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Wisdom is truly one of life’s great treasures. The word “wisdom” comes from the Hebrew word “chokmah” that literally translates to “skill or expertise in living.” This essential component of wisdom gives us the ability to see things as they really are, not just as they appear to be.

This book is a collection of short essays on wisdom. Richard E. Simmons III takes 12 of the most strategic issues in life, and provides short essays on each. He closes with a chapter on five of the most important principles that govern life. The purpose of this book is to serve as a guide to help you walk in wisdom on your journey towards a healthy and meaningful life.

Bias of Prience, Greek philosopher

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“This is an outstanding book that provides great insight into how to find real meaning in life and how to live a wise, purposeful life. I highly recommend this to people of all ages!”

Miller Gorrie, Founder and Chairman of Brasfield & Gorrie

“In this book, Richard Simmons inspires readers to make the best decisions possible in all areas of their lives. This book should be required reading for all leaders who want to demonstrate their faith in action. I highly recommend it!”

Chris Hodges, Founding and senior pastor of Church of the Highlands

“This powerful book by my good friend Richard Simmons III, communicates the value of pursuing wisdom and how to live your life with an inner strength that will allow you to finish strong! A must read for the servant leader!“

Dr. Kevin Elko, Life Coach/Performance Consultant


Author/Speaker Richard E. Simmons III

Richard E. Simmons III

Richard E. Simmons III received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of the South (Sewanee) in 1976. He later studied risk management and insurance at Georgia State prior to beginning a 25-year career with Hilb, Rogal, and Hamilton, a property and casualty insurance firm where he was CEO for 10 years.

Much of Simmons’ life has been devoted to giving back to the community by advising businessmen and professionals. Through these experiences, he discovered he had a calling for teaching and public speaking.

In December 2000 Simmons founded The Center for Executive Leadership, a not-for- profit, faith-based ministry located in Birmingham, AL. When he’s not spending time with his wife and three children, you will find him teaching, counseling, writing or speaking to groups across the country.

If you are interested in scheduling Richard to speak to your group, organization or business, please contact us.


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“What Richard Simmons does best is make you think. He weaves together wisdom, truth, and facts to clearly present a picture on how to live a meaningful life. This book creates a map for readers of all ages that can be referred to again and again in their life’s journey.”

Kari Kampakis, blogger and author of Liked and 10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know

“I loved this book. Read it. Reflect on it. Respond to it. You WILL be wiser!”

Dr. Tim Hebson, University of Alabama dean of students

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