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What's your story?

As much as I try, there is always more I could do to put myself out there.

For the last few months, I've wanted to start sharing my ideas via video. As many of you already know, this takes a little more preparation than writing and it requires a higher level of vulnerability.

After all, you're attaching your face to the delivery of your ideas, not just your words.

At the end of the day, all I want to do is connect people with ideas and help them pursue their own path. It doesn't matter if this is through writing, video, speaking, of all of the above.

These are just different formats for delivering the same message to others.

The thing is, you can't with others unless you have something to say in the first place. Focus on creating a story will resonate with your audience and the platform won't matter.

What's your story? 


What's your message?

I think I've forgotten my message.

When I started writing three years ago, I wanted to show students that there were "unconventional opportunities" like freelancing or entrepreneurship available.

Since then, that message evolved into urging people to connect with others over shared ideas.

At this point, I think I need to refocus things. As always, I've let in other noise, which naturally weakens my message.

Even though I am a big advocate for trying a bunch of different things, I also know clarity and focus play a huge part in future success.

It doesn't hurt to refocus yourself by asking a few questions:

• What do you want others to know?
• How would you personally make the world a better place?
• If you were given one chance to present a TED talk, what would you say?

Hopefully, these will help remind you that you have a story to share and others need to hear it.


Stop and listen

I'm sitting in a local coffee shop across the park from where I live, surrounded by the normal weekend hustle and bustle - people chatting, silverware clanking, and the whirring of the coffee machine behind the bar.

These sounds usually bleed into the background, hidden by their commonplace obscurity, but today, I can't help but notice each and every individual noise.

Sure, it's all a little distracting, but there's also something strangely comforting.

I'm not one of those people who needs complete silence in order to work. In fact, after working out of a co-working center for over three years, I welcome the organized chaos.

It reminds me that, no matter how lonely I sometimes feel working while for myself, I don't live or work in a vacuum. These people around me are also just trying to get by.

Like me, they have their own hopes, dreams, fears, and stories.

If you stop and listen closely enough, you might even get to hear some of them.


Write your own story

Each and every single one of us is an author, whether we realize it or not.

We write our own stories every day.

The thing is, no one likes a boring story - they have enough stress to worry about already. Instead, they are looking to learn from or be entertained by people who are extraordinary and go above and beyond the mundane sameness of everyday life.

This is why you should play an active part in writing your own story right now.

Not tomorrow, not next month or even next year.

Now.

Think about it this way:

Would you want to read the story of your life? Would it help others?

If not, now is the time to do something about it, because if you don’t write and edit your own story, someone else will do it for you.