On Tuesday Canton resident Kevin Williams is set to release his first book, “Irrational Kindness,” which details personal accounts from his life, as well as lessons he has learned that helped him start to look at life through a different lens.
“Each chapter has a story about something personal to me, whether it is work wise or something that happened in my personal life,” Williams said. “These experiences led me to writing this book. I wanted to find a way to share my feelings on embracing one’s uniqueness, kindness, and search for joy, whatever the outcome may be.”
Williams started writing “Irrational Kindness” four years ago, with the idea that irrational kindness is essentially looking at life in a different light.
“Irrational kindness is about showing kindness to yourself and others, and accepting all the things that make you, as well as others special. It’s also about finding ways to use your kindness to make a change and see purpose in what you are doing.”
The idea behind writing this book came from “coffee with Kevin,” where Williams would hand out a book from one of his favorite authors to his team members for them to read. Williams said one day he thought about giving his team members a personal story, and that started a journey of him coming up with ideas for personal stories to share with the team.
Williams said he started to realize that he could put these stories together in book form, however, he didn’t have any experience as a writer. He said it was a challenge to put together, but the process ultimately ended up being gratifying for him, and he now has a new found appreciation for writers. He added that he is happy with how it turned out and felt that it was rewarding after a long four-years of writing.
“This book isn’t written from a standpoint of ‘I know everything and this is what you need to do’,” Williams said. “The book is written from my experiences and from what has helped me as a business owner for 25 years. It’s really a conversation more so than a book, and hopefully it helps to start conversations about showing kindness and how that can be done. The spirit of the book is to let the next generation know that talking to each other and understanding one another is key, and that you don’t have to know everything to have a great life.”
Team member and Chief of Staff at Chick-fil-A Canton Hayden Holcomb added that Williams doesn’t just write and talk about irrational kindness, he lives it out behind the scenes at Chick-fil-A Canton and in his life every day.
“I know it’s not just a collection of words for him, it is his life mantra and the greatest thing I have been able to learn from him,” Holcomb said. “His message of Irrational Kindness has caused me to see others and myself in a new light, and it has changed my life.”
Proceeds from the book will go to support families in crisis and foster/adopt children organizations such as Goshen Valley Boys Ranch, Fostering Together, and North Georgia Angel House, to name a few.
Williams and members of his team will begin traveling across the country starting next week to promote the book and partner with different Chick-fil-A locations to help spread kindness in different ways such as helping to feed foster families, feed first responders, etc. Williams said the end of the trip will conclude in New York to visit with Mayor Bill de Blasio to spread “Canton kindness.”
“Irrational Kindness” comes out on Jan. 12 and is available at Amazon and other retailers. Visit www.irrationalkindness.com for more information on where to purchase the book.