August 23



Kobe Bryant 1978

“The mindset isn’t about seeking a result—it’s more about the process of getting to that result. It’s about the journey and the approach. It’s a way of life. I do think that it’s important, in all endeavors, to have that mentality.”

*Have the Mamba Mentality that made the late Kobe Bryant so special. Start reading his book today.


Barbara Eden 1931

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‘I spin three times a week. Then I work with a trainer for half an hour with weights. It’s important to lift weights for your bones.’

*Take a spin class today and work with your trainer for half an hour with weights – for your bones. Watch I Dream of Jeannie for motivation.


Rick Springfield 1949

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“When you get depressed you look in and ask what’s going on. Introspection is a great tool for an artist,”

“It does help in a weird way.”

*Look in and ask yourself what’s going on, as you listen to Rick Springfield today. 


Harry Frank Guggenheim 1890

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The Guggenheim family demonstrates how donors who have strong ideologies behind their philanthropic activities create lasting grounded organizations.

*Now that you are making, saving, and investing money, develop a strong ideology behind your philanthropy. If nothing else, take today to think about donating to the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation or the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation


River Phoenix 1970 – watch Running on Empty

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*Watch the late River Phoenix almost win an Oscar in Running on Empty.


Jeremy Lin 1988

Lakers Jeremy Lin and Kobe Bryant

Point guard Jeremy Lin says he eats a diet that primarily consists of:

  • Healthy carbs (pasta, couscous, rice)
  • Proteins (lean chicken, steak and fish)
  • Veggies and fruits
  • Yogurts
  • Trail mix
  • Granola

*Eat like Jeremy Lin, including a Kobe steak.

BONUS: Kobe Bryant 1978 – griddle seared Kobe

Joe Bryant has said that Kobe was named after a restaurant in Philadelphia. “I don’t know if I should say that, they might want the rights to the name,” said the father of the then-rising star.

*Enjoy this Kobe steak and don’t share it with anyone. Wash it down with Black Mamba punch – in fact, turn the drink into a round of shots, and you take all the shots. 

Black Mamba

House-mulled wine with gin and applejack. The result is a dark purple drink with a bite.

SNUB – Shelley Long 1949

Review –

  • Have Mamba Mentality
  • Take a spin class
  • Look in
  • Develop a strong ideology for your philanthropy
  • Watch Running on Empty
  • Eat like Jeremy Lin with a Kobe steak and Black Mamba shots

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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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