August 16, 2023 / Esther Choy

You may often hear me ask, “How do you usually spend your Saturday mornings?” For me this summer, Saturdays have been for lake diving with my family.

Not everyone in my family was equally excited about jumping into cold Lake Michigan. One daughter was a staunch proponent, but the other needed lots of persuasion. So, one morning in July the four of us decided to hold hands and plunge in together.

With only the four of us, how was this moment captured? We didn’t think ahead to set up a camera before the jump. And even if we did, in the time that it took to set up, the daughter who was hesitant would’ve changed her mind. This was a now or never moment.

Fortunately, a kind-hearted woman who was hanging out with her cousin by the lake noticed what the four of us were doing. She appreciated this moment so much that she took it upon herself to film it, and then approached us to ask if we wanted the video. Her name is Gunjan. She is just a godsend!

Our life is composed of so many of these moments. But it takes someone like Gunjan to notice, to record, and share. I am so ever grateful to her!

Gunjan captured this moment with her camera, but we can all capture story-worthy moments through our storytelling. Don’t let these moments slip away — capture them and create a Story Library. Here are a few ways to create a library in only one minute a day. These moments make for great leadership stories!

Try turning one of these moments into a leadership narrative at an upcoming Story Lab.

Esther Choy

Esther Choy founded Leadership Story Lab in 2010 to help others leverage the art of storytelling to create extraordinary opportunities.

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