ATLC #07 – Tell us a story!

The only thing more interesting than a story about another person is a story about our own self.

Why is this so?

self-promotionBecause, naturally, most of us are more interested in reading about ourselves than reading a condensed history of the ten most famous people who ever lived.

This is the natural way of human behaviour and there doesn’t seem to be any indication that this is suddenly about to change.

DFQ #07:
In 100 words or less, post a story about yourself.

Focus on your Top Strength from DFQ#6 and think of an amusing story that illustrates, or derives from, your top strength.

As you think about this story, recall some details about the setting, the people involved, the provocation and the ‘punch line’ or the outcome.

Don’t feel the need to interpret the story or comment too much on it–just tell it!

We are your devoted audience. Make it a good one 🙂

(NOTE: I realise this is a bit like karaoke and asks you to step-up. But if this DFQ is not for you, no problem,  just skip it.  All SOT training (even leadership training) is opt-in/opt-out).

324 thoughts on “ATLC #07 – Tell us a story!

  1. I was heading out to a camping trip with some friends a year after I’d finished Uni. They’d usually go the same time of the year each year but I couldn’t go because my Uni exams were always on. So this is the first time in a while. I was tutoring high school maths and one of my students wanted a call before their exam. We were in between mountains so there wasn’t any phone reception. I thought I’d be “kind” by leaving the group and go for a jog up the mountain. As I was jogging I got the biggest freight as a 2m black snake was now 3m in front of me. I knew it was scared of me but in the moment I forgot all about that. It slithered away and I was able to make the phone call. Perhaps my shakiness passed on to the student. He didn’t do very well after all.

  2. Upon taking up a meditation course for the 2nd time in my life, I was determined to be focussed and successful unlike my first attempt. 3/4 of the way into the course we were required to practice mantras as part of the meditation. Most people feel quite uncomfortable as it takes them out of their comfort zone. This time I was confident and determined to deliver the mantras loud and consistently. I achieved my goal while others sat in silence with their meditation. Post the class I was informed that these mantras were to be done in silence via inner vibration rather than external vibrations. Very entertaining for all involved. The meditation was successful even though I didn’t follow the same process as every other person.

  3. I’ve always tried to go a little further, do a little extra, just to improve incrementally. I’ve applied this to my new found obsession with golf. Lessons, driving ranges and a handicap are now a part of my world. My frustration did boil over at one stage and I took it out on my wedge after an absolute stinker of a shot. Needless to say I had to take the club in for repair, a job I had kept quiet from the wife because of the look I would receive.
    Walking to Drummonds with the club in two bits, who should drive past with a friendly toot and a wave? The wife!. I eventually received the look.

  4. On booking my last holiday my wife laughed as being cautious is one of my major strengths. I always check and double check over everything to get a full understanding. After an in depth conversation with my wife believing I was wrong in which I didn’t believe. I proceeded to look into the paperwork provided by our agent and proved myself right after asking them numerous understanding questions. I found we had been over charged $650. My wife still did not acknowledge me being right but continues to laugh at my cautious ways in which avoid mistakes and being taken for a ride.

  5. Welcome to the story of me. Unlike what the ATLC say I do not like talking and hearing stories about myself or others. The true virtue is to shut-up and listen to people that have something to say that either engages or educates you. Everyone else is just wasting your precious short time on this planet and should be avoided at all costs. Be humble, honest and true to ones self and you will go along way and remember what I heard along time ago “… It is not your bosses job to make you Rich… ” It is the roll of management to get the most out of their employees for as little as possible.

  6. Give it a Go – Be in it to win it.

    It’s always been a philosophy that I’ve lived by. You have to try something at least once before making a decision if it’s right for you. I decided I wanted to start running- distance running. I slowly built up. 1 km run, 1km walk, 2 km run, 2 km walk etc etc. I entered fun runs and built my distance up until I reached 10kms. My goal was the Run For Kids in Melbourne. A distance of 14.9 kms. I made it! At the end of the race my name was pulled out of the hat and I won a car…..yes a car! From that point on I entered many competitions and kept winning. Wii Fit, Weekend in Lorne, Case of wine, the Easter raffle. Just step outside your comfort zone and give it a go. You never know what rewards wait for you.

  7. Try it you might like it.

    I have been known not be great at change or embracing something new. I was asked by a friend recently to take up an new sporting hobby and its one that I have always been against. Once I got started I and love doing the new hobby, after that I needed to wear/adopt some apparel which I stated I would never do and once again – I have done it. Like green eggs and Ham – try it and you might like it – say I do like green eggs and ham.

  8. I have found you need to be a door stop for all slamming doors, but one time I knew less or equal to the tradesman using a testing tool. He complained that we had sold him a lemon, but I show a interest in his what hiss trouble was. Then I thought hang on maybe the battery are dead, so I open it up to check. the batteries had a thin piece of plastic between the contacts. So then I got the device going and I was a hero in the eyes of the customer. But I never told him about the piece of plastic, so he felt good about it & so did I .

  9. Resilience.
    I have a habit of taking in more than I should. I once took on a new job role shortly after I had commenced a university masters. At many points along the two year journey I had been tempted to give up on the masters however I was lucky to be surrounded by very supportive family and friends who offered me support.
    Most importantly I found that pushing through the pain when it is at its highest is when the most amazing and satisfying things happen.
    It is this lesson that I carry with me whenever I’m feeling the pain of something very difficult to complete.

  10. I once had a customer working 2 hours out of town, where the wrong goods were sent by one our manufacturers. He was very upset , I let him get it out, he kept going , then I cut him off after 5 minutes of fury, and cut to the chase , and asked the question, “what would fix this situation for you right now ” . He stopped in his tracks , and said oh, well if you could send me 10 clips , I could move on with the job- complete change of attitude . I then used our network to get the goods to him within the hour. My ability to not buy in to the current argument and look outside to a better solution helped , and we went on to a fruitful relationship, and avoided an argument that would cost business. Prudence and ability to see a B V S was a winner in this situation.

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