Wisdom In Stories

History has some very unique qualities about it. History is a record of what has happened in the past, and the really fascinating thing is that much of history has been repeated time and again. It allows us to learn from the past, both the mistakes made and the successes achieved.

Benefits of History
One of the benefits of history is reading how other people both famous and totally unknown have overcome tremendous challenges in their life. These challenges, although particular to a person, or to a certain time in the past, or occurring in a different country or culture all convey wisdom in their short stories of perseverance.

Thomas Edison
Take for example the story of Thomas Edison and how many failures he encountered while on the road to finally inventing the modern day light bulb. He could be held out as an example of a person who never gave up. I am sure he was discouraged by his many failures but he did not let those failures stop him. He had a dream and he just kept trying different things until he did reach success.

Abraham Lincoln
Or, consider the story of Abraham Lincoln who managed to become President of the United States even though he suffered many setbacks and personal losses. Most of us only realize the success of Mr. Lincoln becoming President. Few of us knew about the many challenges he had to overcome. His life was not an easy one. His story is one that motivates us to keep moving forward no matter what obstacles we have in life.

True Life Stories
Stories, whether short or long, recount trials, tribulations, failures, and self doubt.
And, true stories that will give you pause to reconsider quitting, or food for thought about going after your dreams even though you may not think you have the background, courage or tenacity to get what you have always desired.

Short stories can be full of wisdom gained through true-life experience and not some fictional story that you might read. They could inspire you to be all that you can be.

Why Are Stories So Powerful?
Is it only because they are written so well, or that they tell about some unique venture or culturally shocking transposition?
Stories are more powerful because they are memorable in that they stick in your mind.
“Storytelling in general is a communal act. Throughout human history, people would gather around, whether by the fire or at a tavern, and tell stories. One person would chime in, then another, maybe someone would repeat a story they heard already but with a different spin. It’s a collective process.”

Joseph Gordon-Levitt
A story is much more memorable than seeing a motivational speaker, unless of course if the person is telling their own true story. It is much more memorable than reading a book of theory or a book of how to. And, when you succeed, notice I did not say “if”, it is important for you to recount the details of your success , what you had to achieve, what you had to overcome, your tenacity, and whether you received help from others or had to go it alone.

Share Your Story
Just the fact that you write about your success and publish it in a book or on the web, may just be the inspiration someone needed to move forward in his or her own life.

Your story may be the message the person has heard many times before but hearing your story shares the message in a way that the person can relate to.

So share your story, not just the success but the challenges, the failures. Be the motivation to someone else. Make a difference in someone else’s life by sharing.