Can You Quickly Think of 50 Things About Yourself?

A list of 50 things about yourself may give you some new insight into your life and what's important to you.
A list of 50 things about yourself may give you some new insight into your life and what's important to you.

How Well Do You Know Yourself?

How quickly can you tell someone about yourself if they were to ask what's important to you and what you feel about your life. Can you even think of 50 things about your desires, your thoughts and your feelings?

Go ahead and try doing this:

Write down (or type) 50 things that you can think of about yourself as quickly as you can. Try not to take too much time thinking about it. You may end up censoring your list. You're not going to share it with anyone, so there's no need to worry what you put into your list. It's for your eyes only.

When I did it, I found that this task was a creative visualization for me of who I am. I made a point to do it without giving myself a chance to think much about what I was adding to the list. That's the trick. Otherwise I would have hidden important aspects about myself that my subconscious mind might have been hiding from my conscious mind.

You will find the results quite inspiring and you may learn a thing or two about yourself that you had never realized. You will end up having a better understanding of yourself.

The hardest thing when making this list is to be honest. Don’t judge. Don’t let that restrict you. Just include thoughts in your list as you think of them.

You may feel stuck when you start. But that may mean your subconscious suddenly became fearful. This task will actually force you to get in touch with those fears and learn something about yourself that may have been hidden from your conscious mind. This effort may end up being a powerful and enlightening personal journey for you.

Visualizing your life by making a list of 50 things about yourself might help you focus on more important things.
Visualizing your life by making a list of 50 things about yourself might help you focus on more important things. | Source

Remember, you can keep your list a secret. Quickly write down whatever creeps into your mind because that's the most honest thing about yourself.

When you’re done, you might realize that there was nothing to hide. You are normal just like everyone else. Unique, yes, we all are. But normal.

Your list may give you some new insight into things about your life that you want to change, things that you realize you were not happy about and want to work on.


Discover Changes You Might Want to Make


By visualizing your life in this way, you might realize that you want to focus more on certain things. Or you might want to reduce your attention to other things that are not working for you. Or eliminate things that are simply not satisfying to you.

We often waste precious time doing things we don't care for that become part of our life anyway. Or we spend time with people who are of no interest to us.

Have you considered that you might have a friend or two with whom you have nothing in common? You might be friends because of some kind of connection, such as having known each other since high school. But they're not in your league. You went on to make something of yourself and they didn’t. But you remained friends anyway.

How Well Do You Really Know Yourself?
How Well Do You Really Know Yourself? | Source

This list of 50 things about you may awaken yourself to these weak links in your social life that need to be adjusted.

You are better than that. You deserve more. You have earned it. But at the same time you allow less to be part of you. Why?


The things you listed about yourself may give you a clue. You have a good life now, no doubt. But you may find that you want to make some changes and improve your life even more.

I know you're wondering about it, so here’s my list....


50 Things About Me

  1. I am a self-learner.
  2. I write when the emotion strikes.
  3. I took two cruises and loved it.
  4. I raised an orphaned baby squirrel when I was 14.
  5. I used to like the snow when I was a kid, not anymore.
  6. I had worked at two major corporations.
  7. I feel other people’s pain.
  8. I draw doodles when I feel creative.
  9. I had organized a community service team when I was 17.
  10. I once bread hundred’s of tropical fish as a hobby.
  11. I earned a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and later realized I should have majored in business.
  12. I like hiking and discovering nature.
  13. I can’t deal with cats or dogs in my home but I love all animals.
  14. I built a computer five years before IBM came out with the PC.
  15. I started my own business when I was 31.
  16. I wish I stayed employed instead…for the health insurance benefits.
  17. I almost married a girl with bipolar. Actually one of the best.
  18. I self-published three books.
  19. I design and maintain my own website for my business.
  20. I enjoy philosophical talks with friends who can relate.
  21. I lost touch with friends from college.
  22. I feel that the best years of my life are behind me.
  23. I believe that the best years are ahead.
  24. I created a voice mail dating service in 1990.
  25. I produced my own radio spots for advertising.
  26. I once walked 18 miles in one day.
  27. I once nursed a wild bird with a broken wing back to health.
  28. I remained 165 pounds ever since I was 18.
  29. I had a mustache in my twenties, but never since.
  30. I used to develop my own photos (long before digital).
  31. I made titles with animation for my home movies in the ’60s.
  32. I separated water into hydrogen and oxygen.
  33. I once took apart and rebuilt my carburetor in a ’68 Chevy.
  34. I was beaten up in elementary school for not giving my seat to a bully.
  35. I took some friends for a hike in camp when I was 13 and got lost in the woods.
  36. I wrote articles that were published in magazines back in the ’80s.
  37. I lost touch with some really good friends.
  38. I have always kept my word.
  39. I have always made an effort to be on time.
  40. I started having tinnitus when I was 55.
  41. I get perturbed when intelligent friends spell “a lot” as one word.
  42. I remember melodies of songs better than the lyrics.
  43. I like singing Karaoke.
  44. I once dated a girl 16 years younger than me.
  45. I once dated another girl 10 years older.
  46. I am a problem solver.
  47. I am a survivor.
  48. I always remain motivated.
  49. I left many things out of this list.
  50. I wish I had planned 50 things 50 years ago.


