Most people default to a superficial communication style, and only share what’s truly on their minds with one or two close friends or colleagues. They feel that openness is something to be avoided unless absolutely necessary, and wait for a good reason to open up. Until they have one, they keep their cards close to their chests, missing out on many opportunities to connect with others, feel heard, and try new things.

Flipping this philosophy means choosing transparency by default, trusting and sharing with others unless they demonstrate that they are not to be trusted. This attitude can tremendously enrich the quality of life and relationships, and expose people to serendipitous opportunities that would have been impossible to predict. Like all tools, this tool isn’t meant for every person and situation, and should be used consciously.