September 13, 2012, 6:00 am

How I Almost Missed Out on an Amazing Opportunity

by: MD    Category: Alternative Income
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I moved in September. I had a lot going on. I had plenty of expenses. I had lots I wanted to get done. In all of this, I almost missed out on an amazing experience.

I was contemplating not attending the Financial Blogger Conference in Denver. I had many excuses. I was set on not going. Why spend the money?

How did I almost miss out on an amazing opportunity?

I was set on not attending the conference. I would’ve missed out on one of the best opportunities (if not the best) of the year for anyone that writes about personal finance online.

If I stayed home last weekend I would’ve probably gone out with buddies and had some drinks. I would’ve slept in and got up at noon.

By attending the conference I was up all day attending some of the most thought-provoking sessions and learning valuable information that would likely cost thousands to acquire privately. I was also able to drink with folks I’ve wanted to meet for the longest time.

Long story short: attending this conference was worth every single penny.

But wait…

Why would you want to spend money?

It’s easy to become complacent. We all want to save money. We all have debt or obligations to meet. We all have this mentality where we feel like we shouldn’t spend money.

I want to tell you why you should spend the money on amazing opportunities:

  • Save yourself some time. Why make your own mistakes? Why not learn from others? You can save lots of time by learning from others to see what has worked and what hasn’t worked for them.
  • Get a slap of reality. You’re going to find out that you’re not as smart as you think you are. It’s humbling, but it’s okay. A dose of reality is good for you.
  • Meet people you only hear about online. All those interesting people that you hear about or see online, exist in real life. Why not meet them?
  • GROW. Why go half-way? Why stay at the same level? Life is all about growing and improving your position. Get out there and grow!

That’s why you need to spend money to attend conferences and meet cool folks in your field.

How can you apply this to your own life?

There are many ways that you can apply this logic to your own life. For example:

  1. You can’t always look at the dollar cost. Instead of stressing about the cost of an expense, you should try looking at the value. What will you get out of that $10 book? What will you gain from that $20 lunch?
  2. Take advantage of opportunities to learn. I used to always ignore opportunities to go out for lunch with people  or emails about alumni events. I thought that they were a waste of time. Then I realized that nobody gets to the top alone. We all need help. We all need someone to help us get to the next level.

At the end of the day I need to remind myself that spending money is okay. Saving money is pointless if I plan on growing or improving myself.

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by: The Financial Blogger | September 13th, 2012 (10:24 am)

It would have been a shame to miss this conference!

personally, I’m getting more out of all the talks I have outside the conference. One meeting with Mike Piper literally paid for my entire trip!

I agree as long as it isn’t in excess and you have everything else under control. If you have $100k in CC debt you need to fix that first.

Tell us more about your Mike Piper meeting Mike! Sharing is caring!

If it wasn’t for MD, I would have spent $80 on a cab right to the airport! Good thing he saved me $40 as we split. haha

Hey Sam,

do I have the habit to keep things for myself on this blog?

This discussion has to be reported into full article thought. it’s too much stuff to be a simple comment ;-). it’s coming (as my darn book is coming too! lol!)

I am glad to hear that you had fun during the FinCon. I guess everybody enjoyed and learned from the conference. It was really a great experience for everybody.

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