Listen and Opinion Razors

Weekly I/O#42

Listen and Opinion Razors: Listen twice as much as we speak when encountering different perspectives and have opinions only after we can state the opposite one clearly.

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When encountering someone with a different opinion or perspective, we should listen twice as much as we speak. It's easy and natural to refute and express our own opinion. It's hard to drop the desire to respond and try to understand different perspectives first. As Charlie Munger said, "I never allow myself to have an opinion on anything that I don't know the other side's argument better than they do." If we can't state the opposite perspective clearly, we haven't earned an opinion. Take pride in letting go of the desire to refute. Take pride in not always having an opinion. Do the work to listen first and earn opinions later.

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