“After nourishment, shelter, and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” –Philip Pullman
Humans are wired for story. It’s what knitted us together into a tribal species and ended up being a key to our eventual dominance of the planet. We built our culture on stories, useful fictions that allowed us to unite into communities that propelled us exponentially further than we could have gone on our own.
The quality of the stories we consume and tell can determine the quality of our lives.
If you lead others, what is the story that will bring out the best in those you serve? What is the big picture? What direction, what quest, what heroic call to action will move them and supply meaning?
If you’re simply trying to lead yourself, what kind of story would be worth telling with the way you live your life?
Too often we are victims of lousy stories—whether it’s that we’re stuck living out someone else’s story or our own failure of imagination is giving us a story unworthy of telling.
Make your story one worth talking about, one that you will delight in telling and delight in living.