Power Tool #9: Tell Your Story
Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, told a story that changed how Americans thought about slavery and intensified support for abolition. It became the second best-selling book of the Nineteenth Century, behind only the Bible. Stories we tell ourselves and about others define us, shape us, limit us if we don’t watch out and help us be unlimited if we do it right. Telling stories is a power tool for self-help – and for helping others. It defines you as much as you define it. Your story is your power and your truth. What stories do you tell yourself about yourself? How do they enhance or limited you? How have personal stories moved you to take action at work, in politics, or in our personal life?