“We’re told we all need to be leaders, but that would be really ineffective. The best way to make a movement, if you really care, is to courageously follow and show others how to follow. When you find a lone nut doing something great, have the guts to be the first person to stand up and join in.”

Source: Derek Sivers – First Follower: Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy at 2:07
Watch the full 3 minute video about how to create a movement

TPT Leadership means standing up and sharing what you know.

It also means standing up and supporting ideas that you think make TPT better.

It’s not about me. It’s not about you. It’s about making TPT better for everyone. And from watching Derek Sivers’ commentary above, we know that the movement needs to be public. Hence the page celebrating TPT leaders (who don’t feel like leaders, but are.)

This page is a work in progress.

I’m copying comments from the public YouTube channel here because it’s hard to find comments on YouTube – and I’d like Team TPT to get an idea of what people aren’t saying in the forums. (Pss, you can always contact TPT directly about better TPT data tools. They have an awesome UX team (Customer User Experience).

  • If you would like me to redact your name or image from the screenshots from YouTube, please email me at [email protected]
  • Please note – Under the fair use doctrine of the US copyright statute, it is permissible to use limited portions of a work including quotes, for purposes such as commentary, criticism, news reporting, and scholary reports.
  • I am not a lawyer. This is not legal advice. Watch this video (45:38) to find out more about my opinion.

Something I’m noticing is that because I document and respond to comments, the public conversation on SEOTpreneur seems to be more civil than perhaps private forums (which can still be screenshot and shared widely.) At least two people have deleted their public comments from the YouTube channel.

What I’ve noticed is that sometimes, putting a spotlight on an issue, helps the conversation become more accountable. Do students in the classroom behave differently when they know people are watching? Maybe, maybe not!

I love chatting with people who have a different perspective.

  • @cuatrojibaro constantly leaves challenging comments in the SEOTpreneur YouTube community that makes me pause and reflect on my ideas.
  • His perspective helps me become a better seller because I have to think about why I believe what I do, and whether they apply given the new perspective he shares with me.
  • Please feel free to leave a comment of agreement or disagreement on this video about whether I should be blackballed by the TPT community.

PS. You can see what this page looked like in the past using The Internet Archive WayBack Machine – social change is interesting, and public documentation is important so we can look at primary source data ourselves to come to our own conclusions!

“Thanks for this great video and for the positive impact you’re having on our community!”

Public comment posted by @teachietings on YouTube Episode 31 Dec 10, 2023

“So sorry to hear about the black ball drama. TPT has too many [leaders] that take over too easily on what is right and wrong. I wish people would mind their own business. Best of luck to you!”

Private email received on Sat, Nov 4, 2023

“Just here to offer my support! I guess disrupters don’t like being disrupted, do they?… I do very well on TpT but am always keen to learn more. Until now, I’ve not found a place to communicate where I’m comfortable. I think I might have just found it.”

Public comment posted by @Eternal-Student on YouTube Nov 6, 2023

“You two ❤ are the freshest breath of air to blow into TpT. I am so glad you got together. I NEVER post in the forums because you never know what kind of snapping reaction you might get. I don’t want to be a part of something that treats others so unkindly. Well done Enrica for standing up for Mike! You are a star burning bright and a role model for others.”

Public comment posted by @Eternal-Student on YouTube Nov 8, 2023

“…This type of analysis is not just useful but thought-provoking and entertaining.”

Public comment posted by @RapOperaCentral on YouTube Mon Oct 30, 2023

“Your video hit the nail on the head. I’d like to add something though – being a teacher doesn’t automatically equip one with the skills to design products for fellow educators. It seems there’s an additional, let’s call it a ‘2.5 step’, that’s often overlooked. Teachers should also focus on acquiring the know-how to design products that not only serve educational purposes but are marketable as well—products that sell!”

Public comment posted by @cuatrojibaro on YouTube Mon, Oct 30, 2023

“…OMG. I’m at 1:12:54. Something just clicked when you mentioned how TpT counts page views. I know for a fact that they used to count five edits of a product as five views of that product. The last time I paid attention to this was in 2019. So, sometime between then and now, that changed. The question is WHEN EXACTLY? Could this count for some people’s lower views now (because the previous view count was incorrectly tabulated)? If someone spent a great deal of time updating their products, changing out thumbnails, and optimizing their product descriptions, at one point, all that activity was counted as views….and then that stopped, wouldn’t that be at least part of the reason that the same person would now have lower views? …”

Public comment posted by @rikeneville on YouTube Mon Nov 13, 2023

Yay! It worked. Thank you so much for getting back to me so quickly. And thank you so much for an amazing tool!

Public comment posted by @sheenalannin7829 on YouTube Wed, Nov 15, 2023