Stick to Your Vision
How to Get Past the Hurdles and Haters to Get Where You Want to Be
By Wes Williams
(McClelland & Stewart, Paperback, 9780771088834, 272pp.)
Publication Date: May 17, 2011
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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For young adults and people who want help achieving their goals, Wes's advice based on his life experiences as the "Godfather of Canadian Hip Hop" will guide them on the right path.
As someone who has experienced the highs and lows that come with being a performer, Wes "Maestro" Williams has had to overcome many challenges in his life. These are also the same challenges that we all face on the way to where we want to be, and Wes's practical and empowering strategies will help you get there. Sometimes these obstacles come from within, whether it's a fear of failure or low self-esteem. Sometimes they come from your circumstances; perhaps there are people around you who are keeping you down or "in your place," even if they don't mean to. In Stick to Your Vision, Wes shows you how to define your vision, how to achieve it, and what to do once you're there. He offers useful tips and advice, as well as inspirational stories and quotes, and exercises that will keep you moving towards your own vision.
WES "MAESTRO" WILLIAMS is a hip hop artist, inspirational speaker, and actor in movies and television. Wes is an inductee to the Scarborough Walk of Fame, a Gemini-nominated actor, recipient of the 2003 Reel World Film Festival Trailblazer Award and two Juno Awards, and his albums have reached gold and platinum status. Wes's first album, Symphony in Effect, was the first Canadian rap album to receive platinum certification and made Wes the first hip hop artist to go platinum in Canada. More than 20 years after release, Symphony in Effect remains the best selling Canadian rap album of all time. Wes has performed for former Canadian prime ministers Chretien and Mulroney, as well as royalty such as Queen Elizabeth II. He continues to support several charitable organizations, such as Toronto Plays For Haiti, War Child, Save the Children, Covenant House, Special Olympics, Battered Women's Support Services, and the African AIDS Society. This is his first book.
"'Stick To Your Vision' and '416/905' were legendary moments in my life, not to mention this man's career. Those two songs let me know that it was possible to make a city so far removed feel like it was a part of it all. Now every song and move I make I think about my people back home and how proud I am of them and they are of me. I owe a part of my confidence as a rapper to Maestro."
"Maestro poured the foundation that many have built their homes on. The second act in his career shows he has a lot to offer and is worth listening to."
- George Stroumboulopoulos, host of The Hour and The Strombo Show on CBC