Tomorrow evening I leave to attend Opportunity Collaboration for the second year in a row. Last year was an amazing experience, spending 6 days with over 300 people trying to solve world poverty. I felt like I could walk up to anyone at the conference and just say thank you, since everyone is there for the common good. Last year’s conference was exhilarating and crazy the entire week while I tried to meet as many people as possible.
That has been a big part of my pattern in life. Go places and meet as many people as possible and share ideas. I have not taken much time to slow down and just enjoy the process. I went to a similar conference about a month ago in San Francisco called SoCap and I decided to just sit back and go with the flow. I got engaged with a group that was providing entrepreneurial mentoring and decided to donate my time there. I spent just about the entire conference in their area just mentoring and enjoying the conversations, without an agenda and without any real desired outcomes. In the end I was just as fulfilled as if I was pushing and I accomplished so much.
On this journey I am learning that change comes in small steps. Not only is it exhausting to try and change everything at once and solve every problem right now, it is impossible. So, this year I am going to relax and enjoy the experience. I am sure I will meet a lot of wonderful people and get engaged in some wonderful conversations, but the agenda is starting to go away.
I have been told by a number of very smart people that when trying to create change that you can’t be attached to the outcome. Over the next week I hope to be engaged in the process and not be tied to the outcome. I am excited to head out tomorrow and look forward to what is in store for this trip.
‘Til next time ……
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