Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance.
You will never learn anything new, if you don’t first learn how to listen. So often, when people are having a conversation, they forget to listen. It’s a bad habit to get into, when you are only crafting a response in your head while someone else talks.
Interrupting mid-sentence is an obviously rude behavior, but even if you let other people finish what they’re saying, you’re still being disrespectful if you aren’t really listening. And you may be missing out on something that could be of benefit to you.
Even if a conversation seems mundane, it may matter a lot to the other party involved, or you may still gain some valuable information. For many people, it is through talking to others that they meet their future spouse or find a career lead. A simple conversation can also lead to you finding that you don’t know someone quite as well as you thought, or you may realize something important about yourself.
Life isn’t that fulfilling without other people in it. And if you won’t do others the courtesy of listening to what they have to say, you’re actually cheating yourself in the end. So don’t just hear what you want and respond. Make the effort to really listen when someone is talking to you.
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