If it was not for the encouragement that I received from family, friends, and musicians, I would have quit the hammered dulcimer many years ago. The encouraging comments from those who recognized my talent was enough to keep me from quitting.
Additionally, I didn’t get the 1st place trophy at Winfield in one attempt. It took three failures before I had one success. And, I almost didn’t compete in 2003, but the encouragement of those around me was the inspiration that I needed to give it one more shot.
But my playing pursuits have not ended with a trophy, and I feel like my playing still has a long way to improve. But the encouragement that I received early on was enough to give me the confidence to continue for a lifetime.
Be a person who gives encouragement. The value of encouragement may prove to be priceless.