Brick-By-Brick: Reshape Your Thinking is the intriguing new release from Shawn Singleton II. Exploring practical skills from different angles, this book is a must-read for anyone looking to develop or improve their abilities to work through their daily life or their leadership skills.
Many people do not get a real fair shot at developing their skills because they do not get the resources or the opportunities. But this doesn't mean that they have to get left behind. Singleton provides a strong introduction through little steps and actionable advice that can help anyone make and implement their plans and reach success as they visualize it. Anyone can be called to lead and grow the abilities they need to do it well.
Singleton has been called himself to the path of leadership with a passion for inspiring others and helping them achieve more success in this way as a coach, speaker, and author. His advice is direct and focused, certain to help anyone looking to advance their abilities, and Shawn truly believes that anyone can do it when it comes to their own plan and their true purpose.
Shawn Singleton II is uniquely qualified to speak about success and provide this advice. He is a 2021 CREA Award Winner, an executive contributor for Brainz, a Scribd featured speaker on topics like leadership, a Certified Coach in Life and Business, and a Certified Personal Trainer, a Cognitive Behavioral specialist, and a leader and author in his own right. He has over 14 years of experience in developing the habits and mindset to become successful and now is speaking openly about how it came to him. He noted that many successful individuals were unwilling to share their paths openly but instead only gave little nuggets devoid of context. He chose to do it differently and truly serve his readers.
Singleton reached success overcoming many obstacles, like a difficult childhood that forced him to mature quickly. He turned instead to sports and used his opportunities to reach a greater degree of achievement, becoming a high-earner and a devoted husband and father of four. He is highly involved in his community and always seeks to inspire through his writing, speaking engagements, and his business, the award-winning company Reshape Your Thinking, Inc. The organization and his own work are centered around helping others build a strong set of skills that will shape the foundation for their future successes in whatever field they choose.
Brick-by-Brick: Reshape Your Thinking draws from years-long experience helping others shift their mindset and become successful in their own right. It goes for sustainable success rather than short-term achievements with skills that are widely generalizable that can get applied in many different areas. You can find the book on Amazon and other book retailers.
In addition, you can connect with the author and learn more about his speaking engagements, podcasts, and other projects on the website www.shawnthespeaker.com. Singleton is constantly working to achieve new heights and inspire others.
We had the pleasure of interviewing Shawn Singleton II. Here are the excerpts from the Interview.
Hi Shawn, Great to have you with us today! How do you see this book being relevant today?
This book was written for today! What I did was intentionally write this book for future experiences from past experiences and research I spent six years studying. I studied and made an effort to understand how to create consistent success in our lives, and it wasn’t until I almost lost it all that I figured out what it was that caused everything to explode. 2020 was a year that impacted everyone – but I don’t think people realize how much of an awakening it was for this generation of our reliance upon everything else around us to tell us who we are as a person. That’s why I start with that year – and push and pull the reader into their thoughts, imagination, and experiences to bring this book to life!
Why do you think you are the right person to write this book? How do you think your qualifications or experience make this a better book?
People who come from very little and still experience exponential hardships – don’t usually follow similar stories as myself or end up with a passion for impacting the generation that I have. The uniqueness in my situation and experiences in my life have made me the perfect person to write this book about creating sustainable habits for consistent success! It’s honestly what makes this book so much better than other motivational books – because it places you not only inside of my experience, but it walks you through the lesson that was learned and contributed to the success I have achieved both personally and professionally.
What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
It was the year my 5th-grade teacher challenged me on the very first night of student orientation. I remember walking into the classroom, and my mother was speaking with the teacher about how I need to be challenged because I struggle with maintaining focus if I’m not challenged. Little did I know he was a Marine veteran who knew exactly how to challenge young men like me to be better in all areas of life. That night I remember him creating a complex math equation on the board, and he asked me to solve it. I had never seen this problem before, but he started walking me through the problem with just his voice, and it challenged my brain to think differently. From then on, it was this constant use of his language to push my brain to do things I didn’t think it could do – that I learned that language you use has the power to change someone’s thinking! It’s what started the journey of me learning how to do the same and do so through my writing.
