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Book Title: I'm Will|
Date of issue: September 20th 2012
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The author of the book: William Haylon
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Read full description of the books I'm Will:In his parents’ minds, Will was an underachiever. So they decided he should go to an expensive private high school that they couldn’t really afford. They assumed smaller classes and an ostentatious campus would help him overcome his enduring indifference to growing up. Will watched as his father wrote some great essays for his applications. Still he only got into a single school of the nine to which he applied--off the wait list when another family couldn’t afford the tuition.
When Will arrived for his freshman year (or Class IV as the school called it), he quickly recognized he would rather be just about anywhere else. Over the next four years, he grew a foot, developed a dusting of facial hair, and mostly completed over six hundred nights of homework assignments. Among other things, he also was regularly grounded by his parents for uninspiring grades, was caught cheating, was introduced to alcohol, and had his heart tortured by a lesbian schoolmate with whom he was hopelessly in love.
His final summer of high school is spent living in a monastery in Connecticut and working in Manhattan. His parents thought living with priests would help him develop more discipline and a healthier set of values. Instead, each evening he rode the commuter train home in the bar car with a group of adults he serendipitously met and provided him with a different kind of education than his parents’ had intended. Will’s life may have lacked purpose, but their standards were well below his own—and yet they were all successful in the ways that his school and his parents measured success.
As punishment for some of his high school misadventures, Will had to write a thesis about someone he found interesting. He decided to write about himself. The result is I’m Will which shares an introspective glimpse into his struggle to find himself in the confusing and contradictory world of growing up. As Will says, most of what he wrote is true—at least this is how he remembers it.
Read information about the authorBill grew up the third of six children, following his father’s job trail from St. Louis, MO to Pittsfield, MA to Hartford, CT. After a near fatal car accident and, later, the death of his father, Bill became largely independent at a relatively young age.
After graduating from Williams College and then Harvard Business School, Bill spent several years learning the practical side of business at the management consulting firm, Bain & Company. Looking for a more creative challenge, he spent the next two decades as an entrepreneur building three companies from scratch, each with a strikingly unique service model. Before You Move (a relocation services firm with good friend John Marvin), Sterling Autobody Centers (a large chain of collision repair centers with mentor Bob Thompson and others) and Neighborhood Diabetes (a health care services provider with the unequaled Tom Cronin) all continue as significant, thriving companies today. These are the types of start ups that have collectively added a large number of domestic jobs to this country’s economy.
Along the way, Bill and his wife, Polly, have been raising four children in their home outside of Boston. Each of their kids went to public elementary and middle school, and then to a private high school. All the while, Bill and Polly were learning how to be parents.
The great thing about having lots of employees and lots of kids is that it provides an array of incomparable stories about people. People who provide uncommon perspectives, do funny things, less funny things and downright perplexing things. Many of these interactions provided the ingredients for the next chapter of Bill’s career which is to write fiction. I’m Will is his first novel.
Bill is also a passionate believer in the importance of making quality education available to kids as a way to break the poverty-to-prison road that captures too many talented youths today. Along with an incredible group of bright, generous people (Dr. Charles Weiss, Mike Tsotsis, Sean McGrath, Chris Collins, Mike Kaneb, Eric Harthun, George Eldridge, Matt Brunell, Meg Florentine, Alex Zequeira and many, many others), the Nativity School of Worcester, a middle school serving underprivileged youth in Worcester, MA, was opened in 1993. Graduates of the school are performing admirably in private high schools and colleges across the country and the first class will soon be the first members in their families to graduate from college.
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