We Are All Characters In Our Own Stories.

As humans, we have been telling stories for eons. We even tell ourselves stories to make sense of the world. We place ourselves in those stories and give ourselves characters to create certainty and reduce our anxiety around the events of our lives. Sometimes we are...

Others’ Stories Matter Too

Yesterday I wrote about how we build stories about our identity around the events of our lives. I received the following feedback from Morgan (name changed for anonymity) who is a subscriber to my blog: “I love this. The counter-point is that since this lived...

Which Character Are You?

How complicit are you in creating the conditions you say you don’t want? [1] I’ve written a few times about the stories we tell ourselves. I’ve also discussed how we are characters in those stories. Let’s take that theme a little further. Think...

Is Curiosity the Antidote to Anxiety?

I’m not talking clinical-level anxiety here. I’m talking about everyday fears and discomforts that we experience due to our relationship with uncertainty. We come across situations that make us feel uncomfortable every day. Consider the scenario of a networking event....

Become a Chief Storytelling Officer.

For thousands of years, we have communicated with each other through stories. We’ve told stories about our history, our successes and our failures. Leaders need to take on the role of storyteller. I think they should become the Chief Storytelling Officer. As the Chief...
Good or Bad? Hard to Say.

Good or Bad? Hard to Say.

How do we know if something is good or bad? I would like to relate a parable that may shift your thinking on this question. I first heard this story when I watched a Ted talk by Heather Lanier a few weeks ago. Since then I have been pondering the meaning behind the...