Coming Out Of The Closet

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On the morning of my 35th birthday — a little over two years ago now — in a blog entry, I wrote this ….

“I’m a firm believer that we are all put on this earth to make a certain meaningful contribution. We all have a calling, a purpose; yours different from mine. The lucky few find that calling from a young age. For others, it may take years or decades. Even some, it may never actually be realized.

I’m in relentless search of that calling. My calling. Sometimes I feel confident that I’ve found it and other times I can’t help but feel that I’m not even scratching the surface. I certainly hope that I’m blessed enough to have a number of decades left to continue to find that voice. And yet, I feel strongly that at this very moment, my number is being called to step up, make a bigger impact and be a truer representation of who I am and what I believe.

As the world turns each year, there is no doubt that my sense of urgency increases. Questions I find myself asking: am I spending my time in direct (and appropriate) proportion to what matters most to me? Am I living up to my potential? Am I doing what inspires me? Am I living an authentic life? Am I inspiring others to do the same? 

These are questions that deserve answers.”

While I didn’t recognize it at the time, what I lacked was not necessarily a purpose, as much as it was the skills needed (i.e. the toolkit) to start living that purpose into existence. 

Not long after penning that post, I began to study the art of storytelling. Casually at first. Then more intensely, as I gained a greater and greater appreciation for the power of a good story.

It’s been said that stories are the currency of life. Of human contact.

Stories connect.

Stories persuade.

Stories inspire and influence.

Everything we know is a story. Everyone we know has a story. Technology has changed the way that we communicate and it has never been more important to tell our own story— in all mediums and formats.

Think about it. Everything we know is a story. Furthermore, everyone we know has a story. Technology has changed the way that we communicate and it has never been more important to tell our own story— in all mediums and formats.

So, as I continue along the path of maturity as a storyteller, I believe it’s time for me to share what I’ve learned — in gratitude and appreciation. It’s time to help others share their stories, in an effort to impact more lives.

For the past three and a half months I have been hard at work, mostly behind the scenes. I’ve been architecting the launch of my new project.

The Voices of Impact Podcast

I’ve been spending a lot of time in the closet — literally. Recording intros, outros and guest promos. Working on cleaning up the audio and polishing my production process.

The first six episodes are recorded, edited and published. They’re not perfect but I’ve learned not to slight small beginnings. With any new skill, it takes time. And besides, it’s the story that matters. No my story but theirs.

So with that, I am officially coming out of the closet.

I am putting putting our work on display.

It‘s time to let it fly.

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Ryan France is a native of Austin Texas, father of two, super-early riser, avid reader, admitted podcast junkie & bulletproof coffee addict. In a past life, France was an aspiring professional baseball player. Today, Ryan is an entrepreneur, author and relentless innovator of the real estate industry. Read more on the "Who is Ryan?" page.