Athol Williams, has just launched his autobiography called ‘Pushing Boulders’ which tells the extraordinary story of a Cape Town man born in an old police station during apartheid, who struggles to overcome immense political and social odds to become one of the first people ever to graduate with master’s degrees from five of the world’s top universities, including Harvard, MIT and Oxford At the height of his successful international business career, at the age of 40, he foregoes wealth and status, sells his Lamborghini, Rolls Royce, Jaguar and other luxury cars, to pursue his mission to use education to enable and inspire others to thrive.
‘Pushing Boulders’ is a story about pursuing dreams. It shows that, with self-belief and resilience, you can push aside the boulders that block your path to success. It tells a powerful and inspirational story that will leave you believing that even your most outrageous dreams are possible, and leave you energised to begin pursuing them.
An award-winning poet, scholar, strategy advisor and serial entrepreneur, Athol Williams is the chairman of Read to Rise, a non-profit organisation that promotes literacy in South Africa. He grew up in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town where he attended primary and high school. He has studied at Oxford University, Harvard University, MIT, LSE, London Business School and University of the Witwatersrand. He has held numerous senior executive roles in business and served on the boards of companies, investment firms and non-profit organisations. He is an award-winning poet with three published collections, and author of the Oaky series of inspirational children’s books.
Give the gift of inspiration this Christmas for a family member or friend. ‘Pushing Boulders’ is available at selected book stores including Exclusive Books and Bargain Books. All proceeds from his books go to his NGO Read to Rise so that more children can get new books.