Episode 113: Get Inspired to Overcome Your Biggest Obstacles Like Christopher Williams

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Christopher Williams First In Fire

Christopher Williams

Christopher Williams has been battling cerebral palsy most of his life, but it hasn’t stood in his way of his passion for learning about new technologies, finding work or living on his own terms.

Currently, he works as the web development and social media manager for First In Fire Company, a niche business that rents out vintage fire trucks for various events in North Carolina.  He is also a freelance graphic designer and web developer.

Several times throughout his career he has missed out on job opportunities because employers were wary of his physical limitations. Not only did Christopher become a freelance web developer out of necessity, but because it gave him a sense of independence.  He was tired of others limiting his options, so he decided to create his own opportunities.

He has learned the majority of his technical skills like front-end web development using HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript, as well as building websites using WordPress and even video editing on Final Cut Pro by teaching In himself.

In his first six months at First In Fire his social media management skills drastically improved their sales. Recently, the company now has more bookings on a single day than they had all of last year!

Christopher is living his life on his own terms in a way most of us are just still dreaming about.

Key UnStuckable Takeaway

We all have obstacles that we face, but you can make a conscious choice to not let them stop you! 

Christopher may have several disabilities, but he hasn’t let that stop him. If there is something Christopher wants to do, he finds a way to do it that works for him.

We all have obstacles that are going prevent us from what we really want to do in life. If you want something bad enough, and if you really put your mind to it, you can create opportunities for yourself like Christopher has done for himself.

Quick Action to Get Unstuck

Contact one person you haven’t meet before through social media.

Scan your social media networks in Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn and find someone that interests you or can help you further explore your career options.

Building a network of like-minded people will create a support group you can turn to for advice and guidance.

UnStuckable Quotes From Christopher

“Online world gives me an opportunity to forget that I have a disability.”

“Social media doesn’t manage itself.”

“A personal brand is hard to build, but its very easy to break.”

“Turn every negative into a positive.”

“When you’re presented with a disability, you don’t look at the top of the hill, you look at how you can get there.”

“I’ve just kind of invented jobs for myself.”

“I’d like to be more self sufficient than I already am.”

“I always find myself challenges.”

“Unless you’re physically stuck, you’re only mentally stuck.”

More Habits & Actions

  • When he isn’t working, Christopher likes to keep busy by drawing or editing something on his computer. This allows him to improve his skills and continue to learn.
  • Be open to new opportunities. You never know what is going to fall into your lap, so be open to any new opportunities that you come across.
  • Be willing to learn new things. The more skills you acquire, the more marketable you become.
  • Make jobs for yourself. Christopher says that he is able to create a job for himself by demonstrating his abilities to companies that might need him.
  • Don’t let obstacles slow you down. You may think there are a million reasons not to do something. All you need to do is find that one reason to do it and focus on that instead.

Resources

Christopher on LinkedIn

First In Fire Company

Wake Forest News

Today in iOS Podcast

99 Designs

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