KNOXVILLE (WATE) - If you're a reader of the Sunday business section, you're familiar with the columns of investment manager David Moon.
He has been writing for the Knoxville News Sentinel for several years, but now Moon has ventured into another area - children's books.
Moon is a former UT football player, turned investment advisor who became an author.
His book "Thoughts are Things" is a daily reading for children.
"I like to joke. I'm from Alabama, and there are people who are shocked that I've ever read a book much less written one," said Moon.
Contained within its 365 pages, "Thoughts Are Things" offers a lifetime of lessons that all children can understand and grow from.
From conventional wisdom: "The more you try, the more mistakes you will make, but you will also achieve more," to funny perspectives: "The longer you hang around skunks, the more it begins to smell normal," Moon offers his version of what makes life tick and what makes young people successful.
"I've been very fortunate that I've been around a lot of high achievers in my life, and that was probably fate as much as anything, but I've kept notes on all that stuff," he said.
As for the book, it began as notes to his children, left by David on his way to work. When he returned in the evening, they would sit and talk about the things he raised in his notes.
"It's your philosophy of life. It's the things you want your kids to know. What do you do when things get bad? How do you think about God? How you interact with other people. And so we started collecting them, because after a year and a half or so we had 365 of them and that's where it came from," he said.
Moon credits his college coach Johnny Majors for opening his eyes to the world at large. He also credits his family, wife Sien and twins Bethany and Wheeler as inspiration for this book.
While it's geared toward children, "Thoughts are Things" offers advice for any age.
"Everything begins as a thought, but if it stops as a thought, it never becomes a real thing. There has to be planning. There has to be concentration. There has to be action."
Thoughts, Moon says, are the physical manifestation of the energy in our minds.
David Moon may have been born in Alabama, but his thoughts and many of his influences, like his book, were Made in Tennessee.
You can learn more about the book at David Moon's website.