The Problem with a Good Listener (and the contest winner)


“This is the problem with dealing with someone who is actually a good listener. They don’t jump in on your sentences, saving you from actually finishing them, or talk over you, allowing what you do manage to get out to be lost or altered in transit. Instead, they wait, so you have to keep going.”

― Sarah Dessen, “Just Listen”

Try this today. Listen to just one conversation. Not the one in your head that is eager to respond. Not the one formulating the next question or argument. Listen to only what the other person is saying (their words, tone, and body language.) What they say may just surprise you.

Congratulations to Nick Hall who was selected as the winner of the most recent contest. He’ll receive a copy of The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt (Modern Library Paperbacks), which is one of my two favorite books on the value of persistence (the other is Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage.)

Thank you to everyone who sent me a note on their favorite post of 2017! Nick, send me your mailing address and I’ll get the book right out to you!   



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