Since when did being listed become a bad thing?
Some of these social personalities crack me up; I remember seeing these lists of HR Influencers come out and everyone was happy and congratulating each other. Now it’s almost as if you don’t want to be listed because of the backlash!
A couple of years ago I would see these lists of Top HR Influencers on Social Media, Top HR Social Media Personalities or Top HR Pros using Social Media and think, wow that’s something. I couldn’t wait to make a list someday.
Let’s be honest here, whenever a list comes out the first thing you do is look for your name or the name of those that you respect – or like. Then you begin shredding the list apart by analyzing the list and the list maker. “Who is this guy?”, “Who is that lady?”, “How was this list compiled?”…gheez folks, get over yourselves.
I was honored when I made my first list, still am. But now that I’ve made several lists, I’m seeing a lot of griping and complaining – bitching and moaning whenever a new list comes out. Comments like “that list is stupid”, “who cares?”,”if so and so isn’t on the list then it’s crap.” Stop hating! Why you gotta tear folks down? Stop being so miserable and critical all the time.
I’m calling bullsh*t on that bullsh*t!
Let me tell you something. Everyone likes to be recognized. The workforce landscape is crowded with recognition/reward programs – so don’t front like you don’t like being noticed. That’s what social media is all about – attention seeking geniuses – trying to get or maintain a buzz. Move along with that hate! I’m happy to be listed, if you knew what I’ve been through… You would list me too. In 2010, I was doing a job I hated, for people I didn’t respect, known by no one – feeling worthless. And I took a laptop and created a business. CostofWork has led to many opportunities (PerformanceICreate.com, SmartRecruiters.com, Jobsite.com, ResumeCrusade.com, SHRM and so much more) – I work hard – harder than I did when I was corporate America.
All this from nothing – zilch –zero!
And to those that feel some kind of way about list makers, lists or people being listed, let me make one thing clear – I do not care what you think. I make no apologies for being listed; in fact I should be on everyone’s list. Take that and rewind it back!
Now, to all the list makers, I want to express my sincere thanks for noticing my hard work and putting me on your lists. To anyone else who has been listed; congratulations – don’t let anyone diminish your moment.
Here are some of the lists that I’ve been part of and again, thank you for acknowledging my work!
PayScale Human Capital Compensation Today “25 Must Read HR Blogs in 2013”
HRBN – Human Resource Blogger Network “HRBN 40 under 40”
Huffington Post “The Top 100 Most Social Human Resources Experts on Twitter”
Evan Carmichael’s “AUGUST 2013 Top 100 Human Resources Experts to Follow on Twitter”
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