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Sometimes It Is Better To Be Close-Mouthed

Speak Up. Speak Out. Be heard. If you’ve got something to say; say it.

Being forceful is how you get ahead in this competitive world, isn’t it?

But wait, didn’t somebody say that there are times when what you don’t say is the best choice?

Ok, I’m getting confused. So, now, I’m beginning to think that “time, place and circumstance” should be considered before we blurt…

A Canadian by the name of Laurence J. Peter is given credit for saying, “Speak when you are angry- and you will make the best speech you’ll ever regret.” Way to go Laurence. (BTW, he is also credited with creating the Peter Principle.) You’re welcome.

And I’ll regale you with a short story with a possible message. (I’ll leave that to you to decide.)

Once upon a time, a cunning turtle convinced two birds to give him a ride over a high mountain. He devised a plan that had all three of them grab hold of one stick with their beaks. Off they flew with a bird on each side of the turtle. The stick-trick was working surprisingly well. Higher and higher they flew. Then, (Isn’t there always a “then”?) a friendly bird flew along side of the three and asked “Whose ingenious idea was this?” And then, another then…the self-absorbed turtle couldn’t resist the need to brag. The rest of the story is for you to finish.

Moral? Is it a “time, place and circumstance” reminder? Is it reminiscent of the bird whose wings froze and it fell from the sky into a pile of fresh cow s___. As the little bird warmed up in its new surroundings, it began to sing. This attracted the farmers cat, etc., etc. . So, when you’re deep in IT, keep your mouth shut. Or, maybe it is simply Sometimes It Is Better To Be Close-Mouthed. Some things are better left unsaid?



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