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 "e;How to Be Interesting,"e; a uniquely inspirational how-to that combines fresh and pithy lessons with deceptively simple diagrams and charts.
Ms. Hagy started on Forbes.com, 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: "e;Talk to strangers."e; About taking chances: "e;Expose yourself to ridicule, to risk, to wild ideas."e; About being childlike, not childish: "e;Remember how amazing the world was before you learned to be cynical."e; About being open: "e;Never take in the welcome mat."e; About breaking routine: "e;Take daily vaca- tions . . . if only for a few minutes."e; About taking ownership: "e; Whatever you re doing, enjoy it, embrace it, master it as well as you can."e; And about growing a pair: "e; If you re not courageous, you re going to be hanging around the water cooler, talking about the guy that actually is."e;"e;