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Educating America Conceptually Featuring Ed Thompson

Up next on Way of the Renaissance Man, Educating America Conceptually Featuring Ed Thompson

One of the best things about having the Way of the Renaissance Man podcast is I get to have great conversations with the some of the smartest people in the world. You often hear that education is the key to success. And while I agree with that statement in principle, it’s important to understand that it is the kind of education one gets that really matters. In the new episode of the Way of the Renaissance Man podcast, I speak with Ed Thompson, a man whose mission is to help reeducate America, conceptually. Ed is the founder of the Conceptual Education Project, a group spearheading an effort to reform the education system by guiding it away from the current “progressive” philosophy first created by John Dewey, and into a more “conceptual” philosophy. The basis of the organization’s program is to help train intellectuals who can articulate and advocate a rational approach to primary and secondary education, with a view to radically influencing how teachers colleges teach. If you are concerned with the current state of the anti-conceptual approach to education that pervades America’s K-12 system, and you want to find out how you can help make things more philosophical, and more conceptual, then this episode is a great place to start. Learn more here: The Conceptual Education Fellowship Follow The Conceptual Education Fellowship on Facebook  
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Evelyn Waugh on Limitations

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Today's insight was inspired by a quote from English writer, book reviewer, biographer, and travel author, Evelyn Waugh.

Evelyn Waugh on Limitations Way of the Renaissance Man Starring Jim Woods“When we argue for our limitations, we get to keep them.”

–Evelyn Waugh

The great British author had a distinct way with words, and that way is on full display here in the above quote. And while I subscribe to the thesis that a man’s got to know his limitations, I also think most people are trapped in a cocoon of self-imposed limitations. Don’t accept these limits. Doing so will severely curtail your ability to prevail in life. Jim Woods January 5, 2022  
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FreedomFest, Battle Buddies and Exposing Frauds Featuring Rich Checkan

Up next on Way of the Renaissance Man, FreedomFest, Battle Buddies and Exposing Frauds Featuring Rich Checkan

One of the best things about having the Way of the Renaissance Man podcast is I get to have great conversations with the some of the smartest people in the world. And on the latest episode, I do just that, as I welcome my friend, fellow U.S. Army veteran, West Point graduate and the premier expert in the field of precious metals investing, Rich Checkan. Rich is the President and COO of Asset Strategies International (ASI), which is the only dealer of physical gold, silver, and other precious metals that I recommend. In this episode, we discuss the importance of being a critical thinker, and the importance of talking about ideas and exposing oneself to all opinions. It is through the process of filtering out the good from the bad ideas, and knowing when you can, and cannot, compromise, that you become a better decision maker. Other topics in this wide-ranging discussion include the January 6th insurrection, the importance of rational arguments, the virtue of rational persuasion, the role of passion in the world and the critical need to do something meaningful in life. Plus, no discussion with Rich Checkan would be complete without his expert view on gold and precious metals. I always enjoy my conversations with my “battle buddy” Rich Checkan, and I know you will too.  
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Just a Little Love for Christmas

A Little Love For Christmas Charlie Brown Quote Wednesday Wisdom Jim WoodsI never thought it was such a bad little tree. It’s not bad at all, really. Maybe it just needs a little love.”

– Linus Van Pelt, “A Charlie Brown Christmas”
 

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If you’ve seen “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” then you know all about the little tree that wasn’t very attractive, but that Charlie thought needed him. In our own lives, it’s easy to fall into periods where we may not feel very attractive, or very valuable, or even very good about ourselves. Yet it is during these times that a true Renaissance Man needs to allow himself to love the most-important person in his life—himself. So, no matter how bad you’re feeling, probably all you need is a little love—so give it to yourself. You, and the world, will be much better off because of it.

Wisdom about money, investing and life can be found anywhere. If you have a good quote you’d like me to share with your fellow Renaissance Man readers, send it to me, along with any comments, questions and suggestions you have about my website, newsletters, podcast or anything else. In The Name Of The Best Within Us, Jim Woods Renaissance Man
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Modern-day Hank Reardon Jay Lapeyre Visits Renaissance Man Jim Woods

Today we feature a reprise interview with Jay Lapeyre discussing philosophy, business, the dangers of zero-sum thinking, and the virtue of gratitude with a modern-day Hank Reardon, Jay Lapeyre.
Fans of Ayn Rand’s magnum opus “Atlas Shrugged” will know the character Hank Rearden. He’s the business executive that runs his company by the principles of reason and rational self-interest.
Welcome to the Way the Renaissance Man podcast. This is a show about ideas, personal empowerment, and celebrating the rational life. Our goal is to help each other discover the tools needed to better focus our minds, integrate our thoughts with actions, and live the lives we really want with your host Jim Woods.
This season, I will continue speaking with many more interesting Renaissance Men, and Women, who can help us identify, understand and assimilate the key ingredients essential to constructing a life well lived.

