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        Success- Without Listening Something

              Terrible Happens... Nothing! 

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by M. Le'Mont

A few years ago, I bought a wonderful little book  Listening for Success, by Steve Shapiro at a network marketing conference. Since then I've read it at least a dozen times. The time I spent away from my wife when I wrote How To Gain 100,000 Twitter Followers and five other books, cost me dearly. I forgot the listening principles I had learned from the book. So I wanted to write this blog in hopes that I could help others avoid the same fate.  The book is only available in paperback and sells for $11.82.  A little pricey for some folks, but it's worth every damn penny.  It's only 46 pages, but one of the most powerful books you will ever read.  It will turn your life around. Apply the principles to every aspect of your life.  Here's what I learned.

                         What is success? 

I'll let you define it; this article is about achieving it.

Somebody said that hard work would make you a success.

Well, I guess somebody lied because I know many people  that work hard and still haven't achieved it.


I can get a donkey to work hard, but I can't get him to do one thing that success demands…to listen.


                      Here Lies the Secret

It's embedded within the word itself  S-U-C-C-E-S-S.

•  Simple

•    Understanding

•    Caring

•    Concern

•    Empathy

•    Sincerity

•    Sympathy

When you engage in a conversation make it simple

and short, let the other person talk.

"Without listening something terrible happens... Nothing!"

Everybody wants to talk, and nobody wants to listen.



It's human nature to want to talk, talk, and talk… chopping the words of people before they speak. 

Now tell me, how rude is that? 

Even worse, you never heard a word that was said, you were too busy thinking what you were going to say next.

             The Treasure is in the Conversation

The treasure is in the conversation if you listen to learn.

                    What are they saying?

You can hear the birds sing, crickets chirp and dogs bark,

but have you ever listened to what they're saying? 

If you listen carefully, you know when, they're hungry, sick, happy, sad, or in danger.

You can do the same with people. 

"If you love to listen, you will gain knowledge and if you incline your ear--you will become wise." ~Sirach

Listening is a form of communication and persuasion. 

However, you don't use it to be manipulative... it's a powerful tool in building relationships when you genuinely care.

Think about it…when was the last time you listened to your spouse, kids, prospects, or employees? 

I'm not talking about just hearing them and being plastic.

I'm talking about passionately listening to every word.

The lack of listening is the main cause of broken marriages and a high divorce rate. 

Now take a moment and watch the video, and you'll get my point. Make sure to return to this page because there are some other things you need to know about listening for success.

                    It's Not About the Nail


Video created by Jason Headley

 It also is the biggest reason, salespeople have a bad reputation because they talk too much!

If you want to increase your sales, you must listen and ind what motivates your prospect to action. 

Get them to like you by listening.  

People don't buy from people they don't like.

What about your doctor, does he listen to his patients?

There's a reason he has "practicing" before the title physician.  He doesn't know what's wrong, unless he listens to what you have to say. 

Many deaths occur every year from misdiagnosis because someone didn't listen.

I know many of you right now are saying this is stupid. I don't have to listen to this crap.

Do you see what I mean?

You're not even listening to what I'm saying, are you?  

God gave you two ears so you could listen twice as much.

He also gave you two arms, two legs, two eyes, two feet, two hands, so there must be a reason why he only gave you one mouth.

            Facial Expressions Don't Lie 

Your facial expressions are a big part of listening.

If I close my fingers in a door, you would most likely grimace and understand the pain I'm feeling.  

This is what is meant, by the "Empathy" part of the Success formula. 

Facial expressions show that you're concern.

We live in a sin sick world:

A troubled teen walks into an elementary school, shoots everyone in sight because his parents wouldn't listen when he was growing up. 

Wars are started because the leaders are not willing to listen. Where are the weapons of mass destruction?  

Were they ever found? 

Thousands of lives were lost because the leaders from both countries didn't listen.

           What Room Would You Choose?

If you had a choice of walking in a room where everyone was a genius except you and all you could do was listen, or a room where you were the smartest which room would you choose?

And which room do you think you would learn the most?

Of course, you would learn more in the room with the

smart people--because you would be more inclined to listen.  

However, in room #2 you could also learn but because you were the smartest you would be too busy telling everyone what you knew.

                  True Leaders Listen

After 20 years of several failed businesses, three failed marriages and friendships, I've finally realized that success is not what you think it is.

Success is the relationships you've nurtured and developed  over time.  Good relationships lead to better health, better jobs, and better opportunities.

So no matter how you define it, once you achieve it

Success can become your enemy if it doesn't evolve around the art of listening. 

Now if you're lucky to read Listening for Success  
and my latest book How To Gain 100,000 Twitter Followers, then you'll have knowledge that 99.9 % of Internet users don't have. It's what I call an unfair advantage.


Listening for Success        HTG100K      

 Whenever someone says something is unfair--it means they are operating at a disadvantage. Your job is to keep the upper hand.

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