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Interesting and Passionate People

12 January 2011

Last night I had the pleasure of meeting up with an old friend who I met in Christchurch the last time I was out here. We only met briefly, I haven’t seen her since, and to say that we’ve kept in touch over time would be a bit of an overstatement. Last night, we sat down for dinner and a couple of drinks and the conversation flowed endlessly, and that is because she is interesting and passionate.

One thing really differentiates interesting and passionate to me, they focus on the future. If you only talk about the past, you will eventually get bored with the conversation or even run out of things to talk about,  but if you focus on the future, you’ll never run out of things to say. Here is an example. We sat down, after not seeing each other for two years, and we spent approximately ten minutes catching up: My shoulder is better. I’m still working for Trek Travel. She is engaged. The earthquake was terrifying. Boom. Done. The rest of the night was spent talking about the future – what she has planned, what big ideas I have. Our stories built and evolved over the course of the night. She isn’t remotely involved in my plans, nor I in hers, but by the end of the night, my concepts had grown, snowballed off comments she made about my ideas, or grew just from repeating the plan out loud again.

It is a common thread I have found amongst the people I call my closest friends. They are all interesting and passionate. They may not be passionate about the same things I am passionate about, but the really great thing is that if someone is passionate about what they are saying, even if you weren’t remotely interested in the topic previously, you’ll be captivated by what they have to say. That common thread holds true both for the people who I have held closest to me for a long time, and for some of my new friends that I am most excited about having met in the last year.

Surround yourself with interesting and passionate people. You’ll be surprised how far they will take you.

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