Terry Crews

Terry Crews

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“In order to ‘have’ you must ‘do,’ and in order to ‘do’ you must ‘be’.”

Crews is a former NFL defenseman, actor in films and television shows like White Chicks and Brooklyn 99, author, father, grandfather, artist, and furniture designer.

In 2014, he released his book, Manhood: How To Be a Better Man - Or Just Live with One. He details his childhood in which he grew up in a strict Christian family with an alcoholic father, how he pulls himself out of his home environment through a football scholarship. Throughout his time at Western Michigan University, he found painting portraits of other guys on the team as a means of earning some extra cash and sometimes up to $5K a painting. After his stint at college, he played professionally in the NFL for some time as a glorified tackling defenseman before leaving after 5 years to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. However, the NFL point on his resume did not automatically translate into instantaneous fame in Hollywood. Crews spent the year being broke before catching a break in some movies, commercials, and television shows, launching what was the beginning of an incredible acting career.

In his book, Crews also details the porn addiction that began at the age of 12 and later, almost destroys his marriage with his wife. After seeking help and several session of therapy, he and his wife have since reunited. The two of them have been together since 1990 and Terry continues to talk about the issue to this day, encouraging others to seek help and opening up the discussion on the topic of sex addiction.

To add onto a growing list of credentials, Crews is high-end fashion designer. His previous projects attracted the attention of creative director, Jerry Healing of the influential furniture makers, Bernhardt Design. Healing reached out to Crews to design a line of furniture for Bernhardt, and launched his debut collection early in 2017.

Crews has come a long way from his home in Flint Michigan.

Terry Crews's Favourite Books

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A principal text of the New Thought movement, ‘The Master Key System’ describes how one can use the law of attraction to creatively visualize a better life for oneself.

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As Haanel describes in his introduction to the ‘The Master Key System’, ‘Nature compels us all to move through life. We could not remain stationary however much we wished. Every right-thinking person wants not merely to move through life like a sound-producing, perambulating plant, but to develop—to improve—and to continue the development mentally to the close of physical life. This development can occur only through the improvement of the quality of individual thought and the ideals, actions and conditions that arise as a consequence. Hence a study of the creative processes of thought and how to apply them is of supreme importance to each one of us. This knowledge is the means whereby the evolution of human life on earth may be hastened and uplifted in the process.’

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Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose.

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Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Frankl's theory-known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos ('meaning')-holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful. At the time of Frankl's death in 1997, Man's Search for Meaning had sold more than 10 million copies in twenty-four languages. A 1991 reader survey for the Library of Congress that asked readers to name a 'book that made a difference in your life' found Man's Search for Meaning among the ten most influential books in America.

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Whether you’re deciding which smartphone to purchase or which politician to believe, you think you are a rational being whose every decision is based on cool, detached logic. But here’s the truth: You are not so smart. You’re just as deluded as the rest of us—but that’s okay, because being deluded is part of being human.

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Growing out of David McRaney’s popular blog, You Are Not So Smart reveals that every decision we make, every thought we contemplate, and every emotion we feel comes with a story we tell ourselves to explain them. But often these stories aren’t true. Each short chapter—covering topics such as Learned Helplessness, Selling Out, and the Illusion of Transparency—is like a psychology course with all the boring parts taken out. Bringing together popular science and psychology with humor and wit, You Are Not So Smart is a celebration of our irrational, thoroughly human behavior.

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