Monday, March 7, 2022

As One Thinks: A Revisitation of the James Allen Classic by Patrick Dailey




Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school, etc. Let them get to know the personal you.

I grew up in southern California in the high desert area, between Palm Springs and Lancaster. It's basically the desert.

I went to college at Hope International University in Fullerton, California, and got a degree in Business and Management.

I currently live with my wife and five children in Honolulu, Hawaii. We both work at a Montessori school called Calvary by the Sea. I work as Ministry Director, serving both the Lutheran church and the school, and my wife is the head of the school.

We have three boys; Aaron, the singleton, and the oldest, Hunter and Garrett, our identical twin boys, and Auriella and Amelia, our identical twin girls.

What inspired you to author this book?

It was a couple of things that got me to write this book.

First, I love history. I love reading books from the early twentieth century that talked about how you can change your life because of what you think, the actions that you do, and by living for something higher than yourself.

Second, I love learning and I love reading. I consider myself a lifelong learner. Since 2017, I began reading, taking courses, and just really being intentional about learning. As I learn, I have this desire to share what I learn with others.



Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?

Simplicity. I am a huge fan of book covers that are simple and to the point. Nothing over the top, but something that conveys the message to the reader and catches their attention.

Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?

I would say that it is this knowing that you can help people whether direct or indirect, big or small, young or old. You can help people and make a great and profound impact on people. That drives me.

I am a writer, to help people become better, even but a little bit.

What were the struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?

Like my first book, doubt and fear seem to be the ongoing struggle. I fear people will not like me as a writer, or that people will want to put my work down. But I think that is just the reality, not only in writing but in life.

There will be people who support you and people who do not.


Tell your readers about your book.

As One Thinks is a commentary of As a Man Thinketh. This book is going over the idea of our thoughts. Thoughts are powerful, for what every single people thinks. As we think, we will become who we are, and we are going in-depth on this idea and this concept.

As a Man Thinketh, is a classic book, and because this is one of my favorite books, I wanted to add to it, update the language, comment on it and just bring more value to the original text. In doing this, As One Thinks, because its own book. It is pretty amazing what can happen when you are passionate and writing "to" the text.

Who is your target audience, and why?

This book, is targeting young adults. I wrote this to help people, particularly those who are young, wanting to make their mark in the world, and may be discouraged by the world that we live in.

I just want to help people. I have struggled. I have felt inferior. In fact, I struggle with imposter syndrome, and it is good to have people or resources available to encourage, motivate and inspire.

What do you consider your greatest success in life?

My greatest success in life was being able to "make it" on my own. My parents had always been there for me and helped me when they could. I think I got used to them helping me. My parents love me, and they want me to succeed, but once I got to a point where I had a place of my own, with my own furniture, bed, food in the fridge, car, job, and lifestyle, I felt that that was my greatest achievement.

I know it sounds small, but it was at this time when I realized that I can accomplish anything in my life if I set my mind to it and work hard to attain it. It took me many years and many struggles to get to a point where I was on my own as a man, a husband, and father.


What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?

I believe that I write in a very simple way. I once heard that if you can take the most complex of things and explain it simply, you have mastered it. I took that to heart, not only to become a master but also so that so many more people can learn and grow from my own experience.

As One Thinks: A Revisitation of the James Allen Classic Kindle Edition