“Instruction does much,
but encouragement everything."
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
What a great quote that I have found to be so true throughout my personal life, and that of a manager of people.
Goethe also is quoted saying, “The greatest evil that can befall man is that he should come to think ill of himself."
So, what is the real value of encouragement? It is that we help someone else to restore belief in themselves.
Everyone believes in themselves once in a while, and I think that few really believe in themselves all the time. This indicates just how much the world is in need of encouragement.
I’ve often talked about knowledge, appreciation, joy, love, freedom, and empowerment is at the top of the emotional scale. Empowerment is essentially encouragement. We are encouraging people in their own power.
Instruction is good. We all can use instruction, but what we crave more than anything is love, appreciation, encouragement, and to be therefore empowered within ourselves in confidence, and thereby, in joy.