This past week was my first time at Alt. I’ve watched all my favorite bloggers flock there each year since it started and always dreamed of going.
My decision to go was definitely one of impulse. In December I literally texted my friends and said “I bought my ticket. If you wanna come, here’s the link to buy yours too.” CAN YOU IMAGINE if they hadn’t wanted to come? I’d probably have been totally fine but wow December Kinzie was a lot more cocky than March Kinzie.
To be completely honest, I didn’t learn anything from any of the workshops or talks. The topics were VERY beginner. Not that I was expecting intense topics, but I guess I was more hoping for motivation and inspiration. What I would have LOVED was a bunch of entrepreneurs getting on stage, going over their last year’s numbers, what worked, and what didn’t work. But I guess that’s why I have a podcast 😉 It helped me realize we have SO MUCH valuable, free info available through podcasts.
I did have SO MANY breakthroughs though so I thought I would share them with you.
#1. DO WHAT YOU LOVE.
The main thing I took away from Alt is there are SO MANY WAYS you can make money. So many different things you can sell. Tons of different services you can offer. Everything from selling tampons that change the world, starting your own reality TV show, creating an app, hosting a podcast about bible characters, selling quilts handmade by artisans in India, building an empire out of a small Texan town. YOU CAN DO WHATEVER YOU WANT TO DO.
#2. GIVE IT 10 YEARS.
Every single massively successful entrepreneur had the same story. 10 years ago I was broke. I couldn’t pay rent. I had to movie in with my parents. I got a divorce. Their rock bottom varied but they all had one. But guess what? They started a business and they kept with it. Most if not all of them weren’t successful at first. It takes time! It’s the most magical element in running your business. Remember that and for hell’s sake please stop rushing.
#3. YOU’LL NATURALLY PIVOT.
Most businesses had totally changed from the first idea they started with. They focused on keeping it alive and would pivot to the things that meant growth and alignment with their purpose.
Don’t force a pivot if you still feel like what you’re doing is right. And don’t jump at every shiny new object. Stay consistent with your main purpose and “why?”. You’ll be absolutely sure when it’s time to pivot. If it’s not a hell yes it’s a hell no.
#4. YOU GET TO DECIDE HOW COOL YOU ARE.
There were lots of new people who I met that I had only known online. That can be kinda anxiety inducing. I was talking with Lex about someone I thought was REALLY cool that I was nervous to meet. Lex said her most profound line ever. “Do you know why she’s cool? Because she decided to be.” MIC DROP.
The experts who we think are amaze balls are really just people like us. The difference is they decided to be cool. They decided to position themselves as an expert. We can ALL do that.
#5. MY ROUTINES ARE MUAY IMPORTANTE
Every damn time I go on vacation I realize how important my routines are. I really love being home. Like a lot. Sure I like traveling but I really love my own bed, shower, closet, ya know? So I’ve learned that me keeping my routines as much as possible while traveling creates that safe energy for me.
I didn’t do this well during any of my travels last month and I’m declaring it to be the last time I take it easy. It can be hard to stick to our routines when traveling, but it’s SO WORTH IT. If I want to have an abundant, authentic vacation I have to do the things that bring me those feelings when home.
Would I recommend going to Alt next year?
Hell yes. It was a great vacation. Palm Springs is so dreamy. I met SO MANY amazing internet friends in real life. As with anything you do in life, you get to decide how valuable it is.