Curious as to what it was about, I decided to attend the seminar. There was nothing to lose about a free two hour seminar given in an area of my interest. Upon walking into the seminar, I was faced with a small group of people listening to a man in real estate talk about building companies. The man shared very solid principles about the stages of business, business goals, and other business processes. And at the end, he began advertising an $800 conference that would take place the following week.
Don’t get me wrong, I love it when I get to attend conferences and connect with people who are making a difference in the world. I love listening to people speak from their experiences and learning the things that they have to share.
But the difference between the person who is paying money to attend the conference and the person who is getting money to share at the conference is that the person who is sharing out the conference did something that was worthy of sharing.
Anyone can pay money to attend a conference. In fact, many people attend conferences and seminars, read books and blogs, and never really seem to move very far. The same principles that govern the information diet ring true for skill mastery; that how much you know is mostly irrelevant, but what’s important is that you are implementing the things that you know.
In order to get out of the cycle of simply listening to what other people have to share, it means stepping out into your own experiments to create something worthy of sharing.
I had to decline the offer to attend this entrepreneurship conference because I knew that it would be just as powerful to apply the things that I already knew in my head instead of having the good feeling of learning from industry leaders.
It is powerful to have people to learn from, but only if what you learn extends further than simply knowledge in your head.
It’s been about a week since I attended TEDx San Diego, and I’m still thinking about the inspiration and ideas that were shared at the conference.
TEDx San Diego
In case you aren’t familiar with TED talks that are slowly popping up everywhere, feel free to check them out. You won’t be disappointed. I promise.
I stumbled across TEDx San Diego while browsing the internet one day, and decided that I would like to go to one of these conferences at some point in my life. Coming across the TEDx San Diego page, I promptly noticed that I would be in San Diego at that time, and filled out an application. (Yes, you must apply in order to attend a TEDx Conference)
I applied, thinking that I probably wouldn’t get in seeing as I had applied late, and probably wasn’t the hyper-entrepreneur that other people probably were. But when I received the acceptance letter, I quickly paid my $100 for a ticket.
TEDx was incredible. To say the least. The way that the speakers engaged with the audience on levels ranging from emotional to intellectual was nothing short of mindblowing.
I learned about and connected with people who had inspirational life stories, people who were making a difference socially in the world, people who were researching new technologies such as thought controlled computing, and people who were musical prodigies. There were people who were teaching entrepreneurship in prisons, people who were educating homeless children, authors who wrote countless bestseller books, researchers learning about indigenous African tribes, engineers who are creating contact lenses with a computer chip on them, and so many more.
It felt amazing sitting in an auditorium surrounded by people who were so captivated and willing to learn and understand what each speaker was talking about. Each session lasted approximately an hour and a half, but the day felt like it went by in a breath.
It was a seven hour conference packed with 33 talks, all of which struck different intellectual and emotional chords.