Being Succinct

My mentor shared with me excerpts from the book Quiet Leadership. The book shares some helpful quotes about being succinct:

“When there is a gap between one’s real and declared aims, one turns instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like cuttlefish squirting out ink.”
– George Orwell

“Sincere words are not embellished; embellished words are not sincere.”
– Lao-tzu

The book lists two reasons for being succinct:

  1. Focusing on being succinct makes the speaker get clearer about their core message, before they speak.
  2. Being succinct provides the listener with a chance to process bite-sized pieces of information, rather than having to digest several minutes of ideas at once.
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Visualizing Success

These fun images represent the balance of mentoring and being mentored – it takes effort on both are parts – and a big push of guidance from one to launch the other! These slides are created by my mentor from stick figures I drew a while ago. It shows the process of defining a vision for myself. As I modify and add to what this vision is, I am launched upward by the guidance of my mentor. Click on any of these images to view the full-size slides.

Me and my mentor on a seesaw

I define goals, my mentor helps

Having goals and a mentor launches me upward :)