Happy New Year, RRBC! We have some exciting things planned for our membership this year and we want you all along for the ride! But, I just had to take a moment to start the new year off just perfectly by sharing a few, but very necessary bits of information.
Nothing bugs me more than allowing a driver who has been waiting to merge into traffic forever, to get in front of me, only to have them speed along without so much as a hand raise, a head nod or anything. Then, after that, nothing cooks my goose faster than when I hold the door open for someone and they don’t even hiss a thank you or a smile in my direction. Talk about rude. Talk about UNGRATEFUL!
Which brings me to today’s “share.”
*We have members who we see only when there is something going on that will benefit them. They join in on programs or activities that will bring attention to their books, and when it’s all over, we wonder where they’ve disappeared to. Eventually, we wisen up and realize that we’ll see them the next time there’s an opportunity for them to promote their books. RRBC is a community of support, so if you’re not here to support and push your fellow members just as much and as hard as you push yourself, then you’re here for the wrong reasons;
*RRBC has built so many members up, given them a platform and have brought much attention to many, Many, MANY authors and their books. What we have found is that those (disingenuous) members that we build up, take what they need from us, and then, they move on. They don’t stick around to ensure that others are built up; they get what they can for themselves and then wave and yell out the window, “Ciao!” If you’re here only to make a name for yourself off the sweat of our backs and then, once everyone knows your name and all about your books and of course, you’ve grown your following (thanks to RRBC), and you then decide to leave…you were here for the wrong reasons;
*If you’re here just to learn our methods and processes so that you can go off and create your own club or group modeling our methods and processes, please, leave now, because you are definitely here for the wrong reasons. You see, my brain works overtime to ensure that RRBC has some of the most unique programs around. I’m certainly not doing it for you to steal my ideas. (And, just as an FYI, every time one of our loyal members notices that someone, somewhere has “copied” our programs or processes, they drop me a little line and say, “Take a look at this! How dare they!” So, don’t think that what you’re doing is going un-noticed and our loyal members, they don’t appreciate your (tacky) tactics at all);
*Lastly, for those of you who keep your name on our roster for the sole benefit of being able to promote your ventures of like nature here, using our hashtags, etc., that’s not what we’re about. If you don’t take the time to engage and participate in the programs here at RRBC, please don’t use our forum to promote your own programs and ventures (and groups) to our members. I find that highly insulting.
You know, as a young child I was taught to never, ever, ever burn any bridges or forget the hand that fed me, or even worse, turn around one day and bite that hand. You never know when you might need that very bridge to cross over into something greater, and that hand that you bite, well, you might be hungry again one day. Yes, we’ve had members to leave and then return once that realization sunk in. But, you can be sure that the only reason their names reappeared on our roster, is that they left in a respectful and decent manner. They didn’t burn their bridges.
And then, there are those who are just ungrateful. Ungrateful for the attention and the exposure that RRBC has given them. Ungrateful for the fact that RRBC was the reason that their books are now being read and are known; ungrateful for the hard work put into helping them to have a name that anyone knows.
It seems that so many others were not taught the same lessons that I was about burning bridges and feeding hands. And, unfortunately because of that, they’ll have to learn two new lessons:
-the same people you see going up, will be the same people you see coming down.
-the hands that you step on today to get to the top, might be attached to the arms you’ll need to lift you tomorrow.
RRBC, don’t sit on our roster for the wrong reasons and please, don’t ever forget the hands that fed you, because if you do…one day, there will be lessons to be learned, and they might just come the hard way.
Happy New Year!!!
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