What a whirlwind!
There's SO much I want to share from the past couple of weeks, but I think the prominent thought I came up with is encapsulated in the title of this week's post.
In that span of time I attended 3 conferences, traveled to San Diego and Austin, and spent 3 days in Redondo Beach with an amazing group of peers and fellow entrepreneurs who inspire me to no end.
It started with a 4:00 AM car ride on that Monday morning from Santa Monica to San Diego with my great friend Elissa. We've been so busy with our own projects that it was nice to have that undivided time for those few hours. I feel like we worked through some ideas and challenges that had been on our respective minds, and it felt awesome.
Anyone who's been to a big conference can relate. The size of these things is slightly overwhelming.
I remember being super excited that I had created a plan for reaching out to all those attendees and speakers I was connecting with online, prior to the conference.
You know what they say about the best-laid plans.
With a promoted attendance of 6,000 at Traffic & Conversion and 4,000+ at Social Media Marketing World, suffice it to say there were a ton of people to interact with.
Inevitably, you find yourself drawn to friends in attendance and new friends you meet in the early hours of the conference. This becomes your conference tribe. You end up connecting here and there, occasionally sharing a seat together at a talk, or having a standing lunch with a friend who spotted you in the crowd.
And it's those moments.
Those 2 AM speak-easy conversations where you get to know your friends just a little bit more, and it makes the relationship all that more special.
It's the ride-sharing to events and airports, where you can have longer and more meaningful brainstorming sessions.
All of this happens IRL, or In Real Life, as the kids say. OK, maybe I should avoid that phrase in the off chance it makes me sound super old.
It's become a truly important part of my entrepreneurial journey and as cliche as it sounds, I do get by with a (lotta) help from my (entrepreneurial) friends.
Who provides you with your Entrepreneurial Oxygen?
Who's your sherpa up Motivation Mountain?
Who can you commiserate with, who actually GETS what you're going through?
Find those people. Cultivate those relationships. Go deep and plant strong roots.
You'll be SO happy you did.
And if there's any way I can be of service, please don't hesitate to reach out.