Why Sharing Your Personal Story Matters: Lessons from Molly Sider
Have you ever felt like you’re the only one going through a tough time? Or that you’re the only one who has experienced a certain struggle? Molly Sider, a professional life coach and storyteller, believes that sharing personal stories can help us feel less alone and create connections with others. In a recent podcast episode, Molly and John Golden discussed the power of vulnerability and the importance of finding the right people to share our stories with.
Molly emphasizes that everyone has a story to tell and that sharing these stories can create empathy and connection with others. However, it’s important to be selective about who you share your story and to find someone who is trustworthy and worthy of hearing it. Molly suggests that having a coach or therapist can be particularly helpful in reviewing our stories and finding ways to grow from them. She also notes that creating a support team of people who can help us achieve our goals and overcome negative self-beliefs is crucial.
But vulnerability can be difficult for many of us, as we may have learned that it’s a sign of weakness. Molly advises starting small and being thoughtful about what and with whom to share. She encourages creating a safe space for others to share their stories as well, as vulnerability invites vulnerability. By listening to others without judgment and gathering information, we can feel a connection and empathy with others and find a “me too” moment.
In the end, Molly reminds listeners that everyone wants to feel seen, heard, loved, and respected, regardless of their background. Sharing personal stories can help us achieve these feelings and create connections with others. So take a step towards vulnerability and start sharing your story, but remember to do so with intention and with the right people. And if you need guidance, consider seeking out a coach or therapist to help you on your journey.
John is the Amazon bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist.