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Published on Oct 19, 2013
Why Telling YOUR Story Matters.
Everybody has a story. And oh boy did they come out this week.
It's a bit ironic that the Coca-Cola Scholars Leadership team asked me to come speak at their Summit in Atlanta, Georgia to more than 500 outstanding high school students and past Coca-Cola Scholars about storytelling (and about my story, how I started my non-profit Go Inspire Go, and how to discover YOUR story and tell it in an impactful way) because my own story had a sordid start.
Growing up, I never thought my story mattered. My parents had a bustling construction business in Saigon, Vietnam, but just after the fall of Saigon in the late 1970s, my parents left everything behind to bring me, my two sisters, brother and other family members to America with the hope that we would one day achieve "The American Dream."
With four dollars in their pockets and a wealth of hopes and wide-eyed dreams, we ended up in an undesirable south Sacramento neighborhood. Our first home was the epitome of a humble abode. All 10 of us crammed into a trailer in a trailer park. When I tell people this story, they gasp. On the contrary, "We were so happy!" my mom says in her broken English with a smile. "You have chance for education and freedom."
Find out what challenges me and my family faced in America, how I discovered my power to inspire YOU to find your spark -- your power and use it to help others... then tell your story in a memorable way!
Please share your story in the comments section below. Onward, Toan & Go Inspire Go team.
About Go Inspire Go: Go Inspire Go (GIG) is a multimedia platform that "Uses Social Networking to Inspire Social Change," encouraging viewers like you to "Use Their Powers -- Resources, Talents and Network -- to Help Others." Through blogs and videos, we uncover stories that will inspire you to "Discover and use your power to help others."