Top 10 People for 2011

I've been fighting my perfectionistic tendencies for a month writing this up "right" and today I got two promptings to just get it out there. (Perfectionism in my writing does not play well with taking care of the family, finishing my dissertation, and finishing jobs for my clients. Here's one small step for [this] man, and a giant leap for writing-productivity-kind.)

This year I'm fending off my own S.O.S. (shiny object syndrome) and concentrating on one business area at a time. While feeling the psiren's call of the shiny product/course/software, I had a moment of clarity and committed to following through with the materials I've already got from people I resonate most with. Here's the short list of my top 10 folks, in no particular order.

  1. Dr.Mani - passion, double bottom line, solo infopreneuring
  2. Paul Myers - writing, mental shifts, meta-basics
  3. Marlon Sanders - produce+promote, copywriting, high-level strategy
  4. Tinu Abayomi-Paul - traffic generation via twitter, facebook, blogs
  5. Dr. Letitia Wright, D.C. - real world media and publicity, contrarian online business
  6. John Childers - selling from the stage
  7. Rick Butts - keynote speaking
  8. Mark Joyner - big ideas, Simple·ology
  9. Brian McElroy - email marketing, webinars, generating high-end clients
  10. Jason Fladlien - "good enough" copy, webinars, prolific product and content creation

Of course, after making the list a bunch of other influential names came to mind including Willie Crawford, Mark Austin, Dave Lakhani, Lee Collins, Tellman Knudson, Paul Evans, Nicola Cairncross, Lynn Terry, Terry Dean, Stephen Dean, Ryan Healy, Stever Robbins, Jonathan Altfeld, T.Falcon Napier, Mike Jay, and many other friends and mentors.

The more "perfect" version of the list was quickly becoming a full blown report as I gave a little background on each person and further resources on what I find most influential from each of them. I'll certainly release that stuff as I get it produced.

In the meantime, there's my list (and if you can't figure out my story-arc for the year, sorry, it's all there between the two lists!). The interesting thing to note is that I have interacted directly with almost all of these folks in one way or another -- most on the phone or gasp in real life! A couple of them are on my lists in spite of the fact that I don't really like interacting with them -- their info and example is so good that I set aside my random emotional reaction and study what makes me come back in spite of that emotional reaction. Yeah, they are that good at what they do.

Special thanks go out to Dr.Mani for the example of his Top 10 IM Ezines post and Nicola Cairncross for her article about her Top 10 Business Influences so far.