January 28



Jackson Pollock 1912

Film Instant — Jackson Pollock dribbling sand on painting while...

*Do you want to sound smart about art? At least about Jackson Pollock on his birthday?

Take a course on him through Khan Academy.


Andre Iguodala 1984

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Iguodala has a strict “no screens, no lights” bedtime routine that involves “shutting down all the phones, putting everything on airplane mode, getting my alarm clock set, and taking a couple deep breaths.”

“Sleep more and work out more.”

*When you go to bed tonight, perform Andre Iguodala’s nightly routine to get more sleep.


Gregg Popovich 1949

GIFs: Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich Fought During Game 4

“Win the championship? I don’t know, but it’s not a priority in my life. I’d be much happier if I knew that my players were going to make society better, who had good families and who took care of the people around them.”

*Make society better. Work on making your family better. Take care of the people around you. Work hard at your job or business but stay focused on being more than successful in your job.


Carlos Slim 1940

Invest in areas that customers find it difficult to avoid you

Carlos has invested in real estate, bakeries, telecoms, education institutions, healthcare, fashion, museums etc. By doing this, he is serving his customers every day in different ways. People joke that: Mexico should be renamed “Slimlandia” because it is impossible to avoid contributing to his vast empire.

*It has never been easier to invest. Invest online and focus on areas that people can’t avoid. As you go through your day, observe what people “have” to do (cell phones, groceries, gas, etc.)


Nick Carter 1988 and Joey Fatone 1977

Nick Carter (BSB) & Joey Fatone (NSYNC)

*Boy bands were never better than at the height of Backstreet Boys and Nsync. With Nick Carter and Joey Fatone sharing a birthday, enjoy a mix of both groups and decide for yourself which one was best.


Elijah Wood 1981

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Wood told Bonappetit that he’s capable of making a mean cassoulet – a French slow-cooked casserole

*Make your own mean cassoulet and watch Frodo in Lord of the Rings.


BONUS: Ariel Winter 1998 – mint chocolate chip ice cream for dessert

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“I tried it recently and I just fell in love with it,”

“I go through stages like every three months, I pick a new favorite food and it’s currently mint chocolate chip ice cream. So I have six different companies of mint chocolate chip ice cream in my freezer currently.”

*Get some mint chocolate chip ice cream and watch Winter in Modern Family

SNUB – Amy Coney Barrett 1972

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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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