December 31

Look for the * for today’s last advice of the year.



Val Kilmer 1959

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“One of the elementary lessons you learn when studying acting is that of mastering the senses. Listening, for example. Real listening requires effort, concentration, and focus. If one wants to act well, one needs to receive information free from personal judgments in order to respond spontaneously and honestly. If you’re really listening, the ear is turned on to receive, and the inner monologue, your own dialogue, is turned off.”

*Go into next year knowing how to listen to people. Practice tonight at a NYE party. When someone is talking to you, receive the information free from personal judgment and respond spontaneously and honestly.


Gabby Douglas 1995

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“When I stood on the podium at the 2012 Games and lowered my head so the gold medal could be placed around my neck, I reflected on many things,” Gabby told us. “I thought about all the sacrifices that had to be made, all the obstacles, and all of the time spent in order for me to achieve my dream. I thought to myself, ‘It was all worth it.’ It was also in that moment that I knew my goal of making it on the 2016 Rio Olympics team was possible.”

*Think about all the sacrifices you made this year, all the obstacles to becoming the best person you can be. It was worth it. Think about incorporating Gabby’s training schedule next year, when applicable.


Ben Kingsley 1943

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In his quest for authenticity, Mr. Kingsley not only shaved his head and lost 20 pounds on Gandhi’s vegetarian diet, but he also studied yoga, began to meditate and learned to spin cotton thread on a wooden wheel, as Gandhi had done while holding conversations.

*Weight loss, yoga, meditation, all things you’ve done this year and all good for your soul.

CROSSOVER: *Watch Gandhi and get your soul right for the new year.


Nicholas Sparks 1965

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Within a few months, Sparks, 43, had donated nearly $900,000 toward a state-of-the-art track. Soon after, Sparks—a former 800-meter standout at Notre Dame—signed on as a volunteer assistant coach for the high school team and the club, most of whose runners come from low-income and at-risk families.

*With all of the money that you’ve saved this year, how much could you give back to kids from low-income and at-risk families? If not money, how about time?

CROSSOVER: *If you are a hopeless romantic, you can turn the last day of the year into a Nicholas Sparks movie marathon.


Anthony Hopkins 1937 – watch Silence of the Lambs

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People taking MAOIs are given a long list of high-tyramine foods and beverages to avoid or limit. On that list: liver, fava beans, and red wine.

*You now have a NYE tradition of watching Silence of the Lambs before (or part of) your NYE festivities.

CROSSOVER: *Serve liver, fava beans, and a nice Chianti to your dinner guests or bring this combination to a party and let the guests know that it’s Anthony Hopkins’ birthday.


John Denver 1943 – Denver Omelet

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John Denver’s music clearly reflects the conscience of a concerned citizen, a man working for the improvement of the quality of life for all people environmentally, socially and politically.

*Enjoy a nice Denver Omelet to start the last day of the year, while of course listening to some John Denver. 

Your New Years Resolution is to follow 365DOLF again.

SNUB – Donald Trump Jr.

Review –

  • Be a good listener
  • Gabby Douglas workout
  • Weight loss, yoga, meditation
  • Give back to kids
  • Watch Silence of the Lambs
  • Make a John Denver omelet

December 30

Look for the * for today’s advice.



Rudyard Kipling 1865

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In his poetry, Kipling dramatizes war as a primitive affliction, one that unleashes exhilaration as well as rage and terror. The ghost of his son John haunts these writings.


One of the poignant lessons from Rudyard Kipling is, “We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.” Failure is an inevitable part of life, and it is something that each person has to deal with. As Kipling points out, there are no excuses for failure. When you fail, learn from your failure and move on with grace and courage toward success.

*This late in the year, you may be feeling like a failure. Like you haven’t achieved anything all year. Hopefully 365DOLF can keep you from feeling this way at this time next year. If you have been using 365DOLF all year, there are no excuses and you are not a failure. Bring on the end of the year and bring on another new year. You have a strong mind, body, and soul.


Lebron James 1984

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The Lebron workout involves a mix of low-level reps, which are designed to activate his muscle cells, combined with body weight staples such as pull-ups and pushups.

LeBron also spends a lot of time engaged in cardio routines, which is understandable seeing as most basketball games are intensely long affairs that require an incredible amount of stamina and fitness.

*Lebron has become an outstanding businessman and philanthropist. But its his body that gave him the opportunity to do those things. Do the Lebron workout including pull-ups and push-ups, then play an entire game of basketball.


Sandy Koufax 1935

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By not taking the mound for the Dodgers against the Twins on Oct. 6, 1965, on the Day of Atonement, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, he became a cultural touchstone.

*Be willing to take a stand for the things that you believe in. Stand for something or you’ll fall for anything.


