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  • Writer's pictureDillan Taylor

Be Interested

The most interesting people on the planet are the people who are the most interested. Habit #5 of Covey’s Seven Habits is Seek first to understand, then to be understood.

A small personal example: People began asking me way more questions when I started my podcast. I started the podcast because I am incredibly intrigued by other people and their passions and accomplishments.

There’s a ton of research that shows you instantly become more interesting, more likable, easier to talk to, etc…if you show interest in other people and the world around you, and if you let other people talk about what they’re interested in.

”Even our friends would much rather talk to us about their achievements than listen to us boast about ours. La Rochefoucauld, the French philosopher said: ‘If you want enemies, excel your friends; but if you want friends, let your friends excel you.’ Why is that true? Because when our friends excel us, they feel important; but when we excel them, they—or at least some of them—will feel inferior and envious.” – Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People

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