I wasn’t going to comment on this….but there’s something about flames and matches and a desire to throw a little water on the mess.
Sometimes, if you hold yourself out to be a leader you understand that there needs to be resources for those coming up. A path. And those of us who have been around the block a time or two, need to understand that while we may have outgrown the resources that we once thought were valid, isn’t as relevant as they used to be. That doesn’t mean it’s not relevant for others. I met a couple of people at the Business and Technology show that were planning to come to SMBnation this year and last year was their first year. And each of them said they got a lot out of last year. Yeah, the year that us oldtimers thought we didn’t get as much out of the conference. Yet they found value. Sometimes you just outgrow a resource is all. But that doesn’t mean that one shouldn’t see it as a resource for others.
I’m in a snarky mood ..mainly because I’ve been sitting here for several hours in Chicago… and you know what… I am a user group leader and I’m going. I guess I’m not a prominent leader. I don’t rate in Vlad’s who who. Oh and I paid for the $99 MPAN track to get CPE. You know the Microsoft Professional Accountants Network that will be having their first conference up there at the same time. Don’t know what that makes me then.
For the record, Community isn’t free.
We demand your time. We demand your passion.
And sometimes the highest price of all… a little respect for those entering the community. Especially from those who call themselves leaders.