You work hard, lift hard, eat healthy, and generally lead a well-rounded lifestyle. Good for you.
But, if pressed, could you articulate your opinion on the privacy war between Apple and the FBI? What was your reaction to the Panama Papers? Do you think the Pacific Northwest needs a better earthquake-detection system? If these current-event questions didn’t stump you, I’ve got some great news: Aside from helping you responsibly fulfill your most basic civic duties (how can you vote wisely if you’re not up on the issues?), knowing what’s going on in the world can also enrich your life in other crucial ways.
Like: helping you on the job. “Guys who excel at work generally have an excellent grasp of current events,” says executive coach Bruce Tulgan, of RainmakerThinking—i.e., a smart company will promote an informed, intellectually curious employee over a clueless dullard any day. The principle applies with the ladies, too. “If a dude doesn’t know what’s happening in the world, he probably doesn’t have opinions—and not caring is not sexy,” says Kate, 26, who works in TV.
Even a guy’s social life gets a bump if he stays au courant—after all, what dinner party doesn’t put a premium on sparkling conversation? So for the best, most efficient ways to gather—and retain—the info you need to keep you in the loop, try these four expert tricks.
We guarantee, you’ll never get caught with your news briefs down again.
Jeff Wilser is the author of The Good News About What’s Bad for You...and the Bad News About What’s Good for You.