U + Others...

To connect with anyone, many of us forget where connection begins...with the other person! This involves truly listening. From listening to others, mutual respect, trust, and friendship will naturally follow. But what does it mean to actually listen? So much miscommunication and arguments occur because both parties value their own opinion over understanding with the other has to say.

Become a better listener with one mindset shift. Always let the speaker be the star. What so many people in this world want is to be understood. As Raptitude says, “cherish other people’s desire to express themselves more than your own desire to express yourself... You will get your chance to make yourself understood, just don’t try to be first in line.” Even if you feel you have nothing of value to offer the world, everyone has the ability to listen. Connecting with another person begins with the other person.

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