How to be Smarter: You can't pick your family. It's what you are born into, and while you can change your interaction with your family as you grow older, for the most part, they are yours and will always be a part of your life. You can pick your friends though--total control there. Hence, it is more telling of someone's character and personality to look at who they chose to hang around with, rather then who they were born to. How to be Prettier: Beautiful pictures, beautiful girl, beautiful blog.
How to be (less) Awkward: Try not to let your nervousness about something--dogs, the poor job market, the murder rate in your city--rub off onto other people. Getting on the plane while announcing flight fatality rates never makes you very popular, and, chances are, other people are mildly nervous about the same thing , have already thought about it, and worked through it with themselves.