Right now I’m in Franklin TN for the weekend attending Jeff Goins’ 3rd Tribe Conference. I drove through the night from my home in Maryland, just about 750 miles to make it to The Factory at Franklin.
This conference is life-changing.
Why I’m At Tribe & Why You Should Attend Conferences
In Jeff’s most recent book, Real Artists Don’t Starve (affiliate link)*, he details 12 Rules of the New Renaissance.
Rule 6 is that “the Starving Artist believes he can be creative anywhere. The Thriving Artists goes where creative work is already happening.”
I blog here on FaceYourGoliaths.com about online business and more. At the conference, I will meet dozens (of the 100s in attendance) that are on different parts of the blogging journey.
They are doing creative work and I get energized by being there.
I also will walk away with dozens of ideas to implement here on this blog and with my current job (as a web designer).
I’m learning from those ahead of me on the journey and offering help and encouragement to those that are a few steps behind me.
You too should attend events, groups, and conferences where activity and creation in your field of excitement are.
You need to be part of a scene to be successful
Jeff explains on page 97 of his book, “the way creative work spreads [is] not through the efforts of a lone genius but through a network.”
While I do not think of myself as a genius, I do want to connect with people and grow my audience and get my work out in front of more people.
Not because of ego but because I think my words and message can help people. I recently heard from one reader that someone shared a post with her and it was “just what I needed to hear that day.”
Scenes Beget Networks
In chapter 6 of Real Artists Don’t Starve (affiliate link)*, Jeff explains that “a network is more than a team of cheerleaders; it’s a diverse group of individuals who offer a set of skills and resources that help each member succeed. (Emphasis added)
We all have heard that it’s not what you know but who you know. This is true in almost every facet of life. Those that have had “lucky breaks” didn’t have luck. They had a network. They were part of a scene.
AS part of their respective scenes, they know the “right” people but did something most people don’t do. They earned the attention (and respect) of “the scene” by using their gifts and abilities to help others succeed.
We want to be successful so we work hard on our respective craft and skill set but hard work is not enough.
In his book The $100 Startup, Chris Guillebeau teaches us the “magic formula” for success.
Passion or skill + Usefulness = Success
How I Service TribeConf
For TribeConf, I’m serving by organizing a meet-up this afternoon before the conference officially kicks off.
Last year I did it and was able to meet 8 great people before the conference started. So when I walked into the hall, I knew a few people.
During the inaugural conference, I was like the proverbial new kid at school scanning the lunchroom for someone to sit with and I didn’t like that feeling. I assumed that others might have felt that way as well.
This year I am hoping for close to 35 people will join us.
Since I have a car, I will be picking up some attendees from the airport.
Since I like to drive and will have a car at the conference, I can easily save the person from having to Uber their way to the conference. It also allows me to get the know them better. I don’t do well in large crowds but in smaller groups, I’m much better.
How Can You Serve Your Scene?
I shared a few simple ways to serve the scene I’m a part of. What does your scene need?
- Can you do an introduction for someone?
- Can you share links on social media?
- Can you give encouragement?
- Can you offer editing?
I’m sure I have some grammar mistakes on this site (email me here with them)
- Can you visit the sick or elderly?
- Can you share your experience?
- Can you send a note of thanks?
- Can you volunteer your time or skills?
- Can you send a note of thanks?
you’d be surprised what a handwritten note can do.
We all need to be part of a scene. as Jeff reminds us “sometimes the community we need is right in front of us.”
What is needed is the willingness to step out of our comfort zone.
What practical action can you take today to serve your scene? Leave a comment below.
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