NCAA RECORD BREAKER USES NEW BOOK TO ENCOURAGE READERS TO USE THEIR FULL POTENTIAL
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 29, 2017) - Author, professor, motivational speaker and NCAA record breaker, Dr. Emmet C. (Tom) Thompson II, has announced the release date for his eagerly awaited new motivational book, Get a Kick Out of Life: Expect the Best of Your Body, Mind and Soul at Any Age, co-written with Christopher P. Neck, Ph.D., a respected pioneer in the field of self leadership (Mastering Self Leadership: Empowering Yourself for Personal Excellence) and Alice Sullivan (co-author of Thompson's autobiography, KickStart).
The book is slated to hit shelves on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, from Clovercroft Publishing, and is being distributed to the trade by Ingram Content Group, the world's largest distributor of printed content.
Thompson's new book builds on his background and reputation as an NCAA football record holder, physical fitness expert and academic researcher in the fields of motivation and change.
Thompson, who says his purpose in life is to encourage people of all ages to live healthy and fulfilled lives, to discover and reach their full potential, and to develop a deeper faith in the process, has expanded on his research to deliver Get a Kick out of Life.
"We all set goals for ourselves every day," Thompson muses. "Wake up by 5:30. Respond to all emails in my inbox. Get the kids dressed in under 20 minutes. You might think of these as insignificant goals, but it isn't the size of the goal that matters. It's whether you consistently set achievable goals and reach them. In truth, these smaller goals can create great momentum for those larger goals on your list."
Thompson holds several advanced degrees, including his doctorate and two master's degrees, in Kinesiology, Organizational Leadership, Strategic Leadership, and Teaching. He lectures to both lay and academic groups and is the author of several books and numerous co-authored articles in peer reviewed academic journals.
With his impressive academic credentials, readers may be surprised to learn that as a young man,Thompson was a poor student and dropped out of college. A hard worker, however, he went on to two successful careers, in real estate and physical fitness. Then, at age 45, he found himself ready for a change. Upon the advice of some wise mentors, he decided to go back to school and finish
his undergraduate degree in business management. To his surprise, he found that when he applied himself with a determined attitude, he became a successful student. He ended up going to school for eight straight years while earning his advanced degrees. After falling in love with academic research, he began his new career while completing his graduate studies.
Thompson first came to national attention in 2009, when, at age 61, he kicked his way into the record books, becoming 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 had originally decided to return to Austin College as a sexagenarian to complete another year of undergraduate work so that he would be eligible to play football.
It was during this time of setting goals in each major area of his life while he was practicing with the Austin College football team, going to school, and still being involved at home as a husband and father, that Thompson had an epiphany. He realized could not succeed in all of these areas without goals and a vision of where he wanted to go, what he wanted to achieve, and a timeline for when he would reach the mark. Thompson realized that goal setting was the key for ordinary individuals, regardless of age, circumstances, or current level of ability, to achieve greatness in all areas of life.
Divided into three sections--Body, Mind, and Soul--Get a Kick out of Life serves as a roadmap for living intentionally, setting attainable goals, keeping your body healthy through appropriate exercise and proper diet, pursuing your purpose in life and delving deeper into relationships with your friends and family.
"It's never too late to live your best life," Thompson declares in Get a Kick Out of Life. "You can harness the power of the body, mind, and spirit to live your most fulfilling life yet!"
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.
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