Category Archives: Motivation

Ouch.

One thing is sure: conservative American Protestantism is not future-oriented. In this sense, it is lower class.  Lower-class people and movements do not shape history; they are carried along in the back of the bus in order to be milked by those future-oriented people and movements that do shape history.

I wrote this book for Christians who are tired of being milked, bilked, and forced to ride silently in the back of humanism’s bus.

Gary North in “Crossed Fingers, How the Liberals Captured the Presbyterian Church

Notes like this keep me going…

The Latin and Greek world can be a lonely world of dry, dusty books.  Notes like this keep me going:

“I just wanted to let you know that I am loving your classes! I say that in the plural form because even though I am really taking the Lingua Latina class, I am also watching Henle 2 videos as well. I love reading through the Gallic Wars and find your maps and your explanations so helpful and interesting. Oh yes, I am also taking your Matthew class. This is all possible because of you! I thank you so much. Your classes and knitting are my favorite things to do. Thank you so much. You are a Godsend to me.”

– Patty

Poverty

I have started reading “The Tao of Seneca” by Tim Ferris.

In Seneca’s second letter, I found this:

“It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor. What does it matter how much a man has laid up in his safe, or in his warehouse, how large are his flocks and how fat his dividends, if he covets his neighbour’s property, and reckons, not his past gains, but his hopes of gains to come? Do you ask what is the proper limit to wealth? It is, first, to have what is necessary, and, second, to have what is enough. Farewell.

I am a big fan of audio books.  If you would like to listen to “The Tao of Seneca”, click here.

How to stand out.

In one of my favorite books, The Pledge, by Michael Masterson, the author reports that the average American reads one book per year.

It may not be that bad.  According to the Pew Research Center, the average American in 2013 read a book a month.

What about “above average Americans”?  According to the site, Rich Habits, the average millionaire reads a couple of books a month, or 24 books a year.

Author Brendon Burchard claims to have read a book a week for the last 20 years.

Using the sources above and using Brendon Burchard’s 20-year benchmark, here is how the numbers stack up.

  • 20 years = 20 books (The Pledge)
  • 20 years = 240 books (The Pew Research Center)
  • 20 years = 480 books (Rich Habits)
  • 20 years = 1,040 books (Brendon Burchard)

Want to stand out in your chosen field of expertise?  It’s a simple numbers game.

If the average person in your chosen field of expertise reads a book a year, or a book a month, and you read a book a week… who is eventually going to stand out?

It’s simple math.  You are.

Devote an hour each day to learning by reading and you are going to set yourself apart.

In time (and it may be sooner than you think) you will move into the top half of your field.

Keep reading.  You will move into the top 20% of your field.  You will stand out.

Keep reading.  Eventually, you will move into the top 20% of the top 20%.  In other words, you will move into the top 4% of your field.  You will very likely be recognized as an expert.

Perhaps you are thinking… 20 years?  That’s a long time!

So, what?  20 years is going to pass whether you want it to pass, or not.  You might as well have something to show for it.

As Tony Robbins says, “Most people overestimate what they can do in a year, and underestimate what they can do in two or three decades.”

By the way, I also recommend you write about what you are reading.  In this way, you also develop your writing skills.

I read a lot.  But, for some dumb reason, I have not been blogging about the books I read.  Until recently.  I am a slow learner, I suppose.

Anyway, I am now reviewing books on my site and will continue to do so.  I recommend you do the same.

You can check out my reviews here: https://dwanethomas.com/bookreviews/

So, turn the T.V. off.  Turn Netflix off.  You can always watch “Some Dumb Movie 3” later.

Stand out.  Grab a book instead.

Have a happy Saturday!
Dwane Thomas

No sugar so far.

I haven’t eaten any sugar in 11 days.

As best I can remember, I haven’t had a “no sugar” streak of 11 days since I first discovered sugar in England… as a 6-month-old.   I am estimating, of course.  I don’t have many memories of the first year of my life.

Okay.  I don’t remember anything from that first year.  I must not have been paying attention.

At the beginning of this week, I finished reading Superfoods by David Wolfe.  In my review of the book, I announced publicly that I was running an experiment on myself.

I have gone vegan.  I have given up meat, dairy, and especially sugar.  I am still drinking coffee.  One of these days I may consider giving up black coffee.  When I am dead, perhaps.

As I said, this is an experiment.  I am not recommending this change for everyone.  I simply want to see what will happen to me.

Food is a touchy subject.  Touchier than politics in my opinion.  In fact, politics seems to be a great topic to use if you want to avoid real conversations.

Theology also provides this kind of conversational cover.  Remember the conversation Jesus had with the woman at the well?  I am paraphrasing:

Woman: “I’d like some living water.”

Jesus: “Call your husband.”

Woman: “I don’t have a husband.”

Jesus: “True.  You’ve had five.  And, you are not married the current guy.”

Woman: “Time to change the subject.  Let’s talk religion.  Are we supposed to worship on this mountain or that one?”

See what she did there?  Politics and theology are fantastic conversational deflection tools we all use to avoid the important conversations we should be having.

I don’t like what you are saying.  Shields up.  How about Trump these days, huh?

Anyway, food is a touchy subject.  I am not afraid of touchy subjects.  But, keep this in mind as you read.  I am not telling you what to eat.  I am telling you what the results of the experiment are looking like so far.

I have suffered from terrible heartburn for years.  I have been vegan and sugar free for 11 days.  The heartburn is gone.  It is not just getting better.  It is gone.

I have suffered from mild acne for years.  Embarrassing.  11 days in, the acne is gone.

I run on too little sleep.  I do not recommend this.  No matter your diet, I do not recommend running on too little sleep.  The studies all point in the same direction.  Get more sleep.  Nonetheless, I run on too little sleep.  As a result, I have suffered from the afternoon slump for years.  Not much has changed here.  I am still getting sleepy in the afternoons.  It is better.  I do have more energy, but eliminating sugar and going vegan has not eliminated my need for a 20-minute power nap in the afternoon.

I am also working out six days a week these days.  I have noticed that I am recovering quite rapidly from workouts.  This was not the case when I was eating sugar, meat, and dairy.  Quite the opposite, actually.

I have suffered from allergies for years.  For the last 10 days, or so, I have had no allergic symptoms.  Of course, the worst time of the year for me is May.  Tennessee is a notoriously bad location for those who suffer from seasonal allergies.  I was in Colorado during the month of May.  It may be that I simply skipped allergy season.  I will have to wait for next May to determine if eliminating sugar, meat, and dairy altered my allergies.

Again, I am not recommending this approach.  I am experimenting.  It is my goal to go 90 days.  I will be tracking my progress here.