November of last year (just before starting this site) I got an email from Melanie of Dear Debt that I had won a contest and was getting a free ticket to FinCon16.
I was thrilled, never winning anything in my life, and at the same time terrified. Terrified that I wouldn’t be able to accept, because of the financial burden it would put on me to get to California.
Not entirely sure what I would be like, I was anxious. Now that I’ve gone I am so glad I did.
The people there are amazing, and I can’t wait to see every one of them next year in Dallas for FinCon17.
Though I could go on and on about the many things I learned, I will give you the 3 main things I learned, and the 3 main parts of my plans moving forward.
Things I learned at FinCon
Jordan Harbinger from the art of charm, gave an absolute amazing speech on how “people buy you”.
He focused on building relationships, not just for how benefits you, but building actual friendships. Doing this will give you the connections and help that your future self may need.
He told us to follow up with 10 people from the conference that we meet. Not just keep in touch through face book or whatever but actually keep in touch. Send them a text message if you can.
I have been keeping in touch with some already through private messages on social media, or email and would love to text if any of them gave me their numbers. So far it has lead to some new guest posts that I will be writing as well as some that will be on this site.
I really don’t know what will come from growing relationships forged at this conference. What I do know is, that I will, to the best of my ability, grow them.
Be More Productive
Mike Vardy of productivityist.com gave an amazing speech called How to Stop “Doing” Productive and Start Being Productive.
You can always make more money, but you can’t get time back. This is so important. I work so many side hustles on top of my day job and make a pretty good amount of money because of it. But, the time spent doing it cannot be replaced, I cannot, no matter what I do ever get that time back.
So it’s important to make sure that your time counts.
Yes, working is important, and I will likely do more in the future not less. But, that doesn’t mean that you can’t “work smarter” and make sure that there is time for other things like friends and family.
People I look up to are Actually People
What was surprising to me though was that some of them seemed just as happy to meet me, as I was to meet them.
J.D gave me a huge hug when I told him I was a subscriber to Money Boss before the site was even up.
Cait and I talked about her road trip for a while, and though she always had somewhere to be she took a few minutes to talk.
Harry and I saw each other a few times before we actually got a chance to speak. And he actually private messaged me to say that he saw me and was busy and we should get together the next day.
The bottom line is, these people are awesome and yes way way WAY more successful than I am, but willing to talk to me and treat me the same as anyone else. It was truly an honor and privilege to meet in person each and every one of them.
My Plan Moving Forward
I now have a ton of motivation, and a will to make sure that this site grows, and that I get out of debt.
Create “About Me” Page
With that in mind one of the main things I want to do is actually finish creating this site.
I already knew it was important to have but the conference really laid it out of how important it is. If people don’t know who I am and why I’m doing all of these things they aren’t likely to keep following me.
Be Consistent With Writing
If you go back to when I first started this site, I spoke about what I would be writing about, and how often.
I think I stuck to that schedule maybe 1 whole month. Yes I’m busy, yes I write other places and run other businesses but, this needs to be a priority.
I need to write more consistently and make sure that what I write is good. I don’t just want to write to write but instead want to produce great, helpful content.
I won’t make the mistake of telling you what I’m going to write, and then fail. What I will say is I will be in the future more consistent with what I write. Including some guest posts coming out soon (I will try to keep this down to no more than 1 per month)
Send Out Weekly Newsletter
I have slowly grown a email list (currently less than 20) and I have sent out a total of 10 emails since January of this year.
This will change too. Every week I will send out a newsletter of the basic going on’s of the site and get peoples opinions as well. This is something I hope people enjoy, and if not I’m sure they will unsubscribe.
That being said if you would like to join the email list you may sign up on this page.
FinCon was AMAZING. I can’t wait to see what comes out of it. I have started emailing those I met to follow up with them. I have also started getting emails from people who I gave my card to.
In the coming months if things come out from this conference I’m sure I will share the good and the bad with you here.
In the meantime I hope to continue to serve you through this blog.
Were you at FinCon? What do you enjoy about conferences?
P.S Shout out to Pia from Mama Hustle who made my day by telling me she reads my site. Truly the best part of the trip for me.