Well, that wasn’t so hard! I basically did it without thinking very much. The main idea is to write your list about yourself from your subconscious. Otherwise you’ll limit it to things you feel okay about. And you’ll fool yourself about all the rest.

Remember that you don’t need to share it with anyone. I chose to anyway to use as an example. But you don’t need to. You’ll bring out new discoveries about yourself if you allow your list to be as natural and uncensored as possible.

Keep your list. You may want to use it to review in later years to see how your life is progressing. A better understanding of yourself is very useful for making important life decisions and also for appreciating your accomplishments and valuing yourself!

© 2011 Glenn Stok

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Reader Comments 14 comments

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, this is a great idea! I will have to try it, mind you the first ten will probably be negative ones! lol


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Glenn Stok 5 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

Nell, I can't believe that! Negative things about you? No way.


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ripplemaker 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Congratulations on your 50th hub Glenn :) I enjoyed reading 50 things about you. Now let me see if I can write 50 things about me too. LOL


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Glenn Stok 5 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

Ripplemaker, I'll be watching and looking forward to reading YOUR 50 things. Thanks for stopping by.


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BlissfulWriter 5 years ago

You don't look like you are over 55 in the profile photo. (that's a compliment)


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Glenn Stok 5 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

BlissfulWriter, Thank you for the compliment. That photo was only taken two years ago. Thanks for stopping by.


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WannaB Writer 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

I see we have a lot in common. There are many things I'd like to change about my life, but I don't know how to make some of them. When you are self-employed with a lot of inventory in a dead market, it's pretty hard to sell a business and just write. I'm at the age where I'm not sure I'll even be around in another ten years, so if I'm going to make changes, I'd better do it soon.


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Glenn Stok 5 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

WannaB, may I suggest making a list of goals you want to achieve and then plan a strategy to reach those goals. Write it out one step at a time so the entire task doesn't overwhelm you. Then you'll have easy small steps to accomplish at a time and you'll feel more positive about your success in reaching those goals. One more thing... Don't put a ten year limit on it. You'll be around a heck of a lot longer than that. You've got to keep believing that and plan goals for 20 and 30 years down the road.

Thanks for reading and commenting.


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Ladybird33 5 years ago from Georgia USA

Glen, this is GREAT and I love the creative article, it made me think and now I am writing my list. Thank you! Hope you are well.


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Glenn Stok 5 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

Ladybird33, Have fun with your list. Remember you don't need to share it so you can put anything into it you want. Thanks for the nice comment.


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Levertis Steele 4 years ago from Southern Clime

This is a different and interesting hub. Voted up and other positives.


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Glenn Stok 4 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

Levertis Steele, thanks for your feedback.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

This was an interesting and fun idea to do. I haven't done a list in so long! I wish I still had my *50 reason* list of years ago. It would have been nice to compare then and now. Interesting, useful and awesome!

Up and shared. I like #'s 2,9, 12 and 15 the best. :-)


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Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

Jo_Goldsmith11 - Thanks for specifying what you liked the most. Now I feel like I know you a little better too, based on those items. Thanks also for the feedback.

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