Happy Monday from the road! I'm driving back to NYC from Pittsburgh today after spending the weekend at TEDxCMU, the same conference I spoke at last year (on Career in the Age of the App). I can't believe how much has changed in a year. When I gave that speech I was still working at Google, living in Mountain View, and my book release was 3 weeks out. It's insane how much can change when we start to follow the little whispers in our gut. It's like unraveling a loose thread -- following, following, twisting, turning -- until you end up with a whole new life at the end. For as uncomfortable as it can be at times, the unpredictability of life is a beautiful thing.
Video: The Most Important Piece of Advice I Have for SXSW Newbies (or for any conference)
It's tradition -- last year I cancelled my flight home to take a 19-hour road-trip to Vegas after meeting Sean and his friends three days prior. That's what I love about SXSW -- it always brings out my spontaneous side. I don't make any plans until five minutes beforehand, and I love it.
On that note, my friend Mike "Ambassador" Bruny is putting together a series for SXSW newbies, so Monique and I shared a few thoughts via video -- we got a kick-out of sharing the exact same most important tip at the end...check it out!
Have a wonderful week everyone! Apologies if I'm a bit MIA these next two weeks...here's an awesome video to check-out in the meantime:
Where Good Ideas Come From (by Stephen Johnson)