Epictetus once said, “We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.
Isn’t it great to learn something new when you choose to listen and not do the usual talking that you are only repeating what you already know?
We give too much priority with our inner voice that we forget to listen to what other people might say.
Master the art of quieting our inner dialogue to fully allow yourself to absorb other peoples’ thoughts and feelings to be shared. Now is the time to lend your ears without anything to cost.
When someone’s asking for an advice, it is a lot easier to say things right because you are not in that person’s shoes. Even if you already know the right thing to do at the back of your mind, you simply can’t do it without relying on someone’s guidance.
2. Building relationships
Disclosing someone’s problems is not that easy. Vulnerability shows as if someone’s taking off his/her own clothes. You gain trust from that person and that is completely priceless.
This allows us to think better before we even speak. Result is having a huge brain and small mouth rather than the opposite.
This somehow decreases the narcissist in us as we focus on seeing things in other people’s perspective. It is not always about you. Let others be on the spotlight.
You absorb every bit of information. It does not have to be factual but stories are the greatest wisdom you can use even if you have not experienced it yet. As Larry King stated, “Nothing I say this day will teach me anything, so if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.”