It’s 8:15am as I sit here, thinking of what to write. I’ve already been awake for three hours, and I’m just now sipping my first cup of coffee. I haven’t been doing nothing. I’ve been rather productive. But to talk about my early morning activities would not be of much interest to you, I don’t think. It’s sometimes (most of the time) difficult to do this writing thing.
But, I’ve been thinking about this question since last night: What makes someone worth listening to?
We are bombarded and our media is absolutely filled with writers and bloggers and tweeters talking about other people very transparently, unashamedly, and boldly. I can find out quite a bit about a lot of different people by searching or listening to a news show or picking up a magazine.
They act like other people are screwed up and they’ve got it all together. We all act like this.
But there is something missing in that, something that doesn’t quite satisfy. I have a yearning to read something that’s of worth.
When I think about what makes someone worth listening to I think of three basic things:
2. What they are saying is coming from their heart, they believe it. It’s not just data.
3. They are unashamed, willing to talk about it even if no one else is.
In short, be human. Be real.
Now, I’m not saying that we should all go on Twitter and talk about anything and everything we do without any filter. No one wants to read about your life like that.
But what I am saying is that if you are passionate about something, if you believe in it, if you are unashamed, willing to talk about something even if no one else is, and if you can be transparent and brutally honest, do it.
Talk about it. Write about it.
Especially if it’s going to help, inspire, challenge someone or make a positive impact.
This may sound funny, but I’m serious. Your only filter should be this: Do to others what you would want done to you.
Those are the people the world wants to hear from. Not the people who are lethargic and apathetic about life, just rolling with the punches. We want to read people who actually care about something.
I care about you, so I’m going to tell you to check out these sites. They embody all three of those qualities listed above, and much more. And believe me, reading these is worth as much time as you’ve got.
I’d like to think I’m worth listening to, but that’s up to you. I have all of my wisdom teeth and I’ve had gray hair since age 17. That has to count for something.