How To Stop Being Boring
by Fred McCausland
Nobody wants to be boring. We want to be exciting. Engaging. Fun. We want to be the life of the party that commands attention. But our lives are so boring. Nothing happens to us. Huh? There’s no such thing as a bad story. Only boring storytellers. So stop being boring.
Here’s a common conversation when preparing a radio show:
“What do you have?”
“What did you do yesterday?”
“Not much. Pretty boring day.”
Are you boring? Not much went on yesterday? Think again, or should I say, think differently.
When we prep our morning show, we affectionately refer to personal observations as “doorknobs”. We challenge one another: “Does anyone have a doorknob to share?”
Besides the fact that doorknob, is just fun to say, there is a reason we call it that.
We like to think that even if all we observed yesterday was a doorknob, we can create a topic from it and make it interesting.
A doorknob, in itself, can’t be boring on it’s own. That’s impossible.
Being boring is a choice. It depends on perspective, how we choose to see it.
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