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I started out as a photographer capturing special moments. I soon discovered the power of pictures to tell stories about people’s lives: Where they live; what they do; how they are different; how they are alike. Now I am a visual storyteller. Consider the power of pictures in telling your story.
Just as we see visual stories when looking at pictures, we can visualize opportunities when looking at our lives and organizations. Images can lead us to ideas.
By creating visions for our lives and our organizations, we hand build bridges from where we are to who we hope to be.
Since we first gathered around campfires, we have loved stories: stories at bedtime, stories with friends and stories at work. Some stories are better told with pictures. How many words it would take to tell this wonderful story about aspirations.
“We walk through the rooms of our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be filled. Maybe, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives not looking for problems, but for potential.” Ellen Goodman Think about what a difference it would make if you could find potential where you now find problems.
Do you remember the moment you discovered one of your talents? Didn’t you feel a surge of excitement? … “YES, YES, YES! I can do this, I can be who I want to be!” Well, that’s what my father meant when he talked about dreaming like a champion.
Have you ever been on an adventure that changed your life? What if you had not gone on that adventure? I recently realized that, if I had made the Olympic ski team, I could not have joined an expedition paddling canoes down the Danube River. My pictures would not have been published in National Geographic. My career as a photographer might never have happened.
Since grade school, we have been taught to use words to describe and numbers to analyze. But, how many of us have been taught to use images as visual metaphors to expand our minds? In what other ways can you look at things to see them in a new light?