A Short Autobiography: Simple Tips, Clear Examples

Does all your life flash before your eyes when you try to choose the most important episodes for your short bio? Indeed, squeezing your life story in a page or two is not easy at all. However, with these simple tips and clear examples, you won’t need to rack your brains for writing first class autobiographical papers.

A Short Autobiography: Basic Principles

An autobiography is a story you tell about your own life. You can use the words ‘I’, ‘me’, and ‘my’ whenever you want to. At last, you can write about your dearest self and nobody will accuse you of egoism or egocentrism.
Here is a truly effective action plan for writing a short memoir in only a few hours and receiving a good grade for it:

  • you should clearly understand why you write this bio (for instance: as a part of your application package, as one of your academic papers, as a post on Facebook, etc.); understanding this will help you choose the most appropriate experiences;
  • look back at your past and choose 3 – 5 life-changing experiences (be sure that your birth is the first of them);
  • write 1 sentence (not more than 20 words) about each experience;
  • choose an interesting quote for the opening paragraph (make certain it is relevant and related to the rest of your paper);
  • add transitions between different parts;
  • add personal impressions;
  • create a strong, optimistic ending for your biography.

Do not hesitate to use this algorithm whenever you need an answer to the question “how to write an autobiography”.

A Short Autobiography of Steve Jobs

One more effective strategy for writing short autobiographies without too much effort is to review examples of autobiographies of famous people to see their main characteristics. This is an example of what a brief autobiography of Steve Jobs (an American businessman, inventor and co-founder of Apple Inc.) could look like:

It all began truly when I said: “Innovation makes the difference between a leader and a follower.” This simple principle was the starting point for the most important events in which I took an active part and that are commonly known as ‘a personal computer revolution’.
I was born on February 24, 1955 in San Francisco. My biological parents were unmarried college students who had to put me up for adoption, because my mother’s parents were against her relationship with my father, the Syrian-born Abdulfattah Jandali. I was adopted by the Jobs family, who were my true parents 1, 000 %. I am grateful to them for all the love, upbringing and education they gave to me.
In addition to my education at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, which was actually too expensive for my family to fully afford, I always paid a lot of attention to self-education. For instance, as a high school student, I attended in my free time lectures at the Hewlett-Packard Company where I later worked as a summer employee. Another memorable and valuable experience was my traveling to India in 1974, in search of spiritual enlightenment. After the 7 months I spent in India, I changed my appearance and life views and became a Zen Buddhist.
The next turning point in my life was my acquaintance with Steve Wozniak and our creation of the first Apple computer in my parents’ garage. We used innovative technologies in that machine, but we did not know that it was the start of a would-be multinational corporation. Irony of ironies, even though I was one of the company’s founders, I was fired from Apple in 1985. However, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise, because I truly enjoyed being a beginner again and I founded NeXT Computer the same year…

Note that this example does not include full information on Jobs’ life. An autobiography can be written by the main character only, and this one is written as if Steve Jobs had written it in the middle of his life.

So, you are welcome to use these tips and examples to create your own short autobiographies of exceptional quality without facing any significant difficulties.

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