The ability to tell a story, whether through words or some other form, is what separates the millionaires from the millions. It’s what separates the out-of-the-box thinker from the box-checker. The ability to craft a compelling narrative is the key to achieving your fullest creative potential. It’s also one of the biggest indicators of whether you will be successful in life or work. People respond to stories. They interact with others based on stories. Business consultants these days will even tell you that not only is storytelling a good skill to have, but it is actually a strategic imperative for businesses to develop!
In the book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey explains the importance of putting “first things, first.” To illustrate the concept, Covey puts several rocks in a bucket. When you put the little rocks in first, you can’t fit all of the big rocks. But when you start with the big rocks, the little rocks can easy fill the empty spaces.