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Being an entrepreneur is an inherently personal thing.
Sure you might have other people around that are helping you build your business, but often it can be a lonely place. It can require long hours, financial investment, risk, and the potential to alienate the people around you.
This is completely amplified when you’re an independent or lifestyle entrepreneur. You’re not trying to build a huge team, get funding, or seek a buy out from a big company.
You just want to do your own thing. You want the freedom to live your life. You want to do what you want, when you want…and you want to do all of this while making a difference and not having to worry about money.
Pretty tall order.
I’ve talked to hundreds, if not thousands of people who are either living this lifestyle, or trying to, and there’s one common thread I see in the people who are unsuccessful in doing so.
It’s not that they don’t try as hard, or don’t have good ideas. It’s not that they don’t have money or even the guts to take a risk.
No, the biggest reason people are unsuccessful is due to a lack of community.
Didn’t I just go on talking about how intensely personal entrepreneurship is?
Kind of counter-intuitive, but the people who are most successful as independent entrpereneurs are the ones who have a strong community of likeminded people to turn to for support.
In my talk “The Future of the American Dream” I talk about how my friend Ryan was one of the biggest keys to success, because he knew exactly what I was trying to do.
Most people don’t.
Have your friends or family ever called you out for wanting to leave you stable job? Perhaps they’ve even lashed out or talked down to you for it.
In a world constantly trying to hold you back, pushing yourself forward can be really difficult without the right people to support you.
Introducing: Pioneer Nation
Over the last four years, I’ve been lucky enough to surround myself with a lot of supportive people.
However the ones I’ve formed the biggest bonds with are the ones I’ve met in person. Emails are great. Skype calls are great. But until you can shake someone’s hand, have a beer with them, and look em’ in the eye – the bond isn’t truly forged.
The people who have been most valuable personally, and professionally are all people I’ve met in person.
This is the reason I try and go to multiple conferences each year, like SxSW or the World Domination Summit.
As an independent entrepreneur, while those events are valuable, they aren’t tailored to me. I usually meet a ton of cool people doing interesting things, but usually only 1 or 2 at each event that truly get what I’m trying to do.
In fact there are very few, events that are solely geared towards the independent entrepreneur. Events where they can get tangible, actionable steps for growing their business, while also fulfilling the most important part of their success: meeting other likeminded people.
I’m not the only one who feels this way.
It’s because of this that in partnership with them (and Isaac, Jolie, and Nicky), we’ve decided to create Pioneer Nation – the premier event for independent entrepreneurs, small business owners, and freelancers.
A few months back after the excitement of WDS 2013 subsided, we started talking. What would it look like to have another event that focused solely on solopreneurs and helping them grow their business? Is it feasible? How do we take everything we’ve learned from WDS and apply it to a new event? Is it worth it?
It’s kind of funny how ideas start snowballing and before you know it your throwing down a deposit on a venue.
So for all of those who have been asking me when I’m going to do a conference or live event, the answer is March 26th-28th, 2014 in Portland, Oregon.
To put it simply, WDS is targeted at a pretty broad audience. It doesn’t matter who you are, if you show up at WDS you’re going to get a lot of value out of it, usually in the form of inspiration and excitement to move forward with an adventure.
Pioneer Nation is truly for the independent entrepreneur, ready to really work on their business. Because that’s what will be happening this March. This isn’t a sit and listen for two days kind of event. You’ll walk away with the roadmap to the next level in your business.
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