How many stories have you heard about the legendary baseball slugger Babe Ruth? In 1927, he banged out an amazing 60 home runs. That record stood until 1961.
Babe was a big man. He ate big. He talked big. And whenever he came up to bat, it’s said he “swung for the fences.” He once said that “If I just tried to hit singles, I’d have a .600 batting average.” He’s probably right.
One time, somebody asked the Babe if he felt guilty for making more money than the President of the United States. “Well,” countered Babe, “how many home runs did the President hit last year?”
The secret: Did you ever notice how many famous people in history get remembered for only one thing? Babe Ruth knew what he did best. He knew what brought him fame. And he constantly strived to improve his home run performance.
Many of us think of biographies as long-form books…15,000 words or more.
But short biographies — those in the 100-500 word range — are very useful. Here are a few reasons to create your own autobiography:
== Use it as part of your resume’.
== It’s helpful when you are appointed to a new business position, or if you change industries. It can tell readers or potential clients about your skills.
== If you write an article for a professional publication, a very short bio (50-100 words) can briefly describe why you’re qualified to write that article.
What to put in your own autobiography? I nearly always include (1) my education, (2) my areas of specialization since graduation, (3) why I developed the specialties I did, and (4) the specific ways I can assist my clients.
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My Dad, a newspaper and magazine editor, often told the story of standing at a graveside funeral service when a tombstone caught his eye. The stone listed the person’s birth and death dates, then these three words below that: “He grew peaches.”
Dad said it made him realize that many people get recognized for a single skill or accomplishment. When I mention the names Christopher Columbus or George Washington or Charles Lindbergh, what accomplishments immediately come to mind?
Before I write an essay or column, I write a word or phrase that I want that column to emphasize. With that as my goal, I can then determine the writing pathway I want to take to reach it.
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