Inspiring quote: what you are shouts so loudly; I cannot hear what you say

I’ve always been insecure about my social skills. I’m not charismatic, and in long periods of my life, I was painfully shy. This is why when I read this quote in 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey, I got really inspired. The quote goes:

What you are shouts so loudly in my ear, I cannot hear what you say -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Covey explains it as “What we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or do. We all know it there are people we trust absolutely because we know their character. Whether they’re eloquent or not, whether they have the human relations techniques or not, we trust them, and we work successfully with them.”

I realized this is true. There are people I trust even though they are not socially savvy. Conversely, there are people I don’t trust even though they are widely regarded because of their people skills, and I am often right about them. Thus, I hope that what I am does shine through and people see what I am capable of.

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