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.