The Good Book says, “even a fool is considered wise when he keeps his mouth shut.” This means you can change the perception people have of you by shutting your trap every once in a while. It’s not that we should care what people think about us—the point is that our mouth can be a roadblock to our achievements, or the achievements of someone else. Think about it. Without ever “doing” anything wise, people will consider you a wise person just because you’re silent.

The first benefit to holding your tongue is that you improve your hearing! There are a few smart people out there that could help your ass if you took the time to hear what they had to say. One old boy said, as he was about to take a long trip with some old women, “I guess I’ll get caught up on all my listening!” If you talk too much, you owe somebody some listening. Smart people are always handing out free information. Take advantage of it.

The less you speak, the greater importance others will place on what you do say. This means that your mouth is for more than eating. You were given that face cave to make a difference in this world.

Your mouth has a purpose, and that is to improve your life, and the lives of others. As we’ve said before, life is a battle, and in this instance, you should use your mouth to win the war. This means choosing your words carefully. If you’re armed with knowledge, then what you know, and what you say, is the only ammunition you’ll ever need to defeat personal resistance.

Your mouth is a weapon—use it wisely.

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C. J. Ortiz
C. J. Ortiz

My mission is to help equip people to maximize their resources for a purpose greater than themselves. That's what my own mentors and teachers have done for me, and I'm paying it forward. Life can be merciless, and the world can be a messed up place, so what's needed is a stronger people that can both endure and overcome in life. My motto is, "In whatever you do, don't suck! Metal up!"

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    2 replies to "A Mouth for War"

    • Jay

      how do you deal with frustration C.J.? i’m an argumentative sort of person and if i feel like i’m right then i just can’t walk away or hold my tongue. it’s a problem, a strong person shouldn’t feel like he needs to get involved in arguments even if he knows [thinks] he’s right. thanks brother m/

    • C. J. - The Metal Motivator

      Please excuse my quoting of the Bible, but one of my favorite proverbs regarding the tongue says, “When words are many sin is not absent.”

      I think it’s a pride issue, and for me, it took age and experience to work all of that out of me, although some it remains.

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