Destructive Habit Illustration

There’s a habit I won’t tolerate in my inner circle.  If I spot a member of my team engaging in this habit…

I nip it in the bud immediately.  And you should too if you want to shield your empire from destruction.  

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Back to the destructive habit…

There’s a reason this habit can cause catastrophic damage.  It’s because it triggers major drama and it unsettles your team.  

In ancient Greece, low-status people used to harness this habit to bring down their leaders.   

Socrates – one of the great, ancient Greek philosophers – despised this behavior. 

He said: “Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, and weak minds discuss people.” 

Socrates was talking about gossip. 

And when it came to avoiding gossip, Socrates used a neat trick called the Triple Filter Test.  

It works like this…

If a friend, relative, or team member comes to you with potential gossip, they must first pass their information through a Truth filter.

Ask the other person… “Can you be absolutely certain your information is true?”

Next, they must pass their information through a Goodness filter. 

Is the information good and positive?

Finally, their information must pass through a Usefulness filter.

Could anyone benefit from the information?

As Socrates put it, “If what you want to tell me is neither True nor Good nor Useful, why tell it to me at all?”

This is a principle I implement in my own empire to eliminate gossip from my ranks. 

It’s why I encourage my inner circle to call out gossip the minute they hear it. 

It’s also why my goal is to speak only positive words about others.

I’m not saying it’s easy to kick the gossip habit.  Science proves that gossip is a tough habit to shake off.

In 2015, a group of scientists found that gossip triggers your brain’s reward centers.  It means we’re wired to feel good when we engage in gossip.


It’s a habit I urge you to give up if you want to build an empire. 

Look, bad habits like gossiping do not belong in your empire.  Neither do drinking alcohol, eating unhealthily, making excuses, or loafing in front of Netflix, etc.

Destruction of an empire is often an inside job. 

So be mindful how you carry yourself as you expand to fulfill your potential.  If a habit does not serve your empire, I encourage you to let it go.  

Build your empire,

Elena Cardone 

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