There’s a proverb that says, “To listen well is a powerful a means of influence as to talk well and is as essential to all true conversations.”
It may seem as if just being content to listen only benefits the person talking but it’s quite the opposite. It benefits YOU greatly in becoming your BEST self. You stop being in competition and creating a less productive environment. If both people are listening and you aren’t constantly competing for time, you end up with a much more meaningful, constructive, and productive conversation.
The difference between hearing and listening is attention. It’s a purposeful behavior and one we all can be constantly working to improve upon for ourselves and others.
"We often treat communication as if it were a race. It's almost like our goal is to have no time gaps between the conclusion of the sentence of the person we are speaking with and the beginning of our own. If you think about it, you'll notice that it takes an enormous amount of energy and is very stressful to be sitting at the edge of your seat trying to guess what the person in front of you (or on the telephone) is going to say so that you can fire back your response. But as you wait for the people you are communicating with to finish, as you simply listen more intently to what is being said, you'll notice that the pressure you feel is off." -Don't Sweat The Small Stuff
Listening and learning is really important. Whether it helps you to be a good friend, be more attentive to your family, get hired for a job, etc. So many things in life depend on being able to understand other people’s perspectives and emotions. Listening is the root of all healthy relationships, it helps you understand how your actions will affect others and what actions you need to take to make life all that much BETTER.
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