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TODAY’S STATEMENT OF STRENGTH

“When we deny our stories, they define us. When we own our stories, we get to write the ending.” -Brené Brown

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

Hi, John Maxwell here. I'm so glad you're with me on Minute with Maxwell. Let me give you a statement of strength by Dr Brene Brown. She said, ‘When we deny our stories, they define us. When we own our stories, we get to write the ending.’ You know, all of us have some stuff in our background that just wasn't good. And there's a tendency for sometimes to kind of mentally sweep it under the rug and just kind of say, I'm not going there. And Dr Brene Brown said, if we do that, they begin to define who we are. And she's giving us a better option. And the option is instead of denying our stories, she said, own them. Own them and then you get to write the ending. I can still remember in my 20s, when my assistant gave me a Christmas gift. It was a book, and the title of the book was The Greatest Story Ever Told. I was so excited and I opened it up. Much to my surprise, the pages were blank. I looked at her and I said, ‘I don't understand’. She said, ‘Turn to the first page.’ On the first page she had written me a note that said, ‘John your life is before you. You write your own story. You put on these pages your hopes, your dreams, your aspiration. You write the greatest story ever told.’ One of the greatest gifts I've ever received. What my assistant was teaching me was powerful: You and I have the ability to write our own story, not be defined by our past or other people writing our story for us.

So, I encourage you, even during this difficult time, you get the pen out, you put your name on that page. You own it, you write it, and you can choose the ending.

Thanks for joining me today on Minute with Maxwell.

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