Some months ago, I was discussing with someone and we were wondering why successful people enjoy sharing their stories on how they succeeded. Why would someone tell me with such honesty what he/she did to become successful now?
Isn’t he/she afraid that those listening to their story could become more successful than them?
We came to the conclusion that whatever successful is written about someone, if you want to succeed, you will have to act by yourself. Their stories are inspirations to motivate others to take the necessary actions to get out of mediocrity and make a difference that will do good to others.
The question we then asked ourselves was the confusion about the concept of success. Actually my friend told me he was watching a TV program and the following question was asked to a young man who made millions of dollars very quickly: “How did you do to become successful?”
Right there in front of the TV, my friends said he shouted: “Is it that being successful? Making millions of dollars the fastest way possible?”
Now you see where I am bringing you? Successful people who share their stories are not always talking about the biggest house, bank account or the most expensive car brand or the last time they had a lunch in a famous restaurant.
Most of these people will tell you that success started when they had not that much money. Their success started when they settled goals, and started achieving them on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis. Maybe the day we heard about what we know now as their success is the climax of 10, 20 or even 30 years of achieving small goals each and everyday.
And you could be shocked to discover that one of their secret to keep moving forward is that they narrated their stories while moving forward step by step. The good and bad days, the ups and downs on their goal centered journey has been part of their success stories.
It could be excellent to really Read, Reflect and Act on the following motivation speeches. If they trigger you to settle goals and work hard to see them become reality, you can start sharing your story.
Somebody out there need to hear your story of how you are growing…
1.“Being complementary, amplifying public decisions using our own instruments, playing on our strengths: that’s how states, companies, citizens, will tackle today’s challenges, together.”( Thomas Buberl, AXA Group CEO)
2.”What happens if actually just turn your phone off? Try setting a time of a 20 minutes and say whatever I am doing I am not going to stop for the next 20 minutes. You’ll be surprised how your brains start to fire and your deep thinking comes out and you’ll find solutions you never thought are possible.You’ll be surprised how much you get done” (Dr Lynn Gribble, Goalcast Speaker)
3. “Without commitment you’ll never start but more importantly without consistency you’ll never finish.” (Denzel Washington, Actor, director; producer)
4. “It’s time to embrace new ways of working and new ownership models. We must treat data as assets we trade and monetize.” (Martina Koederitz, IBM’s)
5. “Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise.” (Michael Jordan, former professional basketball player, entrepreneur, majority owner of the Charlotte Hornets)
6. “For any organization, equitable, inclusive leadership is essential.”(Ruth Williams Brinkley, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals of the Northwest President)
7. “Live in the moment, now, and enjoy that you are doing something that you love. Work for passion, and profits.” (Melanie Eusebe, entrepreneur and co-founder of the British Black Business Awards)
8. “The countries where home cooking is still healthy, that tradition, that practice , have lower rates of obesity” ( Michael Pollan, American author, journalist, activist, Lewis K. Chan Arts Lecturer and Professor of Practice of Non-Fiction at Harvard University, professor of journalism at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.)
9. “True, the digital transformation challenges our tried-and-tested notions, but it also promises an infinite number of new opportunities.” (Tine Mueller, Douglas Group CE)
10. “For most people, being part of a great community on a shared mission is even more rewarding than money.” (Ray Dalio, Bridgewater)
Could you tell me which of the above motivation speech helped you develop a plan to become a storyteller?
For me, I understood from the third speech that consistency is what I need now to keep writing a motivation article every week for the coming years.
I can’y wait to hear your story!
Hervé Ngaté. Author/Writer/