In his book, "Rules of the Red Rubber Ball," Kevin Carroll talks about encouragers in our life:
Sustaining your life's work cannot be done alone, and you must build relationships with people who have a genuine interest in you and appreciate your commitment. These people are your teachers -- they are your encouragers. They bless your quest and support you along the way. They cheer you on. They guide you when you lose your way -- and believe me you will. They share your joy when you succeed and boost your confidence when you're disheartened. They help you evaluate options -- and they challenge your assumptions. Most importantly, they give you the courage to act.
When you are with your encouragers, always be present, alert, and on the lookout for teachable moments: that one sentence, story or nugget of wisdom which will give you the strength to keep pursuing your dreams.