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Meet Thomas Williams of Marina del Rey

Today we’d like to introduce you to Thomas Williams.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
After a 5 year journey in the NFL, I was faced with the question of “What’s next?” At that time, I was 27 years old, and had experienced one of my childhood dreams. I felt as though everyone should experience their own personal dreams. I wanted to show and teach people around the world how to see their dreams turn from a vision in their minds to a reality they could experience.

6 weeks after retiring from the NFL, I had my first speaking engagement. Ft. Sill Oklahoma had called me to come out and speak with several groups on their military base. From that moment I found my true purpose in this world.

I used my experiences from athletics to share with people how their dreams are possible if they are willing to step outside of their comfort zones and initially focus on what they want rather than focusing on their fears… As of today, my company has done over 180 different speaking engagements. I’ve written two books, “Permission To Dream” and “The Relentless Pursuit of Greatness.”

As a kid, I was always looking to test the limits. At home, in school and playing sports. I had one speed, all the time. 100 Mph. This often found me getting into trouble at school.

I always enjoyed attention. In class, I was the student who was the class clown and talked when I wasn’t supposed to. I didn’t know it at the time, but I guess I was just practicing for the job I have now. Ha!

When it came to sports, my 100 mph mentality was embraced and encouraged. I always worked extremely hard and listened to the coaches because sports were a safe haven for me. So whatever I had to do to be successful, I made sure I did.

Has it been a smooth road?
I would like to say it has been a smooth ride, but it has been far from it.

Initially the struggles came from my transition. I had to transition from playing football every day to not playing it at all. It was a tough pill to swallow because I was no longer able to do what I had done for so long.

I was lucky to meet two individuals who would support me, encourage me and challenge me the same way my coaches/mentors had done for me with sports. Kelly and Scott Capone (now advisors and partners) helped me understand that I had all of the transferrable skills which helped me become successful in sports, to help me become successful in life after sports. With their belief and support, they gave me everything I needed to help me with my transition to life after sports. Without their guidance and support, I don’t know where I would be or if I would have been able to accomplish everything that I have in such a short period of time.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
As a company, we help individuals, companies and organizations with walking in their personal greatness. We help people bridge the gap from where they are, to where they want to be.

We have 4 target audiences that we work with:

1. Corporate: We specialize in breakthroughs. Helping them get to the next level in their business.

2. Military: Working with Wounded Warrior Units. We help military personnel understand they have the tools and skillset to be successful as they transition out of the military.

3. Middle Schools/ High School: We work with school officials and students and give them Permission to DREAM. We do this through workshops and assemblies.

4. High School and College student athletes: Teaching student athletes how to plan for their future beyond sports while they are still currently playing sports.

Our motto is: “We believe that anyone, anytime, anywhere can become anything they want to be.”

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Dislikes: Traffic. Ha! Every hour is rush hour.

Likes:
Weather.
Melting pot. So many different cultures and ethnicities in one city.
Activities: Beach, outdoor activities, events and the spirit of entrepreneurs in the city.

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