Take My Advice: Shut Up

I’m in my seventh month of blogging twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays. I’ve never missed a column, but I have found myself with nothing to say once before. And today, embarrassing as this is to admit, I’ve got nothing again.

Now, being as full of blarney as the next person of Hibernian descent, I could spin a fantastical web of words and pretend I have something significant to say. It wouldn’t be the first time I’ve lived by the axiom that “if you can’t dazzle ’em with brilliance, baffle ’em with bullshit.”

But I’m going to live by a different bit of advice I heard long ago (source forgotten): If you don’t know what you’re talking about, shut up. If you can’t stop yourself from talking, talk positively and with absolute authority — maybe everyone listening will assume you know what you’re saying.

Today, I’m going to take the first part of that advice and shut up. I would recommend that to anyone and everyone, whether you don’t know what you’re talking about in business or life.

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