ifindkarma. elegance is refusal.

June 27, 2011

We are feedback loops. We are the stories we tell ourselves.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — ifindkarma @ 6:11 pm


He who wonders discovers that this in itself is wonder.
       ~ M.C. Escher

We are feedback loops. We are the stories we tell ourselves…


I want to learn to be an excellent storyteller.

So I searched like a panda, and here’s what I found.

Seth Godin’s best storytelling rules:

  • Be consistent and authentic.
  • Promise fun, safety, or a shortcut.
  • Emphasize the worldview of the audience.

Suite 101’s best storytelling rules:

  • Start with a catchy beginning.
  • Keep it short.
  • Use silence.
  • Satisfy the audience.

Then I saw this tweet from @Shervin quoting @Jack:

“I’ve often spoken to the editorial nature of what I think my job is, I think I’m just an editor, and I think every CEO is an editor. I think every leader in any company is an editor. Taking all of these ideas and editing them down to one cohesive story, and in my case my job is to edit the team, so we have a great team that can produce the great work and that means bringing people on and in some cases having to let people go. That means editing the support for the company, which means having money in the bank, or making money, and that means editing what the vision and the communication of the company is, so that’s internal and external, what we’re saying internally and what we’re saying to the world – that’s my job. And that’s what every person in this company is also doing. We have all these inputs, we have all these places that we could go – all these things that we could do – but we need to present one cohesive story to the world.”

@Jack’s words are in @Shervin’s yfrog:


And actually these words come from 100 days ago when @Jack gave his Golden Gate Bridge speech.

Telling a great story requires patience and research.

A great story is not just marketing or celebrity.

A great story needs conflict (against others, nature, and/or self).

A great story needs plot (voyage and return, quest, comedy, rebirth, tragedy, overcoming the monster, or rags to riches).

A great story needs themes (love and death being the most powerful).

A great story needs perspective.

As an example, consider Chimamanda Adichie, The Danger of a Single Story:

And telling a great story requires practice.
Then again, so does anything excellent.



Always remember: fall down seven times, get up eight.




  1. Aristotle tells us that the greatest catharsis is earned by peripeteia, in other words the utter reversal or "turn" of circumstances.

    Comment by Anonymous — September 5, 2011 @ 11:15 pm

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