Be interested rather than interesting
To have a life of worth you need to be more interested in others than being interesting. Having good qualities, no doubt is a good thing, but it’s all about yourself. What others seek, they like the one who admires them. No matter what position we hold, we are either a king or servant, it’s human nature that all of us like the one who is interested in us.
Dale Carnegie shared a beautiful story from his life in his book “How to win friends and influence people”. While addressing to his pup after he was killed within ten feet of Dale’s head by lightning, he said:
“You never read a book on psychology, Tippy. You didn't need to. You knew by some divine instinct that you can make more friends in two months by becoming genuinely interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”
This is the thought that explores the aim to be interested rather than interesting. This principle is quiet useful in today’s world and is easy as well. Social media and business networking allows us to learn about people around us and their interests.