Wisdom from Kathryn Starke

Believe in yourself!

You are capable of doing anything you put your heart and soul into. I only choose to focus on projects I am passionate about and can dedicate 110% of my time and energy.

Dream big and set high expectations for yourself. You are your best cheerleader, so make personal goals you want to achieve and focus on those. Write those goals down and periodically read them to see which ones you have already reached. Decide if you should alter or change any goals to better suit your ideals as you change.

No matter what others may say about you or your work along the way, know that you were born to do something great and make it happen.

Surround yourself with positive and supportive people!

I am so fortunate to have a family that is truly invested in my work and provides me with feedback, advice, and encouragement. They listen to any idea I may present and answer any question I may pose, never judging or doubting my work or vision.

In our personal and professional lives, we develop relationships with a number of people. While we always like to see the very best in people and give second chances, we sometimes have to recognize that some individuals may not click with you. Share your life with kind, genuine people who are truly interested in your hopes and dreams and celebrate in your successes….Continuereading at InspireMeToday.com.

Kathryn is an urban elementary literacy specialist, author, public speaker, and the founder/CEO of Creative Minds Publications and Consulting.

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Rosemary H.
Rosemary H4 years ago

Lloyd H,

I was thinking about your comment, so came back to see what was so 'self-delusional' This woman is determined to do her best, so where does the delusion creep in? I can find only the word 'great'. In its dictionary sense, it implies you will go down in history in your particular field, which is most unlikely, yet some of us do.

If you take the word in its present-day slang sense, it means 'really good'. That is a belief that we could all do with!

Then all the surrounding people are toadies and cheerleaders? Did she say so? She did mention genuine people and I think that rules out those two categories. Regarding the 'toxic nay-sayers' that she apparently avoids, it sounds to me that those are rude and derogatory people. When it comes to criticism, there is a simple way to evaluate it. If the person genuinely wants to help you avoid pitfalls, he/she will be polite. If they are rude then they probably aim to be destructive, so are of course best avoided if you can.

Rosemary H.
Rosemary H4 years ago

Well...I could say all kinds of things.... Basically, I believe that if you want something good with your whole heart, and not the slightest doubt of any kind, then it will happen...but often not in the way you expect!

E. Talamante
E. Talamante5 years ago

I have found that the more people you support and encourage, the more people are willing to support and encourage you! Basically the Golden Rule in effect, though it doesn't apply to everyone, all the time. I am still saddened by certain people who I supported, but were unwilling to reciprocate or share my support with others. Still moving on with those, but taught me many valuable lessons, and I appreciate that!

Lloyd H5 years ago

Where to start. First while 110% may be 'a figure of speech it is based on the ability to do more than is humanly possible, it is bragging and promotes a false evaluation of abilities and possible out comes.
This entire article is founded on three things; self-delusion, egotism and toadies. Self delusion, which is the main message here, may feel good but does not make you any smarter, more capable physically fit and it does not change reality. The same is true for surrounding yourself with cheerleaders, toadies, yes-people and others who profit from feeding your delusions the so called 'positive and supportive people' has no real effect on your abilities or chance of success. And avoiding 'toxic nay sayers' those willing to offer honest and realistic advice and critiques does nothing but hide pit falls and errors to which delusion has blinded you.
Yes having a positive AND realistic attitude helps in life endeavors BUT having real valid negative input is just as valuable.
As it is this rah-rah session is does nothing but promote egomania, self-delusion, visions of grandure and prohibit advice and acritiques from those who do not feed your personal delusions.

Marie W.
Marie W5 years ago

Positive is good. Believe in avoiding toxic people.

Anne S.
Anne S5 years ago


Denise Morley
Denise Morley5 years ago

thank you

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Dave C.
David C5 years ago

thanks and good luck to you in all you do