How To Be Interesting

Book Notes

This is a cute, adorable, simple book that I'm pretty sure I didn't include in my list of books I've read because it is a 15 minute read and does it really qualify in my "Read 100 books this year" goal?

I mean, yes, by definition, it is a book, so yes. But it is a 15 minute read, if you linger, so does it?

This is a book of short bits of wisdom, delightfully illustrated with Venn Diagrams and Hagy's whimsical style.

You know how you have the "Oh the Places You'll Go" book that you give to every high school graduate?

Consider this book instead.

Yes, I am a fan of Jessica Hagy. I still think this book is worth reading. And gifting.

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.
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If it is unappetizing: Do not eat, date, or sign up for it. If the mere thought of it is depressing: Do not major in it, sit through it, or devote your life to it. If it is not important to you: Do not do it only because it is important to someone else.
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A love ignored will wither and die.
Location 151

You are not wrong to be unique. You not incorrect because you are different. You should not be sorry for being interesting.
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The only way to exceed expectations is to ignore them—and do what needs doing instead.
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Amazing is rare, if only because so few people reach for it. Risking the ordinary is the only way to get something extraordinary.
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Acknowledge the roles coincidence, chance, systemic processes (and yes, maybe even luck), play in our world.
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Don’t feel guilty for taking a shot at something. Don’t feel terrible for wanting something. Save the guilt for never giving yourself the chance to try.
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If things are unsatisfactory: Document them. Change them. Few people ever bother with that second bit.
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If you’ve got bad memories attached to places, things, and even people: Let them go. You will feel lighter almost immediately.
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After all, it’s only an interesting backstory if you can get past it.
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