Ted Williams – Your I’mPerfect Tour Guide


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Today I share a few weeks of pondering on the Ted Williams saga.

Stepping Out For You and With You,


Ted Williams – Your I’mPerfect Tour Guide

Do I even have to give you the background on this guy?  Ted Williams the homeless man…turned hero, turned tabloid star, turned disappointment.  Despite your opinions about Ted Williams his unlikely story of homeless addict to media sensation but his “I’mPerfect Journey” has a lot of lessons.

If you need more background or want to see the video that launched his stardom.  Click Here.

A quick overview of Ted’s rise to fame began when a Columbus, Ohio news reporter video-taped Ted demonstrating his “Golden Voice” at a highway off ramp.  Ted was begging for assistance holding his version of the “Will Work For Food” cardboard sign which referenced his “God Given Talent of a Golden Voice,”  neither had an inkling it would go viral and Ted would become a “media darling.”

So here is what I have learned from Ted Williams.

Can I Get a Sign?

When you are down on your luck do you find yourself withdrawing from life and people?  I know when I am faced with a challenge I find myself isolating or avoiding people. This seems like a reasonable response.  Who wants to let someone know they are having a tough time?  What is funny is the flip is actually the best course of action.  INCLUDING people and ASKING for help is can be your quickest route to a solution.

As abused as the “Will Work for Food” sign is, Ted Williams took it a step further and asked for help. Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen wrote an entire book on “How to ask for what you want” called “The Aladdin Factor.” (Affiliate Link)

What help have you asked for recently?

Bragging Rights!

I wrote an article last year about the concept of “Bragging Right.” Society has told us it’s not OK to share our gifts, but I say “Bull Hockey.”  Life is too short to keep our gifts under wraps.

Marianne Williamson said it best:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Ted was letting his light shine.  Ted William’s sign referenced his “God given gift of voice.” If you think of your gifts as “God given” is it really bragging or merely proclaiming God’s plan for you.

What is your “God given” talent?

Don’t Throw the Baby Out With the Bath Water!

Sometimes life throws us a curve ball and sometimes we throw our own curve balls.  No matter who is at fault we don’t need to throw our past successes out the window.

Ted Williams was a homeless and a recovering addict.  His stock was low but his life has value.  There is no such thing as square one.  We all have gifts, developed talents and experiences we can source on the journey.  Although Ted’s storyline may sound similar to a lottery millionaire, his story is different. Without Ted’s past radio experience there is no “announcer job offers” for Ted.

It’s easy to forget about our talents and experiences during difficult times but think about “The man with the golden voice.”

What’s in your “Past Experience” back pack that can help you today?

Recommended reading on this topic is the book “The Alchemist” (affiliate link)

On This Rock I Stand.

I know Ted’s on his way to “Rehab,” and you take the easy way out on this one and say “I told you so.” I encourage you to take another look.

I have no idea what Ted’s destiny will be. That is Ted’s choice but I can predict the height of Ted’s success by the depth of his foundation.

Ted is rebuilding his foundation and rehab is a great start.

There are many factors to for creating our own foundation.  Ted is going to need a lot of help but he alone can sure up HIS foundation.

On This Rock I Stand…I am in charge of my thoughts, feelings and actions.

So are you!

The Payoff

Thanks to Ted Williams for such a great example of “The I’mPerfect Journey.” As his story first broke I was thinking, “Wow!” that would be a great story to digest for my newsletter.  Then his life started to fall apart.  His missed connection with his mom, his estranged family and then rehab and I was thinking better find another article topic.  As I pondered his story over the past few days I started to reconsider.

Maybe Ted Williams is the perfect story for “The I’mPerfect Journey.” Although your journey may not be as low as Ted’s I bet you have experienced peaks and the valleys.

Who will share your troubles with today?

What is your God given gift?

Who will you share it with?

Will you claim your rock today?

My name is Brian Monahan I inspire courage and passion.  My request, if you need help closing the gap between your dreams and reality contact me for a complimentary coaching session!  Email coachbriany at

2 Responses to “Ted Williams – Your I’mPerfect Tour Guide”

  1. Sam WIlder says:

    Ted Williams asked for a glass of water and we gave him a firehose… few of us could swim thru the river of media he faced… Concentrated light burns… defused light illuminates. How will you and I shine today? (and what makes us glow?)