As time goes by, it becomes easier to filter the noise in the markets. It’s easy to shut off a lot of things when you know the people to follow and the people to listen to. The people that you should listen to are the ones who have two characteristics – listen to humble people and listen to people who are listeners themselves.
Secondly, it is much easier to learn from others by being humble. By learning from others, you can bypass having to learn through experience, which is a lot like a “short cut” in life.
2.) Most people passively listen. They’re interested, but it’s just part of a conversation. Really listening to someone takes more than just listening. It takes understanding. It takes observation of the person you’re listening to. Knowing when to ask questions and give advice, and when to just be quiet and just listen to every word.
When someone confides in you and knows you’ll be there to listen when they really need it, that’s the beginning of amazing friendships and relationships where you’re not only lovers, but also the best of friends.
Everyone needs someone to just listen.
***** (I took the 1 and 2 bullet point from a Quora questionnaire about what people think are the most important soft skills and I liked those two answers best.)
Lastly, let’s all try to explain and defend why we are greedy and doing more despite a May 1 labor day holiday. Seth Godin (I super love him) writes it briefly and very neatly.
Because more than you need to makes it personal.
Because work that belongs to you, by choice, is the first step to making art.
Because the choice to do more brings passion to your life and it makes you more alive.
Because if you don’t, someone else will, and in an ever more competitive world, doing less means losing.
Because you care.
Because we’re watching.