November 30



Winston Churchill 1874

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Churchill thought very highly of himself. He believed he was destined for greatness. This belief guided his every action and decision in life.

*Have confidence in yourself and your abilities. You are the source of your success. Believe that you can achieve great things.


Kaley Cuoco 1985

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“I tried spinning, I tried running, I tried yoga, I tried Pilates,”

“I realized I don’t like running…I refuse to do it. I like spinning, so I try to mix that in. When I found hot yoga, I fell in love with it and was like, this is my thing.”

*Make hot yoga your thing today.


Mark Twain 1835

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“Always do what is right. It will gratify half of mankind and astound the other.”

*Gratify and astound mankind by always doing what is right.


Dick Clark 1929

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At one point, he hosted shows on all three major TV networks- “the $20,000 Pyramid” on ABC, “Live Wednesday” on CBS and “TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes” on NBC.

Clark learned early to branch out.

*Branch out. The proper way of saying “hustle”. Few hustled like Dick Clark and that’s what made him hundreds of millions of dollars.


Ben Stiller 1965 – watch The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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Let go of your natural instincts and emotions, to do things that you wouldn’t normally think of doing.

*Let yourself go and watch The Secret Life of Walter Mitty


“I never have felt comfortable having a foundation named after me. Originally I asked if we could call it the LeBron James Foundation, or the Brad Pitt Foundation, since I thought that would get a lot more people to donate money. I was told I could get sued if I did that. So I went with the Stiller Foundation, since the point is to try to get as much or as little attention for this cause as my name could muster.”

The Stiller Foundation is working to build more schools, to give more children the chance to realize their potential. You can help by visiting the Support section of the website. Get involved, donate, check out our “gear”. It will all go to funding our programs and supporting the children of Haiti.


Bo Jackson 1962 – Bo Jackson’s shrimp burgers with mayo and caper sauce

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Bo Jackson, the world’s greatest living athlete, and the only man to be an All-Star in baseball and a Pro Bowler in football.

*Order Bo Jackson’s shrimp sliders and use them to make his shrimp burgers with mayo and caper sauce.

SNUB – Chrissy Teigen 1985

Review –

  • Have confidence in your abilities
  • Hot Yoga
  • Always do what is right
  • Branch out
  • Watch The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  • Make Bo Jackson’s shrimp burgers with mayo and caper sauce

November 29



Louisa May Alcott 1832

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Did you know that Louisa May Alcott…

Was home-schooled in literature by Ralph Waldo Emerson?

Accompanied Henry David Thoreau on his famous nature walks?

Knew Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, William Lloyd Garrison

Her family hosted John Brown’s widow and boarded his daughter after his execution.

*A great DYK for you to use today with coworkers and family. Start reading Little Women.


Russell Wilson 1988

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Wilson lifts four days per week. His sessions are split up into two speed days and two strength days.

*Do Russell Wilson’s Olympic weightlifting exercises today to develop power. It is God’s will.


The public announcement that he was practicing abstinence with singer Ciara?

Russell Wilson was put here to guide her to a better place.


CS Lewis 1898

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In the classic Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis, explores the common ground upon which all of those of Christian faith stand together.

“You Don’t Have a Soul”: C.S. Lewis Never Said It

*Order Mere Christianity and the journal that goes with it as a perfect guide for further meditation and discussion.


Mariano Rivera 1969

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Mariano Rivera will go down in baseball history as the greatest closer to ever play the game. That, along with playing for the Yankees and their deep pockets, helped Rivera earn $169.6 million in his career.

*When you create value, you will be compensated accordingly. IF you are with the right company.


Don Cheadle 1964 – watch Hotel Rwanda

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Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle) is a man who has been cruelly awakened.

*Watch Don Cheadle win an Oscar in Hotel Rwanda – even if some scenes are hard to watch.


Chadwick Boseman 1977 – Wakandan Jeweled Vegetable Pilau with Berbere Braised Lamb

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Boseman AKA: James Brown, Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall

This is one of the ways why food is so important… it’s a representation of a people

Wakandan Jeweled Vegetable Pilau With Berbere Braised Lamb

*Watch Black Panther after making the national dish of Wakanda.

SNUB – Anna Faris 1976

Review –

  • Start reading Little Women
  • Olympic weightlifting
  • Order Mere Christianity
  • Create value within the right company
  • Watch Hotel Rwanda
  • Make the national dish of Wakanda

November 28



William Blake 1757

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“Poetry, Painting & Music, the three Powers in man of conversing with Paradise, which the flood did not sweep away.”

