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I participate in several Facebook groups made up of creative professionals and small business owners. I try to offer value to people (for free) whenever I can.
One of my mentors likes to say "if you want someone to believe you can help them, you should help them."
So I have gotten into the habit of just giving away free information, encouragement, and even doing little drawings and things to beautify and help make the groups I'm in better.
I jump in and pick up the slack from time to time, even if no one asked me to.
There can be a downside to that, though...
Imani VS ? (work in progress for a client) by Samax Amen Cintiq + Adobe Photoshop + font by Blambot Imani created by Jay Kelley
Over the last few days, I have had more than one person treat my contribution with contempt.
A little insulting joke here.
A snide comment there.
People get a little too familiar. They behave as though I am "the help". Like a waiter or bartender that they can look down their nose at.
Nah. There will be no more free help for them for a while.
I will focus on my email subscribers like you, fam. On people who ask for help on my blogs, or send me DMs or emails after reading my book.