Jim Stovall wrote it: “You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we help one another, everybody wins.”
This caught my spirit’s shirttail because I’ve wondered for years at the dearth of such open, honest appreciation for what you yourself may not understand, but to which your friend is giving his or her life. I’ve followed free-enterprise entrepreneurs’ writing. I’ve listened to countless hours of dynamic speaking from many stages.
The speakers were completely engrossed in their own business or service or product. They gave glowing testimonies as to how wonderful things were for them and how they’d love for you to come join them. I believe every one of them meant that.
What I felt was missing, however, has always been a strong message of mutual support for what others are pursuing as their life’s dream.
Just because I don’t fall over myself chasing yours, that doesn’t mean I’m dreamless. It doesn’t mean I’ve no certain direction for my life. It doesn’t mean that my life’s work does not consume my body, mind and spirit like a living flame, drawing me onward and upward. As you expect me to be excited over your pathway to success and excellence, I expect the same in return.
I believe this is the essence of Stovall’s statement.
I support it.
© D. Dean Boone, April 2016