Public Figure Profiles

Bill Wilson

William Griffith Wilson (November 26, 1895 – January 24, 1971), also known as Bill Wilson or Bill W., was the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).

AA is an international mutual aid fellowship with about two million members worldwide belonging to approximately 10,000 groups, associations, organizations, cooperatives, and fellowships of alcoholics helping other alcoholics achieve and maintain sobriety. Following AA's Twelfth Tradition of anonymity, Wilson is commonly known as "Bill W." or "Bill." In order to identify each other, members of AA will sometimes ask others if they are "friends of Bill". Although this question can be confusing, because "Bill" is a common name, it does provide a means of establishing the common experience of AA membership. After Wilson's death in 1971, and amidst much controversy within the fellowship, his full name was included in obituaries by journalists who were unaware of the significance of maintaining anonymity within the organization.Wilson's sobriety from alcohol, which he maintained until his death, began December 11, 1934. In 1955 Wilson turned over control of AA to a board of trustees. Wilson died in 1971 of emphysema complicated by pneumonia from smoking tobacco. In 1999 Time listed him as "Bill W.: The Healer" in the Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century.

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Some of their strengths

Bill Wilson has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Creative, Diplomatic, Energetic, Imaginative, Generous, Kind, and Intelligent.

Adventurous and Independent

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, Bill Wilson is someone who is an adventurous, independent, and energetic person, who is insightful, imaginative, generous, and honest. A person who is known for being a good communicator.

Charming and Sophisticated

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know Bill Wilson well know them as someone who can be classy, glamorous, and worldly, like jewelry.

Methodical and Exacting

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe Bill Wilson as someone who is careful, methodical, and a perfectionist.

A person who forms successful business partnerships, who appreciates the variety the world has to offer, who takes a frugal approach to life and tends to be a workaholic, and who engages in things that let them express their opinion.

Assertive and Protective

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, Bill Wilson is someone who is a somewhat private person who has a strong personality and ability to read other people.

They are also someone who is mysterious, intuitive, and diplomatic, and who has a keen intuition, charisma, and a focus on balance and partnership.

Optimistic and Quick-witted

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, Bill Wilson tends to be someone who is optimistic and spontaneous, and who has a clear and analytical mind. Who can be witty, with a happy-go-lucky- nature that makes others cheerful, and who possesses an adventurous zest for life.

Some of Bill Wilson's challenges

While Bill Wilson has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, Bill Wilson can be Sensitive, Impulsive, Careless, Indecisive, Unrealistic, Hesitant, and Narcissistic.

Impulsive and Careless

One of Bill Wilson's key challenges is that they are someone who can be impulsive and careless.

Sensitive and Critical

Bill Wilson is someone who can be insecure, critical, and pessimistic, who can have difficulty relaxing, can be possessive and jealous, and who can have difficulty listening to others' opinions and perspectives and make hasty decisions.

Irritable and Callous

Finally, Bill Wilson also can be short-tempered, childish, insensitive, and careless at times.

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