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I might be in Las Vegas and Los Angeles in April

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I love to travel. I love to visit new places and I love to see new faces. Ever since I started my journey as a solo entrepreneur, I have been saying yes to things I usually would have said no to. I am saying yes because I have read books like Turning Pro and I have talked to fantastic people like Mark Harai. I have discovered that life is much more fun if I say yes to the opportunities, without thinking too much about the consequences.

I have been thinking about what happened after I decided to publish my novel for free. I have met so many incredible people, and I have received a lot of positive feedback. I have no idea what would have happened if I had sold the book instead, or what would have happened if I hadn’t written the book. But I don’t regret my decision to write it, and give it away. To me, writing the novel and publishing it is part of a learning process, and it’s the same reason why I published Fuzzy for free (the short story I wrote in English).

It’s part of how I want to live my life.

I might be in Las Vegas and Los Angeles in April

I am still thinking about whether I should travel from Norway to Las Vegas and Los Angeles in April. I haven’t decided if I am going to say yes to the trip or not, and the reason why I am writing this post, is because I want to get my thoughts out in the open, and I want to get some feedback from you.

I know that both Las Vegas and Los Angeles sounds awesome. I have never been to Las Vegas, and the trip will be to the 2013 NAB SHOW at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The conference sounds great, and I’ll be traveling with some friends from Norway. But the reason I am thinking about whether I should go or not, is that it will be fairly expensive, and I am not sure what I’ll learn from going, and who I’ll meet. And, what the ROI for my business will be.

But, that’s not my biggest fear. I still have a fear of flying, and that’s probably something I’ll be struggling with for the rest of my life. So, right now, I’m struggling with the decision. Should I stay or should I go?

I am not sure if I should be thinking about the ROI or not. Maybe I should just think of it as a once in a lifetime trip. Or maybe I shouldn’t think at all. Maybe I should just do it?

20 responses to “I might be in Las Vegas and Los Angeles in April”

  1. Travel from Norway to Las Vegas and Los Angeles in April is good option.
    Let me know how was your trip


  2. James Beattie says:

    NAB is a great show. Tons of things to see, if you are in the industry. 3 full convention halls filled with gear and vendors. There is nothing else like it.

    The fact it is in Vegas is a bonus. So much to do and see. Go down to Belagio and see the fountains, walk the strip. Food can be expensive, but try to get invited to parties or demo events that will have food.

    A great place to eat is Battista’s and they have all you can drink wine and an italian dish for $15. There is a Denny’s on the strip, and plenty of places to eat on a budget.

    Los Angeles is good, but you should try to meet folks in the industry while walking around that you can visit. Otherwise, it is just dirty hollywood and studio tours. You probably want to see actual production facilities.

    • Hi James,

      I really want to visit both Las Vegas and Los Angeles. I’ll use the weekend to decide if I have enough money. NAB sounds awesome, and I am sure that visiting would be one of the best moments in my life.

      Thank you so much for the recommendations. I’d love to get even more. My friends have ordered the tickets, so they’re going even though I might not 🙂

  3. To be in Los Angeles and Las Vegas in April in a very nice option. I too will be in Las Vegas but in May.

  4. Adrienne says:

    I’ve never heard of this convention Jens but I say if you feel like it’s something that will benefit you then go. Sure, we can always use the money as an excuse but not only will you learn some things while you’re there but think about the connections you’ll make with other people. Think about networking with others and getting you outside your comfort zone cause I know you’re shy.

    ‘ve been to a few conventions myself and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

    As for the fear of flying, drink a few beverages before the take off and you’ll be fine.


    • I don’t know that much about it either, but I know people who’ve attended and say that it’s fantastic. I am sure that I’ll benefit from going, but I am still not sure if I can afford to spend that much money. I am still shy when it comes to networking, but I am getting better 🙂

      Your tip about drinking a few beverages before the take off is a very good advice and one that will definitively work 🙂

  5. Usman says:

    If it is once in a life time trip , then you should really give it a try.

