Our Personal Story Matters
“I’m helping give people a voice… and that’s what this book is about. And I didn’t understand completely the responsibility and the privilege that I now have. It’s all becoming more and more clear. This book is much bigger than me and my story.” — Natasha Miller
At age sixteen, Natasha Miller’s father dropped her off at a homeless shelter on Christmas Day night. Now she is an amazing mother, author, musician, and a successful CEO of a company that has been in INC’s top 5,000 list for the fastest growing companies in America for three years in a row.
In this episode of “Authors Who Lead,” I talk with Natasha about writing her book, Relentless: Homeless Teen to Achieving the Entrepreneur Dream, and how relentless she is in every aspect of her life.
Tell Your Story
Everyone has a story and the potential to touch others’ lives. What we may think of as a normal life might be extraordinary to someone else. The more you are vulnerable and honest with telling your story, the more people will resonate with it. When Natasha decided she would write her story she felt she had enough distance from the “crazy things” that had happened to her, as well as the successes she had overcome her trauma. Her book wouldn’t be revengeful, instead, she felt it would be good for the reader to learn from.
Discover Your Transformation
Along the journey of writing her book, Natasha felt transformed, not only by the reliving of her past as she wrote it down but also in the edits as she thought about how her words could help others. To authors, she advises them to be honest with their transformational journey and story and not worry about perfection. She tells us in her book, “Perfection is sterile. It’s not human, it’s not emotional. But, excellence is something we all can do.”
In this podcast she also shares with us:
- How music not only helped her to express herself but also helped her survive the trauma
- How her relentlessness led her to heal and become a professional singer and successful entrepreneur
- How her mentor Bobby Sharp impacted her life
- How sharing her story about self-harm helps give others a voice
- Why finding the right editor was so important to Natasha
- How she found her co-author and editor
- That you don’t have to put everything in your memoir to make an impact
What was your biggest takeaway from this episode? Are you ready to make an impact as an author and entrepreneur? Share in the comments below!
That’s all for this week. If you have a message inside of you that needs to be written, today is the day to start. Don’t delay — take action.
Get a copy of Natasha’s book here:
Book: Relentless: Homeless Teen to Achieving the Entrepreneur Dream