The purpose of this book is to motivate, inspire and educate others. I hope to help others to create a road map to success. This book uses the successes and failures in my life to highlight what I believe are important attributes one must have in order to be successful. The attributes listed are by no means a complete list of what's needed to be successful. What inspired me to write this book? I will try to sum in it up in a short sentence that quotes rather startling statistic. I recently read an article that stated 73% of people believe that their future is control by someone else and that they had little or no input in how their future turned out. That number was 84% for African Americans. Those statistics and that mindset is unacceptable. This book is my attempt to try and change both.
Willie is a speaker, entrepreneur, businessman author and philanthropist. Together with his wife, they own several successful businesses. Prior to starting his own business, Willie worked in corporate America for 17 years. 12 years as a Financial Adviser and six of those years in management. Willie has spoken for over 20 years on topics related to Entrepreneurship, Success, Financial Literacy and Overcoming Obstacles. Willie speaks to many businesses, schools and non for profit organizations. Willie is the oldest of two children raised by a single mother. He lived in public housing in the inner city neighborhoods of Birmingham Alabama. The family spent numerous days and nights without heat or electricity. Willie has never met his biological father or his paternal or maternal grandparents. As a kid, Willie was bullied relentlessly because he wore thick glasses and suffered from a speech impediment (stuttered). His relationship with his stepfather was hard. His stepfather often verbally abused him to the point that Willie threatened to kill him at the age of 13. Today Willie has become a successful business owner, motivational speaker, investor, philanthropist, husband, and author of the upcoming book An Upward Journey "Finding Success In Life". Willie has broken many family curses along the way. Willie's combination of life experiences and education make him the ideal speaker on the topics of Creating your own Success, Overcoming Obstacles, Entrepreneurship, and Financial Literacy. He is a proud member of Toastmasters International and an associate member of the National Speakers Association. He served on the board of directors for Ivy Prep Foundation and The L.E.A.D Foundation.