Everyone wants to be more interesting. “Interesting-ness” is becoming a much sought after quality in professionals from different walks of life. Be it a Resume, a job interview, a magazine story, an advertisement billboard, everything and everyone is trying to up their scales on the “interesting-ness” meter.
Let’s understand what is meant by the word “interesting”.
As per the Google dictionary, “interesting” means:
adj. arousing curiosity or interest; holding or catching the attention.
So, inherently, interesting is not only a quality of the person who is doing something, but is also largely dependent on who he/she is interacting with. In the same conversation, what one person says may be interesting to someone and not-so-interesting to another person. So there cannot be any absolute measure of interesting-ness.
Why is it important to be interesting?
That is the more important question. The answer to this question can even be a deciding factor of how interesting you can actually be.
The answer is not very complicated, but it is subtle.
Broadly speaking, there can be two reasons why someone wants to be interesting:
1) To cater to an audience in a way that expands their own possibilities in life. For example, if a guitarist plays a riff for his audience which has a style of its own that is bound to thrill his audience, he is achieving two things through that act – he is catering to an audience, and he is exploring a new possibility in him/her self when trying to come up with the riff.
2) Trying to gain the appreciation and approval of your audience to compensate for your own low self esteem, self confidence and self belief. Trying to be interesting to plug your own leaking self esteem is like trying to pour water in an earthen pot with a hole at the bottom. No matter how much you pour, it will always be empty. For example, if someone churns out a really awesome Resume for a job interview, but has very low self confidence, if for any reason he does not get the job, he will throw the resume in the dustbin as well. He will not be able to feel happy about his work just for the joy of doing it. He will not even have the objectivity to remember that perhaps he did not get the job for some other reason, not because he is not good enough for it. In that case, no matter how interesting he was, he himself will end up with the same feeling of lack of self esteem. In a different scenario, even he does get the job, he might feel as if he got the job “by chance” or “just like that”. He may not even be able to give himself enough credit for his abilities.
These are two reasons which apply to most life situations. Seeing one’s actions in the context of these two reasons as a yardstick can help in taking a lot of meaningful decisions and furthering one’s possibilities in life. Just using the right context for your actions can completely change the outcome of those actions.
Interesting-ness is closely related with being creative, not only because it requires creativity to be interesting, but also because the reason for wanting to be interesting sometimes decides how much of our creativity actually gets expressed in that action and all future actions.
Ofcourse, you can be interesting just because you like to try new things as well, without needing much reason for it. Then, you are just being a free channel to allow your creativity to express through you.