Use the power of silence

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Just as Beethoven inserted powerful moments of silence in his symphonies, Abraham Lincoln imposed large periods of silence on his road to leadership.

After vigorously debating the issue for years, Lincoln fell silent right after his historic speech against slavery at Cooper Union in New York, which launched him to national prominence. He let those words stand until he’d been elected and inaugurated.

“I could say nothing which I have not already said, and which is in print and open for inspection for all,” he said.

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