December 19

Look for the * for today’s advice.



Til Schweiger 1963

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Mr. Schweiger, your drive seems to be inexhaustible. Where do you get all that ambition?

Ambition has too many negative connotations for me. I want to do everything as well as possible. When I tackle something, I take it seriously – I have never liked dabbling in this and that. Unlike my two brothers, for example, I revised painstakingly for my school-leaving examination. I got up at five in the morning, did my workout routine from beginning to end, reviewed, went to school, and then reviewed and reviewed again after that. No parties, no going out. I’m just as determined when it comes to making my films – or actually everything in my life.

*Hopefully you haven’t been dabbling in this and that all year. When you took on this year, hopefully you took improving your mind, body, and soul seriously. If not, a whole new year starts in less than 2 weeks. Go into it with an inexhaustible drive and ambition.


Alexis Sanchez 1988

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Split-stance squat with horizontal press

Start in a lunge position, your back knee an inch from the floor. Fully extend arms forward, while holding a medicine ball. Return to the start position and repeat. The aim is to stabilize and strengthen the lower body while moving the upper body to fend off an opponent.

Reps 8-12 Sets 3-4

*Get up at 5 am and do 4 sets of 12 of this Alexis Sanchez workout and play soccer later today.


Reggie White 1961

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“God didn’t do this for Reggie White. I didn’t ask God to heal me—I couldn’t believe he would do that. But other people prayed for me to be healed, and God answered so that people’s lives would be impacted.”

A Prayer for Healing Sick Family and Friends

Lord Jesus, thank you that you love [name of person who needs healing]. I know that you hate what their illness is doing to them/me. I ask that you would heal this disease, that you would have compassion and bring healing from all sickness.

*Take today to ask God to help heal someone that you are close to.


Criss Angel 1967

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Angel can afford Rolls-Royces and Lamborghinis and Jesuses because Believe, the spectacular he put on at the Luxor Las Vegas in partnership with Cirque du Soleil, together with his other ventures, has been generating about $70 million a year for him, say people familiar with Angel’s finances. That sum comprises millions of dollars from television, including foreign rights; road show versions of his act; magic kits and other merchandise; and sponsorships. More than a mere magician, Angel is a mini conglomerate with a remarkably diversified—and vital—brand.

What is a ‘Conglomerate’

A conglomerate is a corporation that is made up of a number of different, seemingly unrelated businesses. In a conglomerate, one company owns a controlling stake in a number of smaller companies, which conduct business separately. Each of a conglomerate’s subsidiary businesses runs independently of the other business divisions, but the subsidiaries’ management reports to senior management at the parent company.

*Have the vision to turn your startup into a conglomerate with a remarkably diversified and vital brand.


Jake Gyllenhaal 1980 – watch Brokeback Mountain

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CROSSOVER – BODY – Many of his roles don’t actively require such punishing levels of preparation but Gyllenhaal does it anyway – he bulked up for boxing movie Southpaw, with 2,000 sit-ups and six-hour training sessions each day

“I had the privilege to meet President Obama,” he begins, “and he told me: ‘You have a job as an artist to help people through difficult times, to illuminate things through art.’ He said: ‘That’s your job.’

*Watch Jake Gyllenhaal do his job and almost win an Oscar in Brokeback Mountain. Afterwards, try to do 2,000 sit-ups.


Alyssa Milano 1972 – eggplant lasagna

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Milano has served as an ambassador for UNICEF, something she said “brought a whole other side of fulfillment into my heart, into my being” and made her realize “how important it is to diversify who you are as a human and all the things that make you happy.”

*Eat as much of Alyssa Milano’s eggplant lasagna as you’d like – remember that you are playing soccer, doing squats, and knocking out 2,000 sit-ups today.

SNUB – Warren Sapp

Review –

  • Have an inexhaustible drive and ambition
  • Alexis Sanchez workout
  • Ask God to help heal someone
  • Turn your startup into a conglomerate
  • Watch Brokeback Mountain
  • Make eggplant lasagna

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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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