All in Whole-Hearted

Why tell a story

Storytelling opens the heart. When a story is told with honesty and shares the good and bad parts of a life, the heartbreak and sorrow, the joy and wonder, the lessons learned and things lost, something happens. We become more human and we see others as more human, too. …I often think about when I began to become deeply aware of the power of stories.

What is passion?

There’s a lot of talk about passion. “Follow your passion and the money will follow,” is a refrain I’ve heard time and again. Is this absolutely true? Actually, it is. But the key element here is to discover what your passion is. I have a few ideas about what passion is and how to find yours.

Do it your way

Advertising executives and copywriters all know that most purchasing decisions are based on emotions. The most successful ads work because they appeal to our desires, our fears, and sense of security (or lack thereof). You buy the thing being advertised, because you believe it will make you more wealthy, save you money, give you better health, advance your career, reduce your fear, entertain you, and so forth. These are important decisions that have thoughts and feelings behind them. Advertisers try to hook into those.

Silence

When I read those diary entries now, the ones I wrote as a teenager and a young adult, I barely recognize myself. How could I have been so simple minded? How could I have been so out of touch with reality? The answer is clear to me now. The diary allowed me to cocoon myself, to protect myself against the harsher world. But it also prevented me from growing.

Know yourself and be true

The heart is so often left out of the equation in business, marketing and communications. We simply tell people what we want them to hear. Not what they want to hear, and not how they want to hear it. To know what they care about, you have to connect. And to connect, you have to be truthful, vulnerable, and real.

From the heart

I’ve been listening more to what I call my second voice: the one of compassion. My primary voice, the one that does most of the talking internally, is generally filled with criticism and harsh comparing. I no longer want to use or listen to that voice. I’m done with creating guilt and then acting from that emotion. I’d rather act from love and caring about myself and others.

The missing piece

So I’ve been on this long journey of self-discovery. And discovering myself, my true self, not the one others tell me I need to be more like, is the missing piece to the whole entrepreneurial adventure I’m on. It is so true that becoming who I want to be, the kind of person who will go out and make the world a better place, and make a living doing it, is all about self-discovery and self-development.

Soul wisdom

Self-discovery is how you begin to understand yourself and your place in the world. Knowing yourself provides a sense of wholeness, which increases your confidence. You stand stronger in your shows when you value and embrace your strengths as well as your weaknesses. You are more able to say no to what doesn’t match your values and say yes to what does.

Loving you

Who gets to decide that you are likable? If you want to do something, who makes the rules about whether it is right or not right? Even if (or especially if) what you are doing is an expression of who you are, especially if it comes from the heart, from an authentic place, why care if someone likes or doesn’t like what you did or what you like?