It's been a really full week for me. Lots of announcements and whatnot, including the community stuff at RTX (which I am still super hyped for). In that journal, I mentioned wanting to rant. Well, I started the week with only 1 rant, but now I've got a couple built up. I guess these aren't really even rants; they're more "Hey! Don't do this, butthead!"
1. Don't act like an authority figure unless you actually have authority. I've noticed men do this more than women. You can hate me for calling that out, I don't care. You know what happens when you assume authority? You confuse the people who don't know better and alienate the ones who do. You don't have to step on other people's toes to show you can be a leader. In fact, doing that proves quite the opposite. Be helpful, yes, but also be humble. You will gain nothing by pushing yourself into the spotlight when you haven't earned it.
2. Volunteering is hard work. I don't know why some people expect it to be fun and games. It is quite often either physically or emotionally exhausting. Sometimes it's both. Know what you're getting into before you get into it.
3. This has been bouncing around on my Twitter timeline recently, but it also affected me personally this week. Criticism and bashing are vastly different and being negative in public isn't the most prudent idea. If you're going to be overtly negative about something, maybe make sure you aren't doing so around the people who worked on it? Or even the peers of someone who worked on it. Like point 1, doing this will only get you alienated. Nobody wants to associate with those who are disrespectful of the time and energy of others.
On a lighter note, this week has been exceptionally nice for me. Started the day yesterday by co-hosting RT Austin's 2nd charity meetup. Everyone left smiling and we made a positive impact on the organization we volunteered for. I'm going to call it a success.
I am ridiculously sore today, however. Who knew gardening was such an upper back workout? Kinda loving it, though. I've been looking for ways to strengthen the muscles in my back.
Now I'm off to work on a game pitch for my mentoring meeting!
How's your week been?