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Should you listen more than talk?

I answer one of the most popular questions in the world. You will be surprised.

This is a very popular and important question. You must know the answer if you don’t want to waste your time. It will enable you to take the shortcut. The answer in most cases is yes. Let me give you some examples.

As you might know, I am a canoe slalom athlete and I have a coach. My coach knows a lot more than me. That means I need to listen very carefully to everything he says. Always remember the 5:1 ration. It means you should talk for one minute that your coach/mentor talks for five minutes. In that way you will learn a lot more. Because trust me, there is a reason they have became a coach. However, you may be asking ”what should they talk about?”. Be curious and work smarter rather than harder.

I want you to fully understand it, so I will make a real life scenario. I am at a race and I have a course that I have to paddle down as fast as possible between slalom gates. Let’s imagine that my coach isn’t there. So what do I do? I have to go and find someone who is a lot better than me and ask them for the best lines to take. On the other hand, you have to remember that even the professionals aren’t always right. This isn’t just for sport. In everyday life you should follow the same principle. If you have travelled to a place you don’t know about. Be smart and ask the locals or use a GPS rather than just driving around without a clue. Again, it all boils down to those two principles, 5:1 ratio and working smarter over working harder!

I really hope you found this short article helpful. If it helped you or you have a question. Just drop a comment down below.

 

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