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NOTICE: A better version of this chapter is Chapter 28 – A Leadership Demonstration of the book Thumoslang on the Run.


In an attempt to introduce the original Thumos textbook, Nickantony Quach established Ri4CTV in July 2018. One of his first video series is “Nickantony Quach on Thumos Philosophy.” Created in Providence, it is also known as PVD philosophy. The YouTube series PVD Philosophy provides a backstory and introduces the book.

Since August 2020, Nick and Alec Mustafayev have worked together as the Quach & Mustafayev Group (QMG). Alec joined Nick to operate two small channels: Ri4CTV on YouTube and @Ri4CTV on Instagram.

In July 2021, they published Trekvella, a collection of over eight Thumoslang series covering more than 60 episodes on Amazon’s reading platform Kindle Vella. In addition to teaching a systematic approach to efficiency in social life, most episodes serve as introductions to and a glimpse into the lives of real people with real problems seeking practical solutions.

At the start of 2022, Norman D. Baker joined the club. He also helps operate the two Ri4CTV channels on YouTube and Instagram. Norman works with Alec and Nick together as Bongo One Providence (Bongo1PVD), the first wealth-building friend group using Thumoslang as its official language.

To stay ahead of the group’s history, Nick wrote a document to trace the group’s growth and follow the slow-burn personal transformation that takes hold of each member. The document turned out to be the first 33 chapters in the Original Edition of COB1, The Chronicle of Bongo One. It’s an ongoing true story tracing the growth of Bongo1PVD, a wealth-building friend group of three individuals formed at the start of 2022 in Rhode Island. Two of them are still in their lives’ experimental stage. The authentic story follows the slow-burn personal transformation of each member. It thereby demonstrates the power of Thumoslang, the nomenclature for social life, aka the formal vocabulary for social life.

Bongo members have their respective ideals, but they coordinate their life decisions together in meetings known as bongo drives. Furthermore, they often capture their proceedings on camera to ensure their history is based more on video records and less on notoriously unreliable human memories.

On January 24, 2022, Norman, Alec, and Nick reached a consensus on the first 18 chapters of COB1 (#ChronicleOfBongoOne) as captured by the video [Consensus Reached on the First 18 Chapters | Bongo1PVD History Season 1 | S1E5 | Ri4CTV](v=df-_GmuaTgA). All chapters are in Part 1 of COB1’s Original Edition. They officially agreed to adopt them as the first chapters of their documented history.

The three members also reached a consensus on 15 more chapters of the book in the video [Consensus Reached on 15 More Chapters | Bongo1PVD History Season 1 | S1E6 | Ri4CTV](v=x5laeqti8Ts). Two chapters are in Part 1, and the other 13 are in Part 2 of the Original Edition.

The three Bongo1PVD members agreed to present the 33 chapters as onboarding material for future bongos, wealth-building friend groups (WBFG’s), created by others elsewhere. The approval includes a working draft of bongo meeting rules documented in an appendix at the bottom of Part 2. The appendix originates in Sudden Need for Meeting Rules, Chapter 7 of the Original Edition’s Part 2.

Norman and Alec took a closer look at all the bongo meeting rules proposed by Nick. The video [Consensus Reached on Bongo Meeting Rules | Bongo1PVD History Season 1 | S1E7 | Ri4CTV](v=UQV0C7dQgFU) captured their discussion. In the end, they reached a consensus on the entire set of bongo meeting rules.

COB1’s Morrow Edition presents the 33 chapters as print-ready text. It does not contain hyperlinks. Readers of a print copy will find that the additional information appears as part of the text. That makes the Morrow Edition a thicker book than the Original Edition. Case in point, the first eight chapters of the Morrow Edition, including this one, cover only the first four chapters of the Original Edition.

Here is a vision. If and when numerous students in various schools use a variant of COB1’s Morrow Edition to curate their friend groups, this text is part of their history. The students would consider the text’s authors as leaders whose work is ahead and part of their history.

Here is another vision. When numerous employees in various companies use a variant of COB1’s Morrow Edition to curate their small teams, this text is part of their history. Those employees would consider the text’s authors as leaders whose work is ahead and part of their history.

This text is a live demo of leadership at scale. It’s not too difficult to become a leader; the first step is to put the history you want to create in writing, even if only for the consumption of a private group. It does not need to be a thick book. The shortest nonfiction has only 184 words; see Nickantony Quach’s Final Words for Humanity.

This chapter’s takeaway message should be the following. Regardless of its size, leaders within a group should never raise their hand and say, “I have an idea,” before they have an action proposal in writing for it. The following Thumoslang thumbnail definitions should help.

  • Purpose; that means, value to others.
  • Presentation; that means, purposeful speech.
  • Consideration; that means, weighed decisions.
  • Proposal; that means, presentation for consideration.
  • Effort; that means, vigorous attempt.
  • Action; that means, a unit of effort.
  • Idea; that means, action proposal.

Until you have weighed decisions affecting value for others, your idea might not be meaningful enough or worth the raise of your hand. If your idea is so good, are you willing to put your money, or a great deal of effort, where your mouth is?

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