“I Like to Listen. I Have Learned a Great Deal from Listening Carefully.” – Ernest Hemingway

What a beautiful piece of advice from Ernest Hemingway, which I found on Henrik Edberg’s Positivity Blog.  Henrik’s blog is filled with helpful tips about being positive, how we can comport ourselves, leading a life of simplicity, and finding a deeply caring way to to live.

Henrik, a joy to “find” you!


From Henrik’s Positivity Blog:

Ernest Hemingway once said:

“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.”

Don’t be like most people. Don’t just wait eagerly for your turn to talk. Put your own ego on hold. Learn to really listen to what people actually are saying.


Let’s put ourselves on hold. Put the other person first, and listen to them as if they are giving you a treasure map. It’s because they are. They are either providing some wisdom to you, or allowing you to serve them through compassion in their time of need. Either one is the reason we are here: To learn and grow ourselves, or to help others.

Henrik Edberg is a Swedish journalism major focused on personal development. He has written two books, The Art of Relaxed Productivity and The Power of Positivity, as well as put together three courses. He focuses on mindfulness, positivity, and life-improvement. The Positivity Blog shares “Happiness and Awesomeness Tips That Work in Real Life,” and has over 56,000 subscribers.


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