Fresh from a conference, motivation is high, the new contacts are to be built upon, the goals are to be penned and planned out and in the words of Mr Problogger himself…”the inspiration is to be implemented.”
This is where the real work must begin. We can come up with the dreams with little procrastination…taking the right steps to make them happen, becomes the challenge.
So at the end of conferences such as these we are left to decide upon our ‘take home messages’. What will we act on straight away to help reach our goals?
I had all of the usual ‘take homes’……the social media marketing strategies, the engagement tips, the SEO guidelines, scheduling suggestions, the media kit advice. Sure I hope to implement these things. Some I had started on and will continue, whilst others will no doubt wait until I am reminded of them again next year.
The biggest take home I received however, probably relates more to my parenting than to anything else. Which in turn I guess will effect the way I blog.
In this room full of 450 people many of them have job titles that didn’t exist 10 years ago. In this room there were introverts galore, there were people with disabilities, there were people who were bullied as kids for their ‘geekiness’ and there were those rather more socially awkard people who most likely spent many nights playing video games with imaginary friends. And their success stories were inspiring.
“We dont want our kids to grow up ‘normal’, because interesting things happen on the edge of the bell curve” Trey Ratcliff #pbevent
Trey Ratcliff was one of those. In fact he has probably been described with every one of those features at different stages in his life. Here was a boy, blind in one eye, always described as a little bit ‘different’ trying to be moulded into something more normal, more accepted. Thanks to the opportunities he found in the world of technology, he now has over 4 million people following him on social media platforms, and has transformed his life into one of an amazing photographer creating masterpieces, whilst travelling the world spreading his self taught knowledge and passion.
I was fortunate enough to talk with Trey. We talked about raising children today. We talked about some of the amazing opportunities our kids have awaiting them. We talked about the fact that some of their jobs have not even been invented yet. We talked about embracing the uniqueness of kids. Of what it is like for young boys growing up trying to be someone they are not. We talked about the importance of living in the now. Of not settling for something that doesnt create memories. Of not letting the ‘haters’ beat you.
“Stop worrying about what others think. Be yourself. People that should be in your world will come into your world” Trey Ratcliff
I like to think that I knew a lot of this stuff before. But sometimes “if a message makes you cry, its your soul telling you you’ve found your truth” #pbevent
And finally…..” There is no better time than in the history of humanity for people to be doing what they want and talking about meaningful things” Clare Bowditch