Thursday, November 4, 2010
Repeating Myself... Again.
For a person who hates to talk too much, I feel that I have been doing too much of that lately.
Ever since I read the book, How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie* at the tender and impressionable age of 18, I have adopted a mind set that listening is better than talking. And, actually, it has worked. I do believe that I can get people to do my bidding by listening than by telling them what to do. It suits my weak personality anyway.
But, the most annoying thing about listening is learning that other people don't listen. This can work to my advantage of course, because I can re-write history and say, "well, I told you so, but you weren't listening," when I never said anything in the first place...
It's those time when I did say something, and later the so called listeners said, "Why didn't you say something then!!", is when I really cannot stand.
Maybe, this is Allah's punishment on me.... because if it's a test, I should have aced it a long time ago.
Because it's the same wherever I go... Nobody listens.
(*first publication 1937.. If you haven't read it, go out and get it).