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If human beings are perceived as potentials rather than problems, as possessing strengths instead of weaknesses, as unlimited rather that dull and unresponsive, then they thrive and grow to their capabilities.
Any man's life will be filled with constant and unexpected encouragement if he makes up his mind to do his level best each day.
Booker T. Washington
Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though t'were his own.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.
Each person has an ideal, a hope, a dream which represents the soul. We must give to it the warmth of love, the light of understanding and the essence of encouragement.
Colby Dorr Dam
George M. Adams
I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism.
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Personal Stories About ‘Encouragement’
Encouraging Others.Submitted by
“Everyone find a partner” says my coach. We are about to start the 8th grade weight training. The coach says to make the kids feel welcome when they come in. When the 8th graders walked in the door, I saw the nervous in their eyes. When I saw them I could remember myself the year before when I was doing the same...
"Failure Is Not An Option...In This Lifetime!"Submitted by Larry R. Jackson
“Failure is not an option” is a very well known quote. But my father, Mr. Edwin F. Jackson, told me after the near failure of the Apollo 13 mission back in the late 1960's that “failure has a time-line.” You have to know that my father was a true genius. He was born in 1917 and he died in 1990. He retired from...
Going Back To SchoolSubmitted by Walter Flanagan
My boss wanted me to go to college even though I had been out of high school eleven years. I was scared and afraid of failure. Many people told me I had a good job. I didn't go to college because it was a lot of work. A couple of weeks later while on the way home from work and trying to decide about college, I...
Stories About Everyday Heroes Who Portray ‘Encouragement’
Tim VSubmitted by Rev. Robert Overstreet
Tim V. is a terminally-ill individual who has been battling cancer for over three years. He is 47. Doctors gave him six weeks to live the first of February, 2010, but he is still going strong as of July. Tim is not an ordinary kind of survivor; he is a joyous encourager of others who are also cancer victims. He...
Marco PSubmitted by Miller
My hero is Marco P. He was my water polo coach for 3 years. He always inspired me to try my hardest and do my best. Now he is coaching the United States Water Polo team. Marco also told me that hard work and having fun are much better than winning.
Clay YoungSubmitted by Clayton Young Jr.
My hero would have to be my dad. It is a proven fact that every boy needs a positive father figure in their lives. My dad would be a great example of that to me. He is a man of honor, loyalty, and respect.
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It is ok to live life one second at a time, other than one day at a time
Christina Denny, Puyallup, Wa
If you leave behind a single vestige of your passage - let it be encouragement. No single relic costs so little and has such worth.
An act, a gesture, a helping hand. A positive word placed correctly can produce results unknown or realized in your time. The germination of a thought or an action in others can be produced years later on this invisible chain.
Be secure with your words for they can both help and harm with exponential power. Your interactions can be devastating in their consequences,unrelated to your motives. Both self esteem and potential can fall victim to a misplaced word or action. Unknown accomplishments may go unrealized by self confidence misplaced.
Be wise, that what is contained in others remains unknown and private,needing to be respected or left untouched. Your dealings should be free of self interest or intention. For like any contact the sensation will be unique for both. Rewards may be exclusive, never shared or directly tied. Let the best direction for your actions be as the Hippocratic oath commands “First do no Harm”
Russell Champlin, San Jose, CA
A life lived with courage includes a lifetime of encouraging others
Jennifer K, Washington State
Your commercial on Encouragement is fantastic...if only ALL commercials could be like this...Thank you!!!!
Patrice , California
Temos que ser encorajados e encorajar as pessoas, acreditar no potencial do ser humano. We have to be encouraged and encourage people to believe in the potential of being human.
Anderson, Colatina - ES Brasil
Just saw your 'Twinkle, Twinkle' advert. Beginning had me cringing, as expected, but by the end I had a lump in my throat. Beautiful, much needed campaign. Thank you.
GREAT DAY, Thank you for the little boy at the piano. The word of "ENCOURAGEMENT" is 1 of the foundations our house will be built on with LOVE and INTEGRITY
Dan P., Cocoa,Fl
I appreciate your spot that reminds us to treat each other encouragingly. Alfred Adler said children need encouragement like plants need water. I think children are not alone in this.
William A., Minnesota
Never underestimate the impact that your belief and faith in someone can have on their life. That kind of goodness is so powerful that it, alone, can turn the tide of the world.
Thank you so much for this beautiful organization and for inspiring me.
I would like you to show a video where a little school child is crying because of a little bully and a kind teacher stands up for him. Thanks for all you do for others. You are #1
Maria P, Miami, Florida
There is a very valuble class that i believe our president should implement in schools several times throughout the learning experience called Love and Logic. It teaches people how to handle situations and learn from them without the use of pain and put downs. We should all come together to put this in action in all schools today. These tools of encouragement are probably the most effective way to a better life.
Jana A, California
I just saw the spot on encouragement with the little boy at the piano. It left me with such a great feeling that the mastro took that moment to augment the feeling that the little boy was feeling. Thanks for such a positive spot.
Arlene Sanders, Raleigh, NC
At 71, I ignore most commercials on tv. When one of yours is on,I watch it. Keep up the good work!
Bert S, Florida
Encouragement (little boy at the piano)is the best ever! Never ceases to bring tears to my eyes, thank you...
Bill H., Colorado