“Reverse Engineering the Narrative”

By Kathy McKenzie, Director FIRE UP Coaching

I love hearing stories of people dreaming something, but then shelving it because it seems impossible, only to manifest that dream much further down the track. Tim Minchin referred to his journey to writing the music and lyrics for the stage musical adaption of Roald Dahl’s famous book Matilda in just that way. In a documentary on the ABC this week he described “reverse engineering the narrative” which is another great way of saying “begin with the end in mind” a strategy Steven Covey has advocated since his first book, The 7 habits of Highly Effective people.

I just loved his sister interviewing him and capturing his zany passionate energy. How inspiring to hear stories of resilience and self-belief. As coaches we endeavour to partner with people to get them inspired about their passions, and eliminate those limiting beliefs that get in the way.

In 1998 Tim attempted to secure the stage rights to Matilda for a theatre production in Perth.  When asked for a score he immediately shelved that idea as he could not read or write in the technical way.

Fast forward to December 2008 when Tim was approached by director Matthew Warchus and given the opportunity to be part of this wonderful creative project for The Royal Shakespeare Company in London.

The morale of the story – never give up on your dreams.

What have you done to live your passion this week?


(Feature Image is from Tim Minchin’s Website http://www.timminchin.com/matilda/)

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