This thing called Power

I am probably very late to the podcast party, but I recently started to listen to podcasts while travelling to work on my phone. At first this was an attempt to circumvent the cost of buying audible books which frankly apart from a few, fell woefully below expectations. I am not sure what I expected from audio books really, my first few forays were non-fiction so the monotone singular reading voice didn’t really register as I was consuming knowledge for specific purposes.

When I transitioned to fiction, I quickly lost interest. I expected to have a movie played out just without pictures but what I received was again the singular voice playing various parts, with not much success. Anyway I digress, but this was how I got into podcasts. A friend recommended a few and after a few days of listening I was absolutely hooked. Here was what I had been missing with audio books! what I found was that there was so much knowledge to consume all by listening at no cost as the app is made available for free on my phone.

So on to the reason for this blog before I digress completely. I was listening to the My Taught You Podcast hosted by Myleik Teele and she references an author that she respects greatly Robert Greene and often mentions his book 48 Laws of Power. So like any other responsible consumer, I became seduced and had to read this book for myself. Fast forward to a trip to the bookshop and I am now the proud owner of said book. One of the Laws in the book, Law number 4 fascinated me “Always say less than necessary”

“When you are trying to impress people with words, the more you say, the more common you appear; and the less in control. Even if you’re saying something banal, it will seem original if you make it vague, open-ended and sphinxlike. Powerful people impress and intimidate by saying less. The more you say, the more likely you are to say something foolish.”(Robert Greene)

When I read this I had one of those Yes! moments, that perfect moment in time when you reads the words on a page and it is as though it is speaking to you on a level that only something that speaks to your personal truth or your soul can do. This passage reminded me of the personal power that we all possess as individuals. Now I think it is fair to say that we do not all exercise our power and often we will give it up in certain situations but this Law spoke truth in that I have met people from the former and the latter descriptions. It is easy to impress to words but often when you dig under the surface of those words, you find they lack meeting.

I can be confident that I am not the only individual who has attended conferences, talks, meetings etc and come away thinking what on earth was that all about. I have been on training courses and have come away not learning more than when I went in. Why is that? people seem to feel the need to fill silences with words, which has always puzzled me. People in my experience, also generally tend to like the sound of their own voices, but a greater art is listening. Personal Power is a thing unique to individuals and how we all exercise it says a lot about who we are as individuals.

Have a great week!