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Encouragement

“Correction does much, but encouragement does more.” John Wooden

 

Perhaps the first thing that comes to mind after reading this quote is the idea of correcting or encouraging someone else. Yes, it is a noble thing to do to encourage another. Life can be tough, the evidence of this is all around us. Failed governments, failed policies, failed relationships, and general personal dysfunction litters the land. So being a source of rest from all of the automatic criticism by saying something encouraging. It is the right thing to do regardless of the environmental response. It is an honorable position to hold.

But what about you? Do you encourage yourself? Do you chronically criticize yourself? This is not an uncommon mental attitude especially when you consider the way that the current “educational system” functions. It criticizes, punishes any and all attempts at solving problems or complying with instructor’s wishes as well as squashes any evidence of original thinking. Yet, what reasonable person would not agree with the axiom, “we learn from our mistakes”? The more mistakes that you make the more that you learn. But people that make the most mistakes are promptly flunked out of any institution of “higher learning” or they walk away. This is nuts!

Actually, the world outside of these so called “institutions of higher learning” makes moreĀ  sense. At least in terms of making attempts and learning from those attempts. The key is in not giving up. Just make up your mind that you are going to attain any goal that you put out there and stick to it. Do not give in. Do not give up. HOWEVER, learn from your mistakes. Make as many mistakes as you need to make to get it right. You set the standards, then engage in the actions necessary to attain them.

Wishing you success!

Tom

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