December 20

Look for the * for today’s advice.



Dick Wolf 1946

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What’s the secret to Dick Wolf’s success?

We asked several actors backstage to give us their best guesses on Wolf’s formula for success. “If we knew that, we’d all be the most successful television producers of all time,” Sophia Bush joked. “I think Dick really is attuned to what works. He has strong opinions, but is also very collaborative, which so many people, when they get tremendously successful, are not; and then they run their shows into the ground. He really is a pleasure to work for and I’m thrilled that his universe keeps growing and [thrilled] to be a part of it.”

*Be a Dick Wolf today. Be attuned to what works. Have strong opinions, but be collaborative. Be a pleasure to work for and your universe will keep growing and people will be thrilled to be a part of it. Law and Order is on somewhere right now – check it out, for motivation.


David Wright 1982

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“There are so many players out there who are better than me talent-wise. But I think I outwork all of them.”

*Outwork your opponents today with this David Wright workout.


Branch Rickey 1881

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“It was a lingering sin in his mind,’’ said Branch Barrett Rickey, the 72-year-old grandson of baseball’s great innovator. In August 1945, Rickey, the general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, took the first step toward correcting that sin when he agreed to sign Jackie Robinson, a Negro League All-Star, to a minor- league contract. On April 15, 1947, Robinson became the first African-American player in the modern history of baseball.

*What is a lingering sin in your mind? What can you do to take the first step toward correcting that sin? For me, as a teacher, it’s bullying. I normally try to take the path of least resistance, but I refuse to stand by and watch someone get bullied.


Harvey Firestone 1868

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Harvey S. Firestone saying creativity, new ideas and innovation are at the core of what makes a business run and not just financial investment. Harvey S. Firestone said: Thought, not money, is the real business capital
— Harvey S. Firestone

*This makes me happy. I don’t have money but I do have creativity, new ideas, and innovation. I have the real business capital that I need – thought. This also reminds me to have my tires rotated today.


Jonah Hill 1983 – watch Moneyball

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Be Ready for Rejections

Any unconventional idea, no matter how good it is, could face rejections initially. Oakland scouts were first dismissive and then hostile towards Peter Brand’s non-traditional sabermetric approach to scouting players. Early in the season, the Athletics played poorly, leading critics to dismiss the new method as a failure. Additionally, Billy faced continuous resistance from Art Howe, Oakland Athletics manager.

*Ask that special someone to come over and watch Jonah Hill almost win an Oscar in Moneyball with you. Be ready for rejections though.


JoJo 1990 – Jo Jo Potatoes

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JoJo is resilient.

That’s the message that comes through loud and clear when you listen to Mad Love., her debut album with Atlantic Records and her first LP in ten years. She’s empowered. She’s in control. And she’s grown as hell. You can hear it in her Wiz Khalifa-assisted lead single, “Fuck Apologies.” It’s a powerful statement of intent that announces to the world that the singer-songwriter isn’t going to let anyone make her feel small.

*Don’t let anyone make you feel small as you listen to JoJo while making these Jo Jo Potatoes. Enjoy them while watching Moneyball.

SNUB – Peter Criss

Review –

  • Be attuned as to what works
  • David Wright workout
  • Correct a lingering sin
  • Thought is the real business capital
  • Watch Moneyball
  • Make Jo Jo potatoes

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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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