It’s not always good to be an open book. Sometimes you need to hide things to keep them safe from those too young to understand, or those who wish to do you harm. Knowledge and information are powerful weapons that need to be guarded. And a little sleight of hand can keep your mystery alive. It may also make you interesting and intriguing.
There is such a thing as too much information when it comes to your personal life. Be cautious about what you share and with whom you share it. Others may not appreciate the finer points of your world the way you do.
There’s a time and place for everything as well. Work is not the place to discuss religion, politics or money; unless those topics are part of your business.
Being an open book allows others to find your weaknesses and exploit them for their own purpose. So keep some of the facts and interests about yourself quiet. Don’t give any adversaries additional information about you that they maybe able to use against you. Why make it easier for them anyway?
In today’s social media world, it’s easy to become self-absorbed and narcissistic. You don’t really need to post what you’re doing every second of the day, or every thought you have in your head. Some things really are better left unsaid, so why think they’re ok to put in writing? Remember what you put out, you get back and when you write something, you’re giving it more energy than merely thinking it.
A little mystery is exciting and those who are interested in you will want to spend time talking with you to learn more about you. Offer small amounts of insight over time. Keep the intrigue alive and you may discover you’ve developed a great new friendship.
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