Tiger Woods 1975

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After a long investigation, 15 women revealing they had affairs with Woods, including his college-aged neighbor Raychel Coudriet, and sex addiction therapist, Nordegren and Woods divorced. Their settlement was about $100 million dollars

*By all means, have fun with your money but not at the expense of the people that you’ve made a commitment to. You deserve to lose your money if you hurt the ones you are supposed to be the closest to.


Ellie Goulding 1986

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Goulding has lived a Cinderella-style transformation. Having grown up in a council house in Lyonshall, Herefordshire, she found fame with a cover of Elton John’s Your Song in 2010 (the YouTube video has been viewed more than 56 million times).

*Watch Ellie Goulding on YouTube or just listen to her music. Her music videos will inspire you to get back in the gym for a second workout today.


Laila Ali 1977 – 3 meals – coffee smoothie, tomato soup, and coconut black rice

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Undefeated 4 Time World Champion Boxer 24-0 with 21 KO’s….Television Host, Fitness & Wellness Expert, Author, Speaker, Mother, Wife…And I can cook!

Her parents—you probably already knew Ali’s dad is boxing legend Muhammad Ali—divorced when she was young and because Ali’s mother wasn’t much of a whiz in the kitchen (the family had previously employed a cook), it was up to Ali to cook if she wanted a homemade meal.

*These are your 3 meals for today, compliments of Laila Ali’s Well and Good

Breakfast – Coffee lover’s smoothie

Lunch – Tomato and roasted garlic cream soup

Dinner – Coconut black rice and roasted root vegetables

*Your day could look like this today – (if it’s a day off of work, or you’ve quit your job)

7:00        Breakfast – coffee lover’s smoothie

8:00        Play golf like Tiger Woods

12:00     Lunch – tomato soup

2:00        Play basketball like Lebron James

4:00        Do a boxing workout like Laila Ali

6:00        Dinner – Coconut Black Rice and roasted root vegetables

7:00        Listen to Ellie Goulding and think about one thing that you stand for

8:00        Watch the Jungle Book and remember that you are not a failure and things are going to be ok.

10:00     Get to bed. Tomorrow is New Years Eve – you need your sleep, and you’ve had a big day.

SNUB – Eliza Dushku

Review –

  • No excuses
  • Lebron James workout
  • Take a stand
  • Stay faithful – keep your money
  • Listen to Ellie Goulding
  • Make coconut black rice and vegetables

December 29

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Andrew Johnson 1808

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Johnson traveled to Washington, D.C. to be sworn in as the new Vice-President. On the evening of March 3, Johnson attended a party held in his honor, where he drank very heavily. He was quite hung over the next morning at the Capitol, and before his inauguration ceremony he asked Vice President Hamlin for some whiskey. Hamlin produced a bottle, and Johnson took several stiff drinks. Johnson told Hamlin, “I need all the strength for the occasion I can have.”

At the ceremony, Johnson was called upon to say a few brief remarks, but he rambled on speaking for seventeen minutes. (Usually the Vice-President’s remarks are much more brief.) In the speech he stressed his “Plebeian” roots, and he reminded those present that each had received their office from the people, pausing to name each cabinet member specifically. He had to be encouraged to end his remarks by Hamlin who had to tug on Johnson’s coat to get him to stop. When Johnson paused, Hamlin took advantage of the break to give Johnson the oath of office of the Vice-President. Johnson put his hand on the bible and said in a loud voice, “I kiss this book in the face of my nation, the United States!” Usually after the new Vice-President has been sworn in, it is his duty to administer the oath of office to all newly elected Senators, but Johnson was too drunk to do this and a senate clerk had to perform these duties.

Senator Zachariah Chandler described the incident as follows: “The inauguration went off very well except that the Vice President Elect was too drunk to perform his duties & disgraced himself & the Senate by making a drunken foolish speech.”

*You don’t have to drink to celebrate. You don’t have to drink because you’re nervous. You don’t have to drink to build up courage. Abraham Lincoln’s first impression of his new Vice-President was one of a drunken fool. Unfortunately Andrew Johnson would be President in about 6 months.


Jude Law 1972

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My main rules were that it had to include the whole body, and it had to be interesting. Everything was a big movement – we’d work with kettlebells, do deadlifts, pull-ups and drag chains.

*Have your trainer put you through a whole body workout that is interesting. Use kettlebells, deadlifts, pull-ups, and drag chains. Watch Jude Law almost win an Oscar in Cold Mountain for motivation.


Stanley Williams 1953

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Stanley Tookie Williams was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize five times while in prison for murder.

“If redemption wasn’t made for people with our experiences, then for whom?” Stanley Tookie Williams, former Cripps gang member 1953 – 2005

*Redemption is available for everyone. No matter what you’ve done, ask God for forgiveness today.


Charles Goodyear 1800

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Due to bad luck, losing a patent battle, and rather lackluster marketing skills, Goodyear died little known and with massive debt

Applying for a patent is a long and involved process. It helps enormously to know the steps of the patent application process. These five steps will help you plan out the patent process as you seek to protect your invention.

