Living a More Thoughtful Life

Thinkable Thoughts and Relevant Reflections

“Most experts agree that practicing a new and challenging mental activity like this is a clever way of building and maintaining strong cognitive skills. When you strengthen these core skills, your brain more effectively thinks, reads, learns, remembers and reason. This leads to improved communications and decision-making skills – the keys to most of life’s personal and professional successes.”

In this book, we share and shed light on fifty-two “thinkable thoughts” that can strengthen your brain-based skills.

By “thinkable,” we are referring to insightful thoughts that ignite one’s imagination and can easily be regarded as conceivable, feasible and beneficial in many aspects of your personal and professional life. The thoughts we have included in this book constitute a way of thinking, that our experiences have taught us to be valuable in decision-making and engaging with others. Each of the thoughts are crafted to provide a distinctively humanizing and simplifying approach to gaining a broader perspective on some of the most familiar challenges we all face today within a contentious, competitive, social media-driven, and unforgiving society. Societal challenges that can be conquered and transformed into opportunities by simply living a more thoughtful life.


The benefits you will receive from the time you spend reading and digesting the thoughts and reflections will depend upon you. If you just enjoy reading this book, and pick up a few nuggets of insight, you will find yourself ahead of the pack when facing one of the challenges associated with the thoughts and reflections. If you take the time to document and execute a plan that will help you integrate the essence surrounding each thought into how you see the world on a daily basis, we believe that you will benefit greatly from this inspiring and strengthening mental exercise.

According to Dr. John N. Morris, director of social and health policy research at the Harvard-affiliated Institute for Aging Research:

“Your brain has the ability to learn and grow as you age — a process called brain plasticity — but for it to do so, you have to train it on a regular basis. Eventually, your cognitive skills will wane and thinking and memory will be more challenging, so you need to build up your reserve. Embracing a new activity that also forces you to think and learn and requires ongoing practice can be one of the best ways to keep the brain healthy.”

In either case, by spending some time with this book, you will benefit, and move a little closer to living a more thoughtful life.


Earl is an accomplished corporate executive, leadership development coach, lecturer, and author. He is currently the CEO & Managing Partner of Richer Life, LLC.

Earl has held senior technical and leadership positions within Fortune 100, Mid-market and Venture companies including Honeywell, Inc., Motorola, Inc., The Reynolds and Reynolds Company and Wells Fargo Bank. He is the former President, COO and CEO of the high-tech start-up, MedContrax, Inc.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, with honors, from Tennessee State University. He graduated from Arizona State University with a Master of Science degree in Engineering.

Earl is a former Adjunct Professor of Management at the Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University. He has completed graduate studies at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, the Sloan School of Management at MIT and the Center for Creative Leadership.

Charlotte D. Grant-Cobb, PhD

Charlotte is a gifted author, change management coach, professional mentor and author. She is an International Coaching Federation (ICF) Certified Coach.

Charlotte’s extensive resume includes over 30 years of professional accomplishment. She has held senior leadership positions within Fortune 100 corporations, small business enterprises as well as in Federal and State government.

She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Management and a Master of Business Administration degree from Arizona State University. She also earned a professional Doctor of Philosophy in Nutrition Counseling degree from LaSalle University.

Charlotte uses her gifts to help her clients gain new awareness, create new habits, forge new pathways and embrace new experiences.

Praise for this book

The Cobbs make a solid case that our minds are a bee-hive of activity and are pulled in multiple directions by media, social media, the immediacy of life's pressures and our own pre-conceived biases. We need to learn to slow down and focus - really focus - on unchanging truths. This book helps by culling the essential elements of a career well fulfilled and a life well lived. Very well done.

Kevin J Salcido Senior HR Executive/People Developer/ Former VP of HR and Chief HR Officer in the Office of Human Resources at Arizona State University
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