*Read the poetry of William Blake. Look at the paintings of Jackson Pollock. Listen to the Motown music of Berry Gordy. Converse with Paradise.


Summer Rae 1983

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“I lift four days a week, and on my fifth day I do HIIT if I have time. I try to do intense cardio twice a week, but because of my schedule I sometimes have to do it on a lift day. SoulCycle is my new favourite! I’m pretty obsessed with it, as we just got it in Chicago. I love the positivity in the class and the loud music. If I’m going to do cardio like that for an hour, I need someone yelling at me and pushing me!”

*Lift, HIIT, intense cardio, and/or SoulCycle today.


Berry Gordy Jr. 1929

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Gordy endeavored to reach across the racial divide with music that could touch all people, regardless of the color of their skin. Under his tutelage, Motown became a model of black capitalism, pride and self-expression.

*Listen to Motown music all day. It’s good for the soul.


Jon Stewart 1962

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“If I had only followed CNBC’s advice, I’d have a million dollars today, provided I started with a hundred million dollars.”

*Use caution when taking financial advice.


Ed Harris 1950 – watch Pollock

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‘Pollock’ (2000)

For Harris, “Pollock” represents the culmination of a 10 year labor of love.

Life Magazine asked: “Jackson Pollock: Is he the greatest living painter in the United States?”

*Watch Ed Harris almost win an Oscar for his role as Jackson Pollock.


Judd Nelson 1959 – Breakfast Club sandwich

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You see us as you want to see us—in the simplest terms and the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain and an athlete, and a basket case, a princess, and a criminal.

*Listen to some Motown while making this Breakfast Club sandwich and enjoy eating it while watching The Breakfast Club. It may inspire you to make a sugar and cereal sandwich for dessert.

SNUB – Trey Songz 1984

Review –

  • Poetry, painting, and music
  • HIIT or SoulCycle
  • Listen to Motown music
  • Use caution when taking financial advice.
  • Watch Pollock
  • Make a Breakfast Club sandwich

November 27



Bill Nye 1955


Next time you start staring at yourself in the mirror, try a little science at the same time. Here’s an experiment that shows how your brain works with what you see

*Try several “Home Demos: Experiments You Should Try at Home” from Bill Nye’s website.


Bruce Lee 1940

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  • Side Kick
  • Hook Kick
  • Spin Kick
  • Rear and Front Thrust
  • Heel Kick

*Strive for honest self-expression in alignment with your mind, body, and spirit by doing Bruce Lee’s kicks workout.


Through a number of educational and social initiatives, the Bruce Lee Foundation encourages people to strive for honest self-expression in alignment with their mind, body, and spirit. Consistent with Bruce Lee’s innate belief, we know that we can impact the world by giving people permission to follow their dreams, in harmony with their community.


Caroline Kennedy 1957 – Her dad was killed just 5 days before her 6th birthday.

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What do you wish for your children?

“I hope that they’ll find people that they love, and work that they find compelling, and that they’re able to make the world around them better for everyone living in it.”

*Strive to be what Caroline Kennedy wants for her children – find someone that you love, find work that is compelling, and make the world around you better for everyone living in it.


Konosuke Matsushita 1894

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“Our mission as a manufacturer is to create material abundance by providing goods as plentifully and inexpensively as tap water. This is how we can banish poverty, bring happiness to people’s lives, and make this world a better place.”

*Does your job or business bring happiness to people’s lives and make this world a better place? If not, this is what you must strive to create for yourself, your family, and society.


Jimi Hendrix 1942

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“He had this thing of not being able to say no to people – and this became a problem.”

*Say “no” to people today. Tell them you’re going home to listen to Jimi.


Jaleel White 1976 – chocolate souffle and a glass of wine

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Do you have a guilty pleasure food?

“Soufflés in the middle of the night … I will get in my car and get a chocolate soufflé at midnight, and a glass of wine, and remind myself that most of my troubles are just in my mind.”

Wine Pairing Suggestion:

This chocolate souffle pairs perfectly with our Handcraft Petite Sirah – a wonderful, fruit-forward wine where you will taste jam from beginning to end.

*Urkel would not lead you astray. End your day with this chocolate souffle and a glass of Petite Sirah. 

SNUB – Manolo Blahnik 1942

Review –

  • Bill Nye’s home experiments
  • Bruce Lee kicks workout
  • Find true love, compelling work, and make the world better
  • Make sure your business makes the world a better place
  • Listen to Jimi Hendrix 
  • Chocolate souffle and a glass of Petite Sirah

November 26



DJ Khaled 1975

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As DJ Khaled often says, “it’s a cold world out there. Bundle up.” A lot of people do not want you to succeed, but you have the ability to! YOU are in control of your life and YOU hold your key to success.

