What if Your Life Could be More Engaging Than Television?

Donald Miller

Ask yourself before your next major decision “If I were a character in a story, what decision would make the story more interesting?”

You’ll be surprised at how differently you feel about the decision. You’ll weigh safety over excitement, risk over comfort. You’ll likely decide to love people more, quit your job, bring home roses, leap off the cliff into the water and so on. Great characters in exciting stories don’t sit around on the couch playing it safe. They get up, move, try, fail and risk it all again.

Living a great story costs something. People who live great stories know failure isn’t a judgment, it’s an education.

In America, the stories we are living are boring. And people are suffering the emotional consequences of the American dream. They hate their lives. We live vicariously through television shows and gossip magazines because our lives are insufferably meaningless.

Whatever will work in a story will work in life, too. After all, we are each living a story. If our story is boring, it’s because we’ve chosen a safe route.

What if your life could be as inspiring and as interesting as the shows we watch on television?

So, today, ask yourself “If I were a character in a story, what could I do right now to make my story interesting?”

And then do it. Why? Because you are a character in a story. You always have been.

The American dream got hijacked. It’s time to take it back. Lets turn off the television and start living a better story today.


*At Storyline, we’re fighting to live lives more interesting than television. We are creating a community of people who are planning and executing great stories. We will teach you the framework, but the story is all yours. Not only this, but we’ll introduce you to real-life people who are taking chances and inspiring others with their lives. Join us.


Donald Miller

Donald Miller

Donald Miller is all about story. His new book, Scary Close, is available now. Order it here, today. Follow Don on Twitter (@donaldmiller) and Instagram. To read more of his posts on the Storyline Blog, click here.

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