Sometime in the future, they have the technology to peer back in time to more accurately record biographies. The person assigned to you has chosen this moment as being the start of the next section of your biography.
Can this be a seminal moment in your life? Going forward, can you look back on what you are doing now and say “that’s when things really started to get going?”
Of course, this is just a thought experiment. But what if it were real?
- Is your story interesting? Something you’d read or watch?
- What does your story say about your life?
- Would you do things differently going forward if you knew you were being “read” or “watched?”
Better Than Fiction
In the movie “Stranger than Fiction,” Harold Crick, played by Will Farrell, discovers he is a character in a novel being written by a famous author. He begins to hear her narration in his head, and comes to realize his life is being told as a story.
In reality all of our lives are stories. Some people are part of your story, others aren’t. But it’s always our story, the narrative of our lives.
Many of us have pretended that our lives were a book or movie. Maybe you’ve even imagined a narrator telling your story as you go about your day.
What it all comes down to is this…
Is the story worth reading? Not to anyone else necessarily, but is your story something you’d like to read?
Section Two – The Next Chapters
Every moment of your life is a turning point. Some are more memorable than others, but every decision you make influences how the next chapter of your story will read. No matter what’s happened in your story so far, the next section, and the chapters it contains, can be different. They can be better.
There comes a point where you have to look at what’s been written and decide if you want to continue with the story as it’s shaped up so far. Kind of like your own personal “Choose Your Own Adventure” book.
As you contemplate becoming a home-based entrepreneur, or explore taking your business to the next level, look back on how your story has come together. See what have been the central moments, the ones you have consciously written, and those that seemed to “just happen to you.”
Every author has the task, and the responsibility, to make sure that the next chapters continue to move the narrative forward.
Where will the next chapters in your story take you?