DR. EMMET C. (TOM) THOMPSON II CELEBRATES STREET WEEK SUCCESS OF UPDATED AND EXPANDED EDITION OF HIS INSPIRING AND MOTIVATIONAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY, KICK START

Author/Professor/Motivator/NCAA Record Breaker Featured at Multiple Events, Encourages Attendees to Grab Life With Both Hands

Dr. Emmet C. (Tom) Thompson II, shared wisdom from his new updated and expanded edition of Kick Start with Dallas representatives from Rodan + Fields during Street Week for the new edition of the book. Pictured (L to R): Thompson, Rodan + Fields Executive Consultant Leigh Barnes and her husband, Brent Barnes. (Tom Thompson photo)

Dr. Emmet C. (Tom) Thompson II, shared wisdom from his new updated and expanded edition of Kick Start with Dallas representatives from Rodan + Fields during Street Week for the new edition of the book. Pictured (L to R): Thompson, Rodan + Fields Executive Consultant Leigh Barnes and her husband, Brent Barnes. (Tom Thompson photo)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 9, 2017) -Author, professor, motivator and NCAA record breaker, Dr. Emmet C. (Tom) Thompson II, celebrated the release of the new updated and expanded edition of his inspirational and motivational autobiography, Kick Start, by doing what he does best: encouraging people of all ages to grab life with both hands. 

During the Street Week activities to celebrate the release of the new edition ofKick Start, Thompson delivered a motivational 'kick-off' address to Executive Consultant Leigh Barnes and her Rodan + Fields team in Dallas. He later represented Evil Cowboy Hot Sauce at the annual ZestFest, which was held in Irving, Texas from January 27-29, 2017. Thompson was interviewed by media outlets from across the country during the fiery food experience, which brought together the spiciest exhibitors and products from around the country for a sizzling weekend.

The new edition of Kick Start, which released Tuesday, January 31, 2017, through Clovercroft Publishing, includes tips on goal setting and intentionality, explores the link between goal setting and physical fitness, and offers suggestions for ditching the "bucket list" for something even better.

To learn more about Thompson and the new updated and expanded edition of  Kick Start, visit 91kick.com


About Kick Start (Updated and Expanded Edition):

On November 14, 2009, Dr. Emmet C. (Tom) Thompson II kicked his way into the record books. At age 61, he became the oldest football player in NCAA history and the oldest NCAA football player to score a point when he kicked the PAT (Point After Touchdown) in the second quarter of the game between Austin College and Trinity University.

Thompson wrote his name in the record books, then went on to literally write the book on motivation for older adults who are approaching their golden years, as well as anyone seeking a career change, to seize their future with both hands. Thompson details his remarkable accomplishments in the new edition of  Kick Start.

Dr. Emmet C. (Tom) Thompson II joined Evil Cowboy hot sauce for an interview at ZestFest 2017. Pictured (L to R): Kendall Stadler--head reviewer and owner of Tastingtheheat.com, Thompson and Kurt Riddlesperger from Evil Cowboy Hot Sauce. (Tom Thompson photo) 

Dr. Emmet C. (Tom) Thompson II joined Evil Cowboy hot sauce for an interview at ZestFest 2017. Pictured (L to R): Kendall Stadler--head reviewer and owner of Tastingtheheat.com, Thompson and Kurt Riddlesperger from Evil Cowboy Hot Sauce. (Tom Thompson photo) 

"Like many people, I grew up feeling as though I couldn't catch a break," muses theauthor, speaker and NCAA football record holder. "With obstacles and setbacks from a very early age, I struggled to find meaning and purpose. As an adult with no real plan, my self-absorbed lifestyle led to divorce, financial stress, and physical injuries. But in time, I found my faith, my purpose, and my soulmate. I discovered it's never too late to kick start your life."   

At an age when most people are contemplating retirement, Thompson earned the first of numerous academic degrees. Through the process of earning a bachelor's degree, a master's degree and ultimately a doctorate, Thompson realized the power of setting goals and striving to reach them. But he also recognized that not all goals are created equal.

"Have you ever achieved a goal, but then didn't experience the long-term sense of fulfillment you were expecting?" asks Thompson. "That happens when you set a goal that is not tied to a core value. When you set a goal that is tied to a core value, you have a greater chance of gaining lasting fulfillment, and it has the added benefit of affecting a whole lot more people than just yourself."  

Thompson says he updated and expanded Kick Start to encourage older adults who are approaching their golden years, as well as anyone seeking a career change, to seize their future with both hands.   

"Each day approximately 6,000 Americans turn 65, the traditional age at which people clean out their desk, accept a gold watch from the company and head for the rocking chair," adds Thompson. "But we are witnessing a movement that is changing the face of the nation, and ultimately the world. The boomer generation that is approaching retirement age is more well-educated, healthier, and more motivated than any previous generation in American history. They have a tremendous amount of work experience and life skills that can provide a multitude of opportunities. If my story says anything, it is that it is never too late to re-imagine what you want your life to be." 


The new updated and expanded edition of Kick Start, by Dr. Emmet C. (Tom) Thompson II, released January 31. 2017 from Clovercroft Publishing. (Roark Photography photo)

The new updated and expanded edition of Kick Start, by Dr. Emmet C. (Tom) Thompson II, released January 31. 2017 from Clovercroft Publishing. (Roark Photography photo)

About Tom Thompson:

Dr. Emmet C. (Tom) Thompson II, D.S.L., M.S., M.A., entered the health and fitness industry after a 20-year career in commercial real estate. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from LeTourneau University, a Master of Science Degree in Kinesiology from the University of North Texas, a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Organizational Leadership from Regent University, a Doctor of Strategic Leadership Degree from Regent University, and a Master of Arts Degree in Teaching from Austin College. 

Thompson is an active researcher with numerous co-authored articles in peer reviewed academic journals. He has co-authored the books Fit To Lead (St. Martin's Press) and Kick Start (Carpenter's Son Publishing). In addition to his writing, Thompson also lectures to both lay and academic groups. 

A former Board of Advisors member of the American Council on Martial Arts, Thompson is an American-born Tae Kwon Do grandmaster, holding the rank of 9th degree black belt.  

On November 14, 2009, he became the oldest football player in NCAA history and the oldest NCAA football player to score a point in a game.

To learn more about Thompson and the new updated and expanded edition of Kick Start, visit91kick.com

About Rodan + Fields:
Rodan + Fields was founded in 2002 by Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, world-renowned dermatologists and creators of Proactiv® Solution. The premium skincare brand was built on a legacy of innovative dermatology-based skincare products backed by clinically proven results. The company was established on the principle that living better in your skin means living better in your life. 

Originally developed as a department store brand, today, Rodan + Fields is changing skin and changing lives as a social commerce brand that enables Independent Consultants to pursue their dream of running their own business. We believe everyone has the opportunity to make a difference in their own lives-and in the lives of others. Accordingly, our unique business model offers an unparalleled personal enterprise opportunity for individuals to join a community of like-minded entrepreneurs connected via social networks. For more information, visitrodanandfields.com.

About Evil Cowboy Hot Sauce:
A local grocer and butcher in the small town of Honey Grove, Texas developed quite a reputation for his cooking sauce. Its aroma permeated the football and rodeo stands from hot dogs to brisket, slow-cooked in the sauce every night. His grandsons name their company Texas Triangle Grove, in honor of his original grocery store, and they continue his legacy of bringing proud, Texas-made products to market, including his famous Evil Cowboy Smokin' Ghost Sauce. For more information, visit evilcowboy.com.

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