Remember when you were a kid, dreaming about what you were going to become when you grew up.
Maybe it was just you sitting alone in your room on a rainy day, or hanging out with your best friend laying in the grass talking about your dreams and ambitions.
Whether it was to be a professional hockey player, go to the Olympics, be a nurse or firefighter, own your own business, be a famous fashion designer, see your name up in lights on Broadway…whatever it was…
You likely had it all mapped out.
“I’m going to take these classes, I’m going to take this job, I’m going to acquire these skills.”
Whatever it was, you knew what you wanted and how you were going to get there.
Even if you had no idea what you were talking about, or how you were going to do it, you still had a plan to achieve it.
Back then the possibilities were infinite.
You believed you could become anything.
Maybe you achieved that dream and are living the life you mapped in your head so many years ago.
Maybe life didn’t go according to plan.
Whatever the case may be, do you still dream? Do you still aspire to become more than you currently are?
Many of you reading this are reaching the halfway point of your life, whether you want to accept that or not.
So what are your dreams and ambitions?
What legacy are you going to leave this world in the second half of your life?
And most importantly, what are you doing to get there?
A skill set I am currently working on to achieve my vision of the legacy I want to leave behind is learning to become an effective Storyteller.
This is not an easy or safe thing to do.
It requires a willingness to put yourself out there, your thoughts, experiences, beliefs, and visions.
You have to be willing to bare your soul for the world to see and expose the content of your character.
You have to look deep inside and evaluate who you are as a person and who you want to become.
You have to open yourself up to judgement and ridicule.
You may even lose some friends along the way.
One thing I am learning is that it is one thing to effectively verbalize the message you want to share, but it is something completely different to put those words to paper.
Something much more difficult.
Writing and storytelling is nothing that ever interested me before.
As a Philosophy major, it has never been difficult to vomit words on to paper, but to use words to
convey a message,
make a point,
leave a legacy,
or create a movement…
now that is something that takes study, time, and skill to achieve.
If you study the great Leaders of the world, be it past or present, political or social, or business leaders, one quality you will see that they all share is that they were all effective Storytellers.
Today, I am essentially a nobody. Some schmuck on a computer writing stories that fewer than 500 people see, and even less care about.
That does not deter me though.
Someday this vigilance to story will pay off and lay the foundation to the legacy I plan to leave behind for my children and their children.
But that someday will never happen without a commitment to learn and practice now.
Whatever your dream or vision is, don’t wait for someday to get started on it.