Written by Karen D. Swim
My hard work has earned me a spot on the A-list. Yes, it is true I have crossed that hallowed ground and now stand on the other side of the velvet rope. Only, this A-list is not for those dodging paparazzi or blogerrati. You will not see this list published on Media Bistro or the Huffington Post. In fact, this A-list only matters to a small group of people and for me the only ones that count.
Last week famed blogger, Jason Calcanis announced his retirement from blogging. Other A-list bloggers discussed the retirement and engaged in debates about the disintegration of the A-list. Is it still relevant in our all access world? Was Jason’s retirement a cheap ploy to market an “elite” new service? These and other questions swirled among the blogosphere in a blazing fury.
In the midst of all the activity, I celebrated my quiet rise to A-list status. How did I get there? By being a business that “is a joy to work with,” a networker that “connects people to really good people,” a friend that “supports and encourages,” and a family member “that helps a lot of people seeking nothing in return.” (Now before you think I have turned into a bona fide egomaniac, these are honest to goodness true quotes from people.)
My A-list has nothing to do with traffic stats, subscribers, or the size of my bank account, but is dependent on how I treat others. That dear readers is far more important than being crowned with a fleeting label. My A-list celebrity puts me firmly out of the spotlight and shines the light on the impact of my actions upon others, and that includes you dear readers.
Each time I hear that I have made you smile, or touched on an issue that is important to you it is as thrilling as a mention in the New York Times.
Don’t get me wrong, the other A-list has value. I learn from the trailblazers, the thought leaders and the industry experts. However, many of these people are true givers, not enamored with their status. Liz Strauss is an excellent example of someone who is the A of A-listers but is on a mission to embrace the world. She continues to be at the forefront because she has maintained a passion and purpose to take others along on the journey.
One day I may ascend to A-list status (If Oprah calls I will not turn her down). However, whether I make the A-list or the D-list the most important thing will be touching the lives of others and making a difference even if that difference is simply doing a job and doing it well.
What about you, what does the A-list mean to you? Are there any A-listers that serve as mentors? Let’s chat it up here in the comments on Twitter or hey even by email. Wherever and however you want to talk, I’m listening!