In an age of digital first and often digital only, SUCCESS magazine was the lone carrier of the flag bearing, “People will read again.” On Jan. 15, SUCCESS magazine got in the unemployment line with many of the news industry’s stalwart publications as we learned SUCCESS magazine is shutting down and laying off the majority of the magazine, website, video and design staff.
I am unemployed for the first time since I was 16 years old. And as I think about it more, I was entirely too gracious on the phone, offering to help them in any way I could.
Did I not mention? We were fired by phone call at 9pm.
I found out later they kept on a few people to do exactly what I’d offered, to help shut down SUCCESS, so I guess I’m relieved those services aren’t wanted of me.
I don’t think I could walk into our shiny, new building with the 12 foot tall cover of SUCCESS in the lobby and see our desks abandoned like a Cold War fallout shelter anyway.
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I’d been with SUCCESS for 11 years, helping build SUCCESS.com from a few thousand visitors a month to 2 million uniques monthly. I worked with my small but mighty team to grow our social media from 70,000 on Facebook to a combined 6 million fans across all social platforms.
I really did live and breathe SUCCESS like so many of our dedicated, talented team, who are now all unemployed or may soon be, and that’s what hurts most. A part of us literally died last night, and we have no idea why.
SUCCESS magazine really was special. We knew it was special. Our fans knew it was special.
My God, the fans
My heart just fell again. They’re the purest group of personal development fans we’ve ever heard of. They like us deserve to know the whole story.
We earned their trust. But the last thing we should do is split in the middle of the night like some snakeoil salesman.
But I guess that’s why death is such a shock; it happens in a split second and leaves things vastly different in its wake. You can’t ask questions, and you can’t undo it.
Yep, here lies SUCCESS magazine. The last issue of the magazine will be its March 2018 issue featuring the Sharks of Shark Tank. SUCCESS.com is still up for the time being, and the SUCCESS Talks and SUCCESS Insider podcasts are scheduled to publish for another week or two.
So, I would end this blog by saying “Rest in peace,” but I’m not done with this obit yet. I gotta keep writing to keep my sanity.
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Shelby Skrhak is former Director of Digital Content and Social Media for SUCCESS magazine and SUCCESS.com. Until recently, she co-hosted the SUCCESS Insider and SUCCESS Talks podcasts. Feel free to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org; she’s got some time on her hands.