Day 21 - We Teach What We Need to Learn Most ~ Michael Margolis


21 We Teach What We Need to Learn Most

MMARGOLISBOXPHOTOThere are very few Mozarts
that come flying out of the womb
ready to rock a sonata.

Odds are, your own genius
emerged out of a difficult pain
or struggle.

A defining moment
when you realized the world
as you knew it
no longer made sense.

For me, it happened at the age of nine, when my family moved from Switzerland to West Los Angeles. Despite returning to my country of origin, I felt even more an outsider in the U.S. than I did in Europe. I carried this feeling of "not fitting in" (aka Swiss Lederhosen Nerd) into early adulthood.

It was this core wound—this longing to connect—
that drove me to study and share the power of story.

Genius is guided by a fundamental desire:
to express a greater world of possibilities.

We all want to tell that story.
Yet such a desire or motivation is almost always deeply personal.
It’s out of our wounds—the stories we are most afraid to tell—that the true gift emerges.

To trigger your own spark of genius,
get to know and understand your backstory.

Why do you do what you do? What is the riddle you are trying to solve,  the one you ultimately want to teach others? How does this relate to your own pain, suffering, and confusion about the world?

It’s only when you get conscious about your story that you can leverage its power in your life’s work.

Michael Margolis - CEO and founder of Get Storied, an advisory and training company that works with change-makers, innovators, and marketers. Michael is the curator of the Reinvention Summit, and speaks frequently at places like SXSW, TEDx, and Zappos.




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