcome it. If shyness is your weakness, make it a goal to introduce yourself to 3 strangers every day. After a month of doing this, your weakness will have become a strength.
  2. Work hard. TR showed us that setting goals isn’t enough to overcome your weaknesses. You must work at it. Work hard daily on conquering your weakness. Focus all your energy on improving yourself daily.




*Make a list of your weaknesses. Set out an attack plan to overcome them. Work hard on this every day.


Lonzo Ball 1997

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The first time Lonzo Ball did a Pull-Up, he was 4 years old. By the time he was 12, he was bench pressing and sprinting up hills a mile long. And when he finally reached Chino Hills (California) High School as the basketball team’s starting point guard, he unleashed almighty hell upon his opponents.


*Pull-ups, bench pressing, and running up hills a mile long is your workout for today. Invite your dad to come watch you play a game of pickup basketball.


Emily Post 1872

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But etiquette also expresses something more, something we call “the principles of etiquette.” Those are consideration, respect, and honesty. These principles are the three qualities that stand behind all the manners we have. They are timeless and cross cultural boundaries, unlike manners, which can change over time and differ around the world.


*Practice “the principles of etiquette” today. Consideration, respect, and honesty. Work hard on this every day. Check out her web site too – good stuff.


Isaac Singer 1811

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Flair for the Dramatic
Isaac Singer invented the first practical, commercially-successful sewing machine and the first multinational company. He was born in upstate New York in 1811, and developed interests in machines, the theater, and women — probably not in that order. He left home at age 12, took odd jobs, and formed a traveling troupe of repertory actors. He also began relationships with a string of women, many of whom would overlap in his life unbeknownst to each other, producing at least 18 illegitimate children.


Singer contributed to the sewing machine trade with important technological advancements and also with the development of a marketing system capable of selling sewing machines around the world.


*Make sure that your dream is practical and can be commercially-successful. Think big – multinational. Don’t produce 18 illegitimate children.


Scott Weiland 1967 – listen to Stone Temple Pilots

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Scott Weiland: ‘This Is My Life, a Cautionary Tale. Maybe Somebody Can Learn from It.’

“I guess the reason we’re here is I feel like there’s been only one side of my story told. People know rock stars only on the surface, people know celebrities only on the surface, and people know me only on the surface: I’m the junkie rock star handcuffed in the backseat of a cop car…


*Learn from Scott Weiland while listening to STP.


John Cleese 1939 – English trifle and lemon curd

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Actor John Cleese and wife Alyce Faye visit Martha Stewart and prepare an English trifle and lemon curd.




*Listen to STP while making John Cleese’s English trifle and lemon curd. Watch some Monty Python while enjoying it.

SNUB – John Gotti

Review –

  • Set goals to overcome weaknesses
  • Pull ups, bench press, and running up hills
  • Practice the “principles of etiquette”
  • Make sure that your dream is practical
  • Listen to Stone Temple Pilots
  • Make an English trifle and lemon curd

October 26

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Hillary Clinton 1947

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“I am passionate about the unfinished business of the 21st century,” she said, “the rights and opportunities for women and girls.”



We’re working toward a world where more girls and women can achieve full participation in all aspects of life.

Despite significant progress over the last several decades toward girls’ and women’s full participation, gaps still remain. Our programs empower girls and women to participate more fully in the social and economic life of their communities by expanding access to education and training, supporting women farmers and entrepreneurs, promoting economic opportunity and job creation, and improving health outcomes.


*Think about what you can do today to provide help for the rights and opportunities for women and girls.


Jaclyn Smith 1945

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I’m now incorporating into my exercise regimen a class with my daughter. I think it’s called “Ballet Yoga Booty” so you do a little bit of everything, but you’re moving for that solid hour. It’s really fun and something for me to do with her. I love it because it’s aerobic without making you wish that it was over already.



*If you don’t live near a studio, look online for a Ballet Yoga Booty workout that you can do. There is a 4-week option that you could buy online as well. Thanks Charlie!


Mahalia Jackson 1911

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“Take My Hand, Precious Lord,” showed how music floating toward heaven could also be frank about the pain and pleasure of physical life.



*Listen to Mahalia Jackson today. It’s good for your soul.


Pat Sajak 1946

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Though he owns a couple of radio stations and is involved in real-estate investing, Sajak says Great American Deals is a first.