*Pursue the path for your life. Work hard. Enjoy life. Do your best.


Rita Ora 1990

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“I do circuit training. I usually work out for one or two hours, depending on how much time I have. I do three circuits and repeat that three times. I mostly focus on my thighs and my bum, so I do a lot of squats and weight lifting. And I do one circuit of cardio. What I’ve learned is that you can take your time with training. You don’t have to beat yourself up as long as you get in the workouts that you need. I used to push myself until I felt sick. But I’m approaching it differently now. I enjoy working out. And I like the aftermath—that feeling of contentment.”

*Complete Rita Ora’s circuit training with lots of squats, weight lifting, and cardio. Take your time but get your workout in so you can get that feeling of contentment. Listen to her music for motivation.


Natasha Bedingfield 1981

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“People are very defensive about religion a lot of the time. They want to try to bring out a reaction in you that’s in some way Bible-bashing or finger-pointing, because that’s their expectation. For me, though, it’s my rock. That’s how I was brought up and it’s made me who I am.”

*What is your rock? How were you brought up? What has made you who you are?


Rich Little 1938

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“I invested in a lot of buildings, condos and stuff like that,”

“And that was great for a while but then everything started getting older, which meant earthquake, fire and all kinds of other insurance, so I sold off my portion and put most of my money into government bonds.”

“It was a great move for me and has left me in pretty good shape… living off interest and dividends and not touching the principal.”

Most government bonds are backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government.

*Imitate Rich Little and put your money in government bonds today.


Tina Turner 1939

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“I may not be able to get that class, because I didn’t act my life, I lived it. I am Tina Turner. I am raunchy. But I know I’m a lady and that deep inside of me there’s a craving for class.”

*Show some class today and listen to Tina Turner.


Charles Schulz 1922 – Charlie Brownies

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Peanuts was carried by more than 2,600 newspapers in 75 countries and read by some 300 million people.

*Enjoy these Charlie Brownies and wash them down with a Snoopy while watching A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and A Charlie Brown Christmas.

SNUB – Shawn Kemp 1969

Review –

  • Pursue the path for your life
  • Circuit training
  • What is your rock?
  • Invest in government bonds
  • Listen to Tina Turner
  • Make Charlie Brownies

November 25



John F. Kennedy Jr. 1960 – his dad was killed just 3 days before his 3rd birthday.

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“Don’t feel like you have to say something.” 

“Be mysterious: let people wonder.”

*Be mysterious today. Don’t feel like you have to say something. Cherish awkward silence and let people wonder.


Joe DiMaggio 1914 – yes, JFK’s son and Marilyn Monroe’s husband share a birthday

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Joe was known for his gracefulness—his classic swing, wide stance, short stride and powerful wrists.

*Go to the batting cages and work on a classic swing, wide stance, short stride, and powerful wrists. Try to get 56 hits in a row.


Percy Sledge 1940

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The man who is best known for his first song, “When a Man Loves a Woman”, is so much more than a soul singer. He was a husband, a father, and was deeply inspired by church gospel music.

*Listen to Percy Sledge – with someone you love.


Andrew Carnegie 1835

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Wealth: $372 billion

Carnegie’s boss had to make out some bills so he asked Andrew to do it. He performed the task well, and his appreciative employer kept finding Carnegie odd jobs.

To Carnegie this was just the first step in his pursuit of better prospects, and he took it upon himself to prepare for the next opportunity that might open up:

*Your current job may be just the first step in your pursuit of better prospects. You’ll stay in this job forever, if you are not on the lookout for a better opportunity and grabbing it.


Christina Applegate 1971 – watch Hall Pass

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Jason Sudeikis and Christina Applegate have both worked with Jennifer Aniston.

Sudeikis has worked with Aniston in four movies, one of the most notable being We’re The Millers, while Applegate has played the part of her sister on the show Friends.

*Watch Hall Pass with the one you love – discuss possibilities afterwards.


Joey Chestnut 1983

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Joey “Jaws” Chestnut downed a record 74 wieners and buns in 10 minutes to take home the coveted Mustard Belt

*Eat as many Nathan’s hot dogs as you can today.

SNUB – Donovan McNabb 1976

Review –

  • Be mysterious
  • Work on a classic swing at the batting cages
  • Listen to Percy Sledge
  • Be on the lookout for opportunities
  • Watch Hall Pass
  • Eat as many Nathan’s hot dogs as you can

November 24



Zachary Taylor 1784

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*Focus on living a life of truth, honesty, and fairness. A life with which your true friends will be proud of.


