Goodbye Be Responsive!

The Beginning

In April 2013, out of a sheer faith, I started a meetup group called Be Responsive. I had no prior experience on running any events before, so I was quite terrified with the prospect of running one. My courage comes from my purpose, I just want to contribute to the Australian web community. I just believe that if I make something good, people will come.

The Journey

And people did came, in abundance. In the process, I made a lot of new friends, learnt a lot , and gained a lot of new experiences.

I’ve met a lot of generous people, who had volunteered to help out for the success of the group.

I had learnt that hard work and discipline can get you really far.

I have also learnt how to run an event, lead a team, and do public speaking.

There are definitely things I wish I had known prior, and there are definitely decisions I wished I had made differently. But I’m glad that I had the opportunity to gain experience and learn from my mistakes. It’s not something I can get easily from my day job, and I have no doubt that this experience will help me to be a better leader in the future. When I have my next project, I’ll know what to do, and what to avoid.

All in all, I’m proud that Be Responsive had reached it’s height during it’s hey-day. We had great speakers, we had great discussions during the night, and our monthly attendance rate is about 70%. One of the highlight for me was when we did Christmas gift, we had one “A Book Apart” book for every attendee. It was amazing to see all the smiles.

The End

Be Responsive has been an integral part of my live over the last 4 years. My life has changed quite significantly from since the time I started Be Responsive. Now I have new priorities, new responsibilities, and new interests in life. I need to juggle my time between family, work, and other activities.

I’ve been thinking over the past few months, and having a mental battle within myself. Finally, with a heavy heart, I’ve decided that I’ll put a stop on Be Responsive. I just don’t want to put out an event that’s half heartedly organised.

Thank You

I want to thank you to everyone who’ve attended and spoken at Be Responsive before. None of this will happen without you. I also want to send a huge thank you to the people who’ve made a lot of impact in the growth of Be Responsive: Rick Giner, Ben Flanagan, Laura Summers, Yuan Wang, Remya Ramesh, John Allsopp, Danny Hansard, Adrian Lowe, Ross Hodgekiss. Thank you for all your contribution, and sorry for all the trouble I had caused.

I’ve had a great time, learnt a lot, but this is the right time to say goodbye. I’ll be back one day with another event, or a product, or a different way to contribute to the community.

But I’ll still be around, and you can reach out to me by email or twitter. I’ll be more than happy to have a cup of coffee and have a catch up with you.

This journey is definitely way more successful than I dare to dream. Be Responsive had given me a new purpose in my life, and I really had fun doing it.

Thank you again, and I’ll see you around!