#HikeCon@confidenceis_
Hello.
Thanks for coming to Hike!
What to do if a glacier in Iceland
throws a rock at your neck which
automatically leads you to doubt
your talents and ques...
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
Marc O’Brien
Social Designer
Creative Facilitator
Design Educator
Cyclist / Runner / Hiker
Lover of ...
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
Three things I love
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
1. Bikes
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
2. Facilitation
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
3. Iceland
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
Bikes.
The Alabamboo Make & Ride
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
Bikes.
The Alabamboo Make & Ride
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
Facilitation.
Project M
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
Facilitation.
Project M
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
Iceland.
Beautiful landscape
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
Iceland.
Crazy partiers
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
The three things I love
Bikes
Facilitation
Iceland
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
What if I combine the
three things I love?
Bikes +
Facilitation +
Iceland!!!
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
A few (emails, Skype
calls, conversations,
Google searches,
and an IndieGoGo
campaign) later…
What type of project will a group of cyclists invent
as they take a worm’s eye view in a foreign land
and push the limits ...
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
Why not?
Team FPX
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
The gear
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
The gear
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
The gear
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
The gear
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
Details
6 Cyclists
2 Film makers
2 weeks in Iceland
9 days in the saddle
300+ miles on bikes
~30 mil...
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
Moving workshop
Design Thinking +
Rapid Prototyping +
Pushing physical limits +
Unfamiliar place +
T...
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
+
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
+
+
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
+
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
The incident
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
How many of you, just minding
your own business, ever got
hit in the neck with a rock the
size of yo...
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
#WasThatAGlacier?@HolyShit!
BAM!
#WasThatAGlacier?@HolyShit!
BAM!
#WasThatAGlacier?@HolyShit!
BAM!
#WasThatAGlacier?@HolyShit!
BAM!
#WasThatAGlacier?@HolyShit!
BAM!
#WasThatAGlacier?@HolyShit!
WTF?
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
Back in Reykjavik
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
Back to work
Our problem
Broken machines
Our “Ah ha” Moment
Tourism +
Travel +
Laundry +
Entrepreneurship
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
Got back to CA
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
Share Cycle project stalled
We lost money on the project
Nothing to show for it
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
ated. Embarrassed. Pissed off. T
y. Confused. Upset. OMG. Annoy
ccessful. Defeated. Embarrasse
red. A...
Enter the “confidence rut”
#NotAGreatFeeling@Bummer
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
I was questioning my
Skills and talents
Ability to “Make Shit Happen”
Role in design
Unique path I w...
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
A few (phone calls,
conversations, solo hikes,
heart-to-hearts, drunk
nights, punk albums on
repeat)...
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
A few (phone calls,
conversations, solo hikes,
heart-to-hearts, drunk
nights, punk albums on
repeat)...
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
Biggest insights taken
from “confidence rut”
Confidence is not a given
Success is not a given
Doubting...
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
Started to climb out
Share with others
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
Talking about this
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
Facilitating workshops
Getting back into my
comfort zone
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
Do what I do best/love
UnplugYou.com
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
Relate to Hike?
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
What do you do if a glacier in
Iceland throws a rock at your
neck which automatically leads
you to d...
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
1. Support network
Friends, family, mentors
Places, Activities
Music, Movies, Books
Positive notes f...
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
2. Create a comfort zone
Find that area/thing/energy that
allows you to shine bright.
!
But, be open...
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
2. Create a comfort zone
Find that area/thing/energy that
allows you to shine bright.
!
But, be open...
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
3. Self-care
Know when you’re “on”
Get off that damn laptop
Listen to that gut feeling
Do other thing...
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
Helping people take their first step to work on
meaningful projects, both big and small.
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
Gathering insights
Defining confidence
Sharing confidence
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
Q&As
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
Sharing personal stories
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
Workshops
Fine tuning based on insights
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
Collaboration
Fine tuning based on insights
#HikeCon@confidenceis_
This all makes sense
Thanks!
confidence.is
@confidenceis_
What to do if a glacier in Iceland throws a rock at your neck which automatically leads you to doubt your talents and ques...
What to do if a glacier in Iceland throws a rock at your neck which automatically leads you to doubt your talents and ques...
What to do if a glacier in Iceland throws a rock at your neck which automatically leads you to doubt your talents and ques...
What to do if a glacier in Iceland throws a rock at your neck which automatically leads you to doubt your talents and ques...
What to do if a glacier in Iceland throws a rock at your neck which automatically leads you to doubt your talents and ques...
What to do if a glacier in Iceland throws a rock at your neck which automatically leads you to doubt your talents and ques...
What to do if a glacier in Iceland throws a rock at your neck which automatically leads you to doubt your talents and ques...
What to do if a glacier in Iceland throws a rock at your neck which automatically leads you to doubt your talents and ques...
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A talk I gave at the first Hike conference (hikecon.com). Sharing my story on being in a "confidence rut" after a project I spearheaded did not turn out as successful as I hoped.

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  1. 1. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ Hello. Thanks for coming to Hike!
  2. 2. What to do if a glacier in Iceland throws a rock at your neck which automatically leads you to doubt your talents and question your confidence. @confidenceis_ #HikeCon
  3. 3. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ Marc O’Brien Social Designer Creative Facilitator Design Educator Cyclist / Runner / Hiker Lover of RVs in SF, burritos, punk rock Owner of a broken collarbone Ex-Nomad
  4. 4. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ Three things I love
  5. 5. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ 1. Bikes
  6. 6. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ 2. Facilitation
  7. 7. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ 3. Iceland
  8. 8. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ Bikes. The Alabamboo Make & Ride
  9. 9. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ Bikes. The Alabamboo Make & Ride
  10. 10. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ Facilitation. Project M
  11. 11. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ Facilitation. Project M
  12. 12. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ Iceland. Beautiful landscape
  13. 13. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ Iceland. Crazy partiers
  14. 14. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ The three things I love Bikes Facilitation Iceland
  15. 15. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ What if I combine the three things I love? Bikes + Facilitation + Iceland!!!
