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Build a Team to Cheer You

The greatest need of these times is to have the right people to surround you, especially a team to cheer you up. If you are out there to do something, then be ready to invite criticism. Not all criticisms are good. Some can devastate you and demotivate you. It is important that you stand even after the storm.

Why the Team to Cheer you is important?

In the Nineteen fifties a young writer named John Kennedy Toole began writing. He was not a particularly an outgoing guy, and he carried the responsibility of writing and selling the manuscripts on his own shoulders. When he finished a particular novel, he sent it to publisher after publisher, but no one responded. One major publisher initially liked it but ultimately rejected it. With no one to share his frustration he was finally overcome by rejection and when he could take it no more, he took his own life.

Sometime after the funeral his mother found the coffee stained manuscript, took up the cause and became his champion. She finally found an accomplished writer named Walker Percy, who agreed to read it. When Percy read the story, he immediately recognized the genius in the author and recommended it to a major publisher. After its release John Kennedy Toole’s novel A Confederacy of Dunces, won a Pulitzer Prize and has been heralded as one of the major novels of the twentieth century.

The Difference of having the Right Friends

I often wonder how things might have been different if that young writer had been surrounded by a group of good friends with whom he could have shared his burden and who would have given him encouragement and love. People who could have helped him through the rejection he experienced from all the publishers and the challenges which comes to any one trying to accomplish things.

One of the greatest needs is to have the right friends. You need to seek out the people who really believe in your potential. Instead of expecting them to help you, you first begin to encourage and support them in their life’s journey and in turn welcome their support in return. Spend time with people who energize you, challenge you and make you better, and cut down on your time with those who drain your energy time and talent. Even cut down thinking about a people whose company had discouraged you.

Friends who will speak positive words of encouragement into your life are more valuable than gold. Treat them with care and respect.

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