Annuary Tips: We all have a story to share

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We all have a story to share.

I’m here to tell you that you have an interesting story to share. You don’t have to write in your annuary to share it with anyone, but this could be a great motivation to get started. There are things in your life that make you unique and the process of discovering this is one reason everyone deserves to have an annuary.

When I first started my business right out of college, I produced video biographies. I’d interview someone later in life (generally in their 70’s or 80’s) and I’d ask them questions about their life. When were you born? Where did you grow up? Tell me about your grandparents. Tell me about meeting your partner for the first time. How did you get into that kind of work? Tell me about your children. Many of us can answer these questions, but there is always a question that highlights something truly unique about the interviewee. They got the dream job or took an epic trip. Maybe they have lost a child, or a partner, or a house. The stories of their triumphs and losses become the inflection points in their lives that shape their life decisions and who they have become.

Every time I went through this interviewing process, I learned so much about my own life by hearing the story of theirs. Your story can be that inspiration for others as well. Remember that this book fills up slowly over decades, not overnight.

“Let another be your witness, a garden bed for your story, so the seeds formed in your lifetime have a chance to bloom in theirs.”

I hope you realize how special your story is. Take a moment and use your annuary. Capture the memories that fly by in your mind. Reading the section called “Spark Something” can be helpful if you need a nudge to get started.

Most of all, enjoy the experience and write to remember.

-Brandon Wade
January 2017

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