Why Your Story Matters

On his Podcast, Tim Ferriss had a good interview at Google where he mentioned the difference between podcasting and writing a book.

By the way, Tim wrote like 3 books that are like 500 pages long.

To sum it up, he says that writing a book makes you exhausted, and finishing a podcast makes you satisfied.

And I think it’s because sharing stories and learning from other people is very satisfying.

I’m starting with this piece, because after interviewing about 30 people on how much they love what they do in the food industry, I’ve felt so satisfied and so inspired.

Most of the people who talk on the podcast explain about the lack of transparency in the food industry. There are many people who complain about the globular entity known as the food industry, but they don’t realize that that giant blob is made out of hard working people, and some of those people, the ones who push the industry forward, are the ones who need to have their stories told.

Most people who advise on personal branding, talk about the concept of authority. And authority has this weird relationship of transparency.

It’s like: Which came first? Authority or Transparency?

Either way, they both synergize with each other very well. I myself have taken a few cracks at it around the internet.

From what I see, Transparency makes it a lot easier to acquire Authority. The monologues I’ve had in episode 5 and episode 10, along with when other people interview me, (here and here) have made it easier for me to talk to my audience.

As the podcast has been building up, I’ve noticed that these inspiring people, young and old, all have amazing, unique stories, with different twists and turns, different interests, and different inspirations but they all revolve around food. It’s because food is just so tangible, yet it speaks to the soul and just tastes really good. I think the same can be said about art, or poetry, or music. Whatever your passion.

Stories are very important, and I always tell people I interview with whom I don’t know why we need to tell our stories to the world: because people have to know that there are people who actually like their jobs. I started with my classmates in college. Some are very shy people, some, not so much but once you open up on a passionate subject, they can go on and on and on.

I’ve never liked it when people say “I have no story, my life sucks”

Ulysses by James Joyce, was a novel written about just one day.

Anything in your life such as an epiphany, or a realization… capturing that and explaining this is extremely important. It’s vital to communicate this with everyone because within this point in life, there are valuable lessons to unearth.

It takes guts to unearth, and then distill your story, but the feeling you get when someone takes your story and applies it to their life is worth it. It makes you fly to the freaking moon.

So what am I asking you to do?

I’m asking you to share your story, because it might someday inspire someone to do something amazing.

If writing doesn’t do it, we have a podcast that might be for you.

PS: I got this in my email a few days ago:

I love the show! I’ve been looking for career resources on food science for the past three years, and My Food Job Rocks is definitely the most info-dense, illuminating, encouraging, and funny resource I’ve ever found. Please keep it up.

Stuff like this rocks.

Originally published on Linkedin written by Adam Yee – FoodGrads Podcaster