Your stories about yourself tell a lot about you. People listen to personal stories easily, naturally. So long as you do not inflate your stories to exaggerated boasts, or deflate them to excessive and irrational anxieties, people respond to you. They learn from the stories, and they also place you in their mental maps.
You may be skilled at picking the type of story that would place you somewhere favourable on pretty much anyone's mental map. But I am not.
So, I am going to start curating a "my stories" collection; a pick of the best from my life so far that will make anyone I tell the stories to, do whatever I want them to. Now that would be something. And it seems quite an easy task too.
But looking through my blog archive, I am already having doubts.
Let's start with the most common story of all: My Life So Far.
Age : Tagline
00-23: Fantastic, pretty pleased with it.
23-30: Fundamentally disappointing, but with some rays of light.
30-37: "Wet double espresso machiatto with whole milk please."
Oh dear. This is not a story that belongs in the collection.