A Snippet

684. Join me in inspiring truly powerful people. Each day I will add a new thought, story or idea to support your quest and mine.

I’ve been working on the book all day and am toasty. So, rather than aim at coherence and miss (truly, I have not a single thought left in my head), I will share with you a short piece from the book. It’s a chat between a teacher and a student entrepreneur – though this section is only the voice of the teacher:

“Yes. The third recognition is, in fact, just that simple: you are telling yourself a story. It is probably too early but I will plant this seed now: great change is never viable in the big complicated interventions. It is always found in the simple, the small steps. The actions we need to take are rarely difficult; the story we wrap around the actions make them seem harder than they are. Look for the simplicity.”

“Before we move on it is important to put together the recognitions so far: 1) You don’t have a problem; you have a pattern. See the patterns in your life. One of the most important patterns you need to see is your word choice. 2) Your words matter because they are the building blocks of the story you tell. 3) You are telling yourself a story. Are you telling a story of “things happening to you,” or are you telling a story of, “I make things happen.” Entrepreneurs tell the latter story. The story you tell is always revealed through the patterns of your life. Do you see? It is a loop: pattern reveals story and story informs pattern.”

“You’ve already acknowledged that you don’t know the story that you tell yourself. Assume that you do not know and begin to hear the story. Begin by listening to the language you use when telling your story. What are the patterns of language you use? What do those patterns reveal about the story you tell?

“Entrepreneurs and artists have many things in common. Most significantly, they are telling themselves an entirely different story than most people tell so they see a world that is different than most people see. Seeing relationships and bigger contexts, seeing trends and patterns is sometimes called foresight. That would seem to be important skill for an entrepreneur, wouldn’t you agree?”

One Response

  1. LOVE IT!!!!! Can’t wait to read the entire book!!!!!

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