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All your points are quite interesting.

I feel that all these points somehow are related and more relevant to the “wired world” / media we’re increasingly finding ourselves in.

Perhaps technology and it’s derivatives are somehow forcing us to “be interesting”, and importantly, “stay interesting” each day! We see that the shadow of technology everywhere, in helping us to become interesting… regardless of our current state of “interestingness”.

But then from our side, first we have to get interested!

A few cues from Brave Combo's [http://brave.com/bo/] "Do Something Different" might fit in nicely with the theme:

Don't believe anyone.
Don't read your mail.
Turn off your radio. Quit your job.
Do something different. Disappear.
Think like a child.
Rid yourself of fashion.
Remove yourself from fashion.
Reverse your morality.
Listen to bands that play only music you can't stand.
Forget how to worry.
Enjoy your fears.
Stop your life insurance and Disappear.

Taking a procrastination break and found this site while writing about the need to break out of our tacit knowledge. Very cool thinking here. Thanks. Return to deadline now. Bye. :-)

You have all the ingredients here for being uninteresting. Who wants to hear abotu your scrapbook or collection of salt and pepper shakers? The key to being interesting is simply to be INTERESTED. If you are curious about the world around you, and more inportantly about the people around you, others will find you interesting. Take it from me. I am very knowledgable and conversant on many subjects, but I would never pontificate at a party. I just ask polite questions and seem interested in the other person, and people think _I_ am the interesting one.

I like how you think its qurky, its different, its as you say interesting, but most of all its a really good read keep it up.
You inspire me!!

Hey, I came across this article, read it carefully and then read all comments under... and know what? all clues from the comments are much more interesting than the article itself. And that is the most intersting thing!

Great stuff. Can't agree more that "being interesting" is mutual. To get other people interested in you, first show them that you are interested in them. You'll impress them as someone interesting if you ask them about themselves. I went to a job interview, and I turned the interview around and started with questions about the company. It's remarkable that the interviewer more than once "misunderstood" my question (about the company) and answered me with information about himself! Just showed how much people want to talk about themselved. At the end of the interview, it was clear that the step was mine.

An awesome article! Especially for bloggers. Bless you=)

how true! russell hits the nail on the head. the only way to be interesting is to be interested in everything that seems to be interesting.

How about read Truemors.com once a day? Seriously.


Guy Kawasaki

i was just searching for "interesting" in google, and came across this post...very nice, just what I was looking for.
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While I sympathise and agree with the basic tenet that interestingness is important and that the way to be interesting is to be interested, I can't help having grave misgivings about this blog post.

The post presents itself as containing advice of a univeral nature, but judging by many of the comments it's clear that the frame of reference is that of typical creative people-oriented professions like marketing, advertisement, sales, and so on. So even though much of the point of the post was to ask people to broaden their horizons, in the end it comes across as being another clichéd excercise in navel-gazing, reinforcing the negative perception of these professions and milieus.

What about being open to those ideas that go against the very point of your post? Clearly, there is a structural bias in your post against being open to all ideas and influences. Of course, you might not be interested (sic) in consistency in your ideas, in which case you have less of a structural bias, but then there is something you're not interested in, an influence you reject -- consistency. This also coincides with the perception that artsy creatives oftentimes are careless "happy-go-lucky nihilists".

My final point of criticism is that much this post's advice, while often being sound on the surface, is mistaken in an indirect way: By presenting it as explicit advice and rules, and not humble observations of things you find yourself doing, you're effectively encouraging people to be forced and contrived in their interaction with others, and thus also disingenuous. This is an impression I also get from many of the comments that agree with you. Should not interaction with other people be natural and unforced? I often get the feeling, when interacting with people from the aforementioned milieus and professions, that they're trying too hard to come across as natural and unforced, and somehow aren't quite pulling it off. They're too smooth, too schooled, too smug. I guess the exceptions arn't quite natural, just better actors. Personally, I much prefer honest people.

Thanks for that interesting read. The hard part is the three months of becoming more interesting :)

The link to www.onetruesentence.com seems to be invalid. Maybe you wanted to refer to www.onesentence.org

LOVE THESE IDEAS!! I will refer to this again and again. I have started a new blog, Suko's Notebook, and need all the help I can get. Thanks for sharing/ : )

awesome post, in-fact i'll be blogging about this when i get home from work and before i go to the fun fair :D

I am a pretty introverted guy in large groups. The ideas and tips you have given here will certainly help me to feel like I have more to share when networking and meeting people.


Here's one:
Take alternative transportation and routes.

Ride Bicycles and other means of "cheap" or expensive modes.

For a hint at how much this can change your perspective, and how FAR AWAY from the tourist scenes you can get, watch the old TV travel series "Pole-to-Pole" by Micheal Palin. Now that's how to see the world!

Very interesting!!

How true..

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