The problem with other people’s inspirational stories

Whenever we see someone that has achieved anything, we tell stories about their journey.

We retrace the story many decades into the past to tell the full story of how they arrived to whatever point in time we’re interested in.

With the gift of hindsight, we can connect their experiences together and create neat narratives that clearly show why they achieved what they did.

On one hand, this can be inspiring.

Knowing what they did allows you to create a plan for your own journey.

On the other hand, this can create boundaries on what you think is possible if you think that they had some special factor that you’ll never have.

The problem with this method is that it’s just based on a story that’s condensed into a neat package that can then seem like it is the blueprint.

The truth is that the reality is almost certainly different from the story.

And, you’re not aware of your own story yet because it hasn’t happened.