This Old Dog Loves the Trombone
Last Update: Feb 21, 2016
Most people do not know that as an undergraduate student I was a Music Major. As an applied music major (trombone and piano) I spent the first five years of my life studying to be a professional musician. I was pretty darn good and had some very special opportunities along the way. Alas, as I matured, my interests changed and five additional years later I had earned my MBA and JD degrees.
During the second five years of my college career, my trombone playing (I still play the piano almost every day) became a thing of the past. I am sad to admit that although I still own my ax, I haven't played it in over 25-years.
I live in a college town in Idaho and recently I heard that the music school was having a senior recital by one of their best who just happened to be an applied music major in trombone. Ruthie was a little reluctant to go with me but, in the end, I prevailed and the two of us descended upon the School of Performing Arts to hear the trombone recital by this budding young musician.
This young man (most men are now younger than me) was actually a pretty darn good trombone player. So why wasn't I enjoying the concert! In fact, I found myself, using all of my wonderful past years as a performer, ripping his performance apart. At first, I didn't realize what I was doing. However, I gradually realized that regardless of how good he was, I was going to judge him by my conceived level of perfection. In my mind, he was not going to be a better trombone player than me...no matter what.
By the end of the concert, I was totally ashamed of myself. Great concert with the very poorest of critic attending...me. Then it dawned on me. This trombone concert was no different than what goes on at Wealthy Affiliate.
At WA a countless number of people help us to gain a great knowledge regarding e-commerce and all that goes with it. Then 4 or 5 months into the program we become so smart (so we think) that we can't be bothered by people that ask stupid questions in the WA Blog and in the chat sessions. Suddenly, those individuals, that just a few months before knew nothing about e-commerce and how to build a website, are refusing, avoiding, and in some cases castigating the efforts of those that are struggling with their WA efforts. I have been there. I have done, just that. I am ashamed.
From this day forward, I recommit to help everyone at WA that I can with whatever concern they have with their WA efforts. I have only been involved in WA since October 15th of last year. I have a ton left to learn but I have learned so much already that I simply can not and will not turn others away.
I would like to challenge others at WA that have become "too e-commerce smart" to help those that are struggling to set their prize in the sky "yearning for success" aside long enough to AT LEAST help as many people that need help that helped you as you started down this e-commerce path. WA is a community of good e-commerce citizens. Let's all do our part. DAN
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