Words carry weight and the message we intend to send is not always the message received.
Supervisors often try to share “known failure paths” in a well-intentioned effort to be efficient, to try and save folks from going down the wrong road. Yet, the longer I live, the fewer words of caution I tend to utter. In part because I’ve occasionally inadvertently doused fires of enthusiasm but, also because I’ve seen a few “known failure paths” turned into nicely paved roads to successes.
I’ve come to the conclusion that words of encouragement tend to do far better than words of caution.
“It is better to err on the side of daring than the side of caution.” – Alvin Toffler, 1928-2016, ‘The Third Wave’
“Your chances of success in any undertaking can always be measured by your belief in yourself.” – Robert Collier, 1885-1950, ‘Secret of the Ages’
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931
As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier