I’m not your typical Influencer on LinkedIn. I’m not ashamed to tell you I started out as sort of an outsider on the platform. When LinkedIn reached out to me about writing for them, I was surprised and honored. The original goal for the program was to have an extremely diverse set of industry and subject-matter experts share their thoughts to generate comments and meaningful discussions. I loved the idea and was thrilled to join in. However, when I saw the first list of Influencers and read their bios, in a brief ‘crisis of confidence’ moment, I thought, “How the heck did I get on this list?”

I Decided to Focus On What I Know Best

Once it kicked off, I didn’t want to be the Influencer that had no followers. I wanted to, “pull my weight,” as they say. I was ranked in the bottom 5% of the first 400+ contributors. I decided to write twice a week, every week. I promoted the articles, paid close attention to the content that was resonating with members, and answered as many career questions for readers as I could. It’s been an incredibly rewarding experience – a lot of work – but well worth it. Fast forward to today, and I’m in the top twenty Influencers on LinkedIn.

But maybe, not for long…

Now, Mark Cuban Is Coming For Me

Even though I’ve written 200+ articles on LinkedIn, I’m about to be passed by Mark Cuban. He’s written only six. I get it. His enormous popularity as an incredibly successful entrepreneur, his role as an advisor on the show, “Shark Tank,” and his huge social media presence is providing well-earned momentum for acquiring followers. I respect what he’s created in his career. I also know he is crazy competitive! Which is making me think: “Dang it! I’ve got to stay in the game.”

What can I say? I’m a roll-your-sleeves-up, scrappy bootstrapping female entrepreneur who doesn’t like to lose to a tough competitor. Plus, I want to be able to help more people. So, my mind is shouting, “Game on, Mark! You’ve got skills, but I’m willing to work harder.”

However, I need my teammates (a/k/a YOU) to guide me!

Tell Me The Next 10 Articles I Should Write

I’m going to do what I do best. Dig in, write, and try to provide as much helpful advice, resources, and tools as I can. However, I need you to tell me what you want.

I’m looking for some fun, crazy, smart topics that you want to know more about. Got a career problem you haven’t seen discussed yet? Tell me more. Want the inside scoop on a job search challenge? Share what it is.

I’d like to keep up with Mark Cuban for as long as I can. To me, that means offering even more value here on LinkedIn. So, I’m asking you to tell what what I can do to make that happen.

Thanks for reading and I look forward to your suggestions, and ultimately, providing some new material for you to check out.

JT (a/k/a Mark Cuban’s Newest Competitor)