Who Is The Author?
My name is Nicholas Townsend Smith (Nick), and I'm a Performance Coach and cofounder of Wake Up With Giants, League of Giants, and more. See my programs here (giantsandsmalls.com/speaking-author-visit). I work with individuals, entrepreneurs, and organizations to develop tools, systems, and processes to reach their goals, increase performance, and improve personal and organizational efficiency. I know that whether you are striving to reach personal or organizational goals, it takes effort in the right things long enough to win. I've coached and worked with leaders in organizations, sales professionals, individuals from around the world, and experts in fields ranging from professional arm wrestlers to New York Times best-selling authors. My ability to help individuals see the gaps in their performance and create a clear path to change is powerful and unique.
I hold a Master's degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, am a devoted father, and am the author of The Art of Accomplishment (Available on Audible), Sowing Seeds, How I Went From Zero To Number One In Sales in Only five Months, and Green Goo. My other works include No String Selling and The Boy and the Bird.
I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Complex PTSD in 2017. Although my mental challenge has affected me most of my life, I never let it slow me down. I've proven that one can be successful regardless of his or her history.
Who Is The Illustrator?
My name is JuanManuel Tumburús. I was born in Buenos Aires, in 1981. I began my career in animation studios (HookUp, Framing), until I established myself as an illustrator.
I worked on digital painting and backgrounds for two feature films (El Arca, a family-oriented Spanish-language tale that offers a lyrical, comic, and surprisingly gentle animated take on the Biblical story of Noah's Ark).
I have been a freelance illustrator since 2007, have illustrated more than 1,000 comic pages for the USA (Boom studios, Kickstart), and have participated in countless advertising spots.
Additionally, I was published in Heavy Metal Magazine, Dark Horse Presents, Pictus, Fierro Magazine, OVNI Press, among others. I am currently engaged in teaching, preproduction animation, video games, and comic books.
Aun recuerdo el primer contacto con Nick: un pequeño encargo de diseño de personajes, hace casi 10 años atras. Fue un trabajo como otros, de unos pocos días.
Tiempo después Nick volvió a mí con una propuesta aún mayor: un libro ilustrado con aquellos personajes. Y luego de mas de un año de trabajo el resultado fue increible. El universo de Rimi y Ritt es tan hermoso que fue una aventura genial poder ser parte. Hoy, viendolo hacia atras, siento que todo tiene un sentido: un pequeño encargo, un pequeño sueño, se volvió gigante. Y aún le queda mucho por crecer!
I still remember the first contact with Nick: a small character design commission, almost 10 years ago. It was a job like others, of a few days. Some time later Nick came back to me with an even bigger proposal: an illustrated book with those characters. And after more than a year of work the result was incredible. Rimi and Ritt's universe is so beautiful that it was a great adventure to be able to be part of it. Today, looking back, I feel that everything has a meaning: a small commission, a small dream, became giant. And it still has a lot to grow!
Where did the idea for this story come from?
Look, I love stories. The oldest recorded story goes back to 2700 BC with the Epic of Gilgamesh. There just seems to be something innate in each of us that makes stories a powerful teaching tool. They transcend every culture, race, religion, gender, disability, and age, and influence lasting change.
In 2008, when the market crashed, I lost my business, my home, was on the verge of losing my relationship and was feeling incredibly defeated. I was working for my brother and commuting an hour each way to put food on the table. As I drove, I noticed the mansions on the hill and wondered what made the difference between those people who were living such Giant lives while I was living such a Small one.
After listening to the book Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson, I decided I could write a book like that; I could write something that would teach the differences between those that live Giant lives and those who choose to play Small.
Each day as I commuted, I would record the story using a voice recorder...
At night, I would transcribe the story and share it with my kids. I remember the intense emotions I felt as I imagined what a Giant would teach me if I were to approach them about their path to success.
I wanted to teach my kids principles that would drive them to develop their Giant potential. As they heard the story, I would hear them say things like, "That's not a very Giant thing to do?" or "What would a Giant do?" and then they would behave differently. Each night they would give me ideas for more stories, and share the Giant things they had accomplished during the day. The message I wanted to give them impacted them, and they started thinking and behaving differently.
This book gives me a chance to teach, not only my kids, but yours as well, powerful tools for reaching their potential no matter their family history, and regardless of any limiting beliefs, disabilities, or setbacks they might have. In short, EACH HUMAN has Giant potential, and I want your help spreading that message. This book does that!