How to Be Interesting

(In 10 Simple Steps)

By Jessica Hagy
(Workman Publishing, Paperback, 9780761174707, 272pp.)

Publication Date: March 2013

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You want to leave a mark, not a blemish. Be a hero, not a spectator. You want to be interesting. (Who doesn t?) But sometimes it takes a nudge, a wake-up call, an intervention and a little help. This is where Jessica Hagy comes in. A writer and illustrator of great economy, charm, and insight, she s created "How to Be Interesting," a uniquely inspirational how-to that combines fresh and pithy lessons with deceptively simple diagrams and charts.

Ms. Hagy started on, where she s a weekly blogger, by creating a How to Be Interesting post that went viral, attracting 1.4 million viewers so far, with tens of thousands of them liking, linking, and tweeting the article. Now she s deeply explored the ideas that resonated with so many readers to create this small and quirky book with a large and universal message. It s a book about exploring: "Talk to strangers." About taking chances: "Expose yourself to ridicule, to risk, to wild ideas." About being childlike, not childish: "Remember how amazing the world was before you learned to be cynical." About being open: "Never take in the welcome mat." About breaking routine: "Take daily vaca- tions . . . if only for a few minutes." About taking ownership: " Whatever you re doing, enjoy it, embrace it, master it as well as you can." And about growing a pair: " If you re not courageous, you re going to be hanging around the water cooler, talking about the guy that actually is.""

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