Many people give the default responses: “good,” “okay,” or “same ‘ol.” You want to gravitate toward people who always seem to be up to something. The ones who light up when they talk about their side projects, cool hobbies, or ideas they’ve been thinking about.
This is spot on. I can tell a lot about a person by whether they choose to talk about themselves, about other people, or about ideas in a social situation.
The 'same ol' person is often the same one who chooses to talk about others.
You want the person who chooses to talk about ideas, or a cool new thing they've been working on.