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Your Stories Don’t Define You, How You Tell Them Will

Thanks to Sarah Elkins for inviting me on her #podcast. In place of my usual interview subject of personal and business #ethics, we traded life stories and had an absolutely delightful conversation exploring the many lessons we learn from our past that guide us in shaping our future. Here are a few excerpts:

“Clichés become clichés because they’re true, but once they become clichés we can’t use them because they’re trite, so we lose their message and their #wisdom.”

“It’s an incredibly empowering message that I can define myself and choose to be someone different.”

“I needed to put myself in a situation of complete unpredictability and go as far out of my #comfortzone as possible.”

“Who knows how many #relationships we pass up because we make snap #judgments about people based on how they look and how they talk and how they dress and we don’t give ourselves the opportunity to discover how we might benefit from knowing them.”

“Shy people are often egocentric, believing that everyone is looking at us and noticing everything we’re doing when in fact they mostly don’t care.”

“I love #Socrates and his whole approach of guided questioning. I remember a particularly bright student crying out in exasperation, ‘Why can’t you just tell us the answer?’ Well, because I want you to think.”

“For all our talk about rejecting #labels, we have to know who we are, we have to have a sense of identity, we have to know what we stand for and what we believe in. Resisting labels is not an excuse to be non-committal or flaky or wishy washy. We need to be passionate about our beliefs.”

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