It's become one of my favorite events of the year
Here's a couple of my favorite moments/takeaways from this year's event.
2. LUCAS-FILMS VISIT
It was just saw awesome to visit the LucasFilms Studio, see so many of the collectible Star Wars items, and posters, and memorabilia, and get to kind of see where all the magic happens. It was especially exciting that we got on the inside and saw some embargoed material from the upcoming Lego Star Wars TV episodes (my lips and computer are sealed!) Although I'm not a huge Star Wars-o-phile, I do love the world, it appealed to my geeky nature, and I felt like a Boss!
3. COMMUNITY- AGAIN AND AGAIN
|Evolution of the modern man .#choreplay|
At the end of the conference (The Esquire Network beer party), everybody seemed to be having a great time, and for whatever reason, I caught myself feeling a little sad and a lot alone. Not sure why-- although I think part of it was missing my family a little. At any rate, I
was looking at the rest of the guys having fun, and wondering "Have I missed it? Am I not part of the group? How come I'm not having the same kind of fun as everyone else?" I went back to my room, and had the thought that maybe I should just stay in, and wallow. Long story short, I pushed myself to not do that, I went down to the lobby, found a group that was going out to dinner, invited myself in a little, and ended up having a great time. I also heard one of the funniest true life stories I've heard in a LONG time!
And afterwards, hanging around with a bunch of the "in" guys at the bar, I found myself in the thick of it, and having the good time I was afraid I wasn't having previously. And I really connected with a couple of guys who I hadn't really talked to all conference.
|"These are not the dads you are looking for"|
A couple of the sessions were about being proactive working with brands, and about negotiating to get what you want. Time and time again, guys told the same story-- I wasn't sure if I was going to get the gig, the tickets, the work, but I asked anyway. And I got it. I know that I often don't go after opportunities thinking that I'm not exactly right for it, and I need to expand my wheelhouse, and get my number of asks up. I am guessing I'll be surprised by how many yeses I get. Somebody said this in one of the sessions: "If you aren't getting a lot of No's, you aren't asking enough." I think sometimes I tell myself No before I ask. And this doesn't apply just to blogging.
5. INSPIRATION + ACTION PLAN
I always leave Dad 2.0 with a great deal of hope and inspiration. Somehow I haven't done much differently by the time the next Dad 2.0 rolls around. I am going to formulate an action plan and follow through on it this time. (I may have told myself that last time too, so who knows)
I could probably list another 5 things, but I've got some sightseeing to do today before I head off to the frigid MidWest.
What were your takeaways?