A Magazine, For Real People, By Real People.
(April/May Edition 2010)
Former Harlem Globetrotter
Tracy A. Williams. Transformational Speaker. Motivator. encourager. Businessman. And most importantly, husband, father and grandfather. If you were to write my life's story, you would probably begin in Brooklyn, New York, on March 12, 1964, the place and date when I was born. I was the only boy with six sisters, growing up in the inner city. All and all, I had a normal life which included all of the drama that life can bring. By the time I was eight, my parents divorced. My father moved to a small town in North Carolina and my mother stayed in Brooklyn. Initially, I stayed with my mother.
As I got older, I felt I "outgrew" my mother and I started acting in ways that were leading me in the wrong direction. On one of those "I'm gonna do what I want to do" moments, I found myself at the hands of the local authorities. I just knew that I was going to go to jail! But, as God would have it, the officers took me to my house and my mother told them if they would let me go, she would put me on the first bus to my daddy. I tried to guilt her into keeping me in the city, saying she didn't love me and that she didn't care about me. My guilt trip didn't work. She sent me to North Carolina to my dad. I went from the big city of Brooklyn to Beaufort, NC, which was a little town. It was like traveling from one extreme to another. It was hard for me geographically and domestically. By that time in my life, my father had remarried. I give my stepmother her props and I call her "Mom".
That very act by my mother saved my life. I was on my way to a correctional facility, but I was spared. I was on a road that was leading to my destruction, but my mother, taking that "tough love" approach, sent me to my father, the only one, at that time, who was stronger than my attitude.
Even though I was in the custody of my father, my attitude about life and my future didn't change until I met a woman who was passionate about her job. I was a D/F student when this counselor came to my rescue. She took me to her office and asked me what I wanted to do with my life.
I told her what every African-American male tells anybody. I said that I wanted to play basketball, go to college, you know, be successful. I thought that would be the end of the conversation. Instead, she said, "I believe you will". She gave me my first dose of passion. I didn't want to agree with her, but I couldn't help it! I "felt" her! I felt as if she really cared!
She gave me a college book and told me to look at the book to see what colleges I wanted to go to. She also took a look at my school records. She told me that I "test well, but struggle with class work". Since I didn't want to be embarassed, I tried to give her an intelligent response and defense regarding my classwork, saying to her, "The monotony of class work bores me". I was feeling triumphant until she immediately gave me a real-time response when she replied "I think you have greatness in you".
I felt her comments were genuine. Her caring about me made me want to care. But, my attitude, and not wanting to loose any "cool points" with the guys, I came back with, "I'm all about the ho's, clothes and big money rolls!" She said, "No, that's not you". When she responded to me like that, she took me somewhere I'd never been and didn't want to go! She started me on a road to recovery - recovery from the self destructive road that I was traveling.
She explained that in order for me to reach my real goals, I would have to complete some pre-requisites-things that I needed to quailfy for college. We got to work my classroom work. I felt it was impossible, but she kept caring, and that kept me going. She worked with me. She tutored me. She stayed on me, even when, for the next year or so I tried to duck her, run from her, lied to her. Whenever I tried to hide, she would find me and wait for me. She would get me off the school bus to go over my homework with me. She came after me like a creditor-she had a passion. I tried to get her to quit on me and she wouldn't quit! Passion will do that for you. Now, when I graduated from high school, I was an A/B student. Colleges were pursuing me. Full scholarships were being offered to me. By the time I graduated and came off the stage, walked past my mother, my father, my sisters, to the back of the gym, looking for Ms. Bailey-I hugged her, not worried anymore about loosing cool points. I owed everything to her.
She said to me "You owe me nothing". Then she continued, "If you think you owe me, then go through the rest of your life, the best of your life, doing for others what you think I did for you."
Kids, especially teenagers, feel like their parents are the dumbest people in the world, but as children get older, they begin to respect the things that their parnets told them. A lot of the things that my parents told me, I wasn't ready to receive when I was a teenager. But today, I perceive my parents to be geniuses.
It is just so amazing that when I think about all the stuff I went through was the preparation for what I do now - speaking, training, life coach - these things qualify me.
My experiences fuel my ability to carry out my life's goals. Iv'e always been real observant and watchful. The gift that God gave me allows me to be able to relate my experiences in such a way that the people who hear me can "touch" and feel what I am talking about.
we were all in the darkness of of mothers' womb when we were wonderfully formed by the Master. He gave us all gifts, yours may be like mine, but it's not exactly like mine. We have to learn to value the gifts that God has given us. People used to always tell me to stop talking so much, but now people pay me money to talk!
Even my experiences with the famed Harlem Globetrotters, playing ball with microphones, so that we could talk, prepared me for what I am doing with my life now. God knew that I would like playing basketball and He knew that I liked to talk. I believe that the game and the situation were created for me. I would encourage anyone to use your gift at the service of others and not at the expense of others.
Positive thoughts result in positive actions. Therefore, use your gifts to help transform people. Tell others about your victories, not just about you being a victim. Yes, being a victim, that happened, but how did you grow through it? That's what other people need to hear. Tell how you went from "victim" to "victor" and if we don't grow around the corner, we will victimize others.
It takes something some times for us to learn about our new gifts. We are put in tough situations and we find out things about ourselves when things get hard. I would never known I had the ability to stand until I was forced to stand. Just like faith. Some of us don't know we have faith until faith is all we've got.
T.A. Williams & Associates - key note speaking, training, consulting, personal coaching - we help individuals and corporations. We help the good to be better, and the better to become great! Corporate retreats, exercises, programs. We want to empower people from inside out.
My message is transformational in that it encourages people to have passion about what they believe in. Passion bypasses all of the mental aspects. In order to be able to live that dream, that no matter how bad it gets, the ability to stay the course, that passion. Passion is the Bismark, the hallmark of my business. My motto is "If you're not passionate about it, you will be".
You've got to have passion in order to make your dreams come true. In everything that you do, you have to have a passion for it. To do something of real significance-not so much success-but significant-the greater thing is to do something significant-you've got to have passion. Passion is like the bush that burned but was not consumed. David was a man of passion. When he was alone, he was passionate. When he was wrong, he was passionate. When he was right, he was passionate. When you have passion, people not only hear you, but the "feel" you.
It it more than reaching your potential or reaching your limit. I want people to reach their limits and then blow them away! Every company, every business, every individual ought to have a vision. God doesn't give a vision without provision.
T.A. Williams & Associates is available for training, developments, retreats, workshops and more. Any message I bring will be laced with, filled with, and infected with the Word of God. Isaiah 50:4 "The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to [him who is] weary. He awakens me morning by morning, He awakens my ear to hear as the learned."
This is just a talent and a gift on loan from God, and remember, whatever it is....
Be Passionate About It!
Tracy A. Williams
To learn more about Tracy A. Williams and to schedule him for a conference, go to his website at: www.tracywilliams.com or email him at: email@example.com