Tell Your Story

TELL YOUR STORY

Why do we love a good movie?

In my opinion, it's because of the amazing stories we find within them.

I think of some of my favorite movie stories like:

  • Star Wars
  • Tombstone
  • Dirty Dancing
  • The Fast & The Furious

But I started to wonder, why do we love them?

I came up with two major reasons.

  1. They take us somewhere we normally can't go.
  2. They open up a floodgate of emotions.

These stories don't always have to be blockbusters. As a matter of fact, here is a story that took me somewhere and moved me emotionally. It is a video by Dude Be Nice about a police officer named Mitch.

I love this story.

Understanding Your Own Story

We all have our own stories. The funny thing is, most of us either do not pay attention to them or feel that they are insignificant.

This just isn't true.

I've had a ton of things happen in my life. Some good, some bad, some huge and some kinda dull.

At least that was my thoughts.

But, it doesn't matter what I think about them.

What does matter is what the person across from me thinks as I get the urge to share.

Have you ever had the feeling to share a story but you're not sure why?

Have you ever had that feeling? To share a story but you're not sure why? #StoryTellingClick To Tweet

I've found that at times when I least expected it, I should be sharing on of my stories.

The only way we can share them, however, is by understanding their power and paying attention to the proper timing.

When these magical stars align, lives are changed.

Wisdom Nuggets In Every Story

I love listening and watching great stories. I always take away great nuggets of wisdom.

You see, sometimes we are so fixed on the storyteller or the story as a whole, that we forget to dive into some of the deeper lessons a story holds.

For instance:

Star Wars. The struggle between good and evil in each person right?

Of course.

But, you will also be able to pull nuggets of wisdom about friendship, purpose, and servanthood.

Dirty Dancing. The ability to find love in the strangest of places.

Yet, you also learn nuggets of wisdom about prejudice, money, and life choices like abortion.

But only if you pay attention and are willing to dig below the surface.

Telling Your Story In The Digital Age

In the digital age, there are so many ways to tell our stories. Like me, on this blog. I am telling many of my stories with the written word as well as audio and video.

You might be wondering, "How can I tell my story online?" or  "Will anybody be interested?"

If you make sure you are focused on giving value to the audience, be honest and do you, I am sure the right group of folks will be knocking at your digital door in no time at all.

Here are a couple great examples of folks I admire who are telling their stories through video.

The Balance: Marcus Sheridan

This one is not listed because Marcus is my boss or because I am in a couple episodes. It is listed because there are a ton of nuggets of travel, business, and family wisdom.

 

The Hustle Diaries: Carlos Gil

Carlos is an up-and-coming boss player in the marketing world. He really hit the scene (or at least for me) with the rise of Snapchat. I watch this series from the perspective of "what does the hustle look like when you are trying to get somewhere in life?"

DailyVee: Gary Vaynerchuk

I am sure many of you that are reading this know who Gary is. You also have probably watched an episode or two of DailyVee. I watch this for a couple reasons.

  1. To see what I need to do to try and out work Gary.
  2. Learn nuggets on speaking, travel, and leadership
  3. Get inspired to push forward with my own journey

 

You don't have to tell your story like these guys, but I would urge you to tell it nonetheless. It's just as important.

The Importance of Telling Your Story

Why is it important?

It is simple.

If helps people understand a concept.

It helps people get passed a pain.

It inspires people to push on with what they are trying to achieve.

It gives people stories to tell in the future.

That is the magic right there.

When I heard someone telling my story for the first time, I sat in amazement. You see, by telling your story and allowing people to know and understand who you are, you are making the unscalable (you and your time) scalable.

Imagine, one day when you get the opportunity to see the dots and lines connect of all the lives that you and your stories have changed.

Amazing thought, right?

That only happens if you suck it up, ditch the fear, pay attention to your own life, and tell your story.

And hey, who knows, you may be the next Star Wars, Dirty Dancing, or Tombstone in the making.

What Are Your Thoughts?

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2 Comments

  1. Bella on March 19, 2017 at 3:37 am

    Awesome article! I really enjoyed it and so excited that you started this blog. I often think the same thing you wrote, “ever have that feeling that you want to share a story but don’t know why” I have lots of stories…. but I always feel like if I tell them, I am talking too much about ME and think, who cares about ME? I guess the important thing is to attach the lesson onto it, huh?

    I also feel much more confident writing about my stories than speaking them. Is that strange? LOL

    Can’t wait to see the next article you publish! And, BTW, the reference to Dirty Dancing…. is it really a fav or you just trying to appeal to the women in the audience to click? Bc it worked! 🙂



    • George B Thomas on March 19, 2017 at 3:52 am

      Bella,
      I use to watch Dirty Dancing with my Grandmother. Super fond memories of that movie and Rick Springfield because of her. #Jessy’Girl

      If we are boasting about our stories then we are doing it wrong. But, if we are sharing them out of service to the audience or person then get ready for a home run.

      Writing your stories is okay but online video is the future. Get really good at telling them in person and on video. 🙂