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071: Tom Williams: Escaping the Rat Race to Find Happiness in Hosting Survivalist Expeditions

By Kathy De La Torre

I recently just got back from a trip where I met two gentlemen in Tonga. They actually were there for on assignment for work and I was intrigued to learn more. They were hosting an expedition to a group of people to teach primitive survival skills and how to live on a deserted island on their own. Interestingly, both of the men are named Tom and each has their own unique story of overcoming adversity.  This week, we're starting off with Tom Williams, who actually did his interview the last day he was on the island.  Originally from England, Tom founded Desert Island Survival.  In this interview, he explains initially what he does for a living, and then he gets into his story of when he was a shy, insecure, overweight kid with dyslexia, getting poor grades, and even had a teacher pretty much say Tom wouldn't amount to anything. Fast forward to his adult life where he had a career he hated so much that he fantasized about getting in a car accident just so he could be injured enough to be hospitalized and avoid going to work.  But then a friend invited him to undertake what amounted to a month-long race at the North Pole and then everything changed. Next week, we'll talk to the other Tom, Tom McElroy, to hear his story. Mentioned in this episode: DesertIslandSurvival.com And if you'd like to hear more inspirational stories, please share with your friends and subscribe wherever you find your podcasts.  We appreciate your support! If you'd like to see a list of previously mentioned books or products from former episodes, go to our Resources Page! And if you're looking for inspirational books that I've personally read and recommend, go to our Motivational Tools page! Like us on Facebook here! Follow us on Instagram here! Thanks for listening!

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