Have you ever thought about this question?
“What’s my story?”
I attended an event last night where the speaker talked about startups and creating a story around them as you build. He then had a slide that simply said “what’s your story?” meaning what’s the company’s story you will be telling others, such as future employees, investors, and customers. His whole point was a major differentiator between your company and all the others is the story behind it. I liked where he was going with it but I think it can be taken to a much deeper level.
What’s your story?
Do you know the meaning of the life you are living right now?
Why are you doing what you are doing?
Does company you are starting or the job your are current in have a strong story and purpose behind it?
Why does the company exist?
Does it connect with people on an emotional level and add value to their life?
Are you doing something just to make money or are you also creating value in the world?
Yes, these are deeper and more serious thoughts than revenue models and exit strategies but they need to considered or one day you’ll wake up wondering what the hell you have been doing for the last decade or two.
I don’t know about you but I don’t ever want to have that feeling. I’m not perfect and nowhere near where I want to be in this department but I am glad I am reflecting on thoughts like these. They are definitely influencing my next moves. I hope they help you as well.
If you need some help in this area, listen to Scott Harrison tell his story about Charity: Water.