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I will never forget the day my coach challenged me with my story. She said, “I don’t know if you are ready to tell your story?” I said, “I believe I am.” She then proceeded to say, “Ok, on our next conference call, I want you to tell your whole story; the trauma, what you went through, the healing and where you are today, in 2 minutes or less.” I was unprepared for her last statement and only had a week to prepare. After reviewing all the notes I had on storytelling I had what I thought was a good story. After all, it would be on the phone so I could read what I had written. On our scheduled call, my coach asked if I was ready to present. I said, “yes”. She said, “Ok, close your computer and turn your paper over.” Shocked, I stumbled through my first line and she stopped me. She then proceeded to work with me the entire hour. It was a difficult hour but after I had a chance to catch my breath, I realized she helped me find the power of my story. It was just before Christmas and after a few days of processing this, I realized I had uncovered gold. My story was gold. I decided if my story could help other people I was willing to share it whenever an opportunity arose. It is the gift that keeps on giving. Every story is a goldmine. I hope you, too, find the gold in your story.

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