06 January, 2011

Thoughts on the Homeless man's story (Ted Williams)

Chances are that you have atleast heard the buzz or even seen the story and the video about the homeless man who is being swampted with radio & voice over offers in America. In case, you missed this, definitely have a watch of this Youtube video.

Here is the link to the story

I want to share what in my view is so amazing about this story:

Ted took the initiative... with what he had:

I could not help but notice, Ted made the effort, he took the first step. Ted knew that he had this talent, talent he had cultivated over his entire life and knew that all he needed was a chance. He held on to his dream with his prayers and 'hour with God' as he put it. What is even more striking is that Ted used the tools accessible to him. A cardboard and a pen to do his marketing. AND IT WORKED!

Ted built his talent:

Ted had a dream as a boy. Inspite of everything, he did not give up on this dream. This reminds me of Malcolm Gladwell's 10,000 hour theory. Malcolm argues that a person requires 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert, there is no shortcut to greatness, if you want to be good at something, put in the effort.

I cant help but feel, Ted must have paid his due.

Ted held on to his dream:

Ted had a dream as a boy when he met the radio host. Now hes 50+ and he still has that dream. Its far too easy for us to put aside our dreams and hope & settle for something that we can grasp now.

Ted kept on hoping:

Ted felt low on many occasions. As he mentioned in the interview, while as a homeless man, he would swear at the car that drove by when he was angry or depressed. But he kept on hoping and I guess this is where religion, believing in a
greater entity helps.

Overall, its been a while since such a heartwarming story came about but for me, it was more about a man's insistance for Devine help and believing in himself & believing in hope.

Stay well.

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