Nathaniel J. Williams, Ed.D, MHS, MPA, MBA – Attaining Your Personal Best

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

The most current book that I’ve written is titled Attaining Your Personal Best. This is a self-help book geared at helping people discover their challenging life event. Such an event is one that people may have suppressed or even dwelled on so much that they have brought it into their future through their thoughts and actions. It is important to leave the past in the past, that is something that not many people do whether they mean to or not. In order to become different, we must do something different. This book was written to enlighten readers and to provide them with ways to become new by thinking and doing things in a new manner and to become something different by doing and acting differently.

Tell us something about yourself.

At the age of 5, I and my 11 siblings lost our mother to a cranial aneurysm. From my mother’s death until the age of 18, I was under the authority of the New York City foster care system, along with nine of my brothers and sisters. This experience left an indelible mark on my life and professional work. As an adult, I have labored continuously to offer options and opportunities to others that myself and my siblings did not have when we were served by the human service system.

Since leaving the human service system at the age of 18, I’ve earned three Master’s degrees and a Doctorate in Education. I wrote my first book, The Navigator of Life a few years ago and since then I’ve written 8 other self-help books. I also have a weekly TV talk show that can be seen on WFMZ Channel 69 in the Philadelphia/Lehigh Valley market. The “Navigating Your Life Show with Dr. Nat Williams” is all about empowerment, enlightenment, and encouragement and seeks to help its viewers to reach their fullest potential.

What inspired you to write this book?

I was inspired to write Attaining Your Personal Best when I looked at the people around me and saw all of the potential in them and also saw how so many of them were hindering their abilities and their potential. I wanted to provide all of these people with ways to work through their personal issues in order to excel in their personal and professional lives. In the Human Services Industry, many of the people that I encounter have had challenging events occur throughout their lives and unbeknownst to them, they bring those past events into their future and allow the events to make an impact. I wanted to bring those events to light for everyone and offer them ways to turn those events around and force them to work positively for them.

How did you choose the title?

A title of a book is an oversight of what is to come for the reader. I want this book to inspire the readers. I want the readers to understand what each of them must do in order to reach their fullest potential. To me, in order for a person to reach his or her fullest potential, they must work at being the best that each of them can be. The most succinct way for me to say such was to title the book, Attaining Your Personal Best.

What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?

The only obstacle that I faced in writing this book and getting it published was being succinct with all of the points that I wanted to make. I wanted the book to be as short and to the point as possible so that people would find it a short easy read and not be deterred from reading because of the length or content. I’m surrounded by a great team of people that empower my abilities everyday.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

I realized that I wanted to be a writer because I felt that after everything I had faced throughout my life that I had a lot of guidance to offer. I felt that personally, I had reached a point in my life where I had the ability and opportunity to help others. It is very important to me to make the people around me feel empowered and to give them a voice that they may not think they have.

Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?

Yes. Writing is therapeutic – especially if it is as a gift to others.

If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?

I would partner with another writer to banter the points back and forth. Offer another perspective.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?

I enjoy reading various types of books. I do not have a favorite author. I like to read so that I can learn as much as I can about everything I do not know about.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

Write from the heart. It is your legacy.

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

The perfect reader for my book will be someone that is not only ready but willing to acknowledge their challenging life event. The perfect reader will also be able to embrace the event and discover a way to reframe the event in order to make it work for them. The reframing of a challenging life event is not something that will occur overnight. The reader must be open and enthusiastic about moving forward with a new outlook on life.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?