Today’s post topic: Who was the first person who believed in you? How did you discover this was true? Have you played a similiar role for anyone in your life?
I don’t recall anyone “believing in” me, I just remember being told a million reasons not to do something instead of getting encouragement. It’s a wonder I did anything at all. I am glad I am smart so I could think beyond the discouragement, but that realization did not come early enough for me.
I really try with my school kids to encourage them if they become interested in something. Who knows what it might lead to? They could become the inventor of the next great thing, or become an influential leader, or become an important artist. One of my former students just graduated from a classical academy high school, and is going to college in two weeks. I wish her the best, and I know she will make the effort to be the best she can be. She tells me that I “am a part of that dream.” I tell her it is all her, the desire to learn and achieve comes from within. I like to think that I helped facilitate that in some small way.
Dreams should be fed, not crushed.