A) This post is self-indulgent.
B) I deserve a little indulgence every now and then.
C) There were probably only 2 points in this little example, but I’ve already typed “C”, so let’s press on! Also, I will bring it all back to gold-making in the end, so bear with me.
Faid wrote a post the other day that I really enjoyed. It was called Can’t We All Just Get Along. I was going to leave a comment for her about the timing of it, because I had a very similar experience this week, and the style of her post really resonated with me. Instead, I decided to just go ahead with my post, but I would encourage you to check her’s out as well, it was a really good read.
One of the things that I have really enjoyed about the blogging medium is how honest and personal it is. You get the information, but you also get a glimpse of the author’s personality, and that makes it much more enjoyable than just reading a guide, or poring over patch notes.
That said, this past week has been a strain in RL for me,but it has helped me to gain a little perspective and I think it can be applied to WoW as well.
First of all, I had to fire someone at work this week. It’s an aspect of my job that I really don’t enjoy, and it is something that I never take lightly and pursue only as a last resort. The thing that really struck me about this person was how they seemed to be completely unaware or ignorant of anything outside of themselves. They either couldn’t understand how their words and actions were being perceived by other people or they simply didn’t care. I can’t understand how someone can go about their life thinking or acting as if everything is completely one-sided. It just doesn’t make any sense to me.
Life Lesson: In a world with over 6 billion people, it’s pretty ignorant to assume or expect that you won’t interact or impact another person. Given that, you should be both mindful and accountable for the way you present yourself, as it will often have an impact on someone else.
WoW Lesson: This is an MMO, there are other players. The other players are human beings (most of them, anyway…). The things that you say and do, while they may fall under the pretense of a “video game”, will often have an impact on someone else as well. Play accordingly.
Second, my grandfather underwent a very serious and complicated heart surgery yesterday. The surgery seems to have been successful, but there are still complications to deal with and it carried a certain degree of risk going into it. Our family was forced to at least consider and prepare for the worst. Watching the people you love try and come to terms with something like that isn’t easy. It also forces you to take stock of your own life to a degree. To think about what you have accomplished, to think about what’s in store for you and which direction you are heading in.
Life Lesson: Life is too short for regret. Live every day as if it is your last and try and have the most impact with the time and resources at your disposal. Don’t expect tomorrow, let it be a pleasant surprise to start your day when you wake up.
WoW Lesson: Don’t hold anything back. Don’t let your own actions be dictated by anyone other than yourself. Whether that may be your raid leader, your arena partner, your AH competition, or even the rest of the Gold Making Community. You don’t have to prove anything to anyone. Have fun, and leave no room for regret.
This post has been a bit outside the norm for this site, but I hope you can all take something away from it. Least of all, remember that the things you say and do have influence, both good and bad. The true leaders are able to control and direct that influence in order to get what they want or expect. The rest just merely crash about into one another. The more aware you are of the influence you have, the more likely you are to see an opportunity to harness it. That’s a pretty empowering statement, but I believe it’s 100% true. Nobody is powerless, but many are unaware.
We’ll get back to the gold-making next time.