November 20

Look to the * for today’s advice.

BE A “10” DAY


Robert F. Kennedy 1925

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When Robert Kennedy was murdered on June 5, 1968, he left behind 10 children and his wife, who was pregnant with the couple’s 11th child.

Robert F. Kennedy was a true humanitarian and not at all like most politicians. He was profoundly moved by things he had witnessed and truly sought to make a difference. He also asked others who were privileged to do the same.

*Don’t be like most of the people in your profession. Be better than them. Be profoundly moved by things and seek to make a difference. Ask others like you to do the same.


Bo Derek 1956

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Derek is still a 10, but says there is some relief in caring a little less about her looks. “I realize how artificial it is, beauty,” she told CBS News’ Ben Tracy. “I realize that it doesn’t last forever, that’s for damn sure.”

“But when you’re so well-known for how you look, is aging hard?” he asked.

“Aging is really hard,” she said. “Man, when it starts really happening to you, it’s opposite of what you imagine. It’s all the worst parts. And it’s tough. Bette Davis was right; it’s not for sissies, it really isn’t!”

Despite being known for her Perfect 10 bikini body, Bo Derek shuns regimented workouts in favor of open-water, horseback riding and caring for her 110-acre ranch in Santa Ynez, California

*Swim in open water, horseback ride, or simply take care of your house (inside and out) today.


Joe Biden 1942

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In a startlingly candid and emotional interview with Late Show host Stephen Colbert, Vice President Joe Biden spoke about his deep faith and religion, and how it has helped him through the loss of his son. The interview was one of the first after the vice president lost his son to brain cancer in May.

The vice president also shared his deep sense of spirituality, and how it keeps him positive, attributing part of his to his wife, Jill. At one point he shared an anecdote about how his wife leaves inspirational notes for him, including a quote from philosopher Kierkegaard that read, “Faith sees best in the dark.”

*Let your faith, religion, and/or spirituality help you through any dark times today. Leave an inspirational note for a loved one.


Chester Gould 1900

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When Chester retired at the age of 77, he’d spent forty-six years drawing Dick Tracy and saw his childhood dreams more than realized through the combined forces of talent and tenaciousness.


After taking art correspondence courses as a teenager, Pawnee, Oklahoma native Chester Gould decided that one way to get rich would be to create a comic strip that would be syndicated all over the country. Drawing on his distaste for mob figure Al Capone, Gould created Plainclothes Tracy, about a detective disrupting the criminal underworld. Joe Patterson, who co-edited the Chicago Tribune, liked the idea but thought “Dick Tracy” would be a better name because “Dick” was what people called detectives. The strip debuted on October 4, 1931 and has been running ever since.

*When you retire from your job, will you be able to say that you saw your childhood dreams more than realized? Combine your talent and tenacity to make sure the answer is “yes”.


Mike D 1965 – listen to The Beastie Boys

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“I’m interested in trying to do things that I feel like I have no business doing. Because that was part of what we did as a band. We weren’t afraid to try shit.”

*You might not have any business listening to The Beastie Boys and that is why you must.


Dierks Bentley  1975 – big steak salad

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If you want to come a little closer to eating like Dierks Bentley does when he’s touring, here’s what you’ll need to do:

1: Skip the big breakfast and lunch and scarf down the lion’s share of your calories after 5:30 p.m.

2: Make that big evening meal a giant, fully loaded salad, and go nuts on the protein.

3: Top that off, around 8:30 p.m., with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich — and (hang onto your backwards baseball cap) “a lot of alcohol to lock in the energy boost,”

*Eat like Country superstar Dierks Bentley today – make your first meal this huge steak salad at 5:30. Eat a PB&J at 8:30 and finish the day with lots of alcohol.

SNUB – Future

Review –

  • Be better than your coworkers
  • Swim, ride on horseback, and/or clean the house
  • Let your faith, religion, and/or spirituality help you through any dark times
  • Is your current job making your childhood dreams come true?
  • Listen to The Beastie Boys
  • Eat like Dierks Bentley

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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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