Be Interesting

Entrepreneur published an article of 8 habits of Interesting people. It’s worth a read.

  1. Be Passionate
  2. Try new things
  3. Don’t hide your quirks
  4. Avoid the bandwagon
  5. Check your ego at the door
  6. Always learn
  7. Share what you discover
  8. Don’t worry about what other people think

You don’t have to be the expert to share what you know with your fellow human beings. I am not the coding expert, but I have navigated enough of the beginner level coding training to be a useful resource to beginners and help guide them to the resources that can best help them learn.

One individual that has followed these principles is Adam Kokesh. Honestly, he arguably came to the the voluntaryism conclusion later than many other people. Yet, he did not think that he was not qualified to write a book on it. Adam Kokesh continues to learn new things. He continues to share what he discovers on a daily basis.

Another individual who has followed these principles is Darryl Perry. Darryl has written book after book, made podcast after podcast. He even dared to run for President of the United States. Does Darryl Perry care if someone doesn’t like his books, his podcast, or thinks he’s unelectable? No. He was one of the best received candidates in the debates.

Another individual who has followed these principles is Aaron Barksdale. Sure, he just joined the Libertarian Party not long ago, but did that stop him from running for Chairman of the MSLP? No. Did that stop him from coauthoring a book on libertarianism? No. He’s just going to fight for liberty the best way he can. He continues to learn more about liberty, and he shares what he knows.

And there’s a lot more in the movement.

If you are having trouble following these principles, I understand. It is difficult.

Number eight is the hardest one. Especially when you’re working in politics, which requires convincing people to support the thing you support (darn democracy). There’s automatically a desire to jump on the bandwagon just so people don’t think you’re so extremely odd or crazy that they won’t listen to you. So you hide your quirks. You are unsure about trying new things and sharing your discoveries because you’re worried about how well-received it will be. Being so worried about each and every possible negative backlash to everything leaves little room for the passion.

But here’s the thing about politics, it’s boring. If you want people to listen to you, you have to avoid the instincts that tell you to be boring, to be moderate, to be “electable.” Seriously, if the public wanted some boring old white guy with a high electability, they wouldn’t have nominated Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. They would be voting for Kasich and the Democrat candidates whose names I cannot remember (they are that boring!) [was one of them Wall? I keep thinking it’s Weld, but that’s not right… but I’m pretty sure it started with a W]. Voters are so hungry for new ideas that they’ll support Bernie Sanders. Seriously, you’re afraid to be extreme, and former Ron Paul supporters are voting for Bernie?! Really?! Really?! C’mon!

Stop thinking you need to attack someone like James Weeks because you’re worried about how other people will think about the party. Stop being afraid to be different. Stop being afraid to share what you know about liberty. Stop being afraid of liberty. Explain why liberty is essential. Explain why James Weeks did nothing wrong and hurt no one. Explain why we should embrace the ideas of liberty. Don’t run from it. Don’t make excuses for it. Be a libertarian. Be interesting.

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