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8 What is Renovation?

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[1] Remodeling improves a building, whereas renovation improves a broken, damaged, or outdated structure. Sounding similarly, the processes are two different ideas. The former may involve adding a new room and changing the original structure—the latter attempts to maintain the same structure after restoring its functionality.

[2] A typical reason for renovating a house is to make it ready for sale. Thumoslang does not tell you what it takes to renovate, but it tells you when the task is all done.

  • Renovation; that means, being ready for business.

[3] Suppose the content of your character is not ready for business. In that case, you will have difficulty taking on a business opportunity when it knocks on your door. Character Renovation aims to get your character ready for business. Chapter 9 explains further.

[4] “Character Renovation has never been so simplified thanks to [these chapters],” said Norman Baker. “Most people want to improve their character. These chapters explain how to do that and what tools to use. The tools are much easier to talk about than the how. The tools are the thumbnail definitions. By following from one definition into another to finally end at the thumbnail definition of ‘character,’ 18 other definitions were laid out in the previous chapter. With earlier definitions adding up to the word ‘character,’ its power is beyond any previous definition I have lived by. The web of terminology helps strengthen the definition of each word, especially when it leads up to one as important as ‘character.’ Never before have I gone through such a rigorous and effective process of revaluing, or renovating, something. Let alone myself. Character renovation is difficult, but it has never been so simplified.”

[5] This book, Thumoslang for Character Renovation (TCR), traces the slow-burn transformation of several individuals using Thumoslang to improve their lives. On their Thumoslang journeys, they subject themselves to the process of character renovation. Thumoslang is front and center of it all.

[6] The first print book presenting Thumoslang is the original Thumos textbook (OTB). It is the book Thumos: Adulthood, Love & Collaboration, written by Nickantony Quach and Mark Canny. Ri4C published it before Mark graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2017. The hardcover edition is available at Barnes & Noble, whereas the paperback edition is available on However, the original book (OTB) did not mention the name of Thumoslang because neither author understood the immense power of the formal vocabulary they created.

[7] The second print book presenting Thumoslang is Thumoslang on the Run (OTR), formally known as Life in 184 Words. The author wrote it as the first formal guide to teaching Thumoslang.

[8] After writing OTR’s 42 chapters in 42 days in early 2022, the author began to write TCR. The first 19 chapters of this book (TCR) are mainly about Norman Baker, Alec Mustafayev, and Nickantony Quach, the first three members of Bongo One, a wealth-building friend group in Providence, Rhode Island.

[9] After writing chapters 20-24 in TCR about Lyonel Fritsch, the author decides to renovate OTR with new knowledge generated while writing TCR. The two books are intricately linked with one another as a result.

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