What Do You Do?

I remember it like it was yesterday.

It was a beautiful September afternoon and I was sitting under a maple tree with golden leaves all around me. I had just started college 300 miles from home. Within three weeks I was given an assignment to write a paper on my strengths and weaknesses.

It was a day I could have enjoyed the beauty all around me but instead I stared at the blank piece of paper in front of me. Well, it wasn’t completely blank. I had a whole list of weaknesses but I couldn’t think of any strengths.

Easily distracted, I watched several students driving off the campus. My mind wandered to, “What if one of them offered me a ride home?” What would I do? Would I accept it? If I went home, would I return?

I began thinking about what life would be like if I returned home. Since I had grown up in a small farming community of about 600 people, I had pitched enough bales and done enough chores to know I was not interested in a future on the farm.

What do you do when you don’t know what to do?

 

I hope you have enjoyed our weekly blog with Storytelling. After much evaluation I’ve decided to move to a new direction. Rather than me just telling you stories, I want to give you the opportunity to learn about story as well as be able to find stories in your life to share with those around you. Beginning in March, I will be transitioning from our blog to what I call Story Mastery. It is a membership program that will offer fun, short video trainings about story so you can learn in bite size pieces. Best of all, I hope to share some of your stories so we can all learn together. For a small fee of only $8/month, I will email you a short video each week, 4 times a month. Although you will be receiving huge value, I have kept the fee very low so it is feasible for everyone. Why? Because I know you have a very important story to share and if you don’t share it, others will be missing out. As a way of saying “thank you” for signing up, I will send you a coupon for $100 that can be applied towards our fabulous Wealth Through Stories LIVE event. This is a fun 3-day Retreat, all about story, that we will be doing in the fall in beautiful Carlsbad, CA. To sign up or for questions contact linda@wealththroughstories.com. The first 5 people to sign up for Story Mastery will receive an additional gift. To receive the additional gift you must let Linda know you are signing because you read the message on the blog.

 

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Stories Point You in the Direction You Want to Go

The story is told of Albert Einstein, who boarded a train from Philadelphia.

The train conductor came around to punch the ticket as they did in those days.

Einstein could not find his ticket. He checked his jacket pocket. No Ticket.

He checked his trouser pockets, still no ticket.

He checked his brief case. He could not find his ticket anywhere.

The conductor said, “I know who you are, so don’t worry about your ticket.”

With that the conductor proceeded on. Then, as he turned around he saw Einstein on his knees looking under his seat for his ticket.

He hurried back and said, “Dr. Einstein, Dr. Einstein. I know who you are. Don’t worry about your ticket.

Dr. Einstein got up and said, “Son, you don’t understand. I, too, know who I am. What I don’t know is where I am going.

Stories can point you in the direction you want to go.

 

I hope you have enjoyed our weekly blog with Storytelling. After much evaluation I’ve decided to move to a new direction. Rather than me just telling you stories, I want to give you the opportunity to learn about story as well as be able to find stories in your life to share with those around you. Beginning in March, I will be transitioning from our blog to what I call Story Mastery. It is a membership program that will offer fun, short video trainings about story so you can learn in bite size pieces. Best of all, I hope to share some of your stories so we can all learn together. For a small fee of only $8/month, I will email you a short video each week, 4 times a month. Although you will be receiving huge value, I have kept the fee very low so it is feasible for everyone. Why? Because I know you have a very important story to share and if you don’t share it, others will be missing out. As a way of saying “thank you” for signing up, I will send you a coupon for $100 that can be applied towards our fabulous Wealth Through Stories LIVE event. This is a fun 3-day Retreat, all about story, that we will be doing in the fall in beautiful Carlsbad, CA. If you are anxious to get started and don’t want to wait that long, contact Linda and see if there is any room left for the Retreat the end of February in Palmdale, CA. To sign up or for questions contact linda@wealththroughstories.com. The first 5 people to sign up for Story Mastery will receive an additional gift. To receive the additional gift you must let Linda know you are signing because you read the message on the blog.

