The conference was set to start in 5 hours.
In that moment, on June 4, 2011, I woke up to my life for the very first time. It was as if I’d been sleepwalking until that moment. And when the news hit me, I finally woke up.
As I walked into the conference space, I found myself, for the first time ever, in a room with 500 other people who in a daze also wanted more from life. It felt like home.
I was among complete strangers, yet I finally felt understood. And most of them were much further along on their journey than I was on mine. Little did I know how important that would turn out to be.
The weekend was like drinking liquid inspiration from a firehose.
The speakers openly shared their stories of how they created their remarkable lives on their own terms.
The conference attendees were some of the most courageous people I’d ever met.
I formed new friendships. I connected with amazingly successful people. I learned things, both from the speakers and the death of my mother, that would jumpstart my life.
Because of that weekend, I went from being a mildly depressed 30 year old man to the life-loving and fulfilled person I am today.
Immediately after the conference, I started my blog. Six months later I left my corporate job and sold everything that I owned. I set out to travel the world and I did that for 31 months straight. And everything just keeps getting better.
As I look back at the past several years of my life, I owe my complete 180 to the 4C’s, even though I didn’t even know it at the time.
I had been reading Content for years, but once I made the Commitment to invest in myself for the first time, I found it so much easier to keep the Consistency to keep moving forward. And the Community that I became a part of has become the difference between failure and success.
After that first conference I aggressively started creating community in my life. I hosted meetup groups, men's groups, and happy hours all over the world as I travelled on my nomadic adventure.
And things just keep getting better every day.
Today I pinch myself sometimes at the abundance that I’ve created in my life.
The best part about it though isn’t anything to do numbers like Twitter followers or the amount of money in my bank account.
It’s how good I feel.
Like I said earlier, for most of my life I felt uncertain, unsuccessful, and totally stuck.
Today I coast smoothly through huge challenges and obstacles with my support team.
I feel completely comfortable and confident in any room that I walk into.
And I feel like a huge success, since my life is rich with what really matters.
And I’m not the only one.