“Listen [insert college student’s name], I know that you want to major in Environmental Science and Mathematics with a minor in Performance Arts. You told me that you want to go to Italy to study abroad. You haven’t stopped telling me about how you want to cure cancer and model on the side. But seriously…shut up”

We love talking about ourselves. More than anything, we love talking about our future goals and plans.We do this for two reasons. First, to receive validation of our decisions. Second, to receive positive reinforcement and congratulations on our goals. Sounds nice right? WRONG.

In this brief yet entertaining talk, Derek Sivers makes the argument that it’s better for us to keep our mouths shut when it comes to telling others our goals.

Do you agree with this? Is it better to voice your goals to the people around you or to keep them to yourself?