Be an encourager. The world has plenty of critics already.


Are you more likely to encourage or to criticize another person? 

Why do you suppose that is?

Statistically speaking, someone who is more likely to be criticizing others is most likely suffering from deep insecurities in which they increase their own feeling of self-worth by diminishing others. 

There are constructive criticisms, which are imperative for everyone to learn from, but there are also those who criticize because their parental upbringing bathed them in criticism, leaving them more readily desirous of doing the same to others. 

A person who is more likely to be encouraging and complementing others, is considerably more secure about their own personal worth and, as a result, they are much more likely to be generous with their praise and open about their admiration of others. 

A person who is encouraging looks for glimmers of hope in the person that they are encouraging and they work to help that person to see those opportunities and build upon them, such that they will be that much more successful over time. 

When we encourage another person, we are validating hard work that they have leveraged to get to the position that they are currently. In this validation, we provide them one of the most necessary components of success, which is the knowledge that their success is recognized by others and their accelerated skills or capabilities are very much appreciated. 

These details could not be more important for the way that people get along in life. It facilitates the necessary stimuli to encourage other parties to apply themselves to difficult tasks and enables them to feel as if they are not alone in their quest to achieve them. 

If you find yourself being mostly critical of others, I might invite you to search deep within and ask yourself why, specifically, this is important to you? In this exploration, you will find deeper revelations of yourself, than you might have previously imagined. 

Happy Monday!

This artwork was created by artificial intelligence from the aphorism above.

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!