Stories have the ability to color our thoughts, inform our decision-making and shape our experience.
It really doesn’t matter whether it is an allegory, a short story or a tall tale.
Like great quotations, stories serve many purposes:
- fill us with hope
- gladden our hearts
- imbue us with the best in human behavior
- remind us of important truths
- renew our faith in the human spirit to triumph
- teach us to be better
How Great Leaders and Stories Are Connected
Have you ever noticed the connection between why writers write and great leaders lead?
Stories serve the same reasons, in that they:
- incite us to take up a cause of action
- induce us to consider new possibilities
- ignite our passion
- impress our thinking
- influence our behavior and shape our character
- inform us. Ray Bradbury said, “I spent three days a week for 10 years educating myself in the public library, and it’s better than college. People should educate themselves – you can get a complete education for no money. At the end of 10 years, I had read every book in the library and I’d written a thousand stories.“
- inspire us to have hope, to never give up, to dream, to be better, and to be more than we are
- instigate changes in our lives
- instruct us how to be successful, and show us what pitfalls to avoid
Many people resonate with the enduring power of stories that provide a deep source of inspiration.
They speak most deeply to our hearts, and are great tools for conveying important life lessons, imparting life truths, and distilling principles of conduct.
Whether it is The Fox and the Hound, or Pilrim’s Progress, we learn best from the position of objective observer.
Told well, they hold our attention captive, and suspend time as we give our focus permission to travel.
Stories also give us the direct benefit of vicarious life experience.
In many countries, stories are passed down orally, from one generation to another, to retain their cultural identity.
With the advent of e-books, and applications like Kindle, there are no shortage of stories to enthrall us.
One of my favorite places is the Internet Archive . In addition to archiving all the classic stories of various libraries, they also have audio, video and live music.
5 Heart-Warming Stories of Love, Courage and Inspiration
1. This is one of those stories that serves to remind us of the power of our words.
It’s not so much what is being said as HOW it is being communicated that makes all the difference.
2. Many “reality” TV shows are based more on entertainment value than for the lessons they can teach us about life. But there are a few that consistently elevate the human spirit. One such show is Undercover Boss.
Watch how the CEO of 7-11 rewards a hard-working, dedicated delivery driver for his efforts.
Wasn’t that inspiring? Igor’s energetic, enthusiastic, positive outlook on life and his motivation inspired by gratitude makes him a winner in life.
He also informed his boss, “You don’t know how blessed you are.” … something that many people take for granted.
3. Ellen DeGeneris is consistently generous and, like Oprah, does many things to make dreams come true for people. This is just one of countless inspiring stories. Watch what happens to Jessica Gerren, who thought she was on set for a television taping.
Doesn’t it thrill you to see such stories?
4. In under two minutes, you can observe 10 moments that will restore your faith in humanity.
You see, it’s not always about winning. Sometimes it’s just the simplest things that make the biggest difference. It helps to remember that there is real, honest good in this world.
5. Another such program on TV is “Secret Millionaire.” These stories always have a feel-good ending.
One of my favorite stories is Hilary DeCesare, CEO of Everloop, meeting Jonas Corona, now 9 years old, who at 6 years old, began his own organization Love In The Mirror that helps homeless people.
“Have no regrets and make every moment count. It’s not about what you have, it about who you have in your life.”
The reason I love this story is because I know that, together, we can all make a difference.
I think the greatest stories of all will be the rich legacies that we will leave to future generations.
Have Your Say…
Have any of these stories inspired you to think differently or to be better?
What are your favorite kind of stories? What do you resonate with?
Please let me know by contributing your thoughts here. Thank you kindly!