Moral of this story: If you dream small, but you work hard, then you can make it.
Very inspiring. And if you are childless, healthy (physically and mentally), addiction-free, and criminal-record-free, then you’ll likely have similar results if, like Adam Shepard. But if you have kids, you’re ill (physically, mentally, or both), you’re in the thrall of an addiction, and you have a criminal record behind you, then I don’t think the results will be as rosy as Shepard’s. For these handicaps are a real part of the homeless-and-jobless problem, handicaps that a mere attitude adjustment to positive thinking won’t eradicate.
Yes, very inspiring. But he — even without his college education, his money, and his family/friends connections — isn’t the typical face of homelessness. This is. And it’ll take more than positive thinking and elbow grease to get folks like James Bertran to get out of the hole that they find themselves in.