Pioneer Nation has officially started.
Today was a blitz of stories, ideas, and workshops. Entrepreneurs of every stripe showed up; chiropractors, yogis, consultants. Everyone had a dream to follow and a problem to solve.
It was kind of magical.
Here are some of my notes. Because, let’s be honest, I’ll be blogging through this for awhile:
From the opening:
Pioneer Nation is for the solo entrepreneurs. Not the silicon valley startups with angel investors but a community of individuals working towards their dreams and goals.
Our goal is to help you reach that next level of results.
There’s a change afoot in the world of business. Take a look at the growing Maker Movement. People want personalized, customized, and the useful unique. Engineering a lifestyle is no different.
People want to be their own boss. Name their own hours. Do what they love.
And that’s a good thing.
Every corporation started out small. Every company started as a good idea. Every empire was built by a lot of hard work. But I am jumping waaaay ahead of myself. Typical.
Pioneer Nation is about empowering the solo-prenuer by raising up a community of like minded people around them.
From Chris Brogan’s keynote:
Open your eyes. The world is rich with possibility and history is being made at every second.
People want you to listen to them. They need to know that you care about them. That is what builds a community.
Social media is about declaring who you are. Business is about belonging. Be a freak – passionate about what you are about.
No is just part of the business. Get used to it.
People were honest about their failures. One speaker admitted that he was in the red that month. Another talked about launching something they thought was going to be super successful…only to be ignored by everyone on his mailing list.
Business is not the place for BS. But really, is anywhere? Transparency builds trust. We know that. We’re taught that from an early age. Living it out is a different matter. Somewhere along the way, our egos replace our ethics. My friends, these things ought not be so.
That’s just a taste of what happened at the event. Some of the major themes of the day fell along the lines of learning to get used to hearing no and giving yourself the permission to say yes.
And in other news…I tweeted my notes. A lot.
If you were at Pioneer Nation, what were some of your highlights and takeaways?