Brand New Franchise Model In The Booming Online Daily Deal Industry

Rated one of the Hottest New Franchises in 2013 by Entrepreneur Magazine and with the celebrity power of Pat Sajak behind it, Great American Deals is an unsurpassed and proven franchise opportunity. Now you can bring the highly profitable online Daily Deal Business to your community as a Great American Deals Franchisee.



  • Franchising Fee: $35,000
  • Total Investment: $49,500 – $72,450


Advantages of buying a franchise

  • Franchises offer the independence of small business ownership supported by the benefits of a big business network.
  • You don’t necessarily need business experience to run a franchise. Franchisors usually provide the training you need to operate their business model.
  • Franchises have a higher rate of success than start-up businesses.
  • You may find it easier to secure finance for a franchise. It may cost less to buy a franchise than start your own business of the same type.
  • Franchises often have an established reputation and image, proven management and work practices, access to national advertising and ongoing support.

Disadvantages of buying a franchise

  • Buying a franchise means entering into a formal agreement with your franchisor.
  • Franchise agreements dictate how you run the business, so there may be little room for creativity.
  • There are usually restrictions on where you operate, the products you sell and the suppliers you use.
  • Bad performances by other franchisees may affect your franchise’s reputation.
  • Buying a franchise means ongoing sharing of profit with the franchisor.
  • Franchisors do not have to renew an agreement at the end of the franchise term.

*Whether it’s Pat Sajak’s Great American Deals or any franchising opportunity, weigh the advantages and disadvantages before going any farther.


Seth MacFarlane 1973 – watch Family Guy

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Experience Joie De Vivre

That means ‘joy of living’. Yes, enjoy life – live it to the fullest. Just like Peter.




*Experience Joie De Vivre. Enjoy life. Watch Family Guy. It’s probably on TBS or FOX right now.


Jon Heder 1977 – Napoleon Dynamite chicken quesadillas and tots

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“Knock it off, Napoleon! Make yourself a dang quesadilla!”
Napoleon’s grandma doesn’t have a ton of lines, but her bizarre Midwestern pronunciation of “quesadilla” is a keeper.

“Give me some of your tots!”
It takes a certain kind of individual to carry tater tots in the pocket of your cargo pants. A Napoleon Dynamite kind of individual.




“I see you’re drinking 1%. Is that ’cause you think you’re fat? ‘Cause you’re not. You could totally be drinking whole if you wanted to.”-Napoleon to Deb.


*Watch Napoleon Dynamite while making a quesadilla and tater tots. Wash it down with whole or 1% milk.

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Review –

  • Help provide opportunities for women and girls
  • Ballet Yoga Booty
  • Listen to Mahalia Jackson
  • Think of buying a franchise
  • Watch Family Guy
  • Make a quesadilla and tater tots

October 25

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Bobby Knight 1940

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While Coach Knight’s practices were almost always closed to outsiders, on most days people could come and watch practice if they called the basketball office and asked permission, especially if they had a coaching background. At most practices, Coach Knight would often be seen with older coaches and mentors, such as former Cal Hall-of Famer Pete Newell or even esteemed IU professors in a variety of different disciplines. Coach Knight was a very active learner and reader and he surrounded himself, and his teams, with people from whom we could learn. While he could have chosen to spend more time with younger people who wanted to be in the presence of him, Coach was much more inclined to spend time with and learn from his elders. I also learned that if we want these opportunities that we will usually have to ask and that we can’t sit around waiting for the elder to come to us.


*Be an active learner and reader and surround yourself with people from whom you can learn. Ask someone to lunch today that you know you can learn from.


Dan Gable 1948

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His training habits became legendary. He was the first one into practice and the last one out. Workouts were performed with the mantra of “Push to Collapse.” Each session was dedicated to working so hard he would have to be physically carried off the wrestling mat by the end. One by one he exhausted all of his training partners on his high school and eventually college teams


It is two a.m. Dan Gable can’t sleep. He gets out of bed and does sit-ups and push-ups. It is eight a.m. Dan Gable is running several miles on a dirt road. It is one p.m. Dan Gable is lifting weights and punching the heavy bag. It is four p.m. Dan Gable is starting a 2½-hour workout in the 95° heat of the wrestling room. It is 7:30 p.m. Dan Gable runs to the local food store, makes a few purchases and runs back to his apartment. It is 10 p.m. Dan Gable is doing isometrics in his apartment.