*You can’t help bad luck, but today is the day to patent your business (if you haven’t yet). Use Legalzoom’s 5 steps to help guide you so you won’t die little known with massive debt.


Ted Danson 1947 – watch Cheers

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Danson spent two weeks at a bartending school in Burbank, California as part of his training to play Sam.

*Watch as many episodes of Cheers as you can. It may just motivate you to go to bar tending school yourself. Or go to your local spot and drink too much – like Andrew Johnson.


Robert C. Baker 1921 – chicken nuggets

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In 1963, Baker developed a way to keep breading attached to the nuggets during frying and enable people to eat the chicken without the breading falling off. This resulted in the popular nuggets that today are a staple in grocery stores and fast-food restaurants.

*In honor of Robert C. Baker’s birthday, get your favorite chicken nuggets and enjoy them while watching Cheers.

SNUB – Alison Brie

Review –

  • You don’t have to drink
  • Whole body workout
  • Ask God for forgiveness
  • Patent your business
  • Watch Cheers
  • Get your favorite chicken nuggets

December 28

Look to the * for today’s advice.



Woodrow Wilson 1856

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The most critical limit of Wilson’s power was that he couldn’t control what the losers did. For a while this didn’t seem to matter, since the Germans had been decisively defeated, their weapons were taken away, and they were broke.

The vindictive surrender terms, made possible by American entry in the war and enshrined in the Treaty of Versailles, triggered a dangerous nationalist reaction. Hitler was able to recruit several thousand Nazis. Allied demands for reparations gave Germans incentives to inflate their currency and pay the Allies with worthless marks. The runaway inflation wiped out Germany’s middle class, and Hitler recruited tens of thousands more Nazis by appealing to those bitter people whom he referred to as “starving billionaires” — they might have had billions of paper marks, but they couldn’t afford a loaf of bread.

*President Wilson thought he could control the situation by entering WW1, and it made things worse. The U.S. entry into the war would guarantee an Allied victory – and a Second World War.

Don’t get into a situation today that you know you can’t control.


Joe Manganiello 1976

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Manganiello is an old-school gym rat. He doesn’t do any fancy exercises, just tried-and-true bodybuilding staples like the bench press, overhead press, and pus-hdown.

*Bench press, overhead press, and push-downs – work on those Pittsburgh steel muscles today.


John Legend 1978

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John Legend’s “All of Me”—the new No. 1 song on Billboard’s authoritative, all-genre Hot 100 chart—is a paean to crazy love, a passion that can’t be deterred by “curves” or “edges” or “imperfections.”

*Listen to John Legend all day. It’s good for your soul. Remind that special someone how much you love their curves and edges – all their perfect imperfections.


Stan Lee 1922

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Elaborating on why he shouldn’t rate George Lucas-scale wealth, he explained that, working at Marvel and its predecessors, “I was happy enough to get a nice paycheck and be treated well. I always got the highest rate; whatever Martin [Goodman] paid another writer, I got at least that much. It was a very good job. I was able to buy a house on Long Island. I never dreamed I should have $100 million or $250 million or whatever that crazy number is. All I know is I created a lot of characters and enjoyed the work I did.”

*If you are getting a nice paycheck and are treated well – be happy. You could be much happier if you’re the one signing those checks and treating your employees well – as long as you enjoy the work that you do.


Denzel Washington 1954 – watch Training Day

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Read the room 

One of Training Day’s best scenes takes place in a diner at the very beginning of the film. Jake strolls in and sits down at the table where he’s meeting Alonzo. Jake is understandably nervous. He tries to hide it by striking up conversation with somebody who clearly doesn’t want to talk while he’s reading his newspaper. Alonzo is rude to Jake – but Jake is pretty bad about reading the social situation he’s found himself in. What follows is some real hilarious awkwardness coupled with Alonzo being a real tool. Lesson to take from this is to never forget to read to the room, the body language the other person is giving off and how you might be being interpreted. Especially in a new job situation, there may be more below the surface than you are hearing. Proceed thoughtfully.

*Read the room at work today and ask if anyone wants to watch Denzel win an Oscar for his role in Training Day.


Seth Meyers 1973 – Chex mix with lots of butter

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Death-row last meal? ____My mom’s homemade Chex mix. No one makes it like her, although I recently learned that the key to her success is just butter.

*It’s not a death row last meal, but we are getting close to the end of the year. Snack on it while watching Training Day.

SNUB – Sienna Miller

Review –

  • Avoid situations that you can’t control
  • Bench press, overhead press, push-downs
  • Listen to John Legend
  • Enjoy the work that you do
  • Watch Training Day
  • Make Chex Mix

December 27

Look for the * for today’s advice.



Jamaal Charles 1986

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Before Charles showed world-class potential as a sprinter at the University of Texas, ran for the most yards in Chiefs franchise history and averaged more yards a carry, 5.5, than any NFL player ever, a learning disability eroded his confidence in all that he did.

