Here are the 3 personality traits that make one simply irresistible:
This trait is the root of all growth, learning, and kindness.
It’s the belief that you are not yet so great that your mind cannot be opened, and it’s the presence of mind to remember that we are all interconnected equals and that injustice against one is an injustice against all.
It is, flatly, an absence of entitlement.
People who exhibit humility let their work speak for itself, they remain stoic in the face of their own suffering, and they remind themselves — and others — that life is fragile and therefore valuable.
Humility quells ignorance and cultivates grace. I want this in the people I hold dear.
Without curiosity, you cannot be enthralling or even engaging, nor — most rudimentary of all — successful. It is frankly impossible.
Curiosity drives an insatiable quest for knowledge, culture, novelty, experience, beauty, art and connection. It is the bedrock upon which you can build a life filled with stories, memories, accomplishments, and relationships.
People who exhibit curiosity can become masters, or polymaths, or auteurs — but they must first always have an open mind. They first seek to listen, to absorb, to immerse, to traverse. The world is too large and their time on it too short to ever remain fully satisfied in their pursuit of whatever new ideas pass in front of them.
I want people around me to remain curious, routinely examining the world through fresh eyes, and using their eyes to find fresh corners of the world.
This trait is the miracle drug of humanity (and elephants, and dolphins). It is the simplest, sweetest attribute one can possess, and the most worthwhile one worth cultivating for social success.
Empathy brings people closer, and makes others feel understood and less alone inside. And if there is one thing we’re all looking to become a little less of, it’s alone.
When I see truly empathetic people, I see people who genuinely care, but also people who remind us that sometimes it’s okay to be still with someone else and not invade their space or encroach their boundaries.
This unique ability to understand the world through others’ eyes and cut to the heart of what others are feeling and experiencing. Empathy breeds compassion, connection, and love. It is an important precursor for honesty.
You may have noticed the three are closely related. This is no mere accident. In fact, when you stack humility, curiosity, and empathy, you can easily see how they amplify each other.
Humility is the soul. Curiosity is the mind. Empathy is the heart.
Humility is how you value yourself. Curiosity is how you value your others. Empathy is how you value the bonds between yourself and others.
Humility is the soil of knowledge. Curiosity is the water that helps it grow. Empathy is the sunlight that shows us which way to bend.
And if you take any two without the third, you’re missing a crucial component: Humble, curious, apathetic people are slothful. Humble, disaffected, empathetic people are sensitive but not very interesting. Brash, curious, empathetic people are exhausting.
But when you bring them all together, you create a benevolent triad.
These three personality traits are the key to becoming warm, smart and memorable. They’re irrepressible and irresistible. They’re my favorite qualities in others: the most attractive, the strongest, the most admirable.
And whether I’m hiring them, dating them or learning from them, these are the qualities I look for above all others.