“Silence is a lesson learned from the many sufferings of life.”
-Seneca, Thyestes, 309
We have all said things, in hindsight, which we wish we have not said. To the point that it makes you cringe every time you think about it. I get the same way remembering an incident of my time at the capitol office. What Robert Greene has written rings true, “the more you say, the more likely you are to day something foolish.”
This happens to be a law of power, and a good lesson to heed. As Ryan writes, “silence is a way to build strength and self-sufficiency.” It is also psychologically proven that by saying your goals and ambitions to people in the hopes that by telling them you’ll get the motivation to do it, in reality, that actually backfires and you end up NEVER, if hardly ever, doing what you said you were going to do.
Sometimes it is better to just shut the hell up, focus and get to work.