Based in Noblesville, Indiana, Curtis writes the syndicated humor column, Grammar Guy. He also likes to write for startups.

What Do You Want on Your Twitter Bio?

What Do You Want on Your Twitter Bio?

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It’s the twenty-first century’s version of “What do you want on your tombstone?” The biggest difference--you have control over your syntactic destiny. That’s actually a word, by the way...spell check confirmed it!

For years I listed “writer” as the lead descriptor in my Twitter bio. But the craziest thing was, I didn’t write much. I certainly didn’t make any money doing it. Every time I looked at my Twitter profile (don’t lie, you do it, too), I was staring down a lie.

So, instead of changing my Twitter bio, I started actually writing. It’s kind of like getting your tombstone made while you’re still alive--you challenge yourself to live up to the hype you’ve created for yourself.

Many people aren’t what they’d like their Twitter bio to read. Believe me, there’s always going to be a “next thing” to pursue, but let me challenge you to be a little bit discontent about your circumstances for a time. That doesn’t necessarily mean walking away from your day job (I still have one!), but it does mean taking your dream seriously. It doesn’t mean taking a foolish leap or running away from your problems--it means stoking into flame that “thing” you’d like to be, create, build, or accomplish.

Although it would be moderately chuckle-worthy to just write “Person.” in your Twitter bio, it would be pretty lame if you lowered the bar for yourself just so you could feel like you’ve achieved your goals.

What’s keeping you from updating your profile? Are you scared of being embarrassed by people who know you for the thing you’re currently doing? Here’s my follow up question: who cares?

You know the old saying, “Dress for the job you want, not for the job you have”? This is kind of like that. If you rewrite your Twitter bio to be what you’d like to be, you’ll have motivation toward pursuing your goal. Writing an aspirational profile could be just the thing you need to go for it.

What’s your thing? Who would you like to be? How would you like to be remembered? Update your Twitter bio and then do it--no one’s stopping you.

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