The praise that changed the life
When he was small, Hill was an acknowledged bad boy.
At the age of 9, his father married his stepmother. At that time they lived poor in the countryside while his stepmother was from a wealthy family.
His father introduced Hill to his stepmother as he said, “Dear, I hope you notice in the entire shire this is the worst boy, who has made me have no other way. Maybe before tomorrow morning he will throw a stone at you, or do a bad thing you will never imagine.”
To Hill’s surprise, his stepmother went up to him with a smile, held up his head and looked at him carefully. She then turned around to tell her husband, “You’re wrong. He is not the worst boy in the entire shire, but the most intelligent and creative boy. Only he doesn’t find a place to vent（发泄） his passion.”
His stepmother’s words warmed his heart, his tears almost rolling down. With this, he started building friendship with his stepmother. And this became the drive of his life, making him create 28 successful golden rules, which helped tens of thousands of ordinary people set foot on the road to success and prosperity.
Before his stepmother came, no one praised him smart, and his father and neighbors identified him as a bad boy. However, his stepmother’s words changed his life’s destiny.
When Hill was 14 years old, his stepmother bought him a used typewriter and said to him, “I believe you will become a writer.” Hill accepted his stepmother’s gift and expectation, and started contributing to a local newspaper. He understood and enjoyed his stepmother’s enthusiasm while he saw with his own eyes she had changed his family with her enthusiasm. Therefore, he would live up to her.
The strength from his stepmother aroused Hill’s imagination, inspired his creativity, helped him link with a lot of wisdom and made him a rich man and famous writer in the United States and one of the most influential figures in the 20th century.
Praise will never be superfluous（多余）, especially for children. A sincere praise may be better than 10.000 severe reproaches.