Why put your history on paper? It’s your story, so it’s a good story worth recording. You’re as important as anyone who has written one. It’s a good source for updating your resume, job interviews and promotion evaluations — in managing and leading with a human touch.
What should be in it?
Where were you born and under what circumstances?
Were your parents happy with each other and their lives?
What was your early life like?
What teachers or adults outside the family influenced you most and why?
What did you think about yourself in relation to other students?
How did you get the attention you wanted at school and among your peers?
What was happening in the country and the world that held your interest?
When and how did you first earn money?
When you were in high school, what were you planning to do when you graduated?
Who did you want to be like?
Did anyone advise you on a career that would be right for you?
How did you relate to teachers, counselors and bosses?
How did you spend your money?
What was your greatest academic achievement/failure?
Did you notice any shifts in your attitude toward life in general?
What was your first job after college?
Did you like the work you were doing?
How and why did you make job changes?
Why did you leave jobs?
Looking back at certain jobs (or experiences) what do you wish you had done differently?
What do you do outside of work? (sports, books, movies, etc.)
Did your career turn out the way you thought it would?
How does it differ from your expectations?
What is missing from your job now?
In the future, how do you really want to spend your time?
This should take twenty to thirty pages at least. Include extreme detail; use the senses to paint a picture. Paste in photos, memorabilia, sketches. Highlight accomplishments making sure you explain the situation, what you did and the result.
What’s the most important benefit of this tool? You now have a wonderful, unique gift to give to your adult children. Think about it, wouldn’t you want to know these things about your own parents. It would help you understand why they were like they were and why you are like you are!