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  1. 337 Invest In Yourself Sarah Elkins 37:39

337 Invest In Yourself


Life is complicated. Just like Frank Sinatra’s song That’s Life, we could be on top of the world one moment and the next we could be pushing boulders up an endless hill, however these moments do not define us. It is how we choose to tell our stories about these experiences that shows us and the entire world who we truly are. 

In this episode Sarah Elkins and John Henry discuss the importance of investing time and energy into yourself, as well as how events from our formative years shape us into who we are today.



  • Your origins do not dictate how your story unfolds.

  • Learning from the mistakes of the past to work towards a better future.

  • Invest in yourself, take time to pause, analyze what stresses and drains you and focus on yourself.



“Committing to doing something uncomfortable, like running a marathon or climbing a mountain. I encourage your listeners to commit to something like that, and what results from that is a story. And it’s these kinds of stories that I’ve found are more valuable than the advanced degrees.”

“When the time is right it will feel great to tell some of those stories that maybe you haven’t felt like you could.”


Dear Listeners it is now your turn,

I’m going to challenge you right now to think about what you could do right now to incorporate some small part of who you are you haven’t been sharing, some hobby, or something from your past that you don’t tell people about. How can you incorporate that or at least the lessons you learned from it in your next conversation, whether you’re at work, or with friends, or even with your own kids.

And, as always, thank you for listening. 


About John

John is a polymath with a background in mathematics, finance, and AI. He’s held roles ranging from professor to professional cage fighter, and now leads data science & AI at a top global insurer. With advanced degrees in statistics, jurisprudence, international real estate, and more, John’s expertise spans machine learning, risk, and wealth management. A published author in top journals, speaker, and advisor, he also runs an RIA business alongside his corporate leadership role. Tune in as he shares insights from his multifaceted journey, which began in section 8 housing on food stamps, highlighting his journey of perseverance and determination.

Be sure to check out his LinkedIn! As well as Storymakers Investment Advisors and the LinkedIn of Storymaker’s!


About Sarah

“Uncovering the right stories for the right audiences so executives, leaders, public speakers, and job seekers can clearly and actively demonstrate their character, values, and vision.”

In my work with Coaching clients, I guide people to improve their communication using storytelling as the foundation of our work together. What I’ve realized over years of Coaching and podcasting is that the majority of people don’t realize the impact of the stories they share – on their internal messages, and on the people they’re sharing them with.

My work with leaders and people who aspire to be leaders follows a similar path to the interviews on my podcast, uncovering pivotal moments in their lives and learning how to share them to connect more authentically with others, to make their presentations and speaking more engaging, to reveal patterns that have kept them stuck or moved them forward, and to improve their relationships at work and at home.

The audiobook, Your Stories Don’t Define You, How You Tell Them Will is now available!

Included with your purchase are two bonus tracks, songs recorded by Sarah’s band, Spare Change, in her living room in Montana.

Be sure to check out the Storytelling For Professionals Course as well to make sure you nail that next interview!

Sarah Elkins Chief Storymaker

Sarah Elkins brings her music, storytelling and many years in public service to the stage to engage and inspire her audience to think about how the stories they tell influence their identities and the perceptions of the people around them, and to take a deeper look in the mirror to experience the leader they were born to become.

She's a storyteller, keynote speaker, professional musician, author, and Gallup certified StrengthsFinder workplace communication coach. Her highly engaging, experiential presentations, workshops, and coaching packages with in-person and remote teams and their leaders are known to address and reduce miscommunication – the most common cause of tension and stress in the workplace.

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