What is your story?
What is your story?
A compelling story enhances the best of presentations more than most things.
The elements of the story need drama and adversity as well a goal or quest against long odds and desire to put right a wrong.
The example of Moguli in the Jungle Book is a good one.
A stranger in a jungle, wronged by circumstances, finds his way back to his kind and rights the wrongs of Shere Khan, the evil tiger, hell bent on killing him.
Some tricky characters along the way, like the snake or the monkeys illustrate the challenges of life, but the quest is attained.
So, what is your story?
Did you go through tough times, setting up your business, trying to make it a worthy one.
Tax offices and banks along the way can crumble your dreams and the customers who took advantage of you, reduce your resolve. Yet, you still persevered.
Do your favourite clients know your story? Could you communicate it with them, and, do they have one?
The two most important things in life are relationships and health. Everything else fits in around them. Get those two things wrong and the rest feels pointless.
I do not mean health challenges, but health care of yourself.
I do not mean relationships you ought not keep, but I do mean the ones you should keep or are important to you.
Nurture your health and your relationships and life is easier and happier.
Neglect them and it gets tougher. It can be filled with regret.
If you have a story, let those that you care about know about it. The story of those you care about should be known to you.
Eek it out. Embellish and develop it to bring it to life as much as you can.
My story? I grew up on a council estate that was so large, the police would not go there. My education was minimal, and to see beyond the boundaries that were there, was difficult. Friends of mine were collecting criminal records and poor health habits at an alarming rate.
I decided, it was not for me. I went on a quest to read any self improvement book I could get my hands on. I promised myself I would seek out people of the same mind set. I travelled to get away from the less than fertile ground.
My travels took me around the world and I met some inspiring people along the way.
I saved, invested, gambled on better outcomes, had setbacks and thieves nearly take it all yet I carried on.
One more day, one more day, one more day and then as the tide started to turn, my dreams became more of a reality.
The strength I had relied upon became my staff and I gathered around me people that would want the same things, relationships and integrity.
A legacy in the making, still vulnerable of course, yet solid too, with hindsight, was better than I imagined.
I now run a business with my wife, have two daughters who are blossoming, and I have more dreams for the future than ever before.
I have reasonable health and keep it maintained. I have countless relationships, that I love and I have a lifestyle some would envy.
Am I still going to grow? Yes. Am I wanting to share how I did it? Yes.
At 56, I feel like I am just getting into my full stride.
Share your story.
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