What if?

Hey guys!

This is Chris and this will be my first (of hopefully many :)) posts on the blog!

I wanted to say first how exciting this year has been for us and that I am so excited to see what next year brings. I would also like to share with you all something that has been on my mind for a long time. As many of you know, Jen and I have a music background and were both music majors in college. During that time, I thought a lot about how important it is to share your talent. It made me think about great musicians like Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, John Lennon, and so many others that had such an impact on the face of music and our lives.

What if these people never shared their gift?

What if they had remained silent and passive?

WHAT IF they hadn’t shared their unique voice with the world?

A few weeks ago, Jen and I attended PartnerCon in San Diego. This was our second year in attendance and we got to meet a ton of new people and had so much fun hanging out with everyone… But when it came time to leave I was feeling pretty uninspired. I actually was about to say those words out loud when I thought to myself:

“Stop waiting to be inspired. Do something different. Be inspiring.”

This idea made me think about great innovators like Steve Jobs and the Wright Brothers… People that didn’t sit around waiting to be inspired, waiting for something amazing to happen. They went out, found their unique voice, and then shared it with the world.

Then, via the podcast Shoot to Kill (an awesome podcast hosted by our friends Mindy and Phil Thornton of Phindy Studios), we heard about a super awesome conference called the WHAT IF conference, the brain-child of the ever awesome Jen & Steve Bebb. The WHAT IF conference is all about collaboration, creativity, and innovation. It’s about getting your ideas out there for the world to see and getting help through collaboration to fully form your ideas or your WHAT IF. When I heard Jen & Steve talk about their ideas for the conference, I knew immediately that it was totally in line with what things I had been thinking about.

Shoot to Kill Podcast hosted a contest that challenged us to share our WHAT IF for a chance to win an admission pass to the conference. So I, with encouragement from Jen, put my thoughts down on paper and then said them out loud… on video… for the world to see/hear. Scary. Stuff. After a couple hours of editing and wondering whether it sucked or not, I finally hit the send button. There was no getting it back. It was thrilling and terrifying to say the least!

The next day I received an email from Jen Bebb that started off with one word… WOW! (followed by) Congratulations, you won! I am beyond excited to be going to the conference, but even more so to think that my WHAT IF, my crazy thoughts that I put out there (mostly talking to myself), might actually inspire someone to make a change in their lives. It’s crazy!

You can watch the video that I submitted here:

If you’re sitting around today thinking “I can’t,” then you’re right. If you’re sitting around waiting for something to happen, or to be inspired, stop! Make a change and do something different. WHAT IF?

If this sounds familiar to you, if you’re ready to make a change in your business, your art, and your life I highly recommend that you check out the WHAT IF conference. It promises to be a very good time! Use this link to sign up! Oh… and If you listen to Shoot to Kill Episode #3 you can hear Jen & Steve talk about how it came to be, along with lots of other words of wisdom. You won’t regret it! (Also, if you already know you want to go, you can use the promo code: SHOOTTOKILL to get $100 off registration! How awesome is that?)

Thanks for reading guys!

Be inspiring today!


  • December 7, 2011 - 12:03 am

    Andreas - Great video! See you in México!

  • December 7, 2011 - 6:55 pm

    Paige - Chris, you are so poetic. You definitely deserved to win that contest. Come visit us soon!

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