Somewhere along the way, as I grew up into being in college and now almost in the professional career track I learned the value of listening. It is the ultimate peacekeeper in any situation you might find yourself in. Conflicts in my life are almost nonexistent thanks to this small secret that is careful listening. I pride myself at being able to sustain any relationship I choose just by listening to the other person intently and genuinely caring. Communication is truly the main aspect of human society since we use it in every aspect of our lives. Listening is one of the two main elements of the art of communicating, but is oven overlooked by people who focus on the other sibling – talking.
Beyond the former, listening has helped be learn a lot and have quasi-professional experiences. They’re quasi experiences since I didn’t work at GM, Ford, Pepsi…or any of the other companies that colleagues in my MBA classes or panelists I’ve attended work for. However, by carefully listening to the stories told by all these people, I was able to relive their experiences and make them my own.
To wrap this up, listing gave me a realization about myself. I prefer stories told by people in person the old fashioned way rather than stories told by a book. I realized this after trying multiple times to enjoy reading books for my classes only to find that I always fall back to the stories told by the professor in class.