April 5, 2013
Staff Picks: How to Be Interesting
So, How to Be Interesting. The title is both funny and curious, and that's exactly the talent Hagy has. Being interesting is a primal need, yet when do people really talk about this in a way that doesn't have some kind of agenda behind it? In the book, there are very obvious, concrete statements combined with peripheral emotions, goals, and personality traits that we all have brushed with at one time or another. Consider this example:
Recall What Makes You Cry
A place. A person.
A creature. A song.
Now devote a little more of yourself
to that memory.
Hagy includes this not to come across as some lonely poet, but as a way for the reader to consider something that "Moves you to ACT up & SPEAK out." In fact, the book is 100% about action, encouraging people to make the changes they want to make in their lives: be innovative, share, develop confidence, explore, try, fail, and ultimately succeed at being the best you can be. Change the world. That is, after all, what makes us interesting.
It was great to meet in person, but this was not our first interaction with the author. A few years ago over at ChangeThis, we published her manifesto, "Indexing a Career." Check that out for starters, and then pick up a copy of her latest book, or a stack for your team. After all, don't you want to work with an entire company of interesting people?
About Dylan Schleicher
Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.