Personal Branding And Storytelling: Why Your Story And Voice Matters
You have a story, a voice, and something important to share with the world - whether you realize it yet or not.
The truth is that we can all learn something from one another.
And the only way we’ll ever hear your story is if you share it.
If you use your voice.
If you let go of that fear and self-doubt.
If you just decide to go for it and keep going.
We all have the power and opportunity to make an impact in our community and in the world, but that also comes with responsibility (a story for another day).
You may be thinking… “Well, there’s already so many voices out there. How will mine stand out?”
Definitely a valid question and concern.
But here’s something else to think about: New voices are showing up every day. Every minute even. People are sharing their stories every day, so why do you feel like there’s no more room for you?
What we choose to believe becomes our truth, so believe that your voice and story matters. Because it does.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you know my mantra is “be the voice you want to hear in the world”.
So what do I mean by that?
Growing up, I struggled with body image and mental health. Both of which affected my self-esteem.
The sad reality is that a lot of girls and women struggle with their appearance and how they look.
Society tells us there are “acceptable ways” of how to look - and if you don’t look like that, they say “here are the ways to ‘fix’ that” as if there were something wrong with you.
If you’d like to learn more about why I talk about body image and why it’s so important to me, I go in-depth about it in this post.
Anywho, the point is… by sharing my own story, I realized that my story was not unique.
And what I mean by that is other people have grown through similar experiences.
My story resonated with their own stories and life experiences.
- For some, it helped them realize they were not alone.
- For some, it inspired them to share their own story.
- For some, it empowered them to take action.
And that’s how powerful sharing your story can be.
It can inspire change. It can inspire someone else to use their voice and maybe that’s where their healing begins.
By sharing your story, you help others.
Think of it as you sending a bat signal. A signal that says, “It’s okay to share your story with me. This is a safe space. You will not get crazy looks or judgment from me.”
Sometimes, we just need to know that we aren’t alone in our struggles.
That someone else out there understands what we’re going through.
This is how I feel about relationships, entrepreneurship, and being a millennial.
And this is why I share so many vulnerable moments and stories on Instagram, because I’ve been there.
I felt lonely. I compared myself. I doubted myself.
Sometimes, you start to think you’re the only one going through something ...because no one is talking about it.
So… what if you talked about it first?
What if you became that voice you wish you heard in the world?
Instead of waiting for someone else, you become that person for others.
Wherever you may be in your journey, someone else out there can relate.
In fact, they’re looking for someone else just like them.
They want to know someone else has the same dreams, goals, struggles, fears, etc.
When I read Glennon Doyle Melton’s book, Love Warrior, for the first time. I just knew. I knew that I had to share my story, because that’s what I needed when I was younger.
I would never wish depression on anyone, but I would’ve appreciate knowing another Asian-American who struggled with mental health - and struggled with talking about it.
People often ask how I can be vulnerable on social media, but how can I not?
It’s not about looking for attention. It’s about helping other people feel less alone. It’s about empowering others to keep going, because I know what it’s like to constantly want to give up on yourself. It’s about being courageous and asking for help when you need it.
And when you’re ready, know that your voice and story matters.
We are all in this together.
Hi there! I'm Molly, the founder of Wholehearted Woman.
Be the person you needed when you were younger and share your story, because you're the one who someone else needs today.