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:

  • Educators
  • Journalists
  • 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.

And of course my weekly (sometimes daily) newsletter.

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.

Drake is a storyteller.

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.

What is your story?

About Dylan Madden

My name is Dylan Madden. I've written over 300+ articles for those who want more out of life and are interested in traveling the world. I am from US city where most people work the same old job for their entire life. Now after traveling to 18 countries. I've set up a home in Dubai where I spend my days helping freelancers build successful businesses within The Real World and on the blog Calm and Collected. Within this website you will find the motivation and action steps to make your life better.

4 comments add your comment

  1. Dylan, found your website through victor pride’s website. I’ve come to enjoy your content so far as it seems your being genuine and real.

    Personally, I’m a hustler myself and I enjoy the hustler content/getting money etc. I would like to ask an honest question in hopes of an honest answer;

    Not to put you down or anything but other than the recent book you’ve created which I would assume has generated you roughly $10,000-$20,000 in sales thus far (your website says 1000+ books sold) and I commend you for that but the question I’m really wanting to know is this:

    What results have you achieved in life in regards to “getting money/ being a hustler” that would justify people taking advice from you in these matters?

    Again not to put you down but as far as I can see from your content I haven’t seen any real proof that you’ve ever made any kind of real money. Just feels kind of weird taking “hustler” advice from a guy who’s probably never made over $50,000 a year in his life.

    Again, I’m not judeging but I’m almost 100% sure you don’t have even 50k in the bank, could you elaborate on why I should be taking hustler advice from you? Are you really in the position to give this kind of advice?

    If your faking till you make it well hey more power to you just saying coming from a 28 year old guy who has a quarter million in the bank from hustling I kind of get the feeling it’s like big brother taking advice from little brother.

    Anyway, don’t take it wrong I respect the hustle and honestly, your content is good in my opinion. Regardless, if you keep this up it’ll be a matter of time before your making big money. Anyway good job respect the hustle, take care

    • What results have you achieved in life in regards to “getting money/ being a hustler” that would justify people taking advice from you in these matters?

      My focus has been on two things. Quality of life and the not having a job. You should take my advice if you want to make money without a job. I’m not a millionaire or even a hundred thousandaire. If you want to read about that, you’ll have to wait a few years.

      Thanks for your comment Daniel. Few people put that much thought into what they’re saying.

      • Hey Dylan, didnt really answer the question but maybe that was a good idea. Lol. I do respect the response though, you didn’t run from it at least. You definitely have my respect. Not that you need it or care or maybe you should, (and not saying you don’t) because it’s people like me who are going to follow your blog buy your books. I’m going to continue to follow this blog.

        Much respect, most bloggers would probably just say some dumb **** like “oh yea your a loser etc.” or wouldn’t even allow a comment like that ( my 1st comment above ) to appear on their blog in the first place I doubt Victor would lol..

        I’ve left both positive (like over 15) and negative honest comments (4) on Vic’s blog and he only publishes the positive ones. Only 1 negative he posted because obviously it was the only one that was just moderately criticizing… lame, really lame.

        Especially lame considering I bought 3 of his f***ing books lol, biting the hand that feeds you much?

        I want to be clear though as I do still like and respect Victor (not as much but its there) I do still follow his blog and like the majority of the content but I’ll never comment and I’ll never buy anything from it again.

        The above mentioned just kind of rubbed my *** the wrong way if you get my drift. Is your head so big you cant see your shitting on the people that made you rich? Yea no thanks.

        I didn’t plan for the comment to go in this direction just honestly speaking off the cuff how I’m thinking as I’m typing.

        Again I do like Victor Pride and think his blog is good, not saying I don’t.

        Anyway but it’s good to see he’s helping to open doors for people like you.

        Even if your not a hundred thousandaire or a millionaire, You deserve Success because you ARE a Hustler. It’s easy to tell by the quality and how consistent you are with your content.

        Your willing to get up off your ass and bust content out consistently for years, that’s Hustling.

        Your a f***ing hustler, there’s no doubt about it. And thats why I listen to your advice, it’s still useful, whether or not your net worth is X. I got more $ than you now, but not for long haha…

        I’ll be seeing this blog 2 years from now reading “how I make $10,000 a month online from my blog” lol, I’m almost 100% sure.

        I don’t follow many blogs, most are shit. Yours stands out, you give an honest and genuine vibe (because you are) & your content is quality. It’s apparent that you put a lot of thought and effort into it to make sure it’s quality.

        Yea that was a long comment, anyway, later.

        • Much respect, most bloggers would probably just say some dumb **** like “oh yea your a loser etc.” or wouldn’t even allow a comment like that

          I released my real name and photo to make a stand. Instead of giving people a persona, I’m giving them a real person. I leave ALL respectful comments such as yours. Why? Because it’s building a real connection.

          I got more $ than you now, but not for long haha…

          We’re all gonna ball man.

          It’s apparent that you put a lot of thought and effort into it to make sure it’s quality.

          Sometimes I put too much thought into it. The past 3 articles weren’t edited. I’m focused on good content over every article being perfect. You’ll still get perfect articles but I need to put more content out there.

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