In a town battling the typical tolls of poverty, without his father in his life, Charles ultimately took flight because of a nurturing extended family, plus teachers and friends in special education classes. Classes that led him to what he considered a life-changing opportunity to compete in Special Olympics at age 10.

*What used to (or still does) erode your confidence? Who are the people that let you take flight? What was your life=changing opportunity? Or are you still waiting for it to happen? Jamaal Charles gives back to Special Olympics still today. What can you give back to those who helped you most?


Bill Goldberg 1966

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  • Bill Goldberg never trained longer than one hour per session.
  • He drank up to 15 bottles of water per day.
  • Sleep and naps are a very big part of the equation for Goldberg.

*Lift for an hour today. Drink 15 bottles of water and take a nap – don’t wet the bed.


Savannah Guthrie 1971

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For some reason, I never forgot the time he took my sister and me to the movies when we were little. We were just beyond the age where we could have gotten those “under 10” tickets for a few dollars less. I remember asking my dad, “Why don’t you just get the kids’ tickets? The cashier probably won’t know how old we are.” I’ll never forget what he said: “I’m not going to sell my soul for 2 dollars.”

*Don’t sell your soul for any amount of money, especially $2


Cyrus S. Eaton 1883

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Eaton lost most of his fortune in the Great Depression but subsequently made a second one with his activities in the securities industry, banking, and railroads.

Today, the term security refers to just about any negotiable financial instrument, such as a stock, bond, options contract, or shares of a mutual fund. Consider the term “security,” or “securities,” interchangeable with the word “investment,” and the term “securities market” interchangeable with the work “capital markets” or simply “the market.”

Investing in Securities

Debt securities, or bonds, refer to a type of loan in which the investor lends an institution money in return for the payment of at certain intervals. Bonds can be issued by credit institutions, government agencies and public authorities with the initial lending amount agreed to be repaid at a later date. Bonds are a reliable securities investment because they generate a fixed form of income through interest. Equities refer to the amount of ownership you buy in a company and can be purchased in the form of stock and dividends. Derivative contract securities derive their value from direct securities in the form of futures, swaps, options and index options.

*Be like Cyrus S. Eaton and make a fortune in the Securities industry. Actually, just look into it today and see if it’s for you.


John Amos 1939 – watch Roots

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What was interesting to see was the correlation between how the Black community is divided in spiritual beliefs back then and how it still rings true today. Some believe that Christianity was taught to Black people as a tool of control. Today, some look at Christianity in a degenerate way that made Black people meek, submissive, and unwilling to fight. Kizzy was most vocal about the faith with the statement ‘Jesus ain’t done nothing for Black people’. As time passed she and George’s wife Matilda, a Christian, were able to come to a mutual understanding of

the spirit that recognized God.

*Watch as much of the original Roots series as you can today.


Louis Pasteur 1822 – Chicken in Milk

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A few years ago I noticed this rather odd recipe on Jamie Oliver’s site. It called for roasting a chicken in a big pot with a pint of milk, a lot of lemon zest, a cinnamon stick, and unpeeled garlic cloves. Milk, cinnamon, and chicken were three things I wouldn’t ever think to combine; it sounded like a bad recipe Mad-Lib.

From farm to fridge, lots of practices have been put into place to keep our food safe, and since we don’t see widespread foodborne illness in America, we oftentimes take those practices for granted. Additional safeguards like pasteurization complete the picture.

So the next time you raise a glass of ice cold pasteurized milk, give a toast to good ol’ Louis. Thank you, Louis! You da man!

*In honor of Louis Pasteur’s birthday, used Pasteurized milk to make this chicken in milk recipe.

SNUB – Carson Palmer

Review –

  • What can you give back to those who helped you most?
  • Lift for 1 hour
  • Don’t sell your soul over money
  • Invest in securities
  • Watch Roots
  • Make chicken in milk


December 26

Look for the * for today’s advice.



Charles Babbage 1791

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The ‘Irascible Genius’

Diplomacy was not Babbage’s forte and his social and professional personas were at war. Proud and principled, he was capable of incontinent savagery in his public attacks on the scientific establishment, often beyond ordinary sensibility. He offended many whose support he needed behaving sometimes as though being right entitled him to be rude. The title of the first biography on his life was called ‘Irascible Genius: A Life of Charles Babbage, Inventor’. The twin characteristics of irascibility and genius remain the defining signatures of his historical portrait.


In a prophetic passage written towards the end of his life Babbage affirmed his conviction in the value of his work.

If unwarned by my example, any man shall undertake and shall succeed in really constructing an engine … upon different principles or by simpler mechanical means, I have no fear of leaving my reputation in his charge, for he alone will be fully able to appreciate the nature of my efforts and the value of their results.

Definition of irascible 

marked by hot temper and easily provoked anger

Charles Babbage (1791-1871), computer pioneer, designed the first automatic computing engines. He invented computers but failed to build them. The first complete Babbage Engine was completed in London in 2002, 153 years after it was designed.

