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Brevity: A tool for growth

“The more you say, the less people remember.” ~ François Fénelon

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” ~ Walt Disney

“If it takes a lot of words to say what you have in mind, give it more thought.” ~Dennis Roth

It has only taken me three decades to admit this…but, I really do talk too much. In fact, I even think too much.
NOTE: close friends of mine…no smart remarks!!

As a teacher, I love François Fénelon’s words. Teachers would do well to spend less time standing at the front of their classroom yakking, and give more of their time to supporting students in smaller groups and conferences. This is where the real learning comes alive!

Walt Disney’s words can inspire us across many of life’s roles. These words can guide us out of procrastination; into action, productivity, and destiny. By doing We can feed relationships, invigorate parenting, and fulfill responsibilities.

The words of Dennis Roth, remind us to pause and take stock of our journey to brevity. Perhaps we could slow down, check our audience, select only choice words, and filter our message. We don’t need to pollute the air with a lot of words. We need to conserve our own thoughts and ideas, so that we can benefit from the thoughts and ideas of others.

Sooooo, since I will be doing a lot less talking and perhaps a better job of listening. I will learn, grow, and gain the respect of others along the way.

After all, there’s nothing more annoying than a blabber-mouth. 😉

This shorter-than-normal post is a good start towards brevity.  Who wants to join me?

Another great post to check….

The Lost Art of Brevity


4 thoughts on “Brevity: A tool for growth

  1. it would be easier for me to climb everest, with no equipment, backwards, drunk and with no shoes than demonstrate brevity. awesome aspiration however. perhaps I can be halfway….guess that would still be verbose without being obtuse. but good on you for taking on such a commendable goal!

    1. Wow…brilliant word choice!!! I love the analogy to climbing everest!!

      LMAO at the prospect of you attempting brevity. I’m not much better off. Surely u remember that. Look, even my reply is verbose. Crap!

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