You, are a unique story that that only you can tell.
You, are the only one that has witnessed your personal challenges, successes, and failures.
This means that out of the 7.4 billion people in the world, you are one-of-a-kind.
There is no one else that has had the exact same experiences as yourself. Which means, that we are all unique, walking stories.
We can have similar experiences to others, but never the exact same experience. I think this is important because it gives each of us a unique value while being able to connect with others via our common experiences.
I think that instead of asking people about themselves, that we should be asking what their story is. After all, their story is the backbone that has created the current product of said person, right? Plus, it’s way more interesting to hear about their most significant life experiences, rather than their fondness of hanging out with friends.
I have two points: 1. Don’t be afraid to share your story, and 2. Learn from the stories of others.
Don’t Be Afraid to Share Your Personal Story
As I stated in my first few sentence of this post, you’re amazingly unique.
That uniqueness is enough to create interest for someone else. It may be one person, or it may be the other 7.4 billion people in the world. It may be now, or it may be 983 years from now.
Chances are, someone will be interested in your life. You may even be able to help others by passing your story on.
I think vlogs are incredibly popular now because it shows how unique each one of us are. It’s truly a beautiful thing.
Look at Roman Atwood’s vlog compared to Philly D’s vlog.
Both are YouTube stars, but in their unique niche.
Both are fathers, yet interact with their children differently.
They are unique! They each have something different to offer the world.
Furthermore, they are not afraid to share their stories with the world.
I’m sure there are people that would disagree with Roman letting his friend drive a bus into his pond, but that didn’t stop him from posting that vlog.
He wasn’t worried about what the community was going to say, he was just being himself. This is something I think more people need to do.
Don’t ever apologize for your story. Remember, it’s your story and you choose which path the protagonist is taking here.
Learn From the Stories of Others
It’s no secret that many very successful people read.
Many of them do so in a quest of knowledge. They are looking for that next piece of knowledge that will help them achieve the goals they are grasping for.
This knowledge they seek is often left behind by others that came before them via books.
I love how Tai Lopez puts it, he says, that by reading books left behind by successful people, these successful people become mentors to you.
You are learning from their experiences while they guide you to the knowledge you seek. Much like a mentor would do if they were physically mentoring you.
For example, I’ve become more knowledgeable about co-parenting by reading “Does Wednesday Mean Mom’s House or Dad’s House. Parenting Together While Living Apart”, by Marc J. Ackerman. He shared his stories about dealing with families that were having difficulties co-parenting and gave advice on how to avoid the problems.
He mentored me on how to avoid those same problems. I also highly recommend this book. I don’t necessarily agree with everything that he claims, but he does give great advice for co-parenting.
Pick up a book and learn from someone’s stories and experiences. You might be surprised on what you’ll find.