How to Be Interesting: (In 10 Simple Steps)

How to Be Interesting: (In 10 Simple Steps)

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by Jessica Hagy
     
 

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You want to leave a mark, not a blemish. Be a hero, not a spectator. You want to be interesting. (Who doesn’t?) But sometimes it takes a nudge, a wake-up call, an intervention!—and a little help. This is where Jessica Hagy comes in. A writer and illustrator of great economy, charm, and insight, she’s created How to Be Interesting, a uniquely

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You want to leave a mark, not a blemish. Be a hero, not a spectator. You want to be interesting. (Who doesn’t?) But sometimes it takes a nudge, a wake-up call, an intervention!—and a little help. This is where Jessica Hagy comes in. A writer and illustrator of great economy, charm, and insight, she’s created How to Be Interesting, a uniquely inspirational how-to that combines fresh and pithy lessons with deceptively simple diagrams and charts.


Ms. Hagy started on Forbes.com, where she’s a weekly blogger, by creating a “How to Be Interesting” post that went viral, attracting 1.4 million viewers so far, with tens of thousands of them liking, linking, and tweeting the article. Now she’s deeply explored the ideas that resonated with so many readers to create this small and quirky book with a large and universal message. It’s a book about exploring: Talk to strangers. About taking chances: Expose yourself to ridicule, to risk, to wild ideas. About being childlike, not childish: Remember how amazing the world was before you learned to be cynical. About being open: Never take in the welcome mat. About breaking routine: Take daily vaca- tions . . . if only for a few minutes. About taking ownership: Whatever you’re doing, enjoy it, embrace it, master it as well as you can. And about growing a pair: If you’re not courageous, you’re going to be hanging around the water cooler, talking about the guy that actually is.

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According to her much-visited website, illustrator/author Jessica Hagy (Indexed) specializes in "visual storytelling with a twist, a shout, and sometimes a snort." In How to Be Interesting, the snort is seldom audible; instead, we have Hagy merrily rolling out charts, squiggles, and Venn diagrams, each imaginatively designed to open us to experiencing our lives more fully. This trade paperback and NOOK Book original holds more oomph than a dozen average motivation guides.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761174707
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/19/2013
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
163,690
Product dimensions:
4.80(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet the Author

Jessica Hagy is known for her Webby Award–winning blog Indexed and her cartoons, which appear regularly in the New York Times. She writes widely for national publications. Ms. Hagy lives with her family in Seattle.

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How to Be Interesting: (In 10 Simple Steps) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though I finished reading this in half an hour at the bookstore, I still bought it to bring home because it just makes me happy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was really excited to purchase this book as I'd heard the author interviewed on The Splendid Table. What a disappointment! The book is nothing more than a series of Venn Diagrams with no real content. I felt completely cheated. Don't waste your money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amazingly straight forward thought process made even easier to grasp through charts and graphs. Uplifting, encouraging, and absolutely right. It's a quick read, it's worth reading weekly. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not long, but full of pithy insights. I'm giving this as a graduation gift.