I live in Austin. Born here. All the magazines love our city, and wow are we prideful. Don't mess with Texas, and do not mess with Austin - we kicked out Uber before that was a thing. You'd think the last thing we need is encouragement, but you'd be wrong.
This city needs encouragers. What we have now is a bunch of cheerleaders. Cheerleaders turn their backs to the game. They have no clue what's going on and they're sure not getting dirty. Encouragers watch, get involved, coach, and often get right down in the with the other players.
Shouting, "Go!" seems like such a small contribution, but every successful person can call their encouragers by name. Nobody cares to remember detractors and silent partners. Every single one of us who failed and got back up knows every single one of you who encouraged, prayed, planned, coached, or otherwise provided some energy to our effort, and we are so very grateful.
Be somebody others are grateful for.
Questions for The Ethics Award
- What does your organization do to encourage people?
- How can you make it more systematic?
If you haven't already, check out www.recognizegood.org for ways to encourage good in your community.