Origin Stories

Young CC With Blocks

Amazing Things Will Happen is not an autobiography, yet I knew I had to include the backstory of my life for the advice on the following pages to be taken seriously.

In the comic book world, this would be known as an origin story.

As more people read the book, post reviews and reach out to me directly, I’ve gotten a kick out of hearing people say “I didn’t know you ____” and then sharing something from my past.

This made me realize in today’s world we are so focused on what we are doing in the moment and looking forward that we never take the time to share where we’ve come from.

Thinking about some of my closest friends, I don’t know a lot about their past. We’ve never talked about where they grew up, what activities they took part in or what kind of crazy times they had in college. Whenever I’ve had one of those conversations it always makes the friendship closer.

Did you know I love performing on stage, filmed over seventy shorts with my production company and played trombone for eight years? Each of them is a core part of my origin story. I wouldn’t be the man I am today without each of them.

People say you shouldn’t look back, but we get to know each other on a whole new level when we do.

Join me in sharing your origin stories. You never know what from our past may connect our futures.

  • http://www.purplestripe.com/ LynetteRadio

    I never thought to connect the stories I tell to an ‘origin’ story. My view is that by understanding just a bit of where I come from and what I’ve been through, it shows why and how I am the person I am today.

    You are so right on the money with this C.C.!!

    • http://www.cc-chapman.com/ C.C. Chapman

      Very few of us are superheroes, but we all come from some place.

      Glad it hit home for you.

  • http://www.ChristopherSPenn.com Christopher S. Penn

    Origin stories can be a lot of fun – or deeply scary, depending on what’s in someone’s past. Back in high school I did sports medicine internships, and one of the most memorable moments was being on call at one of the field hockey games.

    One of the players took a high stick straight to the nose, busted it up pretty badly, and I was the first responder on that injury. Fast forward about 30 minutes later, I’ve got the bleeding under control and the parents were notified and shipped the player off to the hospital. Meanwhile, my shirt and pants are literally drenched in blood. Head injuries of any kind bleed a LOT. I looked like an extra from a movie.

    That was fun to explain when I got home.

    This never happens in marketing, thankfully.

    • http://www.cc-chapman.com/ C.C. Chapman

      *laugh* I was reading along going “where is this going?”

      That IS an interesting story. Thank you for sharing.

  • http://twitter.com/danyork Dan York

    Good suggestions, C.C. I think in many cases we may not share origin stories as much because we are caught up more in where are *right now* and even more in where we are going (or want to be going). You’re right, though, that those stories of the past help build connections in interesting ways.

    P.S. I played trombone for about 6 or 7 years before switching to singing in my senior year of high school. :-)

    • http://www.cc-chapman.com/ C.C. Chapman

      See, there you go. Suddenly you and I have another connection that we didn’t know about until I talked about my past. Exactly what I’m talking about!

  • http://twitter.com/swoodruff Steve Woodruff

    I just read the first half of the book yesterday, CC. And I have to say, I really enjoyed the origin story. Definitely shed some light on your background that I knew nothing about. Makes me wonder if there shouldn’t somewhere be a competency that we measure somehow, called “Recognizes the potential of new stuff”!

    • http://www.cc-chapman.com/ C.C. Chapman

      And that is why I put it in there.

      I knew there would be people picking up the book and knowing nothing about me and I owed it to them to give some background so they knew who they were reading advice from.

      For the people who already know me, I figured it would be fun for them to find out more. Even my kids learned some things about me that they didn’t know. THAT was fun.

  • http://twitter.com/donpower Don Power

    Well part of my origin story that’s helped formed the person I am is that I deliberately flunked out of Military College when I was 18. Over 25 years later, I NEVER regretted that decision! Cheers and thanks! – Don aka @donpower

    • http://www.cc-chapman.com/ C.C. Chapman

      Now THAT is an interesting story.

  • http://www.parttimevagabond.com/ ChrisCavs

    Ha! I’m happy to say I knew you love the stage and did all the productions. Didn’t know you played trombone!

  • http://www.parttimevagabond.com/ ChrisCavs

    You know, the big thing about my origin for me is finding my family in Italy. My father and half-brother have been there and met them, but I’ve never been, and that’s something I hope to rectify soon. My immediate family here in America are trying to get dual-citizenship so we can have that connection.

    As for the rest of my origin…well, no one ever asked. I’m more than happy to chat!

  • Self Improvement Quotes

    Sharing our life story is the thing which makes us alive.
    Abraham Lincoln, during the national war became frustrated about the fate of war for American nation and be worry about the dead thousands people which are dying everyday.

    In this bad psychological state he looked for his friends. He called one of his friends and asked him advice. The friend came and let Lincoln speaks like he wants without a word.

    At the end of conversation (It was on way conversation in fact) Lincoln thanked his friend for good help.
    Help? Where this Help?

    The friend didn’t do anything except hearing. But this is the thing we want from our friends. To hear us, keep our secrets, helping us and then live our life more humanity.

    Thanks a lot C.C. for this inspired words

  • http://twitter.com/angelabdotme Angela Bowman

    Although I haven’t read your book, I love the idea of an “origin story”. Knowing a little bit of extra personal information about someone forms a subtle, yet meaningful bond… an opportunity that way too many people pass up on their platforms. How about posting some of your origin story to your About Me page? I’ve posted mine :)

  • http://danieljohnsonjr.com/ danieljohnsonjr

    Your origin story makes you unique and is vital to your being able to effectively use your abilities to change the world. Over the past several years, I have had to deal with my own wondering why I wound up in the particular careers I am in. My career path has not taken a traditional, doing what I studied in college route. Even so, my Engineering education has forced me to look more at life behind the scenes and model real-world problems into things I understand and can solve.

  • http://twitter.com/eileen53 Aprille Byam

    I know I’m catching up on this late, but I still had to say that I really appreciate it. I know that my childhood and family and our stories are very key to who I am, how I act, and my plans to do my part in saving the world. You’ve given me some ideas too, for some of my projects. Watch for them! ; )

    • http://www.cc-chapman.com/ C.C. Chapman

      Never too late! that is the fun part about the web.

      I’ll keep my eyes and ears open.

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