As a generation, Millennials are constantly reminded that we need to be different. In my earlier post, I talked about what makes me different. But this begs the question, does this make me interesting?
As kids, we were told to go to college and that this would help us stand out in the workplace. Unfortunately, having a college education is no longer a differentiator for my generation. We have degrees and we are flooding the workplace.
So how does one become “interesting”? During interviews, employers ask us to tell them our narrative. Who we are, where we’re from, what classes interested us in college, and what different from the other candidates. That’s where most Millennials freeze. What makes me more interesting?
My whole life, I have felt a bit different. I have green eyes, am an ENFJ, and I have a dog that weighs more than most men. But do those things make me “interesting”? I suppose this is really a matter of perspective. However, it is up to you to make sure that you aren’t lost in the crowd.
So exactly how does one become “interesting”? There is no secret formula for becoming a more interesting person, but here are a few ideas of how to get started.
Seek new experiences. Take a hint when Netflix asks you if you’re “still watching”. Get up off of your couch, put on some real pants and do something. Explore new ideas and places. Go out and meet new people. Life begins outside of your comfort zone.
Share! They say that if you don’t document it, then it didn’t really happen. Take some pictures, write things down, share your stories. Let people live vicariously through your adventures. These stories pave the way for others’ perception of you. Check out my adventures here.
Embrace your weirdness. Let’s face it, no one is “normal”. Instead of covering up your quirks and oddities, embrace them. They are what make you unique. It is true, you might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but don’t let this stop you. Accept the fact that not everyone you meet is going to like you. Be honestly, unapologetically yourself. Truth is the foundation of relationships, so start by being true to yourself.
Be passionate. Stand for something and pursue your passions. No one enjoys lukewarm coffee, the same can be said of people. Passion is what adds color to life. Don’t have something you’re passionate about yet? Return to step one, seek new experiences until you find your passion.
Bursting the bubble. Keep your ego in check. We are all good at something, just stay humble about it. Look at each experience as an opportunity to learn. Seek enrichment and build your expertise. Every person you meet knows something you don’t. Take the time to learn what they know.
Stop fearing the screw ups. If you’re going to make mistakes, make them count. I’m not saying you should mess things up on purpose. Don’t let your fear of making a mistake deter you from trying something new. Be brave and step outside of the box. Every great success has had multiple failures preceding it.
Mainstream is just that. Be a trendsetter. It is far too easy to get sucked into what is new, hip and happening. We all want to be a part of the cool kids club and have 100k followers on our Instagram. Get ahead of the curve and try something new and unique to you. Make yourself uncomfortable and find build something you will be known for.