*Get out of bed at 2am and do sit-ups and push-ups. Continue to follow Dan Gable’s schedule today. Push until you collapse.


Jon Anderson 1944

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Anderson is also responsible for most of the mystically-themed lyrics and concepts which are part of many Yes releases. These elements are crucial components of the classic Yes sound. The lyrics are frequently inspired by various books Anderson has enjoyed, from Tolstoy’s ‘War and Peace’ to Hermann Hesse’s ‘Siddhartha’. A footnote in Paramahansa Yogananda’s ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’ inspired an entire double album ‘Tales From Topographic Oceans’ (1973). Recurring themes include environmentalism, pacifism and sun-worship.


*Listen to Yes today. It’s good for the soul.


John Dodge 1864

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John and Horace Dodge stood in sharp contrast to Henry Ford when it came to employee care; they did not invade their houses or dictate religious practice, but did have a fully staffed medical clinic, a department to look after workers’ social needs, and, perhaps most significantly (and a fore-runner of Silicon Valley and 3M), a machine shop called “the Playpen” where men could fix or invent things after hours. Employees were served huge platters of sandwiches and pitchers of beer at lunch hours, paid for by the company. In the heat of summer, beer was served in the afternoons in the foundry and forge.


*You’ve heard this advice a lot. Treat your employees the right way. Go above and beyond for them and they will return it x10.


Katy Perry 1984

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Katy also feels it is important to use her voice to “stand for something”.

She told the May issue of Vogue magazine: “I don’t think you have to shout it from the rooftops but I think you have to stand for something, and if you’re not standing for anything. You’re really just serving yourself, period, end of story.


*Stand for something and listen to Katy Perry today. Kiss a girl – see if you like it.


Pablo Picasso 1881 – eel stew and omelet tortilla nicoise

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Few people will ever have the privilege of living with a Picasso, but thanks to _Vogue’s “Second Fame” food columnist Ninette Lyon, it’s possible to eat like him.


*Invite three friends over and serve them Picasso’s favorites.

SNUB – Ciara

Review –

  • Learn from a mentor
  • 2am sit ups and push ups
  • Listen to Yes
  • Treat your employees right
  • Listen to Katy Perry
  • Make eel stew and omelet tortilla nicoise


October 24

Look for the * for today’s advice.



Stephen Covey 1932

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Change, Choice and Principles

“There are three constants in life… change, choice and principles.”

Change, choice and principles give you the power to achieve your dreams.

You can change your life, if you align your choices with the timeless principles that produce success.

With the weapons of change, choice and principles, impossibilities become possibilities.


The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

7 Habits That Will Increase Your Personal and Professional Effectiveness

Thursday, November 1st – REGISTER

Thursday, December 6th – REGISTER



*Register for an online seminar or start reading the book.


Wayne Rooney 1985

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‘If I go abroad I like to get into the hotel gym three times a week to work on the treadmill and do some weight work. That way I can be sharp when we get back to training and the running will feel easier when the pre-season games start.’


*Get to the gym and work on the treadmill and do some weight work today.


Brenda Ueland 1891

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Just do it – Anyone can write (paint, draw, sing, play music, fill in the ______) if they have the courage to get started. Writing is just a metaphor for creativity – and everyone is creative.



*If you still haven’t done so yet, have the courage to get started today. Create from your soul.


Drake 1986

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The rapper is a Canadian citizen. Thanks to NAFTA, even though he earns money in the U.S., he pays income taxes only in Canada. The Canadian federal tax rate for Drake’s income level is 29%. However, Drake lives in Toronto, Ontario. He pays an additional 13% Province tax rate for Ontario. That gives a total Drake tax rate of 42%.


Overview of Federal Taxes

Income in America is taxed by the federal government, most states governments and many local governments. The federal income tax system is progressive, so the rate of taxation increases as income increases. Marginal tax rates range from 10% to 39.6%.


Your 2017 Federal Income Tax Plus FICA : $25,789

Your Income Taxes Breakdown

Tax Type Marginal Tax Rate Effective Tax Rate 2017 Taxes 2018 Trump Taxes*
Federal 25.00% 18.14% $18,139 $15,410
FICA 7.65% 7.65% $7,650 $7,650
State 0.00% 0.00% $0 $0
Local 0.00% 0.00% $0 $0
Total Income Taxes $25,789 $23,060
Income After Taxes $74,211 $76,941

* These will be the taxes owed for the 2018 – 2019 filing season.

