As a journalist, I love what we call “real people” stories. Those are the sweet, sometimes gritty stories of people’s lives and experiences that have shaped who they are. Perhaps it’s my role at WIS– or my willingness to talk to a lamp pole anywhere I go– People open up to me about their stories. I simply love it.
You wouldn’t believe some of the stories.. They are as rich and interesting as their southern, saucy lives. The stories range in subject matter but you hear the same undertones of either grief, intense love, heartache, triumph or anger, to name a few.
Just yesterday– a beautiful, sweet lady told me the story of her son’s untimely death. I don’t know why she told me the details. Her pain was so apparent and I was a kind, listening ear.
For the most part, the stories are the unique twists and turns of their lives. Funny how those curve balls created new roads to travel. Some brought joy. Others brought a kick in the rio grande.
Some of my favorite stories are from entrepreneurs. Wow. What courage and hard work!! This morning, there is one such story on CNNMoney.com of an entrepreneur in Michigan who left an unfulfilling career in banking to open an ice cream shop. He’s maxed out credit cards, cashed in retirement– all in hopes of building a better life. Ask any business owner and they have incredible stories of overcoming the odds– or at least betting on them at the time. I honor our small business owner and hope they’ll hang in there. Reach out to available resources for education and mentorships. We need you!
Reading, hearing and writing so many life stories over the years makes me think about my own story. I’m doing a personal study right now in the book, The Power of Story: Change Your Story, Change Your Destiny in Business and in Life. It’s written by renowned psychologist, Jim Loehr. When you see your story on paper, you really hear your tone, see your mistakes and own up to making positive changes. It’s then that you can re-write your story to eliminate what’s not working. The exercise is eye-opening not only for people, but businesses that are attempting a new culture or strategy.
So no matter if you’re at the beginning, middle or end– what’s your story? Or is it like mine and still being written? Either way, rock on. As Loehr says, “Your story is your life.” Make it a good read.
The Power of Story: http://www.amazon.com/The-Power-Story-Destiny-Business/dp/0743294688