|Written by Todd Paton|
|Friday, 06 April 2012 07:54|
THE MOST INTERESTING MAN IN THE WORLD
You may not be aware of it, but the most interesting man in the world lives right here in Vermont
. I am speaking of none other than Jonathan Goldsmith, the actor who plays the role of “the most interesting man in the world” in a popular beer commercial. Recently WCAX TV news interviewed him to learn more about the man behind this grandiose appellation:
And that interview caused me to pause and consider: “Who is the most interesting person in the world?” For the purposes of my own thought experiment, I eliminated the gender bias but limited myself to living human beings rather than considering the most interesting person who has ever lived.
Of course, my answer to that question might be markedly different than yours because we have different interests and different backgrounds and different knowledge bases. For instance, you might live right down the street from someone you consider to be the most interesting person in the world, and I might not even know that person because we should not make the mistake of equating interesting with famous. And, on the other hand, I can think of several famous people who do not seem to me to be the least bit interesting.
While each of us will surely not identify the same person as the most interesting in the world, my purpose in suggesting the exercise is not so that we all might find agreement, but rather, that each of us may consider why we made the selection we did and to learn from it. Ask yourself “Who do I believe to be the most interesting person in the world?” Then use that answer as a means of self-discovery. What talents, abilities, experiences, etc. does this person possess that you find compelling and interesting? Once you’ve established a list, then decide, item by item, trait by trait, if you wish to incorporate that virtue/trait/ability into your own life.
Then write down your goal of fostering that particular trait in your own life and plan out the steps you can take to make accomplishing that goal a reality in your life. For isn’t it true, that the most interesting people are not static, but growing, learning, adapting every day?
Here’s to growth! Travel the path of life well!