BAY ST. LOUIS, Mississippi — At approximately 9 a.m. on Saturday, Ari’el Twanna Williams took to her Facebook page.
As usual, she staged a post that came across an enlightening, thought-provoking, and downright uplifting.
Williams wrote: “The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”
Such a profound words of endearment were once uttered by
legendary Green Bay Packers head coach Vince Lombardi, who guided the tradition-rich professional football franchise to the first two Super Bowl championships in 1966 and 1967.
Considering Williams had become inspired to recall those spirited words of arguably one of the most prominent sports figures in American history is, in some shape or form, indicative of the kind of life she’s lived for nearly the past four decades.
A former basketball standout for Bay St. Louis (Miss.) High, Williams, who earned her diploma in 1995, subsequently advanced her educational endeavors by enrolling at a nearby junior college.
But as Williams tells it, for nearly two years, her priorities didn’t particularly line up. In a nutshell, Williams had become a habitual party pooper, a trend that ultimately gave way to her placing academics by the wayside.
“I partied more than studied so I dropped out (of college),” Williams explained. “In February of 2004, I begin to regret not finishing school, so I decided to go back.”
Not to be outdone, this then-single mother of one returned to school, this time at nearby Delta College of Arts And Technology, where she successfully mastered the program for which she was placed, all while making the President’s and Dean’s list in the process.
To her credit, Williams was back and better than ever.
Among the reasons is that upon finishing the program, she was offered an internship at Hancock Women’s Center in Bay St. Louis in July 2005, which eventually led to her being extended a job offer as a medical office clerk.
“I was a little disappointed but I figured I had to start somewhere, and it was better than not having job,” Williams said.
Then in August 2005, the overall landscape of Williams’ life was changed forever.
Hurricane Katrina had made an abrupt landfall, thus erasing the memory of Williams’ internship but, more than anything else, taking away her livelihood.
The eleventh named storm and fifth hurricane of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, Hurricane Karina was the costliest natural disaster as well as one of the five deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States, one had claimed the lives of at least 1,245 people, one that had translated in total property damage that was estimated at $108 billion.
“A week after Katrina, my children and I evacuated to Memphis,” Williams explained. “I was going to finish my internship there, but saw an ad in paper for a college offering Associates Degree in Billing and Coding. This is what I really wanted to do, but the school I attended before the storm only offered the diploma. I took advantage of that opportunity and went back to earn my degree at High-Tech Institute, now known as Anthem Career College.”
Even upon graduating in June 2017,” Williams ran into another fork in the road. She found it difficult landing the job she wanted, a development that ultimately fueled her desire to delve off into entrepreneurial ship.
Today, Williams is an independent distributor for It Works Global.
Founded in 1955 by a couple name Mark and Cindy Pentecost, It Works Global is a home-based business opportunity in the telecommunications industry whereby the Pentecost’s vision was comprised of invoking passion for families to dream big, thus to begin living life in your their own terms — because they too had those dreams once themselves.
Fortunately for Williams, in her brief tenure with It Works Global, she has wasted little time making her presence felt, thus increasing her ability to make favorable sales and expand membership in the process.
In assessing her life in recent years, it’s safe to assume that she wasn’t about to let anything stop her from maximizing her potential, in large part because it is a proven fact that she has what it takes to deny the greatest of odds.
“I once earned $120 in free products from the company as a reward for growing my team,” Williams said with a smile.
Which, by all accounts, is a microcosm of how resilient she’s become in recent years, resilient in that she’s evolved as a proven winner.
Just like the legendary Vince Lombardi.
For more information about Ari’el Twanna Williams’ It Works Global, call 407-969-9253 or log on to: 45Secondmiracle.myinworks.com.
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