25 Things I Learned at Tribe Conference 2017
And Why I am Definitely Going Back in 2018
I was the new guy, but then again, there were a lot of us who were new.
I was excited, apprehensive, ready to get inspired, not ready to meet a bunch of new people, tired from an already long week, and searching for answers.
Tribe Conference did not disappoint. It was everything I might have guessed and more.
Incredible speakers. Lots of new friends. Mind-blowing ideas about creativity, motivation, discipline, inspiration, calling, exhaustion, vision, ambition, networking….
I learned so much. I’m still processing it all.
Here are just some of the things I learned:
- We all get to be artists.
- Don’t assume you have to suffer for your art.
- Don’t go for “clarity of vision” — go for “trust of process.”
- The point of your journey is to gain something that you can bring home to share with others.
- Build a community around your “beloved readers” — learn to serve them by finding out where they go to find answers and solutions for their questions and problems.
- Feel free to be the weirdo in the room.
- Attention creates connection. Quality attention allows others to flourish. “Exquisite attention” paid to others allows them to become their best.
- Exercise stewardship over your gifts and let the results speak for themselves.
- Confidence is a learned skill.
- Problems exist at every level of work and life — use and share both your message and your mess.
- Pay attention to your frustrations.
- Listen to your life — know what you are about.
- Do one thing that breaks the rules.
- Imagine what might happen if you created as much as you consume.
- Curate: selectively project a single, focused thing. You will be known for one thing or you will be known for nothing.
- Get the imperfect words out.
- Show up every day.
- The majority of people in your audience want to know how to do what you do.
- Rest is the new hustle.
- Your best work is done in solitude.
- Overcome procrastination by “allowing yourself to step into the groundlessness of uncertainty about yourself and your future.”
- You must invest in yourself. You can’t add value to other people if you don’t value yourself.
- Focus on the things that don’t change.
- Halve your goals and make them fun.
- The people who find success are all the people who never quit trying even if they quit many, many times.
I’m going to Tribe Conference 2018. I already have my ticket.
If you want to grow as a writer and you are looking for a group of likeminded creatives, this is your tribe. Check it out.