We Don’t Know How Powerful Our Story Is… Until We Share It

I wrote something but was unsure if anyone would like it. Whether it would resonate or connect with anyone but maybe a few readers was doubtful. But still, I felt called to write it.

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So I wrote. And wrote. And wrote some more.

I wrote until I was done writing, which ended up being a longer-than-average, super in-depth article — something I was sure folks would skim over.

Still, I needed to write the piece. So I sent it off to a blog I had guest posted on before, thinking it might connect with their audience. And they published it, which was nice.

Thinking that was the end of it, I moved on. But then the comments began to pour in. People said things like:

  • “This is one of the most inspiring stories I’ve ever read.”
  • “This was just what I needed to hear today. Thank you!”
  • Wow! This is so beautiful… it made me cry!”

All that… from a story? And one I’ve told a hundred different times at that. Interesting.

All I did was do share my experience and the lessons I learned. And somehow, it resonated with readers at a deep level. Maybe that’s all it takes to inspire: simply, the courage to do and the generosity to share.

You see, we often complicate this process of pursuing our dream and doing meaningful work in the world. But inspiration, at its core, is a generous, vulnerable act. It requires you to share, to give in ways that are uncomfortable.

If you’re not putting yourself out there, somehow risking rejection, you aren’t really inspiring. You’re performing.

So what would it look like for you to truly inspire today? If you need a few practical takeaways, here’s how it boils down:

  1. Do what you’re called to do — even if you have no idea how to succeed (because passion is contagious).
  2. Tell your story (because you never know whom it might inspire).
  3. Share what you learn (because this is how we help others).

To read the original story I wrote, check out: How I Stopped Waiting to Become a Writer, Quit My Job, & Launched My Dream

What could sharing your story mean? Have you ever experienced anything like this? Share in the comments.