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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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Free to Choose Featuring Robert Chatfield

Up next on Way of the Renaissance Man, Free to Choose Featuring Robert Chatfield.

When I was a kid, I watched a documentary that influenced my young brain immensely, and it was called “Free To Choose.” The original 1980, 10-part television series was by the great Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman. In academic circles, Friedman was chiefly associated with the renaissance of the role of money in inflation and the consequent renewed understanding of the instrument of monetary policy. For his studies in these subjects, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1976. Yet it was the “Free To Choose” documentary, as well as his many subsequent public appearances via lectures and on TV, that helped bring into the mainstream the meaning of freedom, and why it is so vital to economic prosperity and social prosperity. The “happy warrior” approach that Friedman took, as well as his passion for ideas, are kept alive by the Free To Choose Network, a global media nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Friedman’s work, as well as other outstanding scholars such as Thomas Sowell. Directing that effort is Free To Choose Network President and CEO Robert Chatfield. At the recent FreedomFest Conference, Chatfield sat down with me to reminisce about Freidman, his wife and intellectual partner Rose, Friedman’s insatiable intellectual curiosity, the history of the “Free To Choose” documentary and how it came to fruition, and even how Milton Friedman, at age 90, learned how to do stomach crunches! I loved this interview with Robert Chatfield, and if you’ve ever wanted to learn more about the great Milton Friedman and the critical role he played in my life, and the life of society at large, then this episode is just for you. In the name of the best within us, Jim Woods Here is a link to the Free To Choose Network: https://www.freetochoosenetwork.org/
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The Hands of an Artist

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Today's insight was inspired by  Hall of Fame Trial Lawyer and American Academy of Achievement Golden Plate award recipient, Louis Nizer.
Hands of an Artist Way of the Renaissance Man Starring Jim Woods Card“A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.”
— Louis Nizer
The British-born lawyer and author provides us a very clear verbal picture of the essence of what it is to be an artist. But you don’t have to be an artist in the traditional sense to benefit from this wisdom. If you act with your hands, brain and heart in whatever you choose to do in life, you’ll be that much closer to experiencing the passion, joy and success that you truly deserve.
Jim Woods
October 20, 2021
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Profound Proverbs

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Today's insight was inspired by a simple, yet powerful passage from the bible — Proverbs 21:5.

Profound Proverbs Way of the Renaissance Man Starring Jim Woods Bible Quote Card“The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, but those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.” — Proverbs 21:5

This verse from Proverbs extols the virtue of hard work and its connection with material gain. It also warns that if you are careless with your decisions, it could end up costing you plenty. Words to live by, wouldn’t you agree? Jim Woods October 13, 2021
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Nermine Rubin’s Thirst-Quenching Conversation

Up next on Way of the Renaissance Man…a conversation with thirst-quenching founder and CEO of Water 4 Mercy, Nermine Rubin.

The Way of the Renaissance Man podcast is all about conversations with interesting people who have a true passion for what they do. In this episode, Jim speaks with just such a person, and she is Nermine Rubin, Founder & CEO of Water 4 Mercy. Water 4 Mercy is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide a “One-Two-Three Solution” to permanently end thirst, hunger and poverty in our world. Through the use of innovative technologies and partners, and with a whole lot of love and passion, Water 4 Mercy provides clean water, agriculture, and educational solutions to areas in Africa that need it most. In this interview, you will see for yourself how passion, dedication and knowledge can be focused to solve a serious problem. And in doing so, you’ll see how one person can spearhead a movement to make the world a better place. Jim really enjoyed this heartfelt conversation with Nermine Rubin, and we suspect you will too.  
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  To find out more about Water 4 Mercy, including how to donate to this worthy cause, go to https://water4mercy.org/. And to watch the amazing new video about what Water 4 Mercy does, simply click here.
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Why Disraeli Hates Mediocrity

Disraeli Hates Mediocrity

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Disraeli Hates Mediocrity Quote Way of the Renaissance Man Starring Jim WoodsToday's insight was inspired by novelist and United Kingdom's twice prime minister, Benjamin Disraeli.
“Mediocrity can talk, but it is for genius to observe.”
–Benjamin Disraeli
 
The great British statesmen and writer had a disdain for all things mediocre, and especially for those who talked too much without first taking the time to know. In this quote, Disraeli reminds us that before we say anything, it’s probably best to do as genius does and take the time to observe first.
 
 
Jim Woods originally published on January 27, 2021
 
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Emerson and a Little Thought on Luck

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Today's insight was inspired by American poet, essayist, and philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson.

A Little Thought on Luck Ralph Waldo Emerson Quote Way of the Renaissance Man Starring Jim Woods“Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Have you ever heard someone describe a successful person as just “lucky?” Of course, we all have. While I am not saying there is no such thing as luck, most of the time success is achieved through hard work. In other words, success is a matter of cause and effect, not simply luck. Keep this reality in mind the next time you pine for more success, or the next time you see someone who has achieved anything worthwhile.   Jim Woods  Originally published April 28, 2021
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