What’s your motivation?
Ever so often a feel good story, hits the media circuit , takes our collective breaths away, and one such is that of new national cyber hero Ted Williams, a formerBrooklyn New Yorker , turned Ohio homeless man , with a passion for survival , turning his life around, and getting back on track in pursuit of old dreams, and his long sheltered career, in radio broadcasting.
The story of second, third, and even fifth chances, resonates with many across the country, and puts to rest that often erroneous depiction ,of most Americans as simply selfish , uncaring folks , solely obsessed with the successful , their social toys , and other unmentionable frivolities ,with hardly a concern for the less fortunate , weak and destitute. In case many are unacquainted with the true facts, Americans leads the world in terms of giving to charitable causes , even as today some 9 million are presently unemployed due to a lingering recession.
For me ,the story stuck me as more a question of resilience of the spirit , in the face of overwhelming odds, and commitment to a dream. And from a personal standpoint, what a coincident, for just two days ago , but thankfully, without many of the demons that confronted Ted Williams ,during his tumultuous life, I too was putting together, one of my many paragraphs ,for a long overdue book I am writing , and have been willing myself to complete by Spring 2011, and part of it made reference, to the impact that radio , writing , and the folks who pedal their craft, played in my life asa kid , and still do.
It was not lost on me when a colleague I did not see for quite some time , enquired as part of our New Years’s greetings , “how is that book coming along?” To which I responded , “slowly but surely.” “It means that you are not writing anything ?” He then playfully chided me , and on we went , wishing each other the best for 2011.
It was a sunny Caribbean day some years ago, as a naive , eager 17 year old, that I like Ted Williams, enquired from in my case , a internationally recognized , Historian, Author , and Radio media personality, whose work I admired , “what do I have to do to perfect the craft of writing, and be a successful author like you are?”Of which he said without missing a beat,or blink of his eyes ,the most poignant words; “just write.”
Thanks Michael Anthony, and thank you America , for believing in Ted Williams , by extending a hand towards him , in his moment of need.
Stay hungry , my friends., and remain tuned for my future Bestselling motivational book entitled , ‘Choices4Power.’
I wish you well.