November 12



Auguste Rodin 1840

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“What makes my thinker think is that he thinks not only with his brain, with his knitted brow, his distended nostrils and compressed lips,”

“but with every muscle of his arms, back, and legs, with his clenched fist and gripping toes.”

The statue no longer communicated the attitude of a poet presiding over a collection of literary fancies; instead, it captured an introspective moment of any human being – a poet, a leader, a scholar, an everyday working man, or even the artist himself.

*Have an introspective moment today where you think with not just your brain but with every muscle, a clenched fist, and gripping toes. Get to know yourself at the core. Be a thinker.


Anne Hathaway 1982

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To get in shape for her Catwoman role, Anne did stunt training five days a week and danced for an hour and a half daily. She also lifted weights and practiced martial arts and yoga.

“I’ve always thought that skinny was the goal, but with this job, I also have to be strong.”

*Dance for an hour and a half, practice martial arts (you could get a free first class), and/or yoga today. Watch Ann Hathaway as Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises for motivation.


Elizabeth Cady Stanton 1815

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“The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.”

*Don’t fear the opinions of others or hesitate to tell the truth. Don’t be silent when you should speak today – it’s bad for your soul.


Grace Kelly 1929

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She was her family’s ‘least likely to succeed’

She made nine films, won an Oscar, married a prince, and retired. When a reporter asked Jack Kelly if he was proud, he suggested they write about her older sister Peggy instead, shrugging, “Anything that Grace could do, Peggy could always do better.” Grace Kelly was the family failure.

*Some times winning an Oscar and marrying a prince won’t be enough to please your family. Remember that you measure your success. No one else. Watch her win said Oscar in The Country Girl for inspiration.


Ryan Gosling 1980 – watch La La Land

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La La Land showed a different side to the actor, with the musical showing off Gosling’s adaptability.

*Watch Ryan Gosling almost win the Oscar in La La Land. As a teacher though, I think I’m going to watch him in his other Oscar nominated movie – Half Nelson.


Russell Westbrook 1988 – peanut butter and jelly sandwich

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Westbrook’s pregame meal: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

The perfect PB&J:

  • Spread the condiments evenly over the entire surface of the bread.
  • Use preserves, which have chunks of fruit, instead of jam or jelly.
  • Stick to strawberry and raspberry, not blueberry or anything funky.
  • Cut the sandwich diagonally.
  • Wrap it in foil

*The guy averaged a triple-double for an entire NBA season – twice. I’m going to trust his opinion on a pregame meal. Make it your pre-day meal – for what will be a busy day.

SNUB – Charles Manson 1934

Review –

  • Be a thinker
  • Dance, martial arts, and yoga
  • Don’t fear the opinions of others
  • You measure your own success
  • Watch La La Land
  • Peanut butter and Jelly sandwich

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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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