*Don’t be irascible today. You may offend people, whose support you need. Being right doesn’t entitle you to be rude. It may lead to you inventing the next great thing but never building it.


Jared Leto 1971

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Although Leto is a cycling enthusiast and incorporates other forms of cardio into his training regime, he still utilized 3 days a week of weightlifting mixed with his cardio, outdoor activities and yoga.

*Try any day of this Jared Leto Joker Workout. Or you can pick cycling, weightlifting, or yoga. Watch Suicide Squad for motivation or listen to Leto’s band – Thirty Seconds to Mars.


John Walsh 1945

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“You either let it kill you, you let it break your heart and destroy
you forever, or you try to make sure that Adam didn’t die in
vain,” Walsh remembers Wright telling him.

“That conversation with Dr. Wright was my come-to-Jesus
moment. I went home, and I stopped feeling sorry for myself.”
From that moment on, John Walsh, now 64, set out to make
sure his son did not die in vain.

What can you do?

  • Hand out materials.Download and print our child safety publications for free and share them at a community meeting or event.
  • Share photos of missing children.Join our Poster Partner Program and stay informed of children who go missing in your community. Then distribute those photos with your community by printing and displaying them in community or sharing them online.
  • Provide Child ID resources. Use our downloadable Child ID form to help families create their own Child ID kits.
  • Make an Internet safety presentation.Our NetSmartz Workshop offers free, multimedia Internet safety presentations tailored to specific audiences, including parents and communities, tweens, teens and younger children.

*In honor of John Walsh’s birthday, think of making a commitment to supporting The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in your community.


Martin Cooper 1928 – basically the inventors of the computer and the cell phone share a birthday today.

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“He contributed to every significant advancement in Wireless communications from the first car phones to the radio pager. He conceived and demonstrated the first portable cellular phone in 1973.”

True Importance of “Innovation”

Cooper stressed that innovation should not be akin to magically pulling a novel technology out of a hat, but should focus on solving real-world problems.

“Everything we do is an improvement,” Cooper said. “The challenge is not to create technology for the sake of technology. Technology should only improve people’s lives. If you try to create a technology that is too advanced, people are not going to use it.

“Good technology could be intuitive, better technology might be transparent, but the best technology is invisible. It solves your problem, it makes you more comfortable, it makes you more productive and you don’t even know it’s there. That’s where we’re going, but we’re a long way from there.”

*As this year is coming to an end, you may be thinking about getting a head start on a business idea for next year. Focus on solving real world problems. Something that can improve people’s lives.


Kit Harington 1986 – watch Game of Thrones

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If you think watching the epic craziness of Game of Thrones has changed your life (or at least a bunch of your Sunday nights), then you’ve got nothing on Kit Harington.

After the show scooped the best drama series Emmy, Harington was asked backstage what being part of GoT as Jon Snow had done for him, and he had a pretty good answer.

“I met my wife in this show,” he said, referring to Rose Leslie, who played Jon’s tragic lover Ygritte, and whom he married earlier this year. And that’s not all. Are Harington and Leslie are planning to have little GoT babies?

“It gave me, hopefully, my future family,” he added, “and my life from here on in.” Okay, well, that’s fairly huge.

*Watch Kit Harington as Jon Snow in HBO’s Game of Thrones. Your future may depend on it.


Mao Zedong 1893 – Mao Pork

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Official guidelines have been issued to restaurants across China instructing them how to cook Mao Tse-tung’s favourite meal, an unctuous dish of pork.

*Follow the official guidelines for making Mao Zedong’s favorite pork dish and enjoy while watching Game of Thrones.

Have a Fireball Jon Snow Cone for dessert.

SNUB – Lars Ulrich

Review –

  • Don’t be irascible
  • Joker workout
  • Support The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in your community
  • Focus on solving real world problems
  • Watch Game of Thrones
  • Make Mao Pork

December 25

Look to the * for today’s advice.


Was Jesus born on December 25?

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There is no evidence for this date. So then, who decided that Jesus’ birth would be celebrated on that date? The early Christian church did not celebrate Jesus’ birth. It wasn’t until A.D. 440 that the church officially proclaimed December 25 as the birth of Christ. This was not based on any religious evidence but on a pagan feast. Saturnalia was a tradition inherited by the Roman pagans from an earlier Babylonian priesthood. December 25 was used as a celebration of the birthday of the sun god. It was observed near the winter solstice.


Robert Ripley 1890

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Take care of yourself. A fitness nut in his youth (he avowed that handball was the solution to stress), Ripley was also a heavy drinker and, as his business empire grew, he stopped making time to exercise. In 1949, at just 59 years old, he collapsed during the filming of his last venture, a TV show, and died of a fatal heart attack.

