"FOLLOW THAT CAB!"

I was playing 2 Truths & A Lie with some coworkers.

One of my truths (that everyone was convinced was a lie) is about how I'd once jumped into a cab and yelled that classic line that appears in just about every movie genre. It was from a time when I had long, shaggy hair tucked under a tattered cap.

The cab driver, realizing it was an #opportunity to live out his car-chase dreams, broke quite a few traffic laws that night.

I won't get into the specifics of that story. You can pretty much pick any movie and the elements behind that scene were the same make up of my own true story, (including a classic scene where we were driving over a bridge, lost the other cab for some moments, and then when we spotted them again, we had to pull across 3 lanes to make a turn just in time...)

But this story is not the purpose of the post. Or rather, one story is not the point. The point is ALL. The. Stories.

I don't see life as discreete experiences. They're all parts of a larger story. Experiences are great but what's the point in any of those expeirences if you don't get a good story out of it in the end?

When I look at people's #resumes, when I look at their profiles, when I look at their posts, I look for the story. And I often I see two kinds of people: the ones who focus on the story, and the others who have all the elements of a story, but stop short. They don't connect them in any meaningful way.

The taxi-cab story is one story among many others I've collected over the years. It's a fun story to tell, but it's also helpful when I've been #interviewed - because somewhere in that story is an underlying story about who I am, the #challenges I like to take on, and the teams I like to work with.

When you're not authoring your own narrative, you disappear in the crowd.

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