“Most of the successful people I’ve known are the ones who do more listening than talking.” — Bernard Baruch

Baruch’s words bring to mind a verse from the book of James:

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry… (James 1:19)

Can you imagine what might happen if today — for at least one day — we determined to talk less and listen more?

By the way, something I’ve noticed about James’ exhortation: When I listen more than I talk, the “slow to become angry” part is much easier to manage.