Tell Me Your Story, Not Your Status


From Isaac Morehouse at Medium, “I like to ask people when I meet them, “What’s your story?”

“It’s more interesting to me than typical questions about education, major, city of origin, job title, or sports team. All of these things might play a part in their story, but story implies something much broader and more personal. It’s the narrative of your past, present, and expected future. It’s the drama of your own life as you see it playing out.”

This is a little mantra of sorts for me – don’t tell me what you are, tell me who you are.

Everyone has a story, or as Morehouse calls it, their own “drama”.  From the homeless person on the street to the most successful executive in the world, their stories are the sum total of who they are, and the covers of their books are merely glimpses into what we don’t know about them.

Shakespeare was right on the mark in “As You Like It,” Act II, Scene VII, Jaques to Duke Senior, “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances.”