How to…Create a Legacy…Biography Questions

Mortality is inevitable. 100% of the people on planet earth today will, at one time or another, die; a sobering yet true actuality for obvious reasons…unless, of course, the Messiah comes prior to this unavoidable and fatal event in the earthly window of every living creature.

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This earthly life is transient, yet with the proper questions, one’s life can befall a legacy for one or many lingering mortals…note, with the proper questions, that is!

I stumbled upon this catalog of questions a person might ask when designing a biography. I decided to internalize this list and develop an in-house autobiography of sorts…here are the questions I asked myself [the answers are in my head, yet to be revealed to the civic community much less the www…therefore, if any of you brilliant readers are up for unraveling my past and foreshadowing my future, all the while, fashioning my memoirs and becoming a world renowned author…the draft is available to the highest bidder!]…

  1. In what ways was the life remarkable?
  2. In what ways was the life despicable?
  3. In what ways was the life admirable?
  4. What human qualities were most influential in shaping the way this person lived and influenced his or her times?
  5. Which quality or trait proved most troubling and difficult?
  6. Which quality or trait was most beneficial?
  7. Did this person make any major mistakes or bad decisions? If so, what were they and how would you have chosen and acted differently if you were in their shoes?
  8. What are the two or three most important lessons you or any other young person might learn from the way this person lived?
  9. Some people say you can judge the quality of a person’s life by the enemies they make. Do you think this is true of your person’s life? Explain why or why not.
  10. An older person or mentor is often very important in shaping the lives of gifted people by providing guidance and encouragement. To what extent was this true of your person? Explain.
  11. Many people act out of a “code” or a set of beliefs which dictate choices. It may be religion or politics or a personal philosophy. To what extent did your person act by a code or act indepently of any set of beliefs? Were there times when the code was challenged and impossible to follow?
  12. What do you think it means to be a hero? Was your person a “hero?” Why? Why not? How is a hero different from a celebrity?

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