*None of what you’ve been doing with 365DOLF this year matters unless you are taking care of yourself. If you have been enjoying the food but ignoring the workouts, it’s not going to work. Remember balance. Remember mind, body, soul. Believe it or not.


Rickey Henderson 1958

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“I can probably do about 65 or 100 push-ups in a row, but usually I probably do about 50 at a time,” he said. “I might do 500 while looking at a movie.”

*Do 500 push-ups while watching The African Queen


Clara Barton 1821

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Barton risked her life to bring supplies and support to soldiers in the field during the Civil War. She founded the American Red Cross in 1881, at age 60, and led it for the next 23 years. Her understanding of the ways she could provide help to people in distress guided her throughout her life. By the force of her personal example, she opened paths to the new field of volunteer service. Her intense devotion to serving others resulted in enough achievements to fill several ordinary lifetimes.

Whether helping one displaced family or thousands, providing care and comfort to an ill or injured service member or veteran, or teaching others how to respond in emergencies, it’s through the efforts of ordinary people that we can do extraordinary things.


*It doesn’t matter your age, understand that you can provide help for people in distress. Follow Clara Barton’s path to volunteer service. Have an intense devotion to serving others. Give yourself a Christmas gift of signing up to volunteer with the Red Cross in your area.


Conrad Hilton 1887

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Reportedly Barron was all set to leave his entire $4.5 billion estate to his family but changed his mind in 2007 after being so embarrassed by what Paris had done to the Hilton name. This move will effectively double the holdings of the foundation named for his father, Conrad (who built the hotel empire from nothing), when Barron dies. Great for humanity, bad for Hilton heirs at large. Thanks to Paris, they just lost out on $4.3 billion.

*Christmas is a great day to let your family know what you will be leaving them one day. Remind them that it’s not too late to change their ways… and you your will.

**Also let them know about the vacation you’ve booked at a Hilton Hotel in Key West as their Christmas gift. While in Key West next Christmas you will take the African Queen cruise, visit Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum, and celebrate at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. That’s hot!


Humphrey Bogart 1899 – watch The African Queen

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The newly restored African Queen is again plying the waters of beautiful Key Largo offering daily canal cruises which depart from the Marina Del Mar marina which is part of the Holiday Inn Complex at mile marker 100 in Key Largo.

Buzz started early that Bogart would win a much overdue Academy Award for his performance in The African Queen, which Bogie shrugged off. He publicly expressed his distaste for actors competing against each other, but deep down, according to Lauren Bacall, he did want to win.

*Start a new Christmas day tradition of watching Humphrey Bogart finally win an Oscar in The African Queen. Remember to do 500 push-ups while watching.


Jimmy Buffett 1946 – “cheeseburger in paradise” and a margarita

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Although they tend to be too sweet for me these days, every now and then I still like to have one on the rocks, no salt. I’ve had great ones and I’ve had bad ones over the years. But the very best margarita? That will always be the one that somebody else buys for you.

*Start a new Christmas night tradition of  making “cheeseburgers in paradise” and margaritas while listening to Jimmy Buffett.

SNUB – Sissy Spacek

Review –

  • Take care of yourself
  • Do 500 push-ups
  • Provide help foe people in distress
  • Adjust your will
  • Watch The African Queen
  • Cheeseburger in Paradise and a margarita

December 24

Look for the * for today’s advice.



Howard Hughes 1905

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Never stop innovating

Hughes’ mind never seemed to stop whirring, even when he was (frequently) recovering from the injuries caused by his passion for aviation.

In July 1946, Hughes suffered his second near-fatal plane accident. After crash-landing in a residential neighborhood in L.A., he was left with a crushed collar bone and chest, cracked ribs and severe burns, among other injuries.

So, how did he pass the time in recovery? He decided to redesign his bed. Eventually, he created a new version complete with running water, adjustable settings and 30 motors.

Hughes had recovered by then, but his tweaks helped pave the way for the modern hospital bed.

*Keep your mind whirring. Even when you’re down and out, find a way to innovate and improve your situation and maybe even come up with the next great invention. Maybe it’s late in the day on Christmas Eve and you need to buy gifts. Maybe this will inspire you to create a Christmas Eve gift delivery service. Watch The Aviator for inspiration.


Ryan Seacrest 1974

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Not everyone will know him as the heavyset kid from Dunwoody, GA, who kept his shirt on at the community pool to hide his overweight frame, or the kid that snuck cookies and nachos behind his mother’s back. They know him as a slim guy—one who found success through a tireless worth ethic and commitment to seeing results.

I schedule my workouts as if they were meetings, and I make sure they don’t get canceled. I make a deliberate plan to fit in a workout each day of the week within my schedule.

I like circuit workouts and core workouts. I always like to break a sweat from the get-go right up through the hour. We do everything from using large core balls to doing basic pushups and sit-ups to sprints on the stationary bike. I enjoy changing exercises during the hour and throughout the week.

