“Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.”
A Whole Bunch of Smart People
The World of Warcraft has a notorious learning curve.
Looking at the massive amount of guides, help sites, addons, blogs, youtube videos and more and more and more: I’ve come to the conclusion that you can’t be dumb and play WoW.
Even those jerks in Trade are pretty clever in trolling me and drawing me into an argument. Those guys might be stupid but they are not dumb. To be doing anything in WoW, whatever your choice might be, you have got to be pretty smart to have figured out all of that activity.
Let’s be clear, I’m not talking wisdom. The wise would probably never have started a MMO!
Brave people too. Try joining a pug raid; once accepted you show up and “this is me, this is who I am”. The best of folk will let you play and allow your actions speak for themselves. Others might feel the need to pick at you, pick at your gear or talent choices, whisper you your numbers. They might be petty, but they are not dumb.
Sometime in my life, I picked up the phrase “putting yourself out there.” This phrase speaks of those who have the chutzpah and nerve and determination to stand in front of others and say “this is me, this is who I am.” I think of musicians and performers and poets and writers and designers and creators who have taken the extraordinary step to put themselves out there to be judged and appreciated.
I’ve seen a lot of tears in my lifetime. I’ve seen just as many brave steps back up to the plate to try again.
It takes a lot to write a blog and have an opinion on a tiny little corner in the World of Warcraft. I admire all those who have dared to take the step to put fingers to keyboard to create content; the act alone is amazing as is the result.
I remember once, early in my life, I designed what (for me) was a Big Show. Big budget, important people, big stage, big audience dressed nice, programs, flowers, photographs and whole deal. On opening night, I mingled with the audience after the show; trying to hear if anyone was saying anything about my design. I guess I was insecure about putting my stuff out there. No one said a thing that I could hear. Years later, I learned that if anyone had something to say, well, they could come to me; I was working on the next thing already!
I know people who are too embarrassed to stand up at a party to play charades. They can’t put themselves out there at all.
Let me finish with a great example: One Macro to Swap Equipment. Here we have someone who has something to say. We have someone putting their work out there to be seen. And we see some fine work. And, it is their First Work. Well done indeed.
We are surrounded by smart people. It’s great.