    Because may be you will not have a chance to visit again, because you’ve a reason to go, and may be you don’t have a reason in future.

    • I think it’s a once in a life time trip, but what do I know, maybe I’ll get the chance next year? What I do is that next year, I can afford the trip, this year, I don’t have that much money to spend. And, that’s my biggest concern right now 🙂

  6. Kim Maiers says:

    DO IT!! Allow yourself to be fearful of the unknown, but remain curious enough to win over your fear and discover the beautiful unknown.

  7. Kayla says:

    I totally get why you get involved in this type of thing and the non-direct ROI benefits of this kind of thing but I never ever justify them to myself. Since i went solo i has to be 100% focused on ROI, ROI and nothing but ROI. It seems to be working but I know I am missing the fun stuff!

    • I am also thinking about ROI, and especially since I am not sure of the real benefits of the trip, other than that it will be a lot of fun, and I’ll learn a lot from it, I can’t see the real ROI (at least not short term). Like you said, thinking about the ROI will surely benefit my business, but I’ll miss out on the fun stuff 🙂

  8. Sergio Felix says:

    Hey what’s up Jens? My advice would be to just DO IT man.

    Like Adrienne said, money can be just a justification to not take action and even if you aren’t sure about the outcome of the investment you are still going with a bunch of friends and visiting Las Vegas for the first time.

    You said it yourself: “think of it as a once in a lifetime experience” it’ll be totally worth it man.

    My only recommendation on your fear of flying, is that the more you do it, the less it’ll scare you.

    If you decide to go on this trip, you’ll get to visit Las Vegas, take a stand upon a flying phobia, network and meet important people in your niche and you’ll never forget such a great experience with your friends!

    I’m going to Vegas in my honeymoon and afterwards I’m not sure yet but we have been talking about Hawaii lately and the reason I’m telling you this is because have you seen where Hawaii is located?

    It’s in the freaking middle of the ocean man!

    I’m freaking scared of tsunamis and while I haven’t heard of anything like that happening in Hawaii before it’s still something I can’t stop thinking about it but will it stop me from visiting there? NO.

    Visualizing my girlfriend and myself laying on a beautiful beach, sipping our cocktails, in a great hotel, having the time of our lives is way more important than my fear of a tsunami in Hawaii.

    I’ve never heard of this convention before but if you believe you can get something out of it, then I’d definitely say go for it man, there’s a lot more involved here than just the ROI from that event.


    PS. I added “Turning Pro” to my amazon wishlist man, thanks for the recommendation!

    • Hey Sergio,

      You should go to Norway for your honeymoon, not Las Vegas and Hawaii

      Thanks a lot for your feedback Sergio. I am going to Italy in September, so I’ll have to get on a plane this year no matter what I decide when it comes to the convention. It has been a lot harder to start a business than I thought. I have a lot of clients, and I believe that I am doing a good job, but I am still struggling with money and how much I should get paid, and taxes. So, I am a bit afraid that if I’ll go on this trip, I won’t be in much control of my business afterwards. On the other hand, I should probably stop thinking that I need to be in control of everything

  9. Carolyn says:

    Hi Jens, I’m not going to tell you what to do because I’m sure you will make the right decision. You will weigh the costs vs. the benefits and use the proper blend of head vs. heart. Whatever you decide, no regrets! 🙂

  10. Samy says:

    I think the beach is more better than a desert 😛 so choose LA 😀

  11. Rachael Tiow says:

    Hello Jens!
    Since you’ll be in LA…Travel about 2hours north to visit Santa Barbara. It is a quaint little city with beaches, calm and laid back atmosphere, and friendly people.
    Also, I just moved here! It’ll be a great honor to meet you in person.

    • That would have been awesome. I have heard so many great things about Santa Barbara. Unfortunately, I have decided to stay home and focus on my business. But, I’ll be in Los Angeles sometime soon. I just need to get my business going first, and then I’ll start thinking about traveling and conferences. It’d be awesome to meet in person.

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