I have recently been reintroduced to Ira Glass of “This American Life,” specifically to his series on storytelling. As I’ve pondered the role of stories in our lives, I can’t help but think about the particular role of story in business and the arts. Is success in any realm the same as creating a great story?
Glass’ description of connecting anecdote or sequence of events with a moment of meaningful reflection, i.e. creating something new that is “larger than the sum of its parts” struck me as a pertinent lesson for everyone engaged in the creative process. Seems to me this explains why so many great ideas die on the drawing board–without relevance they are simply Thoreau’s “castles in the air.” If you attest to this concept of our lives as stories however, take one part anecdote and add a meaningful insight, and you may just have begun to build the foundation of a successful story wherever you choose to channel your creative energy.