 

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Stories Have a Huge Impact

Peter wanted to put a movie together honoring Terry Fox.

He gathered all his facts and figures before meeting with the Board in Toronto but was met with much resistance.

First, they said he would need 100% support from his parents which was unlikely.

Second, he would need community support which was also unlikely.

Third, the money for this kind of project was unavailable.

Everything he presented was shot down. Peter left very discouraged, believing this was an impossible dream and decided to let it go.

He boarded a plane from Toronto to Minneapolis. Since there were only 3 passengers on this flight, the flight attendant said, “You can sit wherever you like”. All Peter wanted was to be alone. So he chose the very last seat on the plane.

A young girl followed him all the way to the back and sat down right next to him.

Peter grabbed the magazine out of the seat pocket and pulled it up over his head, giving a clear message that he didn’t want to talk.

The girl sat quietly giving Peter time to relax. Finally, she said, “Could I talk to you for a minute?” He responded quite abruptly, “I suppose.”

She said, “I’ve been following you for a long time and I know what you are doing. Then she pulled up her pant leg to show him her wooden leg. “It is because of you I am alive today. Don’t ever stop what you are doing.”

Peter couldn’t sleep that night. The one thing he knew, he had to pursue his dream. And he did.

Fulfilling your dream will impact more people than you can imagine.

 

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Owning our Story

The dictionary describes a hero as a champion, conqueror, remarkably brave person or someone admired. If you take a good look, there are hero’s all around you. They may be more of our everyday hero’s who often go without fanfare or even a thank you like the gentleman who opens the door for an elderly woman, the kind person who just paid for your lunch, or a neighbor lady who brings over a big pot of soup when she heard you were ill. But there are also times when the nation honors a remarkably brave person.

In 1980, Canada discovered a new hero!

Terry Fox, an 18 year old young man wanted to make a difference. He knew that to truly make a difference you must set your sights on a goal and never give up. Terry had been diagnosed with cancer and was overcome with the suffering of so many, especially young children. He decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research, Not only was this a lofty goal but Terry’s right leg was amputated 6 inches above the knee as a result of the cancer.

Terry practiced for 18 months.

On April 12, 1980 with little fanfare he began on the east coast. Through difficult weather conditions of rain, sleet, & snow Terry averaged 26 miles a day. Soon the enthusiasm and fanfare increased and so did the finances.

However, on Sept. 1, 143 days later and over 3,000 miles, Terry was forced to stop running because cancer appeared in his lungs. The entire nation was saddened and shocked when Terry passed away a year later.

However, to this day, millions of dollars have been raised as many join the annual Terry Fox Cancer Run to help fulfill Terry’s dream.

Owning our story and loving ourselves in the process is the bravest thing we will ever do.” Brene Brown

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Is No Really A NO?

Jan attended a networking meeting. Someone she just met approached her attempting to sell her product. Jan. was slightly interested but wasn’t convinced this was the right fit for her based on the knowledge she had. When asked, “Would you like to make a purchase?” she said, “I’ll have to think about it.”

What is someone really saying when they say, “I’ll have to think about it?” Or perhaps their response is, “It’s sounds good but I’m too busy or I’d like to pass.”

Are they saying NO, NOT EVER?

What they are really saying is, “I haven’t seen enough value for me.” Most of the time we have not taken the time to find out about their need because we are so anxious to make a sale.

So, how can you respond to that? Rather than attempting to prove your product, which generally just pushes someone away, I encourage you to take a step back and ask, “Do you have a minute to answer a question?”

Here are a few questions you might ask.

“What do you need to hear that would convince you this product offers the value you are looking for?

What questions can I answer for you?

Here is a powerful question, “If our roles were reversed, what would you want me to tell you that would make this worthwhile for you?” It’s amazing how often they will tell you exactly what you need to hear.

Where does story come in?

Once you know exactly what they are looking for, you can share a short personal story or one or two testimonials from your clients. The key is finding out what they really need and offering high value.

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