Robert asks, “Bob, you talk about shared interests. How is that different than common interests?”
Answer (From Podcast Episode 009):
A common interest is one we have with a lot of people. For example, most people enjoy watching movies. I have that in common, then, with almost everyone I meet. But when I go to a movie, I share that experience with my spouse. I could go to a movie with my friend, but my wife does not smell as bad. Plus, she and I can talk about the movie for the rest of our lives (as long as it was Star Wars).
Now, why don’t I say “shared experiences?”
My wife and I went skydiving once; that was a shared experience. A shared interest is one we can do together regularly, hopefully for the rest of our lives—assuming we really enjoy it.
Thanks for the question, Robert.