October 11

Look for the * for today’s advice.




Eleanor Roosevelt 1884

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Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product. Paradoxically, the one sure way not to be happy is deliberately to map out a way of life in which one would please oneself completely and exclusively. After a short time, a very short time, there would be little that one really enjoyed. For what keeps our interest in life and makes us look forward to tomorrow is giving pleasure to other people.


*Give pleasure to other people and happiness will be the by-product.


Michelle Wie 1989

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Most importantly, she tries to stay in the present.

“I want to really stay in the present and not be too anxious about the future or over-analyze the past,” says Wie. Sage advice from a seasoned pro. “[I’m going to] do everything I can right now for the future, and then just see what happens.”


*Stay in the present and play 18 holes. Don’t over-analyze the past – like the last shot you just shanked into the lake. Watch some of Wie’s swing videos from her website to prepare.


Steve Young 1961

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As a Mormon, I am inspired daily by that which is plain and simple yet incomparable in its depth and personal impact. Through the gospel of Jesus Christ and through Christ’s Atonement in Gethsemane, my sins are paid as long as I believe in him, take his name, humble myself and repent.


*As long as you believe, humble yourself and repent, your sins are forgiven.


Fred Trump 1905

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In the interest of one-upping his famous dad, Donald’s first major purchase (with the now-infamous $1 million loan from Fred) was a hotel in Manhattan. “You know, being the son of somebody, it could have been competition to me,” Trump has said. “This way, I got Manhattan all to myself!”


*Think about how you can one-up your dad. Borrow money from him and then become better than him.


Stephen Moyer 1969 – watch True Blood

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‘True Blood’s’ Stephen Moyer: ‘I’ve already drunk all the drinks that I was supposed to drink in one lifetime’

“This morning I was up early to let the dogs out (the couple have two that travel everywhere with them –  Dave a black Labrador cross and Banjo a Louisiana Leopard Dog). I had a coffee and watched the sunrise with a clear head and it occurred to me that I’m the grown up now that I never thought I would be – the grown up that, maybe, at one time, I was running away from because I thought it would be so incredibly dull to be that person, whereas the absolute reverse is true.”


Invest Wisely

You’ve got to provide for your future, because you never know how long you’re going to live. It could be centuries! And remember, lottery tickets aren’t a viable financial plan.



*Get up early and watch the sun come up. Binge watch as much True Blood as you can at night.


Henry Heinz 1844 – Heinz Sloppy Joes

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Today, about 32,000 of employees (2012) work at Heinz factories worldwide. A company’s revenue was about $11.64 billion in 2012. Heinz ketchup is present in almost every second refrigerator on the planet.

Henry John Heinz once said, “As I did not become a priest, I have to find another way to do some good to the mankind.”



The fifth-oldest franchise in the NFL, the Pittsburgh Steelers were founded on July 8, 1933 by Arthur Joseph Rooney. The Steelers have played in eight Super Bowls, winning six of them.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have called Heinz Field home since the inaugural season in 2001, holding a record of 93-34-1 (.730). The team has played 12 home playoff games, winning eight.


*Use ketchup while watching True Blood to make these Heinz Sloppy Joes. Mmm mmm. Go Steelers!

SNUB – Luke Perry

Review –

  • Give pleasure to other people
  • Golf
  • Believe, humble yourself, and repent
  • Get a loan from your dad and use it to make more than him
  • Watch True Blood
  • Make Heinz Sloppy Joes

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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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