The following are excerpts from Dan Miller’s book “The Rudder of The Day.” The quoted material is used by permission.
One of our primary needs as human beings is to feel the support of those around us. Ideally, that will mean we are nurtured and encouraged by our nuclear family at first and then by an ever-widening circle of relatives, friends, teachers, etc. Without that support, we tend to be less and less willing to try new things or go down non-traditional paths. Too frequently the gifted artist does not hear, “I really think you can do it” but rather, “You know artists dont’ make any money” or something to that effect. …
Not having someone to lean on, adding other’s fear to his own, the next Bill gates or Thomas Edison settles into the twilight world of could-have-beens and regrets. Without encouragement during the many falls, a baby would never learn to walk. Most business people “fail” 3-4 times before they ultimately find the right business and methods for their success. …
Without the sounding board of and encouragement from those around us, we will gravitate toward very minimal accomplishment. Lack of support leads to minimal effectiveness. That’s why one of the most important characteristics of very successful people is that they spend time with people who are performing at the level at which they want to perform. Find those people in your own life and watch your success soar.
Ecclesiastes 4:10 “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!”
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