​Article Originally Posted On Unorthodoxlifeblog.com

Writing usually comes easy. I think about a topic for a week and I write. I spend 3-4 hours writing my blogs. I wouldn’t write about something that has no meaning. When I write a blog I think about if I would take the time to read it myself. I sat in my dorm for hours thinking of philosophies and ideas to write about. I needed fresh air to think. I walked to the Turkish side of the base for a coffee.

 

(My thought process to writing.)

 

I sat for 20 minutes, nothing still. Out of the corner of my eye I see an elder Turkish gentlemen approaching me. He sits at the table behind me and begins talking, speaking great English, he asks what I am writing. I explained my situation. Another 10 minutes of random chatter go by as we sip coffee. I find out he’s a translator for the Turkish. His name is  Çağatay, he is 55 years old.

 

 

Çağatay interested in my writing, tells me about a writing class he took when he was in secondary school. He had to interview someone then write about it.

The story goes something like this:

Çağatay’s father worked for the city of Adana. His father pulled some strings and allowed Çağatay an opportunity to interview the mayor. For a week Çağatay wrote down questions to ask the mayor in his notepad. 

It was Çağatay’s big day. He sat down with the Mayor and asked him questions one after the next. The mayor was thorough with his answers. One by one Çağatay checked off his questions in his notepad. After the interview, the mayor was getting ready to leave and asked, “Çağatay do you know what makes a great interview?” 

Çağatay stared with confusion and scrambled for an answer. The mayor smiled and rescued Çağatay, he said to him,  “being a good listener because it will lead you to the next best question.”

Çağatay looked at me and laughed, he asked, “did you listen brother?”

 

Çağatay interested in my writing, tells me about a writing class he took when he was in secondary school. He had to interview someone then write about it.

The story goes something like this:

Çağatay’s father worked for the city of Adana. His father pulled some strings and allowed Çağatay an opportunity to interview the mayor. For a week Çağatay wrote down questions to ask the mayor in his notepad. 

It was Çağatay’s big day. He sat down with the Mayor and asked him questions one after the next. The mayor was thorough with his answers. One by one Çağatay checked off his questions in his notepad. After the interview, the mayor was getting ready to leave and asked, “Çağatay do you know what makes a great interview?” 

Çağatay stared with confusion and scrambled for an answer. The mayor smiled and rescued Çağatay, he said to him,  “being a good listener because it will lead you to the next best question.”

Çağatay looked at me and laughed, he asked, “did you listen brother?

 

 

That’s it, the secret is Listening.
In order to thrive in life. You have to know what others need. This can only be accomplished if you open your ears. There are so many things I would have learned and done better if I would have just listened. This one gesture of listening can change your life forever.

Seems simple, consciously give it a try.

Published by Garrett Kitterman