In just three steps, you can become a more interesting person. It only takes an hour.
Just three profound steps. You are now waiting for the catch to be unveiled. The only catch is that you commit an hour every day to these steps.
You read that right.
Equality is a myth. Each of us has varying amounts of talent, wealth, opportunities and so on. However, there is one thing I can immediately think of that we all have in equal amounts — hours in a day. 24.
No one has more than or less than 24 hours in their day. And dedicating just one hour out of it to the three steps will vastly improve you. I first came across these steps in an article by Jonny Thomson, who teaches philosophy at Oxford. And I have tried to follow his advice.
What are the three steps to becoming more interesting?
Take an hour every day to learn something new. Educate yourself through any media that appeals to you. Read books or blogs, listen to a podcast or an audiobook, read blogs that are educational, informative, and enlightening.
We have all heard that reading a bit daily makes a big difference to our perspective, mind, thoughts and personality.
However, simply reading is not enough. It requires more than just learning.
New knowledge stimulates the brain, broadens your perspective and adds a dimension to your viewpoint. But consumption alone is insufficient.
You must put it to the test in order to reap the full benefits. In the book Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure, Tim Harford suggests, ‘When trying something new, do it on a scale where failure is survivable’. When you experiment with that knowledge, you will certainly discover gaps in your understanding of that new information. Testing on a smaller scale allows you to fill those gaps without much damage.
Reflect on the cracks and chasms. Fill those with knowledge and experience. Reflection doesn’t demand a grand philosophical gesture. Writing a blog about it, journaling, discussing it with a friend, or just immersing in the thought all by yourself are valid ways to reflect upon the subject.
And then, experiment again. If you fail again, you’ll fail better. Thomson quotes Nobel laureate Samuel Beckett, the Irish dramatist and novelist, “Try again. Fail again. Fail better”.
When you fail better, you get a step closer to success.
Consuming knowledge is a great pursuit. However, this endeavour is worthwhile only if you experiment with it and then reflect on it.
This exercise will add depth to your conversations, improve your analytical thinking and overall personality and mental health.
Three steps in a total of an hour every day will render you a more interesting version of yourself.
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This or That?
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If you could master one thing, what would it be?
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