Content marketing: Telling Meaningful Stories

It’s probably not as bad – or as good – as we think it is

Christoph Trappe

March 5, 2015


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When I was on the University of Iowa football team in the 1990s, things were tough. Lots of losses, a transition from one coach to another and of course the media wasn’t too complimentary.

But I will never forget another player’s feedback to a quarterback who was getting ripped in the media:

“It’s hardly ever as bad as it sounds.”

And, he added the flip side:

“In the best of times, we probably aren’t as great as we are made out to be either.”

I remember this almost 20 years later. When I have a bad day, it’s probably not as bad as I perceive it to be.

My bad day might even be somebody else’s version of a good day. How about that for some perspective?

When I have a great day, let’s celebrate, but also keep in mind that not everyone might be seeing it that way.

The key probably is to find the balance of being satiesfied and happy while staying hungry enough to go for another goal or improvement. 

The bottom line reminder from this whole thing for me:

Our authentic stories are largely perception – by ourselves and others. Which story is true? Unless somebody is intentionally lying, both probably are.

Disclaimers: The information provided in articles is for informational purposes only and not personalized advice. It's accurate to the best of my knowledge at the time it's published. Enjoy and best of luck telling the best stories in your organization and life!

Christoph Trappe

Hello and thanks for stopping by. I'm Christoph Trappe. I've written two books, speak at conferences around the globe and blog frequently on here. I love sharing my stories and helping organizations share theirs. If you need help, just visit the Contact Me page in the navigation and drop me a note. I'm always happy to chat! Thanks for reading! - Christoph 319-389-9853

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