Everyone has a story to tell.
And everyone should get good at telling stories, whether it’s their own, their product’s, or their company’s.
Stories are what allow you to engage people and form a connection. The underlying theme of your story tells others who you are, what you’re all about, and why they should trust and believe you.
Even if you don’t have a cohesive story, there is a story behind that.
I was recently a guest on another podcaster’s show and I realized that my career story, primarily over the last 3.5 years that I’ve been an entrepreneur, is a bit jumbled.
I’ve worked on two startups that never made substantial progress. I was an independent consultant while working on those startups. I’ve volunteered for Startup Weekend while working on my startups and consulting. I blogged during all that. I launched a podcast. I stopped consulting and am now working full-time with my startup co-founder’s software development firm.
What the hell?
My story is hard to follow. It probably seems chaotic and messy; that’s because it is. I don’t have a cohesive story.
But that’s OK, because that’s part of my story.
The underlying theme of my story is focused around startups, and my story is that I’m on a continuing journey to figure all of this stuff out.
Startups and entrepreneurship don’t take you on straight paths, and my recent career is living proof.
I certainly have doubts about how my story will end, but I chose this path, and this story become part of who I am.
So what’s your story? Is it cohesive? If not, what’s the story behind that?
This is day 30 of my experiment to blog for 30 consecutive days. I did it! 🙂