Being a storyteller is a path that few ever succeed in. Most give it a try without ever going all in on it.
In my case, I’ve been a storyteller since middle school.
It all started with Ms.B my 6th grade Science teacher. She gave us a writing assignment on dinosaurs.
We had to write a creative paper using real facts.
While I can’t remember the exact story. I do remember the excitement that I felt. As I created the characters and wrote the story.
My mind was on fire with all of the possibilities.
Even though my life at the time was full of anxiety. In the story, I was the creator. I was in control and you immersed yourself in my world.
Turning in my paper….
On Monday morning I turned in my paper before everyone else. Monday’s have always been a great day for me.
She read over my paper and gave me an A+.
Ms.B also submitted my paper to a writing program. Out of the entire state, my paper came in third place.
While I didn’t come in first place. I was still proud of myself. From the hundreds of submissions, my paper came in third place.
After that, I got invited to join a writers club. I turned down the offer as I thought it was “nerdy”. Turning them down wasn’t necessarily a bad decision.
Because I can’t say that I’d be writing today if I would’ve joined.
Most of the kids from that club are the following now:
- Low-budget movie writers
In other words, they write for a paycheck. I’ve ALWAYS felt turned off by the idea of writing for a company.
I’m not bashing them or anyone for that. Just personally I don’t want to sell my writing for a weekly paycheck.
Writing for me is salvation.
While other creative things give me peace. Writing and more importantly, storytelling hit me a whole different way.
Even the act of writing short emails for the Young Hustler Newsletter gives me joy. It doesn’t matter how much money I get paid.
Storytelling is something that I’d do for free.
There’s something special about the personal stories I share weekly. I take a lesson or two out of the story and then blast it out as an email.
Not only does storytelling save me.
But it has saved my readers/viewers. I’ve received both emails and DM’s from people that read my content at the perfect moment.
It is that reason that I don’t limit where I tell my story.
You’ll find me on Twitter daily.
YouTube ever so often.
Some people are just bloggers. Other people are just vloggers. I just stick with the broad title of storyteller.
Which leads me to….
What It’s Like Being a Storyteller?
Being a storyteller isn’t all it’s made out to be. Of course, you’ve got the lifestyle storytellers that sell you a flashy lifestyle.
You’ve got a storyteller for every possible thing in this world.
Most of the storytellers I’ve come up with aren’t here anymore. They were in it for the flashy lifestyles, money on demand, and busty broads.
It ain’t at all like that.
There are those top 5% people who just out of nowhere become hits. But if you look into their history they aren’t all that special.
Maybe it’s getting millions and then using that to build up a massive brand.
For others, it’s working your butt off and getting real-world experience.
So, in other words, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Sure you get to wake up in your underwear.
Sure you get to call yourself the boss.
But you’re going to eat a lot of shit. Not for 6-months. Not for a year. Heck, you’ll be eating shit for years potentially.
So get it out of your head that this is a cake walk.
That goes for you if you wanna be a storyteller or the next company big shot. It all takes time and you’ll pay a price regardless of what you decide.
Being a storyteller is a slap in the face.
As a storyteller, you’ve got to live your life. While you may take inspiration from other people. You ALWAYS rely on your personal experience.
I’m no Hemingway nor do I want to be. But you’ve got to write from your heart. There comes a point where you can’t rely on what’s in your head anymore.
I could write hustle articles until the day that I die. Most of those writings are from my head with some coming from my heart.
My article “How to See Your Vision Become Reality” is from my heart.
As for the article “4 Ways to Make Money For the Young Hustler” is from my head.
Living your life as a storyteller requires you to bleed. Not just once, twice, or a few hundred times.
Being a storyteller requires you to bleed every single day.
Because there are so many fakes out there. That’s your only guaranteed way to stand out from them.
They dress the part and even talk a good game.
But only a real storyteller can tap into the heart of their reader.
Storytellers are problem solvers.
Being a storyteller forces you to solve problems. Not only for yourself but for anyone who comes to hear your stories.
I got started because I wanted to change my life. The world around me was chaotic. I was like a leaf in a huge ocean.
But as I started creating my mind became clear.
Before I knew it I had an audience. Now here you and I are speaking to each other.
I may just be in your head, but you know more about me than my family.
You could even argue that I know more about you than most people do.
Storytellers are the builders of tomorrow.
Elon Musk is a storyteller.
Anyone who’s ever done anything is a storyteller.
Why is that you ask?
Because only a storyteller see’s what others don’t. From there they bring together ideas that end up becoming the iPhone or YouTube of tomorrow.
We All Have a Story
While not every story is worthy of being put into a book. We all have a story to tell. Whether that be online or to your best friend.
1) You’ve overcome obstacles that others haven’t yet.
Take that experience and help them.
2) You’ve had an idea for a business.
Take that business idea and tell its story.
3) You’ve got an opinion on something.
Use your opinions and become the next Dj Akademiks or news personality.
It’s all up to you bro.
So I leave you with this one important question.