Our words are powerful. Those of us that claim to believe that words have the power over life and death (Proverbs 18:21), would do well to speak that way. What we think about influences what we do. What we say and hear influences what we think. Our success starts with how we think about success. Surrounding ourselves with success and positive company fuels our forward movement in our creative endeavors.
We can influence our surroundings by being an encourager. The other artists and craftsmen in our lives thrive on our genuine praise of their work and that influence gives us an atmosphere to thrive in. Understanding the value of creating and improving even by the unskilled helps us speak words that build up people around us. To a novice, simply stating, “I like the direction you’re going with this” will push them to improve faster than explaining the mechanics of their craft. Living and working within a creative environment increases our ability to create value.
We choose. We choose how we speak and what we listen to or filter out. We need support to do our art. We keep going because we see the world differently and would like the world to see beauty as we see it. Yet we cannot do it alone. So we must learn to make an environment that builds us up. That’s started by building up those around you.
In the words of Anton Ego, the critic from Pixar’s Ratatouille,
“In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little, yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the *new*. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations. The new needs friends.”
Speak well to the creative people in your life. Speak their value.