They have a special magnetism, tell incredible stories and live extraordinary lives. What is it about them that we haven't yet discovered about ourselves?
7 habits of unusual people
"Each of you is already an outstanding personality. But for your life to always be interesting, do not forget about two things - never lose curiosity and follow what your heart tells you, "- is a precept gives us all the author of the world bestseller "Emotional Intelligence 2.0" Travis Bradberry.
1. THEY'RE PASSIONATE
People are drawn to those who are passionate rather than cold, who aren't shy about their emotions, who genuinely respond to events or empathize with others.
Often at work we are serious and immersed in ourselves entirely. However, there are people who are attentive to those around them in every situation. They are genuinely interested in your life and therefore interesting to be with.
These people are communication geniuses.
But then there are those who firmly choose their own path, not at all embarrassed by the fact that they will be the first to follow it. These extraordinary people are unique. Like Jane Goodall. At 26, she left England and went to Tanzania to study chimpanzees. She'd been dreaming about it ever since she was given a toy monkey as a child.
Ask yourself: does this path have a heart?
Even the textbook fact that they use sticks as implements was not known before her. The Order of the British Empire, the French Legion of Honor, the International Peace Prize--those were afterwards, and she didn't count on them. Her passion was to explore, to discover new things.
Such people easily disprove old canons; they are original in everything, even in little things.
Before her, biologists had given their subjects only numbers - it was believed that excessive emotionality was detrimental to science.
Jane gave all her chimpanzees names: David and Goliath, old aunt Gigi, mother Flo and the children... And since then, so many scientists have started doing that after her.
2. THEY SHARE KNOWLEDGE.
These extraordinary people love to share their discoveries with others. They don't just tell where they've been and what they've seen. They share their joy and inspire us to change.
A few days ago I was looking online for how to learn to paint in watercolor, and I found the website of a California art teacher who posts her lessons for preschoolers that defy all the pedagogical canons of "simple to complex."
"Combining pastels, watercolors and tempera." "To work in the style of Jason Pollock, we each took a skein of yarn, dipped it in tempera and let our imaginations run wild..." "Today is Dia del Muertos in Mexico, the Day of the Dead, and we painted those who are remembered in the family on that day."
Her imagination knows no bounds. Colorful houses and their reflection in the water. Skyscrapers at night.
Pablo Picasso-style self-portraits of six-year-olds. Not one boring lesson. This blogger has drawing teachers from all over the world as subscribers, and they all look forward to new lessons.
3. THEY DON'T CARE WHAT OTHERS THINK OF THEM
These interesting and unusual people have habits that don't fit the norm. Nabokov liked catching butterflies, even though many thought it was ridiculous.
Warren Buffett still lives in a modest house, which he bought back in 1958 for 31,500 dollars. And he doesn't care that it doesn't look like a billionaire's house.
Especially since one of the richest men in the world bequeathed all his money to charity after his death.
4. THEY ARE CONSTANTLY LEARNING SOMETHING
For interesting people, the world is full of opportunities. No matter what their profession, they are always hungry for new things.
For them, life is like a precious box from which you can get more and more treasures.
And it does not matter what it is - to learn how to bake pies or write at an old age a terrible, full of cliches and banalities story about first love - but with what pleasure!
5. THEY DO WHAT THEIR HEARTS TELL THEM TO DO
In a speech to Stanford graduates Oprah Winfrey once said: "Every right decision in my life, I did when I listened to my heart, my gut.
And every wrong decision was the result of listening to my ego. Stay true to yourself, not to what will make you important in someone else's eyes."
6. THEY DON'T FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF OTHERS
There is nothing more boring than repeating after someone else. A worthy man does not follow in the footsteps of others, Confucius said.
"Ask yourself - does this path have a heart?" - advised writer and thinker Carlos Castaneda. If there is, then it's a good path.
One path gives you joy, and as you walk on it, you are inseparable from it, and the other makes you curse life. One gives you power, and the other robs you of it.
7. INTERESTING PEOPLE TRY NEW THINGS WITHOUT FEAR OF LOOKING RIDICULOUS.
They bravely take a step into the unknown. As most of us see it, a newcomer is an inept. Trying new things means taking risks, failing, and looking foolish. And no one knows how this venture will end each time. All the more interesting!