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Conferences help because you actually have opportunity to talk with speakers and ask them questions. You might have to be persistent to get your chance at a large conference. But if you have specific questions, these are usually people to answer them.
Conferences help because you have opportunity to speak with all of other attendees. Sometimes this might be 25 people, and sometimes it might be several hundred. These are good people to talk with. They paid good money to be there, so they're probably pretty serious about what they do. You can learn from them. You can come up with new ideas by talking with them. Sometimes you can even form a profitable partnership.
Conferences help because you get to meet people who are doing what you want to do. Assuming you haven't hit big time yet, you'll meet people at conferences who have. And you'll find out that it really is possible. And they're just regular people like you. There's nothing more motivating.
Conferences help because they get your brain going in overdrive. Without exception, every time I come home from a conference, I have 1001 thoughts racing through my head. It's often time that I come up with my best ideas. I can't explain exactly why this happens, but atmosphere just does it to you.
Of course, not everyone should attend a conference. I believe you have to be in right frame of mind. You have to be eager to succeed and hungry for ideas. If that's not where you are right now, then right now is not right time.
But there are plenty of conferences continually happening, so you'll always have chance when you're ready.
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Still on topic of coming up with profitable ideas, there are less expensive ways than attending conferences.
Something that never fails to get my mind going is a membership site that I've subscribed to for probably nine months or so. Corey Rudl's Secrets To Their Success.
In case you're not familiar with it, Corey interviews people who have achieved success online, and he posts these very extensive interviews to site. Two new interviews each month. But you also get access to all of previous interviews, and there are tons of them. Honestly, I still haven't read them all as long as I've been a member.
This is one of very best sites where you can see just how many different ways people are doing business online. There are people doing things that you would never imagine. And when I read these interviews, I always start thinking about things that I probably wouldn't have ever thought of otherwise.
So if you want to expand your thinking, then check it out.
If you're serious about building a successful business online but you're still having trouble getting off launching pad, then you should have at least one more good idea now than you did 10 minutes ago.
Dave Brown is a self-taught marketer and software developer. He also publishes the uncommon and uniquely original newsletter on making the most of your life - A Fresh Perspective. You can learn more at http://www.dave-brown.com