April 5



Colin Powell 1937

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Powell says that back when he was a lost 17-year-old at City College of New York, ROTC “saved” him and kept him in school.

“I found my place. I found discipline, I found structure, I found people that were like me and I liked, and I fell in love with the Army those first few months in ROTC, and it lasted for the next 40-odd years,”

*Hopefully you have found your place, your discipline. If not, it’s never too late. It might be too late to join ROTC, but you can always find structure and people that are like you.


Hayley Atwell 1982

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‘I did various detoxes, hard running every day and endless lunges and squats. I was in the best physical condition I’ve ever been in.’

*Bullies once called her ‘Fatwell’ but look at her now. Today’s tasks include a detox, hard running, lunges, and squats.


Booker T. Washington 1856

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Determined to educate himself, he traveled hundreds of miles under great hardship until he arrived — broke, tired, and dirty — at Hampton Institute

*Educate yourself today by reading Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington. You won’t even have to be broke, tired, and dirty to read it.


Pharrell Williams 1973

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Clap along if you feel like a room, without a roof.” 

*Listen to Pharrell Williams sing ‘Happy’ and know that you are limitless, unconstrained, and free. You’re unrestricted by any obstacles, short comings, and limitations. Your financial future has no roof!


Gregory Peck 1916 – watch To Kill a Mockingbird

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*Watch Gregory Peck win an Oscar in To Kill a Mockingbird.


Matt Bonner 1980 – Full Montagu sandwich

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*Check out Matt Bonner’s website and create one of his favorite sandwiches from his NBA travels.

SNUB – Bette Davis 1908

Review –

  • Find your place
  • Detox, hard running, and squats
  • Read Up From Slavery
  • Your financial future has no roof
  • Watch To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Make a Full Montagu sandwich

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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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