Talk less and listen more. Probably the best lesson I’ve learned in recent years.
Not easy when you have much to say and believe in what you’re doing; it seems so obvious but alas it is still hard to practice on a consistent basis.
As I was just pondering the near silence I started listening trying to determine the one sound in my environment…and I realized that is probably the biggest skill that we fail to employ at the most critical moments in our lives.
As a parent I have to pause in giving instructions and asking if teeth have been brushed, or reading assignments or chores done…and just listen and enjoy their facial expressions. Gauging what they need from me as they share something…being able to understand that need and give it to them is a gift. For my children and for me.
Listening to fellow entrepreneurs, like last night out to dinner, gave me the same feeling. They are brilliant in describing how they are going to transform a society or move a market, and it is a gift to be able to hear that and to applaud them.