Shhhh. Don't Speak!

“You never really learn much from hearing yourself speak.” George Clooney


"I want to be a better learner"

My friend mentioned this noble goal recently and so I asked him to explain his strategy. I expected to hear about classes, reading, or discussion groups, but he didn't describe any of the typical avenues.

Instead, he simply said, "I've decided to talk less."

Hmmm. Interesting.

I couldn't articulate my real response.

Wow. That's it? That's your strategy?

Still, the longer I think about it, the less crazy his approach seems.  How much would I learn if I spent less energy articulating my thoughts and more time focusing on what other people were saying?

I can't help but wonder how different my day would be if I made input a bigger priority than output.

Maybe today I'll exercise my quiet side.

Do you want to join me?