“Instruction does much, but encouragement everything.”
(Letter to A.F. Oeser, Nov. 9, 1768)”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Early and Miscellaneous Letters of J. W. Goethe: Including Letters to His Mother. With Notes and a Short Biography
Welcome and glad to have you here! I was going to post a notice: “Sorry no blog post this week” but couldn’t do it! I am not sure who needs this more – me or you, so here goes!
Last week I had an eye operation (a lens replacement). I’ve had one before a few years ago in my other eye but it was done under anaesthetic. Due to the fact that last year was not my year health-wise and I had two anaesthetics, I decided to have this done under “local”. Was I scared and apprehensive? Of course! I was sitting in my lazyboy chair having loads of eye drops put into my eye and started chatting to a man sitting on the other side of the room. He was quite a bit older than me (I am apparently quite young to be having lens replacements) and he gave me so much encouragement. He’d had one of his eyes done two months before by the same eye specialist that was doing my operation and sang his praises and said it wasn’t bad at all and before I know it I’ll be back in my chair eating a sandwich and having a cup of tea. I didn’t really believe him but it was lovely having encouragement.
This was in fact the case. The operation was over really quickly (although it apparently took about half an hour) and the sandwich and tea were delicious. The best is, I can see in my left eye again. You may be thinking: “When is she getting to the point?”
Here is the point. Encouragement is as important as the oxygen we breathe. Not only do we need encouragement from other people/friends/colleagues, we need to be able to encourage others. This applies not only to our personal lives but to our virtual businesses as well. If someone is reading your blog, go and read theirs and let them know that you have done so. If you are part of a group on LinkedIn or Facebook and someone posts that they are having a “blah” day, give them encouragement as you never know when you may need it in return. If you know about someone who has just started their virtual business, let them know that you are there for them.
Encourage and be encouraged in return!
“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
See you on line,