Why Trying To Impress People Is Pointless
January 2015 (perspective of an assistant professor)
As I've gotten older, I've come to realize that trying to impress people is pointless. Here's an argument similar to the one that I made in Why Acting Arrogant Is Pointless ...
In any social situation, you're either:
In either case, trying to impress other people is pointless because:
Either way, you lose.
Instead, engaging with people is a much better strategy. Either engage them about their interests, or get them excited about yours ... not by trying to impress them, but rather by conveying genuine enthusiasm about what you're doing.