*Go online and calculate your income taxes. Fortunately I live in Florida and only have to pay federal taxes. My wife and I combine for about $100,000 per year – so the above is our estimation. It hurts to see how much is taken away, but at least I’m not Drake. Sorry


Kevin Kline 1947 – watch A Fish Called Wanda

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In A Fish Called Wanda, Kline’s Otto is a pseudo-intellectual who constantly misinterprets everything from the teachings of Buddhist philosophy to the writings of Nietzsche. According to Cleese, his character was inspired by the real-life self-help guru Zen Master Rama, sometimes called the “yuppie guru.”


*Watch Kevin Kline win an Oscar for best supporting actor in A Fish Called Wanda.

FOOD 1994

Jalen Ramsey – Vienna sausages, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, Mike and Ikes, Powerade, French fries

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The Jaguars cornerback found that out after he tweeted a photo of what he was eating for dinner one night in early July. It wasn’t exactly what you’d call a nutritional powerhouse: Vienna sausages covered in hot sauce, a bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, a box of Mike and Ike and a 32-ounce Powerade. “I did give him a hard time because at the time he was doing that he was also getting meals delivered to his house. I’m like, ‘You have healthy meals in your refrigerator!’ And he swore to me that was his cheat meal.”

“Everybody saw the meal I was eating on Twitter,” Ramsey said. “It wasn’t my real dinner, granted, but I still eat Vienna sausages and hot Cheetos as snacks sometimes. Also, my favorite food in the whole world is french fries. If there was only one thing I could eat for the rest of my life, I’d pick french fries.”


*Have a cheat day like Jalen Ramsey and include his favorite – French fries on the side.

SNUB – B.D. Wong


  • Learn the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
  • Treadmill and weight work
  • Create from your soul
  • Figure out your taxes
  • Watch A Fish Called Wanda
  • Cheat Day (french fries included)


October 23

Look for the * for today’s advice.



Sanjay Gupta 1969

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They didn’t have the science to support that claim, and I now know that when it comes to marijuana neither of those things are true. It doesn’t have a high potential for abuse, and there are very legitimate medical applications. In fact, sometimes marijuana is the only thing that works.



*Look into medical marijuana today, to help stimulate your mind.


Pele 1940

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Asked repeatedly about nutrition for athletes by the kids, Pelé repeated that he eats fruits, proteins and seafood and avoids sweets and fried dishes.



*Play soccer today. Eat fruits and seafood. Avoid sweets and fried foods.


Martin Luther King III 1957

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Don’t Idolize My Father, Embrace His Ideals of Freedom, Justice and Equality


Freedom is brotherhood, peace, and racial harmony. Freedom is being judged not “by the color of [one’s] skin but by the content of [one’s] character” (King, “I Have a Dream” 57). To King, freedom is equality.


*Embrace MLK’s ideals of freedom and equality by judging people by the content of their character today.


Johnny Carson 1925

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The Johnny Carson Foundation discovered that the value of their trust fund was worth an astonishing $156 million! At the time, the trust fund contained $35 million in cash and $121 million in securities and royalty rights. Fast forward three years and the value of the trust has grown to nearly $200 million. That’s enough to make it the largest (entertainment) celebrity foundation in the world



If you’re contemplating retirement, starting a private foundation opens the door to a new and rewarding “second act” as a philanthropist. You can apply what you’ve learned in your career to solve problems in your community or around the globe. When assets are contributed to a private foundation, they are excluded from your estate and, as a result, are not subject to either federal or state estate taxes. For high-net-worth individuals who have a strong charitable interest, private foundations offer an opportunity to save on estate taxes while simultaneously creating a lasting philanthropic legacy.


*Set up your own private foundation today. When you do retire, this can be your “second act” as a philanthropist.


Ryan Reynolds 1976 – watch Deadpool

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Deadpool taught me to never take life too seriously.

We’re all going to die anyway. He had this attitude before the mutation. He knew how fcked up things could be and he was grateful for what little things he had. Of course, he puts his own dark, little twist on it.

This is an important lesson that most adults I know still haven’t learned.

Life’s too short to not have fun, no matter how small or large the act.



*Watch Deadpool to remind yourself to not take life so seriously today.


Weird Al Yankovic 1959 – tuna casserole

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You better listen, better do as you’re told
You haven’t even touched your tuna casserole
You better chow down, or it’s gonna get cold
So eat it.

