How to Find the Gold in your Story

PERSONAL BRANDING: FINDING THE GOLD IN YOUR STORY

Finding The Gold In Your Story

Finding The Gold In Your Story

Article by Denita Austin
Photo Credit: Halley Elefante
Magazine: Issue #36

Most of us are not comfortable with sharing our story with the world. We may feel embarrassed about sharing our truth or we may think that our story isn’t that great. Trust me, I’ve been there and it’s not a good feeling, so I highly recommend getting off that train ride right now. What do I mean by the gold in your story? Your story is unique simply because you are. No one has experienced your journey quite like you and no one can share their story the way you do.

The power of story is absolutely incredible. I have always been fascinated and inspired by people's stories from all walks of life. I strongly believe that when we take the time to listen to someone's story, it allows us to understand each other on a higher level. One story can transform someone's life and encourage them to speak their truth. A heartfelt story creates a space to communicate and empathize with an open heart. Would you agree?

Finding the gold in your story isn’t hard. The gold in your story is the emotion behind your experience. No one is going to share your personal story the way that you do.

Here are the questions that will start those creative juices flowing.
:: What is your story?
:: What was your child hood like?
:: What past memory are you holding on to and why?
:: What have you learned from your most memorable experience?
:: How can your story inspire someone else?

Depending on our upbringing, this will determine how we view the world and how we communicate with others. Keep in mind, we all have different backgrounds and experiences, so we can’t assume that someone is aware of how we may view a situation. This is why it’s super important to share your story. I remember going out with a group of friends one day to a lovely restaurant. I was super excited about it. It was an opportunity to bond, share and connect. I’m all for that every chance I get. This is a prime example of why I enjoy personal connections. We learn so many extraordinary things about each other and my personal story highlights my journey of connecting with others. More about that later… Everyone at the restaurant had this perception of me before they even took the time to connect with me. This is what they shared after we broke the ice in conversation. I’m sure you have experienced the same thing. Let’s just say by the end of the night, their perception changed only because they took the time to listen to my story of who I am, what I stand for and how I grew up. 

Stories are golden simply because they inspire and transform lives every single day. When was the last time you shared your story or allowed someone to share theirs? I encourage you to do this the next time bonding is on your agenda for the day. 

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