August 15



Melinda Gates 1964

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“In the course of your lives, without any plan on your part, you’ll come to see suffering that will break your heart. When it happens, and it will, don’t turn away from it; turn toward it. That is the moment when change is born.”

*Create change by turning toward suffering to help those who need it most.


Ben Affleck 1972

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Having clearly defined shoulders was a big part of Ben Affleck’s Batman workout.

*Bulk up those shoulders with this Batman workout and you’ll be ready to take on Superman.


Joe Jonas 1989

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“I mean, I believe in God, and that’s a personal relationship that I have, but I’m not religious in any way.”

*Your relationship with God is personal and unique. No one else needs to know about it.


Anthony Anderson 1970

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“I drive a Mercedes S550, not because I went out and bought it, but because of my relationship with Mercedes,”

“So I drive a $97,000 car for free. I don’t go out and try to keep up with the Joneses because my last name is Anderson. What they do in their household, or over there on their property lines is what they do. I’m not chasing someone else’s dreams.”

*Don’t chase someone else’s dream. You don’t have to go broke keep up with the Joneses.


Jennifer Lawrence 1990 –watch Joy

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*Watch JLAW almost win an Oscar in Joy. This movie will also inspire your entrepreneurial aspirations. 


Julia Child 1912 – Napoleon’s chicken

BONUS: Napoleon Bonaparte 1769

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Child related the fable of the Chicken Marengo recipe’s origin as created by Napoleon’s chef from the ingredients he had with him when they were at the battle of Marengo.

*In honor of Napoleon and Julia Child’s birthdays, make her Napoleon’s chicken. Enjoy it while watching Joy or Silver Lining’s Playbook.

SNUB – Nipsey Hussle 1985

Review –

  • Turn toward suffering
  • Batman workout
  • You have a personal relationship with God
  • Don’t chase someone else’s dream
  • Watch Joy
  • Make Napoleon’s Chicken

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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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