Leverage the Power of Storytelling to Build Powerful Connections


Storytelling - Purpose Driven Mastery“Inside each of us is a natural born storyteller just waiting to be released.”

– Robin Moore

Self-Discovery Journey

In early 2013, I had everything that I was supposed to have – a well-paid job, a nice car, and great friends.

In addition, I was working hard to save money to buy a house while deliberately working on my dating life.

Despite having all that, I wasn’t fulfilled or happy.

Everything was great on the surface, but why wasn’t I living with zest?

To find out the answer, I went on a journey of self-discovery.

Self-Discovery Journey - Purpose Driven MasteryI knew the answer was somewhere outside of my comfort zone by challenging myself.

By mid-2013, I was unmotivated at work because of mundane tasks and the lack of strong leadership and compelling vision in the company.

At the end of 2013, I started from scratch after moving from San Francisco to San Diego for a new job.

Being away from family and friends, I was truly independent and forced to take care of myself.

Despite the uncertainty of moving to a new place, I believed in myself that I can handle any challenges that may arise.

Not knowing anyone in the area, I had to go out and make new friends.

During those years, I learned to be comfortable with myself.

The more comfortable I became with myself, the happier I got.

That’s when I had my “ah-ha” moment, the biggest epiphany of my life.

My source of happiness can only come from me – only I can make myself happy.

In addition, I’m the only person responsible for my feelings.

No one in the world can make me feel happy, sad, or angry except me.

It’s a simple choice that I can make.

The cause of my unhappiness before I realized this fact was because I wasn’t living my dream.

All this time, I’ve been living someone else’s dream – a script that society has written for me.

It was not a life true to myself.

Ever since then, every decision that I have made was according to my deepest desire and core values.

Constantly asking myself “Is this decision aligned with how I want to live my life?” allowed me to make conscious decisions.

As a result, I’m grounded and live with fulfillment.

The Power of Storytelling

There are a few reasons as to why I shared with you this story.

First and foremost is that I want you to see the most powerful lesson that I learned in my journey of self-discovery.

The second is to show the power of storytelling because all great stories entail the following aspects.

  1. Who you are
  2. Why you are here
  3. What struggles you experienced
  4. What your vision is
  5. Your benefits and transformation
  6. Your lessons learned
  7. Point out common mistakes to avoid

The Power of Storytelling - Purpose Driven MasteryUsing my story as an example, you can see the answers to the above questions.

  1. Who you are
    • I was a working professional living a scripted life.
  2. Why you are here
    • I’m here to share my experience and story.
  3. What struggles you experienced
    • I felt unfulfilled and unhappy despite having most things that I was supposed to have while working hard for other external things.
  4. What your vision is
    • I wanted to find the “answer” to my unhappiness and lack of fulfillment.

Benefits of Storytelling

By telling a story, others can learn the lessons for themselves rather than you telling them exactly what they should or shouldn’t do.

The benefits and transformation of my story are that I now live a fulfilled life while happiness is only a byproduct of living a meaningful life.

The source of my fulfillment comes from living a life that I believe is worthwhile.

By doing activities that are contributing to a greater cause such as helping men solve their immediate life challenges and empowering them to become a more powerful version of themselves, I feel fulfilled.

And happiness, that’s just a bonus as a result of helping others.

There’s no suffering when I hear and see their tangible life benefits.

In the process, I learned that happiness is not something that can be pursued externally.

It must come from within me and a choice that I can make by appreciating everything that I already have.

The Benefits of Storytelling - Purpose Driven MasteryDespite what society and others have prescribed to me, I get to choose what I want to do with my life.

What’s meaningful and worthwhile is unique to you.

That’s something you must discover for yourself.

Have more fulfillment by doing things that you believe are valuable.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

By telling a great story, you can teach others the common mistakes that they should avoid.

In my story, the most common mistake is to think that happiness can be obtained by external things.

Living a scripted life is exactly what society wants you to do because it keeps the world operating at the status quo.

Being in the “rat race,” you fuel the economy with money that society needs to operate.

The scripted life is what they teach in formal education and marketed by billion-dollar companies.

As a result, you’re constantly bombarded with advertisements to buy things because you’re “not good enough” as you are now.

To be “accepted,” you must have the latest fashion clothes, electronic gadgets, and best body.

Common Mistakes to Avoid - Purpose Driven MasteryThat’s a bunch of lies and part of their marketing scheme to generate more revenue.

Understand that you already have everything you’ll ever need to be successful and happy.

Everything else that you want and “need” isn’t necessary.

Your happiness isn’t based on external things or validation.

Stop thinking that you’ll be happy once you have this “thing” (house, job, woman, etc.)

If you’re not happy with what you have now, then you’ll never be happy.It’s a vicious cycle with no ends.

Chasing happiness, you’ll never be truly happy because it’s a vicious cycle with no ends.

In telling you my story, my common mistakes will help you shorten your learning curve by avoiding the mistakes that I made along my journey.

Closing Thoughts

Telling a story is a powerful way to show rather than to tell who you are.

You can use storytelling during conversation to connect deeper with others.

This technique is especially useful when your goal is to persuade or influence others to adopt a different point of view.

By telling stories, you increase your audience’s engagement by captivating their attention.

You can learn and practice storytelling that can create immediate beneficial results.

By incorporating a fun and amusing story, you’ll be more likable and charming to others.

That’s because everyone likes a great story.

Please share this article with anyone who you think may find it valuable.

If you have any questions and/or comments on storytelling, please leave a comment below or send me an email.

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