Why Sharing Your Wisdom Through Stories is Helpful to People
You Have Much of What You Need Within You, and What You Don’t Have, You Will Be Able to Find or Figure Out.
I actually don’t know where I first heard those words. I don’t believe it was from anyone I know.
I read a lot, so they could be words from a book. I also watch a lot of films and tv, so they could be words from there. And I listen to a lot of podcasts, so I could have heard the words there either.
Or it could be a phrase I coined myself — it certainly sounds like something I would say, and probably have said.
Sometimes I forget the things I say and will be reminded of something by family, friends or clients, words that they considered to be wise that I shared with them.
People actually tell me I’m wise — I really like that. Because it means that something I’ve said has helped them in some way. I like helping people.
However, I hasten to add. I’m not an ‘Advice Giver’. Anything I would have said would have happened by way of conversation — sharing my thoughts and experiences, which I like to think of as simply sharing stories — certainly not by way of dishing out advice!
I actually can’t stand ‘Advice Givers’, especially people who give unsolicited advice! They’re the worst.
My experience is that people who are really good at what they do, don’t give out unsolicited advice. Some will choose to be mentors, and in doing so, will share their experiences, through their stories. Stories are a wonderful way to help people — a wonderful way to impart wisdom without telling people what to do. People can always figure that out for themselves.
Sometimes they just need different perspectives, different ways of looking at things. Then they can find their own best way.
A conversation, a shared experience, a shared story is all that’s needed.
Because we all have much of what we need within us and what we don’t have, we’ll be able to find or figure out.
This story was originally published on 13/5/21. I needed to republish it to add updates and also to tell you
… The Continuing Story …
The pandemic brought about a change in my WorkLife from delivering in-person individual coaching sessions and group workshops to creating resources to help people self direct their WorkLife learning.
In the last three years, I’ve published 30 books and over 200 stories.
Each book and each story is based on real life struggles and successes that people have encountered in their WorkLife. They also detail the exercises that helped navigate through these situations, which are set as assignments for readers to adapt to their WorkLife situations and learning needs.
I believe stories are a powerful mechanism for teaching, a powerful medium to learn through, and a powerful way to communicate who you are and what you stand for.
My inspiration for creating my work comes from a lifelong passion for learning. My work has taught me that the one thing in life that can never be taken away from you is your learning.
School of WorkLife Guiding Statement: To create resources that are helpful, insightful and inspiring in helping people to pursue their WorkLives with greater clarity, purpose, passion and pride by creating continuous WorkLife learning programmes and resources that are accessible to everyone.
The resources I create will help you take ownership of self directing your learning in your own space and in your own time.
School of WorkLife helps you self-direct your WorkLife learning through resources that have been created to help you to take ownership of your learning in your own space and in your own time.
What is Self Directed Learning?
Self-Directed Learning is when an individual is motivated to take the initiative and responsibility on decisions related to their own learning. It is a series of independent actions and judgements free from external control and constraint.
Resources to Help You Self-Direct Your Learning
You may find the books below from The School of WorkLife Book Series helpful in meeting your learning needs as a self directed learner. Tap the book title to see a preview of what’s inside each book.
Tap The School of WorkLife Book Series to view the complete collection of books. From here, you can tap on each individual title to see a preview of what’s inside each book.
Founder of School of WorkLife, Carmel O’ Reilly is a learning practitioner and writer. She creates resources to help people self-direct their WorkLife learning. These include a Collection of Books which originated from her first book, Your WorkLife Your Way and a Learn Through Reading Series of Case Studies. which originated from her latest book WorkLife Book Club.
That’s the power of writing (and reading, which is an integral part of the craft for writers). It helps you find, develop and tell the right story at the right time in all WorkLife situations – in day-to-day communication: WorkLife and feedback conversations, presentations, talks, and negotiations, at interviews, and when socialising and networking in building and maintaining good relationships. The practice of writing helps you to tell the stories that express who you are in an interesting and engaging way.