What You Can Learn From An A-Lister

This post was guest blogged by Allen Young, the co-author of “Tenant in Common Investing-The Uncommon Path to Massive Wealth

The A list is a term first used in show business and refers to the top movie stars who are the most bankable actors. Everything these A list actors touch turns to gold. This term has also been used for other industries as well. I think of an A-lister as someone who is widely recognized as being at the top of their profession. John Chow is an example of an A list blogger as John is one of the most successful and “bankable” bloggers.

If you ever get an opportunity to meet with an A-lister I would recommend you take advantage of it. It does not matter if the A-lister is in your profession or not. You will learn a great deal just from being in the presence of someone who has achieved great success. I had such an opportunity last month when John Chow was in my area and I was able to have dinner with him. We had a great time and an awesome meal, but I also came away with some insights from John on how to be successful in any business. Despite the fact that John and I are in different fields the information is still of great value to me in my business. Here are some lessons I learned from one A-lister John Chow.

1. Attitude

Someone on the A-list has a certain attitude in which they carry themselves. It is an optimistic attitude of confidence. Not arrogant or rude but forceful and proactive. The A-lister expects things to happen a certain way, not hoping that it would. John wrote a post about how having the correct attitude helps you get things from others such as a free press pass to Ad Tech. It is this same attitude that you can apply to get things you need to be successful in your business. Having spent a short time with John I can see he exudes this attitude of confidence in his personal life as well.

2. Vision

All successful A-listers have a vision. It is by following this vision or plan that they have been able to realized great success and become an A-lister. In spite of the fact that they are already an A-lister a successful A-lister continues to have a vision for the future. In our dinner John shared with me his vision for the blog and how he plans to grow it even more in the future. I did not understand all of it but I knew he had a vision for the future and that he was excited about it. You need to have a plan to be successful no matter what business you are in.

3. Values

You can read all the self improvement and business books there are but you will understand better what it takes to be successful by spending some time with a successful A-lister. By spending time with an A-lister you can see up close what motivates them to excel and the intangibles that they possess. In having dinner with John I saw that he is a very committed family man. He is also an immigrant from China. In fact our families are from the same area of China. John and I both have small children and it was clear how important his daughter and family are to him. His humble upbringing and love of his family is a driving force for John to succeed. It is important to remember that before you can begin to succeed in your business you must get your priorities and values in line. Despite his reputation as an “evil” blogger John knows what is truly important to him and the reasons why he works so hard to maintain the Dot Com Lifestyle.

By having dinner with John I saw another more personal side of John and not just John Chow dot Com. At the same time I see the characteristics that make John a very successful business man. Take the initiative to meet and learn from someone on the “A” list. You will make an important contact and learn a lot about what it takes to be successful. How do you contact an A-lister? I will share some tips and how I connected with John Chow in a later post.


29 thoughts on “What You Can Learn From An A-Lister”

  1. Joe Ngo says:

    Great post, Allen. I wish that I could have the opportunity to meet John, as you did. You have provided some excellent insights here on how we, as bloggers, should strive to become A-listers ourselves.

    Now who wants to pay $500 per month for a 125 x 125 px ad on my blog? 😈 Just kidding.

    1. Terry Tay says:

      I was going to take you up on your offer but since you said just kidding, I guess I’ll go spend the $500 elsewhere 😉 😆

      I would love to sit down with John for lunch and be able to talk to him about many things. I don’t really think of him as an A-Lister, but he is very successful at what he does and pretty much acts like a regular person.
      ~Terry

  2. Cronus says:

    I agree 100% and have always thought this, you basically just read my mind lol. I have always said if you want to be at the top, act like the top. From how you handle social situations to just general knowledge of everything. Even if you don’t know something, pretend you do and BS your way through it. Surely you can come up with some general information to make yourself look a bit better in any conversation.
    Composure is everything and if you don’t get it right, you won’t get anything in return.

  3. MoneyNing says:

    I always believed that the people who are in Vancouver should try to meet John right away. This is a great post that puts those thoughts into words and I agree 100%. I would say that the most important part of this is the attitude which projects the confidence that a-listers have.

    1. XLOR says:

      Agree with you about meeting John but there are not so much people on our planet that are living in Vancouver(((

  4. Cronus says:

    I believe myself and another blogger(friend from home) are going to take a trip up to canada just to check the Dot Com Pho out, and perhaps whatever else is in the area. Perhaps John will give us a little insight as to let us know what’s good in the area?

  5. johnchow.tv says:

    well that is tru We should all go up there and meet up call it the biggest dot com pho ever that would be cool

  6. Bibokz says:

    Nice post Allen, congrats for the free review from John.

  7. ViralKing says:

    Great Guest post, thanks for the read

  8. Haha…Very true…Nice post. Thanks 😛

  9. XLOR says:

    I have got question:
    Who is an A-list blogger?
    I mean some names accept John?

    1. Darren (problogger.net), Shoemoney (shoemoney.com) are the ones that come to mind.

      1. Cronus says:

        I would also say JohnCow.com, but they have been getting a bit worse in the last few weeks. Hopefully they will pick up content a bit.

        1. Yeah, maybe Dosh Dosh too. I also found this guy jimkarter.com, never heard of him before but unless he’s lying his ass off, he’s making some serious cash.

          1. MoneyNing says:

            Hmm… I think you will find that there are so many people that are making quite a bit of money right now blogging…. heck… even I’m making quite a bit.. but the true A-listers are the more high profile ones that Cronus has mentioned…

  10. Sha says:

    This was a great post, but am I going crazy or was this Learn From An A-Lister post already right here on John’s blog?

  11. Eagerly waiting for the next post.

    1. Flimjo says:

      Are you being sarcastic??

  12. Thiago Prado says:

    It’s very important to have connections and when you find the right person you have to get all the information available that will improve your life and your work.

  13. I need some good vision 🙂 Maybe some beer can help me 🙂

    1. Cronus says:

      In my experience, beer only blurries the vision.
      😉

  14. Flimjo says:

    Related to attitude, I would also add the quest for unrealistic goals. A-Listers seek to achieve the impossible, and they have fun while doing it. 5 years ago, who would have thought someone could make $200,000/year from a blog? A-Listers make these things happen, despite all the naysayers.

    1. Cronus says:

      Very well put, everyone strives to succeed, A-Listers make it happen with their many innovations.

  15. Affiliate17 says:

    Pretty good. Having a vision for your blog/website is very important.

  16. Caleb says:

    Having an optimistic attitude of confidence is the secret to success in many areas of life. It helps to keep you going especially when things aren’t going as well as you would like. And without vision and values can you really classify yourself as living?

  17. Someone should make a website that helps blogging wannabes meet with A listers. I know I would sign up :mrgreen:
    Anyone know of any A-list bloggers living in Europe?

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