BASED ON A TRUE STORY - Mike Fallat
If a movie/book has the words "BASED ON A TRUE STORY" somewhere on the cover, I am immediately interested. You see, I love true stories. I always have.
There is something about a true story that impresses me. I love knowing that it actually happened. Even though Hollywood will exaggerate some details, many of the basic story facts did occur.
I think that is why I love helping entrepreneurs write and publish their own stories into bestselling books. I bring events that actually happened TO LIFE (FOR OTHERS TO READ/SEE IT).
My connection with entrepreneurship is quite deep. It's a very romantic career path -
WE TURN OUR PASSIONS INTO PROFITS.
WE RISK COMFORT IN EFFORTS TO MAKE OUR VISION COME TRUE.
WE TURN OUR LIFE INTO A SERIES OF LESSONS OF WHAT TO DO / WHAT NOT TO DO FOR OTHERS TO LEARN FROM.
Entrepreneurs don't rely on philosophy to teach others, they rely on real experiences.
My theory is simple: LIVE A LIFE WORTH WRITING AND YOU WILL HAVE A STORY WORTH READING.
Last night as I ran the 5 mile loop around the lake (in 37 minutes by the way:)), I was thinking of the stories we all tell ourselves everyday. We tell ourselves what we need to eat, what to wear, what we need to accomplish, and why we need to do certain things.
To break 40 minutes around the lake, I told myself a story. I told myself I was racing the stranger who was running behind me. Of course, I have no idea who he was, but I was not going to let him beat me around the lake. So, I put on my playlist and used the fear of losing to push me to run faster (even through sickness).
I never looked back to see his position. I kept my head down and pushed on.
When I got to the end, he was nowhere in sight. Yes, that felt good. But, breaking 40 minutes (my real goal), felt much better.
MY QUESTION TO YOU -
As you get out of the bed in the morning, what stories do you tell yourself in order to accomplish your own personal goals?
If you don't convince yourself that someone out there is trying to beat you, then how will you push yourself to the win?
Use everything you went through, all the losses and struggles, as motivation.
Your competition hasn't lived through your story. Only you. That gives you the advantage in the game of business.
Remember, your life is based on a true story. Make it interesting because I want to read it someday.
The story is not over. Just win.
Mike Fallat is the founder of DreamStarters University, which helps entrepreneurs publish bestselling books to help them grow their dream business (in 60 days or less).