What I learned at A-Fest Portugal

Last week I spent some time in the beautiful southern region of Algarve, Portugal for a global conference known as A-Fest, hosted by Mindvalley. Each year, the event hosts an invite-only community of 2000+ people from 50+ countries to step away from the daily grind and come together to connect, get inspired, learn and grow. This was my first year attending, as I was particularly interested in the topics explored, including Influence, Authenticity, Messaging and Thought Leadership. 

After four days of talks, workshops, and well-being exercises, I left the event with a ton of learnings and a few important take-aways I have began implementing into my day-to-day and am excited to share with you:

  • True fearlessness is about the action you take in face of fear. 

  • Prioritize personal growth above everything. 

  • Do not be afraid to ask for help. If you do not ask for help you are actually depriving others of opportunity to be of service. 

  • In the new model of continuous feedback, you don’t have to accept it but you should appreciate it. 

  • Always lead with generosity, intimacy, candor and accountability.

Is there a particular learning you’ve applied to your day-to-day that has helped you grow professionally or personally? Share your thoughts with @GetInRhythm or on the InRhythmU blog

Thanks and Keep Growing,

Gunjan Doshi
CEO, InRhythm

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