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5 Storytelling Lessons from Julia Child

Updated: Dec 12, 2022

In Episode 87 of the Power Your Platform Podcast, I’m sharing the 5 storytelling lessons I’ve learned from Julia Child over the years, as inspired by the new HBO series, “Julia”.

If you're a fan of Julia, be sure to check out the HBO series, and the lessons we can learn from The French Chef:

Lesson #1 – It’s never too late to be what you might have been.

Did you know that Julia didn’t start cooking until age 32? Not only that, the cookbook that made her famous, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, wasn’t published until she was 49. Let’s embrace new opportunities with spirit and optimism no matter what age we may be.

Lesson #2 – Don’t be afraid to stand out in a crowd.

As the HBO series suggests, Julia knew what it meant not to fit in from a young age. But she kept her eye on what mattered to her, and proved to herself and the entire world that standing out in the crowd can be one of the best possible ways to get noticed.

Lesson #3 - Never take no for an answer.

There were many points along her story path where Julia was rejected and even ridiculed for being different from everyone else. But her strong inner sense of purpose keep Julia in the game. She knew she wanted to change the way Americans thought about eating and cooking, and so she pushed past the voices of her naysayers – even when some of those naysayers were members of her own family.

Lesson #4 - Women need to support other women.

In the HBO series, Julia’s character observes, “I envision a confederacy of women, an estrogen safety net.”

Throughout the show, Julia is surrounded by a group of supportive women who cheer her on, come to her defense and help her film her first pilot. The reminder is clear: when women take the time to lift up other women, we all win.

Lesson #5 - Let go of perfection and develop a keen sense of humour.

In one memorable scene, Julia is filming one of her TV segments when she drops the food she’s preparing on the floor. Without missing a beat, she scoops up the dropped food off the floor and tells her audience, “Always remember: If you’re alone in the kitchen and you drop the lamb, you can always just pick it up. Who’s going to know?”

It’s a worthwhile reminder the next time we drop a ball or two in our own life or business.

To listen in to the full episode, click here. Bon appetit!

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