The business magazine Forbes recently posted a rather odd piece called How to Be More Interesting. Created by Jessica Hagy, the illustrator and writer behind the always inventive blog Indexed, the mix of humor and far-from-traditional advice just seems very out of place from such a conventional source.
However, I was also struck by how much of Jessica’s advice could be applied to being a better learner, and teacher.
1. Go exploring. Explore ideas, places, and opinions. The inside of the echo chamber is where are all the boring people hang out.
2. Share what you discover. And be generous when you do. Not everybody went exploring with you. Let them live vicariously through your adventures.
3. Do something. Anything.Â Dance. Talk. Build. Network. Play. Help. Create. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you’re doing it. Sitting around and complaining is not an acceptable form of ‘something,’ in case you were wondering.
7. Give it a shot. Try it out. Play around with a new idea. Do something strange. If you never leave your comfort zone, you won’t grow.
So, does being a better learner make a person more interesting? I suppose it’s possible.
Anyway, go enjoy the whole thing, especially Jessica’s Indexed cards that accompany each item.