Interesting idea, this website. I really appreciate it. Here's my Listening story: My ability to listen has grown, a little painfully, out of my natural tendency to talk and to shout. I've always been both opinionated and articulate, leading to a very unattractive habit of talking, and sometimes shouting, others into the ground when they disagreed with me; and in addition to opinionated and articulate, I am a pretty darn different kind of person, meaning that I disagreed with people more often than other opinionated and articulate persons. It wasn't until sometime in the last couple years that I had experiences and epiphanies profound enough to convince me to change my ways and make a habit of truly listening to others and trying to understand their perspective, and allow/force myself to consider that my way just might not be the best way in the universe. The decision to shut up and listen has been one of the best I've ever made.