September 2008


If you haven’t already been able to tell, I’m a big fan of slogans, or mottos.  As much as I like Build Big Ships’ motto, it hasn’t actually been very useful.  Of course, I’ve dreamed big, but everytime I’ve tried to put that dream into motion, I always run into the shoals, so to speak.

I’ve recently came across a motto that has been very useful in the past couple of weeks. Here it is:

“What would you attempt to do if you knew that you would not fail?”

It has helped dispel the uncertainty in alot of decisions that I made.  For example:

  • I’ve never blogged before. Nor do I have any programming, Internet marketing or graphics skills. Should I enter a blogging contest? – “What would I attempt to do if I knew that I would not fail?”
  • Should I crash an event attended by top Internet Marketers and SEO Elite? – “What would I attempt to do if I knew that I would not fail?”
  • Should I attempt to start a social contest site, hire programmers — spend a lot of time and money on something I’m not sure will work? – “What would I attempt to do if I knew that I would not fail?”

Well, when you put it that way, of course, YES!

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Now that I had a chance to mingle with and talk to some of the attendees at 2008 SEO Think Tank, I could kick myself at all the things that I forgot to ask them!

When I first started planning on crashing Think Tank, I was too busy with the preparations to be nervous. I had to find all the vendors, order the cards, find a programmer for FreeBestDeals.com, rent a van, etc.

As the day of Think Tank drew near and all the footwork was pretty much done, the nervousness settled in again. Especially since the update at Purposeinc.com showed that Think Tank was turning out to be twice as big as I had thought.

Once at Think Tank, I was so relieved that I had actually gotten there and that everything worked according to plan, that my brain kinda shut down. I mean, here, I had the undivided attention of Jeremy Schoemaker, and I couldn’t think of a blasted thing to say to him!

So, if any of the guys are reading this, here goes:

To Jeremy & DK – thanks a million guys. You guys are the catalyst that really got me started on blogging. And with that, it was also the incentive to get me started in building my site, FreeBestDeals.com. I don’t know how successful I will be at these endeavors. But I know that my success would have been Zero, had I not taken action.

To Al Carlton – it was a pleasure to meet you, mate, as I have been following your blog, SelfMadeMinds for some time now. Now that I’ve had time to think of it, there are tons of things I wished I would have asked you about – how you got started with Coolest-Gadgets.com; about your motorcyle arbitrage; whether you remember a Desktop Tower Defense player called Epicview . . . I also wish I would have brought up Roz Savage, the British woman attempting to row solo across the Pacific. And blogging about it the entire way. Its funny– when I mention blogging to my family or friends, they get a confused look on their face and don’t know what to make of it. When I mention the British woman rowing across the Pacific, I get a reaction right away. It’s usually “whoa!”, or “she’s crazy”, or “she’s got guts!”. I find it ironic that they can better relate to someone rowing across the Pacific, than they can with the concept of me blogging . . .

To Zac Johnson – it was great to meet you! I started following your blog, ZacJohnson.com after the contest, and it looks like it has great advice and articles that even we newbies can benefit from. I wish I would have asked you for advice on meeting and talking to people at large conferences like Blogworld. I find that its difficult to do if you’re not naturally outgoing.

To all the Think Tankers – I wish you guys could all brainstorm and come up with an official title for the group, such as “Web Entrepreneur” or something similar. It would make it much easier than to have to keep typing SEO Expert/Affiliation Marketer/Social Media Master/Internet Monetizer, etc!

Thanks again, everyone! I hope to see you on-line and at the conferences!

I especially want to thank DK for being such a good sport about this. It was great to hanging out there on the beach. I had a chance to meet and talk with Jeremy, Neil, Zach, Andy and especially Al Carlton, among others.

Poor DK. With everything going on, I’m sure that he didn’t need to an unexpected visitor crashing the event. He was a great host and made me feel welcomed and let me mingle and talk to everyone.

Eventually, though, he had to kick me out. This was a big ticket event, and we didn’t want to step on anybody’s toes.

My only regret – I didn’t get a chance to play Werewolf with all you guys!

About 3:30, I see some Think Tankers walking around the corner into the lobby. Among them is Shoemoney himself! I also recognize Neil Patel and Andy Liu.

They Are United!

They Are United!

Umm . . . Neil? What are you doing, Neil? Neil! Keep AWAY from the cake!

3:00 pm comes round. Then 3:15. Oh oh! No sign of any Think Tankers!

I ask the Hotel receptionists, “If you see anyone walking around who looks like this, could you please let me know?”

Have you seen this guy?

Have you seen this guy?

Jeremy, everybody thinks that mini-you is extreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeemly cute!

I arrive at the Hotel and bring in the cake and one of the balloons. Pretty nice hotel. Good choice, DK! I don’t know where anybody is, so I figured that I’ll just hang out in the lobby and look for anyone who looks like a Think Tanker to wander through.

Hotel Lobby

Hotel Lobby

The strategy pays off. I run into Andy Denton of Realty.com. He tells me that everyone is suppose to meet in the lobby at 3:00 pm. Ok, that’s about 45 minutes. I’ll sit tight.

Minivan - Check!

Minivan - Check!

Why rent a minivan? To transport the balloons of course!

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Balloons - Check!

Balloons - Check!

Now you see! Now do you understand?

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I was barely able to get all of the buggers in!

(There’s one more behind these two!)

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Cake - Check!

Cake - Check!

Ah Ah! No peeking just yet!

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Crappy M&Ms - Check!

Crappy M&Ms - Check!

I am so embarrassed to present these . . . but, who else is going to eat them?

Hopefully all the other items make up for these. Besides, these crappy M&Ms will be presented to some of the top bloggers and web entrepreneurs in the world. The word will get around . . .

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Cards - Check!

Ok! I think I’m ready to crash 2008 SEO Think Tank! Wish me luck!

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