It is now the end of April and I am amazed at how quickly this year is moving.
As we prepare for winter I am reflecting on how much has happened this year. Most significantly our youngest daughter, Lauren, married the love of her life, Dale. And my eldest son, Tyson and his partner, Pip became engaged. In addition to family, work, life, and uni continue to inspire me to learn and grow.
I recently came across an article on the habits of highly interesting people and so I thought I would share this with you his month.
Interesting people are passionate – they devote themselves completely to these passions.
They try new things – doing what they find interesting. They know what they want and have the courage of their convictions to follow it through.
They are happier because they follow their passions and dreams.
They don’t hide their quirks. They have interesting preferences that stand them apart from the crowd or from what is expected. They are intent on forging their own paths which generally makes them innovators who break with conformity to pursue new ideas.
They are humble and listen to their values, goals and ambitions rather than what will make them look good. As Oprah said at her speech to Stanford University graduating class of 2008, “The trick is to learn to check your ego at the door and start checking your gut instead. Every right decision I’ve made – every right decision I’ve ever made – has come from my gut. And every wrong decision I’ve ever made was a result of me not listening to the greater voice of myself”.
They are curious, open minded and always learning because they see the world filled with infinite possibilities. Like Einstein (one of my heroes!) they keep a sense of wonder and continue to question.
They have high emotional connection to others and seek out the conversational partner to see what speaks their interest, and share reciprocally for other people to enjoy their story.
They have a strong sense of themselves, and don’t worry about what other people think of them. They are authentic and true to themselves. It is interesting to consider what makes people interesting to you, and then think about how you are interesting to other people. This exchange brings us happiness and joy and keeps us motivated and focused on what we value and what is important to us.