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Listening Doesn’t Cost You A Dime, But Makes You More Efficient
Listening is like enrolling in a continuous, lifelong free education
IMPULSE : Listening Doesn’t Cost You A Dime, But Makes You More Efficient
The other night we met new friends and ended up talking past midnight. As usual, I rather enjoy listening than talking. That way I get to hear fascinating stories, educational insights, and helpful information.
If you sit with a gang of international people, who do and have done fascinating stuff in their lives you sit in a treasure trove of experiences, insights, and different perspectives on life and work.
Sparks start flying in your head.
And you value the virtue of listening. Because you don’t want to miss out on all of the above. You realize how listening makes your daily life richer and more effective.
Listening is like enrolling in a continuous, lifelong free education, with the added benefit of no examination. You can pull out and make a mental (or written) note for yourself what applies to you, what you consider for yourself good advice or helpful input.
Sometimes the benefit of really listening can last a lifetime.
Your mind has to be open to listening. And if you are a curious person who wants to hear other life experiences, different perspectives, and opinions then you will want to gather all those little insights and clues that can help you with your own decisions, actions, and the way you can help others to grow (like your kids, your clients, your staff).
In Asian philosophy, there is a story of a master who was approached by someone seeking advice. But instead of listening, the visitor kept talking about his own ideas. After a while, the master served tea and poured the tea into his visitor’s cup until it was full. And he kept on pouring and pouring.
Finally, the visitor blasts out: "Don't you see it's full? You can't get any more in!" The master stopped and replied: "And like this cup, you are filled with your own ideas. How can you expect me to give you the advice and information you requested unless you offer me an empty cup?"
Surround yourself with interesting, fascinating people, you want to listen to. The stories, experiences, and perspectives might blow you away. And if not, you can always leave.
INSIGHT : Have we taken our humanity for granted as we have developed technology?
Richard Merrick wrote some insightful thoughts on how humanity and technology have developed lately…
Here are some sentences that have struck me:
We have taken our humanity for granted as we have developed technology with a singular focus on economic delivery until now; technology may be on the cusp of developing itself in the same pursuit.
Our institutionalized lack of imagination and purpose might make us irrelevant.
Invest in our humanity and connect to the power of living systems, where economic logic is seen as the midget it is.
Focus on the things we create that are not defined by terminologies such as efficiency, speed, return, scale, and monetization. (There is, of course, nothing inherently wrong with those concepts, except how we prioritize them over concepts of beauty, purpose, generation, discovery, community, and a much broader definition of wealth).
Technology could free up people to do the work technology as yet cannot, from laughing with clients to listening to them and noticing what is really going on.
Good work is driven by creativity, courage, and connection to the community and is at the heart of being human.
Read the full article here on Substack >>>
INDEPTH : The Value of Connections for a Successful and Happy Life
Scenes of her new career life at the US east coast race through her head — I am about to start a job in some weeks, I just rented an apartment, I just organized moving my stuff from storage…..What the hell am I doing here at the airport…?!?!
She took the leap. No luggage, only equipped with her purse, she boarded the flight to Paris with her new French boyfriend, who just presented to her, at the airport where she was saying goodbye to him, an airline ticket without any “pre-warning”.
Relationship? Career? Happiness? Fear? Optimism? We don’t know what was racing through her head (and his head) at this moment. We can only imagine.
Why should you consider your relationships a better life investment than your paycheck?
Here are 5 reasons why close relationships advance happiness and success.
1. The connection between success and loving relationships according to Branson
“Without the love and support of all my family members, I wouldn’t have the drive to keep dreaming and to bounce back from every setback”, describes Sir Richard Branson
2. Honest and deep connections go a long way
Good relationships don’t just protect our bodies, but they also protect our brains.
3. Moving for love or staying for the status quo
Having strong connections with family and friends who believe in you gives a confidence-push. You feel positive about yourself, about what you can start and accomplish, and about adapting to change – anywhere.
4. Confidence in yourself
If you know yourself, and you are confident in yourself and your skill set you can make it anywhere.
5. Give people attention and you get attentive behavior back
Are you aware of who or what you give your attention to?
If you like to get deeper - read my whole article on this here >
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