How to Be Interesting: In 10 Simple Steps (英語) ペーパーバック – 2013/3/19
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You want to leave a mark, not a blemish. Be a hero, not a spectator. You want to be interesting. (Who doesn't?) But sometimes it takes a nudge, a wake-up call, an intervention!--and a little help. This is where Jessica Hagy comes in. A writer and illustrator of great economy, charm, and insight, she's created How to Be Interesting, a uniquely inspirational how-to that combines fresh and pithy lessons with deceptively simple diagrams and charts.
Ms. Hagy started on Forbes.com, where she's a weekly blogger, by creating a "How to Be Interesting" post that went viral, attracting 1.4 million viewers so far, with tens of thousands of them liking, linking, and tweeting the article. Now she's deeply explored the ideas that resonated with so many readers to create this small and quirky book with a large and universal message. It's a book about exploring: Talk to strangers. About taking chances: Expose yourself to ridicule, to risk, to wild ideas. About being childlike, not childish: Remember how amazing the world was before you learned to be cynical. About being open: Never take in the welcome mat. About breaking routine: Take daily vaca- tions . . . if only for a few minutes. About taking ownership: Whatever you're doing, enjoy it, embrace it, master it as well as you can. And about growing a pair: If you're not courageous, you're going to be hanging around the water cooler, talking about the guy that actually is.
Jessica Hagy is known for her Webby Award-winning blog Indexed and her cartoons, which appear regularly in the New York Times. She writes widely for national publications. Ms. Hagy lives with her family in Seattle.
I did like the book overall, though. There is a lot of things in there that should be, and seem like, common sense, but you forget this stuff during the course of "normal life", so it's good to go over them again. It's one of those books where you first read it cover to cover (and it's a quick read, would take about 1-2 hours), and later on, just open it up to a random page, and remind yourself about something you read in it earlier, and ask yourself why you aren't doing it.
I recommend this book to anyone who might be living in a new place and needs direction in how to get out of their comfort zone and start discovering who they are, who the people around them are, and what makes the place and people around them interesting.