i have been thoroughly enjoying pulling together these alt summit recaps for all of you. i’m actually kinda sad that i’ve almost wrapped it all up… although it has given me motivation to go out there and pull lessons from my every day life. seriously, i have never felt so empowered in my life. i feel like alt has given me the tools to move forward and be confident in who i am. i’ve asked about more opportunities in the past couple of days than i have in an entire year… it’s kinda crazy but totally refreshing. anyway, here are the other lessons i learned while at alt (and these are the BIG ONES that resonated with me and will stay with me forever).
1. the only risk is not taking any risks
stefan sagmeister spoke about this in his keynote. i cannot quite put into words how strongly this hits home for me. alt was a huge risk for me (that was the longest distance i’ve ever traveled by myself, not to mention putting myself out there with 600+ other people) and i took some risks while i was there. granted, they weren’t big risks in the grand scheme of things but they were things that i normally would not have done. each opportunity i went after was well worth it. i’m also starting to think about how i can take this lesson and apply it across the board in my life and career. who wants to live a safe and sheltered life, anyway?
2. change your perspective
listening to katie sokoler talk about her work and how she gets her inspiration was what brought this lesson to light for me. she said, “we have control over whether we’re going to enjoy something or not.” you can be in a trying situation and choose to be negative about it or you can change your perspective and find the positive. there are some things in my life currently that i have been struggling with but now that i’ve started to try and change my perspective, those struggles are getting better. it’s true, we don’t always have control over every aspect of our life but why not make the best of it? change your perspective and see where that takes you.
3. don’t dilute your brand
i participated in rachel shingleton (of pencil shavings studio) round table and one of the key things i took away (amongst many other great words of wisdom that i’ll be applying towards my shop) was don’t dilute your brand. it is so important to have a consistent brand so don’t do anything to water it down. it’s like a smoothie… you want to add things that will bulk it up, not water it down. it also comes back to the overarching theme that appeared again and again throughout alt which was to be true to yourself. there were so many times where this sentiment was stated by panelists and attendees alike. it’s better to be yourself than try to be someone you’re not… being around that kind of energy and idea at alt has made me more confident in myself. i know who i am and what i value… you sure as hell better believe i’m not watering down my smoothie!
i’ve already started putting these ideas into action but i can’t wait to see what happens as i really move forward with these lessons in mind. i’m on a much better path, both life-wise and career-wise, and that’s only from a few days of being inspired by amazing people. i also think what it comes down to is if you’re passionate and love what you do, you can do anything. find your calling and go after it whole heartedly. i can’t wait to see where this journey leads me.