On being self-centered

You spend way too much time talking about yourself. It seems like you even get bored with other people because they’re just not interesting enough in conversation. As if it’s a competition to see who can be the most interesting person in the room. Is that worth competing in? You’re insignificant in the grand scheme of things, and acting like you’re not for a short period of time does nothing to change that.

Never make declarations about yourself or proclaim who you are. Always demonstrate it with your actions, not your words. The people around you should comment on how much you yield to others, not how much you control a conversation. By letting everyone else speak about themselves and paying close attention to what they say, you’ll be much closer to owning the room. You’ll be able to connect with them better because you took the time to understand them rather than make your own assumptions and force yourself to operate accordingly. Ask more questions. Be more curious.