LinkedIn Loses One of Its Strongest Evangelists

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gse_multipart1788.jpgYesterday, Vincent Wright, founder of MyLinkedInPowerForum and dozens of related groups, announced yesterday that he will no longer be an active evangelist for LinkedIn, although he will remain a member and active user:

And though I will remain a user of Linkedin and perhaps even a paid-member of Linkedin, my days as a self-appointed Linkedin evangelist ended, yesterday.

Some people say that there’s no such thing as giving too much… yes, there is, and Vincent gave too much, by his own admission:

Therefore, sometimes we have to do a checkup to see whether what we’re doing is what we should be doing for our greatest benefit, pleasure, and profit. From time to time, we need to check to make sure that what we are doing will be of real-world benefit to our friends, family, and business associates. We must do this even with the things we permit ourselves to have deep, abiding passion for.

Some of you have heard me say this before but for who haven’t, I need to say that I’m WAAAAAYYYYY behind schedule in reducing the amount of time I’ve allocated to Linkedin.

Personally, while I’m sad to see LinkedIn lose one of its staunchest supporters, I’m glad for Vincent that he has realized the need to shift his focus.

See, one of the “dirty little secrets” of networking is that there is NOT always a direct correlation between what is touted as “good networking” and financial success. I fully believe in the idea of “givers gain”, but as usual, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.

In the Bible it says, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” There’s an important implication there that many people miss. Love your neighbor as yourself. If you don’t love yourself — more importantly, if you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of your neighbor.

So Vincent (and all you other heavy networkers out there), please take care of yourself. You can give your best to the world when you have the time, energy and financial freedom to do so.

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  1. This is truly a landmark issue worthy of attention. vincent, the ultimate networker, Chief Encouragement Officer, king of forums etc. etc. gave of his time relentlessly. He relied on financial support from members of his forums and he trusted Linkedin and he supported, defended and promoted them beyond measure.
    Not once did we witness any of the top executives of Linked express an appreication to vincent or his forum members for the continuous feedback and suggestions, not once. A void in leadership skills at Linkedin
    I believe there is a lesson here to be learned. We can help each other as long as helping others doesn’t hurt us in the end. In terms of helping the network operators we do more than our share simply by using their platforms which they take all of the economic gain from our usage and membership.
    Person to person we can help, encourage and at times provide economic support from our actions between each other in a “network”. Person to corpration is the age old model of capitalism, the corporations will use the human resource to the maximum for the corporations benefit, not the persons benefit.
    Network operators are not about building healthy and strong relations with their users they are about making money for their shareholders, period.
    There is a shift needing to happen and that is a shift in which the users gain economically from their usage of platforms…..plaforms are now commodities and all that is left to configure is the economic models for individual users. Operators can also gain but not take all the gain.
    If I know vincent he will be back in the game but maybe this time singing a different tune in which he gets paid for the melodies he produces and others use.
    Stay tuned for the emergence of the relationship economy built by and for individuals
    What say you?

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