The response I received to last week's inspiration post was really overwhelming, in the best possible way. Blogging about potentially controversial perspectives can be scary at times; even while I'm not usually too concerned with whether people agree with me, I also don't want my intentions to be misunderstood, nor do I want to take the wind out of any well-meaning people's sails. (I've put way too much effort into supporting other business owners to then haphazardly do something to tear anyone down.) I was really moved to see how many people seemed to get where I was coming from, and voiced their support in the form of blog comments, private messages and social media shares.
One of the comments from the post got me thinking on another potential issue with some of the "inspiration" groups out there: that of experienced business owners being expected to help and mentor newcomers to the industry, because that somehow is the good or "right" thing to do. There almost seems to be some kind of moral obligation attached to it, and while the more popular and socially acceptable response seems to rally around the idea of "paying it forward" in this way, I'm seeing many wedding professionals bristling about the unrealistic expectations being placed on them. (I touched on this briefly in Kyle's and my post about competition not being an inherently bad thing, where I pointed out, "To imply to newcomers that success in business is, or should be, anything other than a meritocracy doesn't do anyone any good. In fact, it's instilling false hope to send the message that any amount of cheerleading and handholding can come close to the real work that goes into making a business thrive."Read More