May 9, 2018
After leaving a 12 year career that was no longer fulfilling him or showcasing all he knew, James Williams started his Chapter 2. He got back in touch with his passion for people and human potential and impacting the lives of others. In following his passion and striving for mastery, he aims to be the catalyst in the lives he serves. He is a high-performance coach that works with entrepreneurs to reach their highest levels of performance and potential. Now his focus rests on working with female entrepreneurs through programs he runs with his wife, Emily Williams.
Working in television, James discovered he was trying to reinvent himself all the time in the space. He was learning new skill sets, working in different departments—but it was all motivated externally to impress others or just earn more money. It wasn’t until he met his wife, Emily, that the catalyst caught on and took him into his Chapter 2. This was equal parts exhilarating and scary for James. He was awed by a whole world of opportunity and possibility, but he was still in the midst of finding what passion light him up completely on the inside. He would soon find that passion was people.
The biggest turning point in leaving television was realizing that the environment wasn’t toxic in itself per se, but that James found that he was just being toxic in that environment—in that confined space.
Getting Over the Growth Edge
In his first year of Chapter Two, James entered what he calls a “messy middle”. This was a time where he floundered a bit in understanding himself and his new path. He found himself blaming others and everything around him instead of taking responsibility. When he stopped, thought, and accepted that he was responsible for his choices—he realized something. He couldn’t control his base reactions to things, but he could change how he felt and acted after reacting. Narrowing the gap between reaction and choice was key in James growing as a person and entrepreneur. He found that if it took him a long time to crawl out of a ditch, it was because he wasn’t putting in the work himself to get out.