Who's On:

Today’s guest is someone Jim considers a modern-day Hank Reardon: Jay Lapeyre. Jay is the President of Laitram, LLC, a diversified global manufacturer of plastic conveyor belting, shrimp processing equipment, and space-saving stairs. He is a member of the Tulane University Board of Administrators, and Jay is the Board Chair of The Atlas Society in Washington, D.C.

What's Discussed:

In this episode, you’ll learn about Jay’s intellectual awakening while playing college basketball at the University of Texas. You’ll also learn about his life-long journey of integrating philosophy with business, and how the two are inextricably linked. The discussion then goes on to Jay’s work with the Atlas Society, and how he lends his passion to the organization to help promote and disseminate Ayn Rand’s revolutionary ideas. And, so much more… And now, here’s Jim’s conversation with Jay Lapeyre… Learn More with Links:
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Ward on Gratitude

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Today's insight was inspired by American motivational writer, William Arthur Ward.
Ward on Gratitude Quote Way of the Renaissance Man Starring Jim Woods
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”
— William Arthur Ward
Expressing thanks for all our blessings at this time of year is common. Yet when it comes to expressing thanks and gratitude for all we have, I think any time of year is the right time. So, give yourself and those around you that wrapped present. It will make everyone feel better, especially you.
Jim Woods
December 8, 2021
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A Rainy Longfellow

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Today's insight was inspired by American poet and educator whose works include “Paul Revere's Ride”, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
A Rainy Longfellow Quote Way of the Renaissance Man Starring Jim Woods
“Into each life some rain must fall.”
–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
We learn from our mistakes, and we learn the value of preparation from disaster. If you get caught in a storm, remember that it’s up to you to prepare yourself for the consequences before you get stuck in the mud. If you don’t, then you have no one to blame but yourself.
Jim Woods
December 1, 2021
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10 Punk Rock Rules for Success

Welcome to today's Audio Essay from Way Of The Renaissance Man Starring Jim Woods

As a Renaissance Man, Jim Woods recognizes and admires greatness in all areas of life. As a musical talent and frontman for his own band in the 90's, Jim acknowledges and gives his “hat-tip” to today's legendary audio essay feature. And now, here's Jim Woods.
“I just wish to shine brighter, and if it burns my body to a crisp, I’m happy to go right now.”
-Henry Rollins
That bit of high-intensity wisdom comes from a man who I admire deeply; singer, songwriter, spoken-word artist, author, actor, radio and TV show host, publisher and true renaissance man, Henry Rollins. Henry made his mark on pop culture as the frontman for the quintessential punk rock band Black Flag, and then later via the Rollins Band, and he turned that experience into a multi-faceted and eminently interesting career fit for a true polymath. His career continues today, mostly through writing and one-man spoken word shows that combine the intensity of a punk rock concert with the intellectual stimulation of a Ted Talk. If you are a long-time reader of The Deep Woods, part of my financial publications, you probably know that I am a huge music fan and a huge fan of renaissance men (and women) who are able to do many different things in life and to do those things very well. In fact, this entire website and podcast appropriately called Way of the Renaissance Man, is dedicated to extracting wisdom and knowledge from these types of individuals so that we can apply that wisdom and knowledge to our own lives. A couple of years ago, another polymath I admire, entrepreneur, investor and business inspirer Evan Carmichael compiled a list that he called “Henry Rollins’s Top 10 Rules for Success.” You can watch the video on YouTube. I recommend doing so, as it will give you a sense of the intensity and focus Henry puts into just about every breath he takes.  

Here is a list of those top 10 rules (complete with sage advice straight from Henry himself), rules that I also try to live by, and rules that can help everyone — regardless of what stage they are in life — achieve just that little bit extra that makes life glorious.

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Drawing the Wright Inferences

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Today's insight was inspired by American novelist, poet, and non-fiction author, Richard Wright.

Drawing the Wright Inferences Quote Way of the Renaissance Man Starring Jim Woods “Don’t leave inferences to be drawn when evidence can be presented.”

— Richard Wright

  The great American novelist is chiefly known for his brilliant novel “Native Son” and his even more poignant memoir “Black Boy,” two works I highly recommend. Here, the author reminds us that evidence is more powerful than inferences, but only if we’re willing to stare existence in the face and confront the objective reality of the world. Now more than ever, facts and objective reality are what the world needs to embrace. At the same time, we also need to shed the temptation to draw tribal inferences.

Jim Woods

November 10, 2021
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On Man’s Noble Nature

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Today's insight was inspired by writer, novelist, and philosopher, Ayn Rand.

On Man’s Noble Nature Ayn Rand Quote Way of the Renaissance Man Starring Jim Woods“Whatever their future, at the dawn of their lives, men seek a noble vision of man’s nature and of life’s potential.”

–Ayn Rand, “The Fountainhead”

This noble sense of mankind in novelist/philosopher Ayn Rand’s work is a not-too-common line of thinking in the history of literature and thought. Perhaps it’s why some of the greatest heroes that ever graced the printed page are found in her masterworks “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged.” I am a big advocate of people maximizing their potential in life, and one way to do this is to see the world as a noble place where the achievement of values is indeed possible. Jim Woods November 3, 2021
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