I just returned from an amazing dinner with some insanely inspirational people. I had the opportunity to sit, eat and chat with Om Malik, Frank Gruber, Ryan Carson and his wife, Brian Williams, Gary and AJ Vaynerchuk and Gary’s wife, Tim Ferriss, the organizers of the New New Internet Conference, James Surowiecki, Rohit Bhargava and a number of other highly inspirational people.

I have never had the opportunity to sit down and chat with such a world class set of people. The best part about it was chatting about the future of the web and the amazing opportunity that is still available to all of the people that choose to be part of the industry. I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to sit and chat with these individuals. I wanted to share with all of you some of the lessons that I learned in the brief discussions that I had with this dynamic set of individuals:

  • 99 percent of people aren’t going to try as hard as you will. If you truly have that burning desire, anything you want is within reach if you are willing to work for it.
  • Link to the people that you aspire to be and eventually they will begin to pay attention to you. If they don’t, do whatever it takes to make sure that they do.
  • Your blog titles may be the most important thing when writing an article.
  • No matter how successful you become, always be willing to help others. It will come back to you a million fold.
  • Try try again. On the web, there is so much opportunity that not a single one of us can pursue all of the things we want to try. If the first thing you launch doesn’t work, launch something new; eventually something is bound to work.
  • When you finally figure out something that works, start monetizing it immediately. Many people fail because they don’t successfully monetize something that is already working.
  • As Napoleon Hill says, you need to work yourself into a white heat of desire. Be extremely passionate about what you are doing.
  • Finally, pick one thing and conquer it. Spreading yourself thin will only result in disaster.

I cannot express enough thanks to Frank Gruber who informed me of the pre-event happy hour. Thank you so much! I’m looking forward to the conference tomorrow. I hope to be posting about it either on this blog or on AllFacebook tomorrow.