Oscar Robertson 1938

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*Play a game of pickup basketball – get a triple double.


Sarah Hyland 1990

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She described herself as “very, very, very close” to taking her own life.

What pulled her out of that space, ultimately, was saying it out loud to a friend and admitting she wanted to seek therapy to help her do some serious soul-searching.

*Do some soul-searching today and talk to a friend about what is weighing most on your mind.


Dale Carnegie 1888

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*Take a financial online course from


Scott Joplin 1868

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*Listen to the “King of Ragtime” Scott Joplin’s music today.


Katherine Heigl 1978 – brie tomato pasta

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*Make Katherine Heigl’s brie tomato pasta. Enjoy eating it while watching her in Knocked Up – just don’t have a mouth full during the delivery scene.

SNUB – Ted Bundy 1946

Review –

  • Live a life of truth, honesty, and fairness
  • Play basketball
  • Do some soul searching
  • Take a financial online course
  • Listen to Scott Joplin
  • Make brie tomato pasta

November 23



Franklin Pierce 1804

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  • one o’clock, a glass of brandy and water and a pint of champagne
  • 5:00 drank more brandy and water
  • 7:30 supped at Parker’s on broiled oysters, beefsteak
  • 9:00 Theatre, and saw Fanny Kemble and her daughter in a private box by mistake
  • 11:00 returned to Parker’s and drank some very old brandy in his private room
  • 12:00 Parker’s for raw oysters and a bottle of Stein Wine
  • 1:00 to the General’s room, drank two pint bottles of champagne
  • 3:00 took a stroll about Fruit Street
  • 4 o’clock repaired

*From 1pm to 4am, live like a former president today.


Kelly Brook 1979

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“My two killer fitness secrets are exercises that Tamayah and I have special names for … the Brook Bum Buster and the Beverly Hills Power Walk!”

‘The Brook Bum Buster is killer but really does the trick and the Beverly Hills Power Walk is basically walking really fast on an uphill gradient on the treadmill – which is brilliant for your thighs and bum! It reminds me of when I lived in LA and I used to see everyone powerwalking around in their sun visors, which is why its our Beverly Hills Power Walk!’

*Do this “Kelly Brook Beverly Hills” power walk today.


Robin Roberts 1960

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Twice she faced life-threatening illnesses. Through it all, she honored her friends and supporters by choosing to make “her mess her message,” something her mother said often. She opened her heart and soul, lifted the veil, and shared her struggle with the worldhoping to inspire and encourage those in need.

“When fear knocks, let faith answer the door. Have faith that if you’re diagnosed with cancer or if someone you love is diagnosed, there are oncology nurses, doctors, clergy and a battalion of other people who will be there and want to help you get through it.”

*Don’t be afraid to make your mess your message. When fear knocks, let faith answer the door. Beautifully said by Robin Roberts.


Snooki 1987

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“I love having my own brand and my own business. I like keeping busy. If I’m not doing anything, I feel like I’m wasting my time. I definitely don’t want to stop, ever. I’ll work until I stop breathing.”

*Find a job or run a business that you love so much that you want to work until you stop breathing. I can’t believe I’m telling you to be like Snooki.


Miley Cyrus 1992

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“I think it got harder when I started touring as both—I toured as Hannah Montana and as myself.”

“I think that’s probably what’s a little bit wrong with me now! I mark that up to doing some extreme damage in my psyche as an adult person.”

*Listen to her as Miley Cyrus, Hannah Montana, or a little bit of both. It’s good for your psyche.


John Schnatter 1961

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Rather than buying or inheriting a business, he really did build the company from modest origins. He set up some used kitchen equipment in a converted broom closet and within months had his own booming pizza business, which eventually grew into a multibillion-dollar company.

*Order Papa John’s pizza for lunch – before you live like Franklin Pierce. Solidify your multi-billion-dollar company while eating it.

BONUS: Rick Bayless 1953

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Salsa Verde Pizza with Goat Cheese and Bacon

Pizza de Salsa Verde, Queso de Cabra y Tocino
*If you want to make your own pizza, try the other birthday boy’s recipe.

“Wrecking Ball”

It’s cantaloupe sweetness is cut with the smoky bite of Mezcal and a spicy sprinkle of pepper flakes.

Make sure you garnish with a melon (wrecking) ball.

*Wash down your pizza with a Wrecking Ball.

