11 Jan Oprah Nailed It… The Power of the Story
Wow, did Oprah nail it last night or what?! (January 7, 2018).
For those of you who didn’t see it, she gave an awe inspiring speech while accepting an award at the Golden Globes.
The line that really spoke to me was…
“What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.”
She goes on to give several examples of how marginalized women have looked fear and injustice in the face, and shared their story anyway.
Those stories have resulted in massive impact.
In one way or another, those stories have broken down barriers and empowered so many.
“Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories we tell…”
We all have stories to tell, each and every one of us. How could we not? We’ve all lived long and unique lives, we are all remarkable in our own way.
If I look back on my life, I can easily come up with a list of things that I could talk about, things that I have experienced first-hand, that I know others would gain tremendous insight and value from…
- How my parent’s long and played-out divorce when I was a child shaped me as a person in adulthood.
- Why I was susceptible to addiction and how I overcame it.
- How I built a six-figure business with no office and no employees.
See… I just came up with that list in less than a minute… Imagine the list you could come up with…!
Everybody has something of value to share, because we have all experienced things that others are experiencing.
In other words, you can help others get through what they’re going through. You can help others shine!
You don’t need to be a celebrity to have something meaningful to share. You just need to be you!
Here’s the thing though. Sharing can be freaking terrifying.
Getting vulnerable and putting a big old spotlight on the things that we are otherwise inclined to hide is not easy, but I promise you, if you do it, your life will change, and the lives of others will change.
I am the co-host of a great podcast called the “How We Hustle Podcast”. On New Years Day 2018 we released an episode where I shared a lot – I got vulnerable; I shared the stories that I had been hiding, the stories that I had allowed shame to control for so long. If you’re curious, listen to that episode here.
“Screw it” I thought… I’m ready to give the middle-finger to shame. My shame can’t control me if I just expose it.
I knew that my story wouldn’t help anybody – not myself, and not others – if I just kept it to myself. But if I shared my stories, there were certainly going to be others who would hear what I had to say and place themselves in my story, and gain confidence and power from it.
And guess what…? Not a single person has criticized me yet, but I’ve received many messages from people telling me how inspired they were by what I had to say.
That’s #IMPACT at work!
“If your story can help just one person, are you willing to be judged by ten people?”
I decided that my answer to this question from now on is “YES!”. I’m done hiding.
This is what Oprah was talking about. Your voice and your vulnerability are the most important tools you have to create change in this world.
It’s time that we all grab our voice and change the freaking world.
Fear can only stop us if we let it, but I have a secret to to tell you…
Massive impact is waiting for all of us on the other side of that fear, so let’s all take a cue from Oprah and smash that fear, tell our stories, and make a difference.
- Maybe you’re a nutrition expert and have figured out how to transform your life through the food you buy, and you can show others how to do the same…
- Maybe you got divorced and it turned out the be the best thing that ever happened to you, and you can show others how to do the same…
- Maybe you’ve experienced the power of vulnerability in your life, and you can show others how to do the same…
You get my point… we all have value to share, and a story to tell…
My company is called BookPeacock.com and I work with people to turn their book idea / story into a written and published book for the world to see.
Specifically, I work with people who don’t consider themselves writers, and who certainly don’t have the time to write a book.
So many of my clients are paralyzed by the fear of getting vulnerable, but I show them how much impact they can have, both in their own lives, and in the lives of others, if they just put their story out there.
I work with my clients to organize their idea, validate it, outline it, and get it written and published. Without them needing to write a word!
We use an interview-based process to get the ideas out of the client’s head. That’s right, WE DO ALL THE WRITING, we are the scribes, and we worry about all the other details from start to finish.
In about 90 days, my clients have their story published and ready for the world to benefit from.
I would love to hear about your book idea. Please comment on this article or message me and share your story, I get so much inspiration from hearing other people get vulnerable in spite of all that is standing in the way.
I would also be honoured if you downloaded my short worksheet. It’s called:
Be bold, and tell your story, the world needs to hear it!
Love to all of you,
Michael Thompson, Founder BookPeacock.com