Eat It

The parody of Michael Jackson’s hit song “Beat It” is what made Weird Al Yankovic a household name and shot him to stardom. Al always had to get permission from the artist before parodying a song. When Al approached Michael Jackson about parodying “Beat It”, he wasn’t sure what to expect. Happily Jackson okay’d the song and found it amusing. Jackson also received royalties for “Eat It” which turned out to be a good side investment.



*Listen to Weird Al Yankovic’s classics while making tuna casserole – and then you better chow down or it’s gonna get cold.

SNUB – Doug Flutie

Review –

  • Look into medical marijuana
  • Play soccer
  • Judge people by the content of their character
  • Set up your own private foundation
  • Watch Deadpool
  • Make tuna casserole and eat it.

October 22

Look for the * for today’s advice.



Jeff Goldblum 1952

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Goldblum shares his secret to aging well: love thyself.


Happy Jeff Goldblum Day, Pittsburgh.

The day named for the Hollywood star from West Homestead became official in 2004, when Pittsburgh City Council honored the star of “Jurassic Park,” “Independence Day,” “The Big Chill” … (the list goes on and on, and includes Broadway, too) with a day that recognizes his fame while always maintaining his yinzer pride.


*Love yourself. One way to do that is to…

Maintain your boundaries.

Write a list of the things that you need emotionally, things that are important to you and that upset you or hurt your feelings when they are ignored or violated. They could include being listened to; getting sympathy when you’re hurt; being celebrated when you succeed; receiving love and tenderness without asking for it; being cared for; and knowing you can rely on someone. Whatever is important to you is important. And when someone ignores what’s important to you or crosses your boundary, you’ll know—because it hurts. Don’t ignore that. Your feelings are there to tell you what’s right and what’s wrong.



Ichiro Suzuki 1973

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Suzuki played in at least 160 games in eight different Major League seasons – all after turning 30. In that category, he represents a massive outlier in an era in which players and teams recognize the value of occasional rest.


For one, he doesn’t lift weights. Instead, Suzuki works out on specialized machines that improve his flexibility and improve blood circulation. It’s similar to yoga or Pilates, but not quite.


*Today is the day to ask your trainer to work you out on that funky looking machine in the corner of the gym that you would normally never try.


Deepak Chopra 1946

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Brand new research supported by the Chopra Foundation indicates that meditation provides a clear and quantifiable change in how the human body functions.


Basics of Meditation: Mindful Meditation with Deepak Chopra

Learn the Basics of Meditation in a New Online Course with Deepak Chopra the positive effects of mindfulness and meditation are all over the news. In the past 20 years, hundreds of research studies have scientifically proven the health benefits of meditation.


*Enroll in and take this Basics of Meditation course from chopra.com


Bob Odenkirk 1962

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Go After Your 80s? When Saul realized that his time was better spent helping elderly residents of a nursing home, he went after them with all of his energy.

He printed up business cards that said, “Need a Will, Call McGill.” He also visited senior centers and assisted living facilities, delivering yogurt with his ad on the bottom, and ran a bingo game. When he discovered a chain of assisted living facilities were overcharging residents for basic necessities, he filed a class action lawsuit against the chain.

He finally found his “80” customers: People that were going to give him profitable, consistent business. He went the extra mile to get to know them. He went shopping with them, played their favorite games and ate dinner with them. Remember that the stronger relationships you make with your “80s” the more likely they will be to refer you to new customers.



*Figure out who your “80s” are and do everything that you can to make sure that you’re an inseparable part of their business. Watch Odenkirk in Better Call Saul for motivation.


Franz Liszt 1811

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The women who screamed and swooned for the 19th Century piano virtuoso Franz Liszt set the pattern for fans in our own time – from The Beatles to Justin Bieber.


*Listen to Franz Liszt today and try not to scream and swoon.


Annette Funicello 1942 – peanut butter pork chops

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Annette had a renaissance in the 1970s and ’80s as the TV commercial spokesperson for Skippy Peanut Butter.


*Listen to Liszt as you make Annette Funicello’s peanut butter (use Skippy) pork chops. Enjoy eating them as you watch episodes of Better Call Saul.

SNUB – Christopher Lloyd

Review –

  • Love thyself
  • Ichiro workout
  • Meditate
  • Figure out who your “80s” are
  • Listen to Franz Liszt
  • Make peanut butter pork chops