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Dr. Emmet C. (Tom) Thompson II grew up feeling as though he couldn't catch a break. With obstacles and setbacks from a very early age, he struggled to find meaning and purpose. However, by the second half of life, he found his faith, his purpose, and his soulmate.

“If my story says anything, it is that it is never too late to re-imagine what you want your life to be," says the author, speaker, and NCAA football record holder.

Divided into three sections―Body, Mind, and Soul―Get a Kick Out of Life: Expect the Best of Your Body, Mind and Soul at Any Ageincludes tips on goal setting and intentionality, physical fitness and nutrition, finding your purpose, developing deeper relationships with family and friends, and offers suggestions on ditching the “bucket list” for something even better.

With degrees in Business Management, Kinesiology, Organizational Leadership, Strategic Leadership, and Teaching, Dr. Thompson’s purpose is to encourage people of all ages to live healthy and fulfilled lives, and to develop a deeper faith in the process.

Along with co-authors Christopher P. Neck, Ph.D., a recognized authority on management and self leadership, with Alice Sullivan, Thompson empowers readers to discover and reach their full potential.

“On the road to greatness, there are always hurdles and roadblocks,” says Superbowl XLVI champion, former New York Giants wide receiver Isaiah Stanback. “Champions stay the course while others turn around. Get a Kick Out of Life teaches you how to create and live up to your greatest potential. Decide to be great or decide to be average—the choice is yours.”

Thompson, an active researcher in the fields of motivation and change, has co-authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed academic journals, as well as several books, including Fit To Lead: The Proven 8-week Solution for Shaping Up Your Body, Your Mind, and Your Career (St. Martin's Press), which he co-authored with Christopher P. Neck, Ph.D., and Charles C. Manz, Ph.D. (respected pioneers in the field of self leadership), Tedd L. Mitchell, MD. (president of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, former CEO of the Cooper Clinic, and former health editor for USA Weekend), and Janet Tournelli-Mitchell, MD. Thompson also co-authored his motivational autobiography, Kick Start, with Alice Sullivan.

Thompson, who lectures to both lay and academic groups, is an American-born 9th degree black belt Tae Kwon Do grandmaster. In addition, on November 14, 2009, at age 61, he became the oldest football player in NCAA history and the oldest NCAA football player to score a PAT (point after touchdown).

Get a Kick Out of Life hit the 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

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