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Marquis Williams Motivation Madness: How to Unlock The Hidden Potential Within You
Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.
I am a Southern California native. I have spent most of my life here. Growing up in Los Angeles I moved around a lot as a ward of the court and because of this, I struggled academically in high school resulting in a 1.9 GPA. I went on to study Recreation and Tourism Management at California State University Northridge as a special admit student and eventually Graduated with a 3.4 GPA. Earlier this year I earned an M.B.A with Fitchburg State University. My own personal journey is a story of resilience and motivation which led me to write Motivation Madness.
What inspired you to author this book?
Definitely my own life experiences as well as the observations I've made over the years in working with young adults. We all have so much that we battle through on a day to day basis its easy to lose focus and sight of our dreams. My goal is to help create that spark in my reader's life.
Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
The inspiration for the book cover comes from my fascination with Big Cats. I think Tigers, Lions, Cheetahs, Jaguars, all represent tenacity, ferociousness, and motivation. That's really what this book is about looking within and tapping into that inner potential we all possess.
Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
The first book I ever read was Dreams from My Father written by Barack Obama. I thought it was a powerful story and what ultimately inspired me to write my own memoir titled. Beating They System: My Life in Foster Care
What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
I knew that in order for me to stay on my timeline of completion I needed to write every day. Even during the times when I wasn't in the mood and when I thought my content was a bit rubbish. Part of finishing a book is simply keeping the momentum. For Motivation Madness, I made sure to write at least 500 words per day. As I had a busy schedule of work, commitments, and my social life, I had to ritualize a time to write. I chose the early morning before the hecticness of the day begins, and I was able to write for an hour before doing my routine and going to work. Without this regimen, I would have never gotten finished!
Tell your readers about your book.
Motivation Madness is about discovering who you really, truly are so that you can find the drive to live the life that you want to live. It’s about unlocking your greatness with keys and tools that you can use for the rest of your lifetime. The goal is to help others get excited about themselves and the future, and all of the possibilities in the world.
In my experience working with transition-age youth typically between the ages of 16 and 24, I noticed a trend and common theme of challenges in finding their spark and passion. I wanted to share some tips and tricks I've learned throughout the years that helped me overcome these challenges.
What do you consider your greatest success in life?
I consider graduating from college my biggest success to date because of the obstacles I had to overcome in order to get there. Which I talk about in Memoir Beating The System.
What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
I really approach writing from the standpoint of how can I make a difference in my reader's life? What can I share with them that could be of benefit or substance?