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The Story Engine Podcast: Where we teach you how to make marketing easier, more powerful and fun through storytelling. Each week we learn from top entrepreneurs, influencers and world-changers on how to share your story through content, copywriting, speaking and how to make your story your most powerful marketing tool.

Jun 11, 2024

On this episode of the Story Engine podcast, we talk to Massimo Backus, author of the book 'I Am Enough.' Massimo shares his personal journey of transformation from being a 'smart jerk' to becoming a better leader through self-love. He discusses the myths and coping mechanisms we develop as children to navigate the world, and how these patterns can hinder our growth as adults. Massimo emphasizes the importance of learning to love ourselves and finding validation from within, rather than seeking external validation. He believes that our universal purpose in life is to learn to truly love ourselves and accept all aspects of who we are.

On This Episode

  • Our childhood experiences shape our beliefs and coping mechanisms, which can hinder our growth as adults.
  • Seeking external validation and constantly striving to be 'enough' can lead to stress, damaged relationships, and a lack of fulfillment.
  • Learning to love ourselves and finding validation from within allows us to be present, experience joy and sadness, and be our best selves in relationships.
  • Self-love is an ongoing practice that requires acceptance of our limitations, mistakes, and strengths.
  • By prioritizing our relationship with ourselves, we can be better leaders and create positive change in the world.

We Discuss:

03:48 The Struggle with 'Not Enough' and Defensive Behavior
09:11 The Cost of Seeking External Validation and Control
15:00 The Universal Purpose: Learning to Love Ourselves
28:01 The Transformation: Embracing Self-Acceptance and Authenticity
36:01 The Power of Vulnerability and Human Connection