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Encouragement vs Discouragement

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There’s a story about two frogs that fall into a pit that make the point for us.


A group of frogs was in the forest when two of them fell into a deep pit. The other frogs looked down at the pit, and basically told them give up. “You’re never going to get out of there.” But the two triied and the others basically said, “No, it’s not worth the effort. Just give up and die. It’s already done.” And the two in the pit tried, one of them eventually heeded the advice of the frogs that were outside the pit, and went down and died.

And the other one, tried and tried and tried and eventually extracted himself from the pit. And the other frogs went over to him and said, “What was that? We told you to give up!” And he said, “You know, I’m deaf. I thought you were encouraging me.” And the moral of the story is, you never know what your words are going to have the impact on someone else. Recognize that; be gracious; be encouraging. That’s much better.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2100 episodes.

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