“Make your mess your message.” – Ishita Gupta
“Exquisite attention is the zone of possibility, trust, and openness as we move through the day.” – Jonathan Fields
“Finding your voice is more important than finding your niche.” – Jeff Goins
“What if you created as much as you consumed?” – Sean McCabe
“Stop living as a victim to your inbox or calendar.” – Crystal Paine
“Starting is fun, but the future belongs to finishers.” – Jon Acuff
We live in an interesting time. Thousands of articles and data points are available at our fingertips. We’re all busy. I challenge you to step back for a minute and shift your focus from consumption to creativity.
Not Like Most Conferences
The quotes above are just a few of the lessons gleaned from attending the 2017 Tribe Conference, orchestrated by Jeff Goins. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the conference. I registered for an early-bird standard ticket and didn’t know any attendees.
Professional conferences are part of my life. As a Certified Financial PlannerTM and CPA, I’m required to get over 40 hours of continuing education annually. To say I was looking forward to Tribe would be an understatement. Ordinarily, my days are filled with numbers and spreadsheets. Honing my writing, finding an authentic voice, and engaging with other writers had immense appeal.
I wasn’t disappointed. Jeff Goins and his team provided a top line-up of speakers, many of whose work I’d long admired. Tsh Oxenreider, Crystal Paine, and Jon Acuff were the names that caught my immediate attention. If unfamiliar with a speaker’s work, we were encouraged to research them in advance. I’m a good student and took the homework seriously. Their accomplishments were amazing. Reading about each speaker was one thing but listening intently in person was a mind-blowing experience!
Community: this simple word captured the essence of the conference. For many writers, creativity emerges when we have solitude. I’m no exception. Yet Jeff Goins argues in his latest book Real Artists Don’t Starve that we need community to take that creative work to the next level. During the creation process, we rely on supportive family members and friends to act as cheerleaders when the going gets tough. To publish a book, we need a literary agent and publisher if going the traditional publishing route. But many publishers won’t even talk to us if we don’t already have a bigger community of supporters who appreciate our work. This group of raving fans is even more crucial if you self-publish.
I met such a wide range of people at the conference. One woman, Catherine Carrigan, recently published her 7th book on natural healing and made the Amazon new release best-seller list. Another woman started blogging recently about the healing process associated with divorce. Caroline DePalatis just published her first book about one-year abroad in China with her family of five. One man was an executive tired of corporate America and ready to help other executives through his writing and speaking.
Regardless of what brought us to the conference, we shared a common bond. We were there at Tribe to learn and grow not only as writers but as mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers. I couldn’t imagine spending my weekend any other way.
What have you done lately to challenge yourself and step outside your comfort zone? What if you created as much as you consumed? Please reply with your comments below. If you found value in this article, please also share it on social media. Thank you!
Deborah L. Meyer, CPA, CFP® is the proud owner of WorthyNest, a fee-only financial planning and wealth management firm based in greater St. Louis that serves faith-filled families locally and nationally. Deb is a professional contributor to Kiplinger Personal Finance and Investopedia and a member of the: AICPA, NAPFA, and XY Planning Network. Outside of work, Deb spends time with her husband Bryan and their three young sons.