The pithy, opinionated, and sometimes brutally frank Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke challenges average guys to live a life less ordinary and embrace classic style in the broadest sense. it's time to rise above the trite, the boring, the predictable, the mundane, the banal, and the commonplace. It's time to stop behaving like barnyard animals at the trough and leave behind the perpetually sloppy man-child aesthetic of the last two decades or so. It's time to learn once again how to present and conduct yourself like an adult with some grooming, finesse, and sophistication. And here is where you can learn how.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Want to put people to sleep?

 Voltaire and his homeboy Frederick II of Prussia.

Voltaire said, "The secret of being boring is to say everything."  In other words, blab your entire life's story within the first ten minutes of meeting someone, and you'll cure their insomnia.  Fast.  So, avoid talking too much as well as the pervasive tendency to overshare.  Your family, friends, and new acquaintances will thank you.

-- Heinz-Ulrich


Mark Hollingsworth said...

Robert Greene summarised this concept very well in his book '48 Laws of Power'. He said, "When you are trying to impress people with words, the more you say, the more common you appear, and the less in control. The more you say, the more likely you are to say something foolish."
Best wishes

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

That sounds interesting. I must find and read it. My maternal grandmother had a similar saying (I'm sure she heard it somewhere as a girl). Give certain people enough rope, and they'll hang themselves with it more often than not.

Best Regards,

Heinz-Ulrich von B.