cabowabo - 12:06 pm on Jul 1, 2013 (gmt 0)
I was sent a link to this post at 2am this morning. I'm not an emotional person, but hearing of Ted's passing brought me to tears. I want to share my story of first meeting Tedster.
It was during one of the lunch breaks. I was sitting alone going over the schedule to see which sessions I wanted to hit next. Tedster sat down right next to me. "You look like a first-timer." I nodded. "We love first timers. Tell me about yourself." We chatted one-on-one for the next 15-20 minutes. I shared my struggles, he shared his that he had in the past and he "showed me the ropes" on how I could get the most from not just PubCon, but from Webmaster World.
"You see, this is not about who can get rich, this is about how you can enrich your life and those around you...and make a little money too." He said with a big smile at the end and elbowing me. He then got serious and told me that when I made it big (he emphasized "when"), it is important to give back. To help those who are just starting out, or those who just need a little help getting over a hump.
Most people who have enjoyed the success I have been fortunate to have would have kept quiet, but not me. I knew my roots. I knew that I was able to attain the level of success because of people like Tedster who took time out of their life to help me. So I've done the same. Paying it forward.