We all have heroes.
Some are sports stars, celebrities, or even politicians.
We admire these people for their courage, achievements, message, or for a host of other noble reasons.
Most of my heroes are authors, speakers, and entrepreneurs.
What happens when we meet these people in person? Do they hold up to the hype or do they disappoint?
Recently I meet two of my heroes at Jeff Goins’ third Tribe Conference. My heroes did not disappoint.
The speaker lineup was stellar as usual. This was my third TribeConf. I even signed up for 2018 Tribe Conference which begins October 26th, 2018. (Get your ticket now). If you buy your ticket through that link, I don’t get a penny. What I do get is the opportunity to meet you in person next year.
Please Take My Money
When going to a conference, attendees will look at the speaker list or topic before deciding on spending the money to attend the conference.
With TribeConf, I don’t do that. I pay my money in advance and show up.
Each year at TribeConf, I have been thrilled with the speakers that Jeff is able to assemble. I would rate the speakers at an overall solid “A”.
Did I learn more from some than others, certainly? But I learned something from each and every one of them. From the 2017 TribeConf, I took away 16 quotes from the speakers that challenged me.
Meeting My Heroes
My journey to becoming a self-employed web designer, blogger, and author started more than seven years ago.
Meeting Dan Miller
I was introduced to Dave Ramsey podcast, who introduced me to Dan Miller and the concept of finding work that you love. His books, 48 Days to the Work You Love (affiliate link)* and No More Dreaded Mondays (affiliate link)* showed me that it was possible to do work that inspired me.
I meet Dan at TribeConf in 2016 and again this year. As a best-selling author, speaker, and friend of Jeff’s, he easily could have asked Jeff for a free ticket.
Dan was putting into practice what he talks about. He was investing in himself.
On Saturday I talked with Dan a couple of times. He was approachable and interested in what I was saying. It might have been because I was gushing on how his books and podcast have influenced me, but I doubt it.
Later on Saturday, I was talking with Ray Edwards and Aaron Walker, heroes of mine as well and we took a picture together. Then Dan asked me to take a picture of him with Ray and Aaron since they are friends.
When I arrived Sunday morning to get in when the doors opened at 8:30, I met Dan again. He was bringing in some books and other props for his speech.
I offered to carry them in while he went to park his Corvette (with a license plate of 48DAYS). I was then able to walk in with Dan 15 minutes before the doors opened. Why? Because I was walking in with Dan.
Knowing people like Dan literally opened doors for me.
Meeting Pamela Slim
She kick-started the conference Friday night.
Following advice that Dan Miller has given over the years, I was a front-seater. I was at the first table, right in the middle of the stage.
I was sitting there wearing my Star Wars shirt.
Nearly six years ago when I was putting to words what I wanted to do for a living, I read stacks of books. One book that facilitated my escape from a corporate job to going full-time working for myself was Pamela Slim’s book, Escape From Cubicle Nation (affiliate link)*.
She told a story about attending a party and how she brought her best purse with her. It was a rather large purse and the hostess was less than hospitable with her comments about the bag.
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— Eric Gale (@FaceGoliaths) September 16, 2017
For her next birthday, Pam received a special purse. As she left the stage to get the purse, she returned with her R2D2 purse.
With that, she noted that she has had more than 500 conversations about her purse in the last year. People of all ages and backgrounds could connect with it. She even noted that me and called out that I get it since I had a Star Wars shirt on.
Afterwards, she and I were able to talk. We enjoyed talking about Star Wars for a bit and then I shared how much her book helped me get out of Corporate America and do work that I love.
Throughout the rest of the conference, she remembered me as the Star Wars guy, even responding to tweets I sent out.
Enter For A Chance To Win Jeff’s Latest Book
Jeff is also a hero of mine. His work over the past six years that I’ve followed him has been life-changing.
I want to share his work with you. If you want to win his latest book, and get my free e-book, please enter your name and email address below.
I will be doing the drawing in 30 days, on October 21, 2018. You’ll need to be on my email list that day since I will announce the winner in my newsletter that day.