Tell your story

Who’s more likely to do the next great thing, a woman who landed a job in radio in high school and who was co-anchoring the local evening news by age 19, or a woman who was raised by a poor, single, teenage mother and who was raped at the age of nine? Fans of Oprah Winfrey will recognize that they’re the same person, but if you only knew one side or the other, you might draw some very wrong conclusions about where the story is going to go.

When you tell your own story, you can have a powerful influence on what the reader believes will come next. By focusing on the times in your life when you were most productive and most positive, you can paint a picture of someone who is going to do great things.

Who’s the most important reader of this story? You are! In fact, you tell yourself your own story constantly. Most of the time, you do it unconsciously, so you repeat what you’ve been telling yourself for years. Try taking conscious control of your story and tell it in a way that makes the next great step inevitable.

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