SNUB – Asafa Powell 1982

Review –

  • Live like Franklin Pierce for one day
  • Power walk
  • Make your mess your message
  • Run a business that you want to run until your last breath
  • Listen to Miley Cyrus
  • Eat Papa John’s pizza

November 22



Jamie Lee Curtis 1958

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“I shed people, I shed clothing, I shed possessions, I shed ideas. The biggest thing I’ve shed is my own limitations and perception of who I am.”

*Take today to shed one person, one article of clothing, one possession, and one idea. This will help you shed your own limitations and the perception you have of yourself. 


JuJu Smith-Schuster 1996

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When Smith-Schuster had his bike stolen he was forced to walk to practice for a day.

*Either walk or bike to work today. Play football with friends. Go Steelers!


Billie Jean King 1943

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Her “job” was to advance equality.  Tennis was just the way to go about her job.

*What is your “why”? Is your job your primary or a way to make money to advance your “why”?


Donny Deutsch 1957

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“The main money lesson is that it isn’t about money. Money is not going to make you happy. It can solve certain problems, and make things more comfortable, but always plan for a rainy day. Always make sure you are living like the trees aren’t going to always go to the sky.”

*Another reminder that money won’t make you happy, but save it for a rainy day.


Mark Ruffalo 1967

Scarlett Johansson 1984 – watch The Avengers

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*Watch these two share a birthday and several scenes together in as many of The Angers movies as you can.


Hailey Baldwin (Bieber) 1996

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“A cheat day for me, the first thing that I crave, I’ll eat. That’s my rule. So if I wake up and I want pancakes, I’m gonna eat pancakes. If I want a cheeseburger for lunch or for dinner, I’m gonna eat it. If I want fries, I’m gonna eat the fries.”

*As you mourn the death of JFK, use today as a cheat day. Eat whatever you crave.

SNUB – Rodney Dangerfield 1921

Review –

  • Shed your own limitations
  • Ride your bike to work
  • What is your “WHY”?
  • Save money for a rainy day
  • Watch The Avengers
  • Cheat Day

November 21



Ken Griffey Jr. 1969

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“You lose, you smile, and you come back the next day. You win, you smile, you come back the next day.”

*Remember this quote throughout the day. Revisit it before going to bed tonight.


Troy Aikman 1966

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D Magazine: If you’ve got only 20 minutes to work out, what’s your routine?
Troy Aikman:
 Treadmill or Stairmill

What’s your typical daily workout routine?
An hour of weightlifting and 45 minutes of cardio (either Flywheel or a run on the Katy Trail.)

What’s your usual breakfast?
Oatmeal, banana, egg white pancakes.

*If you only have 20 minutes hit the treadmill or stair master. If you have more time, lift weights for an hour and 45 minutes running on a local trail. And you’ve got a breakfast idea to start your day.


Stan Musial 1920

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Thousands of friends filed through the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis during Musial’s six-hour public visitation.  Hundreds filled the Basilica for the two-hour funeral Mass, while many stood outside.  All came to honor an exceptional human being and to pray for the repose of his soul.

This is what “repose of the soul” means in a Catholic context: that the soul has gone to heaven to be with God for all eternity.

*You want to be honored as an exceptional human being and experience the final reward as a faithful follower. You’re living your life so that your soul can go to heaven to be with God for eternity.


Harold Ramis 1944 – watch Stripes

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“Harold was clearly the most successful comedy writer-director of all time,” said Tim Kazurinsky, who followed Ramis at Second City and later became his friend.

“The number of films that he has made that were successful, that were blockbusters, nobody comes close. Even in light in of that, he was more successful as a human being.”

*Strive to be the best at your profession. Strive to be better as a human being. 


Goldie Hawn 1945 – watch Cactus Flower

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*Watch Goldie Hawn win an Oscar in Cactus Flower. Watch it with your daughter.


Michael Strahan 1971 – bulgogi beef

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Super Bowl champion, Pro Football Hall of Famer, Emmy winner, broadcast anchor and analyst, author, producer, entrepreneur, and level-10 optimist – Michael Strahan

*Be a level-10 optimist today and enjoy Michael Strahan’s bulgogi beef. Don’t get any stuck in your teeth. Check out his website – it’s 365DOLF ish.

SNUB – Brie and Nikki Bella 1983

Review –

  • Win or lose, tomorrow is a new day
  • Treadmill or stair-mill
  • Live your life so your soul can go to Heaven
  • Be the best at your job – be a better human being
  • Watch Cactus Flower
  • Make Michael Strahan Bulgogi Beef