You all know I’m a big fan of Top Chef, especially when they have the Masters competing. One thing I really love about seeing the top professionals is their respect for each other. Don’t get me wrong, those chefs are there to win, they’re totally competitive, but they also have a sense of fun about what they’re doing. I like that.
Does that mean they’re always nice to each other? No.
Does that mean they always like each other? No.
Sometimes they do get snippy and will talk trash about a chef they don’t like so much, but for the most part they are respectful of each other.
So why the bacon, you ask?
Well, a few weeks ago there was a competition among two chefs – Chris and Takashi. They faced off in a challenge that would decide the winner of the night’s cooking. Their main ingredient? Bacon!
Everything was going fine until Takashi realized he didn’t cook enough bacon steaks. Yes, you read that correctly. Bacon. Steaks. How freaking good does that sound?
What does Chris do? He tells Takashi he can have one of his steaks since he always makes at least one extra of everything in case he screws up.
Guess who won the challenge that night? Nope, not Takashi. Chris not only won that challenge, he ended up winning the show.
Chris didn’t have to let Takashi have one of his steaks and I know there are people out there who thought he was stupid for giving it to Takashi, but I say BRAVO! to Chris.
Chris is a giver. We need more people who are willing to hand over the bacon even if it means they might not win. We need more givers.
There seem to be a lot of takers in this world. People who are more than willing to take our bacon, but when we need a bit of spice, they are always busy or don’t hear us ask. Yes, I’m using food metaphors today. I’m in a bacon infused state of bliss, just go with it.
I’m a giver by nature. It’s hard for me to deny anyone their bacon and if I only had one slice left, I would gladly give it to anyone who asked. That’s who I am. But I’m starting to realize that givers get taken advantage of. A lot. And it kind of sucks.
I’m tired of takers thinking they should get all the bacon just because they are super fabulous. Know what? We’re ALL super fabulous in our own way. We all deserve a little bacon.
Instead of bemoaning the fact that there are far too many people out there ready to swipe all the bacon, I want to give a huge shout out to some great folks who are amazing givers. Not only would these ladies give you some bacon, they’d stick around to help you cook it. That’s how freaking cool they are.
First up, Sheri Fink. You all know how much I love Sheri (if you didn’t catch the interview with her last year, check it out here). Sheri is just about the sweetest woman I’ve ever met. She is passionate about her books, and just as passionate about helping other writers. Since she is self-published, she knows a ton about what it takes to get a children’s book from idea to the shelf. I adore her books and have bought several copies for friends as well as my own collection for when I have grandbabies. Guess what? She has a brand-new book out TODAY! Check her out on Amazon. When you fall in love with the Little Rose, don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Gayle Carline. Not only does this woman go out of her way to help other writers, she is currently running for some fancy-schmancy board of trustees thing for her local library because she knows books are important. Gayle is crazy busy right now with the library stuff, her horses, and writing a new book, but yesterday when I sent her an S.O.S email for some advice, I heard back from her within ten minutes. Love her! By the way, I just beta read her latest book and it’s so good. I can’t wait for it to come out ~ stay tuned for more details on it.
Jillian Dodd. Like Gayle, Jillian is always helping other writers. She isn’t afraid to share her marketing ideas, writing tips, publishing woes, or make up tips with you. In fact, she’d probably help you with your hair if you asked nicely. Jillian is an incredible marketer. She went to Chicago last weekend and had cookies made to look like her book covers. Who thinks of that? Jillian! Marketing. Genius.
Diane Capri. This is a name you’ve not heard me mention often, and that’s my bad. Truly, it is. Diane is remarkable. She writes a series of ‘Don’t know Jack’ books based off Lee Child’s Jack Reacher character and they are fun reads. Not only is she a fabulous writer, Diane is also one of those writers who is working hard to make sure new writers get noticed and is more than willing to share her stories from the publishing trenches. She’s been there and knows just the right thing to say. She doesn’t know it, but I often take notes of comments she makes because I know I’ll need them later in my career.
Lastly, we have Patricia Sands. Lovely woman, writer, speaker, humanitarian extraordinaire. Patricia often blogs about wonderful organizations that help women, or she will spotlight a new writer that she discovered on her many travels. Patricia is a perfect example of what it means to pay-it-forward. This month, she’s looking out for the girls. Yep, THOSE girls. It’s October and everyone should be thinking pink and boobies.
There are so many more I could add to this list and I will in future posts. For today, I just want to say Thank You to these women for sharing their bacon.
Who do you know that is a giver? Are you a good role model for bacon sharing? Are you totally sick of the bacon analogy? 🙂 Do you even like bacon? I know it’s sad, but true. There are those out there who don’t like bacon. That’s okay. We still love them.