A fellow MVP Kathleen Anderson has reminded me of a spoof video that Microsoft did a few years back for an MVP summit. The video suggests that the instant you become an MVP that you’ll have hordes of loyal followers, beautiful women throwing themselves at your feet and you become invincible. If only it were true! In reality, becoming an MVP often means that you have a target painted on your back as people try to take you down a peg or two in the belief that you might think your better than everyone else. I’m here to tell you that from my perspective anyway, being an MVP is at times a curse as much as a reward. Imagine you’ve been shown a glimpse of technology that is 3 years ahead of its time, and your not allowed to discuss it with fellow workmates. Imagine the long hours spent beta testing the latest things from Microsoft for zero pay. Imagine the lost time with family as they wonder just what the heck has gotten into you that you want to spend MORE time in front of that #$%#$%#$ computer.
Still it’s not all bad. You get to meet some great people from all over the globe, and really discuss things that can affect the long term direction of the product. But as I said it’s not all it’s made out to be.