You may not be as smart as you think you are.
You discourage people instead of lifting them up
You discourage people, not just by saying so outright but also by not giving them the time of day.
In a way, you’re telling them that their ideas or their problems are not worth your time or your (perceived) intelligence.
Smart people help encourage others by actually paying attention. They listen (note the first sign) and share what they know.
If big shots like Richard Branson and Adm. William McRaven, commander in the U.S. special forces, can take the time to answer letters from kids, you can spend a few minutes encouraging people.
instead of （用…）代替…， （是…）而不是…， （用…）而不用…；
Instead of complaining about what's wrong, be grateful for what's right.
Instead of moving at his usual stately pace, he was almost running.
Small pickling onions can be used instead of sliced ones.