A Guide to Becoming the Most Interesting Person in the Room

!! WARNING !!

This will not necessarily make you the most productive, wealthy, happy, fulfilled, attractive, accomplished, politically correct, intelligent, healthy or stable person in the room. Only the most interesting. In the name of becoming the most interesting person in the room, such feats of randomness may include base jumping, trying to horseback ride a shark and becoming immune to a deadly poison and may result in death.

 

Don't Say No

When someone presents you with an offer, say "yes!" Whether it ends incredibly or horribly you're still going to come out of it with a crazy story to tell.

 

Obscurity is Your Friend

The people who actually spend six months of their lives training under an expert underwater basket weaver are going to one-up the people who spent six months learning engine repair every time. Is it because it's cooler than engine repair? That's debatable but probably not. It's because it's more rare. Scarcity sells!

 

Limit Your Greatness

Only get good enough to be better than 90% of the population (which isn't that hard for most obscure things), then move on to another challenge. Being above average at a lot of things is generally more interesting than being the best at one or two.

 

Be an Artist

Know at least one artsy skill — paint some abstracts or play an instrument or take pictures or something.

 

Diversify Your Skills

If you know a lot about computer programming, video games, comic books and can solve a rubik's cube you're not the most interesting person in the room, you're a nerd. Don't get me wrong, nerds are awesome! But the thing that makes you interesting is that you're skill sets and knowledge base are so unexpected. For example, the guy who knows how to code but also made a small fortune in finance and went big game hunting in Africa is more interesting.

 

Play on Their Fear of Missing Out

If everyone else is doing X, choose to do Y. You'll automatically have an interesting story to tell because everyone is wondering what they've missed out on.

 

Travel Somewhere... anywhere!

If you've stayed in the same old town all your life, all you know is the same things everyone else knows. "Movies are $5 on Tuesdays." "The 7-Eleven across from the mechanic shop stocks the watermelon sour punch straws." "Don't walk down Elm Street at 6am or you'll get cussed out by Old Man Jenkins." When you finally get out of that town and see the world, it's amazing what you can learn (and share!).

 

Always Have a Project

Never be caught in between gigs — always be working on something new and unique. Unless your new and unique thing is not doing anything in order to "find yourself" or something like that...

 

Meet Everyone

The more people you know, the more opportunity you have.

a. Other people might have done super interesting things which makes you more interesting simply by knowing them.
b. If you're lucky, they'll invite you on one of their super interesting adventures in which case, (remember rule #1) say "yes!"
c. They'll introduce you to their interesting friends because interesting people tend to hang out with other interesting people.

 

Don't Reveal Too Much

Don't give away too much information all at one time. Let it drip slowly over time like a leaking faucet. The shroud of mystery always leaves people guessing what you haven't revealed.