Do not underestimate the influence you have over people. A message of faith in them, their abilities and their future is like a seed that will grow and which can really make a difference in the long term.
People from all walks of life are susceptible to criticism and compliments. Age, ethnicity, social status don’t really root out this human trait.
What does change as you progress and grow is which opinions you value and which ones you discard.
Even the most seasoned, self-made tycoon that beat all odds to make it to the top is still sensible to the opinions of the peers they look up to or the people that happen to touch a nerve.
If the right person says the right thing, whether it’s positive or negative, that message can linger. The more it is repeated in the head of the recipient the bigger its effect can be.
As a teenager with no particular talents that were obvious to himself I never felt very self-assured and I had no idea what I wanted to do in my life. Studying wasn’t something I aspired and my musical talents weren’t overly convincing either.
One of my best friends back then was always outstandingly good at pretty much everything he put his heart into, which didn’t contribute to my self-image.
However, his parents – who I still see as an example some 25 years later – always showed interest in my undertakings and seemed genuinely confident when they said I’d make something out of my life.
And that really resonated with me. Everytime that I achieved something I was pleased with myself I would hear them say I’d make something out of my life.
And with every occurence I’d grow a bit more confident in myself.
All that positive energy helped me become what I am today.
I may not yet be quite where I’d like to be, but I’m not disappointed with the result either.
And I’d even go as far as to say that I’m very proud of a couple of things too!
So, please keep in mind: You have no idea how much influence you can have on other people’s life, so show some interest and send some positive message to the people around you and you’re setting them up for success!
And as the old adagio goes: You reap what you sow.