The Fine Art of Clarification

It has been mentioned in the comments to my previous post that it seemed as though I wanted Ted Williams to fail. While I can understand how people would reach that conclusion, I wanted to make it clear that I harbor no such ill-will toward Mr. Williams. He’s a talented guy who made some bad decisions in his life and I hope he can put this second chance to full use.

My ire is directed not at Mr. Williams but at the media and the people piling on to get a piece of the latest viral sensation. The result of the way his story is presented is to devalue a lot of hard work put in by a lot of really talented people.

As the very talented voice artist Mercedes Rose puts it on a video response, for the vast majority of us, becoming an overnight success isn’t a matter of being “discovered”. We’re not going to become successful by standing on a streetcorner with a cardboard sign, we’re going to get there by hard work and diligence.

In the end, I think it may be that my annoyance at how his story trivializes a lot of very talented folks’ hard work came through as being directed at Williams himself, which is not true.

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