A homeless man has just been offered many multiple jobs. In case you’ve missed it over the past few days, Ted Williams, a homeless man with an incredible, classic radio voice was made famous by youtube and has now been offered jobs by the Cleveland Cavaliers amongst others. You can see the original video that started it all here.
The days since this all spread like wildfire on the internet have been interesting to say the least. It’s been a whirlwind for Williams who got some new clothes, a hair cut, and has been on national TV. Beyond that, internet reports have brought to light his extended rap sheet and mug shots that are not very flattering. It seems that for the past ten years Ted Williams was not the most upstanding guy. Alcohol, drugs, and “some other things” got in the way.
I’m not sure how all of this is going to turn out. I’m all about second chances — and I hope Ted Williams takes advantage of his — but I’m certain this instant notoriety won’t be easy. It’s tough to be thrust into the spotlight and come out smelling like roses on the other end…no matter what your recent background happens to be.
But this blog is about creativity. Here’s where I found the creativity in this whole story: It was in the sign Ted used to ask for money out on the streets. It said: “I have a God given gift of voice. I’m an ex-radio announcer who has fallen on hard times.”
At a tough time in his life Ted Williams used his art. According to Seth Godin, “Art is a personal gift that changes the recipient.” Williams knew that his art was his voice. He knew that “in a former life” his art changed people. He longed to do it again. In order to get back to where he wanted to be he used the leverage of his art.
If you had to hold up a sign that was going to change your life for the better, what would it say? What is your God-given art that would gain attention on youtube and the internet? And don’t let me hear you say you don’t have any art. You do. And it’s art that can change people. It’s art that may even bring that long-needed change into your own life…just like it did for Ted Williams.
What would your sign say?