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Program Success 9 January 2020
Laura Dorsey Who Will Tell Your Story Orlando , Florida January 2020

In 2020 No One Can Tell Your Story Better Than You Can

As we enter this New Year , many of you will have inevitably made New Years ’ resolutions . I am not a fan ! The main reason that I am not a fan of traditional New Year ’ s resolutions is that they focus too much on the result without much thought on the journey needed to achieve them . So instead of resolutions , think about making new commitments , and take the time to map out how you are going to achieve the results you want in both your personal and professional life . It is a fact that if you cannot define yourself , what you do and who you are , others will do that for you . And that is not what you want , because no one can tell your story better than you can .
To determine my commitment for the New Year , I reflected on my writing career . It was this very publication that offered me the opportunity to become a published writer . Our publisher provided me with one of the first pieces that I wrote for this magazine . It was a take on an assignment that I used in my classroom as a Professor . Linda Ellis wrote a poem entitled The Dash . We do not play much of a role in our entrance into this life and we have minimal to say about how and when we will depart . However , we do have a major influence on the time and experience in between , written as the dash ( - ) between the dates of our birth and our death . It is what you do with your Dash that makes the difference . I challenged my students to write the story of their Dash . In this article , I wrote my Dash and , as you can imagine in over 10 years , the story has changed . It is now time for me to write a new chapter in my Dash . I challenge you , as I challenged my students , write your Dash , tell your story !
Telling your story may be hard work , but it is the most important thing that you will ever do . You were put on this earth to feel , live and tell . Whatever you share might be what helps someone else heal . The tragedies and the joys that you have experienced could become someone else ’ s hope , the star they look to for comfort and guidance while they continue their journey . Who are you NOT to offer the truths that might help others heal ? “ Tell the story of the mountains that you climbed . Your words could become a page in someone else ’ s survival guide ” wrote Morgan Nichols . Telling your story is your obligation to the next generation . If we do not , we are doing a disservice , not only to our professions but to our children and their children .
If you are not ready to tell your entire story , start small . Update your bio on your business website ; update your LinkedIn profile ; update your Facebook profile ; change your Instagram bio . If you do not know where to start , contact me . I am the Master Storyteller and as I do for many of my clients , I can help you tell your story . At the end of the day , it is YOUR story and even though I can help , no one will ever tell your story better than you can !

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