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Defying The Enemy Within : How I silenced the negative voices in my head to survive and thrive - Joe Williams

Defying The Enemy Within

How I silenced the negative voices in my head to survive and thrive

Paperback Published: 22nd January 2018
ISBN: 9780733338755
Number Of Pages: 288

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Former NRL player, world boxing title holder and proud Wiradjuri First Nations man Joe Williams was always plagued by negative dialogue in his head, and the pressures of elite sport took their toll. Joe eventually turned to drugs and alcohol to silence the dialogue, before attempting to take his own life in 2012. In the aftermath, determined to rebuild , Joe took up professional boxing and got clean.

Defying the Enemy Within is both Joe's story and the steps he took to get well. Williams tells of his struggles with mental illness, later diagnosed as Bipolar Disorder, and the constant dialogue in his head telling him he worthless and should die. In addition to sharing his experiences, Joe shares his wellness plan - the ordinary steps that helped him achieve the extraordinary.

About the Author

Joe Williams is a proud Wiradjuri First Nations Aboriginal man born in Cowra and raised in Wagga Wagga, NSW. Joe played in the National Rugby League (NRL) for many years before switching to professional boxing in 2009 and winning two welterweight championships despite suffering severe mental illness. Joe currently spends his time between Australia and the United States, travelling across both continents delivering workshops and talks to inspire people to think differently about their mental health.


I would buy this book again


I would use this book to help me with my anxiety and to help friends and family with a mental illness



Nothing Special


Just feels like many other people's stories who don't have celebrity to cash in on.



I would buy this book again


It gave a great insight to Joe's life and his trials and tribulations.



100% buy this book


Just finished an absolutely brilliant book by Joe Williams. Rarely will I finish a book in a week and a half, I didn't even finish a book front to cover all of last year. Vulnerability creates the ability to connect. Joe shares his own personal battles with mental health, managing bipolar and a suicide attempt. The pages are raw but so heartfelt. His brutally honest about the highs and lows of professional sport and he takes responsibility for his actions a trait rarely seen in the world. Joe is a good dude, loves his children & family and has a respect for his culture like I've never seen. He has a give first mentality that we should all strive for. I 100% recommend you get this book, it's good for the Head, Heart & Soul.

Sydney, Australia


In the age of Drug and Alcohol addiction this is a must read


I have known Joe for a longtime. Not only is he a super professional he is a super person who cares deeply about all humanity especially those with whose care we are all entrusted, the children. Joe's life story is compelling. And his advice and recommendations at the back of the book should be a road map for all of us . Especially in turning around young people and helping them to be the people they should be. I attended one of Joes workshops and as someone who has attended thousands Joe blew me away with his sincerity and honesty Joe is making the world a much better place for all of us




4.0 5


'Joe Williams has been into the darkest forest and brought back a story to shine a light for us all. He's a leader for today and tomorrow.' - Stan Grant

'In telling his powerful story, Joe Williams is helping to dismantle the stigma associated with mental illness. His courage and resilience have inspired many, and this book will only add to the great work he's doing.' - Dr Timothy Sharp, The Happiness Institute

'It is through his struggles that Joe Williams has found direction and purpose. Now Joe gives himself to others who walk the path he has.' - Linda Burney MP

ISBN: 9780733338755
ISBN-10: 0733338755
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 22nd January 2018
Publisher: ABC Books
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.2 x 13.6  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.31