September 10



Jack Ma 1964

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“I’m coming to this world not to work. I want to come to this world to enjoy my life. I don’t want to die in my office. I want to die on the beaches.”

*Make this your morning mantra.


Roger Maris 1934 – chop wood

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The bulge you saw in Maris’ arms came from chopping wood back home in Fargo, N.D.

*It might be difficult to find a wood pile to chop, but it is fun and it does ease stress. If not, ask your trainer for a move to simulate chopping wood or go to the batting cages and swing away.


Marie Laveau 1801

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Many condemned her as a witch while others praised her as a saint.

Vodou began when African slaves brought their native traditions with them as they were forcefully transported to the new world.

Vodou is a monotheistic religion. Followers of Vodou — known as Vodouisants — believe in a single, supreme godhead that can be equated with the Catholic God. This deity is known as Bondye, “the good god”

*Pray to Bondye – “the good god” today.


Arnold Palmer 1929

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Palmer had not capitalized on his namesake drink. Knowing this, three men decided it would make sense to draw up a business plan — on a napkin of course — and present it to Palmer’s agents.

*Go to the bar with two buddies. Order Arnold Palmers. Draw up a business plan on a napkin. Make millions. 


Colin Firth 1960 – watch The King’s Speech

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*Watch Colin Firth win an Oscar in The King’s Speech


Randy Johnson 1963 – Big Unit Hot Dog

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A signature menu item was the Big Unit hot dog, named for Arizona Diamondbacks Hall of Famer Randy Johnson.

It’s nearly 2 feet of meat packed in an entire baguette loaf and smothered in chili, cheese, bacon, jalapeño, grilled onions, relish and sauerkraut.

*Enjoy a Big Unit hot dog in honor of one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball. Wash it down with an Arnold Palmer in honor of one of the most dominant golfers ever.

SNUB – Joe Perry 1950

Review –

  • Don’t die in an office, die on the beach
  • Chop wood
  • Pray to Bondye
  • Draw a business plan on a napkin
  • Watch The King’s Speech
  • Make a Big Unit hot dog

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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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