Making a MOOOve in Seattle
"Sometimes NOT getting what we want, is the best thing that could've ever happened." ~Tony Robbins Quote
I tell you what – That very quote never made more sense than when I found myself in the middle of a brand new event in Seattle known as “MOOO CON”, that was inspired into manifestation through a question I one day asked in the Linkedin:Seattle group.
What is “MOOO CON”??
I’m glad you asked! The acronym stands for “Making Our Own Opportunities Convention”, and at this moment it looks like it’s going to be the next “BFD” in the Seattle Economy – at least it will be if I have anything to say about it, and thankfully, I do! =)
Though this article really isn’t about MOOO CON itself. In fact, I have been so inspired by the group of people who jumped up to put together MOOO CON before I had even realized my question has procreated into not just a one time event, but Think-Tank Incubator Type Organization that will be hosting reoccurring events where creatives can come together and create their own economic opportunities instead of waiting for them to be created by others. At this point, I feel they deserve so much appreciation and admiration for running with the excitement generated when our dear group leader announced his idea to turn my thoughts into an event that inspired the whole group more than any other event so far.
After making sure I was securely on board with the newly formed “committee” (for lack of a better term), I had to step back and think about how strange it was that only a month or so earlier, that I started wracking my brains for a way to figure out how to organize an event that would be unlike any other and that would truly help people in meaningful ways. Day after day I spent writing out different scenarios for how it could be done. I asked friends, associates, strangers, everyone I could think of – “What kind of help would be most meaningful to you?”
Hell, my inboxes are so full of different “televents”, eclasses and newsletters designed to tell you how to throw together that “perfect” course, workshop or mastermind group. Though none of them really felt right for me or for my ideal attendees. The best way I can think to describe it, is that while the experiences of others were definitely valuable to learn about, none of them quite held the Passion that we need in the world.
During my quest to understand what it was I didn’t realize I needed to know, I decided to go back to an information gathering tactic I have always found most effective – social polling.
I headed onto my favorite Linkedin group (Linkedin:Seattle) and started browsing what everyone had been posting about lately. Most of it was full of articles designed to advertise someones services, products or social pages. Though there were a few meaningful posts there that day, one of which was a discussion started that touched on the topic of where a person might find a job that allowed them to earn a good income and more importantly – do Social Good.
Well, I cannot deny that discussion fascinated me, so I took it a step further and asked the group a more detailed question:
“What kind of ‘socially good employment’ would you want to take on?”
Okay, so that wasn’t the exact question, though this version is shorter and holds the same meaning.
It was that question posed to the group, that inspired MOOO CON, which was originally named “MOOO” by our group leader Joe, who enthusiastically put everything into motion and inspired the group to jump on board and get excited. With that enthusiasm, it was clear that our local professional community needed a lot more than any of us originally thought.
We needed an event that got people to dive in, get their minds wet and their hands dirty into the process of creating the opportunities they were after – TOGETHER.
Now, the irony in all of this, is that I honestly only got one true answer to the question I asked the group – We Don’t Know, which I have to admit was not the answer that I ‘thought’ I wanted.
There in illustrates the meaning behind Tony’s quote – sometimes when you don’t get what you think you want, you get something Even Better than you could have ever imagined.
There’s another lesson in all of this too, that I hope all of my readers will find inspiration from…
When it seems like you’re down on your luck and don’t have very many choice opportunities in your life, remember that you can ALWAYS Create Opportunities. Even if they start out as small opportunities, with everyone you create the bigger and more meaningful they will become until you find you’ve manifested all the resources and resourcefulness you’ll ever need in your life and be able to contribute that experience to others who wish to do the same.
Get in on the conversation: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Making-Our-Own-Opportunities-37871.S.212126474?qid=c150f2f8-7a6c-4f73-b53b-18dbee0cd016&trk=group_most_recent_rich-mc-rr-ttl&goback=.gmr_37871.gde_37871_member_210318661.gmr_37871