A way to give back without taking time out of an already busy schedule, or sharing money that is already tight, is to give the gift of encouragement. Hope is one of the greatest emotions that humans have–it elevates us beyond our every day problems. Dreams have the power to shape our personal stories in a light and positive way.
I truly believe that all of us are born with a talent, but many people talk themselves out of pursuing their talents, believing, for some reason, that their talents aren’t good enough.
Comparison is one of the ugliest things we do to ourselves. Why do we compare ourselves to others? Do we compare ourselves to others so that we have an excuse to fail?
If this is the case, don’t buy your own marketing! Is something holding you back from pursuing an interest or a hobby? Don’t let your analyzing get in the way of your talent!
And if you see someone else around you struggling with a similar problem, do your best to encourage their own unique talents. Luckily, we’re not all cookie cut-outs. Even if you don’t understand their talent, sometimes other people need a bit of encouragement to go forward to follow a dream that will make them genuinely happy in the creation of it.
The hardest thing for people is to not judge. Most people’s beginning efforts are less satisfying to them, but if they can keep at it, their lives can be more fulfilling to them in a greater way.
Encouraging someone else is a great gift to give them. Also, people’s greatest desires are usually those things that they are least likely to talk about. If someone else gives you insight into their dream, that’s a huge compliment. Honor it.
Whether it’s becoming a musician, a writer, a mathematician, or an interior decorator, watching someone you’ve encouraged to fulfill their secret dreams is one of the most fulfilling actions that you can have in this life.
And maybe, just maybe, watching someone else fulfill their dreams, will have the unexpected return investment in showing you to not give up on yours.
All best in hope,
P.S. You’re welcome to read the story I wrote about my brother finding his artist within. finding his art.