Thomas R. Williams, Author, Speaker
Thomas is a former NFL linebacker, the author of Permission to DREAM and The Relentless Pursuit of Greatness, NFL Player Engagement Ambassador, and philanthropist.
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Thomas Williams lay on the ground for two and a half minutes, paralyzed. A career-ending neck injury changed his life and career as he knew it in an instant.
“The doctors said, ‘Thomas do you want to walk for the rest of your life or do you want to play football for a few more years?’”
Thomas began playing football as a young boy and equated his discovery of the sport to finding his one true love. He worked his way up to playing at the highest level, but when Thomas was forced to retire from his passion, he felt lost. Learn how Thomas used the principles and lessons he learned playing football to find his true purpose in an entirely new career.
“Look to the people who have done it before, and they will show you that it’s possible”
The process of a career change can be isolating, and if you are leaving a position you have worked many years to reach, it can be painful. Hear how Thomas found a new team off the football field, endured the pain of loss and used his experiences as a foundation to build his future upon.
Bonus: A career change exercise from Thomas – Write down 3-5 things that make you extremely happy and focus on doing them every single day.
What you’ll learn
- Identifying your passion vs. your purpose
- Trusting your gut when it’s time to leave a career
- Forming a team of advisors to help navigate your career change
- Doing it scared: overcoming fears that are holding you back
I was able to negotiate a higher salary, accepted the offer and I can not be happier! You truly helped make this process as painless as possible! I would (and will) recommend your services to anyone and everyone looking for a new job (or current job pay raise).
“Happen To Your Career forces you to ask questions that didn’t occur for you to ask. You are working with professionals who have not only been in your shoes but are really good at helping other people get out of this place. Intuitively they know more than you do about this process especially if it's your first go around. Why not tap into that insight? What made it clear to me from the beginning was the 8 day email program.” OR “I said this is how much money I have in the bank Scott. This is what I’ve got to work with I need to buy a car. We wrote a budget. Just doing the math you were like you have thirteen months. You are losing money staying where you are. That was all I needed. To budget myself and realize it was real.”
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