We are a funny breed! We learn the most (by far) from observing and listening but there still seems to be a prevailing notion that wisdom is acquired from talking. I catch myself all the time.
Whenever I wish I was a better listener I have to stop and remember that skills are perfected with practice. And to hone the art of good listening requires mastery of an every harder skill (for me at least): keeping quiet. Sometimes it’s hard to resist throwing in my two cents worth so showing restraint, even when I might have a worthwhile comment, is good practice.
"Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk.” -Doug Larson