Why Shutting Up Will Make You a Better Leader, Creative, Artist or Craftsperson

Shut Up & Work.

Harsh, right? I wouldn’t say it if I didn’t love you. I wish someone would have told me this earlier, so hear me: You can talk about it. Or you can be about it.

For all you types that like to talk (myself included), I will share a brief glimpse of hope: Being about it may very well include talking.

But there is a necessary predicate. A framework with which you must build first:

Your work will only take root from a place of being about it.

Most often, for those of us who like to talk, that first requires a real commitment to shutting up.

Shutting up our own rambling distractions.
Shutting up our wild hair tendencies toward drama.
Shutting up so we can hear ourselves.
Shutting up so we can stop being swayed by this one’s opinion or that one’s ideas.
Shutting up so we can finally do our own work.

Not the work you just so happen to “find yourself” in, but the work of your life. The work that there is for you to do here. The work of creating. The work of being. The work of embodying who you really are — the high, expansive, radiant, light-filled, gold-standard YOU that you are.

Everything else is simply saying “yes” to a lesser expressed you. And from what I know, you’re not about that life.