Some golden nuggets from Inspirefest
Inspirefest is the leading conference of its kind featuring innovative, diverse and interesting speakers. Taking place in Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, it’s a two day event with a Fringe Festival each evening.
From gamers to PHD students, teenage entrepreneurs and industry veterans, it was an accumulation of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
One of the main ideals of Inspirefest is that any one can be inspiring, all it takes is to have an idea and the courage to bring it to the next level.
Focusing mainly on women in business, and how to attract females to the STEAM industries, the talks centred on this idea of equality and inclusion.
While innovation comes in different forms, and intelligence can be measured in many ways, inspiration comes from those who have the audacity and endurance to keep moving forward.
That was another message from the conference; while society has progressed, there’s still barriers to break down.
There’s a number of things I got from Inspirefest; from one-to-one conversations, from the speakers and from expanding my already inspiring network. Rather than go into a personal post here, which may resurface at a later date, here’s ten golden nuggets I took from the festival:
- Like what you do or get out: This is an obvious one to me. However, many people work in mundane jobs they hate just to get by. If you want to feel inspired in life you need to love what you do. Otherwise risk feeling unfulfilled.
- Get a mentor who believes in and supports you: Preferably someone who has walked the path long before you and can lead the way. Not someone to hold your hand, but rather advise you on the correct steps to take. Someone who will observe your progress and cheer you on from the sidelines.
- Trust your gut: If it feels right it probably is, if it doesn’t then trust your own judgment. Ask yourself with everything you do, am I doing the right thing?
- Make doing bigger and better things one of your main KPI’s: Track your performance and always try to improve.
- Take opportunities out of your comfort zone: This is a must to prevent aridity. Step out of your comfort zone regularly to achieve real greatness. You might surprise yourself.
- Keep networking and remember your network matters: It is important to surround yourself with the right people. Not necessarily those in the same industry, but those who believe in you and what you do. Also those who will help and advise you where possible.
- Take inspiration from everyone you meet: You never know where people have come from or what they have been through; everyone has a story. Inspiration can be found in so many places so always be open to what’s going on around you.
- When is the last time you did something for the first time? Much like stepping out of your comfort zone, try new things. It’s easy to fall into routine and forget the invigorating feeling of really living.
- Be a life-long learner: Don’t ever imagine you know it all, as things are constantly changing. Whether it’s doing an online course, or reading a new blog, push yourself to regularly learn something new. Maybe even in a completely different area.
- Never slow down and don’t ever quit: Never forget your reason for living and do it for as long as you possibly can.
One final golden nugget: if you want to go fast, go alone but if you want to go far, go together.