Have you ever thought about the courses you have taken over time, what you have learned and how you have been able to apply that learned
information? It’s always different for every one to take learned knowledge and apply it to your life or career or both.
Whether it is a verbal story or a written one, I’ve learned the importance of knowing who you want to know your story. Knowing your target audience is a key element in being a successful story teller. Would you tell a story about your greatest achievement to a child? Perhaps if that child could benefit from your mentorship. But in all honesty, you would probably tell it to someone older.
Writing a book, the format you use will generally be leaving the climax of the story or the most important part near the end, when all will be revealed. When writing for social media, you really want to have that important piece at the beginning to create interest so the reader will read on.
As I reflect on my life and of those who have impacted me, I continue to come back to the 2 most important people in my life: my parents. Being the youngest of six had its advantages for sure. But it also had its drawbacks:
– I was the last to do everything
– Always got the hand me down clothes
– Always had someone watching over me; to some that is a good thing
– Was always given lots of advice on everything
Perhaps the single most piece of advice I received was from my dad when I was 16. “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket“. Now he was talking about boyfriends at the time but I’ve carried that little tidbit with me for many years now. And it’s proven to be a pretty good piece of advice for my life. I’ve always diversified my career options and my education, as well as my social life and activities. Who would have guessed that my dad was right? At 16 I sure didn’t.
I want my stories to be not only a reflection of me and what I’ve gone through, but also to have meaning for the person reading it. I was never as close to my dad as I was to my mom, but those 8 little words have made such an impact on my life. If my words can be remembered like my dad’s were for me after 40 years, that would be so amazing. And if what I say can resonate with the person reading them, then I know I’ve been successful.
Do you remember a piece of advice you received and how it impacted your life? Would it be something you’d want to be remembered for? I bet if you think about it, something will come to you.