About William

From Ordinary To Extraordinary

I played it safe for the first quarter of my life.

I was born in Hong Kong and lived there with my parents during my early childhood.

We were a typical, middle class family who did things together including going to karaoke lounges to sing and have fun. That’s where my love of singing comes from.

We moved to the United States when I was 10, and I grew up as a responsible, dutiful son to my Asian parents.

I was obedient, studied hard, and was even named valedictorian of my high school graduating class.

But when I went to college I became unhappy.

I wasn’t excited about my classes or about the prospect of a future as a civil engineer.

My grades suffered as my unhappiness grew.

What if there was something bigger I was supposed to do?

One day, on a lark I competed in a talent show on campus at my school, the University of California at Berkley.

I won the grand prize!

A DVD player.

But I was excited. I loved to sing and started to wonder if music could possibly be a career for me.

My Big Chance

So when I saw a flyer promoting auditions for the show American Idol, I thought “This might be my chance!”

You probably know the rest since my failed audition somehow went viral. It’s been seen more than 5 million times!

My failure was all over the news and the Internet.

Humiliation or Opportunity?

I had a choice…I could die of shame because I failed the audition; or I could embrace the sudden attention and opportunities that so-called failure brought my way.

Instead of just quietly going away, I said “yes!” to the calls for interviews and appearances.

Before I knew it I had a contract – for $25,000 — to record my own album!

I know…crazy right?

Since then I’ve gone on to appear on dozens of programs from the Tonight Show with Jay Leno to Howard Stern and to appear in publications ranging from USA Today to Time magazine.

I quickly realized that many people wouldn’t have taken advantage of the opportunity that came from a very public failure.

My parents had raised me to believe that failing is ok as long as you know in your heart you did your best.

And then it hit me.

I realized I had a mission 

I realized I had a great opportunity: To inspire and teach people who are playing small  —  who let fears, doubts, and low self-esteem keep them stuck  —  break free from their self-imposed barriers and blocks.

To go from ordinary to extraordinary!

What are you waiting for?

What if you took more risks? What if you suddenly saw what others call failure as what it really is – an opportunity to learn, grow, and reach new heights?

What would you try if told yourself a new story?

What could you do if you just took action?

I’m here to help.

Contact Me

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97% of people never reach their goals. They spend their days wishing and hoping and dreaming of what could be.

Don’t just dream.  Let me help you become a celebrity authority so you can work less, earn more, and live the lifestyle you always wanted.

Want a speaker who inspires, motivates, and educates your audience to overcome fears, take risks, and achieve success? Contact William today.