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Part I: Who Doesn’t Need a Little Encouragement?
People often do not consider their words or the impact they could have on others. Nineteenth-century writer Walt Whitman struggled for years to attract anyone’s interest in his poetry. He became very discouraged. But then he received a note: “Dear sir, I am not blind to the worth of the wonderful gift of Leaves of Grass. I find it the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet contributed… I greet you at the beginning of a great career.” It was signed by Ralph Waldo Emerson. I can’t help wondering what might have happened to Whitman had Emerson not invested in him with those kind words.
Part II: Words Matter
Whitman must have breathed in the encouragement, finding inspiration to keep writing. You don’t have to be a professional writer like Emerson to make a difference in someone’s life. Just taking the time to write a note of encouragement can be a meaningful investment in a person. Look for opportunities to pay people meaningful compliments. Tell them about the strengths and positive traits you see in them. You never know when your affirmation might help at a key turning point.
Many professionals grow exhausted and disenchanted from chasing business gurus and quick-fix formulas. Rather than becoming knock-offs, we must learn to listen to the leadership lessons our lives have been trying to teach us. In “Uniquely You,” coming in May 2019, I will share my personal journey, and how it led me to lead uniquely, with you. Preorder your copy today!