143: The Understated Quiet Side of Intensity with Phyllis G. Williams

When you think of intensity, you probably think of someone who is always loud and overbearing. The truth is that intense people can have a quiet nature that isn’t dominating. Meet today’s guest!

Phyllis G. Williams is the co-host of Living The Principles podcast. She’s a US Marine veteran, educator, and entrepreneur who is passionate about community. Phyllis’ entrepreneurial endeavors revolve around writing and speaking, and she’s described by her friends as “quiet, yet strong and confident.” It was a pleasure to get to know Phyllis in this interview, and I hope you enjoy!

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Show Highlights:

  • Why Phyllis is intensely passionate about community mainly because she has seen how her life has been affected by it

  • How her family was Phyllis’ first community, the Marines her second, and Toastmasters her third

  • Why Phyllis’ true intensity isn’t loud and aggressive, but a quiet strength with devotion

  • As Phyllis grew up, she was a creative storyteller who was always comfortable being alone

  • How Phyllis learned values like integrity and honesty through colloquialisms in her Mississippi upbringing

  • Why Phyllis felt like she had to hide her voice and her accent for a long time

  • Phyllis’ intensity gets out of control when she is too concerned about other people’s feelings and overly concerned about her actions

  • The creative ways in which Phyllis helps others look introspectively at themselves

  • How she harnesses the power of her intensity through journaling

  • The acronym RISE for personal habits: reflect, intentions, stretching, elevate

  • The best advice Phyllis ever received was from her mother: “Don’t worry about things you can’t control.”

  • An inspiring book: One Word That Will Change Your Life by Jon Gordon

  • How Phyllis helps others through her workshop, Authenticity, and Authority

  • How her podcast helps debunk beliefs in the black community through topics like business, relationships, and unity

  • Key areas of emphasis for Phyllis are self-awareness, selflessness, and self-love

Resources:

Phyllis’ website:  Progress Promoter

Find Phyllis on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram: Phyllis G. Williams or @ProgressPromoter

One Word That Will Change Your Life by Dan Britton, Jimmy Page, and Jon Gordon