How do you balance making demands on the reader with taking care of the reader?
I’ve read so many motivational/self-help books in my life that I grew tired of the writer making demands on the reader that required imitation. I don’t want TO BE like you; I just wanted to THINK as they did so I could produce those results inside of my own life. I took that philosophy and put that into my writing as the only demand I make from the reader is that they be willing to challenge the norm of what they thought was possible and what they believe was possible for their life in the introduction! The rest of the book is me delicately demonstrating the problem with one form of thinking – and unearthing the solution to their life problems and challenges that exist in changing their focus. They learn how to do that for each major area of THEIR life – not trying to become me or imitate mine.
What kind of research did you do, and how long did you spend researching before publishing this book?
I spent six years crafting and designing this book. Asking every question to anyone who would offer to mentor me or give me guidance. I never rejected advice – I listened and tried to make it better. It wasn’t about challenging their idea or entering into senseless debates. I was focused on their perspective because I knew they were either older and had more experience or similar in age but had a different story to tell. I then took what I was reading and practiced it over those years to see which ones led to sustainable growth and repeatable outcomes, not just one-time success.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I read ALL my book reviews! I think listening to those who paid you with their time and money – deserve your humility to read what they wrote about your work. It’s a great moment for reflection and indication if your writing produced the intended message to the intended audience! I’ve not received a bad review yet, but I believe it’s because my book was written to get your brain to generate actions you should take for your life and not teach you how to imitate mine. If I get a negative review, I’ll treat it the same way as I do the positive ones. Ironically, people don’t like to critique themselves as openly as they do others, but either way, I’ll learn from it and continue to get better! They’re entitled to their opinion as long as it’s not slanderous or offensive. Those will always be removed.
Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
There aren’t really “secrets,” but there are things that if you read too fast – you will miss. The reason I wrote the book 72 pages was not because I wasn’t a strong enough writer; it was intentional. I believe that we all only need to make the smallest changes in our lives that will make the biggest impact on our future. I wanted you to use my book as a guide that will help you regardless of the season of life but available for each aspect of your life that creates the solid foundation you would be creating or building from.
If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?
If I could do something differently, I would probably have started writing sooner and reading a lot more outside of my school assignments. I think reading is what really makes a great writer – and while I developed the habit earlier on, I stopped reading for fun as I got older. I certainly have reunited with my love for reading in recent years, but I wish I utilized the time I had when I was younger to explore possibilities and push my brain to make better decisions. I don’t regret anything, but I think if I had sought after some of these books I’m reading today (that were published during that time period), it could’ve allowed me the opportunity to be more creative. I’m happy to continue the journey and continue getting better but using my words to create change in others.
What is your favorite childhood book?
My favorite childhood book was The Lord of the Flies! I learned so much from that book; it’s unreal! The amount of psychological education of the human brain illustrated in that book was the best I have seen since I read the book “The Hatchet.” It painted a prime example of how capable we are as human beings to trigger survival instincts that we will literally do anything to survive, and these were just kids! That’s how I knew there were adults who also had this survival instinct and would do anything to survive – which is why my book focuses that drive and focus on ourselves because once we change our mindset -the things around us can begin to change too!
Have you written any other books, or do you have any books planned for the future? Tell us as much as you are willing to share!
There are plans for another release which will probably be the best book I have ever written! The title will be 20K Mindset: 5 Principles for Sustainable Life Leadership! The release date will likely be in 2023 as we gear up for an amazing year of speaking, workshops, and conferences across the nation. The next big release will be our eBook series, where we provide 60 jammed-packed pages of ways you can maintain success in your life! Subscribe to For the Youth Podcast on Apple or Spotify to stay up to date on book releases! To learn more about me or if you’re interested in my hosting an event in your area, visit shawnthespeaker.com!
Thank you so much, Shawn, for giving us your precious time. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors.