Why am I excited to attend FEEcon 2017?
This is why:
1. It’s brand spanking new
The inaugural FEECon is being held in Atlanta this June. Call me a romantic, but there’s just an intoxicating attractiveness about being a part of something big from the beginning. If FEEcon becomes one of the foremost rallies for liberty and education in the coming years (as I expect it to), I’ll get to brag that I was at the first one.
New things pique our curiosity, don’t they? New toys, new people, new experiences – you’ll get all three at FEEcon. But it’s more than that. I want to know whether this thing will fizzle out and fold after year one, or if could become as prestigious as ISFLC, FreedomFest, and PorcFest.
2. The lineup of speakers
They’ve got startup founders, a pro wrestler, academics, the As Seen On TV guy, the founder of Wikipedia – all types of visionary disruptors.
Jimmy Wales, Glenn Jacobs aka Kane, Kevin Harrington, Steve Byrne, Jeffrey Tucker, and about 50 others are scheduled to speak. Seriously? Could they pack any more success and savvy into three days?
My only fear – one with a mathematical certainty of being realized – is missing out on the lectures these accomplished men and women will give. Damn the laws of physics! Why can’t I be in ten places at once!?
3. I love liberty
The bio on my blog used to include the moniker “Champion of Liberty.” I took it down because I thought it sounded corny. How did we get to this point? Freedom and liberty as terms (and indeed as life philosophies) have been stolen and redefined and lumped in with other more sinister phrases in this frightening age of thought control.
Nowadays, simply invoking the word freedom in mixed-company earns you rolled eyes and inaudible sighs.
To those scoffing elitists I say: I’m done apologizing for my love of liberty. And FEEcon is unapologetically pro-liberty.
4. 600 people, 600 potential contacts
I won’t be aimlessly roaming around the hotel during the conference. I’ll be approaching people, putting out my hand, building relationships.
This is one way to build social capital, that ethereal magic dust that compels people to do you favors.
Given how entrepreneurial the spirit of FEEcon promises to be, this conference is a networking godsend.
5. Show me the money
I’m trying to be a millionaire within 20 years, a task that seems cockeyedly optimistic to many. But it really isn’t. All it takes is an eye and a mind for value (and sufficiently low capital gains tax rates, of course).
If you take all the above reasons to go to FEEcon, add in that I have a good chance of being reimbursed by FEE, not to mention the lifetime value of the skills I’ll learn at FEEcon, I’d have to be a damn fool not to go to this conference.