Just wanted to say one word: “wow.” In the last two weeks after chatting and meeting with everyone, there’s one underlying, simple thing I wanted to mention that people might not realize. Everyone in this hobby are entrepreneurs and could very well be a CEO. We might not be in the typical sense of “entrepreneur” with the thought of starting our own business, but I have to say that everyone have all of the traits of a highly successful CEO of a Fortune 50 company.
Here’s my observations that made me come to the conclusion:
- People are always honing their craft doing things bigger and better
- They are insanely passionate
- Folks are driven, they find new ways to maximize the system
- Incredibly resourceful, when something goes awry they are able to resolve the issue
For fun, I Googled “traits of a successful CEO” and found this article on Fast Company. I didn’t think some of the ones listed at first, but these ring true for all the hobbyists out there as well:
1. KNOW YOUR MARKET
3. TACKLE BAD NEWS HEAD-ON
5. EXPAND YOUR NETWORK
I’ve been saying for years that if you’re having difficult manufactured spending in NYC, you’re not trying hard enough. And really, it’s like point #1, knowing your market. It goes hand in hand when I said people are resourceful, the good MS’ers know how to dance around bad news, like when Vanilla Reloads from CVS shut down, they knew what to move on to the next big thing. Or a giant devaluation in a certain frequent flier program, they will move on to the next one that provides value.
The big one is expanding your network, and it was just a great sight to see everyone talking to each other and getting to know one and another both online and real life.