From the Franklin-Covey system…
Seek to understand before seeking to be understood.
In light of recent events, this is even more important.
To extend the quote…
Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.
That was a quote from Dr. Franklin Covey.
I try to live this every day. I do not go around telling people how to live their lives or what they should or shouldn’t be doing.
I think that is a good way to live. I’m not a stand up guy. I never have been. I’m not a great leader nor do I wish to be. Those are external definitions and really don’t mean a lot to me personally. I like to focus on me.
If at the end of my life someone can point to me and say “He wasn’t a bad guy” I think that would be a nice thing. Will I care after I am dead?
Of course not. You know. Because, I’ll be dead.