For the record, I like Nick. He’s a nice guy and unlike the other alleged people writing for TTAG, he’s a heck of a shooter and knows what he’s talking about when it comes to guns. I take his opinions on guns seriously because of his experience.
An expertise in guns does not translate into a bully pulpit to attack other gun writers by name.
At this point, he’s pretty much burned his bridges with the rest of outdoor industry media outside of TTAG.
If only he had read this post from last week, he might have avoided himself a world of trouble.
…there’s probably somebody in this world who has the power to hire you for your dream job, open some door for you, make some extraordinary opportunity happen. Let’s call that person your “empowering person.”
You don’t know who this empowering person knows. You probably don’t know who all of their friends are, who all of their relatives are, who their spouse’s friends are. If one of those people knew you, liked you, and thought well of you, you would be much closer to getting that empowering person to help you achieve your dream. This is even better than references; these are endorsements.
As the Second-Greatest Philosopher of the 20th Century once said, “Always be nice, until it’s time to not be nice.”
Some lessons are easier to learn than others.