*Schedule your workout for today, and make sure that it doesn’t get cancelled (remember that it is Christmas Eve). Sweat for an hour. Use large core balls, do push ups and sit-ups, and sprints on the stationary bike.


Hezekiah Walker 1962

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The vision God gave to Pastor Walker was founded on the three “P’s:” Prayer, Preaching and Praise.

*What vision is God giving to you on this Christmas Eve? Focus on the 3 P’s today.

Pray – pray for God to give you the vision that he sees in you.

Preach – let someone know what you are up to with these 3 P’s

Praise – praise God for the vision that he sends you.


Kate Spade 1962

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The legacy of Kate Spade’s billion-dollar brand she built from the ground up was remembered Tuesday after the 55-year-old fashion designer was found dead of an apparent suicide in her New York City apartment.

Spade built a formidable business empire — one she started out of her one-bedroom Manhattan apartment with her husband — over the course of two decades. The Kate Spade brand started as a collection of handbags known for their clean lines and understated aesthetic, receiving praise from fashion critics and developing a loyal following as it morphed into a international business valued at $2.4 billion that made her worth an estimated $46.5 million, according to Forbes.

*You too can build a billion dollar Business Empire out of your apartment. But if that’s not enough and you don’t have the balance that you need in life, it doesn’t matter. If nothing seems to be enough. If nothing makes you happy, you’ve got to seek out help right now.

People are most likely to commit suicide around Christmas time. False. Contrary to popular belief, the suicide rate peaks in the springtime, not the wintertime. This is probably because the rebirth that marks springtime accentuates feelings of hopelessness in those already suffering with it. In contrast, around Christmas time most people with suicidal thoughts are offered some degree of protection by the proximity of their relatives and the prospect, at least in the Northern Hemisphere, of ‘things getting better from here’.


Ricky Martin 1971

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1.“Livin’ La Vida Loca” (spent five weeks at No. 1, starting Sept. 25, 1999)

*Listen to Ricky Martin’s Top 10 songs today, with an exciting conclusion of “Livin’ La Vida Loca”


Ava Gardner 1922 – coconut cake

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Ava Gardner turned out to be a much greater beneficiary of Ford’s instruction on Mogambo. Her work as Honey Bear Kelly is marked by an ease, even a playfulness that would seldom if ever surface in her following projects. Its all the more remarkable considering that the production came in the course of her turbulent marriage to Frank Sinatra, who had accompanied her to the shoot. The cast and crew wound up with their own floor show of the couple’s spats and make-ups

*Rumor has it that Ava Gardner loved coconut cake and fried chicken. Stick to this coconut cake as a Christmas Eve sweet treat. Gather the family around to see her almost win an Oscar in Mogambo.

Wash it down with a Ricky Martini while listening to Ricky Martin – a new Christmas Eve tradition.

SNUB – Lemmy

Review –

  • Never stop innovating
  • Sweat for an hour
  • Prayer, preach, praise
  • Build your business empire but have balance
  • Listen to Ricky Martin
  • Make coconut cake

December 23

Look for the * for today’s advice.



Jim Harbaugh 1963

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Go above and beyond, and don’t show off about it.

“Do one more thing. Do your job well and find one more thing to do. Don’t advertise it. Just do it. Everybody you compete with from here on out is going to be doing what they’re asked. They’re going to be doing what’s expected of them. If they don’t, they’ll get weeded out as the competition goes along.”

*Do one more thing today. Do what is expected of you plus one more thing. Go beyond what is expected of you and you will stand out. Make this your strategy going forward in all walks of life.


Holly Madison 1979

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To torch calories and increase her agility as a dancer, Holly did Pilates and yoga. She also adopted a low-carb diet, replacing bagels with protein bars and fruit, and fast food with grilled chicken and avocado.

*Pilates or yoga one last time this year. Have a protein bar and fruit for breakfast and grilled chicken and avocado for lunch.


Joseph Smith 1805

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Understand the principle of repentance

Just as the Lord showed love and forgiveness to the Prophet, there is hope for all to repent and start again. “The Atonement of Jesus Christ is what makes it possible for us to both overcome serious mistakes and to be a better person today in our habits, relationships, and thoughts than we were yesterday. It is a joyous blessing and gift that gives us hope.”

*Repent, ask for forgiveness and start again today. Throughout this year, you have become a better person. Your habits, relationships, and thoughts have gotten better every day of this year.


Madam C.J. Walker 1867

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Of course, many would-be entrepreneurs start off with a dream. The reason we’re still talking about Walker’s is her prescience, and her success in the span of just a dozen years. In pumping her “Wonderful Hair Grower” door-to-door, at churches and club gatherings, then through a mail-order catalog, Walker proved to be a marketing magician, and she sold her customers more than mere hair products. She offered them a lifestyle, a concept of total hygiene and beauty that in her mind would bolster them with pride for advancement.

