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Things to Think About - There are some that only employ words for the purpose of disguising their thoughts

Things to Think About

By Pepper de Callier

There are some that only employ words for the purpose of disguising their thoughts."   Voltaire

This is such a fantastic quote to remember when listening to others speak, especially politicians, leaders, anyone, really, who is trying to influence you in some way.  It’s at times like these that our “radar” should be switched on and much attention should be given to the other person’s body language, whether or not they maintain eye contact with you in a way that feels natural, as well as the flow, cadence, and inflection of their speech.  This still is not fool-proof and what I always resort to is the person’s example. If you don’t know them well enough to form your own opinion on this, then you should start digging—the Internet, people you know and trust who know the person in question, past interviews, or speeches the person has given, or interviews with them that have been published.  Your opinion is a valuable thing.  If it weren’t, people would not be trying to influence you, so you owe it to yourself to be sure, to the best of your ability, that when you allow yourself to be influenced, it’s for the right reasons.

Till next time…


Things to Think About Series by Pepper de Callier:

Things to Think About (By Pepper de Callier)
Who you are speaks so loudly, I can’t hear a word you’re saying
The secret to success is to maintain enthusiasm between failures
When you are the anvil, hold you still.  But, when you are the hammer, strike your fill
Success is getting what you want.  Happiness is wanting what you get
I am not an Athenian, I am not a Greek, I am a citizen of the world
When I’m afraid of losing, I never win
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear
Our greatest freedom is the freedom to choose our attitude
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, ... 
How hard it is, sometimes, to trust the evidence of one's senses! How reluctantly the mind consents to reality.
We don't see things as they are. We see things as we are
It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves 
If you believe everything you read, better not read 
People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care
Winning is as much about attitude as aptitude especially when the chips are down 
The human mind treats a new idea the same way the body treats a strange protein; it rejects it.
Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd 
If you can't explain it to a six-year-old, you don't understand it yourself