I often say how glad I am that I’m of a generation (X) where social media and mobile phones with cameras didn’t exist when I was younger.
When I look back at some of the antics I got up to in my 20s, I’m surprised and grateful that I’m still alive! I marvel at my recklessness, courage, audacity, vanity, adaptability, ignorance, insecurity, determination and hunger for adventure.
I also realise that a lot of my life was spent seeking attention and approval. If there was a stage nearby, I itched to be on it and would grab every opportunity I could to be seen and heard.
I ditched French and German studies in my first year at university to pursue a degree in performance arts. This was followed by several years of living on the edge, gadding about town (London) dressed up to the nines, shocking or entertaining whatever audiences I could find, before taking up journalism in 1997.
And while I’m relieved that many of my shenangians are filed safely away in physical diaries and print photographs rather than darting their way through cyberspace, I’m big on sharing my stories as well as those of others, because hearing someone else’s story can inspire and move you to take action, to change something about your life.
It doesn’t have to be huge, although often the smallest things can have the biggest impact – deciding to speak to your spouse more kindly, for example. Or shifting your perspective to one of gratitude instead of constantly complaining about your lot.
What makes us unique is our stories.
You’re unlikely to be the only person doing what you do in your industry. Even rocket scientists have contemporaries. As a business owner and change maker, stories are what make you stand apart.
How and why you got into doing what you do can make all the difference between a journalist choosing you or someone else in your field to interview as an expert or a client buying your services or products over your competitors.
So, how much of yourself and your story should you share with the world (and the media)?
In the latest episode of Katrina Fox TV, I offer some tips about how to decide what to put out there and what to keep to yourself. Click on the video below to watch it:
I hope you find it useful and if you have any questions about getting featured in the media or sharing your story, let me know by leaving a comment below.