Episode 186: The Relentless Pursuit of Greatness with NFL Player Thomas Williams

NFL Player Thomas Williams talks about how to fully maximize your potential, setbacks and their role in success or failure, and how to be a a real, strong, genuine human being.

Guest Bio:

Thomas R WilliamsAs a Published Author, Public Speaker, Guest Lecturer and NFL Player Engagement Ambassador. Thomas R. Williams is  “The Professional Reminder.” Known for his engaging presentations, Thomas’ passion is to remind companies, organizations and individuals that you don’t have to look for “GREATNESS”, because it’s already inside of you. “Everyone has everything they need, to get everything they want.”

Every single one of Thomas’ audiences is challenged to DREAM, DARE, and DO. Thomas R. Williams lives by one philosophy in life, and the philosophy is “anyone, anytime, anywhere can become anything they want to be.”

All over the world, Thomas reminds people that the time is NOW and the place is HERE, to create the life of your dreams.”

Thomas graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Sociology. During his years at USC, Thomas won 2 national championships and 3 Rose Bowls as a linebacker for the Trojans. Then as Thomas went onto play 5 years in the NFL he was not just focused on winning and competing, but rather mastering goal setting, teamwork, perseverance and leadership. After a career-ending injury in 2011, Thomas transitioned from being a game changer to a life changer. With both National and International speaking engagements Thomas went from tackling players to helping people tackle goals and accomplishments.

(source: http://www.thomasrwilliams.com/)

Show Notes:

(03:37) When you hear the word successful, who’s the first person that comes to mind?

(04:28) How has that translated to the way that you carry yourself in your own life?

(05:17) Thomas’ background

(07:10) What other sports did you play growing up?

(07:30) Did you get any looks as far as getting drafted at all, or getting to college to play ball?

(08:28) You ended up going to USC at the time that USC was at its pinnacle of greatness. I’m curious as to the type of mindset and personality you had as you started to develop as a football player. Did you always look towards being able to play football in college? Did you always want to try and get peak performance? Or was there an adversity moment, some sort of moment in your life that started to drive you in a different way?

(11:58) Do you find that’s the case, in your high school days, and even in your college days, did you find that what you were able to tap into internally, that anger, that frustration, that sense of purpose for your mom, that you had that and others didn’t? And that differentiated you?

(14:55) Let’s dive into your college years. The teams that you were a part of, the coaches and the camaraderie around you, you got such a unique college football story. What was it about those teams? Being there for 4 years, 2 national championship teams, a tough loss… Tell us about those 4 years.

(20:45) You said that for every game, other than the Texas game, you had that advantage. What was the difference in the Texas game? That was the 2005 season, January 2006 Rose Bowl.

(22:43) Then from there, you ended up in the pros. You had some professional success. Tell us what happened there.

(24:37) Take us into the next phase of your life and how that’s transitioned into the work that you’re doing today and the books that you’ve written, you’re a public speaker. What was the next phase like and how has that transitioned you?

(34:47) What do you think, in what you’ve done now, in telling your story and what you’ve learned, in your 2 books and what you’re doing at speaking, what are the keys in making sure that you tell that story in the most impactful way possible?

“Authenticity always wins.”

“Tell a story for the heart and add a point for the brain.”

(38:11) What is the next big goal for you?

“Sometimes our goals are unrealistic. What we want and what we’re willing to do to get it don’t add up.”

(42:38) There’s a lot of discussion on concussions and the future state of football. What are your thoughts on the game itself? When you have kids, how are you going to approach that subject?

(46:52) Do you have one or two books that you would recommend?

48:53 If you could have dinner with someone you admire, past or present, who would it be and why?

Henry Ford



Thomas’ Books:

Permission to Dream
The Relentless Pursuit of Greatness