Have you ever Googled yourself? You type in your name and you look at the search results. I sure have.
Typically when we Google ourselves, the results are pretty consistent from yesterday, last week and last month.
What’s important to remember is that Google tells a story, it doesn’t tell the whole story.
Normally when we Google yourself, or someone else, what we’re seeing what others want us to see. Or, what we want people to see.
We tend to craft and share stories to make others go “wow” and to impress. Sometimes this same content can cause people to feel bad about themselves.
We see this type of “wow” content on people’s websites, social media profiles and LinkedIn pages.
People are telling and sharing the story they intentionally want you to see.
We have to remind ourselves that a Google search does not define who you are. You define who you are.
Typically what we see with Google search results can be extremely misleading. This is because what we see is the end result, the success, the wins, the highlight reel.
The truth is this: the things that make you special, the things that make you unique, and the things that make you standout, rarely, if ever, show up on a Google search.
Rarely will a Google search tell you about the adversity you experienced in your life and how you came out on the other side.
Very rarely will Google tell you about all the challenges and ups and downs someone has experienced.
Google won’t tell you about the 3 jobs someone held down just to make ends meet. Or, it won’t tell you about that person who took a risk and moved to a new city with barely having any money in their bank account or knowing anyone yet they figured out a way to make it.
Google won’t tell you about heartbreaks and trials and tribulations people experienced to make good things happen.
On Google we typically see the highlight reels and wins.
Don’t get it twisted. Google tells a story, not the whole story.
What’s most powerful and amazing about you probably would never show up on a Google search.
Again, we have to remind ourselves that a Google search does not define who you are. You define who you are.
I invite you to be willing to share some of those things that may never show up on a Google search. These may be things that you’re a little embarrassed or ashamed of.
These are the things that got you to where you are today. These are the things that are going to inspire others to do great things.
It’s time to start sharing our real stories.
Never underestimate your story.
A Google search does not define who you are. You define who you are.