*You started off with a dream. Now market that dream. Sell it everywhere and anyway that you can. Be a marketing magician because you believe in what your dream is. Don’t just sell your dream to people, sell them a lifestyle. This is my dream for 365DOLF – that it will become a lifestyle for the masses.


Eddie Vedder 1964 – listen to Pearl Jam

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There’s no better man than Eddie Vedder to inspire a rocker movie character.

Bradley Cooper revealed at the Los Angeles premiere of A Star Is Born on Monday that the mannerisms and nuance he brought to his role as Jackson Maine was inspired by Pearl Jam’s lead singer.

*Be a better man and listen to Pearl Jam all day.


Kirby Smart 1975 – Chick-fil-A spicy chicken sandwich, large ice water, and a small fry

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Even Kirby Smart wishes Chick-fil-A was open on Sundays.

Founded in College Park, Georgia in 1946, the family-oriented restaurant is a staple in the Smart house and he knows exactly what’s on the menu when he takes a stroll inside Georgia’s Tate Student Center near Sanford Stadium.

“My go-to (order) is nice and simple — spicy chicken sandwich, large ice water and a small fry,” Smart told 680 The Fan on Friday. “I don’t want the combo. I want the small fry with the large ice water and a spicy chicken sandwich.”

*This day begins and ends with college football coaches. Unless it’s Sunday, go to your nearest Chick-fil-A and order what Coach Smart does for dinner. If it is Sunday, use it as motivation to start your own business called Chick-SunDAY – a food truck that serves chicken sandwiches ONLY on Sunday.

SNUB – Susan Lucci – per usual

Review –

  • Go above and beyond
  • Pilates or yoga
  • Understand the principle of repentance
  • Be a marketing magician
  • Listen to Pearl Jam
  • Chick-fil-A spicy chicken sandwich

December 22

*Look for the * for today’s advice.



Frank B. Kellogg 1856

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Once he had made the suggestion, Kellogg devoted his prodigious energies to making it a reality. The Pact was signed on August 27, 1928, and proclaimed on July 24, 1929, with sixty-four signatories.

His most significant accomplishment, however, was the Kellogg–Briand Pact, signed in 1928. Proposed by its other namesake, French foreign minister Aristide Briand, the treaty intended to provide for “the renunciation of war as an instrument of national policy.” He was awarded the 1929 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition

*The intent of the Kellogg-Briand Pact was to make war illegal. Kellogg devoted his energies to making it a reality. Devote your energy today to make something a reality. Something significant, like world peace.


Jordin Sparks 1989

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Her personal trainer put her on a 5 day per week workout regimen that would combine cardio, body weight exercises, and some light machine work to tone her muscles.

*Do this cardio, body weight, and light machine Jordin Sparks workout today. Listen to her music for motivation.


Meghan Trainor 1993

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The singer says All About That Bass is a song about self-acceptance: an upbeat celebration of female curves, it is a defiant retort to the music industry’s obsession with ‘stick figure, silicone Barbie Dolls’.

*Have self-acceptance today. Celebrate who you are. Listen to Meghan Trainor for inspiration.


Lady Bird Johnson 1912

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Caroli also makes a convincing case for Lady Bird as a shrewd businesswoman. She bought her first radio station in 1943 and moved into television in 1951. “Well, it’s your money,” said LBJ, who thought TV a risky investment. His matter-of-fact comment rebuts the notion that he took over her finances after they married; they didn’t even have a joint checking account.

*Even if you’re married to the president, you can go with your gut and take a risk on an investment. Who would have thought that investing in TV would be a money maker?


Ralph Fiennes 1962 – watch The English Patient

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It’s one of the most Seinfeld-ian predicaments one could imagine: disagreeing with a significant other about a movie, only to have the whole relationship deteriorate as a result. That’s exactly what happens in “The English Patient”: Elaine just wanted to go see Sack Lunch, but her date, Blaine, really wants to see The English Patient. Her choice is sold out, so instead they watch Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche in the war drama that went on to win best picture. The only problem? Elaine hated it. Like, really hated it.

List of Ralph Fiennes movies includes top-grossing films like ‘Schindler’s List’, ‘The English Patient’ and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010) while his films like ‘Sunshine’ (1999) remained box-office failures.

*Watch the English Patient and judge for yourself.


Barbara Billingsley 1915 – sweet potato casserole

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The Cleaver clan became the iconic 1950s American nuclear family. As the mother in the show, Barbara was often seen performing her household duties wearing complementary pearls and earrings. The pearls actually were her idea. The actress bore a noticeable surgical scar on her neck and wore a strand of pearls to conceal it from the cameras.

*Watch an episode of Leave it to Beaver as motivation to make Mrs. Cleaver’s sweet potato casserole. Spend the rest of your night enjoying it while watching The English Patient.

SNUB – Diane Sawyer

Review –

  • Devote your energies to make something a reality
  • Jordin Sparks workout
  • Have self-acceptance
  • Take a risk on an investment
  • Watch The English Patient
  • Make sweet potato casserole