Earn More Money by Becoming More Interesting
One of the best ways to increase your earning power is to become more interesting as a person. This is because interesting people are generally more exciting to be around. This allows them to expand their network, build their personal brand, and more effectively sell products and services.
So how do you become more interesting? Here are some tips:
Admit You Were Wrong: The world is filled with people who are obsessed with being correct all the time. If you have the courage to admit that you were wrong, you’ll definitely be remembered. Better yet, people will view you as someone who’s willing to step back and admit his or her mistakes, which is always a positive personality trait.
Stand Up For What’s Right: The counterpoint to the above is that you should stick to your guns when you believe you’re actually correct. People will respect you far more if you defend your perspectives with rational arguments.
Explain Difficult Concepts: This is a rare skill. People are overwhelmed with information overload and they are always looking for ways to simply their learning. Make yourself a source of clear, concise explanations and your talents will always be in demand.
Show, Don’t Tell: It’s easy to sound preachy. It’s much harder to practice what you preach. Use stories and personal anecdotes as much as possible when backing up your positions. Stories are a great way to illustrate your point while entertaining your listeners.
Be Funny: This is pretty obvious, but funny people are always more interesting. That being said, there are many ways to be funny. Jerry Seinfeld cracks people up through observational comedy. Some tell hilarious stories. Others poke fun at themselves. Whatever your method, being funny will help you stand out in a crowd. Just make sure not to go overboard =).
Be Honest: Honesty is a rare trait in a world full of sycophants and yes-man. Being honest can make you a trusted source for feedback and advice. But be careful: not everyone likes to hear honesty, so pick your spots. Also, let people know that you are honest because you care. This makes it harder for them to dislike you.
Be A Visionary: People tend to remember crazy predictions about the future. A few months ago, I was having dinner with a CEO of a tech company who was talking about how in 10-12 years, humans and robots will have merged into a “singular being.” I didn’t quite agree with his analysis, but it was a fascinating conversation.
Be Vulnerable: Everyone is insecure on some level. Occasionally sharing your own insecurities will make you far more accessible as a person. People will view you as a friend, someone who’s willing to put himself or herself on the line. A note of caution: don’t overuse this, or you’ll come across like a needy whiner.
Challenge Conventional Wisdom: People are so used to hearing things they’ve heard before. For example, many people thought that the only way to financial success was to “slave, save, and retire.” With the Four Hour Workweek, Tim Ferriss challenged this decades-old idea and authored a New York Times Bestseller.
What are some ways you have become more interesting?