Devout Lover of Language Meet RTC Proofreader Adrian Bumgarner
What is your favorite aspect about working for RTC?
If you experienced what it’s like to be part of RTC, you would understand why it’s hard to pick one favorite thing, but I’ll choose growth. This team consists of the most authentic people I’ve ever encountered. Their commitment to embracing everyone exactly as they are while also encouraging people to strive for the things they’ve hardly allowed themselves to dream of is truly inspiring. When you feel like you’ve got people in your corner who are rooting for you, supporting you, and believing in you, a beautiful thing happens. You suddenly have a safe space where you can grow despite any fears or misgivings.
What do RTC’s core values mean to you or how do you live them in your daily work?
RTC’s core values fill me with so much hope. At the end of the day, we’re all just human beings trying to figure out this thing called life and how to find the good parts of it, like happiness, peace, and fulfillment. Thinking this way really causes me to pay attention to how I’m interacting with others and how they’re interacting with me. I try to give people grace, accept them where they are, help when I can, listen when needed, celebrate the good days, and build them up on the not-so-great ones.
What is a piece of advice you would give new writers?
Don’t worry so much about getting it perfect in the beginning. Write whatever comes to mind when you’re in a flow state. You can always go back and change things up later in the process. Bonus advice: realize that you don’t have to do this alone. There are people (like the RTC team) who can provide their expertise during the various stages of writing. Your job isn’t to do it all by yourself from beginning to end. Your job is simply to write the story that’s inside you and share it with the world.
What is your Myers-Briggs Personality type?
INFJ – The quiz I took described INFJs as “creative nurturers with a strong sense of integrity and a drive to help others realize their potential. Creative and dedicated, they have a talent for helping others with original solutions to their personal challenges.”
I was really surprised by how accurate this description was! Ask anyone in my life what role I’ve played in their own, and they will tell you that I helped them discover their potential, start their business, or see several ways they could overcome a challenge. There’s no magic wand or grand secret here. I just listen to people and what they REALLY want to do with their lives and help them see they’ve already got what it takes to make a start. If I happen to have knowledge that’s useful, I provide it. So often, people think if they don’t know how to do something completely from top to bottom, they shouldn’t even try. Don’t forget, none of us were born knowing how to do much of anything, but we learned as we grew. There’s no reason a person can’t continue to learn. Also, Google is an incredible, free resource that leads to OTHER incredible, free resources! Don’t know something? Look it up! Before you know it, hours will go by, and you’ll be more knowledgeable than before.
Oops! Accidentally went off on a tangent there. To sum things up, I genuinely want every single person to be happy and fulfilled. If I can help in some way, then I’m grateful.
What is your favorite children’s book?
Ella Enchanted. To this day, I still feel a sense of relief when I open its pages. Almost like my soul heaves a big sigh, and I’m coming home. It’s so good! There’s adventure, obstacles to overcome, magic, humor, cleverness, tugging of heartstrings, and glimmers of hope along the way. Read it! You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll believe in yourself.