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    By Travis Bradberry, Ph.D.

    Interesting people have a special magnetism. They tell incredible stories and lead unusual lives. But what exactly makes them so captivating?

    Theyre curious more than anything else. An interesting person is always excited to explore the world, and this energy radiates outward.

    Some people are naturally interesting, but there are also ways to learn to be more engaging. Dr. Clair Nixon is known throughout Texas A&M as an incredibly interesting accounting professor (an oxymoron if there ever was one). Accounting is a difficult subject to make interesting and fun, which is what makes Dr. Nixon so special. Hes so good at making things interesting that he doesnt just teach accounting, he also gives lectures on how to be more interesting.

    Indeed, anyone can learn to become more interesting, which is a wonderful thing, because being interesting can help you strengthen your network, win more clients, and lead more effectively.

    There are several habits that many interesting people have in common. Sometimes these habits form naturally, but they are more often than not the result of conscious effort. Heres what interesting people do to make themselves engaging, unusual, and hypnotizing.

    1. They are passionate. Jane Goodall, a bona fide interesting person, left her home in England and moved to Tanzania at age 26 to begin studying chimpanzees. It became her lifes work, and Goodall has devoted herself fully to her cause while inspiring many others to do the same. Interesting people dont just have interests; they have passions, and they devote themselves completely to them.

    2. They try new things. Interesting people do what interests them. They know what they want, and theyre brave enough to take the steps to get there. This often means trying new thingsthings at which theyre often terrible at first. The very act of seeking new experiences also happens to be great for your mood, and people who are happy are magnetic and far more interesting to be around than downers.

    3. They dont hide their quirks. Interesting people often have unusual preferences that dont fit the norm. Theyre open and unabashed about who they are, which gives everyone a good look at these interesting tendencies. Billionaire Warren Buffett, for example, has never been suited to the high-rolling lifestyle. Instead, he still lives in the same modest house he bought in 1958 for $31,500. It might seem quirkyor even strangefor such an incredibly wealthy man to live so frugally, but Buffett doesnt sacrifice his preferences because of whats expected of him.

    4. They avoid the bandwagon. Nothing is more boring than following the bandwagon, and interesting people are intent on forging their own paths. Theres often nothing wrong with what everyone else is doing; its just that interesting people are innovators, who break conformity to pursue new, exciting, and yes, interesting ideas.

    5. They check their egos at the door. An egomaniac is never interesting. Egomaniacs are always posturing, always worrying about how theyll come across. Its exhausting, and its also dishonest. Take Oprah Winfreyan interesting and interested person. In a speech to the Stanford University graduating class of 2008, she said, The trick is to learn to check your ego at the door and start checking your gut instead. Every right decision I've madeevery right decision I've ever made

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    every right decision I've ever madehas come from my gut. And every wrong decision I've ever made was a result of me not listening to the greater voice of myself. Oprahs advice is so important: listen to your values, goals, and ambitions, rather than worrying about what will make you look good.

    6. Theyre always learning. To interesting people, the world has infinite possibilities. This curiosity about the unknown leads to constant learning, fueled by an ever-burning desire to discover the unknown. Despite his intelligence and accomplishments, Albert Einstein kept a sense of wonder throughout his life that made him continue to ask questions about the world. Like Einstein, interesting people are in a constant state of wonder.

    7. They share what they discover. The only thing interesting people enjoy as much as learning is sharing their discoveries with others. While some will spin engaging yarns about their exciting travels, theres more to it than that. Interesting people are interesting because they feel out their conversational partner to see what sparks that persons interest. They dont share to expose all of the interesting things theyve done; they share for other people to enjoy.

    8. They dont worry about what others think of them. Nothing is more uninteresting than someone who holds their true self back because theyre afraid that other people might not like it. Instead, interesting people are true to themselves wherever they are, whoever theyre with, and in whatever theyre doing. Interesting people are authentic to a fault. The famous English author Charles Dickens personified this. No matter where he was workingin a friends house or in a hotelhe would bring specific pens and objects and arrange them precisely. While his behavior may have seemed strange, he was always true to himself.

    Bringing It All TogetherIt might not always be easy to incorporate these habits into daily life, but thats what makes the people who do so interestingthey go against the grain, and thats undeniably interesting. While I know that youre already interesting, never forget to keep exploring the world and staying true to yourself.

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    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Travis Bradberry, Ph.D.Dr. Travis Bradberry is the award-winning coauthor of Emotional Intelligence 2.0 and the cofounder of TalentSmart the worlds leading provider of emotional intelligence tests and training serving more than 75% of Fortune 500 companies. His bestselling books have been translated into 25 languages and are available in more than 150 countries.

    Dr. Bradberry is a LinkedIn Influencer and a regular contributor to Forbes, Inc., Entrepreneur, The World Economic Forum, and The Huffington Post. He has written for, or been covered by, Newsweek, BusinessWeek, Fortune, Fast Company, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Harvard Business Review.

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