“What’s your story?”
Asked Pete Winemiller, SVP of Guest Relations for the Seattle Sonics, on my first day with the team.
I wasn’t sure how to answer. “My story? As in… my life story?” I thought to myself.
I later learned that Pete asks everyone this question, and he waits in silence until you answer. If you try to ask for clarification he’ll simply look at you and repeat the question until you answer.
The question could come across as abrupt and off-putting, but Pete has a way of asking it that is quite genuine, inquisitive and sincere. He really is interested in learning more about you.
It is a great question and I have since borrowed it from Pete, and I ask it whenever I meet someone new. It’s so interesting to hear the different ways that people reply.
I’ve heard so many different answers… from people telling me about their childhood to listing their accomplishments as if they’re reading from their resume.
Truth is, there is no right answer. Instead, it’s a fascinating case study on people, and how they interpret the question’s meaning.
It’s also a great reminder that we each have our own unique story filled with ups, downs, tragedy, triumph, and everything in-between.
Rich. Poor. Black. White. It’s doesn’t matter. I’ve heard incredible stories from all walks of life.
For me, I chose to tell just small part of my story in my tattoos. Each one has a deep meaning, and acts as a visual narrative of important moments in my life.
But my story is far from over. And so is yours.
Still so much to do, see, and experience. After all, each decision you make adds a short sentence to your novel of life. Those sentences then become paragraphs. Then pages. Then chapters.
But, as the author of our own book, we have the power to change the story – mid sentence – if that’s what we choose to do. There are no rules.
And once you realize that you ARE the author and begin to deliberately write your story with conviction and purpose, new and exciting opportunities begin to present themselves. I know that was a special day for me.
So, what’s your story?