Less talk, more listen

It has been said that we have two ears and one mouth for a reason. Perhaps you are meant to listen twice as often as you speak? In my opinion, you learn a lot more when you listen to others than when you talk, provided you are ready to receive the knowledge. That is, you must actively listen, which means thinking along with the explanation. When you talk, you do not learn much, because you are saying things you already know.

Of course, you will learn from the feedback you receive after you talk. Again, provided you accept the feedback and change your own thinking as a result. When you reject other people’s feedback, you fail to learn from mistakes, so that you just keep making the same ones in future. Are you quick to dismiss feedback almost immediately? If so, perhaps you need to spend more time thinking about it first to make an informed decision.

It is extremely important to learn from mistakes made on assignments and tests. Most students simply look at the mark they receive, and never learn from their mistakes by thinking about and correcting them. They are doing the work only to receive a mark, and not for real learning, based on understanding. The truth is there is no way to understand without engaging your mind in thought.

The potential of your mind is enormous, and most people never fully realize their potential. Perhaps the key to learning is to listen to input from others and to pay attention to your own thoughts. Remember to use every mistake as a chance to improve, by putting your mind to work. Most students believe they can only learn from others, never discovering their hidden potential to solve problems on their own. If people did not have this ability, then no problems would have been solved in the first place!

So, when you have an idea or a hunch about how to solve a problem, do not reject it. Make sure to listen to yourself and write your thoughts on paper. Many wonderful thoughts are lost because they are forgotten after they arise. Start recording your ideas and acting on them. Most problem-solving is trial and error, and without writing down your ideas on paper, they are wasted. Nobody ever solved a difficult problem without engaging their own mind and making one or more real attempts to do so.

Most students it seems, would rather leave their paper blank, than to risk trying and failing.  Success eventually comes to those who are willing to make as many attempts as needed to solve problems. Some people just see a failed attempt while others learn what did not work so that they can continue to move forward, in the direction of what will! They accept all ideas and strengthen their minds through their failed attempts and their successes.

Are you helping yourself by listening to feedback from others? Are you exercising your mind, so it grows stronger each day? Thanks for reading!

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