December 2

Look to the * for today’s advice.



Charles Ringling 1863

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Charles Ringling was one of the seven brothers who formed the Ringling Brothers Circus in the late 1880s. However, by 1920, there were only two brothers left, John and Charles. John Ringling, a natural showman, was the front man for the circus, while Charles ensured day to day operations and was in charge of advanced billings and actual production.

Although Charles is overshadowed by his brother John, his contributions and accomplishments remain a legacy to Sarasotans today.

*Think about your contributions and accomplishments. What type of legacy are you leaving?


Aaron Rodgers 1983

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The Aaron Rodgers workout is the brainchild of fitness coach Todd Durkin in San Diego, CA. Durkin is famous for the Impact Workout, making famous quarterbacks including Aaron Rodgers puke, and the “Do or Do not, There is No Try” slogan posted throughout his gym.

*Any time you can mix a workout with motivation from Yoda, it’s a win-win.


Nelly Furtado 1978

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I always remember that to be critiqued is part of being human; no one can escape it; it’s the price you pay for putting your vulnerability on display as a creative person. Failure is very important, as it is inevitability in life. Incredible growth, self-realization and reflection comes from failure.

*Don’t be afraid to fail today. Think about the last time that you failed at something and how you grew from it. Listen to Nelly Furtado for inspiration.


Gianni Versace 1946

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To maintain absolute control, the Versaces favour a style of management that verges on the medieval. ‘Gianni always said he only wants (to employ) people who aren’t as smart as him. If they are too intelligent, he doesn’t want them. He wants people who will snap to attention, and carry out his orders without question. To prosper, not only must you work there, you have to completely take on their mentality. Gianni wants everyone to think of him as some sort of living God.

*This would fall into the “what not to do category”. An example of how not to run your business empire. We know how things ended for Versace.


Britney Spears 1981

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DUN DUN DUN. “Oh baby, baby …” In just three seconds …Baby One More Time, which turns 20 this year, announced the arrival of a new superstar: the then 16-year-old ex-Mouseketeer from Kentwood, Louisiana, Britney Jean Spears.

*Listen to Britney, bitch.


Lucy Liu 1968 – Lucy Liu Crush Cakes

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And so, let us end with some quiet, solemn meditation upon how wonderful Lucy Liu is. Remember, when you walked along the beach and looked back and saw only one set of footprints, it’s because Lucy Liu was carrying you. (If you looked back and saw two sets of footprints, it’s because Lucy Liu was carrying Jesus, but being way chill about it.)

*Listen to a mix of Nelly Furtado and Britney while making these Lucy Liu crush cakes and then watch the end of Kill Bill Vol. 1

SNUB – Charlie Puth

Review –

  • What will your legacy be?
  • Aaron Rodgers workout
  • Don’t be afraid to fail
  • Learn what not to do in business
  • Listen to Britney Spears
  • Make Lucy Liu Crush Cakes

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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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