Ready Or Not Here They Come, The Duke Long Top 2018 Lists. #SurviveThePurge.

I have been teasing a bit lately (hey now) on Twitter about my annual Top 50 Top 100 and Top 150 lists.

Yes, I have written about this in the past but I thought this was a good time for a bit of context.

They started WAY back in 2010 with Top 39 Commercial Real Estate People You Must Connect with on LinkedIn.

Think back to those sheltered and simpler times. When did you finally put your professional self out there for the world to see? In 2010 it was all I could do to find 39 people. Do me a quick favor and look at the list and see how many names you recognize today. That’s called being ahead of the curve or better yet creating it.

The lists were then and are today just a simple way of helping people connect. When they started there was barely a way to find out who to connect with much less start a conversation or introduction.

So at some point, I had to pick a number and kind of stick to it. Top 10 Top 25 Top 50 Top 100 Top 150 just seemed right. Why try to be cute and make it something it should not be.

I have in no way shape or form created any kind of automated ….whatever. It’s all me and this Mac keyboard. Blame me, hate me, love me, adore me, and send me booze but believe me when I say it’s all me.

I try and keep it light and fresh. I try to go all across the #CRE industry if I can. I try to just showcase YOU. It’s not about how fancy or graphic it can or should be it’s about you exploring and finding the connection.

You decide. You give permission. You allow or don’t allow. You create your own criteria and network.

I’ve said it a thousand times “BUILD THE TRIBE.”

Look at the lists below from last year. What if you just did business with 10-20% of those lists? Now that a book of business.

Duke Long’s Updated: 2017 Top 50 Commercial Real Estate Blogs You Must Read.

Duke Long’s Updated 2017 Top 150 Commercial Real Estate People You Must Connect With On LinkedIn.

Duke Long’s Updated: 2017 Top 100 Commercial Real Estate People You Must Follow On Twitter.

Duke Long’s Top 10 Most Influential Online Commercial Real Estate People 2017.

Now having done this for more than a few years I have always tried to keep it fresh and updated. I’ve even toyed with the idea of creating a completely new list with not a single name from the previous years on it. Hmm, that’s maybe.

Look someone is going to be left off the lists and if that offends or just pisses you off in any way, then so be it.

I’m not of the Top 10 PGA Tour Money list this year either. It’s not for lack of trying. Maybe lack of pure talent and skill but hey I can dream can I not? We all have our souls to bare.

What does it take to be recognized again?

Hell if I know and I’m the one doing the lists.

Just remember it started as a way to get people to connect and BUILD THE TRIBE.

It’s still with that intent I continue to do them every year and will probably continue to do so until…..

Ready Or Not Here They Come, The Duke Long Top 2018 Lists. #SurviveThe Purge.


+1 How many hits on the lists??????? You would be shocked!

+1+1 But who’s counting?



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