Seriously, what would you do? Ignore its worth and place it on a shelf? Hide it away in a safe place? Or invest it so the wealth multiplies? I found myself in that predicament last weekend as I left the Tribe Conference, an annual event that brings together writers, artists, and creatives seeking to grow their craft.
We attend conferences hoping they will benefit us in some way. As speakers share knowledge gold left and right, attendees write down as many of those little nuggets as possible. By the end of the event, our hands cramp and our heads spin. And all those notebooks we leave with are filled with a treasure of information.
This is gold other people have mined through experience, struggle, and eventual success. But the treasure’s true worth will only be revealed to us once we invest those golden nuggets of wisdom in ourselves, our businesses, and others.
I’ve pulled four pieces of gold from my 2017 Tribe notebook to share. You don’t have to be a creative to benefit. These nuggets apply to anyone seeking to grow and become better at what they do.
Nugget 1: Learn to Trust
I walked through the doors of Tribe with a primary objective: to find clarity. I was in search of the best way to reach the right audience for my work. That very first night, I was surprised by the answer that emerged.
Conference organizer and author Jeff Goins told the story of a man who asked Mother Teresa to pray that he might have clarity. But Mother Teresa refused explaining she never had clarity, she only had trust. This woman who’d made such an incredible difference in countless lives admitted she never had clarity.
At that moment, I realized my own search for clarity was the very thing holding me back. My desire for certainty and a clear path was actually an impediment because it prevented me from taking a risk. Instead of clarity, what I really needed was to learn to trust my efforts.
Nugget 2: Show Up
An overriding theme kept surfacing from the stage: Show up. Over and over, speakers shared the importance of showing up and doing the work. Not just when we feel like it, but every day.
Two quotes from speakers on Saturday really hit home:
“You can’t steer a parked car.” – Sean McCabe
“You have to use your voice to find it.” – Ishita Gupta
We’ll never arrive where we want without hard work. Take a look at those considered successful. What’s seen is the result of years of intense effort. Instead of searching for an easier way, you and I just need to show up.
Nugget 3: Invest in Yourself
Author Dan Miller delivered a powerful message Sunday morning: Invest in yourself. He suggested we invest 3% to 5% of our annual income in our own personal development. The reason behind this principle was addressed by a John Maxwell quote, “You can’t add value to other people until you value yourself.”
When we value ourselves, we invest in our growth. We can learn through books, courses, webinars, mastermind groups, coaches, or conferences. A helpful question to ask ourselves when determining where to allocate those resources is, “Where can I make an investment that will accelerate my growth?”
Dan shared he expects to receive a 10X return on his personal development dollars. Invest the gold and watch it multiply.
Nugget 4: Join a Community
We experience numerous benefits by being part of a community. When we spend time with people who share our common interests, we realize we’re all in this together. We’re not alone. And often great relationships develop out of that camaraderie.
Not only did best-selling authors and well-known speakers take the stage, Jeff gave several fellow Tribe Writers the opportunity to share their struggles and successes. Their stories gave us the reassurance that if they can do it, we can do it too.
The Lasting Impact of the Tribe Conference
The best way to evaluate a conference is by the impact it had on you and the transformation that took place as a result. I can honestly say I’m further down the road as a direct result of Tribe.
The 2016 Tribe Conference was a pivotal event for me. That’s when I got serious about pursuing writing and stepped outside my comfort zone. When I got home, I opened the notebook and invested the gold recorded in the pages. I launched the blog I really wanted and shut down the one I could have cared less about. I also met another writer who lived in my area and we became accountability partners to support each other’s writing goals.
My investment in the gold collected at the 2016 Tribe Conference had a lasting impact. I have no doubt I’ll experience the same from the 2017 event by applying the nuggets shared.
As this year’s conference came to a close, Jeff issued the challenge to “Do something you’ve never done before.” Today, I’m passing Jeff’s challenge along to you. Do something you’ve never done before. Pull a conference notebook off the shelf, open it up, and search for the gold that resonates with you. Then, go out and invest it.