I Am Inspired. But To Do What?

by Amber on September 11, 2010

Yesterday, I sat in a darkened theater full of techies, soaking up inspiration for eight hours. I was at a conference called The Combine, right here in my little corner of small town Indiana. But the speakers they attracted? Were anything but small town.

I listened to a 25-year-old guy talk about how he hoped  the company he’s currently building will be his $100 million dollar company. He’s twenty five. You know what I was doing at 25? Living in a rundown shack, starting my third career, and just hoping I’d have enough money on payday to make my mortgage.

I laughed hysterically as the author of  Stuff White People Like told us how the blog he started writing for three people landed him on the New York Times Bestseller List in seven (or so) short months. This blog? Has been active for almost two years. And I have yet to make a goddamned dime.

I nodded in agreement as another mover and shaker told us that the first step in starting a successful company is to, well, start. Hell, that statement can even apply to losing those last five pounds, can’t it?

I felt a little lightbulb flicker into life as a woman who changes the world on a daily basis challenged us to change “someday” to “today.” Of course, she was talking about giving back, but that philosophy can apply to a whole lot of situations.

Micah of graphic.ly gave me a whole new way of looking at failure. According to him, it’s just part of the process, yo. The process of becoming something bigger and better. Which is good, because I have fallen on my face often and spectacularly (sometimes literally).

And Lindsay Manfredi reminded us we can do it all right here in Indiana.

So. I am inspired to do something. Something big. But what, exactly?

I love writing. And social media.

I’d like to help people.

And make some money.

And since I probably can’t sell my dang house, I’d like to do it right here. Maybe even from my couch?

I don’t know. It’s a good thing the Internet is closed on Saturday (as Aunt Becky always says). There probably aren’t that many of you listening to me right now. But if someone can tell me what I should do with my life (and be right about it)?  You’d have my everlasting gratitude.

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BalancingMama (Julie) September 11, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Oh my gosh, I wish I knew! I’m bad about changing jobs just when I get bored. I’ve done some really interesting things and have discovered tidbits of what I like and don’t like… but I still want to find that one big thing I can LOVE while sitting back and raking in the cash. Surely that’s not too much to ask?

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Amber September 13, 2010 at 8:42 am

Surely not. Dozens of people all over the world do it every day. ;-)

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Jen E @ mommablogsalot September 12, 2010 at 11:03 am

I look forward to reading what you come up with!
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Amber September 13, 2010 at 8:43 am

Don’t hold your breath. I am unlikely to crack the puzzle anytime soon.

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dusty earth mother September 12, 2010 at 9:23 pm

I think you could do anything you set your mind to. And when you figure out what good thing you want to give your energy to, I’ll be here to cheer you on :-)

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Amber September 13, 2010 at 8:43 am

Thanks for the pep talk. I only wish I knew what to set my mind to!

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sara@domesticallychallenged September 12, 2010 at 10:13 pm

Now, i wasn’t even there and this post inspired me! WHat a cool conference to attend! Know what to do with YOUR life? Okay, if you tell me what to do with mine!
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Amber September 13, 2010 at 8:44 am

I think you should open a marathon training center. That’s what you should do. Now, back to mine…

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AmyBlam September 12, 2010 at 11:17 pm

If you figure it out, let me know ;)

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Amber September 13, 2010 at 8:44 am

You and all the internetz….

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