TODAY we live in a digital world driven by immediacy. Time has arguably become our most valuable asset. We demand immediate access to information. We demand an immediate response to an inquiry. We demand to speak and be heard. Dozens of digital communications tools such as social media, apps and even texting empower buyers and businesses alike to instantly speak their minds.

Powerful stuff.

So, take a moment to catch your breath. In fact, take another deep breath before you read this next line. Even though the First Amendment clearly states that we have the right to speak, all of us have a responsibility to share information that is both truthful and factual. Often an accurate story requires a moment or two to reflect and think before sharing. Add the practice of patience to your list of New Year’s resolutions. Let’s preserve the integrity of the Internet by sharing thoughtful information versus falling victim to the counterproductive trend of speaking without thinking first. Responsibility comes with power.

“Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.” ~ Plato