2017 has been an awesome year so far, and “Freedom” has been a great theme. I wanted to tell you about three timely events all related to freedom.
1) During the 2016 year, I faithfully participated in the Freedom Journal team with John Lee Dumas, and I was chosen to be interviewed by JLD about two of my Freedom Journal accomplishments (one was implementing the marketing/publicity plan for Give It a Go, Eat a Rainbow and the second was launching my podcast, Mountain Mantras). I am very excited for my interview with John Lee Dumas to go live on EOFire on February 9th. Stay tuned.
2) The Mastery Journal is JLD’s newest project, and it is super awesome. The Kickstarter is into 6-figures already, and the rewards are going fast. Make sure to check it out (all about productivity, focus, and discipline).
3) 2017 marks the first of hopefully an annual Mountain Ventures Summit, which I’ll be attending and speaking at in Telluride, Colorado. One of the things that I have in common with JLD is geographic freedom. I get to run my business from the mountains of Sun Valley, Idaho, while JLD and Kate chose the tropical setting of Puerto Rico. Regardless of temperature and recreational activities, the point is that we have gotten to the point in the world of business where we are starting to accept mobile and virtual offices.
Thanks to our friends at the Telluride Foundation, a 3-day event will focus use the knowledge in the room to help identify best practices and new ideas for specific things that can help us make faster and more reliable progress in our mountain communities. We will also have breakout exercises and speakers around our core topics. Topics will include:
- The nuts and bolts of setting visions, getting buy in, and the execution of efforts such as: Coworking, accelerators, incubators, housing, broadband, venture capital funds, angel networks, events, working with governments, working with ski areas, avoiding small town politics, regional strategies, etc.
- Learn how to create an entrepreneurship ecosystem in your mountain town. The goal is to learn from other communities and share experiences from your community.
- The Future of Work: how the changes brought about by the Internet affect our ability to leverage skills, and how we can get talent to adopt a future-forward approach to their careers; one that makes mountain living + impact realistic rather than a dream.
I’ll be in touch with some write-ups and take-aways from the event. Stay tuned.