Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
February 26, 1995

With so many people in the world telling us we can’t succeed, we need to hear people telling us we can. I remember my high school English teacher telling me not to apply to Cornell University because they wouldn’t accept me and even if they did I wouldn’t be able to do the work. (It’s funny that I’m a writer now). I almost didn’t apply but a few days later I saw Ivan Goldfarb, a former teacher, in the hallway and asked him about Cornell. He said, “If you get in, then you go. You can do it.” His words made all the difference. I applied, was accepted and majored in Lacrosse :).

Too often we think it’s our role to inject a dose of “reality” into someone’s life. We think it’s our job to protect people from the pain of failure and defeat. We think we must point out how bad the economy is and how horrible the job market is and how the sky is falling. We think that dreams were meant for others.

I say there are enough pessimists and “realists” in the world. The world doesn’t need more negativity and impossible thinkers. The world needs more optimists, encouragers, and inspirers. The world needs more people to speak into the hearts of others and say “I believe in you.” “Follow your passion and live your purpose.” “If you have the desire then you also have the power to make it happen.” “Keep working hard.” “You’re improving and getting better. Keep it up.” “The economy is tough but you can still grow your business.” “The job market is not great but I believe you’ll find the right job for you.” “We’ve hit a lot of obstacles but we’ll get the project finished.” “Even if you fail it will lead to something even better.” “You’re learning and growing.”

When it comes to encouragement I know that everyone of us loves working for and with people who bring out the best in us. We love being around people who uplift us and make us feel great. And while we’ll always remember the negative people who told us we couldn’t accomplish something, we will always cherish and hold a special place in our heart for those who encouraged us.

Today I want to encourage you to be an encourager. So often the difference between success and failure is belief. And so often that belief is instilled in us by someone who encouraged us. Leadership, after all, is a transfer of belief.

Today decide to be that person who instills a positive belief in someone who needs to hear your encouraging words. Uplift someone who is feeling down. Fuel your team with your positive energy. Rally others to focus on what is possible rather than what seems impossible. Share encouragement. It matters and we all need it.


Author - Truett Cathy, Founder, Chick-fil-A
  1. I seem to be missing your normal finishing touch about sipping coffee. That sentence inspired me to write my last post.
    Please, keep on blogging in a free world and keep sipping that coffee.
    – The False Prophet

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  2. "Working for Christ" said:

    Excellent post, Kenny T! Very positive and encouraging. God bless! 🙂 Dave

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    • Hey Dave, your comment is like a breath of fresh air!! Take care my Friend and God bless!!! 🙂 Kenny T


  3. Reblogged this on multicolouredsmartypants and commented:
    Hmm. I try to always be an encourager because I do truly believe that a little goes a long way when it comes to kind words. My psychologist the other day told me to stop being so hard on myself, to show myself some compassion. Why can I be an encourager so readily for other people but not for myself? I think I have had my heart broken too many times so I tell myself I don’t need dreams. In part that’s true, because faith in God means trusting in Him, not myself, but maybe it’s also an excuse – not an excuse, it’s reasonable to want to protect yourself when you’ve been hurt so much… but it’s a carefully constructed way of not getting hurt again, or being let down again. I don’t get hurt but I don’t find anything fulfilling either. Interesting.

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  4. Good post… I am reminded of this scripture by the apostle Paul…

    Ephesians 4:29… Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. (NKJV)

    Blessings in Christ, bruce

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  5. Michelle L Morgan said:

    I am in your team, encouragement rules!! What an inspiring post…I love it! Keep up the great writing ❤

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  6. Thank you, Kenny, for this strong dose of encouragement. All those “you-can-do-it” statements in the third paragraph were like shots of positivity to my spirit! I, for one, love to encourage others. I love the sparkle, smiles, and straightened shoulders that result from a bit of honest, positive reinforcement. Yes, encouragement MATTERS–not just to make others feel good, but to make a difference in the outcomes of their lives. Encouragement is a powerful force!

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