October 5



Neil deGrasse Tyson 1958

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Neil deGrasse Tyson attempts to live his life by following the advice of Horace Mann: “Be ashamed to die until you’ve scored some victory for humanity.”

If I live a day and I don’t know a little more that day than the day before,”

“I think I wasted that day.”

*Work on how you are going to score some victory for humanity. You won’t want to be ashamed on your deathbed. Don’t waste today- know more today than you did yesterday. I hope my victory for humanity is 365DOLF


Mario Lemieux 1965 – play ice hockey

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Lemieux wasn’t letting anything stop his athletic career – not even Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

The Mario Lemieux Foundation is dedicated to raising funds for cancer research and patient care, as well as Austin’s Playrooms, an initiative that creates playrooms for children and families in medical facilities.


*Find an ice rink that you can play hockey on today. Even if you’ve never played before, give it a try – it can’t be as hard as overcoming Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Think of donating to the Mario Lemieux Foundation as well.


Chester A. Arthur 1829

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“Be fit for more than the thing you are now doing. Let everyone know that you have a reserve in yourself; that you have more power than you are now using. If you are not too large for the place you occupy, you are too small for it.”

*Let everyone know that you have more power than they know about.


Brian Johnson 1947 – listen to AC/DC

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Johnson loves Rodgers and Hammerstein and has worked on a musical theatre project himself, but has taken care to keep such projects separate from his work with AC/DC.

“He’s smart enough to know that AC/DC fans don’t want that. It would be a branding disaster.”

*Know what employers and/or customers want and give it to them. This is how you bring value to employers and clients.


Kate Winslet 1975 – watch The Reader

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On her sixth Oscar nomination, Winslet was finally able to take home the prize.

*Watch Kate Winslet win an Oscar in The Reader


Ray Kroc 1902 – eat McDonald’s

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Ray Kroc took the long road to success, and it wasn’t until he was 52 years old that he finally hit it big with McDonald’s

*Subway yesterday and McDonald’s today. Again, you can go healthy with a grilled chicken or salad, or you could go Grimace mode and have a big mac. If this is your only McDonald’s meal of the year, go big!

SNUB – Jesse Eisenberg 1983

Review –

  • Know more today than you did yesterday
  • Play ice hockey
  • You have more power than you are showing
  • Know what people want and give it to them
  • Watch The Reader
  • Eat McDonald’s

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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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