  16. 16. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ A few (emails, Skype calls, conversations, Google searches, and an IndieGoGo campaign) later…
  17. 17. What type of project will a group of cyclists invent as they take a worm’s eye view in a foreign land and push the limits of their impact through extreme physical, intellectual, and creative challenges? #HikeCon@confidenceis_
  18. 18. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ Why not?
  19. 19. Team FPX #HikeCon@confidenceis_
  20. 20. The gear #HikeCon@confidenceis_
  21. 21. The gear #HikeCon@confidenceis_
  22. 22. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ The gear
  23. 23. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ The gear
  24. 24. #HikeCon@confidenceis_
  25. 25. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ Details 6 Cyclists 2 Film makers 2 weeks in Iceland 9 days in the saddle 300+ miles on bikes ~30 miles/day on bikes
  26. 26. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ Moving workshop Design Thinking + Rapid Prototyping + Pushing physical limits + Unfamiliar place + Thinking Wrong!!!
  27. 27. #HikeCon@confidenceis_
  28. 28. +
  29. 29. #HikeCon@confidenceis_
  30. 30. +
  31. 31. +
  32. 32. #HikeCon@confidenceis_
  33. 33. #HikeCon@confidenceis_
  34. 34. +
  35. 35. #HikeCon@confidenceis_
  36. 36. #HikeCon@confidenceis_
  37. 37. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ The incident
  38. 38. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ How many of you, just minding your own business, ever got hit in the neck with a rock the size of your fist by a glacier? (Audience participation)
  39. 39. #HikeCon@confidenceis_
  40. 40. #HikeCon@confidenceis_
  41. 41. #WasThatAGlacier?@HolyShit! BAM!
  42. 42. #WasThatAGlacier?@HolyShit! BAM!
  43. 43. #WasThatAGlacier?@HolyShit! BAM!
  44. 44. #WasThatAGlacier?@HolyShit! BAM!
  45. 45. #WasThatAGlacier?@HolyShit! BAM!
  46. 46. #WasThatAGlacier?@HolyShit! WTF?
  47. 47. #HikeCon@confidenceis_
  48. 48. #HikeCon@confidenceis_
  49. 49. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ Back in Reykjavik
  50. 50. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ Back to work
  51. 51. Our problem
  52. 52. Broken machines
  53. 53. Our “Ah ha” Moment Tourism + Travel + Laundry + Entrepreneurship
  54. 54. #HikeCon@confidenceis_
  55. 55. #HikeCon@confidenceis_
  56. 56. #HikeCon@confidenceis_
  57. 57. #HikeCon@confidenceis_
  58. 58. #HikeCon@confidenceis_
  59. 59. #HikeCon@confidenceis_
  60. 60. Got back to CA #HikeCon@confidenceis_ Share Cycle project stalled We lost money on the project Nothing to show for it
  61. 61. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ ated. Embarrassed. Pissed off. T y. Confused. Upset. OMG. Annoy ccessful. Defeated. Embarrasse red. Angry. Confused. Upset. C yed. What the fuck? Defeated. U arrassed. Pissed off. Tired. Angr used. Upset. OMG. Annoyed. Up ccessful. Defeated. What the fu red. Angry. Confused. Upset. C
  62. 62. Enter the “confidence rut” #NotAGreatFeeling@Bummer
  63. 63. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ I was questioning my Skills and talents Ability to “Make Shit Happen” Role in design Unique path I was carving out
  64. 64. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ A few (phone calls, conversations, solo hikes, heart-to-hearts, drunk nights, punk albums on repeat) later…
  65. 65. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ A few (phone calls, conversations, solo hikes, heart-to-hearts, drunk nights, punk albums on repeat) months later…
  66. 66. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ Biggest insights taken from “confidence rut” Confidence is not a given Success is not a given Doubting your talents is a given Humility is important Stop comparing myself to others Voice in your head is never leaving
  67. 67. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ Started to climb out
  68. 68. Share with others #HikeCon@confidenceis_ Talking about this
  69. 69. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ Facilitating workshops Getting back into my comfort zone
  70. 70. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ Do what I do best/love UnplugYou.com
  71. 71. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ Relate to Hike?
  72. 72. #HikeCon@confidenceis_
  73. 73. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ What do you do if a glacier in Iceland throws a rock at your neck which automatically leads you to doubt your talents and question your confidence?
  74. 74. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ 1. Support network Friends, family, mentors Places, Activities Music, Movies, Books Positive notes from others
  75. 75. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ 2. Create a comfort zone Find that area/thing/energy that allows you to shine bright. ! But, be open to push this, it’s how you grow as a person.
  76. 76. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ 2. Create a comfort zone Find that area/thing/energy that allows you to shine bright. ! But, be open to push this, it’s how you grow as a person.
  77. 77. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ 3. Self-care Know when you’re “on” Get off that damn laptop Listen to that gut feeling Do other things not design Go outside/Eat healthy* (Lots of burritos)
  78. 78. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ Helping people take their first step to work on meaningful projects, both big and small.
  79. 79. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ Gathering insights Defining confidence Sharing confidence
  80. 80. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ Q&As
  81. 81. #HikeCon@confidenceis_
  82. 82. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ Sharing personal stories
  83. 83. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ Workshops Fine tuning based on insights
  84. 84. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ Collaboration Fine tuning based on insights
  85. 85. #HikeCon@confidenceis_ This all makes sense
  86. 86. Thanks! confidence.is @confidenceis_

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