Last weekend I went to the Tribe Conference 2017 in Franklin TN.
It’s a conference for writers, authors, creators, and business owners. And it was phenomenal.
I don’t talk about my business often on Mapped out Money because it’s not really what you’re here for. I’m not an expert entrepreneur or an accomplished business owner. So I stick to what I know: personal finance.
But today I want to share with you a bit about Tribe and what I learned because I think you’ll find it applies to every area of your life.
Why I Went To the Tribe Conference
I go for two reasons
- To build relationships
- To learn
I went because I know that relationships are important and if I want to meet my goals, I need to build relationships with like-minded people.
But as you’ll see below… I learned that my actions haven’t been following my mouth.
What I Learned
Here are my three big takeaways from the weekend.
1) Selectively Project One Focused Thing
A number of different speakers hit on this idea. The basic premise is that you can’t do everything well. While I already know this and have heard it many times, for some reason it hit me differently this weekend.
I think it was the phrase “selectively project.”
I’ve been “projecting” a lot of different things over the past few years and haven’t been selective about any of it. This idea of choosing one thing to hyper-focus on was a big takeaway for me.
For business owners, this means not spreading yourself too thin across different strategies to grow. For your personal life, this means not trying a new workout routine, eating routine, financial budget, and church.
Instead, focus on one area at a time. Get a handle on it, and then add another. I’ve been wearing myself too thin by trying to do too much.
2) Relationships Are The Most Important Thing
Again, this is something I’ve known and believed for a long time. But this weekend, I realized my actions weren’t matching my mouth.
I’ve said relationships are the most important thing. But I don’t act like relationships are the most important thing.
If you want to lose weight, grow your wealth, stick to a budget, or grow a business, you need accountability and people to work with.
I believe that. I tell people that. But I don’t do it myself.
I tell people that. But I don’t do it myself.
But I don’t do it myself.
3) What If I Created As Much As I Consumed
I consume a lot.
But one of the speakers, Sean McCabe, started off by asking us: “What if you created as much as you consumed?”
I don’t think consuming stuff is inherently bad. After all, it’s how we learn.
The problem is that I easily get sucked into a vortex of consumption and weeks go by without actually creating and putting something out into the world.
I really like this idea of creating as much (hopefully more) than I consume and it’s something I want to work towards.
Speakers That Most Impacted Me
Sean McCabe – Seanwes.com
Sean’s talk was fantastic. He’s got long hair and he’s a musician, so I was already drawn to him.
But more than that, it was challenging.
Sean’s work ethic is like none other. Don’t believe me? Check out this documentary about him writing a book in 15 days.
Sean challenged me to focus on one thing at a time and stay disciplined.
He told us a story about a famous writer. At one point someone asked him what he does when he doesn’t feel inspired to write or know what to write.
“I always start with inspiration. Fortunately, inspiration shows up every morning at nine.”
This just further re-inforces Sean’s thoughts about showing up every day and working towards your goals, even when you don’t feel like it.
Dan Miller – 48days.com
Dan’s talk focused on re-investing in yourself. Whether your goals are business oriented or personal, you should be investing in yourself.
This means books, videos, courses, conferences, and anything that will help you grow and learn.
As I stated above, the part that hit me the most was relationships and accountability. Dan runs multiple accountability and mastermind groups for business owners to help each other stay on track.
I’ve never joined one of these, but it’s become evident to me that in order to get where I want to go, this is the next step.
Dan’s been in mastermind groups for decades with people like Dave Ramsey, Aaron Walker, and Ken Abraham. He attributes a large part of his success to these groups.
Attendee That Most Impacted Me
Aaron Walker – viewfromthetop.com
I had the opportunity to have lunch with Aaron on Saturday during the conference. That lunch alone was worth the conference ticket price and gas to get there.
We chatted about business, life, family, marriage, and our faith. Aaron was extremely helpful and offered me some great advice. He really encouraged me to look for some folks that I could start a mastermind with that would hold me accountable.
In addition to that, Aaron’s knowledge about business and life is so deep, that even just chatting with him was helpful.
Building a relationship with people is a long-term game and I don’t expect anything to happen because of that lunch meeting immediately. But I’m confident that if I maintain contact with Aaron, over time I will learn more from him than any books or courses could teach me. What I’m Doing About It
Aaron has this great quote that I now fully believe:
“The enemy of excellence is isolation.”
What I’m Doing About It
- Finding a mastermind/accountability group
- Honing my focus with my business in order become great at one thing
- Creating a schedule that will allow me to be more disciplined in my work
I’ve already reached out to a couple of friends about starting a weekly Skype call where we discuss our current goals, where we are, and how things are going.
I’m also spending some time this weekend strategizing how I will hone in my focus with Mapped out Money.
Go Find Your Tribe Conference
Tribe was an incredible experience for me and came at just the right time.
If you’re an aspiring writer, creator, or business owner, I highly recommend attending tribe next year.
But if that’s not your thing, great! Now, go find whatever yours is.
If you’re trying to lose weight, get better with your family, build stronger relationships, find a spouse, grow your income, or get out of debt, go find your tribe conference.
Maybe it’s just a local meetup or an online forum. It doesn’t matter how it just matters that you do.
I’m a believer, now more than ever, that success in every area of your life is found through building relationships with like-minded people. So whatever your goals are, go find people who can walk alongside you.
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