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

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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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