Holding back your thoughts because you are afraid that it might sound foolish to others is certainly absurd. But many do. Now, I have no issue with withholding your thoughts when that could potentially hurt someone else’s feelings, reputation or even cause a stir in the community. My concern is that most times we all have something to say but we refrain from speaking because of the many assumed negative outcomes that ‘will’ happen if we do. Personally, I feel that to be successful in any endeavor, you need to be attuned with your own mind and confident enough in your mission and objectives to have the courage to voice your opinions or concerns. I understand that it is a learning process that one has to go through. It varies from individuals but what I find is the main driving factor is to always make room for rebuttals. Welcome them. Do not go in assuming that whatever you say is the gospel that everyone should adhere to. Once you can train yourself to do that, then whatever reservations you may have to speak your mind will fade away.