Shut up

A few days ago I attended a speech at a University 3 hours away. The speech was about being an entrepreneur and the content was quite good. The problem was a few people around me. Two men obviously felt they knew it all so they decided to have a conversation between each other instead of listening and learning from the speaker.

These two people had every right to not pay attention but what made them think they also had the right to prevent others from paying attention? They finally stopped talking only when I asked them to.

Why do people think they have the right to be a distraction to others? Whether it’s a speech, a movie, a restaurant etc why do people think they have more rights than others? Do they feel they are more important? If so, why?

I felt bad because while there were a few things I missed because of these two people, I was able to catch up on it later because I rode back with the speaker but for others they didn’t have that opportunity and might have missed something very important.

If you don’t want to pay attention to something, you have that right. If you want to talk, you can do that, just walk away first so you don’t interfere with others. Otherwise, shut up, listen and learn.

Even if you feel the speaker has nothing valuable to say, if you pay attention enough, you will learn something (even if it’s what not to do). In this particular case, the speaker was one of the most successful business people in the state and has a great deal to teach others, but only if they will learn

Have a great day!

Lawrence

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